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Saturday Night Live

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Saturday Night Live's 12 Best Holiday Musical Guests

    Watching the Saturday Night Live Christmas special last week, I was reminded how the show has revered -- and skewered -- the holiday season over the years. From Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song" to Alec Baldwin's "Schweddy Balls," the show's churned out enough holiday-themed material to keep us laughin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Save the Date: Houston Gets a Postcard From One Direction

    Amid the promotional blitz surrounding their new album Midnight Memories, Britain's One Direction -- currently the biggest band on the planet, boy or otherwise -- announced a summer 2014 stadium tour that includes an August 22 show at Reliant Stadium. The group's biggest tour to date, "Where We Are ... More >>

  • Film

    October 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    Kanye West's New Punk-Rap: This Year's Most Exciting and Original Release?

    It's probably fair to guess just about everyone under the Sun has seen Kanye West's performance on Saturday Night Live's season finale at this point. Or maybe they caught the video for Yeezy's new song "New Slaves" playing on the side of a building somewhere around the world. Or maybe they've seen t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    A Paean to the Pogues, For St. Patrick's Day

    What does it mean to be Irish? Red hair? The gift of gab? A drinking problem? The itch to fight? Of course not. All you need to be Irish is a deep and abiding affection for the Pogues. When I was probably 15, a freshman in high school, I started staying up late enough to watch Saturday Night Live ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    30 Years Later: 9 Songs For John Belushi

    Thirty years ago today, we lost John Belushi, one of the most brilliant comedic actors of his time. He was a member of some of the best seasons of Saturday Night Live in the mid to late '70s, and starred in the classic comedy Animal House. He was one of the Blues Brothers with fellow SNL-cast member ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Are SNL's Divisive Musical Guests Making It Relevant Again??

    Even as sketch comedy tastes have changed, and a segment of the population has sadly written it off as an unfunny relic, NBC's Saturday Night Live is still pulling in cutting-edge, marquee musical guests each week, in the process creating national stars or pariahs. Or sometimes both. Case in point ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    5 Places I'd Rather Play Than Saturday Night Live

    ​Recently I returned to being an active musician, and that is peachy with a side of keen. Like most musicians, I'm a day dreamer who spends his bathtub time answering in-depth questions from imaginary hot, red-headed music journalists about the undeniable genius of my art. Also returning are t ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2012

    Tea Party Princess

    Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics.

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Victoria Jackson Responds, Claims Feature Profile Was Lies Written by a Socialist

    Responds is probably the wrong word to use when you consider the long rebuttal Jackson wrote regarding Gus Garcia-Roberts profile on the former SNL cast member that ran this week in Village Voice publications including the Houston Press. Jackson claims that Garcia-Roberts wrote things that were fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    You Bettah Work: 10 Rock/Pop Musicians Who Could Take Up Modeling

    Lucky for Lana Del Rey -- whose awkward-at-best Saturday Night Live performance last weekend left indie critics second-guessing her skill -- she has a backup career on which to fall, if needed. Last week, days before becoming a poor bundle of nerves on SNL, the up-and-(maybe)-coming songstress signe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2012

    Four Epic Twitter Rants in Honor of Kanye West

    Photo by Marco Torres​When Kanye West tweets, magical things happen. West's high powered account lay dormant for quite sometime after his My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album but last night, the floodgates were opened from West's creative mind. What emerged was a sprawling 85 tweet rant tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Happy Birthday Paul Shaffer: Here Are Five Reasons Why He is Cool

    Back in the 1980's, there was a certain class of musician who considered a slot in the Late Show with David Letterman band as the ultimate gig. Of course, that lineup hasn't changed since 1983, but dare to dream. From the very beginning, there was Paul Shaffer. The quirky Canadian keyboardist and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    "Change Your Name To A Symbol" & Other Dumb Ways To Derail Your Music Career

    brightestyoungthings.comThe sign officially known as "Love Symbol #2"​Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of the date Prince changed his name to that confounded "Love Symbol", and we can't help but wonder if he would have had more success had he waited a decade or two. Like it or not, in toda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Debt Ceiling: The 10 Worst Tweets From the Texas GOP Congressional Delegation

    Tweets don't fail me now​As the GOP debates whether it wants the Tea Party to drive it (and the country) off a cliff by playing games with the debt ceiling, we looked to Twitter for the updates from our state's congresssional delegation. Oddly, the Republicans didn't tweet anything like "Yes, ... More >>

  • News

    June 23, 2011

    Too Much Pavement

    Houston's strip malls increase heat, pollution.

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Ten Bizarro Christmas-Carol Covers

    ​Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Sleigh Bells: Not Just For Christmas Anymore

    ​Christmastime: A time for family, for giving, and much to the displeasure of many, a time for incessantly grating holiday music. Christmas spirit frozen in cheesy songs monopolizes radio stations and relentlessly stalks our every step. A key component of much holiday music is often the percu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Shock Therapy: Would Sinead O'Connor Still Cause An Uproar?

