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Andy Samberg

I Got Your 12"

Makes Snowstorm His Bitch

1/22/2014 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Suck it up Northeast, and learn a lesson from Andy Samberg ... who made the most of the massive storm which dropped at least a foot of snow in NYC.

The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star strapped on a pair of skis and cruised right down city streets.

That's how you handle a snowstorm ... like a boss.


New 'SNL' Black Cast Member

She Works Clean ...

But Can Play Dirty!

1/6/2014 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

Sasheer Zamata
-- the first black female "Saturday Night Live" cast member in 5 years -- "works clean" as one of her colleagues put it to us ... but she can also "play dirty" -- as in dirty, dirty skits.

"SNL" made it official today, but we've been told they've been scouting Sasheer for several years.  She was part of at least one other "SNL" showcase 2 years ago, when scouts from the show took notice.  She posted pics last March of her backstage and in the offices at "SNL" ... so there's been some interest for a while.

Sasheer graduated from the University of Virginia just 5 years ago, and we're told she's been working NYC clubs relentlessly, getting her name out there.

She got some attention from her web series, "In Pursuit of Sexiness."

"SNL" has taken a lot of heat for not replacing Maya Rudolph with a black female comedian when she left 5 years ago.

We're told Sasheer has learned a lot about perseverance from a near tragedy -- she was in a horrible car accident where she was thrown through the window of her car and had to re-learn some basic functions -- which she did.

And, we're told, she's been working on a series of characters she might use on the show ...  so it seems like she's locked and loaded.

Jason Sudeikis

Only the Good Sing Billy Joel Covers

12/29/2013 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
122913_jason_sudeikis_launchIt was nine o'clock on a Saturday ... an unsuspecting Kansas City bar crowd gathered round to watch a popular cover band  ... but they got a big bonus ... Jason Sudeikis.

The SNL star and his fiancee Olivia Wilde hit up Kanza Hall ... and Jason joined the band Summer Breeze for some classic hits -- including Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are."

Jason's got a pretty decent set of pipes.

'SNL' Hopeful

Secret Black Women Audition Was Just a

Publicity Stunt

12/13/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Saturday Night Live's secret audition to find an African-American female was total BS -- at least according to one actress who tried out, but thinks it was only thrown together to quiet SNL's critics ... not to find a new cast member.

Comedian Tiffany Haddish tells TMZ the Dec. 2 talent search at The Groundlings Theatre in L.A. felt like it was a dog and pony show, partially because executive producer Lorne Michaels wasn't there -- and he's known to attend most auditions.

Other sources at the try-out tell us it seemed too conveniently timed -- coming on the heels of current cast members Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson publicly blasting 'SNL' producers for not hiring a Black female. 

Jay even named names -- claiming 'SNL' producers blew off actress Darmirra Brunson after agreeing to give her a shot. Interestingly, Darmirra was at the L.A. audition.

If 'SNL' found the right chick ... they're not saying yet -- but Tiffany thinks "they already know who they want ... they're just wasting all these black women's time and gas money."

So, we gotta ask ...

Tim Meadows

'I Will NEVER Watch SNL Again'

12/9/2013 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
Tim Meadows WENT OFF on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend -- saying he'll NEVER WATCH THE SHOW AGAIN after they excluded him from a throwback sketch.

Meadows -- who appeared on the show from 1991 to 2001 -- swore off the show after watching the "Brasky Bar Guys" bit ... a reoccurring sketch he often appeared in during his time with the show.

Meadows tweeted: "They did Brasky without me" ... adding, "Not even a 'hey would you want to come to do one line and bring your kids to see the 5 directions...?' Nothing... Wow..."

"I will never watch SNL again."

Meadows also explained why he thinks he's persona non grata -- and it traces back to his movie, "The Ladies Man."

"Sorry the ladies man bombed," Meadows wrote ... "If it would have done better they wouldn't treat me like a red-headed step child."

After the rant, Tim cooled down and seemed to back off his comments ... saying, "I'm not mad at the show. I know what it takes to produce those sketches in a short amount of time. I talked to a friend on the show who said it WAS a last minute sketch."

"I acted like a baby. I'm happy for all of my friends success and will always be grateful and proud to have been a part of SNL. That being said don't forget to see 'Anchorman 2' coming soon to a theater near you."

Fun Fact: "The Ladies Man" bombed so bad it took SNL 10 years to make another movie.


Crack Mayor Rob Ford

I Saw the 'SNL' Skit About Me


11/18/2013 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cracky Mayor Rob Ford -- the Tyrone Biggums of politics -- says he's well aware he was mocked on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend ... but he didn't seem too upset about it.

