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Hoda No!! Michaela Watkins
& Casey Wilson Out At SNL??

Published at: Sept. 4, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!!
The comicscomic is reporting that junior “Saturday Night Live” cast members Casey Wilson and Michaela Watkins have not been asked back for the show’s 35th season. The report follows news that female improv comics Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad are joining the cast. Wilson joined the cast in February 2008. Watkins joined the cast in November. Darrell Hammond, who joined in 1995 and whose tenure at the show is the longest in the series’ history, is reportedly in negotiations for another season. Don Pardo, the show’s announcer since its first, 1975 episode, has finally retired. SNL returns Sept. 26 with guest host Megan Fox and musical guest U2. Find all of comicscomic’s story on the matter here.

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  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Wilson was pretty funny!

    by DrunkenBusboy

    And......Mmmmmmmmmmm.....She does have nice big cans! :) Call me Casey!! I will always laugh at everything you do! :(

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    That clip = funniest thing Wilson ever did

    by Behemoth

    Shoulda seen more a that kinda crapola. As for Watkins, phew, glad that's over.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:43 p.m. CST

    So what?

    by Jews4Jesus

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Pardo

    by discomatic

    I hope Don Pardo retired on his own and wasn't asked or told to hang it up. Also, Mel Brand was the announcer during the 81-82 season if memory serves correctly.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    why the fuck is casey wilson not that funny on SNL?

    by nalapou

    she was easily the worst part of the last season. Micheala will be missed though, she was just coming in to her own.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:47 p.m. CST

    not as funny as in the video on funnyordie i mean.

    by nalapou

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:51 p.m. CST

    WHAT THE FUCK!!!??? MICHAELA WAS ACTUALLY GOOD

    by PleaseWipeMyAss

    SONOFABITCH

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I'd rather see Kristen Wiig gone.

    by themikejonas

    She was entertaining at first but now she just trots out one MadTV-caliber "look how annoying I am" character after another. But, as long as the fappable Abby Elliot is still on board, I'm not too upset about cast changes.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    SNL is a women entourage now basically

    by lockesbrokenleg

    WNL

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Never liked Casey Wilson

    by Acappellaman

    She's just not funny. I won't miss her at all. I have no opinion either way about Michaela Watkins. Wiig, however, is freaking hilarious.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I liked Casy Wilson, Watkins was weak

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    They should also let go of Bobby Moynahan. He seems very unprofessional to me. <p>I liked it better when they would do a complete fresh start every 5 years or so. That way you could avoid a Tim Meadows situation where a cast member just clings on for decades without contributing much. <p>Hammond is still a really solid impressionist and adds a lot to the show. They should give him a "performing announcer" role -- he takes over for Pardo plus he gets to appear in sketches but isn't part of the cast proper.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Bitch please.

    by Shermdawg

    Way to go Lorne. Watkins had potential.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Also Herc, who's Pardo's replacement?

    by Shermdawg

    Is it Joel Goddard?

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    BITCH PLEASE

    by funnyhat

    was some of the funniest laugh-out-loud satire on that show. and made weekend update without amy poehler at least watchable.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    No Don Pardo!

    by Ingeld

    I loved hearing his voice. It connected me with my childhood in the 1970s. His voice was on game shows and SNL back then. I feel a little older today.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Casey Wilson

    by DioxholsterReturns

    was the worst

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Casey Wilson...

    by ChrisPC24

    She wasn't that great, but she was so cute... Yeah, I like 'em a bit curvy.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Good - they stunk!

    by Xaximus

    I don't understand how they got hired in the first place, especially Wilson.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Watkins was awful, but Casey Wilson was funny

    by felwithe

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Boo.

