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:
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
This week, True Detective fans speculated about how the HBO show would wrap up its first season and how the repeated references to the "Yellow King" would fit in — and a new videomakes a pretty convincing argument. After John Travolta butchered her name at the Oscars,Idina Menzel went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform her Academy Award-winning song "Let It Go." Lena Dunham and Kate McKinnon teamed up for a series of promos about Dunham's upcoming gig hosting Saturday Night Live, while SNL cast memberSasheer Zamata was featured in the first episode of new web series Black Mad Men. 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.
Saturday Night Live welcomed Drake this weekend as host and musical guest on its first offering of 2014 and also gave new cast member Sasheer Zamata a chance to shine — even though the episode certainly wasn't one of the better installments from this season.
Despite his recent musical success, the Degrassi alum proved he's still got more than a few acting chops to show off, gamely doing impressions of everyone from Lil' Wayne to a dorky dad at a slumber party. Check out some of the highlights from the episode below:
Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire and Zach Galifianakis
This week, Katy Perry was awkwardly caught lip-syncing when her backup track failed at an awards ceremony in France, while Paul Rudd and Kate McKinnon premiered their new web series Hudson Valley Ballers. Someone adorably re-created the movie Elf using pugs, andZach Galifianakis hosted a holiday edition of "Between Two Ferns." Also, Sarah Silverman,Michael Cera and other comedians launched an ugly sweater charity campaign for Stand Up to Cancer, and the first scene of the Kristen Wiig and Tobey Maguire miniseries The Spoils of Babylon premiered. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best onlinevideos:
Sylvester Stallone, John Goodman, Robert De Niro
John Goodman returned to Saturday Night Live to host the show for the 13th time this week, and got into the holiday spirit with the help of fake camels and some whipped cream. Surprise guests included Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro, who joined the Inside Llewyn Davis star for a sketch about three lesser-known biblical figures, the Three Wise Guys. Check out some of the episode's best sketches below:
Paul Rudd, One Direction
Host Paul Rudd and musical act One Direction weren't the only special guests on Saturday Night Live this week. Alums Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig returned to the show, and Rudd's Anchorman 2 castmates Will Ferrell (also an SNL vet), Steve Carell and David Koechner also made cameos to sing "Afternoon Delight" with One Direction during Rudd's opening monologue. The show also didn't miss the opportunity to skewer NBC's live Sound of Music musical, which aired Thursday. Check out some of the highlights below:
Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Bayer
Catching Fire may be igniting the box office, but unfortunately Josh Hutcherson failed to light even a spark on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Perhaps the writers checked out early for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, but whatever the reason, this weekend's episode can be filed under "dud." The show went for the bizarre this week, and some sketches worked (Vanessa Bayer dressed as a turkey), while others flopped (Beck Bennett as an office manager who has the body and mannerisms of a baby). Check out some of the better ones below: