Saturday Night Live (SNL) Afterparty

Saturday Night Live (SNL) Afterparty

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A Peabody Award-coveting podcast review of Saturday Night Live and discussion of all things comedy.


Emma Thompson / Jonas Brothers, S44-E20
May 14 • 48 min
John and his guest, improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman, discuss John’s season finale news/gloating, Meet the Press misfires, dress rehearsal insights, Leslie and Pete performance growth, accurate diaper blowout depictions, and the triumphant return…
Adam Sandler / Shawn Mendes, S44-E19
May 7 • 61 min
John and Steve—along with Andrew Dick of That Week in SNL—discuss season finale NYC podcast plans, Adam Sandler’s successful self-deprecation, realistic vacation expectations, uninspired cast indulgences, touching Chris Farley tributes, and Steve’s severe…
April 2019 Month in Review
Apr 23 • 67 min
Mike Bloom and fill-in guest Andrew Dick discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s April 2-episode run, with hosts: Kit Harington and Emma Stone.
Emma Stone / BTS, S44-E18
Apr 16 • 38 min
John and Steve discuss Michael Keaton as Julian Assange, the fashion fragility of SNL writers, Leslie nailing Whoopi, packaging up Melissa’s quirks, Kenan transcending 80’s music video spoofs, inspired Julio/Bowen pre-tapes, and the return of John’s…
Kit Harington / Sara Bareilles, S44-E17
Apr 9 • 64 min
John and vintage SNL connoisseur Andrew Dick discuss the unexpected return of Adam Sandler, Kyle Mooney’s awkward pubescent peacocking, tenuous TV Funhouse revival theories, exceptional pre-tape production values, and divisive Theresa May sympathy pieces.
March 2019 Month in Review
Apr 2 • 76 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s March 3-episode run, with hosts: John Mulaney, Idris Elba and Sandra Oh.
Idris Elba / Khalid, S44-15
Mar 12 • 41 min
John and Steve discuss the relatability of technological impairment, Cecily Strong as queen of train-wreck women, Khalid’s “doin’ it” background music, Pete Davidson speaking his truth, Leslie Jones physical comedy misfires, and when ten-to-ones get…
John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett, S44-E14
Mar 5 • 61 min
John and Steve—along with Andrew Dick of That Week in SNL—discuss Bill Hader as ringer, the theory of the “hot room”, Chad vs. Cinematic Tropes, non-canonical cha cha slides, the cardinal sin of Thomas Rhett, “breaking” as a liability, and the long shadow…
February 2019 Month in Review
Feb 26 • 72 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s February 2-episode run, with hosts: Halsey and Don Cheadle.
Halsey, S44-E12
Feb 12 • 48 min
John and Steve discuss Halsey as double threat, cold-opens with bite, sexy valentine dinners with Steve’s mom, mistimed hand-cast reveals, suspenseful musical performance art, smart impression-piece setups, realistic sorority pub-crawl dare-fests, and…
January 2019 Month in Review
Jan 29 • 60 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s January 2-episode run, with hosts: Rachel Brosnahan and James McAvoy.
Rachel Brosnahan / Greta Van Fleet, S44-E10
Jan 22 • 67 min
John and his guest, Andrew Dick—That Week in SNL—discuss featured player mid-term report cards, Mikey-Streeter recurring sketch templates, Aidy’s inspired little “boomer” ditty, Greta Van Fleet’s worst kind of heresy, manic Pete Davidson damage control,…
December 2018 Month in Review
Dec 25, 2018 • 73 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s December 3-episode run, with hosts: Claire Foy, Jason Momoa and Matt Damon.
Matt Damon / Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus, S44-E9
Dec 18, 2018 • 39 min
John and Steve discuss Pete Davidson Instagram drama, Momoa host intel, when monologues punch you right in the feels, Kenan as Daddy handler, macabre angel ornaments, Angel’s passionate show of support, Weezer debate nuance, and emotionally mature…
Jason Momoa / Mumford & Sons, S44-E8
Dec 11, 2018 • 35 min
John and Steve discuss Momoa as return host, shortsighted Mueller casting, uninspired obligatory fan-service, short and sweet Chappelle-esque pre-tapes, Aidy as bizarro Stefon, off-the-rails alt-comedy pre-tapes, and Pete as competent player.
