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We're lying. It is sort of quite weird.

If you thought New Girl was bizarrre this week, Zooey Deschanel is looking to see your quirky and raise you some surreality on this weekend's Saturday Night Live.

The hilariously cute star, who is hosting the NBC show for the first time, is bringing jazz hands, shares informative Black History Month facts, songs, and fisticuffs.

Seriously, all of that happens in under two minutes. Watch the extended promo for her upcoming visit to SNL, in which she chats with cast member Kenan Thompson:

Whatever transpires when Zooey visits 30 Rockefeller Plaza, it can't be weirder than the Lana Del Rey SNL performance a few weeks ago. So that's good at least.

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Paul Brittain, who joined Saturday Night Live in September 2010, is leaving the iconic sketch series, effective immediately.

An insider tells Entertainment Weekly that the comedian had "the opportunity to pursue other projects, and he and the show parted ways amicably.”

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Meanwhile, on the hosting side of things, consider these two scoops:

  1. In promotion of 21 Jump Street, Jonah Hill will man the stage on March 10.
  2. On his podcast with SNL boss Lorne Michaels this week, Alec Baldwin hinted that Justin Bieber might host the show at some point this season. Yes, that Justin Bieber!

Channing Tatum will host this weekend's new edition of SNL.

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Poor Lana Del Rey.

The singer seems perfectly nice, and she clearly has some talent, but the artist was overwhelmed on her Saturday Night Live debut yesterday, shifting awkwardly from foot to foot during a rendition of "Video Games," randomly rubbing her hip, lacking any and all energy or emotion.

Del Rey mumbled in to the microphone and rushed through her lyrics, as the faces of her backup band members even look horrified on her behalf. See the train wreck for yourself and join us in wishing Lana better luck next time.

If there is a next time for her, that is...

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Former Saturday Night Live staff writer Joe Bodolai has died in an apparent suicide. His body was discovered yesterday by a cleaning crew at an L.A. hotel.

Law enforcement sources say Bodolai, who wrote several Wayne's World sketches for SNL as well as the movie, had been staying there more than a week.

A mixture of anti-freeze and Gatorade may have done him in, TMZ reports.

Bodolai also had posted what appears to be a suicide note on December 23 on his blog, titled, "If This Was Your Last Day Alive What Would You Do?"

He goes on to describe some of the things he remembers, and laments.

In the note, Bodolai writes about "Stuff I Would Like to Have Seen In My Life" such as the Browns winning the Super Bowl and the "truth" about JFK.

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Saturday Night Live's sketch about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow - and a snarky Jesus Christ (Jason Sudeikis) - has not been well received by Christian leaders.

In the skit, the Messiah Himself appeared, telling Tebow (Taran Killam) to "take it down a notch" with his religious zealotry ... you know, since He does all the work.

The clip has become an Internet sensation (not unlike, say, Tebowing). It’s also drawn fire from religious commentators, who think it indicates bias against Christians.

Televangelist Pat Robertson in particular called the Saturday Night Live Tim Tebow skit part of a rising tide of “anti-Christian bigotry that is just disgusting.”

He said, “If this had been a Muslim country and they had done that, and had Muhammad doing that stuff, you would have found bodies on the street.”

Possibly a little extreme, but point taken. Robertson said of Tebow, “This man has been placed in a unique position, and I applaud him. God bless him.”

Your thoughts on the Tebow-Jesus sketch?

 

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Daniel Radcliffe is set to make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live January 14, NBC has announced. Lana Del Rey will serve as musical guest that week.

With the conclusion of the epic Harry Potter franchise, Radcliffe cemented his status as one of the most talented and original performers of his generation.

He's looking forward to more weighty projects in the future, however (see The Woman in Black trailer) and we have no doubt he'll continue to thrive.

Charles Barkley will host SNL January 7.

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Are you excited to see Daniel Radcliffe host SNL?

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As you're probably aware, Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight last week when an attendant dared interrupt his intense game of Words With Friends.

How is the 30 Rock star handling this minor PR nightmare? By impersonating an AA pilot on SNL's Weekend Update and issuing a faux apology to himself, of course.

Sounding a little like John Edwards with a hilariously bogus Southern accent, "Captain Steve Rogers" went out of the way to apologize to the actor for removing him.

Not only that, he praised Baldwin as a bright, American hero.

Watch the hilarious "interview" with Seth Meyers below:

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Katy Perry hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend.

While not every routine was of the highest quality (her Pippa Middleton impression could use a little work), she more than held her own in a variety of sketches.

In the Digital Short below, the adorable-looking singer and Andy Samberg become best friends for the holidays in a display of festive cheer and camaraderie.

The joy of caring and friendship is so profound for these two that a hobo and a lunatic - Matt Damon and Val Kilmer - are even welcomed into their holiday posse.

Four best friends ... and we all love meth!

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Owner of perhaps the world's most famous cleavage, Katy Perry portrayed the owner of the world's most famous backsides last night in Pippa Middleton.

The #1 pop hit maker hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live, playing herself, Christina Aguilera, a Japanese wannabe and Kate Middleton's sister in various sketches.

In a nod to the many Kate Middleton pregnancy rumors of late, the Queen (played by Fred Armisen) demanded Prince William's wife get knocked up ASAP.

Enter the faux Pippa Middleton, who went toe-to-toe with Her Majesty in a ridiculous cockney accent. Give Katy credit for trying if nothing else. Peep it:

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Saturday Night Live went political last weekend with a faux Republican debate, seating the candidates - as was the case in the last real debate - in order of poll numbers.

Only bottom-feeder Rick Santorum was banished to a local gay bar instead of the debate table where contenders Herman Cain, Mitt Romney et al., were seated.

Needless to say, that did not go over well with the homophobe.

The cuts to SNL's faux Santorum (played by Andy Samberg) were funny due to his expressions, but more so due to their infrequency. Dude is just irrelevant now.

Andy Samberg as Rick Santorum

The decision to stick Rick in a gay bar of all places no doubt stems from his views on the LGBT community and the fact that he recently got so pissed at Google.

Santorum, in response, feels like he's being singled out for having strong views on "traditional marriage" a.k.a. despising homosexuals and all they stand for.

Really, though, what make the skit was Rick's declining importance. The lack of attention they paid Samberg reflected his 1-3 percent poll average brilliantly.

Santorum's comeback is posted below you care what he has to say, which you likely don't. That's the point. Time to back up the bus and head home, man.

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