Caryn James

'Late Night with Seth Meyers,' My New Favorite Show

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  • February 25, 2014 10:13 AM
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Late Night with Seth Meyers was the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and Meyers is an ideal host, with a sharply satirical wit yet plenty of personal warmth.

The Best of Jonah Hill's SNL: DiCaprio Revisits 'Titanic,' And a 'Her' Parody

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  • January 26, 2014 9:27 AM
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It was a pretty safe guess that there would be some Wolf of Wall Street reference during Jonah Hill's stint as SNL host, but the opening monologue turned out to be better than any sketch.

Fallon, Timberlake, McCartney and Madonna on Christmas SNL (Video)

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  • December 22, 2013 10:21 AM
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Jimmy Fallon hosted one of the best Saturday Night Live episodes of the season last night, with Justin Timberlake as virtual co-host, and an extravagant list of guests including Paul McCartney and Madonna.

Wes Anderson Trailers: SNL's with Edward Norton, and the Real 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

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  • October 31, 2013 10:29 PM
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Edward Norton as Owen Wilson in a Wes Anderson film – that is perfect casting, in SNL's trailer for a horror movie a la Anderson: The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders.

Tina Fey as Blerta, The New Roommate on 'Girls' (SNL Video)

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  • September 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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It's easy to spoof Girls, from Lena Dunham's very particular delivery to her character's unlimited insecurity and narcissism. But host Tina Fey took an entirely fresh approach in the best of the sketches from last night's otherwise tame Saturday Night Live, as a new roommate -- a peasant crone named Blerta who blurts out the truth to the friends. "Don't speak. They will know you are simple," she advises Shoshanna. But she saves the most perfect observation for Hannah (perfectly played by new cast member Noel Wells) at the end.

Seth and Stefon's Big SNL Wedding, and Iran's Reply to Argo (Video)

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  • May 19, 2013 11:35 AM
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Stefon -- the guide to New York's hottest, most twisted clubs - was never my favorite Bill Hader character, but he grew on me. And since last night's SNL was Hader's last, it was inevitable that Stefon would pop up on Weekend Update. But who could have guessed that, tired of his unrequited love for Seth Meyers, Stefon would leave to marry another man, only to have Meyers run after him like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate? Take a look at Stefon's big wedding, with Amy Poehler and Anderson Cooper.

Watch Ben Affleck and Bill Hader's SNL Promo

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  • May 15, 2013 1:10 PM
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Before Ben Affleck became Mr. Big-Time-Oscar-Winning-Director ... oh, never mind, that is so not his persona even now. Here he is in a promo for the season finale of SNL, proving he still has his comic timing. And here's Bill Hader (who will not be returning to the show next season) asking Affleck if he made up that country Iran in Argo.

Melissa McCarthy Gives Physical Comedy a Good Name On SNL (Video)

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  • April 7, 2013 11:12 AM
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Even if you're not a fan of physical comedy - and I'm usually not - the brilliant Melissa McCarthy makes it hilarious and sophisticated. She began her latest SNL hosting gig by entering on sky-high, red-sequined platform heels, stumbling her way on stage in a routine that was also a goof on the absurdity of actress' shoes today.

Justin Timberlake's All-Star, All-Good SNL (Video)

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  • March 10, 2013 12:13 PM
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Justin Timberlake was totally aware of the high expectations for his hosting gig on SNL - "Thank you, Internet," he said during the monologue - but there was no need to worry. He was so on, he even gave just the right sly, I-know-it's-hokey reading to the line "Five Timers Club" when announcing his membership as a five-time host.

Watch Justin Timberlake's 'SNL' Promo

  • By Caryn James
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  • March 6, 2013 11:05 AM
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I don't believe in jinxes, so I'll flat-out say that nothing is a safer bet for fantastic television than Justin Timberlake hosting 'Saturday Night Live'. He's back this week, and even his promos are better than SNL's usually are (better than some of the sketches lately.)

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