Day: November 21, 2010

Bonus dress rehearsal clip from SNL #36.7: The Thanksgivies, awards for ruining Thanksgiving dinner

Hey kids, just in time for Thanksgiving, but not in time to make it into last night's live episode of SNL, the show presented the "Thanksgivies," awards handed out to various family members for ruining Thanksgiving dinner. Categories included: Best Guilt Trip, Most Uncomfortable Grace, Best Drunken Revelation, and Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill Hader handed out the awards, while host Anne Hathaway and cast members Kristen Wiig, Abby Elliott, Kenan Thompson, Andy Samberg, Vanessa Bayer, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan were all happy to be nominated. Just another reason why the dress rehearsal is sometimes even better than the "real" thing. Roll the clip!   And here's the Hulu version if you like that better....

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SNL #36.7 RECAP: Host Anne Hathaway, musical guest Florence and the Machine

We've been up, we've been down, but we are strong, heartache to heartache we stand, ready to recap another episode of Saturday Night Live. Anne Hathaway gets her second chance to host the show. She's a lovely young actress, who in her new movie that comes out this month, takes off her clothes a bunch of times and hops in the sack with Jake Gyllenhaal. That's something I can support without feeling too worried about if I were her boyfriend. Which I'm not. Probably not ever. So let's not try to dwell on that. Instead, let's see if SNL can do something memorable this week.   We start political, but from the TV side, as Abby Elliott — remember her? — gets to kick things off playing MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. Bill Hader plays probable new Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, and although Elliott's Maddow will make a quip about his orange skin, someone forgot to tell SNL's lighting and makeup people to orange up Hader's face. Someone should tell them! Kristen Wiig plays outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and proves once again that she shines when she's not playing so over the top. And Kenan Thompson plays embattled NYC Congressman Charlie Rangel, who asked for an ethics trial only to show up last week without a lawyer. That guy. Anyhow. It spreads out the political jokes....

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