Saturday Night Live (SNL) Afterparty

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A Peabody Award-coveting podcast review of SNL, featuring intimate, probing, aggressive—yet tender—conversations with fresh, young, supple voices from across the comedy landscape.

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Jennifer Lopez / DaBaby, S45-E8
22:25

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 8, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Belushi-inspired off-Broadway curiosities, daft potty-product pitchmen, inscrutably bad bear sketches, and Bowen Yang continuing to impress.

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Dec 11, 2019
November 2019 Month in Review
01:29:05

Mario Lanza and Joni Newman discuss the highs and lows of Season 45's November 4-episode run, with hosts: Chance the Rapper, Kristen Stewart, Harry Styles and Will Ferrell.

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Dec 04, 2019
Will Ferrell / King Princess, S45-E7
23:16

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 7, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss socially-sensitive Thanksgiving dinners of bygone eras, socially-insensitive concussion-induced fever dreams, and Will Ferrell as inevitable MVP.

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Nov 27, 2019
Harry Styles, S45-E6
22:40

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 6, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss charming pet-centric musical pre-tapes, divisive "awesome grandma" funeral-gone-wrong sketches, and sketch-saving Heidi Gardner reactions.

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Nov 20, 2019
Interview: Luke Null
37:47

Enjoy this conversation that I had with comedian and SNL Season 43 alum, Luke Null, during his recent mid-west tour to promote his latest album "guitar comic".

Luke was surprisingly candid about his year at SNL, and we were able to discuss the highs and lows of his tenure, and why he ultimately feels he wasn't a great fit for the show. We also talk about how he got his start in Chicago's storied improv scene and the multiple auditions that led to him eventually landing SNL.

It was a pleasure to be able to sit down with Luke and learn first-hand how it all went down, and I hope our audience enjoys it as well.

You can find Luke's latest album, by going to lukenull.com or simply searching for "Guitar Comic" on Apple Music, Spotify, or any of the other major streaming services.

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Nov 13, 2019
Kristen Stewart / Coldplay, S45-E5
01:07:47

As a treat for our new listeners, enjoy this full-length "patron-only" version of our coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 5. John and Steve, along with their very special guest, Ryan George—Screen Rant's Pitch Meeting—discuss the highs and lows of Kristen Stewart's sophomore outing as SNL host.

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Nov 06, 2019
Chance the Rapper, S45-E4
22:10

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 4, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss ingracious co-hosts, macabre triumphs of production magic, when wire-work antics fail to soar, and Chance the Rapper as adorable scamp.

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Oct 30, 2019
October 2019 Month in Review
01:00:51

Mario Lanza and Joni Newman discuss the highs and lows of Season 45's October 3-episode run, with hosts: Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and David Harbour.

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Oct 23, 2019
David Harbour / Camila Cabello, S45-E3
23:15

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 3, John and his guest, Andrew Dick, discuss the best-of-an-era "Grouch" pre-tape, throwback musical sketches that don't quite get there, and Bowen Yang continuing to impress.

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Oct 16, 2019
Phoebe Waller-Bridge / Taylor Swift, S45-E2
23:06

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live season 45 episode 2, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Phoebe Waller-Bridge's stand-up comedy chops, Ego Nwodim's multi-racial blossom of wonderfulness, and Bowen Yang's triumphant Weekend Update arrival.

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Oct 09, 2019
Woody Harrelson / Billie Eilish, S45-E1
22:18

In these selected highlights from our full coverage of Saturday Night Live's Season 45 premiere, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Chris and Heidi as repertory players, the comedic potential in Big Poppy's shooting, and Aidy's Audrey's wardrobe malfunction.

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Oct 02, 2019
Season 45 Preseason Extravaganza!
01:00:35

John, Steve and Andy discuss SNL's early host and musical guest announcements, the second coming of Eddie Murphy, Leslie Jones' legacy, new cast hires and fires, edgy comedy chilling-effects, host and musical guest speculation, and the over-under on a Piscopo cameo.

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Sep 25, 2019
Movie: Wayne's World
01:24:14

Earlier this summer, John sat down with the fine folks over at the Retro Movie Roundtable podcast to discuss the 1992 SNL-inspired hit film: Wayne's World. During the discussion, John divulges his comedy-nerd origin story, and digs deep on Wayne Campbell's Canadian roots.

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Sep 11, 2019
Vintage: Carrie Fisher / The Blues Brothers, S4-E6
01:02:31

John and his guest, improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman, discuss childhood SNL indoctrination, the full Ego experience, the full Blues Brothers experience, the full SNL staff experience, when comedy is provocative for provocitive's sake, and profound takes on Mr. Bill.

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  • Best moment: The Blues Brothers arrive and explode into Soul Man.
  • Best sketch: Beach Blanket Bimbo from Outer Space
  • MVP: Dan Aykroyd
  • Rating: 10 (classic)
Aug 21, 2019
Season 44 "Cut for Time" Sketches
01:06:16

John is joined by comedian, impressionist and SNL hopeful, Matthew Hawkins to discuss Matt's latest SNL audition as well as which of Saturday Night Live's officially released, unaired Season 44 "cut for time" sketches was the "best of the rest".

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  • Best of the rest: New Cast Member (written by Sudi Green, Fran Gillespie and Kyle Mooney)
Jul 24, 2019
Season 44 Postseason Extravaganza!
01:10:11

John and Andrew discuss Season 44's unexpectedly exceptional host bookings, Season 45 cast speculation, Cecily as "the glue", capitalizing on SNL's live nature, writers room brain-drain, risk-averse producers, featured player report cards, and the allure YouTube algorithms.

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Notes

  • Moment of the season: Macro-dosed Dumbo review & Chris Farley tribute.
  • Best live sketch: Romano Tours & Westminster Daddy Show
  • Best pre-tape: The Actress & House Hunters
  • Best Weekend Update feature: Film Critic Terry Fink's Spring Movie Review & Every Teen Girl Murder Suspect on Law & Order
  • MVP: Anna Drezen & Cecily Strong
  • Best episode: Liev Schreiber / Li'l Wayne & Halsey
  • Best host: Emma Thompson & Adam Sandler
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Jun 18, 2019
May 2019 Month in Review
01:38:45

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's May 3-episode run, with hosts: Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Paul Rudd.

