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Paul Rudd Succeeded Where Ryan Gosling Couldn't - He Made It Through This SNL Skit

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Paul Rudd Succeeded Where Ryan Gosling Couldn't - He Made It Through This SNL Skit
How does Paul Rudd keep a straight face with Kate McKinnon crawling all over him? No, I'm genuinely curious because the man has succeeded where many others have failed. Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live's season finale on May 18, and participated in a skit familiar to actors Ryan Gosling, Brie Larson, and Liev Schreiber.

He joined McKinnon and Cecily Strong in a"paranormal encounters" sketch which is a fan-favorite for getting hosts to break character, but Rudd held strong. He kept his cool as McKinnon thrusted against his neck and stuck her tongue in his ears, never letting a tiny smile or chuckle betray him. Sorry, but Gosling could never. Watch the full skit above to see Rudd's impressive feat - he's the only host to ever make it through without breaking.
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Paul Rudd Succeeded Where Ryan Gosling Couldn't - He Made It Through This SNL Skit

How does Paul Rudd keep a straight face with Kate McKinnon crawling all over him? No, I'm genuinely curious because the man has succeeded where many others have failed. Rudd hosted Saturday Night Live's season finale on May 18, and participated in a skit familiar to actors Ryan Gosling, Brie Larson, and Liev Schreiber.

He joined McKinnon and Cecily Strong in a"paranormal encounters" sketch which is a fan-favorite for getting hosts to break character, but Rudd held strong. He kept his cool as McKinnon thrusted against his neck and stuck her tongue in his ears, never letting a tiny smile or chuckle betray him. Sorry, but Gosling could never. Watch the full skit above to see Rudd's impressive feat - he's the only host to ever make it through without breaking.
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Paul Rudd on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Paul Rudd on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
Unlike scripted shows, which often build to a finale, Saturday Night Live starts just as fresh with its last episode as its first. So the fact that the season went out with something of a whimper is a function of the show’s creative DNA rather than a failure to sum up the narrative themes of the season. (If one Had to come up with Season 44 themes: Kenan Thompson was the Mvp, Heidi Gardener was Most Improved, there were few truly great episodes but dozens of awesome sketches, the show
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‘SNL': Watch Colin Jost Break Up as Cecily Strong Spits in His Face (Video)

‘SNL': Watch Colin Jost Break Up as Cecily Strong Spits in His Face (Video)
Cecily Strong delivered the ultimate spit-take during the “Weekend Update” segment of “Saturday Night Live” — busting up co-anchor Colin Jost as he repeatedly got soaked.

Strong appeared beside Jost as Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who explained her loud, brash voice by saying, “Twenty years ago I yelled at a waiter because my Cobb salad had a cranberry and now I’m locked at this volume for the rest of my life.”

She soon produced a full martini glass, suggesting the very wet business to come. “I haven’t been drinking — I currently am drinking,” she said. “I have vowed to enjoy a drink every time President Trump ignores a congressional subpoena.”

Also Read: 'SNL': Leslie Jones Goes All 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Game of Thrones' on New Anti-Abortion Laws (Video)

When Jost noted that Robert Mueller is likely to testify before Congress despite Trump, Strong’s Pirro spat
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale

‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: Paul Rudd Closes Out Uneven Season With Unspecial Finale
Paul Rudd’s fourth time hosting “Saturday Night Live” also coincides with the 44th season finale of the long-running late-night sketch comedy show. That’s not even a fun fact: It’s just a fact. Nothing special at all… which, unfortunately, kind of describes this season finale. It’s not Paul Rudd’s fault though, because Paul Rudd is a man who can make a spectacle out of something mundane (for celebrities) like going on “Conan.”

Host: Paul Rudd

Perhaps more than any other celebrity, Paul Rudd has major Best Man Energy, which makes this the most perfect opening monologue one could ever have on “SNL.” Sure, this is a guy who can play a dirtbag and a weirdo among the best of them — which he does here, at least in the case of the latter — but the Rudd charm is that of a man who will give you a proper best man speech.
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‘SNL’ Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rocking Out to Queen

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‘SNL’ Cold Open Has Alec Baldwin’s Trump Rocking Out to Queen
The cold open for the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” saw the Trump administration taking some liberties with a rock classic.

