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‘That Sounds Much Different!!’ Learn Who Hosts The Season's Final Three Installments Of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!!

Published at: May 7, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

May 7 – Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding;
May 14 – Ed Helms/Paul Simon;
May 21 – Justin Timberlake/Lady Gaga

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SNL CLOSES OUT THE SEASON WITH THREE SHOWS IN MAY FEATURING AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP 
New York, NY – April 25, 2011 – “Saturday Night Live” alum Tina Fey returns to studio 8H for her third time as host on May 7.  Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-winning comedy series "30 Rock." Her performance as 'Liz Lemon' has earned Fey an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, three SAG Awards and a People's Choice Award. Additionally, Fey’s new book “Bossypants” has been number one on the New York Times Best Seller list for the two consecutive weeks since it’s release. 
Making her musical guest debut on May 7, Ellie Goulding's album, "Lights," premiered at number one on the U.K. album charts and was the best selling debut album of 2010 in Britain. Goulding's sparkling electro-folk-pop sound garnered her a BRIT Award and is already receiving critical acclaim in the US.
Ed Helms, star of the NBC hit comedy “The Office,” will make his hosting debut May 14. Helms will next be seen starring with Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis in “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to Todd Phillips' critical and Golden Globe winning “The Hangover.”
Alongside Helms, Paul Simon will return for his eighth appearance as musical guest. Simon just released his latest album, “So Beautiful or So What,” his first new album in five years. Through his solo and collaborative work, Simon has earned 13 Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Closing out the SNL season, Justin Timberlake will return for his fourth time as host on May 21. The Grammy and Emmy award-winning Timberlake can next be seen alongside Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in “Bad Teacher,” due out June 24 and “Friends With Benefits,” also starring Mila Kunis due out July 22.
Lady Gaga will return for her second appearance as musical guest. Gaga's second studio album and third major release “Born This Way” will be released on May 23. Gaga’s debut album "The Fame" peaked at number one and spun numerous hit singles including “Bad Romance.” "
Saturday Night Live" is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.

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  • May 6, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by palooka_boy

    Timberlake always kills it. Looking forward to it.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Hooray

    by angdiall

    You think Seth Meyers will now eat his words about the bin Laden comments he made at the White House corespondents dinner last week? I'm guessing we'll see some Barry Gibb talk show too when JT hosts.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    First

    by angdiall

    In the tradition of everyone else on this site. That was my first first.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    by angdiall

    or not

  • May 6, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    SNL is still on? I only ask because...

    by jeffty

    I only ask because this is the first new episode in a month.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake........again

    by thelordofhell

    Jesus, they're like the Steve Martin and Paul Simon of the new millenium. Get different fucking people in there SNL. Stop playing it safe and get back to the "not ready for prime-time" roots again.

  • May 6, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Meh

    by ectobc

    I miss Mad TV. Way better than current SNL.

  • May 6, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST

    It annoys me that Lady Gaga isn't hot

    by Beezbo

    If you're going to be everywhere and make dance music, shouldn't this be a prerequisite?

  • May 6, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    whaTS WITH THE CENTRE ALIGNMENT?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    BUgaaaats

  • May 6, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Something I thought of recently

    by BigDogg

    It's been a very long time since Christopher Walken has hosted the show. He has always done a great job and I'd like to see him do it at least 1 more time.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Ed Helms irritates me.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    And THE HANGOVER gets worse every time I watch it. Fuck you, Todd Phillips.

  • May 6, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Not that I actively seek out THE HANGOVER.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    It just seems like it's on all the fucking time on HBO at my buddies' houses.

  • May 6, 2011, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Can we at least see Paul Simon in a turkey suit?

    by KazamaSmokers

    And maybe have Father Guido taking about the Pope?

  • May 6, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Center Spaced Talkback?

    by Cheif Brody

    This is a new one! <p> Looking forward to Ed Helms hosting. He deserves this spotlight.