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May 29, 2019
Paul Rudd / DJ Khaled, S44-E21
01:27:10

John and special crossover cast collaborators, John Trumbull and Darin Patterson of the SNL Nerds podcast, discuss fandom origin stories, praise for all things Gardner, SNL finale stand-by line, backstage and afterparty insights, Awesome Joey Mohawk, and also some SNL sketches.

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  • Best moment: Cecily's spit-takes & Jost and Che switch jokes.
  • Best sketch: Ouija, A Journey Through Time & Jost and Che Switch Jokes
  • MVP: Cecily Strong & Michael Che
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
May 22, 2019
Emma Thompson / Jonas Brothers, S44-E20
48:11

John and his guest, improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman, discuss John's season finale news/gloating, Meet the Press misfires, dress rehearsal insights, Leslie and Pete performance growth, accurate diaper blowout depictions, and the triumphant return of Bailey Gismert.

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  • Best moment: Emma Thompson slaps the cup & diaper blowout.
  • Best sketch: Chopped & The Perfect Mother
  • MVP: Emma Thompson & Heidi Gardner
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
May 15, 2019
Adam Sandler / Shawn Mendes, S44-E19
01:01:38

John and Steve—along with Andrew Dick of That Week in SNL—discuss season finale NYC podcast plans, Adam Sandler's successful self-deprecation, realistic vacation expectations, uninspired cast indulgences, touching Chris Farley tributes, and Steve's severe puncture wound.

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  • Best moment: "I didn't finish, but I am done." & Chris Farley tribute.
  • Best sketch: Romano Tours & Rectix
  • MVP: Adam Sandler
  • Rating: 7 (decent/decent/great)
May 08, 2019
April 2019 Month in Review
01:07:19

Mike Bloom and fill-in guest Andrew Dick discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's April 2-episode run, with hosts: Kit Harington and Emma Stone.

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Apr 24, 2019
Emma Stone / BTS, S44-E18
38:44

John and Steve discuss Michael Keaton as Julian Assange, the fashion fragility of SNL writers, Leslie nailing Whoopi, packaging up Melissa's quirks, Kenan transcending 80's music video spoofs, inspired Julio/Bowen pre-tapes, and the return of John's favourite production gag.

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  • Best moment: Kenan discovers the mess & Aunt Becky reveal.
  • Best sketch: The Actress
  • MVP: Emma Stone & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Apr 16, 2019
Kit Harington / Sara Bareilles, S44-E17
01:04:29

John and vintage SNL connoisseur Andrew Dick discuss the unexpected return of Adam Sandler, Kyle Mooney's awkward pubescent peacocking, tenuous TV Funhouse revival theories, exceptional pre-tape production values, and divisive Theresa May sympathy pieces.

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  • Best moment: Alex's Dumbo movie review & Heidi's zombie seduction.
  • Best sketch: Nephew Pageant
  • MVP: Alex Moffat
  • Rating: 8 (great/great)
Apr 10, 2019
March 2019 Month in Review
01:16:24

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's March 3-episode run, with hosts: John Mulaney, Idris Elba and Sandra Oh.

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Apr 03, 2019
Idris Elba / Khalid, S44-15
41:33

John and Steve discuss the relatability of technological impairment, Cecily Strong as queen of train-wreck women, Khalid's "doin' it" background music, Pete Davidson speaking his truth, Leslie Jones physical comedy misfires, and when ten-to-ones get karate-chopped in half.

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  • Best moment: Kenan's "Live from…" misfire & Pete calls out Catholicism.
  • Best sketch: Powerpoint & Soccer Broadcast
  • MVP: Kenan Thompson
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Mar 13, 2019
John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett, S44-E14
01:01:02

John and Steve—along with Andrew Dick of That Week in SNL—discuss Bill Hader as ringer, the theory of the "hot room", Chad vs. Cinematic Tropes, non-canonical cha cha slides, the cardinal sin of Thomas Rhett, "breaking" as a liability, and the long shadow of Diner Lobster.

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  • Best moment: Kyle's malapropisms, Kate's expectorate delivery & Hader's verbal trap.
  • Best sketch: What's That Name & Cha Cha Slide
  • MVP: Bill Hader & John Mulaney
  • Rating: 7 (decent/great/decent)
Mar 06, 2019
February 2019 Month in Review
01:12:34

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's February 2-episode run, with hosts: Halsey and Don Cheadle.

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Feb 27, 2019
Halsey, S44-E12
48:28

John and Steve discuss Halsey as double threat, cold-opens with bite, sexy valentine dinners with Steve's mom, mistimed hand-cast reveals, suspenseful musical performance art, smart impression-piece setups, realistic sorority pub-crawl dare-fests, and Pete as thespian corpse.

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  • Best moment: Pete's corpse flopping & Melissa serenades Jost.
  • Best sketch: Parents Call & Meet the Press Cold Open
  • MVP: Kyle Mooney & Halsey
  • Rating: 10 (classic)
Feb 13, 2019
January 2019 Month in Review
01:00:37

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's January 2-episode run, with hosts: Rachel Brosnahan and James McAvoy.

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Jan 30, 2019
Rachel Brosnahan / Greta Van Fleet, S44-E10
01:07:31

John and his guest, Andrew Dick—That Week in SNL—discuss featured player mid-term report cards, Mikey-Streeter recurring sketch templates, Aidy's inspired little "boomer" ditty, Greta Van Fleet's worst kind of heresy, manic Pete Davidson damage control, and Kool-Aid fuelled antics.

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  • Best moment: Melanie's "Who are the boomers?" song.
  • Best sketch: Millennial Millions
  • MVP: Kenan Thompson & Leslie Jones
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Jan 23, 2019
December 2018 Month in Review
01:13:46

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's December 3-episode run, with hosts: Claire Foy, Jason Momoa and Matt Damon.

