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SNL Castage!!

I am – Hercules!!

Will Ferrell and Anna Gasteyer are gone! Which likely means more face-time than ever for Chris “Corky Romano” Kattan!

According to Thursday morning’s Variety, two new featured players have been added – presumably to create distraction. They are:

* Fred Armisen, who has appeared on Conan; and

* Will Forte, a Groundlings vet who’s written for Letterman and the MTV movie awards.

Matt Damon hosts the season premiere two days hence. Musical guest is Bruce Springsteen.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:21 a.m. CST



    I'll miss Will Ferrell, nobody can play Dubya quite like him. At least they still have Jimmy Fallon.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Who fucking cares?!

    by Mad Matt

    Like I said, who gives a flying monkey fuck about SNL when you got Mr. Show on fucking dvd (give us the remaining seasons you HBO fucks)?! Oh yeah, and remember...QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE fucking rock the world. Keep chillin' like villains.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:26 a.m. CST

    I said enough with the bloody exclamation points. You are like

    by Zod_Is_Back

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:26 a.m. CST

    Herc - that's the washed-up has been Springsteen, right :-)

    by JimKurring

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Fuck Kattan

    by larisa

    Kattan is over, he's washed up, still trying to get over Zooey Deschenel. Tracey Morgan will become the comedic god that we' ll all worship and hold dear to our hearts. Bring on Brian Fellows and Astornaut Jones!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 7:12 a.m. CST

    But it could get better!

    by FatXander

    And monkey's might fly out of my butt. Anyone else miss early 90's? I guess they may hit a stride again, but it's doubtful. It just seems that all the new comic geniuses are going right to TV and getting thier own terrible sitcoms. It's to bad Lorne Michaels can't sell his soul again, maybe he could get a good show on again.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Fred ARMISEN

    by BillBrasky2620

    Not Amisten. He's very funny. I saw him on "Late Friday" and he was part of the cast of Bob Oderkirk's unproduced sketch comedy show for Fox called "Next!" If you want to see what he looks like go here ( And Mad Matt, Season 3 of Mr. Show will be out on DVD sometime in April. They've already done the commentaries for it. I'm sure Season 4 will soon follow.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 9:19 a.m. CST

    who they need to put on is....

    by upright citizen

    more people from the uprights citizens brigade and Amy Poehler needs to become the lead woman on the show because she is easily the funniest woman ever on Saturday Night Live and she'd be able to show it if they gave her more air time.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 9:30 a.m. CST

    You ever wonder why SNL shows so many re-runs?

    by Eyegore

    I looked into it. Turns out that they put out 12-13 episodes per year and the other 40 weekends are re-runs and best-ofs. Isn't that truly pathetic? Such amazing slackers...they should have a new show every weekend with a couple weeks off for x-mas maybe. Contrast this with "The Days of Our Lives" or other hour long soaps that churn out five hours per week, every week, all year round. Someone needs to get in there and crack the whip. Get to work you lazy bitches!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 9:37 a.m. CST

    "Suck it, Trebek!"

    by Regenhund

    I am soooo going to miss the Celebrity Jeopardy skits. Could this be the next big SNL slump? Too bad, they barely had a peak. Gastayer is no big loss. Gemini&#39;s Twin was getting damn tired. I&#39;m dieing to know who&#39;s going to be the next Dubya. <woof>

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I&#39;ll take Hodge Podge for $200

    by k88dad

    What makes you think we won&#39;t be seeing any more Celebrity Jeopardy? They&#39;ve only been doing Jeopardy skits for decades.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 10:49 a.m. CST

    I&#39;ll Take Tina Fey, for $400

    by zer0cool2k2

    And call it a bargain. There may be more Celeb Jeopardy, but it won&#39;t be the same. and there&#39;ll be no more Neil Diamond hallucinating Bigfoot in his basement. I&#39;ll still tune in to get my Fey Fix, and to see how many times Jimmy Fallon cracks up in mid-skit.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Please, no more Mango sketches

    by Mister Pink

    Kataan is probably the most annoying performer in SNL history. Mango sucks ass, and so does that fucking monkey bit that he does. Will Farrel will definitely be missed, though. Farrel belongs in the same category as Ackroid and Hartman. Fallon can be amusing, and I&#39;d really like to fuck Tina Fey. Who&#39;s gonna do Bush from now on? Hammond? Hammond is great, but I don&#39;t know if he should do bush.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Are you insane?