Claire Foy / Anderson .Paak, S44-E7
Dec 4, 2018 • 44 min
John and Steve discuss sleep-deprived little snot monsters, soul-piercing eyebrows, “Maya & Marty” reincarnated, Anderson .Paak’s captivating performance, Jost’s Hulu-patched performance, Beck’s utterly useless dandy, and spot-on goomah skewering.
November 2018 Month in Review
Nov 27, 2018 • 75 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s November 3-episode run, with hosts: Jonah Hill, Liev Schreiber and Steve Carell.
Steve Carell / Ella Mai, S44-E6
Nov 20, 2018 • 49 min
John and Steve discuss the Ghost of Thanksgiving Past, lacklustre rap pre-tapes, mock zero-gravity acting, Leslie selling her lines, Mikey’s passionate bigfoot-erotica reading, Heidi’s understated performance choices, and when production snafus completely…
Liev Schreiber / Lil Wayne, S44-E5
Nov 13, 2018 • 50 min
John and Steve discuss their winter host hopefuls, De Niro’s cue-card reading inabilities, rusty go-to celebrity-humiliation vehicles, crisp hip-hop percussion, Cecily channelling Molly Shannon-esque physical comedy, tasteful mea culpas, and undeniable…
Jonah Hill / Maggie Rogers, S44-E4
Nov 6, 2018 • 42 min
John and Steve do not discuss Baldwin’s arrest or the latest Pete/Ariana drama. However, they do discuss Heidi’s maybe-intentionally fumbly performance, inorganic script-flipping, Pete’s tone-deaf appeal for privacy, Melissa’s first truly repertory…
October 2018 Month in Review
Oct 23, 2018 • 66 min
Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza—formerly of the SNL Funhouse podcast—discuss the highs and lows of Season 44’s initial 3-episode run, with hosts: Adam Driver, Awkwafina and Seth Meyers.
Seth Meyers / Paul Simon, S44-E3
Oct 16, 2018 • 64 min
John and Steve—along with improv and sketch impresario Dave Buckman—discuss the Seth connection, assumed staged celebrity engagements, Seth as storyteller, porno-railing sex face, sketches that hit too close to home, Mulanian Cosby triumphs, and Heidi’s…
Awkwafina / Travis Scott, S44-E2
Oct 9, 2018 • 43 min
John and Steve discuss particularly mushy prosthetics, Travis Scott’s otherworldly demeanour, rampant Auto-Tune nonsense, passionate Weekend Update outings, “peak” Eric and Donald Jr., misguided Leslie/Pete casting, outmoded women’s roundtables, Li’l…
Adam Driver / Kanye West, S44-E1
Oct 2, 2018 • 54 min
John and Steve discuss player pronunciation mea culpas, cheap site-gag setups, Adam Driver’s impressive comedic chops, when rehashed sketches surpass the original, Kanye West’s media whore-ery, Pete Davidson revelling in his recent good fortune, and the…
Season 44 Preseason Extravaganza!
Sep 25, 2018 • 57 min
John and Steve—along with Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza of the SNL Funhouse recap podcast—discuss unregulated SNL podcast conglomerate mergers, Adam Driver sophomore hosting expectations, season 44 cast and writer changes, and high hopes for Ego Nwodim and…
Vintage: Andrew Dice Clay / The Spanic Boys & Julee Cruise, S15-E19
Sep 11, 2018 • 94 min
John and special crossover-cast collaborator Andrew Dick—That Week in SNL—discuss “Diceman” as satire, Dunn-fostered media circuses, the Lovitz/Dunn kerfuffle, the folly of “bleeping” sketch-reliant innuendo, greaser-guido-goomba overload, and It’s A…
Vintage: Pierce Brosnan / Destiny’s Child, S26-E18
Aug 21, 2018 • 62 min
John and his guest, Dave Buckman, discuss post-911 comedic tone shifts, Beyoncé’s inevitable superstardom, missed recurring-sketch opportunities, Horatio Sanz’ sketch saving abilities, Tracy Morgan in his prime, optimally-funny trident stabs, and the…
Season 43 “Cut for Time” Sketches
Jul 10, 2018 • 40 min
John and Steve review all of Saturday Night Live’s officially released, unaired Season 43 “cut for time” sketches to determine which one was the “best of the rest”.