    ​Sunday night is a special night. It's the 18th anniversary of Sinead O'Connor's infamous Pope-a-ripping on Saturday Night Live. For the extremely small number of you who somehow have the Internet but not VH1, the facts are these: O'Connor, always the most peaceable and least controversial of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    The Top Five Saturday Night Live Musician Impressions

    ​In the wake of the recent news that feted comedian/actor/YouTube sensation Jay Pharoah - above, known for his spoofs of A-list bait like Drake, Chris Tucker, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Eddie Murphy, and President Obama - will join the cast of Saturday Night Live when its 36th season premieres September ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Top Eight Weirdest Saturday Night Live Musical Moments

    ​This past Saturday was Steve Martin's birthday and, if you're old enough, you may remember back to a time when the snow-capped comedian/actor/musician was more than just a comedy archaeologist, exhuming the corpses of classic comic franchises and defiling the shit out of them. No, he actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Free Passes To The MacGruber Preview, And How Will It Stack Up Against All The SNL Movie Bombs?

    We know we're not supposed to admit this -- "Saturday Night Live sucks!!!" and all that -- but we kinda like the MacGruber sketches. They're short, unlike too many SNL skits dragged out beyond all point, and -- what can we say? -- they're usually funny.Now, however, we are dealing with MacGruber th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Which Actors Can Hack It As Musicians?

    ​Hollywood Shuffle got word Thursday that Blues Brother and Saturday Night Live alumnus Dan Aykroyd will be at the downtown Spec's this afternoon from 3-7 p.m. to sign bottles of his new vodka, Conehead Crystal Head. Aykroyd is in town to act as Grand Marshal for Saturday's Art Car Parade. Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    The Week In TV: Lost Takes A Break, South Park Takes A Dive

    ​The sun chased the rain, I can feel summer coming, and I was greeted at the door by a rabbi that looks like Joaquin Phoenix. This was the week in TV Land: • So, this is dumb: South Park has been forced by Viacom to bend to the will of Muslim extremists. The show's 200th episode was a two- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    The Week In TV: NBC Comedies Are Finally Back

    We've missed you.​My parking lot's flooded, I had my first crawfish on Friday, and I feel like funkin' it up. This was the week in TV Land: • Ah, the joys and frustrations of the endless news cycle: Not a couple hours after last week's round-up column went live -- in which I ruminated on C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    The Week In TV: So Long, Julia Sugarbaker

    Even with my dependable shows in reruns, it feels good to be back in the stern embrace of David Simon. This was the week in TV Land: • Thank God for Hulu, you know? The video site is the only reason I actually keep up with Saturday Night Live most weeks. The show's had a real hard-on for tweens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    He Said She Said: Our 10 Favorite Fictional Bands

    ​ It's a sad state of affairs when a parody band ends up being funnier/better/more entertaining that the original (we're lookin' at you, The Beatles). She Said started thinking of this list last week after making one in a million lifetime references to the fake band Blues Hammer from the movie Gho ... More >>

  • Music

    April 9, 2009
  • Music

    March 12, 2009
  • Dining

    January 29, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Slideshow: Snakes on an Album

    One of the songs slithering around Rocks Off's head lately is "Snake Farm," the title track to grizzled Hill Country troubador Ray Wylie Hubbard's 2006 album, where the singer and a comely employee of the ramshackle reptile house between San Marcos and New Braunfels get it on amongst the other&n ... More >>

  • Music

    October 23, 2008
  • Home Entertainment

    October 26, 2006
  • Home Entertainment

    May 25, 2006
  • Calendar

    June 30, 2005

    Fringe Benefits

    Main Street Theater revives the precursor to Python

  • Calendar

    June 23, 2005

    Mr. Saturday Night

    Darrell Hammond makes a good impression at the Laff Stop

  • Music

    April 28, 2005

    Teenage Anarchy

    How The Nightfly learned to stop worrying and love Ashlee Simpson

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2004

    Hail to the King

    SNL writer-comedian T. Sean Shannon pays tribute to a local comic legend: his brother

  • Calendar

    November 11, 2004

    The Joy of Cooking

    Las Nuevas Tamaleras is a corny kitchen comedy

  • Calendar

    June 24, 2004

    What Was That?

    Horton hears a Who in Seussical

  • Culture

    November 6, 2003

    Free Will

    Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2003

    Main Street Improv

    8 p.m. Thursdays

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2002

    The Shannon Brothers Family Christmas

    Thursday, December 19 through Sunday, December 23

  • Culture

    August 22, 2002

    Fallon Fast

    Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen

  • Calendar

    December 13, 2001

    All in the Family

    The Shannon Brothers reunite in the name of comedy

  • Calendar

    February 3, 2000

    I'm Crushing Your Head!

    The Kids in the Hall

  • Film

    October 7, 1999

    Geek Orthodox

    Superstar's Shannon makes a strangely affecting nerd

  • Calendar

    August 26, 1999

    Weekend Update

    Comedian Colin Quinn

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