    by Dollar Bird

    I liked the "Bitch Please" stuff. That's right—I liked it! Biiiiiiiiiitch pleeeeeeeeeease.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Michaela Love

    by ENAN

    Watkins dominated this past season relative to the other noobs! As adorable as Abbey Elliot is, she can't compete with Michaela. In fact, she didn't at all. All Abbey mustered up was an Angelina impression that was mediocre at best. Michaela had original characters that were flippin' hilarious. She was by far the cast member I was looking forward to watching most this season. As much as I love Sudekis, Forte and Wiig, Michaela had Amy Poehler-like potential. She seemed ranged as a comedian. Sudekis is like Hartman: totally lovable, but predictable. Forte should stick to voice overs and Wiig's head might explode any second. Watkin's Angie Tempura is one of the best characters made for television. Frankly, if there was a Bitch Pleeze movie, I'd see it. How did Lorne drop the ball on this one? SNL should not have high turn-over. Give Michaela her own hour long comedy show to replace any, and i mean any, NBC drama.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    I liked Bitch Please.

    by CherryValance

    Aw that's not cool. And she was pretty good as Barbara Walters.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    I don't understand Michaela's firing

    by donduck

    It seemed like they were preping her up to be the next big thing. I think if there was a problem with her, she was too similar to Kristen Wiig..

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Too similar to Kristen Wiig?

    by Behemoth

    Kristen Wiig is actually interesting and has come up with interesting, funny characters. You've got to be kidding! Watkins did NOTHING funny on SNL. "Bitch, please"? Bitch, please. That belonged back on the show during the Charlie Rocket years, and even THEN it wouldn't have been funny. <p>Good luck to both of them, but I'm glad they're not on the show anymore. Let's hope the new chicks are funny, and hope that Moynihan is the next to go.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Who gives a rat's ass. SNL hasn't been funny in YEARS.

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST

    It won't really be the same without Don Pardo

    by The_Ed_Carden

    Best announcer ever.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:16 p.m. CST

    cheyne_stoking_DMS

    by Immortal_Fish

    You know something? I agree with you. But you'll never see me post such a thing on an SNL TB. I know better and so should you. If you don't like it, why post?<P>I only come here out of morbid curiosity since, after all, many comedies eventually use someone from SNL and I like to read opinions early on about who the next big deal is going to be.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Casey Wilson has an awesome rack. Made me laugh, too

    by Tall_Boy66

    But I thought she was cute. And she had big knockers. Shame. The other chick barely even registered. Oh, and go to EW dot com for the other chick's reaction. Poor Casey, I actually dug her.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Darrell Hammond to announce PLEASE!

    by Fievel

    He imitated Pardo when Pardo was ill/absent didn't he??

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    yeah, that Bobby guy is pretty awful

    by Tall_Boy66

    I remember the first skit I saw him do was this really loud, kinda fey waiter and it irritated the hell out of me so I've been kinda biased against him. However, I will say he did a "Of Mice and Men" skit with James Franco which made me laugh pretty hard. "I'm pretty sure that's a gun!!"

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Hammond must do announcing . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    as a different guest celebrity impression every week. THAT WOULD ROCK!

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:33 p.m. CST

    No, get the guy who isn't doing Conan anymore

    by Tall_Boy66

    He's awesome and I'm pretty sure he's based in New Yawk. Someone else suggested it above, and it's a good idea... Joel Goddard, that's it!

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Michaels said Watkins deserved her own TV show

    by Tall_Boy66

    So he fired her. Uh, okay. Whatever that means.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Why fire Watkins and keep Elliott?

    by gmanca

    I thought Watkins was pretty good considering how bad some of the skits were. Elliott's big skit, the Rachel Maddow Show, was saved from complete failure because of Kenan Thompson's Roland Burris bit. That should say something about how bad she was last year. Seems like Lorne is just going for the young hotties to get the young male demo; can't be a coincidence that Megan Fox is hosting the first show.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Don Pard....NOOOOOOO

    by The Boz

    That's a huge sad loss. I hope they do a tribute of some sort. He's the best.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Casey Wison - HUGE CANS

    by CrazyJoeDavola

    Casey's breasts, so sorry to see the both of you go.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Good riddance Casey Wilson

    by johne5

    She was god awful. Near the end you could tell they didn't know what to do with her. She was hardly on sketches, and when she was, she was just in the back with one line or reaction.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Casey Wilson was hot.

    by Balcony Fool

    I love squishy girls. She will be missed.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I like Casey Wilson.

    by SnapT

    And not just because that video made me feel sorry for her. (But it helped.)

