Marisa LaScala is a writer covering entertainment and pop culture. Her work has appeared in PopMatters, the Condé Nast Traveler, the Hairpin, xoJane, and Time Out New York. She is one of the few people who prefers the pleasure-delaying anticipation of a weekly TV show to the immediate gratification of binge-watching.

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The Original 'Degrassi' Characters Are Doing A Lot

The biggest problem high school-set shows have is figuring out what to do when its characters can no longer believably be in high school. Do they all go off to college together? Do they all stay in to...
By Marisa LaScala

Say Goodbye To 'SNL' With A Song

It's always great when Saturday Night Live ends its seasons with a sing-along. My favorite ever season finale had Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon leading the cast in a rendition of "Summer Nights." When Fre...
By Marisa LaScala

Fred Armisen Brings 'SNL' Alums To The Finale

Fred Armisen may seem like an odd choice to host the season finale of Saturday Night Live, but the show has almost has a tradition of bringing an alum in towards the end of the year. Andy Samberg host...
By Marisa LaScala

Larry David Does Bernie On The 'SNL' Finale

If there's one thing this season of Saturday Night Live will be remembered for, it's Larry David's impression of Bernie Sanders. If Sanders is out of the political eye by the time next season rolls ar...
By Marisa LaScala

Drake Brings 'Hype' to 'SNL'

Drizzy may have brought his whole team up from the bottom, but when Drake performed "Hype" on Saturday Night Live, he did it solo. This is a departure from the rest of the episode, where he had help a...
By Marisa LaScala

Don't Be Meme To Drake

When Drake started his monologue on Saturday Night Live, he got right to the point. Yes, he's Canadian, he admitted, but he made one thing clear: "No, you can't move in with me if Donald Trump wins." ...
By Marisa LaScala

Remember This Character? Probably Not.

Lots of attention has been paid to women in comedy recently. Female-led shows like Inside Amy Schumer and Broad City are killing it. Jessica Delfino gathered a group of 200 female comedians for a powe...
By Marisa LaScala

David & Dreyfus on 'SNL,' Yada, Yada, Yada

When Julia Louis-Dreyfus hosted Saturday Night Live on April 16, it was ostensibly to promote the return on Veep on HBO. But, airing the first Saturday after the Democratic debate in Brooklyn, the sho...
By Marisa LaScala

'SNL' 4/10 Is About Election 2016

We still have a long seven months to go before the 2016 election, but Saturday Night Live is ramping up its political sketches. On the Russell Crowe-hosted SNL episode, politics was front and center. ...
By Marisa LaScala

Russell Crowe Isn't All So Serious

When it was announced that Russell Crowe would host the April 9 episode of Saturday Night Live, I admit I was afraid. He just didn't seem like he had much of a sense of humor. I know he's in the upcom...
By Marisa LaScala

No More Mr. Nice Guys For This 'SNL' Host

When it was announced that Russell Crowe would host Saturday Night Live on April 9, heads were scratched. I mean, Crowe isn't necessarily known for his comic styling, you know? The super-serious actor...
By Marisa LaScala

The New 'PPG' Didn't Change *Every* Voice

We live in a golden age of revived television shows; it's like no canceled show ever stays dead. This year alone, we saw new episodes of The X-Files and Heroes, a sequel show to Full House, and, now, ...
By Marisa LaScala

All Salute the Space Pants

Every once in a while, Saturday Night Live does a sketch that seems so incredibly dumb at first, but then gets more and more ridiculous until it becomes hilarious. When Peter Dinklage hosted SNL on Ap...
By Marisa LaScala

Never Work With Kids Or Dragons

Working on Game of Thrones has its pitfalls. There's all the fighting, the cold Winterfell air, and the possibility that your character can get offed at any moment. But, when Peter Dinklage hosted Sat...
By Marisa LaScala

Don't Ask Peter Dinklage If Jon Snow Is Dead

When Peter Dinklage hosted Saturday Night Live on April 2, everyone was looking for a Game of Thrones scoop. (Well, almost everyone. "If you don't know who I am, congratulations, you are not a nerd," ...
By Marisa LaScala

How Laura Hart McKinny Finally Told Her Story

In a different world, every aspect of the O.J. Simpson trial could have been its own miniseries. But, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story wisely chose to focus mostly on the trial, withou...
By Marisa LaScala

Ariana Grande Is A Surprisingly Good Impressionist

I admit, I didn't have the highest of expectations for Ariana Grande's Saturday Night Live hosting gig. She's so much of a pop star in my head now that I forget that she started as an actress. And, ev...
By Marisa LaScala

Larry David IS Bernie Sanders

It looks like Larry David is trying steal Tina Fey's thunder as the former Saturday Night Live staffer who returns for the best political impression. Just like Fey came to the show over and over to do...
By Marisa LaScala

#Feminism Can Be Hard To Sing About

Feminism can be tricky. At least, that's what the ladies of Saturday Night Live seem to think. In the Ariana Grande-hosted episode of SNL on March 12, the ladies of the show all banded together to wri...
By Marisa LaScala

What Will Ariana Grande's Adult Celeb Scandal Be?

Ariana Grande is only 22 years old, and her age was the focus of her monologue when she hosted the March 12 episode of Saturday Night Live. She started off by talking about what it was like to be a ch...
By Marisa LaScala