BTS is on ‘SNL’ Saturday, and rabid K-pop fans waited in line all week

OMG: BTS is on “SNL” tonight. K-pop boy band sensation BTS is making its much-anticipated musical guest debut with host Emma Stone on “Saturday Night Live,” and diehard devotees have been lined up outside 30 Rock since Monday in hopes of scoring last-minute tickets. And it’s not just tweens. “It normally starts Friday, this is insane”…
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‘SNL’ Cold Open Features R. Kelly, Gayle King Interview, Hidden Cameras, And The Jail King — Watch Video

The R. Kelly, Gayle King interview received the SNL treatment over the weekend and the video has gone viral. Leslie Jones portrayed the journalist and CBS This Morning co-host who interviewed Robert Sylvester Kelly “R. Kelly” portrayed by Kenan Thompson. Thompson had his work cut out for him as R. Kelly’s interview with King drew millions of views as people watched in awe as R. Kelly became emotional, stood up, spoke over Gayle, shouted out answers, declared his innocence, then became hysterical as he shouted he was fighting for his life.

R. Kelly faces 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse and if convicted could spend up to 70 years in prison.

The opening quickly began spoofing R. Kelly’s responses to Gayle King’s interview.

“My lawyer was telling me, no, but my ego — my ego was telling me yes,” Kenan Thompson stated while in character as  R. Kelly.

Kenan Thompson portrayed the part well and even stood up, mirroring the real-life R. Kelly as he began pacing during the interview.

You may watch the full SNL skit portraying R. Kelly in the video player below.

Have you followed the R. Kelly case? What did you think of Saturday Night Live’s skit? Some of the standouts included showing R. Kelly as portraying himself as a victim, how he began singing during his interview with Gayle King, and that he has trouble with literacy.

During the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, his ex-wife, Andrea “Drea” Kelly revealed that part of their courtship was the bond they formed when she taught him how to read.

Though R. Kelly has been jailed twice since the documentary, supporters in his community have bailed him out. The SNL skit also paid close attention to the details in the original interview but one aspect that had people shocked was when Kenan looked for the hidden cameras then announced, “You all keep your cameras out like that?”

The skit concluded with Kenan saying he thought Gayle King was the “jail king” indicating the reason why he did the interview was to score points with the jail king and hopefully get out of trouble.

Do you think Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson did a good job recreating the R. Kelly/Gayle King interview?

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Pete Davidson shocked ‘SNL’ when he compared R. Kelly to the Catholic Church

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Pete Davidson kicked off his Weekend Update segment on the latest Saturday Night Live with a comment that got a shocked response from the show’s live audience: “If you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?”

The rest of the segment actually moved away from Kelly’s specific case to focus more on the growing phenomenon of “problematic faves.” You know, celebs whose behavior — in whatever horrible form it might take — makes it hard to carry on as a fan.

Davidson is making a “separate the art from the artist” case here, but with a twist. He thinks, probably not incorrectly, that as time goes on, more of our faves are going to have their skeletons unearthed. So instead of writing off their various contributions to pop culture, Davidson suggests owning it instead — but making a small charitable contribution whenever we engage with their work. Read more…

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‘SNL’ Recap: Ben Stiller Mocks Khloe Kardashian Cheating Scandal

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John Mulaney hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’ on March 2, 2019. Rosalind O'Connor/NBC

Ben Stiller made light of Khloé Kardashian’s love life woes during the Saturday, March 2, episode of Saturday Night Live as the reality star weathers another cheating scandal.

Keeping Up

Stiller took a jab at Kardashian in the cold open, during which he played Michael Cohen. “For too many years, I was loyal to a man when I should not have been. Now I know how Khloé Kardashian feels,” he quipped to audible shock from the audience. Bill Hader also made a surprise cameo as a rage-filled congressman.

An Awkward Run-In

Host John Mulaney did a stand-up routine for his monologue. Topics spanned from dying cat sounds to Catholicism to cocaine. He also recounted a time when his wife bumped into Woody Allen and Soon-Yi Previn while the former was pushing the couple’s bulldog, Petunia, in a stroller in New York City. As the comedian put it, the four nodded “as if to say none of this is right” and then went about their business.

Lost Empire

SNL took on the Jussie Smollett attack allegations in a Shark Tank: Legal Edition spinoff. The actor, played by Chris Redd, said that he “broke humanity” and joked that he might be killed off Empire next season. Meanwhile, one of the lawyers called him “probably guilty.” The show later took another dig at him during “Weekend Update,” comparing him to a man who was arrested for faking his own abduction. “Worse, the man had just lost his job on Empire,” Colin Jost quipped.

What’s That Name?

Hader stole the show in this sketch about a game show that forced contestants to guess women’s names that they clearly never learned. As the host, Hader brought a surprising feminist beat to the bit as he pointed out the players’ faulty reasoning for not knowing the monikers and admitted he hoped for “chaos” to arise from the situation.

Little Bit of Twang

Musical guest Thomas Rhett debuted two new songs: “Look What God Gave Her” and “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.”

