Kevin Hart Is Pope Quvenzhane Wallis (video)
Kevin Hart hosted SNL last night and he made sure we noticed.
Two of the sketches that have people talking today were:
1. Hart joining The Walking Dead cast, all while playing the race card to disguise the fact he’d been bitten by a zombie.
2. Hart playing little Quvenzhane Wallis as the Vatican presents the 9-year-old as the new Pope
Justin Timberlake Hosting SNL For Fifth Time
Timberlake has been pushing a music comeback after spending some time in the movie business. His third studio album, “The 20/20 Experience,” is scheduled for a March 19 release date. The album is his first in seven years, and the debut single “Suit & Tie” was released in January.
Timberlake is one of the most popular “SNL” hosts of recent years. His musical collaborations with comedy/hip-hop trio The Lonely Island, notably “Dick in a Box” and “Motherlover,” were standout hits.
The Grammy winner even once said that he would be an “SNL” cast member if offered.
SNL’s ‘Djesus Uncrossed’: Funny Or Offending? (video)
“Saturday Night Live” took a big chance this past Saturday with their highly offending –and hilarious– “Djesus Uncrossed” sketch, which puts Jesus Christ in a Tarantino-directed, ultra-violent revenge flick akin to “Django Unchained.”
It depicted the Son of God as opting to not sit at the right hand of the Father after rising from the dead, and instead kicking the asses of those who crucified him.
Djesus, played by “Django” co-star Christoph Waltz, leaves the cave where his body lies, and instead of ascending to heaven, he goes off to kill as many Romans as possible.
The trailer also gives nods to other Tarantino movies, with Brad Pitt (Taran Killam) in “Inglourious Basterds” mode playing St. Peter, with Christ’s Apostles as the Basterds themselves. Ving Rhames (Kenan Thompson) plays Pontius Pilate as Marcellus Wallace of “Pulp Fiction,” and Samuel L. Jackson (Jay Pharoah) fills out the cast as Judas Iscariot.
Hilarious or offending? You be the judge:
The Lonely Island Is Back! (video)
Borrowing this weekend’s host Adam Levine as well as musical guest Kendrick Lamar, The Lonley Island reunited to present “YOLO,” a cautionary anthem about truly getting the most out of life.
Manti Te’o Gets The SNL Treatment (video)
SNL’s opening sketch this week featured a hilarious mock interview between Piers Morgan and Manti Te’o. When asked about Lennay Kekua, Te’o, portrayed by Bobby Moynihan, seemed confused about their relationship.
The hilarious interview includes dialogues such as:
Piers Morgan: Te’o, talk us through the moment when you found out your girlfriend was dead.
Manti Te’o: Well, a couple of months ago, she called me up on the phone and she was like, “hey, I have bad news, I’m dead.” And I said, “oh no, do you need a ride to the funeral?”
Guess Who’s Coming To SNL
Saturday Night Live is about to get hilarious again: “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will host the season premiere of the show on Sept. 15 with musical guest Frank Ocean. This will be both the comedian and singer’s first time hosting and performing on the show.
NBC announced the show’s 38th season would kick off with MacFarlane and Ocean followed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who will host for his second time on Sept. 22. Mumford & Sons will make their debut as musical guest on that episode.
The following episode will take place Oct. 6 after a week-long hiatus and feature “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig with musical guest Muse. It will be Craig’s first time hosting the show as well.
Abby Elliott Leaving Saturday Night Live
Elliot’s exist follows those of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg from the classic sketch series. After four seasons, the second generation SNLer will not return to the show in the fall.
Joining the cast in 2008, Abby was one of the show’s youngest performers ever at age 21. Elliott, however, failed to develop a popular character — despite remaining on the show for four seasons. In fact, critics pointed to her romantic relationship with SNL co-star Fred Armisen as the reason she wasn’t axed sooner.
Abby’s exit concludes a rare Live legacy: The funnygal’s dad, comedian Chris Elliott, appeared on SNL during the show’s 1994-1995 season.
Andy Samberg Confirms He Is Leaving SNL
Samberg joins Kristen Wiig, who already announced she was leaving SNL. Samberg is best known for his digital shorts, starting with “Lazy Sunday” in December 2005 (about watching the Chronicles of Narnia in the afternoon), and including “Iran So Far Away” and three raunchy songs with Justin Timberlake.