Season 43 Postseason Extravaganza!
Jun 12, 2018 • 53 min
John and Steve discuss Baldwin as perpetual Trump, Jost and Che’s performance as head writers, SNL’s celebrity-cameo fatigue, Ariana Grande slumming-it with Pete Davidson, the state of the featured players, season 43’s newbie frontrunner and MVP, as well…
Tina Fey / Nicki Minaj, S43-E21
May 22, 2018 • 44 min
John and Steve discuss Soprano-inspired cold opens, tongue-in-cheek celebrity-infused monologues, space-saving trick doors, Tina Fey’s delusions of grandeur, Sarah Palin musical misfires, the high-stakes drama of Chicago Improv, and solid cut-for-time…
Minisode: Tales from the Standby Line
May 18, 2018 • 30 min
John talks with SNL standby line-dwellers live from Rockefeller Center.
Amy Schumer / Kacey Musgraves, S43-E20
May 15, 2018 • 36 min
John and Steve discuss comedy crushes, John’s New York gentleman’s intermission, Amy Schumer’s vivacious monologue, the true burden of motherhood, Trump’s pretty good week, Melissa McCarthy’s most mothery of mothers, the glorious return of Sheila Sovage,…
Donald Glover / Childish Gambino, S43-E19
May 8, 2018 • 33 min
John and Steve discuss the tragedy of lost recordings, ineffectual lawyer voodoo, Luke Null finally catching a—literal—break, Cecily’s ongoing love-affair with retro-cringe music, life-or-death celebrity distractions, and the enduring adorableness of…
John Mulaney / Jack White, S43-E18
Apr 17, 2018 • 56 min
John and Steve discuss their uncanny host prediction abilities, celebrity-heavy cold opens, humorous polygraph squiggles, MulVaney-gate, intentionally sloppy Jack White solos, the switcharoo’s dark ramifications, and the tragedy of cutting Luke Null’s…
Chadwick Boseman / Cardi B, S43-E17
Apr 10, 2018 • 52 min
John and Steve discuss the state of SNL’s Trump, yet more inspired Black Jeopardy, Chadwick Boseman’s character choices, Cardi B’s baby-bump, Trump-dong burnout, Angel’s recur-potential, irredeemably-bad sketches, Cecily and Kate eating Melissa’s lunch,…
Bill Hader / Arcade Fire, S43-E16
Mar 20, 2018 • 56 min
John and Steve discuss Luke Null in Rudnitsky territory, the dangers of concentrating ginger genes, desexualizing sex, Melissa’s missed impression opportunities, socially-conscious Stefon, deep Deep House Dish connections, Canadian joke mistranslations,…
Sterling K. Brown / James Bay, S43-E15
Mar 13, 2018 • 48 min
John and Steve discuss Sterling K. as top-notch first-time host, face-melting reality-TV travesties, Heidi’s masterful fumbling, lacklustre pre-tapes, the longevity of Eric and Donald Trump Jr., the surprising return of Vanessa Bayer, and Kyle Mooney’s…
Charles Barkley / Migos, S43-E14
Mar 6, 2018 • 55 min
John and Steve discuss Bill Hader as ratings poison, the state of the podcast, Baldwin hanging in there as Trump, SNL’s heavy-handed partisan messaging, Hope Hicks’ pitch-perfect farewell, obligatory Olympic walk-ons, and the exceptionally limited range…
Jessica Chastain / Troye Sivan, S43-E11
Jan 23, 2018 • 43 min
John and Taylor discuss early 90’s sitcom theme-song nostalgia, undulating glistening supple hairless man-boys, the Weekend Update millennial disconnect, cleavage prosthetics, the progressive values of the modern porn industry, and late 70’s CBS sitcom…
Sam Rockwell / Halsey, S43-E10
Jan 16, 2018 • 35 min
John and Steve discuss Leslie as Oprah, Mr. Science F-bombs, fashion-positive faux pas, the shared experience of Steve’s ex-girlfriends, Weekend Update tackling Trump’s S—-hole remarks, Scarlet Johansson’s self-aware hair tassel gone walkabout, and…
Kevin Hart / Foo Fighters, S43-E9
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
John and Steve discuss the mechanics of featured player promotion, Kate McKinnon quick changes, scatologically-oriented Spartacus moments, Chris Redd fits of sheer enthusiasm, Dave Grohl’s vintage growl, and heavily-sedated faux llama-menace.