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Dec 26, 2018
Matt Damon / Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus, S44-E9
39:01

John and Steve discuss Pete Davidson Instagram drama, Momoa host intel, when monologues punch you right in the feels, Kenan as Daddy handler, macabre angel ornaments, Angel's passionate show of support, Weezer debate nuance, and emotionally mature ball-breaking.

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  • Best moment: Kenan handles Tweedy Daddy & angel ornament face reveal.
  • Best sketch: Christmas Ornaments & Colin Jost and Michael Che Swap Jokes
  • MVP: Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
Dec 19, 2018
Jason Momoa / Mumford & Sons, S44-E8
35:30

John and Steve discuss Momoa as return host, shortsighted Mueller casting, uninspired obligatory fan-service, short and sweet Chappelle-esque pre-tapes, Aidy as bizarro Stefon, off-the-rails alt-comedy pre-tapes, and Pete as competent player.

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  • Best moment: Dad looks over the boyfriend & Santa reveals the shotgun.
  • Best sketch: First Impression
  • MVP: Mikey Day & Aidy Bryant
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Dec 12, 2018
Claire Foy / Anderson .Paak, S44-E7
44:08

John and Steve discuss sleep-deprived little snot monsters, soul-piercing eyebrows, "Maya & Marty" reincarnated, Anderson .Paak's captivating performance, Jost's Hulu-patched performance, Beck's utterly useless dandy, and spot-on goomah skewering.

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  • Best moment: Putin/Salman handshake & Anderson .Paak performs.
  • Best sketch: The War in Words
  • MVP: Claire Foy
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Dec 05, 2018
November 2018 Month in Review
01:15:08

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's November 3-episode run, with hosts: Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber and Steve Carell.

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Nov 28, 2018
Steve Carell / Ella Mai, S44-E6
49:39

John and Steve discuss the Ghost of Thanksgiving Past, lacklustre rap pre-tapes, mock zero-gravity acting, Leslie selling her lines, Mikey's passionate bigfoot-erotica reading, Heidi's understated performance choices, and when production snafus completely unravel a sketch.

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  • Best moment: "Did you know that a dog can punch you?" & RV mom unburdens herself.
  • Best sketch: Friends-giving & Space Station Broadcast
  • MVP: Heidi Gardner & Mikey Day
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Nov 21, 2018
Liev Schreiber / Lil Wayne, S44-E5
50:58

John and Steve discuss their winter host hopefuls, De Niro's cue-card reading inabilities, rusty go-to celebrity-humiliation vehicles, crisp hip-hop percussion, Cecily channelling Molly Shannon-esque physical comedy, tasteful mea culpas, and undeniable podcast clichés.

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  • Best moment: White House intern's barrel roll & Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw's first impressions
  • Best sketch: House Hunters
  • MVP: Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
Nov 14, 2018
Jonah Hill / Maggie Rogers, S44-E4
42:24

John and Steve do not discuss Baldwin's arrest or the latest Pete/Ariana drama. However, they do discuss Heidi's maybe-intentionally fumbly performance, inorganic script-flipping, Pete's tone-deaf appeal for privacy, Melissa's first truly repertory showing, and Aidy's physicality.

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  • Best moment: Che badgers the suspect & Terry soaks up some screen-time.
  • Best sketch: Benihana & Every Teen Girl Murder Suspect on Law & Order
  • MVP: Aidy Bryant & Melissa Villaseñor
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Nov 07, 2018
October 2018 Month in Review
01:06:43

Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza—formerly of the SNL Funhouse podcast—discuss the highs and lows of Season 44's initial 3-episode run, with hosts: Adam Driver, Awkwafina and Seth Meyers.

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Oct 24, 2018
Seth Meyers / Paul Simon, S44-E3
01:04:54

John and Steve—along with improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman—discuss the Seth connection, assumed staged celebrity engagements, Seth as storyteller, porno-railing sex face, sketches that hit too close to home, Mulanian Cosby triumphs, and Heidi's chipmunk vocal effect.

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  • Best moment: Seth's sex face, Cosby's dance & Bayou Benny's roll call.
  • Best sketch: Beta Force, Jail Cellmate & Movie Talkback
  • MVP: Heidi Gardner & Kenan Thompson
  • Rating: 9 (great/great/classic)
Oct 17, 2018
Awkwafina / Travis Scott, S44-E2
43:37

John and Steve discuss particularly mushy prosthetics, Travis Scott's otherworldly demeanour, rampant Auto-Tune nonsense, passionate Weekend Update outings, "peak" Eric and Donald Jr., misguided Leslie/Pete casting, outmoded women's roundtables, Li'l Bang-Bang's t-rex dance, and POV erotic pumpkin mode.

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  • Best moment: L'il Bang-Bang's t-rex dance & Todd's pumpkin-enticement.
  • Best sketch: Late Night Battle & Pumpkin Patch
  • MVP: Beck Bennett
  • Rating: 3 (weak/trainwreck)
Oct 10, 2018
Adam Driver / Kanye West, S44-E1
54:30

John and Steve discuss player pronunciation mea culpas, cheap site-gag setups, Adam Driver's impressive comedic chops, when rehashed sketches surpass the original, Kanye West's media whore-ery, Pete Davidson revelling in his recent good fortune, and the latest obnoxious Kanye non-controversy.

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  • Best moment: Brett Kavanaugh's reading-face & Che questions Republicans' choice
  • Best sketch: Career Day
  • MVP: Michael Che & Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Oct 03, 2018
Season 44 Preseason Extravaganza!
57:26

John and Steve—along with Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza of the SNL Funhouse recap podcast—discuss unregulated SNL podcast-conglomerate mergers, Adam Driver sophomore hosting expectations, season 44 cast and writer changes, and high hopes for Ego Nwodim and Bowen Yang.

Special Announcement: Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza will be joining our show to provide "off-week" coverage of each of SNL's monthly episode-runs throughout season 44. Expect to see their ongoing discussions drop in our main podcast feed each time SNL goes on break.