Ford was in Toronto on his way to watch a Canadian Football league playoff game -- when he stopped to sign autographs like a rockstar.

During the quick signing session, Ford was asked about the "SNL" skit -- in which Bobby Moynihan spoofs the mayor as a fat, cracked out idiot.

"It was crazy," Ford said of the sketch.

Ford then proceeded to the football game ... despite a suggestion from the CFL commissioner that Rob stay the hell away.

Ford plays by his own rules ... especially when those rules involve crack.


I Was NOT Lip-Syncing, But ...

11/4/2013 12:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eminem is claiming he didn't pull an Ashlee Simpson on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the rapper tells us Em was not lip-syncing during his performance of "Berzerk" ... but does admit he was using a vocal track underneath his live vocals.

Translation: live mic+vocal track = vocal help. Yes, technically's not lip-syncing, but it's pretty damn close.

The rep adds, "He just likes this sound and if you listen to his albums they are done the same way."

Guilty conscience?



Lip-Synced 'SNL' Performance

Or We're a Monkey's Uncle

11/4/2013 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
110413_eminem_snl_launchBarring some crazy rift in the space-time continuum, Eminem unquestionably lip-synced his performance on "SNL" this weekend ... at least judging by Saturday night's broadcast.

In case you missed the show, the video should clear things up. Em took the stage to perform his song "Berzerk" and went borderline Milli Vanilli for four minutes. We cut it down to the highlights for your convenience.

Eminem didn't really try to hide it either, pulling the mic away from his mouth several times while his "vocals" continued at full volume.

FYI -- Ashlee Simpson infamously lip-synced on "SNL" a few years ago and people ripped her to shreds. So, why should Em get a pass?

Granted, we can't say for SURE he was lip-syncing ... we're just making an educated guess ... so we gotta ask ...

Black Female Comedian

'SNL' Blow Off NOT Racial

10/17/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The very funny comedienne who is at the center of what's turning into a WAR on "Saturday Night Live" doesn't believe she's been passed over because she's Black -- it's tough for people of ALL colors to get on the show.

"Love Thy Neighbor"
star Darmirra Brunson thinks SNL regular Jay Pharoah is off base for ragging on the show for not having enough black females in the cast.  Fact is ... there have only been 4 in 38 years.  Pharoah says he was pushing producers -- which means Lorne Michaels -- to hire Brunson but it fell on deaf ears.
Brunson says there's a huge talent pool to choose from, and the reality is almost everyone gets passed over ... no matter what their race or sex.
That said ... Brunson says she'd like the chance to audition for the show and is grateful to Pharoah for the push. 

So she's in the middle of a war and just complimented the warring parties.  Smart chick.

'Hannah Montana' Co-Creator


But Here’s How She Should Die ...

10/8/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who helped create “Hannah Montana” says he’s got no problems with Miley Cyrus telling people her alter ego is dead – but he admits he had a different method of death in mind for the former child star. 

Of course, Miley cracked the joke during her monologue on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend – saying, “I can give you an update on what [Hannah’s] been up to … she was murdered.”

TMZ spoke with “Hannah” co-creator Richard Correll … who tells us Hannah will never die, as long as there’s re-runs … but says that if she did have to croak, he hopes “Hannah would die of old age with her grandkids and family.”

Yeah, that’s probably better than being murdered.

Miley Cyrus

Murders Hannah Montana on SNL

10/6/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking Hearts

Hannah Montana
will no longer party in the U.S.A. ... cause she's dead -- this according to Miley Cyrus.

Miley dropped the bombshell during last night's "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue ... but didn't go into detail about how H.M. bit the dust.

The singer also talked about her infamous VMA performance -- and said she's done twerking ... 'cause "white people" made it lame.

Not one peep about Sinead O'Connor.

R.I.P. Hannah Montana 1992-2013

Jesse Pinkman

Obamacare Prevents Meth Sales,


9/29/2013 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking Bad

Jesse Pinkman made a heartfelt pitch last night about Obamacare, and how his former friend in New Mexico could have benefited -- as could the people he slaughtered.

It's pretty hilarious ... Aaron Paul made a surprise appearance in the opening skit for the Fall premiere of  "SNL."  People went nuts.

Aaron's got to beat a hasty retreat.  He needs to be in L.A. tonight for the big screening at Hollywood Forever cemetery in Hollywood. 

He'll arrive in the cooking van, which is awesome.

Connie in "Coneheads"


6/25/2013 12:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0607_michelle_burke_coneheads_now_photo_launchMichelle Burke played the rebellious teen Connie -- opposite SNL vets Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin -- in the 1993 alien movie "Coneheads." Guess what she looks like now!

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