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Tag: Saturday Night Live

Alec Baldwin’s Trump Reanimates ‘Saturday Night Live’ in Season Premiere

The actor’s venomous impersonation of the GOP nominee has been called the jolt the late-night comedy show needed.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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On ‘SNL,’ ‘Hillary’ Admits to ‘Bernie’ the System Is Rigged as They Toast Wasserman Schultz (Video)

While the most recent “Saturday Night Live” clip featuring Larry David as Bernie Sanders and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton is full of nuggets of truth, it also shows some bias toward the former secretary of state—much like the head of the Democratic National Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Old ‘Saturday Night Live’ Sketch Shows the Genius of Ronald Reagan (Video)

The 40th president had a reputation as a rube, but that persona may have been an act. Look no further than the late Phil Hartman’s impersonation of the former commander in chief in 1986.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Hillary’ in ‘SNL’ Skit Tries to Hide Being a Sore Loser, Tells Young N.Y. Voters to Stay Home

Kate McKinnon plays an anxious and desperately ingratiating Hillary Clinton on “Saturday Night Live” in the lead-up to next week’s crucial New York primary.

Posted on Apr 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Every ‘SNL’ Video About Hillary Clinton You Ever Wanted to Watch, All in One Place (Videos)

Take a look at how parodies of Hillary Clinton have evolved on “Saturday Night Live,” from Amy Poehler’s portrayal of the Democratic candidate during the 2008 primaries to Kate McKinnon’s take on the current campaign season.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Responds to ‘SNL’ Hillary Clinton Parody

Sanders’ reaction on Sunday night’s MSNBC town hall broadcast to a “Saturday Night Live” clip spoofing Hillary Clinton has almost drawn more attention than the original viral sketch. Will Hillary get the joke?

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders and Larry David on SNL Together Was as Hilarious as You’d Imagine

Comedian David dedicated a long bit on “Saturday Night Live” to a mashup of his character on his HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. And that’s not all that happened.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Tina Fey’s Latest Sarah Palin Spoof for ‘SNL’ Basically Wrote Itself

Tina Fey may be comically gifted, but when it came to her newest “Saturday Night Live” impression of Sarah Palin, in which Fey riffs on Palin’s bizarrely discordant endorsement of GOP front-runner Donald Trump, Fey essentially just had to show up and mimic the funny business Palin had already done for her.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: ‘SNL’ Spins a Tale of Two Hillarys, Skewers GOP Debate Shenanigans

It’s been a boffo week for political parody, and the comedic minds at “Saturday Night Live” have benefited from the windfall.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Adele Adds the Magic Ingredient to Heal Thanksgiving Political Tensions on ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” served up an instant classic on its Nov. 21 episode, mixing what is set up to be a familiar scene this Thanksgiving—traditional dinner accompanied by a hearty helping of political differences and simmering tensions—with the magic of Adele to make it all better.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Donald Trump on ‘SNL’: Further Proof that Realiticians Are Running the Show

Then there was that time that a billionaire-real-estate-tycoon-turned-reality-television-magnate-turned-presidential-candidate broke recent network records with his hosting stint on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” thus ensuring that high ratings would boost him in his bid to buy his way into the White House. It’s all about ratings, right?

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Civil Rights Petition Urges ‘SNL’ to Scrap Donald Trump’s Guest Host Appearance

The online civil rights organization is petitioning NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest host appearance on “Saturday Night Live” planned for this weekend. In only three days, the group has collected 30,000 signatures.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: And Now for the Inevitable Rachel Dolezal Late-Night TV Spoofery

Former Spokane NAACP executive Rachel Dolezal spent much of her adult life doing a kind of impression of herself in order to pass as black. On Monday night’s “Late Night With Seth Myers,” comic actor Maya Rudolph, who actually comes from a mixed-race background, debuted her impression of Dolezal.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE


‘SNL’: Stefon’s Farewell Features Anderson Cooper

In the season finale, “SNL” gave a fitting tribute to the character, as Stefon—played by outgoing cast member Bill Hader—gave us all one more “New York City’s hottest nightclub” to add to his list before abruptly leaving Seth Meyers to go marry ... Anderson Cooper.