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Sep 26, 2018
Vintage: Andrew Dice Clay / The Spanic Boys & Julee Cruise, S15-E19
01:34:22

John and special crossover-cast collaborator Andrew Dick—That Week in SNL—discuss "Diceman" as satire, Dunn-fostered media circuses, the Lovitz/Dunn kerfuffle, the folly of "bleeping" sketch-reliant innuendo, greaser-guido-goomba overload, and It's A Wonderful Life-esque speculative SNL fan-fiction.

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  • Best moment: Frank Zappa rants & Annoying Man pops a zit
  • Best sketch: Guardian Devil
  • MVP: Jon Lovitz
  • Rating: 5 (weak/decent)
Sep 12, 2018
Vintage: Pierce Brosnan / Destiny's Child, S26-E18
01:02:57

John and his guest, Dave Buckman, discuss post-911 comedic tone shifts, Beyoncé's inevitable superstardom, missed recurring-sketch opportunities, Horatio Sanz' sketch saving abilities, Tracy Morgan in his prime, optimally-funny trident stabs, and the fearlessness of Tina Fey.

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  • Best moment: Scott Jergensen challenges Mr. Tarkanian & Tatiana makes a balloon animal
  • Best sketch: Evil Boss
  • MVP: Horatio Sanz
  • Rating: 10 (classic)
Aug 22, 2018
Season 43 "Cut for Time" Sketches
40:21

John and Steve review all of Saturday Night Live's officially released, unaired Season 43 "cut for time" sketches to determine which one was the "best of the rest".

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  • Best of the rest: Wedding Toast (written by Andrew Dismukes, Luke Null and Streeter Seidell)
Jul 11, 2018
Season 43 Postseason Extravaganza!
53:16

John and Steve discuss Baldwin as perpetual Trump, Jost and Che's performance as head writers, SNL's celebrity-cameo fatigue, Ariana Grande slumming-it with Pete Davidson, the state of the featured players, season 43's newbie frontrunner and MVP, as well as the season's best moments, sketches, episodes and hosts.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Colin Jost's S-bomb & Angel's iPhone 4S
  • Best live sketch: Family Dinner—Shrek & Family Feud: Harvey Family Thanksgiving
  • Best pre-tape: The Race & Fresh Prince
  • Best Weekend Update feature: Hope Hicks's Resignation & Pete Davidson on Staten Island
  • MVP: Alex Moffat & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
Jun 13, 2018
Tina Fey / Nicki Minaj, S43-E21
44:06

John and Steve discuss Soprano-inspired cold opens, tongue-in-cheek celebrity-infused monologues, space-saving trick doors, Tina Fey's delusions of grandeur, Sarah Palin musical misfires, the high-stakes drama of Chicago Improv, and solid cut-for-time sketches.

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  • Best moment: Fred Armisen wastes screen-time & Mikey Day at the trick door
  • Best sketch: Pervert Hunters & Royal Wedding
  • MVP: Alex Moffat & Mickey Day
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
May 23, 2018
Minisode: Tales from the Standby Line
30:53

John talks with SNL standby line-dwellers live from Rockefeller Center.

May 19, 2018
Amy Schumer / Kacey Musgraves, S43-E20
36:20

John and Steve discuss comedy crushes, John's New York gentleman's intermission, Amy Schumer's vivacious monologue, the true burden of motherhood, Trump's pretty good week, Melissa McCarthy's most mothery of mothers, and the glorious return of Sheila Sovage.

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  • Best moment: Melissa McCarthy's use of space & The Day You Were Born's closing title
  • Best sketch: The Day You Were Born
  • MVP: Amy Schumer
  • Rating: 8 (decent/classic)
May 16, 2018
Donald Glover / Childish Gambino, S43-E19
33:09

John and Steve discuss the tragedy of lost recordings, ineffectual lawyer voodoo, Luke Null finally catching a—literal—break, Cecily's ongoing love-affair with retro-cringe music, life-or-death celebrity distractions, and the enduring adorableness of Melissa Villaseñor.

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  • Best moment: Incredulous FBI eavesdroppers & Angela's psychology smackdown
  • Best sketch: Courtroom & Friendos
  • MVP: Donald Glover & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
May 09, 2018
John Mulaney / Jack White, S43-E18
56:53

John and Steve discuss their uncanny host prediction abilities, celebrity-heavy cold opens, humorous polygraph squiggles, MulVaney-gate, intentionally sloppy Jack White solos, the switcharoo's dark ramifications, and the tragedy of cutting Luke Null's breakout sketch.

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  • Best moment: Switcheroo reveal & Lobster chorus
  • Best sketch: Drag Brunch & Sitcom Reboot
  • MVP: John Mulaney & Luke Null
  • Rating: 9 (great/classic)
Apr 18, 2018
Chadwick Boseman / Cardi B, S43-E17
52:51

John and Steve discuss the state of SNL's Trump, yet more inspired Black Jeopardy, Chadwick Boseman's character choices, Cardi B's baby-bump, Trump-dong burnout, Angel's recur-potential, irredeemably-bad sketches, Cecily and Kate eating Melissa's lunch, and board-games you just can't win.

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  • Best moment: Cardi B's baby-bump reveal & T'Challa wins
  • Best sketch: Black Jeopardy with Chadwick Boseman
  • MVP: Kenan Thompson
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Apr 11, 2018
Bill Hader / Arcade Fire, S43-E16
56:03

John and Steve discuss Luke Null in Rudnitsky territory, the dangers of concentrating ginger genes, desexualizing sex, Melissa's missed impression opportunities, socially-conscious Stefon, deep Deep House Dish connections, Canadian joke mistranslations, and high-brow poop jokes.

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  • Best moment: Shy's appearance & Potty discovery
  • Best sketch: Undercover Office Potty & Irish Dating Show
  • MVP: Bill Hader
  • Rating: 9 (classic/great)
Mar 21, 2018
Sterling K. Brown / James Bay, S43-E15
48:01

John and Steve discuss Sterling K. as top-notch first-time host, face-melting reality-TV travesties, Heidi's masterful fumbling, lacklustre pre-tapes, the longevity of Eric and Donald Trump Jr., the surprising return of Vanessa Bayer, and Kyle Mooney's gonzo improv abilities.

