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Cecily Strong Replaced As SNL Weekend Update Anchor

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After two years co-anchoring Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, Cecily Strong has been ousted. She will, however, remain as a regular cast member.

The 30-year-old joined Seth Meyers at the famed desk during the 38th Season and sat alongside Colin Jost last season. It appears, the big boss wasn’t happy with their chemistry or lack thereof. In a rather surprising move, Strong is the one being replaced and not newbie Jost.

“It struggled to find an identity last season… because what had come before had been pretty brilliant,” Lorne added. “This is about a new era, what feels appropriate for now. That’s why we did a lot of combinations and tests, and this is kind of where we came out.”

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Chris Pratt Tapped To Kick Off SNL’s 40th Season

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Chris Pratt is a hot commodity these days after powering Guardians Of The Galaxy to box office glory. Saturday Night Live wisely picked the 35-year-old actor to kick off the show’s milestone 40th Season. It’ll be his first time hosting the veteran show. Joining him as musical guest for the premiere on September 5 is Ariana Grande. Find out who’s hosting and the musical guest the following week below.

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SNL Parodies Solange Beatdown & Michael Sam Kiss

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Saturday Night Live can sometimes be at the mercy of a slow news week. The comedy gods were extremely generous to SNL this week with plenty of hilarious topics for the show to work with.

For its season finale hosted by Andy Samberg, the late-night show tackled two of the previous week’s juiciest stories- Solange’s elevator attack on Jay-Z and Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend after learning he was drafted by the St. Louis Rams.

Check out both sketches below which features plenty of returning SNL alums including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and more. The voiceovers by Solange and Jay-Z during the elevator footage is everything. Apparently a pesky spider was all to blame.

watch both clips below

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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.

check out all the sketches after the jump

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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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