  • May 6, 2011, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey/30 Rock most overrated comedy

    by Saen

    Her and her show are just hugely unfunny. Its all terrible garbage. I watched 10mins of it last night and its just Alec Baldwin acting gay for his lackey and Tracy Morgan doing Tracy Morgan which was funny for like 5 mins 5 years ago. I actually got more laughs out of Diedrach Bader in the 15mins of Outsourced I watched then anything in 30 Rock. That P&R and Community are passed over for awards for that dribble just shows that Emmys are a political game and not based on actual worth. Hell I bet if someone else had done the Sarah Palin impressions on SNL, 30 Rock would not be around today.

  • May 6, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Who the fuck is Ellie Goulding?

    by Toe Jam

    Is recognizing the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" a good barometer for how old you are? Because over the last couple years, it's gotten to the point where I truly have never even heard of roughly one-third of the musical guests. (I'm 32, by the way.)

  • May 6, 2011, 8:19 p.m. CST

    OK, seriously...

    by Richard Cranium

    I haven't watched SNL for one moment in the last 3 years. Has there been one timelessly funny character or sketch created during that time that will be remembered more than 1 week after its initial airing? If so, please post a link here for me to review. Because I grew up with this show, and I would like nothing more than for it to approach relevance again. But I just don't think it's ever going to happen...

  • May 6, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    richard cranium

    by Hercules

    Did you see D'andre Cole host "What's Up With That?" before you abandoned ship? What about the A-Holes? Vinnie Vedici? Virginia Horson?

  • May 6, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Time for another episode of THE BARRY GIBB TALK SHOW!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    TALKIN' 'BOUT CHEST HAIR... TALKIN' 'BOUT... CRAZY COOL MEDALLIONS!!

  • May 6, 2011, 11:31 p.m. CST

    30 Rock haters never actually watch the show...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Always read complaints that sound the same. "Watched 10 minutes of it and it sucked!". Right you're not suppose to watch shows like that. This is why reality television has become so dominant. Most of those shows are designed that you can just tune in and not care what you missed. Of course if you only watch 5 or 10 minutes of a show you won't like it. I remember a friend of mine hated Firefly, he only watched like 10 minutes of it. Then I made him sit down and watch a couple of episodes and he loved it. It's about getting to know characters. Sitcoms are funnier if you know the characters. Also there are a lot of pre-haters of that show. Either because it got too much praise, written by a woman many reasons... Whatever, get over it. The show is pretty funny. Have to give it a chance though and not just tune in randomly. I hope SNL sticks around. Television is just made up of nonsense like The Voice and shows like that. Sure the skits are hit and miss and more often miss, but when they hit, they're pretty funny.

  • May 7, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    lordofhell

    by thedarklingthrush

    repeat hosts are the best, they ensure a good show. would you rather the guy from thor host?

  • May 7, 2011, 3:45 a.m. CST

    All 3 of these have been known for WEEKS

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    how the fuck is this news???

  • May 7, 2011, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Re: Hercules examples of funny/memorable characters

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    wow, if those are the best SNL has had to offer, then it DOES suck. I like some of SNL's stuff still, but those all suck and/or were used to death.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST

    They get a lot of mileage out of Timberlake.

    by Frat Boy

    He's good so I guess it works. Also, I freaking love 30 ROCK. The funniest show on tv. What's funnier? COMMUNITY? Not yet but it's getting there. The only thing that rivals 30 ROCK is VENTURE BROS. in my opinion.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    30 Rock: Still watchable but fading fast

    by OutsideChance

    They're completely ruining Baldwin's character trying to make him more likable. He's going more and more from the show's "Lou Grant" (gruff but competent) to it's "Ted Baxter" (lovable pompous idiot). Also, I realize that Tracy Morgan's health problems have affected the show but raising the profile for the character's wife, the stereotyped sassy black woman, has not worked.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I think maybe Herc is joking?

    by Bass Ackwards

    by throwing out some of SNLs more desperate attempts at creating some long running characters/skits? I think? As far as memorable over the last three years, there's a handful of digital shorts, and most anything Jon Hamm (How to he like Don Draper, Jon Hamm's John Ham, Sergio, Hamm & Buble, Vincent Price's Halloween Special). That's just off the top of my head. But make no mistake, SNL isn't great or necessarily "relevant" television, but it still provides a good diversion for me on Sundays (thank you Hulu!), and even occasionally a laugh.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Something I don't get about 30 Rock

    by Bass Ackwards

    Why Kabletown? When NBC was owned by GE 30 Rock used GE, so why make a fake version of comcast? Takes a bit of the fun out of it, especially since comcast has company quirks that seem ripe for a few punches (their ownership of the 76ers, their CEO being a gold medalist squash player).

