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Michael Cera Hosted
Last Night’s SNL!!

I am – Hercules!!
Michael Cera hosted. Yo La Tengo was the musical guest. Horatio Sanz and Rachel Dratch returned alongside Kristen Wiig, Darrell Hammond, Seth Myers, Amy Poehler, Kenan Thompson, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte for super-dirty sketches written by the SNL writers. It was broadcast nowhere. Proceeds from the live event went to support “Saturday Night Live” crew members laid off due to the 2-week-old writers strike. Read the New York Times’ story on the event here! See photography recording the event here!

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  • Nov. 18, 2007, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Good for them for supporting their own.

    by Booster Gold Lives

    The solidarity between the writers and the actors has got to have the studios pissing their pants, at this point.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    I Like This New Unaired Format

    by Aquatarkusman

    They should continue.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Please let "According to Jim," do this next.

    by Pound Sand


  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Agreed, keep this up SNL

    by Pipple

    It's brilliant, mediocre comedy we'll never see.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Would have been fun to see.

    by Flim Springfield


  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    What, this show's still on? It hasn't been good since...

    by theBigE

    Someone had to say it!

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Why the spoiler warning?

    by theBigE

    What's the big secret you've let out of the bag?

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Read the links, skywalkerfamily

    by theBigE

    It wasn't at Studio 8H, genius. Read the article - it was at the Uptight Citizens Brigade stage.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    So that's not

    by Shivv

    considered crossing the picket lines? I'm assuming that the sketches didn't write themselves, so someone broke ranks to write the show. Hope someone reported them to the WGA

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Shivv- read the article next time

    by buffywrestling

    Don't just look at the pretty pictures. <p> "About a week in the making and less than a day in rehearsal, the show was a mix of the writers’ favorite old sketches and never-before-seen but already written bits that had been rejected, for raunchiness, humor or time. The cast members did their own makeup and, with the Upright Citizens Brigade staff, found their own minimal props and costumes. Writers held the cue cards. Ms. Rositano’s headset, it turned out, was a visual joke: It wasn’t even plugged in."

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:52 p.m. CST

    the only SNL I'd really want to see all season

    by sith_rising

    and it isn't aired. fuck em, I hope they all get fired and replaced with college sophmores.

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:53 p.m. CST

    This was the BEST episode of Studio 60 ever!!!!

    by crackler1

    Oh.. wait...

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    So it got like .5 fewer viewers then usual?

    by Stormwatcher

    Man I am clever!

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:31 p.m. CST


    by tehgreekhammer

    is Michael Cera and why do i care?

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 11:34 p.m. CST


    by Magma Suit


  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Cera kicks ass

    by INWOsuxRED

    If this would have aired, it would have been the first episode I watched since Dwight Schrute hosted.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 12:40 a.m. CST

    Skits were still too long.

    by aboriginal

    When are they gonna figure it out?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I don't like this season's MAD TV

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    What's with the concert setting??

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Wait, a SNL episode that's non-televised?

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Can you make it a habit?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Kitty Cat Man

    by Kurosawasmellsfunny

    How dare anyone mock the name of Cera?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Also, Superbad has little to do with it...

    by Kurosawasmellsfunny

    There was a little show that no one decided to watch called Arrested Development and Cera's comic timing on the show made his character funny when normally that character wouldn't be all that funny.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Soon TV shows will be going door to door...

    by tonagan

    Acting out episodes in your living room! (Hopefully, the comedies will bring their own laugh track, or it may get awkward.)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 7:18 a.m. CST

    Nice gesture. I bet the crew is still pissed

    by I Dunno

    How many people who actually work for a living in Hollywood are out of work because of these little premadonnas?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    What's a "premadonna?"

    by The Llama

    Oh, "prima donna." Bet those writers would know that word. Since surveys conducted by various institutes, including Pepperdine University, indicated that most Americans believe writers should actually get paid for their work, I'm betting there is some solidarity with the writers and actors. For the record, anyone who thinks writers don't work has never written anything substantial.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST



    Herc, I thought you supported the writers. Series DVD sales is one of the main reasons why there is a strike right now. Everytime someone buys one a series DVD a writer is getting screwed on his residuals. This Christmas do not buy series DVD's as a gift. If you want to catch up on a series you missed netflix it. SEND THE PRODUCRERS A MESSAGE!!!

