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The Maya Rudolph Show is like being kicked in the face with a sparkly tap shoe, and I want more. Maya Rudolph, long-time former SNL cast member and star of the hit movie Bridesmaids, said in an interview with Seth Meyers, "Young folks have probably never experienced the joys of corny but wonderful but grand, feather boas and sparkles and people singing songs and telling corny jokes but guests dropping in and stopping by…" True, I don't think I have experienced whatever it is she's describing. And Maya was right. I haven't seen much else like it. Read More
Your rainy, grim Thursday (well, here on the East Coast...) is about to turn sunny-side up, amigos. As if Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's posed comebacks WEREN'T EXCITING ENOUGH, NBC  has just released a promo for another pilot in the wings: The Maya Rudolph Show. Put another way: happy birthday everyone, across time and space. Read More
Mark your calendars, girls! On April 8, Ann Brashares is releasing her newest book, The Here and Now. The novel follows Prenna James, a time traveling seventeen year old who returns to the present-day in attempt to save humanity from a plague that will end all life on earth. Brashares, the author who defined a generation of girls with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, has ventured into strange and nearly sci-fi territory with her new book — but like the Pants heroines, Prenna still grapples with young love. Read More
In "things that should have happened ten years ago but are just happening now" news, Saturday Night Live has finally auditioned black female cast members.  When Kerry Washington hosted last month, the writers addressed the long-standing issue with a tongue-in-cheek statement about the show being a white-guy-fest, but actions speak louder than words--and action there was not! But now it's being revealed that a sold-out showcase in Los Angeles last weekend was, in fact, an SNL hunt for a black female comedian to add to the cast. Read More
This past Saturday’s SNL was a step up from the show’s material of late, with host Lady Gaga proving to be an actually pretty funny lady. What would have made the show even better, however, is this crazy unaired skit titled, “Female Sea Captains,” which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Watch Lady Gaga and the rest of the kick-ass SNL ladies sail the high seas (sort of), mock traditional female stereotypes, and speak in crazy accents below. Read More
It’s only been a few weeks since veteran Saturday Night Live player Kenan Thompson made a statement regarding the lack of African-American women in SNL's cast. This issue is something that has been largely un-addressed since Maya Rudolph's 2007 departure from the sketch comedy show. Should we be ashamed we've let that slip for the last six years? Probably. But there are people who want a better answer than that.  Online civil rights organization, colorofchange. Read More
  When Tina Fey pulled up her chair at the Saturday Night Live writers’ table, the show wasn’t all that woman-friendly. In her autobiographical book Bossypants, the comedien tells a story of how writers often assumed men in drag could be more funny than women. By the time she left, the show had featured more female greats than ever before: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolf, Kristen Wiig, and others graced us with their unbeatable wit.    But wait a second! As Salon’s Carolyn Edgar points out, Keenan Thompson and Tracy Morgan are famed for their drag performances. Read More
*Swoon* Kerry teach me your ways Scandal star and all-around awesome actress, Kerry Washington, will make her SNL debut on November 2nd. Yayayay! If you've ever watched Scandal you understand my excitement. And if you haven't watched Scandal...what do you do with your time? Get on it.  The announcement follows the hotly-debated lack of black female SNL cast members. Kenan Thomspon (one of only three actors of color on the 16-member cast) commented on the casting decision when he told TVGuide.com, "It's just a tough part of business... Read More
The New Republic’s Laura Bennett has something important to say about Betty White’s recent roles in her essay “Betty White Is Not a Sex Machine: Our Cruel Obsession with Dirty Old Women.” While she acknowledges that elderly women in the media have gained traction, ceasing to be mostly “sexless [...] prudish nags,” she sees an increase in sexual exploitation of older women. From Betty White’s role in Hot in Cleveland to Cloris Leachman’s Maw Maw on Raising Hope, older women in the media are often over-sexualized and sexually deviant. Read More
Hannah Horvath and her friends have it rough—they’re college-educated, financially supported, and so, so white (maybe not for long).  And in a Saturday Night Live sketch that aired during this weekend’s season premiere, the Girls girls have a new roommate with whom to compete in their weekly misery poker: Blerta. Tina Fey plays Blerta, a poor Albanian refugee with OCD (Old Cow Disease) who puts Hannah’s problems into perspective—“Honestly, your life is, like, so much more interesting than mine. Read More