The season finale of SNL aired last night, hosted by Paul Rudd! Kate appeared in the cold open as Rudy Giuliani and in the following sketches: Close Encounter as her recurring character Ms. Rafferty, The View as Joy Behar and Ouija. Our gallery has been updated with episode stills and you can watch all the sketches below.
This morning, Kate McKinnon and the ‘SNL‘ cast (Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffat, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd) played a ‘Family Feud‘ sketch for the audience at the 2019 NBC Upfront. Kate was impersonating Mika Brzezinski. Check out photos from the event in our gallery!
The pitch came from NBCUniversal, which began its not-quite-two-hour upfront presentation with a focus on the reach that the portfolio offers from longtime sales chief Linda Yaccarino. But after heavy messaging about NBCU’s powerful “content, data and distribution” — among the stats: last year alone, the company invested $24 billion to produce and acquire content — the cast of Saturday Night Live was trotted out to remind those gathered at Radio City that NBCU is in the entertainment business.
In an upfront-themed installment of Family Feud, NBC News, featuring Morning Joe hosts Joe and Mika and Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, was pitted against NBC Entertainment, led by Sterling K. Brown, Jennifer Lopez and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, all played by SNL talent. Chris Redd scored the most laughs as This Is Us Emmy winner Brown, who instilled his answers with over-the-top earnestness and heavy emotion; though Pete Davidson as a “creepy,” affect-free Malek and Kate McKinnon, as an overtly sexual Brzezinski, were a close second — at least in the nosebleeds.
Whoever wrote the bit was also eager for Kenan Thompson, playing Steve Harvey as he has so many times before, to mock the comedian’s persona non grata status at NBC. (His NBCU-distributed talk show was officially canceled last week, days before the broadcast net announced a new version of Little Big Shots would see Melissa McCarthy grabbing his hosting gig.)
“It turns out I’ve got a medical condition that prevents me from saying no,” said Thompson, as Harvey. “I’ve got to wrap this up because I’ve got an Uber pool in 20 minutes.”Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Emma Thompson made her SNL debut as a host last night! Kate appeared in the cold open as Lindsey Graham and in the following sketches: Cinema Classics, Judge Court, Bad Girl Talk Show, Continuity Errors, and Twinning Extremes (cut for time). Our gallery has been updated with episode stills and all the sketches can be seen below!
Kate McKinnon and Emma Thompson appear in a new SNL promo for this week’s episode. In the video, Kate gives Emma an SNL tour. The Jonas Brothers also appear during the promo. Watch it below and check out screen captures in our gallery!
Adam Sandler hosted SNL for the first time last night! Kate appeared during the ‘Family Feud‘ cold open as Brienne of Tarth from Game Of Thrones and in the following sketches: Romano Tours, on Weekend Update as Elizabeth Warren, and Last Call as her recurring character Sheila Sovage with an amazing cameo from Kristen Wiig. Our gallery has been updated with episode stills and you can watch all the sketches below!
Kate and Emily were interviewed by Entertainment Weekly to talk about ‘Heads Will Roll’. They talked about how the project started, how they decided who would play the queen and more. Read the full interview below!
Kate McKinnon is taking her comedy to Audible. Starting today, the Saturday Night Live star and her sister, Emily Lynne, can be heard on Heads Will Roll, an audio-only original scripted comedy that plays out over 10 episodes.
McKinnon plays the evil Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm, while Lynne takes over as her ditzy raven, JoJo. The duo receive a prophecy about a peasant uprising, so they go on the search for the Shard of Acquiescence to help stave off the rebellion.
Crazy, right? Here, EW checked in with McKinnon and actress/writer Lynne (Our Cartoon President) about the comedy’s evolution, how they pulled it together, and whether there was any real argument over who would play the evil queen.