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  • Best moment: Mrs. Gomez air drumming & Sterling K. gets emotional
  • Best sketch: Family Dinner-Shrek
  • MVP: Melissa Villaseñor & Sterling K. Brown
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Mar 14, 2018
Charles Barkley / Migos, S43-E14
55:20

John and Steve discuss Bill Hader as ratings poison, the state of the podcast, Baldwin hanging in there as Trump, SNL's heavy-handed partisan messaging, Hope Hicks' pitch-perfect farewell, obligatory Olympic walk-ons, and the exceptionally limited range of Charles Barkley.

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  • Best moment: Chris Redd: "Is this a trap?" & Bobo generates static
  • Best sketch: Harassment Awards & Hope Hicks
  • MVP: Chris Redd
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Mar 07, 2018
Jessica Chastain / Troye Sivan, S43-E11
43:06

John and Taylor discuss early 90's sitcom theme-song nostalgia, undulating glistening supple hairless man-boys, the Weekend Update millennial disconnect, cleavage prosthetics, the progressive values of the modern porn industry, and late 70's CBS sitcom nostalgia.

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  • Best moment: Jost's Republican accomplishments & The Judge gets wasted
  • Best sketch: Fresh Prince
  • MVP: Chris Redd
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
Jan 24, 2018
Sam Rockwell / Halsey, S43-E10
35:27

John and Steve discuss Leslie as Oprah, Mr. Science F-bombs, fashion-positive faux pas, the shared experience of Steve's ex-girlfriends, Weekend Update tackling Trump's S---hole remarks, Scarlet Johansson's self-aware hair tassel gone walkabout, and dog-head guy.

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  • Best moment: Colin Jost's S-bomb & Michael Che's S-bomb
  • Best sketch: Marcus Comes to Dinner
  • MVP: Sam Rockwell & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Jan 17, 2018
Kevin Hart / Foo Fighters, S43-E9
42:10

John and Steve discuss the mechanics of featured player promotion, Kate McKinnon quick changes, scatologically-oriented Spartacus moments, Chris Redd fits of sheer enthusiasm, Dave Grohl's vintage growl, and heavily-sedated faux llama-menace.

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  • Best moment: The Cardinal describes his living situation & The Cardinal kicks the air
  • Best sketch: Captain Shadow and the Cardinal & Office Phone Call
  • MVP: Kenan Thompson
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Dec 20, 2017
James Franco / SZA, S43-E8
36:10

John and Steve discuss kid line-reading mishaps, Leslie's unexpected spit-take gagging, SZA's incompetent seamstress, Weekend Update pre-tapes, Chris Redd's BLACKDAR, getting a "tight five" on oranges, Radio City location shoots, and Heidi Gardner's shades of Frondi.

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  • Best moment: Scrudge tells-off an angel & Leslie takes a spit-take
  • Best sketch: Spelling Bee
  • MVP: James Franco & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Dec 13, 2017
Saoirse Ronan / U2, S43-E7
47:34

John and Steve discuss winning newbie collaborations, post-Kelly/Schneider girl-power music videos, Steve's shameless feminist pandering, classic comedy setups, Chad "OK" supercuts, Luke Null's Kaufmanesque break-out performance, and deliciously painful foot-in-mouth moments.

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  • Best moment: Brody Chode insults the janitor & Saoirse's song
  • Best sketch: The Race & Late for Class
  • MVP: Mikey Day & Luke Null
  • Rating: 8 (classic/decent)
Dec 06, 2017
Chance the Rapper / Eminem, S43-E6
44:22

John and Steve discuss SNL's Kate addiction, Chance as capable host, 90's R&B nostalgia, when Family Feud pleasantly surprises, SNL's racial-diversity baby-steps, Eminem's magical opus, when SNL goes after their own, peak-Pete Davidson, and the arrival of Chris Redd.

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  • Best moment: "…with a little bit a crack in it" & Cecil Didrickson's reveal
  • Best sketch: Family Feud: Harvey Family Thanksgiving & Pete Davidson on Staten Island
  • MVP: Chance the Rapper & Chris Redd
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Nov 22, 2017
Tiffany Haddish / Taylor Swift, S43-E5
41:21

John and Steve discuss lopsided audiences, the gangsta cuteness of Tiffany Haddish, 16-bit 2D fighting game tropes, Heidi Gardner's uncanny impression, yet more fun in the SNLCU, inspired and weighty Weekend Update features, and the tragic repercussions of bad cat PR.

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  • YouTube video of Mikey Day discussing defunct video-game sketch with Seth Meyers.
  • YouTube video of BBC documentary about researchers dealing with a dolphin's 'urges'.
  • Best moment: Heidi Gardner impersonates Kristen Schaal
  • Best sketch: Back and Kyle & Claire from HR
  • MVP: Kate McKinnon & Tiffany Haddish
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Nov 15, 2017
Larry David / Miley Cyrus, S43-E4
47:01

John and Steve discuss Sorkin-esque pumpkin drama, inflatable cameos, Disney kid career reinventions, the scumbaggery of Michael Che, the brilliance of Heidi Gardner, the inscrutability of Gay sub-cultures, and absurd goldfish plot contrivances.

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  • Best moment: Goldfish dilemma & Angel's iPhone 4S
  • Best sketch: Career Retrospective & Weekend Update
  • MVP: Mikey Day & Heidi Gardner
  • Rating: 7 (great, decent)
Nov 08, 2017
Kumail Nanjiani / Pink, S43-E3
37:02

John—along with 'resident young person', Taylor Morgan—discusses when straw addiction hits home, the versatility of Kate McKinnon, the sad truth of Debette Goldry, Ferrero Rocher as comedy, SNL combating ageism, and intercontinental spider shipping logistics.

