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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
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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. 

Sony Hacking Scandal

Dr. Evil Says ...

GOP is Giving Villains a Bad Name

12/21/2014 8:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Dr. Evil is scoffing at the Guardians of Peace for sheer laziness.

The "Austin Powers" super villain appeared on "Saturday Night Live" with some solid advice to the GOP ...  "It's easy to kill a movie,  just move it to January."

But the evil doc's real beef is purely domestic, and very political.

Mike Myers also awesomely takes a shot at one of his own stinkers.

James Franco and Seth Rogen

Our Naughty Pics Were Also Stolen

... By Sony Hackers

12/7/2014 7:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


James Franco and Seth Rogen were caught spooning just like John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and thanks to the Sony Hackers, they're on TV ... at least that's what Seth said on "Saturday Night Live."

Franco was hosting last night ... and during his monologue, James' BFF/co-star from "The Interview" rushed on stage and dropped the news.

Wise move ... making a joke out of the various Sony leaks.  The hackers promise there's more to come, so the joke is a good deflection.

And props for the Christmas card guys.

'Saturday Night Live'

Hey Cosby

'Pull Your Damn Pants Up!'

11/23/2014 7:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Bill Cosby's preaching about black men not taking responsibility for their lives just got thrown back in his face, courtesy of "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che.

The Weekend Update anchor took Cosby to task during Saturday's show, calling him out with, "Hey Bill Cosby, pull YOUR damn pants up!"

Che then said he's unsure how to feel about TV Land canning "The Cosby Show" because he loved the character growing up.

'Saturday Night Live'

Stefon RETURNS

... With Some Big News

10/12/2014 6:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Stefon made his triumphant return to "Saturday Night Live" ... and he made a big announcement at the end of his sketch.

Bill Hader hosted the show last night for the first time since leaving SNL last year and his former costar Kristen Wiig made an appearance during the opening monologue and later in the show.

Stefon, of course, didn't disappoint ... with talk of Prozac Doobie Brothers, human defibrillators and former MTV star Dan Cortese.

The show also paid special tribute to recently deceased cast member Jan Hooks.

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