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Unfair

    by BizarroJerry

    I mean, Wilson was allowed to stay on long past it bein' obvious she wasn't going to be good on the show. At least let Michaela, who had a bit more potential, stick around the same length of time.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    So obvious - they went "younger and hotter."

    by AnnoyYou

    Wadkins was too old; Wilson wasn't attractive enough (even though she did a killer Angelina). These two new broads are more in line with, thingy, Chris Elliot's daughter, and are no threat to queen bee (and resident old girl) Wiig. Too bad; Wadkins had only just begun to hit her stride. I guess I'll have to catch her as Hamish Linklater's loony girlfriend on "New Christine" (provided it comes back).

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig

    by vettebro

    Is the best! She is by far the funniest SNL cast member. Whoever disagrees, obviously doesn't watch the show.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST

    The "Bitch, please" girl is gone?

    by Darkman

    Huh. There *is* a God.

  • Sept. 4, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Bass Ackwards

    I expected to see lots of posts wondering who these people are. Turns out I'm the only one. Suddenly Im very much feeling my age.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Watkins will be around for a long time.

    by Andy_Dufresne

    She was great on The New Adventures of Old Christine. With her talent I expect her to eventually get a main part on a good sitcom.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Kinda giggly in that video.

    by Royston Lodge

    But the gratuitous pantless shot was interesting.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Angelina...

    by BizarroJerry

    That wasn't Wilson, it was Elliot.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:58 a.m. CST

    I loved "Bitch Pleez"...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Because it reminded me of every backbiting motherfucker on this site, myself included.<p> In honor of sweet Michaela, I propose this site be named "Bitch Pleez". Ain't much shit that fucking cool on it anyway...

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:01 a.m. CST

    I hope Michaela and Casey wind up with Robert Downey...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...Whatever happened to THAT one-season-wonder?

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:12 a.m. CST

    WHO?

    by TheMcflyFarm

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Watkins is very talented, but just didn't break out.

    by JuanSanchez

    She doesn't have enough of a range and with SNL you have to break out fast. If you don't you won't last - see Jerry Minor, Finesse Mitchell... etc. Wilson is a surprise. I'm not a big fan, but she got a lot of screen time. Only thing I can think is if she asked for too much money.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST

    When is SNL gonna get some more Black people? It's 2009!!!

    by JuanSanchez

    Isn't it strange to see Fred freaking Armisen as Obama? And how about Keenan Thompson playing every damn black guy, even when he's not supposed to be fat? And is Mya Ruldoph gonna have to come back every time they need a black female character? It's 2009, people!!!

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Watkins deserved more time.

    by heavenlykid

    Her Ariana Huffington was bang on, as was her Barbara Walters. I'm actually pretty surprised they gave up on her so quick.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Does anyone actually watch SNL?

    by Toilet_Terror

    Almost as bad as MADtv. Holy fuck, MADtv is still running.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Just speaking from the mind...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    like every other talkbacker.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:26 a.m. CST

    "If you don't like it, why post?"...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    See 'Big Momma's House 3' thread.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    I thought Madtv ended its rain of shittiness?

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    Michaela was funny - Casey NEVER was

    by Ferf Muckmeyer

    Casey Wilson EASILY was the most UNFUNNY cast member on SNL. I can't remember a single skit where she made me crack a smile, let alone laugh. For whatever reason she showed no talent as a comedic member of this ensemble during her entire tenure on the show. (Not that the show was that funny anymore either - I thought last season fucking sucked DONG.) But she was the worst. Nice jugs, though. Michaela, on the other hand, might not have gotten off to a great start, but she hit her stride several weeks into the season, and she was funny. Definitely funnier than Chris Elliott's daughter.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 3:09 a.m. CST

    How many black women have been in the cast of SNL?

    by sighborg

    One? One and a half? Lorne Michaels is a racist.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Casey Wilson just isn't a funny person.

    by zool43

    She tries really hard but it just aint happening. That Katy Perry impression she did was absolutely horrendous. Mikaela Watkins is no big loss either.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 3:26 a.m. CST

    This Show is Still On??

    by choonie

    Honk Fest!

