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Lena Dunham broke her Saturday Night Live cherry last night and did a respectable job doing so. The show wasn’t filled with wall-to-wall hilarity throughout, but there were definitely some memorable highlights.

My favorite skits featuring the Girls actress included the Scandal spoof, “Oooh Child” car sing-a-long and a biblical themed sketch based on her HBO show. Dunham played the original girl but with her signature 20-something Brooklyn angst. The Katt Williams segment was a bust, but Lena’s Liza Minelli impersonation saved it somewhat. Check out all her skits below along with performances by musical guest The National.

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Lena Dunham Heads To Saturday Night Live

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On March 8, Lena Dunham makes her Saturday Night Live debut. I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. Perhaps SNL’s hilarious Girls parody featuring Tina Fey is why I’m confused. Remember Fey playing Blerta, the older ‘girl’ from Albania? Epic. I wonder if the NBC show will do another spoof now that they have Lena at their disposal.

Joining Dunham as the night’s musical guests are The National who are also breaking their SNL cherry that night. The group snagged a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album. Their documentary Mistaken For Strangers hits theaters during the last week of March. Relive Fey’s Girls spoof below.

check the hilarious parody featuring Tina Fey after the jump

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It was the end of an era last night on Saturday Night Live. Seth Meyers anchored his last Weekend Update. The 40-year-old comedian holds the record for hosting the segment the longest. His tenure spans eight seasons and 154 episodes. His former co-anchor Amy Poehler dropped by for his last sketch. Andy Samberg and Bill Hader also make a surprise appearance.

Check out Meyers’ final show below along with guest host Melissa McCarthy’s sketches. My favorites include the Super Bowl halftime show skit, the women’s group sketch and girlfriends talk show. Though she didn’t appear in “28 Reasons to Hug a Black Guy,” the video commemorating Black History Month was another highlight. Which ones were your favorite? Weigh in afterward.

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Melissa McCarthy hosts Saturday Night Live for the third time this weekend. She’ll be joined by recent Grammy winners, Imagine Dragons, as the episode’s musical guest. Lorne Michaels was wise to enlist McCarthy once again. She’s proven she can deliver huge laughs and fits in quite well with the cast.

As amusing as the sight of McCarthy sucker punching Thompson is, the funniest parts of the clips are the creative ways the two hype the show without using the words ‘Super Bowl‘ or ‘Olympics.’ Since the big game is airing on FOX this year, the peacock network can’t actually say the phrase. For legal reasons, the IOC is equality stringent in how the term Olympics is used. That’s why McCarthy talks about buying an ‘official torch’ as opposed to saying the ‘o’ word. Check out the series of promos below.

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The last time Jonah Hill hosted Saturday Night Live, Tom Hanks made a surprise appearance during his opening monologue. Hill pulled off another major cameo last night. This time, he enlisted his Wolf of Wall Street co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, to provide some laughs. The duo’s recreation of a classic scene from Titanic had me in stitches. The image of Hill and DiCaprio nuzzling up against each other was everything. It’s worth noting that this was Leonardo’s first visit to SNL. Surprising right?

The night had several brilliant moments. Naturally, they tackled Justin Bieber’s recent arrest. My favorite of the bunch was the straight men’s figure skating team, serving as backup to represent the US at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics. Other highlights include the Lamborghini, Couples Quiz and Benihana sketches. DiCaprio wasn’t the only surprise guest of the night. Michael Cera popped up in a hilarious Her parody. Bastille was the night’s musical guest and gave two stellar performances. Check out all the clips below.

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SNL Names Seth Meyers’ Replacement

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Colin Jost has been named as Seth Meyers’ successor at the Weekend Update desk. He’ll co-anchor with Cecily Strong starting March 1 when Meyers departs to Late Night.

Jost may not be a familiar face for most Saturday Night Live viewers, but he’s been with the show since 2005. At age 22, he joined the show’s writing staff. He has three WGA Awards, a Peabody Award and seven Emmy nominations for his work on the series. SNL promoted Colin to head writer back in 2012. He’s the third consecutive head writer to take over the coveted position, following in the footsteps of Meyers and Tina Fey.

Colin is a 2004 graduate of Harvard University and was president of the Harvard Lampoon. He’s also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared at the Just For Laughs festivals in Chicago and Montreal, and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This summer he’ll hit the big screen in Staten Island Summer which he wrote about his days as a lifeguard. Check out a couple pics of Colin below. Dude is a certifiable hottie.

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Drake pulled double duty for Saturday Night Live‘s first episode of 2014. Overall, he did a solid job and didn’t embarrass himself. The show drew inspiration from his Degrassi Junior High past and Jewish and black background for his opening monologue.

As popular as the Canadian rapper is, the majority of the buzz surrounding the episode was the introduction of the show’s heavily-publicized new talent — writers Leslie Jones and LaKendra Tookes, and featured player Sasheer Zamata. The show didn’t waste anytime utilizing its first African American female actress since Maya Rudolph’s departure.

Though she didn’t have too many lines, Zamata was featured in several clips. My favorite was the skit titled “Before They Were Stars” where she pretended to be Rihanna as the character B’lossom before Mayim Bialik scored the part. She didn’t say a single word, but it was hilarious. Other highlights were “Slumber Party,” “Disney World Show” and Weekend Update which poked fun at Jacqueline Bisset’s bizarre behavior at last weekend’s Golden Globes. Check out all the skits below.

watch the clips after the jump

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Kenan Thompson must be breathing a sigh of relief. The number of occasions when he’ll be asked to play a black female character will drastically decrease because of this new casting development. With that being said, I still hope he plays Whoopi Goldberg every now and then ;)

For Season 39, Michaels added six new cast members- five white guys and one girl. Naturally, this caused an uproar. Kerry Washington hilariously played Michelle Obama, Oprah and other notable women of color to make light of the situation late last year. After Washington’s episode, Lorne Michaels quietly held casting sessions to fill the void. SNL has finally addressed the criticism and hired its first African-American female since Maya Rudolph. Meet Sasheer Zamata.

Believe it or not, Saturday Night Live has only featured four African-American women in its entire 39-year history: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Rudolph (2000-2007). Hopefully, Zamata will last longer than SNL’s first black actress Hudson. She was fired midway through the season. Sasheer will make her debut on January 18 when Drake pulls double duty as host and musical guest. Check out a few YouTube clips below and see if she has what it takes to survive on SNL.

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