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  • Best moment: Ivana eats Ferrero Rocher & Kumail receives Melania's spider
  • Best sketch: Kellywise & Customer Service
  • MVP: Heidi Gardner & Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Oct 18, 2017
Gal Gadot / Sam Smith, S43-E2
48:06

John and Steve discuss Gal Gadot's accent liability, comedy in the midst of tragedy, somber cold-opens, satisfying O.J. reveals, the brilliance of Chad, the folly of agenda driven comedy, the genius of Kate McKinnon, Heidi Gardner's first breakout moment, and the difference between minotaurs and centaurs.

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  • Best moment: Chad loses the centaur map & O.J. reveal
  • Best sketch: First Date
  • MVP: Pete Davidson & Aidy Bryant
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Oct 11, 2017
Ryan Gosling / Jay-Z, S43-E1
49:09

John and Steve discuss a David S. Pumpkins vs. Spacepants primetime showdown, new cast hires, rumours of Luke's demise, Kelly and Schneider leaving the show, Gosling's constant breaking, Kate's face-in-butt moment, woke idiocy, Che calling Trump at "B", and service industry PTSD.

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  • Best moment: Che calls Trump a "B" & "Double barrel pink-eye"
  • Best sketch: Italian Restaurant & Levi's Wokes
  • MVP: Kate McKinnon & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/decent)
Oct 04, 2017
Season 43 Preseason Extravaganza!
36:32

Note: We recorded this episode before SNL announced the hiring of Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd as featured players. We'll discuss season 43 cast and writer changes on our next episode.

John and Steve—along with our 'youth and women's issues correspondent', Taylor Morgan—discuss cast diversity, SNL's Emmy sweep, if Alec as Trump is a bald-WIN, and The Julio Show.

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Sep 27, 2017
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 3
23:43

John and Steve discuss the third episode of Weekend Update: Summer Edition, featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump, Kenan Thompson as black rally guy, Mikey Day as Steve Bannon, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat as Conor McGregor, Mikey Day as Wes Willard, and Cecily Strong as Cathy Anne.

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  • Best moment: "...red balloons" & Tiger Wood's "hole in one"
  • Best feature: Conor McGregor
  • MVP: Alex Moffat
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Aug 30, 2017
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 2
22:32

John and Steve discuss the second episode of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update: Summer Edition with Colin Jost and Michael Che, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Kenan Thompson as Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Tina Fey.

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  • Best moment: "Donald John...is gorgeous" & Jefferson shows up
  • Best feature: Washington and Jefferson
  • MVP: Tina Fey
  • Rating: 6 (decent)
Aug 23, 2017
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 1
25:18

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update: Summer Edition with Colin Jost and Michael Che, featuring Alex Moffat and Mikey Day as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci, Kenan Thompson as LaVar Ball, and Leslie Jones.

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  • Best moment: Eric Trump's fidget spinning
  • Best sketch: Eric & Donald Trump Jr.
  • MVP: Michael Che & Alex Moffat
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Aug 16, 2017
Season 42 Postseason Extravaganza!
01:07:48

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Saturday Night Live's renewed cultural and political relevance, Baldwin as Trump, Chappelle's show as cultural touchstone, and McCarthy as Spicy; as well as season 42's best and worst moments, sketches, hosts, players and musical guests.

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  • YouTube video featuring Alex Moffat as a member of the Chicago Bull dunk team.
  • Best moment: CHONK! & Black Jeopardy handshake
  • Best sketch: Sean Spicer Press Conference & Black Jeopardy
  • MVP: Kate McKinnon & Mikey Day
  • Rating: 10 (classic/classic)
Jun 07, 2017
Dwayne Johnson / Katy Perry, S42-E21
01:17:34

John and Steve—along with their special guest, comedian Kendall Ketchum—discuss the Hanks/Comey connection, Darrell Hammond as comedy mentor, Hanks upstaging The Rock, Xentrex shades of Annuale, Drunk Uncle's joke appropriation, and immaculately juicy crescendo farts.

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  • Kendall Ketchum is a New-York-based actor and stand-up comedian, hailing from the Mississippi Delta. Connect with Kendall at: kendallketchum.com
  • Best moment: Hawt Clown, "God, the sex is good" & David S. Pimpkins
  • Best sketch: Rap Song, World's Most Evil Invention & Scorpio
  • MVP: Bobby Moynihan
  • Rating: 7 (classic/typical/weak)

 

May 24, 2017
Melissa McCarthy / HAIM, S42-E20
59:18

John and Steve—along with our new youth and women's issues correspondent, Taylor Morgan—discuss how hosts can influence the show, Joan the mom plant, old people versus technology, Spicey's potential finale, Michael Che makeup mishaps, and the complexities of the SNL Cinematic Universe.

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  • Best moment: Joan's whirlwind tour, "Well, I don't know about that" & Lorne's aside
  • Best sketch: Kyle and Leslie
  • MVP: Kyle Mooney & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/typical/typical)
May 17, 2017
Chris Pine / LCD Soundsystem, S42-E19
58:01

John and Steve—along with comedian Matthew Hawkins—discuss Chris Pine as song-and-dance man, DunkAroo fuelled 90s kids show nostalgia, synth fuelled 90s R&B nostalgia, LCD Soundsystem owning their look, Bobby channelling Farley, and a very, very heavy burtation tonight.

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  • Matthew Hawkins is a comedian and impressionist hailing from Toronto Ontario. Connect with Matt on Twitter: @theMimicHawkins
  • YouTube video of Serene Branson's on-air "heavy burtation" incident.
  • Best moment: Bobby's lip-sync dance, Rockapella sings & Sasheer as the chief
  • Best sketch: The House, SWAT Recon & Auto Shop
  • MVP: LCD Soundsystem dancing guy & Bobby Moynihan
  • Rating: 5 (typical/weak/typical)
May 10, 2017
Jimmy Fallon / Harry Styles, S42-E18
01:02:22

John and Steve—along with their special guest, comedian Eric Schwartz—discuss Jimmy Fallon's comedy-free monologue party, in-studio Travolta switcharoos, the reinvention of Harry Styles as a solo artist, the polarizing comedy stylings of Bruce Chandling, and the millennial whoop.