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 4:31 a.m. CST

    they were both terrible

    by smackfu

    the moment you saw either of these 2 in a sketch you knew there wasn't a chance it was going to be funny...now all they have to do is get rid of Kenan Thompson and they'll be free of dead weight.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 5:37 a.m. CST

    sighborg - 2 and 1/2, actually - but that's still low as shit.

    by JuanSanchez

    Yvonne Hudson 80-81, with uncredited episodes before and after. Ellen Cleghorne 91-95. Maya Rudolph 00-05.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Three and a half.

    by Darkman

    Danitra Vance. Of course, it was the Cusack-Downey-Quaid season, so I can't blame anyone for not remembering.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 8:15 a.m. CST

    Damn, I thought Mikaela was hot

    by D.Vader

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Other One-Seasoners...

    by The Alienist

    Ben Stiller, Janeane Garafalo, Jay Mohr, Joan Cusack...sometimes Lorne is stupid...

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig

    by ZooTrain

    I watch SNL weekly in the vague hope that somehow it will begin to replicate the wonder of the 1988 - 1992 era. When I watch Kristen Wiig, I think of a line from an old Entertainment Weekly article about Melanie Hutsell: "The woman of a thousand faces...and every face is the same." Every Kristen Wiig character is the same. Cinch up the voice a bit, add a little vibrato, trail off some words. Add a vapid smile, and you have a Kristen Wiig Character. Penelope, Target Lady, Gilly...all the same. Okay, Gilly is more disturbing than funny.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Casey Wilson is the kind of woman...

    by Doctor Cosmic

    ...that I and most guys dream of. She's not taking laxatives and eating lettuce so as to look like a young boy in drag. She's absolutely gorgeous. Renaissance beauty. I'd love to see her naked and reclining on a couch. As for her acting, how can you criticize anyone's "acting" on the shitfest of poor writing and leftist Obama cock sucking agendas that is SNL? Casey, I wish you well and hope you can find a show with real writers who will use your talents. Maybe The Office? Or hopefully you'll get some great film roles. Doc

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Janeane Garofalo

    by ZooTrain

    I've always gotten the impression that Janeane walked away on her own power. Interviews I read, she hated her time on SNL. I thought she was hired to stop the hemorrhaging after the 1993-1994 season...when everyone left.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Have no problem with the entertainers.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    They seem to be talented. I blame the majority of the problems on the writing and higher ups. Seems as though the show doesn't want to take chances anymore. They worry about hurting people's feelings. The show really needs to get a biting edge to it.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Nobody is dreaming of Casey Wilson

    by SantiagoAndDunbar

    Except for you I guess

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    New SNL

    by WS

    Maybe the problem is that all the writers and performers are supporting each other's shitty material with big fake laughs and everybody's nice to each other. Maybe there needs to be a Michael O'Donoghue-type figure to yell and scream and break shit and wrip their scripts up and call them all out for being weak, watered-down and unfunny. I've only watched a few minutes of the new SNL - they did a skit called Gilly that bombed so horribly I felt embarrassed for the actors. A few months later, I watched the show again and they were doing another Gilly skit.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Good riddance

    by palooka_boy

    Neither was very funny. Though I did like the "Biiiitch, pleaaase" character

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    PEOPLE WHO SAY

    by I am the most horrible

    "They're just not funny" blow my mind. How'd they get on SNL douche? They're funny. Maybe not your cup of tea or maybe your sense of humor is in your raw overworked wiener. <p> Everybody on that show, ever, has been more funny than YOU. Period. <p> Now that THAT is out of the way. They need to keep about half the crap they cut from dress rehearsal and package it as another show. I think there are great sketches and innovative shit in there nobody ever gets to see, and people like Wilson and Watkins don't get to shine because they're going for the "sure thing." SNL needs to take risks. Where are the balls?

