Saturday Night Live closed out 2014 this weekend with an alum-filled show that lampooned the Sony hack, singer Sam Smith and the NPR podcast "Serial."
It's difficult to find humor in the multitude of sexual assault allegations that have been lobbed at (slash resurfaced against)Bill Cosby this week, but Saturday Night Live managed to get a laugh out of it.
Colin Jost, Michael Che
Is the 40th season of Saturday Night Live going to be the worst one yet? There's a good chance, if Saturday's season premiere is any indication.
Taran Killam, Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick handled hosting duties at Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend, in an episode that offered a few memorable moments among mostly mediocre sketches.
Highlights included the sure-to-go-viral music video "Dongs All Over the World," starring Kendrick, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, Sasheer Zamata and Cecily Strong, as well as George R.R. Martin (Bobby Moynihan) stopping by "Weekend Update" to discuss the new Game of Thrones book he's working on.
Louis C.K. returned for his second shot at hosting of Saturday Night Live, and he once again used his opening monologue for some self-deprecating stand-up.
The Jimmy Fallon Show
This week, Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell stopped by the Tonight Show and participated in a rousing game of Pictionary with Jimmy Fallon, Steve Harvey and Demi Lovato. Elsewhere, President Obama went on Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die show "Between Two Ferns" to promote the Affordable Care Act, while Kevin Bacon explained the '80s to Millennials. And the YouTube series The Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en offered some pointers on how to celebrate National Potato Chip Day. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus for a month... and this is the best they could come up with?
The episode that marked the debut of Seth Meyers' replacement Colin Jost at the "Weekend Update" desk was disappointingly low on laughs, featuring one-joke sketches that went on too long (see: Aidy Bryant's hefty Tinkerbell stand-in "Tonkerbell"). Even Kate McKinnon's typically hilarious Ellen impersonation was a bit lackluster. As far as "Weekend Update," there are of course going to be some growing pains in that department but... we miss Seth already.
Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers
It was Melissa McCarthy's third time hosting SNL, but the focus of the night wasn't on the comedian's welcome return. Saturday also markedSeth Meyers' last episode after more than a decade on the series.
While the episode featured some real duds (we're looking at you, "Art Exhibit"), Meyers' goodbye and McCarthy's delightful absurdity made it an episode worth watching. Check out the best sketches below.
On Saturday, Sasheer Zamata will make her debut as Saturday Night Live's newest cast member and we can't wait to see what the Upright Citizens Brigade alum will bring to the sketch series.
Thankfully, the Internet exists and we don't have to. Zamata's website and YouTube channel offer glimpses of what we can expect when she hits the stage — with host and musical guest Drake — this weekend.