Alec Baldwin returned as President Donald Trump, letting America know that he is going to be taking it easy now that summer is nearly here. He then said he was going to do all of things he never has time for anymore: “golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the new tariffs from China.”

Trump then said he was on “cruise control” until being elected to his second term before launching into a rendition of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

Baldwin was joined by Aidy Bryant as Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Cecily Strong as First Lady Melania Trump, and Beck Bennett as Vice President Mike Pence. Other performers to appear included Chris Redd as Kanye West, Kenan Thompson as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,
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‘SNL': Trump Administration Sings Corruption-Themed Version of Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ (Video)

It’s the season finale of “SNL,” and the NBC sketch show sent off season 44 with a musical extravaganza in the cold open — in which Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump to lead a parody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

The cold open sketch also saw Robert De Niro swing by for one more appearance as former special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I’m very excited about summer, getting around to those things i never have time for,” Baldwin’s Trump said in an Oval Office set before the music began. “Golf. Visiting friends in prison. And enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs for China.”

“It’s been an incredible year for our economy, our American economy is on fire. I’m not going to tell you if it’s a fire that keeps you warm or burns your house to the ground, but it’s some kind of fire.
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: Alec Baldwin Sings About Second Trump Term, But Robert De Niro Ruins Party

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: Alec Baldwin Sings About Second Trump Term, But Robert De Niro Ruins Party
The cold open for the 44th season finale of Saturday Night Live ended on a high note, with Alec Baldwin returning as an exuberant President Trump who belted out a song about a second term.

Before launching into a parody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Baldwin’s Trump crowed: “I’m very excited about summer, getting in those things that I never have time for — golf, visiting friends in prison, and enjoying all the fantastic new tariffs.”

“It’s been an incredible year for our economy, it’s on fire,” he adds. “I’m on cruise control for a second term and there’s nothing the Democrats in Congress can do about it.”

Baldwin’s Trump begins to sing “tonight, I’m gonna have myself a real good time.” He’s joined on the tune by SNL regulars Cecily Strong as first lady Melania Trump, Beck Bennett as VP Mike Pence,
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Alec Baldwin's Trump Sings About Future of America, Hopeful Second Term in 'SNL' Cold Open

Alec Baldwin's Trump Sings About Future of America, Hopeful Second Term in 'SNL' Cold Open
The season finale of Saturday Night Live kicked off with a musical number performed by Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro and more.

In a parody of Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now," Baldwin's Donald Trump sang about the current state of the country and his hopes for his second term as president. The replacement lyrics included jokes about visiting friends in prison and how the economy is on fire. 

After Trump sang about his excitement to enjoy the summer and play golf, he was joined by Melania (Cecily Strong), Mike Pence (Beck Bennett) and Sarah Huckabee ...
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Asks Gop Senators What It Would Take To Stop Supporting Trump

‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Asks Gop Senators What It Would Take To Stop Supporting Trump
Saturday Night Live returned to politics this weekend for the cold open — after previously taking on Game of Thrones — by posing the question to Senate Republicans: “What would it take for President Trump to lose your support?”

Kyle Mooney played Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd and began the conversation by waxing poetic about his hair. “I hope you like my bangs. It’s something new I’m trying for the summer,” he said, before turning to a panel of Gop leaders to ask how much longer they’d back the president.

The panel was made up of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins. They were all open to talking about Trump’s business losses, his trade policies and the administration’s questionable decisions that make them “shake” their heads. But the senators briefly fell silent when it came to withdrawing their support.
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‘SNL': Chuck Todd Tries – and Fails Spectacularly – to Find Anything to Make Republicans Stop Supporting Trump (Video)

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‘SNL': Chuck Todd Tries – and Fails Spectacularly – to Find Anything to Make Republicans Stop Supporting Trump (Video)
In the cold open to the latest episode of “SNL,” no celebrities showed up to impersonate people like Robert Mueller or Donald Trump. But the show didn’t shy away from politics, kicking off with a parody of NBC’s “Meet the Press” in which Kyle Mooney’s Chuck Todd tried — and failed — to come up with anything that would make Republican leaders stop supporting Trump. Watch the clip above.