Posted on May 19, 2013 READ MORE

Obama Weighs In On IRS Scandal, Bachmann Pushes 9/11 Pray Day, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Justice Department is caught spying on The Associated Press and a new poll shows Sarah Palin’s U.S. Senate prospects.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

‘SNL’: Dennis Rodman Appears in Skit Mocking North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

In this weekend’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s version of the North Korean ruler made a couple of major announcements regarding state policy on nuclear weapons and gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 7, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Saturday Night Live’ Explains the Sequester

As Democrats and Republicans haggle over the severity of the budget cuts, “Saturday Night Live” took the opportunity to explain how exactly the sequester could affect you—or at least, it mocked the possibilities on its latest show.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Ted Nugent Fires Back at ‘SNL’ for Mocking Him

Implicit in “SNL’s” version of Nugent—played in the “Fox & Friends” skit by Bill Hader—is that the right-wing rocker is, well, off his rocker.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama’s Immigration Plan Leaked, Krugman on the Minimum Wage, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a congresswoman’s attempt to criminalize public female nipple exposure and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Marco Rubio’s State of the Union response.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE

A State of the Union Preview, ‘SNL’ Mocks GOP on Israel, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver’s warning to Karl Rove and the latest Republican threat against defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

A Treasury Department Fail, ‘SNL’ Takes on Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a bipartisan agreement reached on immigration reform and Obama and Clinton give a joint interview on “60 Minutes.”

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Skit Mocks Lance Armstrong, Manti T’eo and Jodie Foster

The late-night comedy sketch program wasted no time making fun of the week’s big news events, tackling them in its opening skit that featured Taran Killam playing another person who has been in the headlines recently—CNN host Piers Morgan.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

Watch: ‘SNL’ Honors Connecticut School Shooting Victims

“Saturday Night Live” deviated from its traditional comedic cold open to pay tribute to the children and adults who lost their lives in Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

Krugman Rips GOP Budget Plan, ‘SNL’ Spoofs Fiscal Cliff Negotiations, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Newt Gingrich’s 2016 presidential election prediction and the big political decision Cory Booker is weighing.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 READ MORE

Allen West Recount Results, Ron Paul Talks Secession, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest governor to put a foot down on Obamacare and Chris Christie appears on “Saturday Night Live.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Spoofs Romney Election Loss

The presidential election can officially be put to rest now that “Saturday Night Live” has had the chance to weigh in.

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

‘SNL’ Spoofs VP Debate, Fox News Questions Biden, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Koch brothers’ attempt to get their employees to vote for Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate candidate’s son going birther at a fundraiser.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Closes Gap, ‘SNL’ Mocks Debate, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Mitt Romney makes a major foreign policy speech and a Republican lawmaker defends slavery.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE

Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE

Romney Releases Tax Return, Clinton Visits ‘The Daily Show,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest swing state polls, why Paul Ryan was booed at the annual AARP conference and “Saturday Night Live” pokes fun at Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comment in prime time.

Posted on Sep 21, 2012 READ MORE

‘SNL’ Gets Political in 38th Season Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” got into the swing of election season with several political sketches that mocked such happenings as GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Clint Eastwood’s much maligned Republican National Convention speech.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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Limbaugh’s ‘Ringing’ Endorsement, Another Bad GOP Rape Analogy, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Todd Akin back on the campaign trail and news on a birtherism convention.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE

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‘SNL’ Helps Take Down Invasive Ultrasound Requirement

After a multimedia outcry that included a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew support from a bill that would require women getting an abortion to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound beforehand. And yes, that’s every bit as unpleasant and invasive as it sounds.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE

A Culturally Sensitive Teach-In With Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson, “SNL” throwback and low-rent Lady Gaga, took another big misstep in her troubling transition from comedy to punditry with this Shariah-themed episode of “PolitiChicks,” which would play like self-parody if Jackson had the capacity for critical self-reflection.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN

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Tracy Morgan Makes Nashville Stop on Apology Tour

At least he’s being thorough. Shamed “30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan, who sparked anger with a homophobic rant at a standup gig in Nashville, Tenn., on June 3, returned Tuesday to the scene of his comedic crime to say he’s sorry. Seriously.

Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE

But Was It Murder?

As much as we all might wish that the counter-narrative, with all of its uncomfortable implications, would fade away, it’s not likely to, given this country’s obsession with legal process.

Posted on May 13, 2011 READ MORE

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Fey: No ‘Rock’ Boost From Playing Palin

She may have nailed her impersonation of Alaska’s foremost she-grizzly, Sarah Palin, and big snaps to her hairdresser while we’re at it, but Tina Fey says in her new ingeniously titled memoir, “Bossypants,” that playing Palin didn’t amount to big ratings for her main act, “30 Rock.”