  • May 7, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Why kabletown?

    by OutsideChance

    Simply put, I think that they are limited by what their owners (originally GE and now Comcast) will and will not allow them to do. I would assume that Comcast said they couldn't use the name. In fact, sometimes when the joke was about something that hit a little too close to home for GE (for example ones about a chemical spill) instead of GE they'd say that NBC was owned by "Sheinhardt Wig Company."

  • May 7, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST

    timberlake again?

    by jules windex

    When is his career gonna end already? He's never done a single funny thing on snl, his music is shit, and his acting is woeful yet good directors keep hiring him(although being a smug asshole made him a good choice for Social Network).

  • May 7, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Those videos on my screen will remain

    by MoffatBabies

    broken, unallowed javascript/flash. Why? Because in order to watch NBC ADS, you have to watch an ad first. Fuck that.

  • May 7, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    "timberlake...never done a single funny thing on snl..."

    by Voice O. Reason

    Step one, cut a whole in that box...

  • May 7, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Timberlake is consistently the BEST host SNL has had in YEARS

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Every time he's on, whether or as a host or even just turning up in other episodes, it's gold. He's got great comic ability, tons of charisma, and yes I'll admit musical talent as well. I was hoping they'd get him on this year...and next...and the next.... #2 consistently funny host: Dwayne Johnson.

  • May 7, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    dick in a box

    by jules windex

    Count me as someone who thought that was at best a chuckle.

  • May 7, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    "Marry me Harry, you handsome Ginger devil!"

    by DrMorbius

    7 words one should never hear on television!

  • May 7, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to Tina. And the JT/Gaga show is going to be huge.

    by Flim Springfield

  • May 7, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    30 Rock's been okay this season...

    by BizarroJerry

    but this Thursday's episode was pretty bad.

  • May 7, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    The worst SNL eras

    by fastcars

    1980 - 1986 - the only saving grace being Eddie Murphy's stuff, and that Martin Short synchronized swimming film. 1994-1995 - the only saving grace being the "Dracula Is Gay" sketch, and the Japanese Game Show sketch. 2002 - 2005, the only saving grace being the episodes Will Ferrell hosted. The Digital Shorts almost singlehandedly saved the show for me. I fucking hated the Jimmy Fallon era. But I liked him that year when he was a feature player. Talk bout wearing out you're welcome. Also, Tina Fey and Amy are great, but they sucked monkey balls on Wu.

  • May 7, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Re: shiftyeyeddog

    by fastcars

    Dude, Herc also thinks Entourage is better than Arrested Development. Of course he's not going to pick the best stuff. One time when he tried to prove SNL was still funny (a valid argument) by posting that godawful Potato Chip sketch (which made his argument completely invalid). I know there's some sort of minor hipster movement to canonize that sketch, because it was so unfunny it was funny, man. Which proves there's no God. If you showed the Potato Chip on an episode with classic SNL bits, it would make people cry. Anyway, Herc's taste is like a teenage girl mixed with Nosferatu. Who knows what he likes.

  • May 7, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Stefon

    by Blanket-Man

    I'd vote for Stefon as the funniest recurring character created in the last three seasons. Forte and Sudeikis' EPSN Classic guys are hilarious, too (I'm pretty sure they weren't around before 2008...?).

  • May 7, 2011, 10:43 p.m. CST

    blanket-man are you in NYC?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    not a single person I talk to thinks Stefon is even slightly funny. I'm wondering if it's one of those things only New Yorkers get, which SNL does way too often.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    I missed the open - what was it?

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • May 7, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Shepard Smith

    by Shermdawg

    Doesn't have that much of a southern accent. Hader fail.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Off to a good start

    by Texbear2000

    Love those babies!