    by DocPazuzu

    Tracey Morgan a comedic god? Are you fucking nuts? That bastard is along with the imbecilic Horatio Sanz the most painfully talentless, politician-level cue-card reading, excrutiatingly unfunny so-called "comedian" to plague the steadily declining quality of SNL. With the departure of Ferrell, and despite the retention of Fey and Hammond, SNL is sucking harder than ever. It&#39;s about as embarrassing to watch these days as a Q&A with George W Bush, although much less funny. Truly a chore to watch. Doc out.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Tracy Morgan is the only reason to watch this wheezing televisio

    by Cutter's Way

    Brian Fellows is hi-fucking-larious. Jimmy Fallon makes me want to punch his smug, self-satisfied face right in.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by radiix

    your wrong cutter morgan is teeetering on the brink of being unfunny and one more bad sketch will push him over the edge. Hes the tokken black guy. The only reasons to watch the show were ferrel and fallon and now that wil is gone jimmy is the shows only hope. Reading your post makes me wanna punch your smug face.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Lt. Torello

    If you missed it in &#39;92, this is must-see. Right up there with "Mr. Show."

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Get Rid of Lorne Michaels!

    by Bari Umenema

    Dear NBC, if you want to really rejuvenate SNL put Lorne out to pasture and bring in some new blood this fish has been rotting from the head down for the past 10 years. Lorne is a relic now no longer able to decide what&#39;s actually funny and what&#39;s pathetically unfunny.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:40 p.m. CST

    radiix, you are, without a doubt, a pumpkinhead

    by Cutter's Way

    If you had a brain, you&#39;d be dangerous. Come back after you&#39;ve finished junior high remedial English class. I probably should be offended by your post, but it was so nonsensical, I could barely make out what it said. See those little dots at the end of my sentences? They&#39;re not decorative. Oh, and say hi to your Mom for me.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Washed up? Springsteen&#39;s new album is a masterpiece.

    by Shrevie

    The most vital, the most relevent, poetic, rocking, moving, album by any musician in the last five years. Oasis, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Alanis, Jewel, Green Day, McCarney, The Stones, Aerosmith, Bowie, Moby, Ryan Adams, and all the rest... now THEY&#39;RE washed up. And the supposed "return of rock" club of the moment (The White Hive Strokes or whatever) couldn&#39;t come up with deeply felt resonant song to save their inner child, let alone do a mind-blowing three hour set every night when they&#39;re in their fifties. Springsteen is the hottest songwriter out there and it doesn&#39;t hurt that he&#39;s supported by the greatest rock n&#39; roll band in the world.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 12:50 p.m. CST

    radiix, I apologize...

    by Cutter's Way

    Re-reading your post, I must say I&#39;m sorry. Puncuation is the least of your problems. You must&#39;ve spelled a good two dozen words gloriously wrong. You must be seven years old or have a brain tumor the size of a basketball. I hope radiation therapy goes well for you.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Maybe Lorne Michaels Shouldn&#39;t Go....

    by theredmenace

    It&#39;s easy to blame Lorne Michaels for you not liking SNL (personally, I&#39;ve enjoyed it just fine these past years, especially during the 200 Presidential Elections... but, to each their own). However, anyone who has seen the A&E Biography on SNL (or has watched it since the beginning) knows that the few years that Lorne Michaels actually WASN&#39;T involved with the show were absolutely the most horrid piece of television to evber be broadcast over the airwaves. I&#39;m not saying that keeping Lorne Michaels on board is the only way to keep this show from sucking, but just remember that if you don&#39;t like it, i could always be worse... and when it WAS worse, Michaels wasn&#39;t even INVOLVED

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 1:32 p.m. CST

    by hJ21

    "to see how many times Jimmy Fallon cracks up in mid-skit" - problem there is, it was always Ferrell who was the one making him laugh.. and often he was purposely trying to make him laugh - that&#39;s what was funny about it :) a performer, I don&#39;t see why Jimmy is so popular right now.. he&#39;s not even remotely funny.. the garbage that is Weekend Update is completely depressing to watch.. his impressions are ok, but of all the cast members, only Dana Carvey seemed to be able to get by almost strictly as an impressionist, Jimmy isn&#39;t THAT good at it.. Jimmy seems to have no real skill in being able to improv either (which was one of Will&#39;s real strengths).. only character that&#39;s somewhat redeemable of Jimmy&#39;s, is Nick Burns, but even that seems to have run its course..

