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April 11 ya’ll. Mark your calendars now!!! This is no April Fools joke. Cookie effing Lyons is heading to Saturday Night Live. Words can’t even describe my excitement. Taraji P. Henson is going to slay it during her hosting debut.

Even though the long-running late night staple already aired an Empire spoof during Chris Hemsworth’s episode, I expect another sketch based on the FOX hip-hop drama to come. Fingers crossed, they poke fun at Cookie slammin down Boo Boo Kitty on the pool table.

NBC also revealed that Michael Keaton is also hosting. The Birdman actor will appear on the April 4 show, marking his third time presiding over Studio 8H. Find out which musical act is on board for each episode below.

find out the musical guests after the jump

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The reigning People’s Sexiest Man Alive hosted this week’s Saturday Night Live. Naturally, some of the skits required Chris Hemsworth stepping into his Thor costume once again and more importantly, without his shirt. It should be a crime to cover up that muscular body with clothes :)

Some of the highlights from the 31-year-old Aussie’s episode included an Empire spoof, Chris twerking on the Iggy Azalea Show and him channeling his inner porn star.

Hemsworth kicked off the show by reuniting with his brothers Liam, Luke and previously unknown fourth brother Callum played by Kenan Thompson. Check out all the skits below and weigh in on your favorites afterward.

check out all the skits after the jump

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SCHWING!!! NBC’s decision to devote the entire night to Saturday Night Live proved to be a wise decision. It generated huge ratings for the peacock network.

Not including Super Bowls, the SNL 40th Anniversary Special netted 23.1 million viewers and a 7.8 rating among adults 18-49. Those numbers give the special the honor of being NBC’s s most-watched prime-time entertainment in more than 10 years since the ER finale in 2004. With regards to the coveted demo, it’s the best since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.

The special broadcast also broke records on Twitter. According to Nielsen Social, 1.3 million tweets were sent with 9.1 million viewing them. Guess Amy Poehler’s comment during her return to the Weekend Update desk proved prophetic.

I’m sure the cold weather on the East Coast helped bolster numbers since people were advised to stay indoors. Did you watch the special? Favorite moments? Weigh in below.

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NBC went a little overboard with its special celebrating Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary. If you count the hour-long red carpet special, the entire tribute clocked in at four and a half hours. Mind you, the last hour was filled mostly with commercials, but still. A tad overkill.

With that being said, there were plenty of memorable moments from a star-studded roster including SNL alums Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, Jane Curtain, Amy Poehler, Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Martin Short, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler and plenty more fan favorites. They were joined by A-list stars such as Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Kerry Washington, Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Douglas, Sean Hayes, Melissa McCarthy and Taylor Swift to name just a few.

Throughout the night, Lorne Michaels and company resurrected popular skits including Celebrity Jeopardy once again featuring an inappropriate Sean Connery, Maya Rudolph as Beyonce and Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reuniting for Wayne’s World. Another highlight saw Jane Curtain joining Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Weekend Update anchor desk.

The two most disappointing moments was the N Sync reunion that was rumored but never happened and Eddie Murphy’s awkward return to his former stomping grounds. Talk about underwhelming.

Check out my favorite moments below which includes Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s sensational opening number referencing SNL’s most iconic moments from the past four decades. Be sure to weigh in afterward on your favorite and least favorite moments.

check out the clips after the jump

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With Paul Rudd and One Direction on tap, Saturday Night Live rebounded after hitting a season low among adults 18-49 when Josh Hutcherson and Haim dropped by. Creatively speaking, the sketches improved massively as well. Rudd is hilarious on his own, but with surprise help from his Anchorman 2 cast mates, it reached a whole new level.

Kristen Wiig reprised Dooneese in a Sound of Music segment. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner backed up Rudd during his opening monologue where they faced off against One Direction. Other highlights include the Michaelangelo small penis sketch, 1D concert line clip, the first black movie for white audiences and Jebidiah Atksinson’s holiday movie reviews. Check out all the clips below.

watch all the clips after the jump

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It wasn’t the best episode of the season but it was definitely better than Jennifer Lawrence’s stint earlier this year. The Saturday Night Live writers reallly let her down big time. Also factoring in the disappointment was the extremely high expectations everyone had. Luckily for Josh Hutcherson’s sake there were at least a couple of gems.

Not surprisingly, the show kicked things off with Hunger Games references during Hutcherson’s monologue. Thankfully, it was just limited to that and didn’t dominate the show. The highlights for me include the sketch about the worst subway performers and an amazing 80s tribute which included Josh wearing a mullet wig and lip syncing to “Your Love” by The Outfield. Even though he wasn’t a part of it, Aidy Bryant’s worst lady on an airplane bit was also worth noting.

I should probably mention HAIM killed it as the musical guests. My only complaint is that the sisters didn’t perform “Falling.” That’s my favorite track from them. Check out the skits and performances below.

check out a few clips after the jump

Josh Hutcherson Is On Fire For SNL Promos

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While not the youngest guest host ever, Josh Hutcherson at 21-years-old is certainly on the younger end. Just in case you’re wondering, Drew Barrymore at 7, holds that record with Macaulay Culkin as the second-youngest person at the ripe old age of 11. At that age, I was still playing with my Lego ;)

Hutcherson joins forces with Saturday Night Live regular Bobby Moynihan for a series of clips promoting this weekend’s show. The two talk about everything ranging from their worst summer jobs to The Hunger Games. Josh even jokingly spoils the ending of the highly-anticipated sequel. Everybody dies… NOT.

The Peeta Mellark depicter revealed to E! News recently that his Hunger Games co-host Jennifer Lawrence gave him advice. “She told me to not hold back and to give it my all,” he stated. I’m sure wise words given she hosted SNL earlier this year. Not only will Josh have to live up to Lawrence’s performance but also Lady Gaga’s as well. The “Applause” singer’s episode last week matched a ratings season-high. Check out the promos below.

watch the promos after the jump

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Last night, Lady Gaga did double duty as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live. With a strong opening monologue, the scene was set for a great show full of laughs and strong musical performances. Actually, before Gaga greeted the audience, we were treated to a hilarious sketch train wreck Toronto mayor, Rob Ford with Bobby Moynihan taking on the role. I was crossing my fingers that they’d do a sketch on this and thought Moynihan was perfect.

Gaga wasn’t afraid to make fun of herself throughout the show and I felt that in particular she really shined in the mockery of herself as “Old Lady Gaga“, playing herself in the future after people have forgotten about her. Her vocal performances were very strong and it was great that she had R. Kelly on the show to perform “Do What You Want” along with her. The two looked like they were having a lot of fun and they certainly weren’t afraid to get intimate with each other to bring the steamy lyrics to life.

Check out a handful of the sketches and musical performances from last night via the videos below. How did you think Gaga did on the show? What was your favorite sketch? Share your own opinions below in the comments.

Videos after the jump…

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