One of the head writers on 'Saturday Night Live,' Jost will host the show's 'Weekend Update' segment with Cecily Strong
As Seth Meyers readies himself to assume his seat at the Late Night desk next month, the departing Saturday Night Live regular has left some important gaps on the show that need filling. One of these gaps is on the anchor's chair for the show's 'Weekend Update,' a gap that SNL executive producer and creator Lorne Michaels has managed to get sorted out already.
Jost has worked on SNL for almost a decade
Head writer and some-time performer Colin Jost is due to assume Meyer's place on the Weekend Update hot seat, beside current anchor Cecily Strong, who began her stint as co-anchor at the start of the current season. The move will take place next month, when Meyers finally jumps ship and takes over from Jimmy Kimmel on NBC's Late Night.
If you're just hearing Sasheer's name, here's the breakdown.
It’s official! Lorne Michaels scheduled auditions last month, following widespread criticism of the whitewashing of the SNL cast and now here she is! The newest comedienne to join the SNL team is Sasheer Zamata – an up-and-coming New York comedienne, formerly a part of the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Judging by reactions online, Michaels got it right this time.
As with most SNL recruits, Zamata has plenty of experience writing and acting in scripted shorts and her standup routines are worth checking out. According to Zamata’s own website, she has been featured in BUST, Jezebel, Hairpin, Vulture, Think Progress, Clutch Magazine, Time Out New York and The New York Times. She has also done stand up at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Comics to Watch Showcase, among others.
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It may be slow and painful, but SNL is finally taking steps to diversify its cast.
After facing severe criticism for the lack of diversity earlier this season, Saturday Night Live is finally taking steps to hire an African American female cast member. The long-running sketch comedy held auditions on Monday night, during which seven or eight candidates performed. One or two comediennes will be hired and will join the cast for shows in January.
Pharaoh (l) and Thompson (r) brought attention to the show's lack of diversity this year.
The woman or women will be the first black comedienne(s) on SNL since Maya Rudolph's departure in 2007. As a few clever sketches from the Kerry Washington episode pointed out, SNL desperately needs the additions. The barrage of criticism was set off by the show's black cast members, who put the diversity issue at the forefront this year. Jay Pharaoh said that SNL needed to "follow up" on the promise to bring in a black woman and Kenan Thompson refused to do drag and perform any more parodies of black women.
Lorne Michaels addresses the lack of female black comedians on 'SNL' and states "It Will Happen."
Saturday Night Live creator, Lorne Michaels, finds himself in the midst of a scandal about race.
Mr Michaels was surrounded by scrutiny earlier this year when the show didn't ask any black women to join its cast which he was heavily criticised for.
A civil rights group called ColorOfChange.org has recently asked the 68 year-old to address this issue and have written him a letter to voice their concerns.
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Various members of the cast and crew of 'Saturday Night Live' arrive at the show's after party in New York after leaving the Q&A with Miley Cyrus, who hosted the second episode of season 39 on October 5th 2013.
Virtually impossible to market, this film isn't nearly as wacky and rude as its cast and crew suggest. Despite the presence of Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Streisand (Meet the Fockers), plus writer Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love), director Fletcher (The Proposal) and producer Goldberg (Superbad), this is actually a warm, gentle comedy about the relationship between a mother and son. Sure, there are moments of inspired silliness, but you're more likely to feel a lump in your throat than a stitch in your side.
Rogen plays the science nerd Andrew, who has just invented an organic cleaning product and is taking a cross-country trip to find a buyer. In a moment of weakness, he invites his meddling mother Joyce (Streisand) to join him on the road from New Jersey to San Francisco. She doesn't know that he has discovered that her old flame now lives in California, and he hopes that sparking her love life might get her off his back. But their time together takes some unexpected turns, which change their relationship forever.
Even in the film's goofier segments, such as a ridiculous beef-eating contest Joyce enters in Texas, Fletcher and Fogelman keep the characters likeable and grounded. Streisand is especially impressive, delivering a layered performance that mixes broad one-liners with more internalised emotions. She's much more than just a pushy Jewish mother: Joyce is a middle-aged woman with needs of her own and real love for her son. Meanwhile, Rogen plays Andrew as a nice guy with social issues. So instead of rooting for Joyce and Andrew to sort out their relationship, or even for Andrew to sell his invention, we are more interested in whether Joyce will be able to reignite her personal life.
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That's why Superstar, starring Molly Shannon, is a breath of fresh air. It's the first film in a long while to give a woman the freedom to "get jiggy" with all-out Jim Carrey-esque full body humor.
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Tommy "Boy" Callahan (Farley) has just graduated from college after seven years, much to the delight of his beloved father Big Tom (Brian Dennehy), buy no sooner does the widowed Big Tom marry his second wife (Bo Derek) than he drops dead of a heart attack. Now Tommy Boy has to rescue the family's brake shoe business before it's devoured by arch-rival Ray Zalinksy (Dan Aykroyd) while he also keeps an eye on the evil Beverly's schemes and her equally evil son Paul's (Rob Lowe) sabotage.
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These three questions, along with "How the hell does a lisping moron actually have game?" predominate a thinking viewer's mind as it wanders through the cerebrally deficient film The Ladies Man. But then your brain reminds you that you're not here for it. You're here so your brain can turn off for a long, long time.
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