Joining Mooney for the bit were Kate McKinnon as Lindsay Graham, Beck Bennett as Mitch McConnell, and Cecily Strong as Susan Collins.

Mooney’s Chuck started things off by asking the guests if they support Trump’s escalating trade war with China.

Beckett’s McConnell said “there’s a simple answer to that. there was no collusion.” Meanwhile, McKinnon’s Graham was more effusive: “Chuck, listen. when you have a president who’s a financial genius and a business Jesus like Donald Trump,
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Asks What it Would Take for Senators to Stop Supporting Donald Trump (Watch)

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Asks What it Would Take for Senators to Stop Supporting Donald Trump (Watch)
The penultimate episode of “Saturday Night Live’s” 44th season kicked off Saturday with a “Meet the Press” sketch in which Kyle Mooney portrayed Chuck Todd and welcomed Beck Bennett as Mitch McConnell, Cecily Strong as Susan Collins, Kate McKinnon as Lindsey Graham to discuss Donald Trump’s trade war with China and what it would take for them to stop supporting the president.

Since these senators have all opposed tariffs in the past, the question was whether they supported Trump’s tariff now.

“Well, Chuck, there is a simple answer to that. There was no collusion,” Bennett’s McConnell kicked things off.

Turning then to McKinnon’s Graham, Mooney’s Todd pointed out the senator had supported tariffs for decades but was changing tune now.

“When you have a president who’s a financial genius and a business Jesus like Donald Trump, you just got to trust him,” McKinnon’s Graham replied.
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'SNL' Cold Open Asks Gop Members What It Would Take to Stop Supporting Trump

'SNL' Cold Open Asks Gop Members What It Would Take to Stop Supporting Trump
In a spoof of Meet the Press, with Kyle Mooney playing host Chuck Todd, Saturday Night Live took on the latest President Trump issues for the cold open. The sketch included several impressions of Gop members, including Beck Bennett playing Sen. Mitch McConnell; Cecily Strong playing Sen. Susan Collins; and Kate McKinnon — whom Mooney’s Todd called "the Gop’s latest bad boy" — as Lindsey Graham.

Mooney’s Todd started by asking the panelists about Trump’s increasingly fraught relationship with China. When he threw out a question about the tariffs, Bennett’s McConnell instinctively answered "...
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Nantucket Film Festival to Honor 'SNL' Writers, Performers in All-Female Screenwriters Tribute

Nantucket Film Festival to Honor 'SNL' Writers, Performers in All-Female Screenwriters Tribute
The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced an all-female slate of honorees and focus for its 2019 Screenwriters Tribute.

The fest will honor Saturday Night Live writers and performers Jane Curtin, Anne Beatts, Sudi Green and Sarah Schneider with the Creative Impact in Television Award, and writer-producer Leslie Dixon will receive the Screenwriters Tribute Award, which is given to a scribe whose writing has had a distinct impact on the landscape of cinema. The honors will be handed out June 22.

Current SNL castmember Cecily Strong will present the TV award to the women from the long-running NBC sketch show, who distinguished ...
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Avengers Vs. Game of Thrones in SNL Family Feud Sketch

Avengers Vs. Game of Thrones in SNL Family Feud Sketch
Last night's new episode of Saturday Night Live began with a Family Feud parody sketch featuring Avengers: Endgame characters taking on characters from Game of Thrones. As always, Kenan Thompson led the segment as Steve Harvey. Making up the Avengers side of the game are "scientologist" Thor (Alex Moffat), the "swoll Grimace" Thanos (Beck Bennett), "Okey-Dokey" Okoye (Ego Nwodim), and "Bitch, I'm Groot" Groot (Leslie Jones). Playing against them on the Game of Thrones team are Lady Brienne of Tarth (Kate McKinnon), the giant killer Tormund Giantsbane (Mikey Day), the thousand year old witch Melisandre (Cecily Strong), and "that weird brother" Bran Stark (Kyle Mooney).

