After being criticized for not having enough diversity in its cast, Saturday Night Live has announced the hiring of comedian Sasheer Zamata. Zamata will be the shows first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left the show in 2007.
Auditions to find a black female to join the SNL cast were held in December after the show started receiving criticism because six new cast members that joined the cast last fall were all white.
Zamata graduated from the University of Virginia in 2009 and is Upright Citizens Brigade alum. She will make her debut on SNL on January 18 when Drake is scheduled to host and be the musical guest.
The Golden Globe Awards are once again going to be hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey-- not just in 2014, but in 2015 as well. Rumors began swirling in late August that the comedic duo were reportedly going to asked back to host the award show.
When the SNL alums hosted the show in January, it received positive reviews from critics and ratings rose to 19.7 million viewers, the most the award show has had in the past six years.
Saturday Night Live has announced that six new cast members will be joining the show for its upcoming 39th season. The new cast members will help fill the void left by Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen, who all left the show after the end of last season. Let’s get to know the newest faces of the show.
Beck Bennett: Although he has appeared on Comedy Central with his sketch group Good Neighbor, Bennett is probably most known for the AT&T “It’s Not Complicated” commercials that are currently airing on TV.
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were reportedly asked to return as hosts for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards on NBC. Although the two SNL alums agreed that hosting the show would be a onetime gig, with the rise in ratings of 2013's show, it comes as no surprise that producers want them back.
When they hosted the award show this past January, ratings rose to an all time high of almost 20 million viewers. NBC and Dick Clark Productions, producer of the Golden Globes, have not formally asked Poehler and Fey to return, but are looking to see if the funny ladies would be interested in hosting again.
Fans of the NBC show “The Sing-Off” may remember Michael O as the leading member of Season 3 runner-up group, Dartmouth Aires. It was here that Michael O made a name for himself, wowing judges with his versatility and vocals on songs such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Somebody to Love”. Judge Ben Fold said Michael has a “timeless style” while Judge Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men called Michael a “freaking superstar!” Since the show Michael has gone solo and recently released a critically acclaimed EP titled “In the Beginning”. The EP landed #147 on iTunes and #5 on Itunes R&B charts. So without further ado, let’s get to know the man with the incredible voice, Michael O!
If you're a die hard fan of NBC's Season 3 of "The Voice," you most likely remember Chevonne, the rocking soul scream machine. We watched as the quirky underdog made her way through three rounds when she finally got judges Cee Lo and Blake Shelton to turn during her blind audition when she sang "Brass In Pocket" by The Pretenders.
Being on Team Cee Lo, she easily impressed both Cee Lo and his team advisor, Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas as she nailed rehearsals for her battle round with Avery Wilson on the David Guetta ft. Sia song "Titanium." Although Chevonne didn't win the battle against her teammate, she was highly praised for her soaring high notes and bold stage moves. Her time wasn't over though when judge Christina Aguilera saved Chevonne with the new "coach steal" feature, applauding Chevonne for her flamboyant and exciting performance vibe.
The finale of NBC's Fashion Star concluded a knock-out first season Tuesday night as 4.9 million viewers bit their nails in the anticipation of the first ever Fashion Star winner.
Kara Laricks came into the competition as an unlikely winner, as she started out designing ties, and truthfully, we didn’t even think she’d make it past the first round! But thanks to the fashion industry panel of judges (Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos, & Nicole Richie) Laricks was saved and ultimately stepped her game up, improving by leaps and bounds episode after first episode, and was finally pronounced the winner.
On Thursday, March 29th at 8:00pm, The Nature Conservancy will host "Cocktails Under the Canopy: A Benefit for LEAF" in support of Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future, an ambitious program to train the next generation of environmental leaders by targeting the largely underrepresented urban youth population. This exciting event includes an open bar, live music, a silent auction and sustainable food plates from renowned NYC chefs, including: Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto, Jimmy Bradley of The Red Cat and The Harrison, Johnny Campanaro of The Little Owl, and Jason Giagande, Director of Food Service Operations and Events for NBCUniversal.
September may mean that it's time to go out with that extra sweater in tow, but there's no need to carry a frown when you're headed to 116 MacDougal. With their September line-up of events, there's something for everyone to look forward to.Even better, there is no cover for their weekly events.
Mondays: Hit up Gaslight Refueled (8pm) for live stand-up comedy with funny peeps from Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, NBC, and more, with host Vicky Kuperman.
Tuesdays: Hit up Open Mic (6pm) where the legendary Gaslight stage plays host to singers, poets, comics, and storytellers with host Manoo Halati.