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  • Eric Schwartz is a comedian, actor, voiceover artist, musician and innovative content creator. Connect with Eric at: ericschwartzlive.com
  • Best moment: Fallon plays both Travoltas, Film extra makes the shot & Fat catchy hook
  • Best sketch: Turtle Shirt, Take Me Back & Before the Show
  • MVP: Harry Styles, Vanessa Bayer & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (great/typical/typical)
Apr 19, 2017
Louis C.K. / The Chainsmokers, S42-E17
47:44

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Trump supporter mental gymnastics, Louie's beautiful doe-eyes, the stupidity of Twitter activism, Steve's intense hatred of Mikey Day, Dodo's fatal lack of judgement, Tig Notaro's Clown Service, and lovable hairy creatures.

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  • Best moment: Dodo the clown accepts his fate
  • Best sketch: Birthday Clown
  • MVP: Louis C.K.
  • Rating: 9 (great/classic)
Apr 12, 2017
Vintage: Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron, S1-E7
56:37

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Richard Pryor's masterful stand-up, Futaba's origin story, the spiritual predecessor of "White Like Me", inspired commercial parodies, the enduring relevance of "Word Association", and Weekend Update's long tradition of mad libs features.

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  • Best moment: Chevy's racial epithet
  • Best sketch: Spud Beer & Samurai Hotel
  • MVP: Richard Pryor
  • Rating: 6 (typical)
Mar 29, 2017
Scarlett Johansson / Lorde, S42-E16
56:51

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Leslie Jones holding her own, Scarlett Johansson's rogue hair tassel, the reasonableness of Max the dog, being floored by Lorde, Al Franken's stunning return, and the polarizing act of adding sidekicks to recurring sketches.

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  • Best moment: Mikey Day's "O" face & Dog helmet ad-lib
  • Best sketch: Zoo Pornographer & Funeral Service
  • MVP: Mikey Day & Scarlett Johansson
  • Rating: 10 (classic)
Mar 15, 2017
Octavia Spencer / Father John Misty, S42-E15
01:06:29

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss when cast members launch from SNL, Kate McKinnon as living site gag, low-rent bus transitions, Leslie Jones line-flub drinking games, Alex Moffat's fan-service/general awesomeness, Melissa doing Kate, and Beck's unsettling use of rouge.

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  • Best moment: Alex's Capri Sun face-mash & Melissa's Kate impression
  • Best sketch: Zoo-Opolis Voice Actors & Jeff Sessions Gump Cold Open
  • MVP: Alex Moffat
  • Rating: 7 (great/typical)

 

Mar 08, 2017
Alec Baldwin / Ed Sheeran, S42-E14
48:42

John and his guest, Matthew Hawkins, discuss the fury of Melissa McCarthy, Alec Baldwin's cool Batman voice, Alex Moffat's shades of David Spade, optimal meat positioning and ideal tentpole placement (that's what she said!), and Sasheer Zamata's worthy take on Beyoncé.

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  • Matthew Hawkins is a comedian and impressionist hailing from Toronto Ontario. Connect with Matt on Twitter: @theMimicHawkins
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  • Full audio of Andy Hoglund's interview with Chris Kattan.
  • Best moment: Spicer's podium rampage & Sasheer's chocolate disgust
  • Best sketch: Sean Spicer Press Cold Open & Leslie Wants to Play Trump
  • MVP: Alec Baldwin
  • Rating: 7 (great/typical)

 

Feb 15, 2017
Kristen Stewart / Alessia Cara, S42-E13
57:02

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Alec Baldwin as record-setting host, Kristen Stewart's fidgety triumph, SNL keeping pace with immigration policy, Vanessa Bayer finding her Totino, the genius of Melissa McCarthy, Weekend Update dumpster fires, and deciphering movie-world rules.

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  • YouTube video of "Great Day" digital short by The Lonely Island.
  • Best moment: Spicer's podium ram & Outside look at Totino affair
  • Best sketch: Sean Spicer Press Conference
  • MVP: Melissa McCarthy
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Feb 08, 2017
Aziz Ansari / Big Sean, S42-E12
59:13

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Katie Rich breaking the Mafia creed, divisive burlesque parody, Weekend Update on fire, friend-zone hitting home, Melissa Villaseñor's breakout dirty-talk, heavy-handed off-key Obama love-fests, and Saturday Night Live's polarizing politics.

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  • Best moment: Michelle Obama "Hmmm." callback & Che's bad-boy flirt.
  • Best sketch: Attorney Ad & Kellyanne Conway
  • MVP: Melissa Villaseñor & Michael Che
  • Rating: 8 (great)
Jan 25, 2017
Felicity Jones / Sturgill Simpson, S42-E11
01:01:45

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Robin Duke’s thoughts on Tony Rosato, Julio Torres in the news, Felicity Jones’ adorable incompetence, the sexism of Steve Martin, millennial suffrage, Sturgill Simpson’s standout performance, and self-important celebrities.

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  • Best moments: Kenan Thompson losing face & Sturgill Simpson performs
  • Best sketches: Donald Trump Press Conference Cold-Open & Susan B. Anthony
  • MVP: Beck Bennett
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Jan 18, 2017
Interview: Robin Duke
59:33

John and his guest, Andy Hoglund, interview SNL and SCTV alumnus Robin Duke. Robin recounts her early days as a performer at Second City, her stint on SCTV, and her 4-year run on SNL. Robin also discusses her post-SNL film and TV career, and relates insights gleaned from working with Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Joe Flaherty, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, Jay Baruchel and Mark McKinney.

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Jan 04, 2017
Casey Affleck / Chance the Rapper, S42-E10
53:47

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Maren Morris as a legitimate country artist, Casey Affleck's stoic nature, a new take on Trump, poignant social observations, the grandeur of Chance the Rapper, and Michael Rapaport as a character trope.

