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After a 35-year absence, one of the show’s most venerated performers had a delightful homecoming as host.
Last night’s episode delivered a critique of Americans’ short attention spans with an overstuffed, melodramatic cold open.
The Scottish performer’s new HBO special is a stunning experiment in controlled transgression.
The late actor, who died at the age of 77, was best known for his singular ability to convey fatherly frustration with comedic flair.
The musician was an endearingly goofy performer who shone in a fever dream of an episode filled with gallows humor and character breaking.
Taika Waititi tries to balance zany comedy and grim realism in his new coming-of-age film set in Nazi Germany. He doesn’t quite succeed.
The Cheers actor’s impression of the former vice president this season is less friendly and more glossy than the show’s previous attempts.
In its new season, the Netflix animated comedy untangles the influences that can lead young men to embrace sexist ideas.
The NBC series, now in its fifth season, stands out for how cleverly it portrays the many labor issues affecting its ensemble of blue-collar characters.
For its 45th season premiere, the venerable sketch show loaded up on celebrity drop-ins, to the detriment of its regular players.
The firebrand stand-up comedian has critiqued “cancel culture” as the work of sensitive Millennials. But his own career is proof that he’s mistaken.
One of the Emmy-nominated sitcom’s secret strengths is its portrayal of long-term partnership—as a bond that is as eccentric as it is affectionate.
The news that the show had hired its first Chinese American cast member was quickly overshadowed by reports that another new hire had a history of racist remarks.
Leslie Jones’s departure comes just as the show enters a big election year, seemingly with few other cast shake-ups.
The comic’s Netflix show continues a chapter of work that whiffs less of irreverence than of irritation and unease.
Gene Stupnitsky’s new film, which follows three middle schoolers bumbling their way through a crazy night, balances raunchy humor with insight.
In his new stand-up special, the comedian celebrates progress—but denigrates the work that progress requires.
On her current tour, the star comedian is having a conspicuously great time making humorless subjects hilarious.
The send-off to Season 44 might end up functioning as a send-off to a particularly toothless era for Saturday Night Live.