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE

Betty White

Betty White’s Senior Appeal

She’s old, she’s feisty, and this golden girl just delivered “Saturday Night Live” its best ratings since Tina Fey dressed up as Sarah Palin. White is a one-woman argument against retirement. Watch the full Mother’s Day episode after the jump.

Posted on May 9, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


‘SNL’ Alumna Victoria Jackson Says Obama’s a Communist

What happened to bubbly blond Victoria Jackson after her run on “Saturday Night Live”? Well, for her latest act she’s become a tea party demonstrator and she thinks the president’s a communist. “I watch Glenn Beck, and he has taught me well,” she tells Fox News’ Steve Doocy, adding, “Progressive is the new word for communist.”

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

Jon Hamm

Brother, Can You Spare a Few Billion More?

Those poor, beleaguered health insurance honchos would be totally out to sea without the help of Hollywood’s best and brightest—Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell and Olivia Wilde among them—to launch a dinghy of hope their way in the form of this timely PSA. Down with the public option!

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

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Poll: U.S. Voters Split on Franken’s Win

So, Al Franken officially will become a senator next week, but given his long and bitter battle with rival Norm Coleman, not to mention his pronounced unpopularity among Republicans, it’s not entirely surprising that a Rasmussen Reports national poll released Thursday registered substantial voter displeasure at the prospect of Franken’s arrival on Capitol Hill.

Posted on Jul 2, 2009 READ MORE


Ferrell Channels Bush in Farewell Spoof

With George W. Bush’s departure from the White House also comes a loss for the comedians who’ve enjoyed an eight-year field day at Bush’s expense, such as Will Ferrell here, who takes one last crack at W. while he’s still president in this mock(ing) farewell address.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

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‘SNL’s’ Spiked Emanuel Skit

Is it safe to mock Barack Obama’s chief of staff yet? Will it ever be? What could be the explanation as to why Andy Samberg’s impersonation of Rahm Emanuel didn’t make it onto last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” lineup? So many questions.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Al Franken

Franken Closes In on Coleman

Having suggested that fellow Minnesotan Al Franken should concede defeat earlier in the week, Norm Coleman was keeping mum by Friday afternoon, when it was discovered that Franken was trailing his Republican rival for the U.S. Senate by only 238 votes.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE

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Franken Gaining Ground in Minnesota Senate Race

A couple of months ago, Al Franken’s U.S. Senate bid might have seemed like a long shot, even when it came to politics as (un)usual in his quirky home state of Minnesota. Now, victory may be within reach for the former “SNL” star in his race against Republican incumbent Norm Coleman.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE

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Tina Fey on Playing Sarah Palin

This campaign season has been a boon to “Saturday Night Live,” and to returning alumna Tina Fey in particular, who was doing quite well flying solo before the Sarah Palin phenomenon brought her back to her former comedic stomping ground. Here, she talks about adopting Palin’s accent—or “Alaskan windsong,” as she affectionately puts it—with David Letterman.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

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Palin to Exact Comic Revenge on ‘SNL’?

The McCain-Palin campaign team might soon borrow a page from the celebrity crisis management handbook (see Chap. 11: Poke Fun at Yourself on a Late-Night Comedy Show), if the rumor that Sarah Palin is considering an appearance alongside her “Saturday Night Live” doppelgänger Tina Fey comes true before the Nov. 4 election.

Posted on Oct 6, 2008 READ MORE

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‘SNL’ Spoofs the VP Debate

Parody is the best policy, as evidenced by the boost that “Saturday Night Live” has recently enjoyed, thanks to Sarah Palin lookalike (and sometime comedy star) Tina Fey. We kid, but so do Fey, Queen Latifah and Jason Sudeikis—playing Republican VP candidate Palin, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and Democratic VP pick Joe Biden, respectively—in this clip from the show’s Oct. 4 episode.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Fey as Palin

Fey Takes On Palin, Take Two

“Saturday Night Live” alumna Tina Fey returned once again to fulfill her comedic duty on the Sept. 27 episode of NBC’s comedy show, spoofing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s one-on-one interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric earlier in the week. Fey’s fellow “SNL” comedian Amy Poehler dropped her Hillary Clinton act to play Couric in this clip.

Posted on Sep 28, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

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