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  • NPR interview with Maren Morris discussing her transition from songwriter to performer.
  • Video of Beck Bennett and new Duck Tales cast singing classic theme song.
  • Best moments: Gay robot walk & Leslie as Salt-N-Pepa
  • Best sketch: Robot Presentation & Hillary Actually
  • MVPs: Kate McKinnon & Beck Bennett
  • Rating: 6 (typical)
Dec 21, 2016
John Cena / Maren Morris, S42-E9
01:05:25

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss wrestling as theatre, John Cena as the next Dwayne Johnson, Aidy Bryant's next move, the smoothness of Bryan Cranston, the shadow of Farewell Mr. Bunting, and technically challenging sketches.

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  • Best moments: The Waddler & Walter White
  • Best sketch: Science Presentation
  • MVPs: Mikey Day & John Cena
  • Rating: 4 (weak)
Dec 14, 2016
Emma Stone / Shawn Mendes, S42-E8
01:00:17

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Kate McKinnon's next move, yet more Trump tweets, incompetent improv troupes, addition as showbiz algebra, vocal racial ambiguity, Leslie Jones' unveiled metaphor, and fleek turkey necks.

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  • Best moments: Bobby's football fumble & Boy's father's wince
  • Best sketches: Wells for Boys & Leslie Jones on Weekend Update
  • MVPs: Kenan Thompson & Leslie Jones
  • Rating: 6 (typical)
Dec 07, 2016
Kristen Wiig / The xx, S42-E7
01:04:44

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Trump tweets, SNL returning to form, living vicariously through featured players, CNN pundit-bots, Pete Davidson coming out swinging, and Bobby Moynihan as most valuable utility player.

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  • Best moments: Trump/Romney handshake & Clown balloon reveal
  • Best sketches: Surprise Lady & Anderson Cooper 360
  • MVPs: Cecily Strong & Bobby Moynihan
  • Rating: 6 (typical)
Nov 23, 2016
Dave Chappelle / A Tribe Called Quest, S42-E6
01:06:31

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss solemn cold opens, Dave Chappelle's executive decision, when sketches comment on themself, Sheila Sovage running out of steam, Lorne's feelings on Kyle's virginity, and Leslie's milk squirting gun.

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  • Best moments: Dave Chappelle's nightclub shooting joke & Kate McKinnon performs "Hallelujah"
  • Best sketches: The Walking Dead & Dave Chappelle's monologue
  • MVPs: Dave Chappelle & Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 9 (classic/great)
Nov 16, 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch / Solange, S42-E5
01:04:01

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss SNL getting out the vote, the legacy of Apple's "1984" ad, Aidy Bryant playing dead, SNL and the liberal media conspiracy, Colin's mystery crotch-bump, and winning over Beck Bennett.

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  • Best moments: Church Lady on Weekend Update & Aidy Bryant playing dead
  • Best sketch: Why is Benedict Cumberbatch Hot?
  • MVPs: Beck Bennett & Aidy Bryant
  • Rating: 7 (great/typical)
Nov 09, 2016
Tom Hanks / Lady Gaga, S42-E4
48:38

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss legendary host qualifications, SNL as spectacle, Black Jeopardy's refreshing take on race relations, committed performances saving lacklustre sketches, and determining the real Melissa Villaseñor.

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Notes

  • Best moments: Bobby Moynihan turns the hose on A Girl's Halloween & Black Jeopardy handshake
  • Best sketch: Black Jeopardy
  • MVPs: Kate McKinnon & Cecily Strong
  • Rating: 7 (typical/great)
Oct 26, 2016
Emily Blunt / Bruno Mars, S42-E3
47:50

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Kate McKinnon as the next Kristin Wiig, student filmmaker delusions, old skool hip hop callbacks, when branded content fails hard, and Bobby Moynihan's little kitty cat.

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Notes

  • Best moment: CHONK!
  • Best sketch: Chonk
  • MVPs: Cecily Strong & Kate McKinnon
  • Rating: 5 (typical/weak)
Oct 19, 2016
Lin-Manuel Miranda / Twenty One Pilots, S42-E2
50:18

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss last-minute cold open rewrites, Lin-Manuel not throwing away his shot, Melissa Villaseñor's natural speaking voice testing well, Kyle Mooney curveballs, and racial humour fatigue.

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Notes

  • Slate article where Bryan Tucker discusses leaning on Keenan Thompson for easy laughs.
  • Video of Lin-Manuel Miranda delivering pizza to the SNL stand-by line.
  • Best moment: Not Throwing Away My Shot!
  • Best sketch: "A Day Off" with Kellyanne Conway
  • MVP: Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Rating: 8 (great/great)
Oct 12, 2016
Margot Robbie / The Weeknd, S42-E1
36:53

In this inaugural podcast, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Alec Baldwin as Trump, horror as humour, strong showings from featured players, David Ortiz' obsession with food, and classic cartoon celebrity voice actors.

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Notes

  • Best moments: David Ortiz endorses mints & The Librarian takes a turn
  • Best sketches: Live Report & Family Feud: Political Edition
  • MVPs: Alec Baldwin & Mikey Day
  • Rating: 10 (classic/classic)
Oct 05, 2016
Season 42 Preseason Extravaganza!
40:20

The Saturday Night Live Afterparty podcast will be officially launching on October 3, 2016 with full coverage of SNL's season 42 premiere episode.

In this preseason extravaganza, John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss changes to the cast and writing staff, Twitter controversies, the loss of Matt Villines, when alumni should pass-the-torch, sponsored content, and Weekend Update convention specials.

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Notes

Sep 28, 2016
Teaser: Fred Armisen, S41-E21
22:29

A "fun size" teaser for the Saturday Night Live Afterparty podcast--premiering September 2016 with full coverage of SNL season 42.

John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss differences between the dress rehearsal that John attended and the live show, Jason Sudeikis' guacamole ad-lib, Bunting-induced hysteria, and Pete Davidson's flaccid tambourine.

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Notes

Sep 27, 2016