Mel Brooks Speaks Fondly of Gene Wilder on The Tonight Show

Mel Brooks appeared on The Tonight Show yesterday to promote some sold out comedy shows. Since he didn’t need to push tickets, Mel had a chance to just have some fun with Jimmy and reflect on Continue reading

Seth Meyers Re-Negotiates the Terms of ‘Chicago President’

All summer, Seth has been floating an idea to get Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race. He (like many other people) thinks that Trump doesn’t actually want the job of being president, he just wants the prestige and the title. So Seth created Chicago President, a scripted series on NBC in which Donald Trump would get to play the president, but of course it would be set in Chicago. Since Donald Trump still hasn’t responded to this generous offer of a guaranteed hit show, Seth decided to change his tactics.  Continue reading

Late Night with Seth Meyers: A Closer Look at the New Trump

As we mentioned, the late night hosts are back in full force now that the Olympics are over. Without international athletics to distract us, we’re back to focusing on that other intense competition, the presidential race. Seth Meyers has become our go-to late night host for political humor, and he did not disappoint with his first “A Closer Look” segment since the break. In it, Seth Meyers ran down all of the Trump campaign shenanigans of the last two weeks and man, there were a lot! And some of the stuff (like the “Second Amendment People”) comments seemed like they happened a lot longer ago, didn’t they? Or maybe it’s just that the sheer length and volume of this campaign has warped our sense of time. Continue reading

Jon Rudnitsky Not Returning to SNL for Season 42

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Courtesy of NBC

After being used sparingly last season, Jon Rudnitsky will not be coming back to Saturday Night Live next season. Rudnitsky is the third cast member to leave the show following the departures of Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah, which Continue reading

Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam Out at SNL; What Does it Mean?

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Courtesy of NBC

NBC was the center of a lot of intrigue and excitement last night. We’re not talking about the Olympics, we’re talking about Saturday Night Live and the two big announcements that will absolutely shake up Continue reading

Seth Meyers Continues to Encourage Trump to Star in NBC’s Chicago President

For months now, Seth Meyers has been trying to convince Donald Trump to quit running for the actual presidency and instead star in his very own NBC television show, which of course is called Chicago President. While initially Seth figured this would satiate Donald’s need for constant attention and ratings, last night Seth realized that Chicago President would also solve another of Donald Trump’s possible problems: that he’s not nearly as wealthy as he claims to be. Seth figures that the main reason that Donald Trump refuses to release his tax returns is that he’s actually broke, pointing to the recent picture of him eating KFC with a fork and knife as proof that his wealth has disappeared. Starring in a hit NBC show would help to alleviate some of that financial stress, Seth reasons, and to further entice Donald to take his offer, Seth Continue reading

Jimmy Fallon Will Host the 2017 Golden Globes

Jimmy FallonNBC announced the host of the 2017 Golden Globes today. Their choice? Jimmy Fallon. The host of The Tonight Show will get his chance to steer the ship of the first big awards show of the season.

The most recent hosts have been Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and Ricky Gervais. Fallon’s version of the awards show will likely be different than his predecessors. While Tina and Amy were not as rough on the celebrities in the audience as Ricky Gervais was, we’d expect Continue reading

Weekend Update at the Democratic National Convention

Colin Jost and Michael Che were back last night with their second special episode of Weekend Update on MSNBC. After covering the RNC last week, they were ready to take on the Democratic Continue reading

Kristen Wiig…er, JoJo From the Bachelorette Was on The Tonight Show

The promotional campaign for the new Ghostbusters movie has been unique as any in recent memory. Last night, Kristen Wiig added to the funny strangeness. A night after co-star Melissa McCarthy sat down with Jimmy Fallon for a pretty straight forward late night interview, Kristen Wiig appeared not as herself, but rather as JoJo Continue reading

Jerry Seinfeld Talks with Jiminy Glick and Parodies “Comedians in Cars”

As we’ve mentioned beforeMaya and Marty has inexplicably become one of our favorite shows of the summer. Who knew a primetime variety series featuring former (and current) SNL cast members would end up being a bright spot in the (admittedly quite barren) summer landscape? Anyway, one of the reasons for its success is its ability to get high-profile guest stars, which can be seen most clearly in Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick segments. Continue reading

Sitcoms Are Better Now Than Ever Before

cropped-microphone-md1.pngSitcoms seem to be heading in divergent directions these days. When we say that, we mean it as a positive. If you are a frequent reader of fourthmic, you’d recognize that we appreciate the direction that sitcoms are going. There are so many shows to write glowing reviews about that we haven’t been able to get to Continue reading

Maya and Marty is the Summer Sketch Show We Didn’t Know We Needed

We admit to being little bit skeptical when we first heard that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short were doing a variety show for NBC. In the past few years, there have been many failed attempts to revive the variety show genre, most recently the energetic (but now-cancelled) Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. For many different reasons, these other shows just didn’t quite stick, and so we just kind of assumed that Maya and Marty would follow that same, unfortunate path. Happily, we were completely wrong! It’s only been four episodes, but we already find ourselves looking forward to Tuesday nights.  Continue reading

President Obama Used Maya Rudolph’s Dressing Room

Maya and Marty star Maya Rudolph popped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night. The two former SNL-ers have a fun, easy chemistry with each other that makes them entertaining to watch together, regardless of the topic. Luckily, Maya had a fun topic to talk about: when President Obama was on The Tonight Show last week, he used her dressing room! Apparently Maya and Marty shoots on the same floor in Rockefeller Center as Jimmy Fallon’s show, so they co-opted Maya’s dressing room for a couple of days for the president. Maya left Obama a note and Continue reading

President Obama Looks Back on His Legacy on The Tonight Show

President Obama’s first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was focused on two things: Obama’s legacy and the 2016 election. Even the recurring sketches that they did reinforced this: Slow Jam the News was all about the things Obama has accomplished during his time in office (and was also a callback to when he first slow jammed the news on Jimmy’s old show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), and Thank You Notes obviously gave the president a chance to look back at his time in office.  Continue reading

Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph Pay Homage to Variety Shows

Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph are not just friends and former Saturday Night Live cast members–they’re also huge fans of variety shows. Luckily, Maya Rudolph now has her own variety show on NBC, so she and Tina have a venue to share their love of variety shows with a wider audience. Armed with the essential variety show props of stools and skinny ’70s microphones, Maya and Tina worked their way through some of their favorite memories of variety shows of the past. While we’ve always known Maya has a strong singing voice, it was nice to see Tina belt out a few tunes and even display a pretty good Joni Mitchell impression. Continue reading