James Franco / SZA, S43-E8
Dec 12, 2017 • 36 min
John and Steve discuss kid line-reading mishaps, Leslie’s unexpected spit-take gagging, SZA’s incompetent seamstress, Weekend Update pre-tapes, Chris Redd’s BLACKDAR, getting a “tight five” on oranges, Radio City location shoots, and Heidi Gardner’s…
Saoirse Ronan / U2, S43-E7
Dec 5, 2017 • 47 min
John and Steve discuss winning newbie collaborations, post-Kelly/Schneider girl-power music videos, Steve’s shameless feminist pandering, classic comedy setups, Chad “OK” supercuts, Luke Null’s Kaufmanesque break-out performance, and deliciously painful…
Chance the Rapper / Eminem, S43-E6
Nov 21, 2017 • 44 min
John and Steve discuss SNL’s Kate addiction, Chance as capable host, 90’s R&B nostalgia, when Family Feud pleasantly surprises, SNL’s racial-diversity baby-steps, Eminem’s magical opus, when SNL goes after their own, peak-Pete Davidson, and the arrival of…
Tiffany Haddish / Taylor Swift, S43-E5
Nov 14, 2017 • 41 min
John and Steve discuss lopsided audiences, the gangsta cuteness of Tiffany Haddish, 16-bit 2D fighting game tropes, Heidi Gardner’s uncanny impression, yet more fun in the SNLCU, inspired and weighty Weekend Update features, and the tragic repercussions…
Larry David / Miley Cyrus, S43-E4
Nov 7, 2017 • 47 min
John and Steve discuss Sorkin-esque pumpkin drama, inflatable cameos, Disney kid career reinventions, the scumbaggery of Michael Che, the brilliance of Heidi Gardner, the inscrutability of Gay sub-cultures, and absurd goldfish plot contrivances.
Kumail Nanjiani / Pink, S43-E3
Oct 17, 2017 • 37 min
John—along with ‘resident young person’, Taylor Morgan—discuss when straw addiction hits home, the versatility of Kate McKinnon, the sad truth of Debette Goldry, Ferrero Rocher as comedy, SNL combating ageism, and intercontinental spider shipping…
Gal Gadot / Sam Smith, S43-E2
Oct 10, 2017 • 48 min
John and Steve discuss Gal Gadot’s accent liability, comedy in the midst of tragedy, somber cold-opens, satisfying O.J. reveals, the brilliance of Chad, the folly of agenda driven comedy, the genius of Kate McKinnon, Heidi Gardner’s first breakout moment,…
Ryan Gosling / Jay-Z, S43-E1
Oct 3, 2017 • 49 min
John and Steve discuss a David S. Pumpkins vs. Spacepants primetime showdown, new cast hires, rumours of Luke’s demise, Kelly and Schneider leaving the show, Gosling’s constant breaking, Kate’s face-in-butt moment, woke idiocy, Che calling Trump at “B”,…
Season 43 Preseason Extravaganza!
Sep 26, 2017 • 36 min
John and Steve—along with our ‘youth and women’s issues correspondent’, Taylor Morgan—discuss cast diversity, SNL’s Emmy sweep, if Alec as Trump is a bald-WIN, and The Julio Show.
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 3
Aug 29, 2017 • 23 min
John and Steve discuss the third episode of Weekend Update: Summer Edition, featuring Alec Baldwin as Trump, Kenan Thompson as black rally guy, Mikey Day as Steve Bannon, Pete Davidson, Alex Moffat as Conor McGregor, Mikey Day as Wes Willard, and Cecily…
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 2
Aug 22, 2017 • 22 min
John and Steve discuss the second episode of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update: Summer Edition with Colin Jost and Michael Che, featuring Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, Kenan Thompson as Neil deGrasse Tyson, and…
Weekend Update: Summer Edition, 1
Aug 15, 2017 • 25 min
John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss the premiere episode of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update: Summer Edition with Colin Jost and Michael Che, featuring Alex Moffat and Mikey Day as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., Bill Hader as Anthony Scaramucci, Kenan…
Season 42 Postseason Extravaganza!
