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October 27, 2014

Show is based on UK series Saturday Night Takeaway but won't air on Saturday nights

Less than a year after How I Met Your Mother left the air, Neil Patrick Harris has booked his next TV gig.

The recent Tony winner will host the US version of the UK series Saturday Night Takeaway for NBC.

Ten episodes of the show have been ordered but they will not air on Saturday nights. The US version does not yet have a title and will be produced by the UK-based ITV.

September 15, 2014

Former SNL star says Rudd tastes like chicken while Franco tastes like cinnamon

For a straight guy, Bill Hader sure has made out with a lot of men.

For his latest role as a troubled gay man in the film The Skeleton Twins, Hader locked lips with Modern Family star Ty Burrell who plays an old flame he reconnects with.

Viewers won't see their makeout session though since it did not make the final cut of the film which stars Kristen Wiig as Hader's brother.

July 1, 2014

Saturday Night Live alumni reunites in The Skeleton Twins, as well as starring Modern Family's Ty Burrell

The Skeleton Twins has debuted its first trailer, which stars Bridesmaids’ Kristin Wiig.

The film will reunite Saturday Night Live’s Wiig as Maggie and Bill Hader as her gay twin brother Milo.

The latter, a struggling actor, returns to his hometown for a reunion with his estranged twin 10 years after the pair both coincidentally cheated death on the same day.

As the twins' reunion reinvigorates them both, they realize the key to fixing their lives just may lie in fixing their relationship with each other.

May 19, 2014

Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader plus Paul Rudd and Maya Rudolph all pucker up

More than a week has passed since a kiss between the NFL's Michael Sam and his boyfriend aired live on ESPN and sent some homophobes into a tailspin.

NBC's Saturday Night Live spoofed the hypocrisy of the outrage over the weekend by bringing back together one of its most popular sketches in recent years: the over-affectionate Vogelcheck family.

This is the last family you would expect to take issue with anyone kissing anyone - any place, any time.

But they do.

March 18, 2014

'There weren't a lot of other reasons to be there'

Openly gay CNN anchor Anderson Cooper paid a visit to Seth Meyers' new NBC late night talk show on Monday and shared with viewers why he once thought the host was gay.

It seems Cooper, a well-known gym rat, once saw the former Saturday Night Live writer and news anchor at a gym in Manhattan and jumped to conclusions.

'It was pretty much the gayest gym on the planet,' Cooper said, 'And I assumed you were gay, ’cause… there weren’t a lot of other reasons to be there.'

September 3, 2013

Seth Rogan, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg and others poke fun at actor

The honoree just laughed and laughed Sunday night as a series of comics and fellow actors took the stage during Comedy Central's Roast of James Franco and made jokes that he is gay.

'Who is the real James Franco?' wondered his Pineapple Express co-star Seth Rogen. 'Is he an artist? Is he an actor? Is he a scholar? He's tough to pin down; although I've heard many guys have been able to do it.'

Rogen added: 'Every man wants to be him and he wants to be in every man.'

May 28, 2013

Presenters apologize to nurses, not to gay men, for stereotyped and offensive portrayal in 'homosexual nurse' skit

Saturday Night Live (SNL) Korea has apologized for a skit in which a male nurse makes effeminate movements while a patient groans in agony, and then asks for the (male) patient's phone number.

But the TV show didn't apologize for the stereotyped and offensive portrayal of gay men, but to nurses for any 'hurt' that could have been caused by the skit.

In the segment, shown on Saturday 18 May, Hong Seok-cheon, South Korea's most famous gay man, played the nurse.

May 5, 2013

Saturday Night Live  makes fun of Fox & Friend's coverage of the NBA's Jason Collins coming out

The US comedy show Saturday Night Live  opened its episode last night (4 May) with a well placed skit on how Fox & Friends dealt with NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay.

March 21, 2013

'Marriage is meant for people who wear different kinds of swimsuits'

Tina Fey dusted off her uncanny and wildly popular impersonation of Sarah Palin during a recent television appearance and, as Palin, took on the issue of gay marriage.

'Well, the bible says it's gross,' she told host James Lipton on an episode of Inside the Actors Studio.

'I don't judge it,' she added. 'A lot of the amazing, wonderful people I met at the audience at Dancing With the Stars seemed to go that way.'

January 22, 2013

Golden Globes speech comedy gold for lesbian cast member

She's already nailed an impersonation of Ellen DeGeneres so Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon tackled another famous lesbian during the show's most recent episode: Jodie Foster.

McKinnon, who is lesbian herself, mimed comedy gold out of Foster's Golden Globe Awards speech where she first came out as 'single' then kind of came out publicly in a roundabout way without ever saying the words 'lesbian' or 'gay.'

'I am ga… ame for anything,' McKinnon teases in Foster fashion. 'I’m officially a Les… lie Nielsen fan.'

December 20, 2012

Made splash with impersonations of Ann Romney and Ellen DeGeneres

Kate McKinnon didn't waste any time making her mark as a new cast member on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

Her dead-on impersonations of Ann Romney and Ellen DeGeneres are among her standout characters and the buzz she has created has resulted in McKinnon landing at the top of Forbes Magazine's annual Hollywood list of 30 people under the age of 30.

November 19, 2012

Says Ellen: 'I’m going to invite her to LA because I want her to go to Thanksgiving for me'

New Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon is clearly a standout and is helping to fill the void left by Kristin Wiig who departed at the end of last season.

McKinnon, who is also a lesbian, nailed an impersonation of Ellen DeGeneres that is getting raves - including DeGeneres herself.

'She’s really funny,' DeGeneres told viewers on her daytime show as she showed clips of McKinnon as her.

'I’m going to invite her to LA because I want her to go to Thanksgiving for me,' she joked.

October 6, 2012

James Bond actor will host long-running US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live

James Bond actor Daniel Craig is about to face his toughest challenge yet, guest-hosting long-running US comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live.

In a series of hilarious promos for this week’s episode, the ‘Skyfall’ star is seen getting intimate with cast member Taran Killam.

What Craig did not realize was that every host has to kiss the fifth newest member of the SNL cast, which happens to be Killam himself.

Sadly the sketch ends before we get to see it.

March 29, 2012

Kate McKinnon in the running to become a regular on NBC late night staple

With Kristin Wiig uncertain about whether she will be returning to Saturday Night Live next season, the show is finding some reinforcements including lesbian comedienne Kate McKinnon who makes her debut this week.

It's been more than 25 years since a lesbian has been cast on SNL. The late Danitra Vance was a regular during the 1985-86 season.