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Who&#39;s this "Fred" dude from Conan?

    by Abyss

    Conan has got some terrfically funny supporting comedians. I especially like the guy who does Raymond (the big ears Anusol guy).

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Zod, it&#39;s Hercules!!! Not Harry!!!

    by Drath

    And it&#39;s a style of Aint-It-Cool-News!!! You learn to like it or go insane!!!! Besides!!! Shouldn&#39;t you be on your agent&#39;s case about being renamed Kata-Zor in the new Superman script!?!!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey is hot but she sucks

    by magic_ninja

    And Jimmy Fallon&#39;s never been funny. Oh well, I&#39;m just glad I&#39;m not one of those losers that&#39;s home on Saturday night to watch SNL.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Yes, add me onto the Disliking Fallon train.

    by BEARison Ford

    wow that subject just rolls right offf the tongue, doesn&#39;t it. regardless, i too, being straight and male obviously, have never liked jimmy fallon. his appeal is predominantly women, because he&#39;s got those cute aww shucks goofy looks. but i still can&#39;t believe that he apparently thinks that doing impressions of other FUNNIER comedians is comedy. i mean when Dana Carvey did impressions of Dennis Miller on update, it was a funny little barb that lasted what, 2 times? Jimmy Fallon got hired BECAUSE of his Adam Sandler impression. at the end of the day it&#39;s hard to blast Lorne for hiring him though since he has increased exposure to the show, and added another demographic (pre-teen/teen girls) with Fallon. i&#39;m very much intrigued to see where his post-SNL career goes though, given he&#39;s doing what looks like an extrodinarily shitty Woody Allen movie, had that god-awful comedy record etc. I think his fame will either be up before he knows it, or it&#39;s going to skyrocket to new heights and provide us all with more fodder to argue to.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:12 p.m. CST

    thank GOD there&#39;s more chris kattan! (sarcasm)

    by drudgejr

    and maybe now i can hear MORE about spongebob and there can be MORE chris kline movies!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:24 p.m. CST


    by ShoreGrey

    Fallon and Fey&#39;s self concious jokes are getting a little tired. I do like that little elf-person Rachel Dratch, and Of course amy Poehler is the cutest thing since Cheri O&#39; Teri and Jan Jooks. The skits with original characters have been lacking of the past few seasons, though there are exception... You all are right, Kattan is just sad to watch now cause, like Meadows, overstayed his welcome. Fallon and Dratch have one good skit in those truant teenagers... The "Love Birds" skits were hilarious and carried entirely by Ferrel(and notice Ferrel always managed to break up the other actors during the skit) Morgan has alot of potential if he would get away from that self-aware routine of being the token black guy... Gasteyer was good back in the days of Chris Parnell, and Cheri O Teri, but, aside from being absent for most of this season cause of the new baby, has worn out her welcome as well(How many Martha stewart skits can you do?) Maya Rudolph, once again alot of potential outside of that Token chicano Image John Goodman....what do you mean hes not a regular cast member?(same goes for Alec Baldwin) And one more thing.....Screw You Trebek!!!(What is Light Urple?)

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Gimme a 3-way w/ Tina & Maya & I&#39;ll be a happy hoofer

    by Alpha Zebra

    The most interesting thing about Weekend Update since Tina and Jimmy took the seats is how they consistently provide more insightful political commentary than any of the supposedly more serious bozos at FoxNews, MSNBC or CNN for that matter. Look at how they reported on/made fun of the Enron scandal. The Joke-Offs are funny, and Tina&#39;s gloves-off verbal asswhipping of that pathetic old geezer Hugh Hefner was priceless. Last year&#39;s sketch about Botox (with the girls drooling as their faces slid south like that old "Stoned Again" poster) was worthy of Gilda, Lorraine and Jane.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 3:47 p.m. CST

    ShoreGrey you ignorant slut

    by Alpha Zebra

    Maya Rudolph is the daughter of the late Minnie Ripperton, who was of African-American ancestry (as she&#39;s demonstrated in some sketches, she&#39;s inherited at least some of mom&#39;s vocal chops). Her dad is white, and her step-mother is Japanese. So if she&#39;s a token anything, she&#39;s a token one-woman rainbow. Her ethnicity is really hard to pin down just from looking at her, so I forgive you.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Why add cast members?