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I agree with you, Dr. Cosmic...

    by Captain Happy

    Casey Wilson needs a stiff boner :)

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Liked Watkins, Wilson was "eh"

    by haggardatbest

    I thought Michaela Watkins was going to end up being very good, she reminded me of a sort of Nora Dunn/Jan Hooks hybrid. She was a good straight-woman to Wiig's Kathie Lee impression, and she pulled out a couple of good characters too. One of the women they hired looks similar to Watkins, maybe that's why they dropped her.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST

    And I'd give Wilson what she needs

    by haggardatbest

    Daily.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch pleeeease....

    by subluck

    They were OK. SNL will still be good as long as forte, and the lonley island are a part of it. I'm not a fan of Seth Myres (Head Writer).

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Conan should bring Joel to LA and put Andy on the couch.

    by Rev. Slappy

    They gotta get Andy out from behind that stupid podium.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Wilson's clip is just a crappy rip-off of...

    by JethroBodine

    Wilson's clip is just a crappy rip-off of Affirmation Girl. See it for yourself right here... http://tinyurl.com/3z9wwu Now THAT girl needs a shot at SNL!

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Lisa Nova?

    by TheJokesOnUs

    She couldn't hack it on MADTV. Repeat... freaking MADTV.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Megan Fox and U2= SNL has the Shallow and Deep

    by Meadowe

    Just don't tell Bono I called him Shallow. That motherfucker's crazy! ;)-

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I am actually going to murder the guy upthread who shat on TIm M

    by Moscow Olympics

    Casey Wilson, oof, good riddance. I do agree that she is lovely and was endearing in that Funny or Die bit but man, not a good fit for SNL. But I already loved Michaela Watkins and projected all this female Phil Hartman or at least Chris Parnell (alternately: Ana Gasteyer for the 2010s) potential onto her. Definitely hope to see her again. I used to dislike Bobby Moynihan but he completely won me over the first time he did the kid on the Italian Talk show, like even the shape of his mouth while he's crying is somehow funny

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Janeane Garofalo, Mr Mike & Black Women

    by tensticks

    1. Tom Shales' 2003 book on SNL gives both sides of the Janeane G. story pretty fairly. Both sides make valid points. Bottom line: it was a bad fit. Having said that, the awfulness of 94-95 is inexcusable, especially with her, Chris Elliot and Michael McKean still part of the cast. It should have been equivalent to Ebersol's "Steinbrenner Season" (84-85); instead it was almost worse than the Doumainian year, and with less of an excuse. But Janeane was amazing on Stiller's 92 Fox show and has done intermittent great work since. 2. Black Female Castmembers: Danitra Vance (RIP), 85-86; Ellen Cleghorne, I think 90-93ish. I wouldn't call Michaels a racist--he's Jewish himself!--but yes SNL has always pretty much been skewed towards white males. Having said that, I think the Eddie Murphy years are the greatest, and he's easily one of the top 5 biggest talents to ever emerge from the show (sad he hasn't displayed that kind of range since). 3. I would love for a "New Mr. Mike" to come in and inspire that place to genuinely take some dangerous risks, skirt on the edges of taste, decency, morality and legality. Sadly, I don't see it happening, because there IS no "New Mr. Mike", and the cultural landscape (and Michaels' own genteel leanings) simmply wouldn't allow it. Sad but true.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Just got off work...

    by MidnightMeatTrain

    ...I'm going to go have a liedown and a wank courtesy of Miss Wilson.<p> <3!

