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24 September 2010 @ 07:44 am
Molly Shannon (© Jeff Christensen/AP, Everett Collection)
Molly Shannon

Then: Until 2001, Shannon inhabited several high-spirited characters: "I love it, I love, I love it!" Her biggest? The Catholic schoolgirl who got her own movie (trailer).

Watch these funny Shannon clips.

Now: Shannon, 46, works steadily, from this hit show to her own short-lived show. This fall, she debuts on Broadway, opposite a star of a show on which she was a guest star. (clip).


23 September 2010 @ 08:28 pm

Horatio Sanz (© PNP/WENN, Bigpicturesphoto.com)
Horatio Sanz


Then: During the Fey-Fallon era, Sanz unnerved the "Weekend Update" desk with semi-dirty drawings and spoofed his Latin roots playing a kooky bandleader.

Watch these funny Sanz clips.

Now: He's not the chubby comic anymore. How did Sanz, 41, lose the weight? See his skinny pictures. He stars with a fellow "SNL" alum on sitcom "Big Lake."


23 September 2010 @ 08:05 pm

Dana Carvey (© Dan Steinberg/AP, Frankie Ziths/AP)
Dana Carvey


Then: Well, isn't that special? Carvey scored as this "SNL" favorite. He was excellent in this rocking skit that went on to be a movie. His presidential impression wasn't half bad.

Watch these funny Carvey clips.

Now: Carvey, 55, had unneeded heart surgery and won a lawsuit. He hasn't been in a movie since his 2002 turkey (clips), but he was recently pitching a TV pilot (clip).


23 September 2010 @ 07:58 pm

Joe Piscopo (© Michael Harvilla/WENN, Bigpicturesphoto.com)
Joe Piscopo


Then: Along with the future superstar who played Gumby, Piscopo was the toast of "SNL" in the early '80s because of his killer impersonations, notably Ol' Blue Eyes.

Watch these funny Piscopo clips.

: After a steroids controversy, Piscopo, 59, has been in a handful of films and TV shows, recently on an iconic cop series. He also croons with a touring big band.

23 September 2010 @ 07:49 pm
Rachel Dratch (© WENN)
Rachel Dratch


Then: In seven seasons starting in 1999, the Massachusetts native played everything from a Debbie Downer to a Boston teen. She also replaced fellow "SNL" alum in this recurring skit.

Watch these funny Dratch clips.

Now: Dratch, 44, just gave birth to her first child. Who's the dad? Career-wise, the actress' promised "30 Rock" lead didn't pan out.


23 September 2010 @ 07:28 pm

Chris Kattan (L-R from top), Dana Carvey, Cheri Oteri, Rachel Dratch, Molly Shannon, Julia Sweeney (© Bigpicturesphoto.com, Frankie Ziths/AP, Everett Collection, WENN, Everett Collection, Touchstone/Everett Collection)
Where are SNL cast members today


Not every "SNL" player goes on to co-star with Oscar winners or goes on to launch a mega funny Web site. Check out some of the best male and female cast members and also pay homage to those "SNL" alums who died long before their time.



22 September 2010 @ 07:48 am

Source: Scientology broke up Moss, Armisen

'Mad Men' star and 'Saturday Night Live' comic were wed only 11 months

updated 9/21/2010 10:51:18 AM ET

It's really over.

Elisabeth Moss filed divorce papers in Los Angeles Monday to end her brief marriage to Fred Armisen, Entertainment Tonight confirms.

The Mad Men actress, 28, wed the Saturday Night Live performer, 43, last October.

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According to court documents, the couple have been separated since late June.

"They had issues," one insider told Us Weekly of the short-lived pair. One of those issues? Moss's ties to the Church of Scientology.

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"Her religion was as important to her as their marriage, if not more," another pal told Us. "He could not get with it."

Armisen isn't brooding on his own. After their separation, he connected with SNL costar Abby Elliot, 23. "Fred sought comfort in her after the split," another source says, adding that Moss is "fine" with his new relationship.

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"They are both moving on."

Copyright 2010 Us Weekly

21 September 2010 @ 06:08 pm
Poehler, Cranston and Lynch, Oh My!
Stephanie Allerdice

Saturday Night Live returns this week with SNL Alum Amy Poehler as host and Katy Perry as musical guest according to a press release issued by NBC.

SNL will kick off its 36th season with a three consecutive new episodes starting on September 25.

The second episode back, airing on October 2, will feature Bryan Cranston in his SNL debut. Cranston recently received an for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter H. White on AMC’s Breaking Bad.

The episode will feature Kanye West as the musical guest. West fifth album is expected to debut this fall. What do you want to bet that Taylor Swift will be mentioned at least once?

Jane Lynch will host the October 9 episode. Lynch has insulted her way into everyone’s hearts as Glee’s toxic cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, for which Lynch won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy.

Bruno Mars will provide the musical talent for episode three. Mars is releasing his first album this fall, entitled ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ and has already worked with artists such as Flo Rida and B.O.B.

21 September 2010 @ 06:05 pm

» by Danielle Canada September 21, 2010, 9:51am


The same rapper who told “Saturday Night Live” that they could “kiss his whole a**” will return to the SNL stage on October 2.

Kanye West is returning to the late night sketch comedy program even after turning his back on the program following the Taylor Swift incident.

Ye, who was parodied on the show for storming the stage during the singer's VMA acceptance speech, will appear on the show's second episode of the season hosted by “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston.

Singer Bruno Mars who was recently arrested for cocaine possession will appear on October 9th.

As previously reported, Ye is set to release the video for his new single "Runaway" in the coming weeks


Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live" made several trips to Chicago this month--recruiting performers from Second City and iO theater to bring back to New York with him.

Michaels' latest hire is Second City's Tom Flanigan, who will join SNL as a writer for the show's 36th season. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Shelly Gossman, also of Second City, was added to the writing staff earlier this month.

Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones writes that Flanigan has a "smart and amusing preppy style going," and was part of "The Absolute Best Friggin' Time of Your Life," which he cites as one of the best Second City reviews in recent years.

Flanigan moved to Chicago in 1996 after earning a biomedical engineering degree at the University of Iowa. He went on to study improvisation at The Second City, iO and The Annoyance Theater. The Sun-Times reports that his science background led him to co-found the Galileo Players, a science-minded sketch group.

Michaels regularly makes trips to Chicago to recruit new talent. He has flown several local comics out to New York for further auditions.

"Kristen (Wiig) and I saw some shows at Second City and the Groundlings in L.A.," Michaels told the Hollywood Reporter early this month. "We're also holding auditions soon in New York. We're always in the process of putting together the strongest possible cast."