  • May 7, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Ellie Goulding

    by Canuck815

    Is pretty fuckin hot and talented. Hope she's off to a good start in the States with her appearance tonight.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    "I missed the open - what was it?"

    by Shermdawg

    Osama's will reading.

  • May 7, 2011, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Looks like another reunion show

    by Texbear2000

    Darrell hammond and maya rudolf, whose next? Isnt amy on later?

  • May 7, 2011, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Little mermaid sketch

    by VinceNoir78

    Painfully unfunny

  • May 7, 2011, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Impressive set in the Little Mermain sketch, but it fell flat.

    by Shermdawg

    HOLY FUCK, BOLTON!

  • May 7, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Yep, this is as awful as I expected.

    by Shermdawg

    Hopefully they can bring back their A game for Justin's Digital Short.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    It turns out Michael Bolton is a major Cinephile.

    by Orionsangels

  • May 7, 2011, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I like people

    by CookedHam

    Not saying. Just saying.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Haven't watched SNL in years

    by Ilove Tacos

    And tonight's show reminds me why. Open = marginally funny Host sketch = not funny GOP sketch = sorta funny Little mermaid = not funny Digital short = 20 secs of funny, 2 minutes of song. And we're just a 1/2 hour in.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    That bolton track is from their new album

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    It along with a few other tracks are surprisingly catchy, and actually good songs And it's time Bolton got cool again, the guy has a velvet voice and should be doing more

  • May 7, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    This chick ain't half bad.

    by Shermdawg

    I dig.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Is this chick lip syncing?

    by VinceNoir78

    Not positive but I think so.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    I don't think this girl has sung a word of English

    by memento108

    What a horrible song.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I'm not entirely certain she wasn't lip synching that though.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 7, 2011, 11:09 p.m. CST

    singy girl

    by Ilove Tacos

    is better with the sound off

  • May 7, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Yeah, vincenoir78......it kinda looked like it towards the end.

    by Shermdawg

    Still, refreshing to see an anti-Aguilera.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    "Monday will be a half day"

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    best line of the night!

  • May 7, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Good Obama joke.

    by Shermdawg

    I dig.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    A horrible song sung horribly

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    Who the F is this chick and how did she get on this show?? That song sounded like ASS

  • May 7, 2011, 11:15 p.m. CST

    It wasn't that bad.

    by Shermdawg

    It was as if I had returned to the 90's for a second there.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:18 p.m. CST

    1st sketch..Osama jokes...2nd skecth..Osama jokes...

    by Acid_Frio

    ..etc. Doesn't take much thought to put the show together this week.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Stefon!!!

    by memento108

    YES!

  • May 7, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    His shit.

    by Shermdawg

    He's about to lose it.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Every Armisen Weekend Update character is STUPID

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    these two, the singing duo with Wiig, the news guy.... stick to the sketches and off of Update!

  • May 7, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    I still dont get Stefon

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    It MUST be a NY thing. Cuz it sure aint funny anywhere else

  • May 7, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    That was strange to say the least

    by memento108

    I'd fuck the shit out of Maya Rudolph though

  • May 7, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Abby Elliot looks hot pregnant - wish I did that

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • May 7, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Her mom met Dan Rather!?

    by Shermdawg

    She's pretty bitchin'.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:41 p.m. CST

    After four sketches, this chick still can't take a hint.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 7, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    sounds like Bjork singing Elton John

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    way to butcher the song. seriously , this singer is SHIT

  • May 7, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Your Song?

    by VinceNoir78

    Seriously?

  • May 7, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Terrible versionnof Your Song

    by memento108

    Ugh.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of the cover, here.

    by Shermdawg

    Wouldn't say she's shit. The cover definitely is, though.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    Guarantee ya, that version will be used in a commercial soon.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 7, 2011, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, dead silence at the ship in the bottle bit.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 7, 2011, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Overall terrible show

    by VinceNoir78

    One of the worst of the season. Had high hopes for Tina Fey, but as usual, the writing failed. And this is with 3 weeks off and a ton of material to work with.

