Graduation season is well underway, as many colleges and universities across the country have already celebrated, and said farewell, to the class of 2015. No graduation ceremony would be complete without a commencement address, often done by a renowned guest.
This year a slew of famous faces were on hand to offer graduating seniors across the country real-world advice – some of it useful, some of it a little wacky.
Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary had enough star power to light up all of Manhattan. Even at three and a half hours long, some of the much-hyped appearances left us wanting more – in a good way. Whether their sketches were sentimental or sidesplitting, five celebrity regulars and five SNL vets stood out from the remarkable pack.
Fans of Orange Is the New Black surely remember the scene at the end of the first season in which seemingly mute Norma (Annie Golden) breaks her silence by singing. Golden’s sweet voice surprised viewers, and they might be just as shocked to learn that the actress has a history as a singer.
Saturday Night Live generally keeps its departed cast members close, unless you’ve done something to really offend the show. So having Golden Globe winner and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg on to host the last episode of the show’s season wasn’t a stretch, though the parade of alumni the show brought out at different points felt appropriately momentous for a season-closer.
The show’s cold open tackled the Jay Z/Solange drama (or “Elevatorgate”), with Maya Rudolph returning to play Beyoncé.
Saturday Night Live plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.
A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it’s answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks.
In recent weeks, the show has seen two-dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.