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Bruce Buffer

'SNL' Gets a 'Ready to Rumble' Pass

5/7/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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UFC announcer Bruce Buffer and his famous bro don't joke about protecting the 5 most famous words in pro fighting -- but says "Saturday Night Live" is getting a funny pass ... a very pricey one.

The 'Veteran Voice of the Octagon' was outside Gold's Gym in Venice, and told us why "SNL's" Mayweather/Pacquiao skit -- which included Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to rumble" -- isn't costing NBC a cent.

Normally, Bruce and Michael charge handsomely -- at least 5 figures -- for an individual or production to use the famous catchphrase.

Bottom line in this case -- Bruce gives Taran Killam's version a thumbs up, but it's far from open season on "rumble." If you want MB at your next birthday party ... get ready to payyyyyy!

Chris Kattan

Ambien Alert

Escorted By Cops From Phoenix Airport

5/5/2015 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Kattan AmbienFormer "SNL" star Chris Kattan had airline personnel on edge at the airport in Phoenix -- and his jittery behavior got so bad, cops had to remove him ... but turns out, Chris just needed a nap. 

Phoenix PD says officers were dispatched to the Southwest terminal on Sunday evening to remove a passenger who'd been barred from boarding his flight. Sources say Kattan was mumbling and nervously walking around the gate until 5 responding officers arrived to escort him out of Sky Harbor Airport.

Cops say Kattan told them he had popped an Ambien earlier in the day, and it was still in his system.

Kattan tells TMZ he was up very late Saturday night for a wrap party, and on his way home to L.A. he missed a connecting flight in Phoenix. He says he was just looking for a spot to crash in the terminal when cops arrived.

Cops took Kattan to a nearby hotel to catch some z's before he caught a later flight. He's grateful the officers were kind ... and cops agree Kattan was cooperative.

Chris had more serious Ambien troubles last year -- he was sentenced to 3 years probation for slamming his Mercedes into a parked vehicle while under the influence of the sleep aid. 

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'SNL' Star Cecily Strong

Cracks Racist Cops Joke on Obama ...

As Baltimore Riots Raged

4/26/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cecily Strong went in HARD on President Obama and the Secret Service with an envelope-pushing joke about cops killing black men -- and she did it just miles from the Baltimore riots over that very issue.

Cecily hosted the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night, and got the biggest reaction from the room when she said the Secret Service is "the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot."

The crowd was still gasping when she unleashed another racially charged follow-up.

0426-baltimore-orioles-jumbotron-warning-TWITTER-01Around the same time -- 30 miles outside the Beltway -- the Baltimore riots over Freddie Gray's death in police custody turned so violent police told Orioles fans to stay inside the stadium after the game.

We're guessing Cecily's jokes were written long before Baltimore erupted -- still, it was front page news all day leading up to the WHCD. So, we gotta ask ...  

Dakota Johnson

BLASTED For SNL ISIS Skit

3/1/2015 7:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dakota Johnson has joined ISIS ... well, at least a character she played on "Saturday Night Live"  -- and the Internet went CRAZY!

Check out the video ....Dakota's dropped off at the airport by her dad -- played by Taran Killam -- but instead of joining the army like the Toyota commercial ... she joins the infamously savage org.

Social media users blew up with anger ... with responses like:

- "I think it's safe to say I will never watch SNL or any of Dakota Johnson's movies ever again"

- "Dear #SNL, jokes about Isis are not funny. See how much you laugh when you have to see your loved one(s) being slaughtered. No respect."

 

- "Actually offended by the ISIS sketch... Is that seriously all you could come up with? @nbcsnl #SNL"

So we gotta ask ...

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9:20 AM PST -- Taran Killam just defended the skit on Twitter saying, "Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name."

Eddie Murphy

Pulled a David Spade on 'SNL' Alum

Years Before 'Falling Star' Diss

2/19/2015 12:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Eddie Murphy threw a David Spade-style shot at a "Saturday Night Live" alum way back in 1981 ... making his decades-long grudge against "SNL" puzzling.

We found this clip of Murphy on "Weekend Update" during Season 6 ... talking about his fear that the military draft would return -- and then offering up the perfect draft candidate -- Garrett Morris.

Eddie then held up Morris' head shot and added, "I know he's a little over age, but word has it he's got a lot of free time right now."

Interesting ... given Murphy's legendary grudge years later over a "Hollywood Minute" segment featuring David Spade, who quipped, "Look children, a falling star" ... while showing Eddie's pic.

Eddie Murphy

Refuses to Take Shot at Cosby on 'SNL'

2/19/2015 6:41 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0219-eddie-murphy-tmz-02update_graphic_red_barThrough a rep, Cosby responded to the Murphy story, saying, "I am very appreciative of Eddie and I applaud his actions."update_grey_gray_barEddie Murphy had Bill Cosby's back during the "SNL" 40th anniversary special, refusing to "kick a man when he's down" ... so says Norm Macdonald. 

