Ben Affleck hosts the season finale. The musical guest is Kanye West.
It's Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's final show as regular cast members.
If Stefon doesn't show up then I'm Queen Marie of Romania.
[quote]It's Bill Hader and Fred Armisen's final show as regular cast members.
who the hell is left?
Anderson Cooper hinted on AC 360 last night that he might make an appearance.
yawn. Anderson is the complete and total fame whore nowadays.
This is truly the end of an Era. I know most of you believe SNL should have been cancelled in 1977, but I think the ax is finally looming. Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers and probably Jason Sudeikis are leaving. Lorne Michaels is going to be focusing on the Tonight Show now that it's coming back to NYC. My guess is that by 2016, SNL will all be online.
I hope Stefon shows up just cause that means John Mulaney is back.
They're getting Argo out of the way. Affleck has already broken up for no good reason.
It looks like Ben added some weight
How many cocktails did they need to get Ben ready for the show?
OMG! Ben has quite the stomach now. That's what happened when you direct overrated films that go on to win an Oscar for Best Picture.
Wow, a gay skit followed by a gay gag from The Hangover 2.
Oh god, Kanye...
This is not music.
Can't make out one thing Kanye is "singing".
I've never heard Kanye West's act. It's beyond shitty. I can't believe these "performers" are known beyond their mothers' basements. He's awful!
Kanye is SHRIEKING his "lyrics."
That's supposed Kanye's "revolutionary" music? Have seen and heard many times before, many years ago -- Nitzer Ebb, NIN, many industrial bands. Nothing new but was much better before.
Maybe all the gay content so far is to butter us up for when Stefon and Seth run off together?
R2 I'm not sure if that's what he meant.
OMG. Perfect sendoff for Stefon.
That Stefon / Seth segment had me laughing and smiling.
Stefon gets his man!
What a touching sendoff. So emotional.
Seth + Stefon
Okay, the Stefon skit was inspired, demented fun. Alf! Smurfs!
Does Anderson Cooper really think he's building up his appeal or credibility by appearances like this?
I enjoyed it, anyway.
Girth Brooks? They HAVE to know that there's a real porn star with that name.
Herpes Handbags. Heh.
Herpes Handbags was funny.
What difference does it make R24 if you liked it anyhow? Why even ask, it's all harmless fun.
Kanye's new song s very anti-white..he just said prick on tv....twice
Apparently "nigger" is an appropriate word according to NBC's standards.
How on earth is kanye west popular? This is the first time I have ever heard one of his 'songs'. All he does is yell
So glad this is the season finale so we don't have to hear about this unfunny fucking show for a few months.
I swear Lorne pays people to post weekly bullshit about this show.
I always mute the musical bits.
MADtv did a skit once about aspiring porn actors applying for official porn names. There was a Girth Brooks in that one too.
Kayne West sucks. Don't know why BA and the audience are kssing his ass.
Aw, I didn't know Taran was leaving too.
Armison is a big show off having all his famous friends show up for his farewell song.
I don't think that weird fat lady has been in a single sketch tonight.
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I just assumed, since the other guys in the band were Fred, Bill, and Jason.
Stefon was just posting on Twitter (don't know who actually writes the tweets). Lot of Stefon and Seth hash tags are trending.
Jason is leaving, I thought he was supposed to been leaving last season with Kristen Wiig.
U donta insulta my Kanye - BASTA!!!
Taran is not leaving. He was in that band because it's a recurring sketch -- well this is only the second time they've done it, but he was part of the first one as well.
Sudekis will be back for a bit next fall. He's not gone yet. Seth Meyes will be back until December.
Hader and Armisen are dunzo.
Definitely one of the better SNLs tonight. Ben really got fat though!
Fatter: Ben Affleck or Matt Damon?
Definitely Ben, r47! Matt hasn't gone that far as of yet plus he always has that bodacious bo-donka-donk to make up for any weight gain issues.
Those Fat Damon pictures are OLD!
He put on weight for a movie role many years ago. He played some old FBI guy and he put on quite a bit of weight for the role.
He is not that chunky at all.
What does Damon's sculptor brother look like?
The real question r47 is: what fatty would you fuck? Matt or Ben?
I'll go with Matt.
Even fat he's hotter.
The best part was that Ben kissed Jen in the opening monologue the same way his gay conversion camp counselor character kissed his lesbian wife.
Ha ha r55 I was thinking the same thing.
Wasn't 'Kanye's music' mostly samples? Certain sections of the songs sounded very familiar to me. That said, there is nothing fun or memorable about his type of hip-Hop or whatever he calls his music. Not to mention, Kanye is a horrible rapper.
Does he want to be known as the thinking person's rap artist? If he does, no one can understand WTF he is saying!
If he actually writes any of that music, it truly sucks, there is not one memorable hook in his music except the one's he samples!
If he's supposed to be serious and political, someone needs to tell him, you can actually write a serious song which has a catchy hook. Kanye needs to look no further than the late great Gil Scott Heron, who incidentally invented rap in The Last Poets!
I don't consider anyone who can't play an instrument a musician.
R58, you are entitled to your own opinion. I don't enjoy most of today's music, such as Justin Bieber and most of the other manufactured one note musicians, but having worked in the music business, I am always open to new formats and types of music.
