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'Backpack Kid' Upstaged Katy Perry On 'SNL' And Mesmerized The Internet




It takes a lot to upstage Katy Perry, but Backpack Kid managed to do it.


Perry, who channeled Beetlejuice in a black and white striped coat, performed “Swish Swish” ― which is thought to be a Taylor Swift diss track ― on the season finale of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.


The pop star was flanked by drag queens on both sides of a runway, before she moved aside to let them do their thing. Then a star was born: 








Backpack Kid, as the people of Twitter dubbed him, stepped onto the runway and mesmerized the world with his backpack and the way he moved. (For the record, Backpack Kid’s real name is Russell Horning, he’s 15, and he’s on Instagram.)


People were delighted. They were in awe. They were confused. They had questions. They knew he had stolen the show.  






































Will we see more of Backpack Kid? Time will tell. 

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may 21, 19:39
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'Complicit Ivanka' Johansson Joins Alec Baldwin For Final 'SNL' Hallelujah




The entire “White House” crew of “Saturday Night Live” gathered, one by one, around Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump at the piano for a soulful rendition of a last “Hallelujah” on the finale of one of the most memorable and politically charged seasons of the 42-year series.


At the lyric “I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool ya,” Baldwin took his hands from the piano keys but the piano continued to play. Kate McKinnon’s Kellyanne Conway held up crossed fingers.


The cold-open “Hallejulah” was part of an episode that wrapped up a season of skewering the White House. It could have been a farewell to the besieged Trump administration — or it may have marked Baldwin’s last turn at playing the president.


Gathered around the piano were the Grim Reaper playing Steve Bannon, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffatt’s dopey Trump brothers. Cecily Strong turned up as first lady Melania Trump and Scarlett Johansson was back as daughter Ivanka in a gold lame gown from her March skit plugging her perfume Complicit (”a fragrance for the woman who could stop all this — but won’t”).


Beck Bennett was Vice President Mike Pence — instead of his usual Vladimir Putin — and Aidy Bryant stood in for Sarah Huckabee Sanders. (Putin was represented by the Russian flag pin on Baldwin’s lapel.)






The song came full circle from the “SNL” episode following the presidential election when McKinnon sadly sat at the same piano to sing the song to honor the late Leonard Cohen — and lament the electoral loss of Hillary Clinton. “I’m not giving up, and neither should you,” McKinnon told her audience then.


This time Baldwin wrapped up his “Hallelujah” and declared: “I’m not giving up because I didn’t do anything wrong... but I can’t speak for these people.”





The episode was bittersweet, as it remains unclear if Baldwin plans to return as Trump after this season. He has said the role was getting depressing because of the “maliciousness” of the administration, and worried that people won’t be amused much longer by the president. “If everything stays the same in the country... I don’t think people will be in the mood to laugh about it,” he said in March.


But he has since left the door slightly ajar to the possibility of returning. “Look, I’d love to keep doing this per my availability, but I have other things I’m going to do, so I guess we’ll figure it out,” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter last week.




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may 21, 08:33
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Washington Post Clarifies That Sean Spicer Hid 'Among' Bushes To Dodge Reporters

The Washington Post threw some subtle shade at the Trump White House in issuing a correction on a story about Sean Spicer and his location among the bushes following the announcement of FBI Director James Comey’s termination. 


After an interview with Fox Business’s Lou Dobbs on Tuesday night, the White House press secretary “disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge” while news of Comey’s firing unfolded and reporters sought more information, WaPo’s Jenna Johnson reported on Wednesday. 


Later that day, an editor’s note was added to the bottom of Johnson’s story, clarifying that Spicer had “huddled with his staff among bushes,” not “in the bushes.” 






The updated text describes the situation like this: “After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the darkness and among the bushes near these [television] sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.”


Because “among” makes a huge difference. 






Twitter had a lot to say about the original story and followed up with some more commentary on WaPo’s preposition adjustment. 


























