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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.

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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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Was it as good as Jimmy Fallon’s SNL Christmas episode from a couple years ago? No, but it certainly was one of the better shows of Saturday Night Live’s 39th season. Definitely a great way to end 2013.

Even though Fallon was technically the guest host, sometimes it felt like it was musical guest Justin Timberlake’s show. JT got almost as much face time as Fallon in sketches, and on the flipside, Fallon practically did as much singing as Timberlake. The two multi-talented showbiz pals have always worked well together and this was no exception.

With the combined power of Jimberlake, they brought with them a few big name cameos including Paul McCartney, Madonna, Barry Gibb, and New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. With regards to the latter, believe it or not, this was his first appearance on the NBC late night show. The best sketches for me were “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Do It On My Twin Bed.” Meanwhile “Waking Up With Kimye” was easily the worst. Check them all out below.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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