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Sure the actors are with them

    by I Dunno

    They're most likely planning to strike next. The poor humps who do all the work, not so much. And yes, some of them belong to unions themselves but they don't have the clout to strike even if they wanted to. Merry Christmas, lighting guy.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    The Llama: about that poll

    by thegreatwhatzit

    The same poll indicated that Americans are extremely indifferent--or "just don't care"--about the strike. Resourceful TV addicts are turning to "DVD rentals, video games, et al: (apparently, reading isn't an option). To be succinct--like it or not--this strike is not turning the public into rabid haters of corporate Hollywood. Tina Fey and Julia-Louis Dreyfuss are in picket lines out of desperation (for some limelight)--outside of their immediate families, nobody is cognizant that their sitcome even exist! And who wants to reward specific writers who crap-out garbage between coke lines?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Worst. Charitable. Function. Ever.

    by PrettyNursePoppy

    OK the article says that tickets sold for $20 and "less than 200" people were allowed in. So basically this fundraiser made less than $4000. High school candy sales bring in more money than this.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10 a.m. CST


    by The Llama

    The poll indicated an overwhelming support for writers in response to the question about which side the general populace supports. That's a very different issue from whether or not Americans can find other entertainment sources and so are indifferent about the outcome. I'm not arguing the latter--I'm arguing the former. And coke lines are so 1984.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST

    I Dunno

    by The Llama

    Writers work pretty damned hard, and the strike is about not being paid for money. As for your lighting guy, and the supposed trade union that doesn't have enough clout to strike, he'd walk out with all the rest of the Teamsters if a strike were called.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by The Llama

    The strike is about not being paid for work. Just sounded like Dubya there.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by CherryValance

    It was probably the funniest show of the season and we didn't see it. I can't wait until the writers get what they want and we can get back to normal with live shows hosted by unfunny rock stars and athletes who play themselves in every skit. </p> You know I'm not a fan of this writer's strike. Luckily this is Oscar season so I have good movies to keep me occupied, but I hadn't realized how dependent I was on late night talk shows. It's thrown my whole equilibrium off. Luckily for them I'm still going through my "Twin Peaks" episodes so I put those on at bedtime. Unfortunately it's making me realize exactly how shitty current television is. So now I have no sympathy for TV writers. If this doesn't get resolved and the big awards shows don't go on, I don't know what I'll do then. That stuff's like my playoffs and Superbowl.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Llama, bottom line: nobody cares

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Thank God that Americans are not the TV addicts spoofed, over four decades ago, by prognosticators like Jay Ward (the creator of Bullwinkle...and a brilliant writer). Sorry, don't have time to debate (working a couple of freelance jobs) so monitor this talkback all day/night, to your heart's content. The WGA should farm some help to the World Wrestling Federation...the Miz and Undertaker need help with their dialogue. Good day/night and drive carefully.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:28 a.m. CST

    I really would have loved to have seen this...

    by DanielKurland

    And it probably means Cera won't be hosting the actual show any time soon...

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Next show to benefit Horatio Sanz's...

    by wash

    Ding Dong and Colt 45 habits.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Was this like when Chris Langham

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    hosted the Muppet Show?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I thought "Pencils down meant pencills down?"

    by El Scorcho

    What the fuck? What a bunch of stupid hypocrites. If you're going to act so high and mighty about your position, then fucking follow through.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 8:19 p.m. CST

    So sue me

    by El Scorcho

    for not making my way through the typically asinine talkbacks. Glad I could contribute.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Great we don't get to see

    by Series7

    The funny one, but I bet the first host when they return is the unfunny one from that Superbad film. I'd rather see the cast of Freaks and Geeks that didn't make it host a show rather then Superunfunny Noah Hill.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    SNL On Tour

    by Barron34

    SNL would be good as a live touring show. They could be as foul-mouthed as they want.<b> Also, they could employ a lot of sketch comedians who aren't on the TV version. Sort of like Second City or the Groundlings, or the old National Lampoon live shows from which many of the first SNL cast were recruited (whatever happened to the National Lampoon, anyway?)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by Barron34

    How do you post paragraph breaks on these damn talkbacks? I tried "< b >". <p>Let me try "< p >".

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Got It

    by Barron34

    To quote Emily Latella (look up THAT ancient SNL reference): "Never mind".

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:19 a.m. CST

    How could they put on a show if the stagehands were on strike?

    by MrMysteryGuest

    Did Amy Poehler and Andy Samberg close and open the stage curtains?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Looks like the day before the dress rehearsal.

    by MrMysteryGuest


  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:26 a.m. CST

    I bet an NBC exec made a pirate video and is gonna air it Sat.

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    bound to have been camcoder'd

    by Dazzler69

    That should hit the net sometime.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST


    by Bob Dobbs

    Who is Michael Cera again?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Where's my live Simpsons talkback?

    by xannibal