Gil Scott-Heron was actually a jazz and blues singer who wrote real songs. Gil did actually start with spoken word, collaborating with The Last Poets, a 1970s New York based group of spoken word artists which included former NBC news New York reporter Felipe Luciano! Spoken word is essentially what Rap/Hip-Hop is.
Re Gil Scott-Heron: "His recording work received much critical acclaim, especially one of his best-known compositions "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". His poetic style has influenced every generation of hip hop."
"Serious spokesmen like Gil Scott-Heron, Gary Byrd, and the Last Poets paved the way for the many socially committed black emcees a decade later."
Rap/Hip-Hop is now an accepted form of pop music, some rappers are better than others, despite the hype, Kanye is not one of them.
Nobody gives a shit about Gil Scott-Heron. Get a fucking blog.
R60 eats shit.
I eat old people's excrement. And I pick my nose.
I think the Stefan skit is totally homophobic and unfunny...no shock there...it is that horrid show.
What's wrong with homophobic? Over the years, the ONLY funny shit on SNL is when the make fags looks like idiots.
Yet another return appearance by Amy Poehler. Remember when SNL alums went away and stayed away?
Someone would have to explain how what Kanye does could be considered music. I can't listen to it.
Anyone want to guess how long into the next season it will be until either Armisen or Hader guest host?
I say by Halloween.
Yeah, R65, it's turned into fucking Glee. They can't stay away.
What is Bill Hader going to do? He doesn't have the looks to build a show around, I guess he can get supporting roles.
[quote]With the “Update” anchor chair emptying next year, it’s tempting to hope Michaels will turn to one of his up-and-comers for what would be an instant status booster. That said, the good money is that chair will go to John Mulaney, an “SNL” writer who had a pilot in contention at NBC this year. He didn’t get a series order, which could be the best thing to happen to “SNL.”
That would be the only reason to watch.
Without Bill Hader, there will be no reason to watch SNL.
Could there ever really be a "cast crisis" at Saturday Night Live? I mean the show may be old and tired and a complete shell of its former self, but it's still Saturday Night freakin' Live and I would think there's a whole world of undiscovered, wanna-be comic actors out there who would gladly sell their mothers for a shot to be on it (even now in an age where one can make oneself a star overnight on YouTube).
Posters on this thread must be very old. SNL has never been funny in the last 20 or so years. I keep reading that SNL used to be funny. How far back does one have to go to find this show funny? 40 years?
R75 is 50+
Watching Ben Affleck is like a night at a community theater.
How long is shrewy Jennifer Garner going to make poor Ben suffer for fucking Blake Lively? I'm gay and I would fuck Blake Lively. Give the guy a pass.
How did Ben Affleck ever have an acting career? He can't deliver a line to save his life.
Years ago, Ben was hysterical in an SNL skit where he played a hairy Mid- Eastern car salesman, he should have revived that character.
When Ben first introduced Kayne it looked like he had been crying...
What the heck are you talking about R69. Bill Hader's certainly better looking than a lot of current male comedy film leads.
I loved how no one was coming up to Kanye at the show's close.
Both of Kanye's songs had my bf and I rolling our eyes and changing the channel. The visual assault going on behind him just made it worse.
This episode SUCKED. Gay Wedding Xanax and the Stefon film were good, but the rest was so bad that the only good thing to say was that it was still a better episode than Kristen Wiig the week before.
I loved who Kanye seemed like the unpopular wallflower with social anxiety disorder during the closing credits.
Okay, I'll say it. Amy Poehler's hair looked awful. She reminded me a little hillbilly girl in need of a good scrubbing.
R86: Amy's hair ALWAYS looks dreadful. It looks as if it is very thin. And it doesn't help that she looks as if she bleaches it over a kitchen sink.
You're not Jean Harlow, hunty.
Her hair looks great on Parks & Rec, maybe she wears a wig on the show?
What did they have Kanye on for if they hate him so much?
[quote]Someone would have to explain how what Kanye does could be considered music. I can't listen to it.
The people who make and enjoy it don't really give a shit whether or not it fits your definition of music.
I don't enjoy it myself, but popular music evolves and what you are saying about hip hop previous generations said about jazz and rock and disco.
I am not a shrew!!
R81, yeah, I thought that, too, I could also hear it in his voice.
The SNL of today will always be viewed in relation to how it was "before" - that's part of it's appeal. It will always be evolving and someone will always chirp in about how it's not the same anymore. Sure, by it's nature you get some down years and some up years, but it's always changing like no other show does.
People who moan that it hasn't been funny in decades or that only the first five years were worth anything (I personally can't stand the initial seasons) miss the point.
While I'll miss Arminsen and Hader, I hope this gives more room for Taran and Kate McKinnon to get more attention. And give Aidy Bryant something to do already!
One complaint I do have though - there are far too many pre-filmed segments these days. It defeats the purpose to having a live show, doesn't it?
Who besides Ben Affleck wanted to see Jennifer Garner on the show? I don't know why she was there, but it irritated me when he brought her out. She's a big zero.
I was hoping Matt Damon (and his butt) was going to make an appearance.