Jun 6, 2017 • 67 min
John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Saturday Night Live’s renewed cultural and political relevance, Baldwin as Trump, Chappelle’s show as cultural touchstone, and McCarthy as Spicy; as well as season 42’s best and worst moments, sketches, hosts,…
Dwayne Johnson / Katy Perry, S42-E21
May 23, 2017 • 77 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL’s season 42 finale episode with host Dwayne Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.
Melissa McCarthy / HAIM, S42-E20
May 16, 2017 • 59 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 20 with host Melissa McCarthy and musical guest HAIM.
Chris Pine / LCD Soundsystem, S42-E19
May 9, 2017 • 58 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 19 with host Chris Pine and musical guest LCD Soundsystem.
Jimmy Fallon / Harry Styles, S42-E18
Apr 18, 2017 • 62 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 18 with host Jimmy Fallon and musical guest Harry Styles.
Louis C.K. / The Chainsmokers, S42-E17
Apr 11, 2017 • 47 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 17 with host Louis C.K. and musical guest The Chainsmokers.
Vintage: Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron, S1-E7
Mar 28, 2017 • 56 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 1 episode 7 with host Richard Pryor and musical guest Gil Scott-Heron.
Scarlett Johansson / Lorde, S42-E16
Mar 14, 2017 • 56 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 16 with host Scarlett Johansson and musical guest Lorde.
Octavia Spencer / Father John Misty, S42-E15
Mar 7, 2017 • 66 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 15 with host Octavia Spencer and musical guest Father John Misty.
Alec Baldwin / Ed Sheeran, S42-E14
Feb 14, 2017 • 48 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 14 with host Alec Baldwin and musical guest Ed Sheeran.
Kristen Stewart / Alessia Cara, S42-E13
Feb 7, 2017 • 57 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 13 with host Kristen Stewart and musical guest Alessia Cara.
Aziz Ansari / Big Sean, S42-E12
Jan 24, 2017 • 59 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 12 with host Aziz Ansari and musical guest Big Sean.
Felicity Jones / Sturgill Simpson, S42-E11
Jan 17, 2017 • 61 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 11 with host Felicity Jones and musical guest Sturgill Simpson.
Interview: Robin Duke
Jan 3, 2017 • 59 min
A discussion with SNL alumnus Robin Duke about her storied career in sketch comedy.
Casey Affleck / Chance the Rapper, S42-E10
Dec 20, 2016 • 53 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 10 with host Casey Affleck and musical guest Chance the Rapper.
John Cena / Maren Morris, S42-E9
Dec 13, 2016 • 65 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 9 with host John Cena and musical guest Maren Morris.
Emma Stone / Shawn Mendes, S42-E8
Dec 6, 2016 • 60 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 8 with host Emma Stone and musical guest Shawn Mendes.
Kristen Wiig / The xx, S42-E7
Nov 22, 2016 • 64 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 7 with host Kristen Wiig and musical guest The xx.
Dave Chappelle / A Tribe Called Quest, S42-E6
Nov 15, 2016 • 66 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 6 with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest A Tribe Called Quest.
Benedict Cumberbatch / Solange, S42-E5
Nov 8, 2016 • 64 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 5 with host Benedict Cumberbatch and musical guest Solange.
Tom Hanks / Lady Gaga, S42-E4
Oct 25, 2016 • 48 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 4 with host Tom Hanks and musical guest Lady Gaga.
Emily Blunt / Bruno Mars, S42-E3
Oct 18, 2016 • 47 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 3 with host Emily Blunt and musical guest Bruno Mars.
Lin-Manuel Miranda / Twenty One Pilots, S42-E2
Oct 11, 2016 • 50 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL season 42 episode 2 with host Lin-Manuel Miranda and musical guest Twenty One Pilots.
Margot Robbie / The Weeknd, S42-E1
Oct 4, 2016 • 36 min
A sketch-by-sketch review of SNL’s season 42 premiere episode with host Margot Robbie and musical guest The Weeknd.
Season 42 Preseason Extravaganza!
Sep 27, 2016 • 40 min
News and speculation about SNL season 42.
Teaser: Fred Armisen, S41-E21
Sep 26, 2016 • 22 min
Selected highlights from our coverage of SNL season 41 episode 21.