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Even losing Farrel and Ana they still have too many people on there, especially since 40 minutes of the show is Weekend Update anyways, and sorry, the news satire was funny back when they were the only ones doing it, but now that we have an entire week of people who are able to do it daily and do it better, there&#39;s no reason we should be getting Weekend rehashing the jokes, much less having SNL extending the Weekend segment. But I guess it wouldn&#39;t be SNL if the skits didn&#39;t go on too long.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Here are clips of the great Fred Armisen

    by Declan_Swartz

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Out with the old and in with the new. They need Avril or someon

    by Dr_Jownz

    He is okay, but man, they are not going to generate much interest in the show with him.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 7:09 p.m. CST

    My thoughts on SNL REVISION - GREAT IDEA

    by stlfilmwire

    Keep Tracey Morgan Keep Chris Parnell Keep Darrell Hammond Keep Tina Feye (sp?) Keep Maya Rudolph Keep Rachel Dratch (sp?) Recast the rest. Find a lunatic character (John Belushi type) Find a versatile actress Find another black male A few years ago SNL was cool enough to use one of my ideas. That&#39;s when Tim and Tina were the two in charge (I think). I sent them the Inside the Actors Studio script. And they used everything except the guest... however the sketch played out exactly as I wrote... even using Will Ferrell. That was too cool. I don&#39;t remember what year it was, but it was at before the end of a season when I sent it. It was the same year Ally Sheedy won the Independent Spirit Award. Remember the good ole days when you used to easily e-mail the writers? What would make the show awesome is if they dedicated like 2 or three minutes for viewer sketches. You know. Have the viewers send in a bunch of sketches and once every couple of months they select one to perform on the show. That would generate a ton of attention... plus it&#39;s a great way to find undiscovered writing talent. Oh well. Adam Hackbarth

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 7:42 p.m. CST

    You wanna fix SNL?

    by Fatty McJones

    Kill the formula! SNL has deteriorated into a predictable formula show. You know exactly what&#39;s going to happen when. The hosts are predictable. Pick a random star who has a movie coming out soon or very recently. Monologues? Predictable as fuck! Star plugs movie, people clap, something dumb happens. Musical guests? Whatever dumbass band has a hit single out right now. Where are the unsigned bands? Why no jazz ever? Give us something different! SNL in the 70&#39;s was at least somewhat unpredictable. I understand that it&#39;s easier to do a show with a template. You just plop stuff down into your slots every week. May be easy, but it&#39;s terrible for comedy. BTW, Kattan should die, Sanz and Morgan are fucking hilarious, and Fallon is lukewarm. He&#39;s just the heir to Adam Sandler without the spark.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I came up with the Killer Bee sketch.

    by Mister Pink

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I came up with the Killer Bee sketch.

    by Mister Pink

    and the samurai sketch too, also buckwheat, oh and Wayne&#39;s World, that was mine too. BTW Avril Levigne does not belong in the same fucking PARAGRAPH as the Boss.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 8:11 p.m. CST

    You know what this talkback needs?

    by NakedYossarian

    More Cowbell! Donk! Donk! Donk! Donk!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Kattan is gone soon

    by mAD~mOD

    after the box-office blockbuster that was Undercover Brother. Chris Kattan is moving onto greener pastures. Next year he&#39;ll show up as the new "wacky" neighbour on Yes Dear.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 10:21 p.m. CST

    I&#39;ll take anal bum cover for $200 Trebek

    by Skippy

    That&#39;s "An Album Cover" Mr. Connery. These jokes never get old!

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 10:29 p.m. CST

    I&#39;ll take the penis mightier for 300

    by Mister Pink

    That&#39;s the PEN is mightier Mr. Connery

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 11:01 p.m. CST

    SNL is losing a great player, but I bet it will still not suck m

    by Smeg For Brains

    Frank Caliendo, and Will Sasso are just wasted on Mad TV because they have talent and yet are forced to act out crap written by the untalented. Farrel leaving will hurt SNL, but the cast and writers are still better than they have been in a long time. Morgan, and Sanz are both awesome. Hammond can actually do impressions, unlike Dana Carvey. Fey, and Fallon are a great team. All of the rest are at least competent, and versatile. In fact the only person on the show that isn&#39;t great is Kattan, and even he doesn&#39;t reach the astounding levels of unfunnyness that hacks like Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler, and the king of all that is unfunny, David Spade did during the early to mid 90&#39;s. Chris Farley was the only reason to watch after Phil Hartman left. Of course it is perfect that those were the years when it was at it&#39;s highest viewership since the original cast. Even the Piscapo years were better than the Spade/Sandler/Meyers era.