Apparently Eddie had a few epic lines for the best skit on the show -- "Celebrity Jeopardy." The category was "Potent Potables" and Eddie was supposed to appear as Cosby. That alone, Macdonald said, would have gotten the biggest laugh ... period.

But Macdonald says on the day of the show, Murphy had a change of heart. Macdonald tweeted, "He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on 'SNL' better than anyone," adding, "Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it.  He will not kick a man when he's down."

The skit went on without Eddie, with Keenan Thompson playing Cosby.

Sarah Palin

Nailin' a Heckler

At SNL Party [TMZ TV]

2/16/2015 6:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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063014_tv_tune_in_sarah_palin_launchSarah Palin's bit on the SNL Anniversary show wasn’t great, but she KILLED IT outside the after-party by destroying a boneheaded heckler -- and we gotta admit ... it makes her a little hotter.

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Taylor Swift

OMG, I Rocked with Paul McCartney!!

2/16/2015 6:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

021615_snl_taylor_launchEven haters can't hate, hate, hate this video -- Paul McCartney channeling his inner 15-year-old girl and jamming with Taylor Swift on "Shake It Off."

The ultimate bridge between generations went down at the "SNL" 40th anniversary after-party Sunday night -- and Jimmy Fallon joined 'em on stage too.

Taylor returned the favor by rocking the Beatles', "Saw Her Standing There" -- and she played a pretty strong rhythm guitar, while Paul played bass. If only Fallon had some drumsticks.  

And now Taylor and Kanye have one more thing in common.

Sarah Palin

Get a Job

You Stupid Hecklers!

2/16/2015 6:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Sarah Palin hilariously confronted hecklers after the "SNL" after-party early Monday AM, explaining to them that she's clearly won the war of words because they're on the wrong side of the velvet rope. 

Sarah -- who braved the cold sans coat to show off her duds -- alternated between taking selfies and dishing out insults.  

Some of her critics were pretty stupid ... using high school tactics like telling her she looked like crap. But Sarah had some pretty good comebacks. 

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Shaq

I'm An 'SNL' Legend

... My Sketch Is 'Top 5'

2/14/2015 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It wasn't just a hilarious sketch ... Shaq tells TMZ Sports his famous "Big Bernard" sketch with Tracy Morgan is one of the top 5 sketches in "Saturday Night Live" history."

It's definitely one of the funniest moments in the history of the show ... Shaq played Tracy's son "Bernard during the 1998 sketch ... which featured a father trying to discipline his enormous 7-foot son.

But the question is ... where does it rank among the all time greats?

-- The Chippendales dance-off?
-- The "More Cowbell" sketch?
-- Stefon?
-- Wayne's World?
-- D**k in a Box?
-- Matt Foley?
-- James Brown in the hot tub?!?!

Watch the clip. You decide.

David Spade

Eddie Murphy Beef Is Squashed

We'll Hang Out at Reunion

2/9/2015 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

020915_david_spade_launchWhen Eddie Murphy returns to "SNL" for the first time in 30 years -- you can thank David Spade for making peace with him over the now legendary potshot that pissed off Eddie in the first place.

When our photog got David out in L.A. over the weekend ... he said he was looking forward to seeing Eddie at the upcoming 40th Anniversary Special -- and opened up about smoking the peace pipe with him.

If you don't recall ... Eddie has stayed away from "SNL," mainly because David cracked a joke comparing Eddie to a "falling star" back in the '90s. 

Watch the clip -- sounds like it's all water under the bridge, but it took a long time to get to this point. We're assuming Spade won't bring any "Pluto Nash" jokes to the reunion.

Jimmy Fallon

Had Him a Blast With ...

Drunken 'Grease' Sing-Along

1/28/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012715_jimmy_fallon_launchJimmy Fallon relived his famous send-off from "SNL" -- singing a "Grease" classic -- but this time he had a barroom full of hammered backup singers ... which just made it more awesome.

Fallon was at NYC's Marie's Crisis Cafe last weekend when most of the bar started singing "Summer Nights" ... with Jimmy leading the chorus. But check out the video -- it wasn't easy keeping the buzzed crowd on the beat ... or the right verse. 

Jimmy still managed to bring down the house, just like in his final "SNL" in 2004 -- where we're guessing there was slightly less drinking than in the bar. 

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Saturday Night Live Cast

We Do Snowbound the Right Way

1/27/2015 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Snowmageddon has NYC in a state of emergency so Lorne Michaels isn't taking chances ... he said "no" to the snow and shelled out big bucks to put the "Saturday Night Live" staff up in swanky digs.

Some bridges and tunnels are closed until Wednesday and Tuesday is make-or-break ... it's the day they start writing the skits selected for this week's show. So Michaels and "SNL" offered to put the cast up at The New York Palace. 

We're told around 15 cast and crew members signed up for the upscale digs close to 30 Rock, including Kenan Thompson, Colin Jost and a few writers.  

It's just like they say, the snow show must go on. 

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