Multiple news outlets published behind-the-scenes details of what went on at the White House after Comey’s firing, including Spicer’s apparent retreat. On Wednesday, conservative commentator Matt Drudge tweeted that the Trump administration could be in trouble over the damaging leaks and suggested a “house cleaning” is in order. 

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may 11, 19:54
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Ana Gasteyer's Parenting Tweets Are Hilarious


Ana Gasteyer knows the good, bad and ugly sides of raising kids today.


The “Saturday Night Live” alum has a 14-year-old daughter, Frances, and a 9-year-old son, Ulysses. She often vents her parenting frustrations and shares hilarious stories and musings on Twitter.


In honor of Gasteyer’s 50th birthday Thursday, we’ve rounded up her funniest, wisest and most spot-on parenting tweets. 





































































































































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may 4, 17:29
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'Thank You Scott' Is 'SNL's' Anthem For Lazy Armchair Activists




This week’s episode of “Saturday Night Live” shed light on an issue that everyone’s familiar with, but relatively few talk about: Armchair activism.


In a music video titled “Thank You Scott,” the cast of “SNL” dedicates a song to Scott, aka Louis C.K., a social justice Twitter warrior who is compelled to make a change in the world with the power of his laptop and the “share” button.


Whether it’s posting a news article to his Facebook while sitting on the toilet or changing his Twitter bio to read “Black Lives Matter,” Scott is indeed doing his very minimal part to somehow make the world a better place.


And, apparently, a lot of people were touched by the song’s message.


After the

aired Saturday night, the people of Twitter (whom we can assume was the skit’s target audience) came to a disappointing realization: We are all Scott. 


Let’s celebrate the new anthem of slacktivism and pledge to do way more than sit on our couches and send out a tweet.





















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apr 9, 09:42
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'SNL' Skewers Poor Boob Who Thought Up Doomed Kendall Jenner Pepsi Ad




”Saturday Night Live” took on Kendall Jenner’s yanked Pepsi commercial with a reimagined behind-the-scenes look at some golden-boy director who’s convinced he’s got a killer diversity ad.


The director, played by Beck Bennet, gets a call from his sister, and he waxes rhapsodic about the ad as a “kind of a homage to the resistance.” Jenner hands a Pepsi to a cop at a Black Lives Matter protest when things start to go bad, he explains,  and “that Pepsi brings everybody together. Isn’t that like ... the best ad ever?”


Bennet’s face falls as sis obviously bursts his bubble.


He finally begins to get a clue: “Sort of tone deaf? We’re just using them ... to sell soda?” As he he’s surrounded by a joyless cast of characters on the set: an Asian cello player, black dancers and women in headscarves.


Out pops Jenner (Cecily Strong) from her trailer talking to someone on her cell: “Um, I stop the police from shooting people by handing them a Pepsi. I know. It’s cute, right?”


Nope.


The skit ends with “live and learn” superimposed on the screen.


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apr 9, 08:30
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Alec Baldwin As Trump Tells His Supporters To 'Keep Eating That Finger Chili'




If there’s one group of people Donald Trump knows he can count on, it’s his fiercely loyal supporters. 


Alec Baldwin returned to “Saturday Night Live” as POTUS to tout all his supposed wins this week and to ensure he still has his fans’ support. 


“I met with leaders from China, Egypt and Jordan. Gorsuch was confirmed,” Trump boasted to the crowd. “The media is saying nice things and no one’s talking about Russia. What a difference just 59 tomahawk missiles can make.”


But when a coal miner, played by cast member Kyle Mooney, asked Trump a question about a federal rehab program that’s preventing his wife from moving to a new town with him, Trump brought up how alike he and his supporter really are.






“That’s the exact problem I have. My wife doesn’t want to move either,” Trump explained. “She still lives 200 miles away, it’s costing the federal government millions of dollars. It’s nuts, am I right?”


When the coal miner pressed POTUS on the issue ― not without expressing his support first ― Trump, on a whim, decided to slash the federal rehab program altogether.


“Don’t worry about that because we’re going to get rid of it. Junking it. Junked,” Trump assured his weary supporter. “Don’t you feel better now?”


To which the supporter replied, “I’m not sure. But I voted for you and you’re my president.”