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST

    by Moscow Olympics

    I would happily call Lorne Michaels racist, actually. Like, maybe in a senile old man kind of way. But it doesn't take an ear nailed to The Edge of popular culture to realize that maybe you should have more black people in the SNL cast than there are currently living in the master bedroom of the White House. Also, RIP Maya Rudolph. Her Whitney Houston somehow got me every time and she was shockingly awesome in the otherwise eh Sam Mendes fartfest Away We Go. PTA, you have an excellent actress as your baby mama, write that poor woman a movie already.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Why SNL doesn't work 90% of the time...

    by BurnHollywood

    It's a heavily regimented, highly scripted show that still seems to think it's "Improv". So they go to Second City, The Groundlings, etc and raid their talent pool, then shove the poor schmucks in front of a live audience so they can stand there and mouth lines that might have been side-splittingly funny in rehearsal (when they were allowed to improvise) but now sound canned. Players like Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig succeed because they're probably better at acting than improv.<p> They should ditch the whole tired "live" routine and just go with the funniest takes, a la CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. Ditch that unfunny fuck Lorne Michaels, too.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 7:54 p.m. CST

    "I wouldn't call Michaels a racist--he's Jewish himself!"

    by BurnHollywood

    Funniest line on the Talkback. Aw man...if only being ethnic yourself were some sort of bulwark against racism and prejudice.<p> You see, it winds up being more like a football league than a melting pot...I play for the Jewish team, so I loathe all blacks, Irish, Italians, etc. He plays for the black team, so he loathes all the Jews, Irish, Italians, etc. And so on.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Actually, BurnHollywood

    by fastcars

    Second City and The Groundling's mainstage shows are scripted.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Lorne Michaels and black people

    by Hipshot

    He may not be overtly bigoted, but he clearly has no interest in having a strong black comic performer on SNL, and hasn't for a very long time. Perhaps he just doesn't care...or is oblivious...but it is incredibly absurd. He could just hire people from MADTv. Not having a decent Obama is asinine. (And if Armisen was funny, I'd let his lack of Negritude slide, by the way)

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 9:57 p.m. CST

    SNL has always been scripted

    by SifoDyasJr.

    The main point of it is that it's a live show, written and staged within a week. Some skits work, some are train wrecks, but every so often they create a special moment that couldn't have happened if it had been written and rehearsed months in advance. Sad to hear about Casey leaving, but I think she has a big career ahead of her in movies.

  • Sept. 5, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    CASEY WILSON IS HOTTTT!!! ...And funny, too! :D

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I just wanted to hug her during that whole video! CALL ME!!! ;D

  • Sept. 6, 2009, midnight CST

    It's interesting how the internet is split, Watkins vs Wilson

    by felwithe

    Even on other sites. People hate one and love the other, no in between. <p> The people who like Michaela are wrong, though. She sucked.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 12:06 a.m. CST

    Casey Wilson was the sexiest woman on TV

    by VikkiMarsdale

    Casey Wilson was the sexiest woman on TV for the last three years. Now Leah Michele of Glee is. The two new SNL cast members, Uptight Citizen Brigade vets Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate, are generically pretty, that doesn't make them sexy. Unfortunately, being sexy and cute never really made Casey Wilson funny or gave her an individual recurring character - though she was good on Cougar Den. I liked her quadriplegic stripper one off sketch.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Lorne Michaels likes man nut in his face

    by HideousSecretion

    No one has watched SNL in twenty years so it can't be cool news. It is a complete failure and waste of the airwaves. Comedy shows are supposed to make you laugh not make you feel pity for the people on the show.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST

    And

    by HideousSecretion

    The jelly from the herpes ulcer on your sneaky uncle's lip mixed with your childhood tears is the the real Hideous Secretion.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 5:27 a.m. CST

    "Damn, I thought Mikaela was hot"

    by smackfu

    Wow, really? I fall on the complete other end of the spectrum, I always found her to be startlingly ugly. Her, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch...

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Mikaela had potential

    by jawsfan

    She always gave her best. I wasn't a fan of the "bitchpleez" bit, but I thought she was very good at sketch comedy. When she was first hired I was a bit surprised to see a new cast member "that old" (she's not really "old", but old for a new member). Casey Wilson? She was fine, I guess, but I would barely notice her absence. I hope Watkins gets more work. She's funny and talented. If we have to get rid of someone on SNL, though, get rid of Kenan Thompson. Every character he does sounds the same. If he weren't the token black guy he'd have been out of there a long time ago. SNL needs to have a black cast member, but he or she can't be "too ethnic" because the network would be too uncomfortable. I thought Tim Meadows was probably the best all-around black cast member they had.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Who?

    by Kirsan

    And SNL? What's that some type of TV show?