When Steve Harvey asks players to name something on their bucket lists, the Avengers team gets to play the game after Brienne's answer of "one night with Jaime Lannister" gets her an X. Thanos answers next with his wish to "get off the Hgh," as
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See ‘SNL’ Pit ‘Avengers’ Vs. ‘Game of Thrones’ in ‘Family Feud’ Sketch

See ‘SNL’ Pit ‘Avengers’ Vs. ‘Game of Thrones’ in ‘Family Feud’ Sketch
Instead of focusing on politics, this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live featured a cold open centered on pop culture. Reprising his role as Steve Harvey in the sketch, Kenan Thompson hosted a game of Family Feud where Game of Thrones characters battled their counterparts from Avengers: Endgame.

On each side, SNL cast members sported costumes from the HBO series and Marvel film, while making quips about their respective characters. On The Avengers team, Alex Moffat portrayed Thor, “the sexiest man at the Renaissance Fair,” “swole Grimace” Thanos (Beck Bennett
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'SNL' Parodies 'Game of Thrones,' 'Avengers: Endgame' in 'Family Feud' Cold Open

'SNL' Parodies 'Game of Thrones,' 'Avengers: Endgame' in 'Family Feud' Cold Open
Instead of focusing on a political event, Saturday Night Live’s cold open presented a parody of Family Feud that pitted Game of Thrones against the Avengers. Kenan Thompson played Steve Harvey in the sketch that celebrated the two biggest franchises existing in pop culture.

Each SNL castmember donned costumes resembling popular characters from the HBO show and Marvel film. For the Thrones side, Kate McKinnon played Brienne, who was recently knighted during an episode of the final season. Cecily Strong played Melisandre, and Kyle Mooney played Bran.

On the Avengers side, Alex Moffat played Thor, Leslie Jones played Groot and Beck Bennett played ...
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Cecily Strong on Jeanine Pirro, Working With Ted Danson and Her Love of a Public Meltdown

Cecily Strong on Jeanine Pirro, Working With Ted Danson and Her Love of a Public Meltdown
Week after week, Cecily Strong is working with some of the biggest names in show business when they come through halls of Studio 8H for Saturday Night Live. But her latest venture, working with Ted Danson in a new campaign for Smirnoff's Zero Sugar Infusions line of vodka specialty spirits, is one she's been bragging about. The duo star in new commercials for the product. "It was as fun as you could imagine—and more so. It's been fun to brag about to family and friends," Strong told E! News. "[Ted Danson] is so delightful and charming and funny. It was a beautiful day. We had fun, I liked the director, I liked our little scripts. We just—we laughed a lot for hours. So, it was kind of the...
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‘Saturday Night Live’: Who May Be Leaving After Season 44

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Who May Be Leaving After Season 44
In May 2012, Saturday Night Live said good-bye to two of its biggest stars, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig, prompting the usual gloom-and-doom forecast for NBC’s veteran late-night sketch comedy program.

A few months later, SNL introduced one of its strongest group of female performers ever with Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant, who all were featured players at the start of Season 38 in the fall of 2012 (McKinnon made her debut on the show at the end of Season 37). The trio, along with SNL doyen Kenan Thompson and several strong newer cast additions, including Leslie Jones, have kept SNL thriving even after Samberg and Wiig’s departures were followed by the exits by Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, and Bill Hader a season later.

The standard SNL contracts are for seven years. I hear McKinnon is under her original contract, which is coming up. Meanwhile, I hear Strong and Bryant
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‘I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson’ Review: Netflix’s Demented Sketch Show Is Pretty Great

While wading through the Netflix originals library, there are moments when the cornucopia of content Ted Sarandos initially envisioned becomes clear. Maybe it’s during the “BoJack Horseman” credits sequence. Maybe it’s when Debbie and Ruth have it out at the hospital in “Glow.” Maybe it’s right after a ginormous psychic octopus wraps its tentacles around Brit Marling. It’s a different moment for everyone, but at some point each open-minded Netflix subscriber must think, “Oh, this is what peak TV was supposed to give us: original ideas, fully realized — no matter how weird.”

Little did I know it, dear reader, but watching Sam Richardson step through a Christmas time portal into Ebenezer Scrooge’s bedroom so they can fight undead space skeletons is one of my moments. Sure, it helps he’s dressed like Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s action gem “Edge of Tomorrow” and shouts
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