  • Oct. 3, 2002, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by ShoreGrey

    A fine glass of Shampaaagnya...

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 1:18 a.m. CST

    paste pot pete

    by KneelBeforeZod

    Walt Flanagan is the man, I like your store, fella. If I had to choose a new User ID, it would be Vince Clortho. SNL isn&#39;t very funny, but I think the last funny cast member was Farley. David Spade will die.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Tina Fey

    by KneelBeforeZod

    By the way, what&#39;s with the big fucking scar thingy on her face? It&#39;s bothersome. I&#39;m gonna go eat some subway now.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 2:07 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon hosting?

    by KONG33

    Did I wake up in 1999? Why do they get people like him and that other one, y&#39;know...the one...w/ the blonde hair. F***ing Gwyneth Paltrow. Yeah. Hate her.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Kevin Allison/Michael Ian Black for Weekend Update

    by Dlhstar

    Either one of them. C&#39;mon, SNL. Give the State folks more work! At least bring on the redhead gay!

  • Mary Jo Pehl.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Ah, but redmenace, the Lorneless years gave us two of the funnie

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Where have you gone, Tim Kazurinsky?

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 3:50 p.m. CST

    So Fey&#39;s got a scar. Big fucking deal.

    by Coyote Halbert

    Doesn&#39;t have any affect on her humpable factor in any way...oh, and her comedic ability also.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 4:51 p.m. CST

    tina fey&#39;s scar is sexy

    by DOGSOUP

    ...shes the funniest thing about weekend update too... "today the director of homeland security announced that americans should be on high alert today....BITCH!HOW CAN WE BE MORE ALERT?!"

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 6:52 p.m. CST

    "Raaandy Goldman..."

    by Jerk_Sisko

    I like "Wake Up Wakefield" and the show on the webcam. I wish SNL would do more new adventures of Mr. T and the T-Force. Mr. T using "I need WORK!" as his new catchphrase is priceless.

  • Oct. 4, 2002, 9:01 p.m. CST

    I hardly laugh at any of the skits on this show...

    by PurityOfEssence

    Most of em just arent funny...

  • Oct. 5, 2002, 1:19 a.m. CST


    by son of jango

    Loosing Ferrel is going to hurt, but it isn&#39;t SNL&#39;s biggest problem. The problem is SNL is featuring the wrong talent. Jimmy Fallon has his moments but for the most part his impressions suck donkey dick. If I wanted to hear Mike Myers or Adam Sandler&#39;s schtick I&#39;d go watch them not listen to some hack try and fail misirably. Mya Rudolph is not even remotely funny. When she impersonates a celebrity she dosen&#39;t look or sound anything like them. They just keep her on because she&#39;s buds with Gwenyth Paltrow and that is why she does the show five times a year. Tina Fey is fuckable, not funny and Rachel Dratch is neither fuckable nor funny. Chris Parnell is one season away from being fucking French Stewart. He&#39;s that boring. The only two that make me laugh my ass off are Tracy Morgan (Brian Fellows Rules) and Horatio Sanz. I agree with the talkbacker who said that Lorne Michaels should probably step down.

  • Oct. 5, 2002, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Wow - is this thing still on the air?

    by desslok

    Oh dear lord, please - for the love of god pull the plug. This show hasnt been funny since the early 90&#39;s, and hasnt been knock down drag out classic funny since the early 80&#39;s.

  • Oct. 5, 2002, 10:54 a.m. CST

    and the oscar goes to..."corky romano!"

    by bootyschool

    chris kattan sucks my will to live. we&#39;re going to miss you, will.

  • Oct. 5, 2002, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Kate Winslet Hosting

    by SurferGirl

    When are they gonna get Kate Winslet to host??? That would be so cool! Lately they&#39;ve been getting some crappy hosts and REALLY crappy musical guests - it&#39;s like the drought of the late 80&#39;s/early 90&#39;s. My vote: get Kate as the host and the Stones as musical guest. The show&#39;s going down the toilet if they keep putting Chris Kattan in episodes...what a jackass! Later all. Cheers.

  • Oct. 6, 2002, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Mad TV is funnier every week.

    by Darth Siskel III

    SNL writers SUCK.

  • Oct. 6, 2002, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Matt Damon is down with the HoYah!

    by Creative1

    Matt doled a a liberal dose of sefl referential HoYahism. I think he really does want cocks all over him, and to that I say HoYah!!