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST

    The end bit with Patton Oswalt brought a smile to my face....

    by JKrow21

    and a tingle in my pants.... Oh Patton and your magnificent breasts

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 3:34 p.m. CST

    BITCH, PLEASE!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Seriously... I loved both Wilson and Watkins. Dammit!<p>And, yes... let's get Joel Goddard on as the announcer. God knows he can get to the building after all those years on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I'm tired of hearing him in Taco Bell radio ads.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Janeane Garofalo

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Still makes my dick hard.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Casey was cool

    by Nix_Cadavre

    She was cute and funny. It's too bad she got pushed into the background so often. Hopefully we see her in movies.

  • Sept. 6, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Good.

    by Series7

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Tracey Morgan

    by ThusSpakeSpymunk

    ... was great because he wasn't a "black cast member." He was a cast member. Few others since Eddie Murphy were anything but that, sadly. Tracey was just bugfuckingnuts insane. "Rocket-!"

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Casey's boobs

    by karmakitten13

    Perhaps will hopefully show up in Playboy. That way we can appreciate her god given talents but not have to listen to that obnoxious unfunny voice.

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    smaller than i thought

    by karmakitten13

    http://www.topnews.in/files/images/Casey-Wilson2.jpg

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 8:34 p.m. CST

    LORNE MICHAELS HATES OLD AND FAT PEOPLE

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    He casts boys like he was a card holding NAMBLA member and they were members of Menuedo. Once they get to a certain age, he doesn't want to have anything to do with them. Now he is killing off Watkins (old) and Wilson (fat) and bringing in two more precious YouTube Darlings. Hopefully, he'll give them a change to show what they can do, but odds are against it these days. Darrell Hammond must have photos of Michaels doing it doggy style with with Paul Simon to stick around as long as he has.

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    As evinced by the (lack of) feedback on this thread...

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Nobody gives a shit about SNL. The corrosive scripts will be further drained this season, what with zip "Obama" gags and recurrent characters that weren't funny the first time around.

  • Sept. 7, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    And, yeah, jawsfan...

    by thegreatwhatzit

    Tim Meadows was perfection; a genuinely funny man AND an equally funny staight man. But, hell, SNL didn't even bother to assemble clips for a "Best of Meadows" DVD. Assholes.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 1:25 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed Casey on SNL...

    by VinnyMac666

    but for the life of me (and I watched a lot of last season) I have no idea who the fuck Watkins is... never made any impression on me.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, noon CST

    PArdo leaving should have been the headline

    by wookie1972

    Of course, Hammond has stepped in for him a few times with no one noticing.

  • Sept. 8, 2009, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Whatever

    by Homer Sexual

    I kind of liked Casey, don't really remember Mikaela that much. It depends on how funny the new girls are, They've fired people undeservedly before (Finesse and Chris Parnell). <p> The show does need some freshening. Currently, I only like the Digital Shorts, Penelope and MacGruber. <p> Please, please tell me Seth will have a co-host on weekend update, because he, alone, is just not funny. Not. Funny.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 2 a.m. CST

    So, good and bad news...

    by Heckles

    Wilson needed to go. There is no doubt. But Watkins was nails. Nearly as good as Wiig. The only reason I think she left is tension on the set, either between other players or writers. Either way. <br><br>Moynihan and Thompson, you're on notice.

  • Sept. 9, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    OMG, have you seen Nasim Pedrad??

    by dragon2165

    Nasimlicious. http://www.ucbtheatre.com/i/performer/NASIM.jpg

  • Sept. 10, 2009, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I think I saw

    by VikkiMarsdale

    Michaela and Casey doing femdom lesbian bondage porn. Hey, glad to see they found work.