When someone new comes to SNL, it’s always really exciting. Although I’m just a sixteen year old girl, who doesn’t quite understand the real world yet, I think it’s a lot like having a child (without having to wipe them). When a featured player first comes to the show, you’re really excited for them. You can’t wait to watch them find their place in the show. Although you’re not sure what their talents are or what they’re capable of, you can’t wait to see what they can do. A couple of years pass, and that featured player you’ve had your eye on has become a repertory player. They’ve grown up a lot, and really found their voice in the show. And then, before you know it, they’re all grown up. It happened in a flash, right before your eyes. They decide that it’s time to pack their bags and move out of 8H. You knew it was going to happen someday, but there was no way to prepare for it. You don’t protest or ask them to stay, because it’s not your place to hold them back. They’ll come home every now and then to make a cameo, but it won’t be the same. Even when he or she comes to host, it hurts, because you can’t help but reminisce about what it was like when they were a part of the cast. It’s not the same as having them there with you, in your living room every Saturday night. But no matter what, no matter how little they call home, you’re always going to love them. No matter how big of a star he or she gets to be, you’re always going to see them as that frightened but eager featured player they were during their first season. And it’s really tough saying goodbye to the staples of the SNL we know and love, like Bill Hader and Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis tonight, but it’s comforting knowing that no matter what, studio 8H will always be their home.

GAGA- ok… LOVED the acting, was quite funny actually. HOW.EV.ER. just please let it be you and piano in white tee and jeans. go shoeless i dont care. but i dont want any costumes or makeup. just her and piano. it’d be so raw and ten times better. the costumes are becoming such a distraction :/  sincerely, a fan living in your past. 

Ben Affleck: Five-Timer

Tonight’s Season 38 finale marks Ben Affleck’s fifth time hosting and his entrance into the esteemed Five Timers Club. This is his first time hosting since November of 2008, just days before the presidential election. His monologues have included cameos from fellow SNL hosts Gwyneth Paltrow and Alec Baldwin. Take a look back at his first four monologues before Ben takes the 8H stage to introduce tonight’s season finale with musical guest Kanye West:

  • Season 25 — February 19, 2000: Ben feels overshadowed by Gwyneth Paltrow while she makes her cameo (Musical guest: Fiona Apple)
  • Season 29 — March 13, 2004: Ben cashes in on the “Bennifer” craze with a new line of T-shirts (Musical guest: N.E.R.D.)
  • Season 30 — October 2, 2004: Ben’s joined by Alec Baldwin who accuses Affleck of stealing his moves (Musical guest: Nelly)
  • Season 34 — November 1, 2008: With the presidential election just days away, Ben reflects on some of the endorsements he’s made in the past uses that to back his 2008 candidate (Musical guest: David Cook)