Thursday, May 23, 2024

“Saturday Night Live” Will End Season with Ex-GF of Former Cast Member and Unknown Musical Act


It’s the end of the season, it’s May “sweeps,” and the last chance for “Saturday Night Live ” to boost its ratings.

Instead, the venerable comedy show will go out on a peculiar note. The host will be “Russian Doll” star Natasha Lyonne, and the musical guest is Japanese Breakfast.

What’s weird here is that Lyonne recently broke up with former “SNL” cast member Fred Armisen. And no one in the world has heard of Japanese Breakfast.

Lyonne said in an interview that she and Armisen ended their 8 year relationship because she wanted a swimming pool at her Los Angeles home and he didn’t. So maybe they’re still great friends even after that. Maybe they decided to get a pool.

And the Breakfast people? They can’t be divisive because no one knows them. Only their parents will tune in based on name recognition. They’re described on Wikipedia as is an experimental pop band headed by Korean-American musician, director, and author Michelle Zauner. Their most recent album, “Jubilee,” released in 2021, sold 77,575 copies including streaming. So God bless.

Their big single was last year’s “Be Sweet,” which looks and sounds like an MTV hit from 1984. I like it!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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