  • May 7, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    "Bargrins"

    by Shermdawg

  • May 7, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Best part of episode- Tina and Maya's swollen tits

    by memento108

    Everything else (except Stefon)-- lame.

  • May 8, 2011, 12:06 a.m. CST

    SNL never fails to fail when they've got a good guest

    by taking_up_space

    A couple of decent sketches in the last third, and Stefan is awesome. But mostly, the writing was awful. Mermaid sketch might be the worst ever. Music selection: that makes two marginally talented Brit singers this season. Who is slipping these bad UK singers into the casting?

  • May 8, 2011, 12:08 a.m. CST

    You could tell Tina Fey knew the show sucked

    by Tom

  • May 8, 2011, 12:20 a.m. CST

    The mermaid sketch summed up the episode- they didn't know what to say.

    by Flim Springfield

    Huge news week and they were afraid to joke about it.

  • May 8, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Also- Ellie Goulding was kind of dull.

    by Flim Springfield

  • May 8, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Pregnant Tina not funny

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    Funny usually requires a little bit of mean. She has elevated female hormones due to her pregnancy and therefore cannot bring the mean/ funny. Tonight's SNL weak. 30 Rock finale weak.

  • May 8, 2011, 2:08 a.m. CST

    a better snl cold open

    by espressoblood

    SNL intro this week should be james franco applying to be head of al-qaeda(going back to a recent weekend update bit about "he likes to have jobs"), after a few questions it is revealed to be a ruse to get him there for an intervention for his applying to jobs addiction.various celebrity friends address how his many jobs teaching, writing etc make them look bad. when asked what he has to say for himself... live from new york...it's saturday night !

  • May 8, 2011, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Meh.

    by monolithik

    I missed bits and pieces, but Seth had a couple of good digs (Obama being the first black guy to have to prove he murdered someone and "Free Black Eyed Peas concert? That's too true to be good!"), and seeing Hammond back as Trump made me happy. That said, Lonely Island needs some new shtick and fast. At least it was better than I Just Had Sex... but just barely. Also... we know black people talk funny, Keenan. We get it, bowkay?

  • May 8, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    and 30 Rock

    by monolithik

    Is way corny, we know. There's just something about it that gets me every time... the little stuff, like these lines, all from the latest episode: "Aaaand... now that the popsicle has melted, we have a tongue depressor!" -- Dr. Spaceman "Why is this happening? God, are you punishing me because my hair is better than yours?" -- Jack "Hey Liz! It's me, Tracy! The black guy from work!" -- Tracy It's a show that's a bit past its prime, sure, but I'll take it over CBS and their Shat/BBT laughtrackathon in a heartbeat.

  • May 8, 2011, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Stefon - hilarious

    by theBigE

    I'm a midwesterner, not in NYC, and my wife and I both think Stefon is hilarious. He's just a stereotypical hipster d-bag, and watching Hader try to keep it together while he reads his outrageous lines is priceless. Is it true they post things he hasn't read before that he reads off the cue cards? His reaction to them would make sense. I vote for Stefon, Pete Twinkle / Greg Stink, and What's Up With That as classics from the past 3 years, for starters.

  • May 8, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    thebige/shiftyeyeddog

    by BlaGyver

    Stefon is a not-all-that-exaggerated version of a guy that Myers and Hader met a few years ago. They say that he's a flamboyant hipster-ish dude that talks about these extremely sketchy clubs in NY that are just altogether not-safe, probably STD ridden places to hang. And yeah, Weekend Update writes separately, I believe. No idea if that's the reason, but I know for a fact that Hader IS seeing his Stefon lines for the first time when he reads them.

  • in addition to numerous digital shorts are the highlights for me of the last 4 yrs of the top of my head and the reason i still give it a go every week... oh and Seth's Weekend updates are good most of the time... ... other than that, i have to admit its been kind of seriously weak sauce this past two seasons... its fine in the right context to be mean to the ones you love right? Well yes, SNL has been seriously weak sauce the last two seasons and i wish someone would give the writers a proper kick up the arse... but there have been mini gems occasionally