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The mass exodus continues at Saturday Night Live.
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Bill Hader, Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg
Saturday marked the Season 39 finale of Saturday Night Live, but you would have never known it from the episode itself, which boasted best sketches that relied mostly on guest stars who were fixtures on previous seasons.
With Andy Samberg hosting, the blasts from the past continued with appearances by Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen. We were shocked not to see a duet from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Highlights included a hilarious cold open lampooning the Solange-Jay Z-Beyonce Elevator Incident, the return of the Kissing Family, and not one, but two digital shorts. Check out the night's best sketches below:
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.
Girls star Lena Dunham made her Saturday Night Live hosting debut Saturday, but she wasn't the only celebrity guest to stop by. Liam Neeson, Jon Hamm and former cast member Fred Armisen also made cameos in what was overall a mediocre episode.
Louis C.K. to host SNL
Dunham predictably addressed the rampant nudity and graphic sex in Girls, both in her so-so monologue and in a hilarious parody of the Garden of Eden story. Did anyone honestly think Dunham could get through the entire episode without showing some skin? This hilarious trailer for "Girl," a new movie about Adam and Eve, features great impersonations of Dunham's co-stars Adam Driver and Zosia Mamet by Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer. Take a look:
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:
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.
Seth Meyers, Ellen DeGeneres
This week, new Saturday Night Live cast member Sasheer Zamata took Girls fans on a tour of Brooklyn, and on the series itself, Marnie (Allison Williams) discovered a cringe-worthy — yet hilarious — video of herself on YouTube. The new Starz series Black Sails got an early premiere online, while Frozen got unnecessarily censored. Jennifer Lawrence flipped out on the red carpet at the SAG Awards when an interviewer dropped a major Homeland spoiler on her, and Ellen DeGeneres helped Seth Meyers practice his celebrity interviewing skills before he takes over Late Night next month. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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:
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.