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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‘SNL’ Recap: Pete Davidson Gives Subtle Nod to Ariana Grande

Pete Davidson proved he hasn’t left ex-fiancée Ariana Grande completely behind during the Saturday, January 26, episode of Saturday Night Live.

Bunny Girl

Davidson subtly alluded to Grande in a rap about his love for dogs. The women featured in the music video sported the pop star’s signature bunny ears, though it turns out they just really loved bunnies. Wink, wink.

Meet Dolton

Host James McAvoy spoofed The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood as a man named Dolton looking for love on Virgin Hunk. The bit even touched on the Hannah B. vs. Caelynn drama when a contestant told Dolton that she grew up with one of the other women in the house and “she’s a toxic, lying bitch with no teeth.”

Philly Perfect

The Scottish host impressed viewers with his spot-on Philly accent in this sketch about a Charmin commercial focus group. Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson and Kyle Mooney provided backup as the other totally unhelpful participants.

U.E.S.

Leslie Jones rapped an ode to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, which she calls home (“I live here because I remember where I came from,” she explained). The comedian raved about having easy access to fresh bread, Postmates, cabs and a “nobody peed in here” smell on the subway. Meanwhile, McKinnon, an Upper West Side resident, was content staying home with her “warm cat” and Netflix.

A Happy Surprise

Steve Martin made a cameo in the cold open as Roger Stone. The veteran SNL host even referenced one of his most iconic sketches when he described himself as “a normal and straightforward guy.”

Mr. H

Chris Redd starred in this pre-taped sketch about a high school student who was encouraged by his teacher, played by McAvoy, to come back to class. However, Redd’s character thought he was much smarter than he actually was. The word “genius” was used … by him … and was not accurate.

McAvoy, Not McGregor

McAvoy wore a kilt during his monologue to show off his Scottish heritage and his “shredded” calves. The actor also joked about being mistaken for Ewan McGregor, though he noted that the Christopher Robin star has more money than him. The host sweetly lost his place on the cue cards at one point but made it cute when he embraced the slipup.

The Champion

Musical guest Meek Mill performed a mashup of “Going Bad” and “Uptown Vibes” and later “Championships.”

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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Elf on the Shelf witnesses puberty firsthand in hilarious ‘SNL’ sketch

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Elf on the Shelf is always keeping its eyes on kids to see if they’re being naughty or nice around Christmas, and unfortunately that doesn’t stop when kids hit puberty.

Scrabby the elf, played by host Jason Momoa, has been watching Marshall for 13 years, and now he wants a new kid to watch over because Marshall has learned something new he can do with his body, a “solo activity,” according to Scrabby. It’s not exactly a naughty or nice activity.

The worst part is, Scrabby can’t physically look away — Elves on Shelves don’t even blink — and Marshall sometimes looks at Scrabby during the act. Read more…

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‘SNL’ Recap: Steve Carell and ‘The Office’ Cast Hash Out a Reboot

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Steve Carell during ‘Saturday Night Live’ Promos on November 13, 2018. Rosalind O'Connor/NBC

Saturday Night Live host Steve Carell was joined by some familiar faces from The Office for a reunion and some reboot discussion during the Saturday, November 17, episode, which also featured musical guest Ella Mai.

Reboot, Please!

Right out of the gate, an audience member asked Carell during his monologue if he would ever reboot The Office. He quickly shot down the idea, but then his former castmates Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms and Ellie Kemper showed up to encourage him. Even the actor’s wife, Nancy Carell, who played Michael’s girlfriend Carol on the sitcom, and his kids, Elisabeth and John, stopped by to tell him to do it. Carell finally brought his costars onstage to say, “I am proud to announce officially that … we have a great show tonight,” as the Office theme song played.

RBG

Pete Davidson and Chris Redd rapped about their love for Ruth Bader Ginsburg after the Supreme Court Justice broke three ribs. The pair repeated, “Live Ginsburg, ride for Ginsburg,” while Kate McKinnon break-danced as her beloved saucier version of the lawmaker.

Dad, Is That You?!

Carell appeared to a high school dropout as a “hunky angel” who sang his version of Grease‘s “Beauty School Dropout.” The catch? One of the girls at the sleepover was his daughter, played by Aidy Bryant. The young girl chided her father for leaving the family to give advice to teenage girls. Carell’s wacky commitment to the deadbeat dad and Bryant’s delivery of various scolds made for a surprisingly laughable sketch.

Big Baller

Kenan Thompson’s LaVar Ball brought his usual level of excitement to a “Weekend Update” segment. The father of Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball joked about everything from LeBron James having a restraining order against him to his other two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, playing basketball in his Lithuanian league.

Space Slipup

Frozen monkeys, frozen people, cats without faces … it all sounds terrifying. But when it’s actually stuffed animals, McKinnon beating her head against a glass window repeatedly without breaking and Carell’s NASA astronaut spiraling, it’s pretty random and hilarious.

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.

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