Trump continued to field questions from his uncertain fans and to cut random programs. Then, he offered the perfect metaphor for his people’s boundless support.


“See that’s why I came here, you people stand by me no matter what,” Trump said. “It’s like you found a finger in your chili, but you still eat the chili because you told everyone how much you love chili. It’s tremendous.”


Before setting off in his helicopter, the president added: “Keep eating that finger chili and remember, I’m one of you!”

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apr 9, 08:22
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Get Hyped, Melissa McCarthy Is Going To Host 'SNL'


Saturday Night Live” announced its final four hosts for Season 42 on Thursday, and there’s one in particular who stands out.


Melissa McCarthy, the world’s greatest Sean Spicer impersonator, is scheduled to host the show on May 13.


The other three hosts will be Jimmy Fallon on April 15, Chris Pine on May 6 and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who will close out the season on May 20. With the final four episodes, “SNL” will be doing something it’s never done before: Airing the show live across the country.






The episodes will air at 11:30 p.m. on the East Coast, 10:30 p.m. Central Time, 9:30 p.m. Mountain Time and at 8:30 p.m. on the West Coast, according to Uproxx. For those of you living according to Mountain or Pacific Time, the episodes will air once more at their regularly scheduled 11:30 p.m. slot. 


“SNL” is in the midst of its highest-rated season in more than two decades, thanks in large part to the political climate. Before the election, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin drew people in with their impersonations of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, respectively.


Since Trump’s victory, the show has continued to make waves with impersonations of the various personalities in the president’s administration ― perhaps most notably when McCarthy first imitated White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.


Something tell us she’ll be pulling that one out again a few more times this year.




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mar 16, 22:25
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It's Official, 'Weekend Update' From 'Saturday Night Live' Is Coming To Primetime


The rumors were true!


“Weekend Update,” the regular news segment on “Saturday Night Live,” is coming to primetime television. NBC announced the news over Twitter on Tuesday. 






The series will air during the sketch show’s summer hiatus, according to Deadline. Each episode will be a half hour, with the first set to air at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10.


Current “Weekend Update” hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che will keep their posts for the series, although other “SNL” cast members will reportedly make appearances. 


Thanks in large part to its political coverage and commentary, “SNL” has seen some of its highest ratings in years. It’s no wonder, then, that the show would try its hand at primetime once again. The segment previously aired during that time slot in 2008, ahead of the election showdown between then–presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and again in 2009 and 2012


“’SNL’ is having its best season in a quarter of a century ― how many shows can say that?! ― so we didn’t want them to take the summer off,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told Deadline. “We’re thrilled to have Colin Jost and Michael Che continuing their unique brand of news with fresh ‘Weekend Update’ shows in primetime this August.”



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mar 14, 21:18
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Ivanka Trump's New Perfume Ad On 'SNL' Describes Her Perfectly




As the daughter of the president of the United States, Ivanka Trump is an influential force in the White House. And “Saturday Night Live” is holding her accountable for her father’s actions.


Scarlett Johansson plays the first daughter in a glamorous “SNL” ad for a fragrance it says is named after Ivanka’s influence on Donald Trump: Complicit. “For the woman who could stop all this ― but won’t.”


The skit unfolds like a typical advertisement for a high-end perfume, except this dreamy, Champagne-filled montage jabs at Ivanka’s self-proclaimed feminism and her ignorance over her father’s misogyny


“She’s a woman who knows what she wants. And knows what she’s doing,” a seductive voice-over says.






In the past, Ivanka Trump has advocated for working women and paid family leave, but has appeared to stay quiet as her father continues to back policies that trample women’s rights.


“A feminist, an advocate, a champion for women,” the commercial asks. “But, like, how?”


“SNL” has mocked Ivanka Trump in the past, but this is the first time the sketch show is casting a more critical spotlight on the first daughter. This time, it’s attacking her feminist advocacy without reservation.


“She’s loyal. Devoted,” the voice-over says, “but probably should’ve bounced after that whole ‘Access Hollywood’ bus thing.”





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