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Melissa Villasenor Explains Why She Won't Make Fun of Nominees While Hosting Spirit Awards 2021

The 2021 Spirit Awards are happening tonight and SNL‘s Melissa Villasenor is hosting for the first time!

The 33-year-old actress and comedian is opening up about working on the show, which was pre-taped without an audience, and what she’ll be joking about at the event.

“I do love an audience. For me, that’s the ultimate. The best thing is feeling the crowd and having the same energy and laughing together. This is tough, but my goal is that I make the camerapeople laugh. Really, I have a podcast [Laughing With Myself] where I just talk to myself about things, so I feel very comfy laughing at my own jokes,” Melissa told THR.

Melissa says she will not be making fun of the nominees.

“Well, we’re not making fun of any of the movies because they’re all pretty heavy. I’m kind of the butt of the joke. I think, with the writers, that we have come up with some pretty fun stuff. Of course, they know my voice and style. I’m not a mean comic. It doesn’t work for me,” she said.

The show is airing on IFC at 10pm ET!

Click through the gallery for photos of Melissa Villasenor behind-the-scenes at the show… More Here! »

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Melissa Villasenor Impersonated Ellen During Her Failed 'SNL' Audition - Watch Here!

Melissa Villasenor’s impression of Ellen DeGeneres is amazing!

The 33-year-old Saturday Night Live cast member sat down for an interview with Ellen on Tuesday (April 13) and recalled her first time auditioning for the show.

“You auditioned over ten years ago and I heard that in your audition, I was one of your impressions,” Ellen said. “What happened in the audition?”

“Well, you know that audition, the first one was great and you were in there Ellen,” Melissa replied. “I don’t remember the bit I did, but I think it had to do with ‘ABC,’ the Jackson Five song.”

Melissa then sang a couple bars of the song in her Ellen impersonation and it sounded just like her!

“That’s all I remember and I’m sorry it’s so bad,” Melissa said as Ellen laughed.

Melissa‘s impressions earned her a callback with Lorne Michaels, but unfortunately she didn’t get past the second round of auditions.

“But then you didn’t get it,” Ellen said.

“I wasn’t ready, I was 21,” Melissa replied. “I wasn’t funny.”

“And now you appreciate it more probably,” Ellen added as Melissa nodded.

Check out which actor just made his second appearance on SNL this year in a surprise cameo!

'SNL' 2020 Democratic Debate - See All The Celebrity Cameos!

Saturday Night Live parodied the latest Democratic debate – and there were so many stars involved in the hilarious skit!

The sketch aired during Saturday’s episode (November 23) of SNL, which was hosted by Will Ferrell.

Maya Rudolph played Kamala Harris, Rachel Dratch played Amy Klobuchar and Fred Armisen played Michael Bloomberg, while Woody Harrelson and Larry David played Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, respectively.

Kate McKinnon played Elizabeth Warren, Colin Jost played Pete Buttigieg, Chris Redd was Cory Booker, Bowen Yang was Andrew Yang, Cecily Strong was Tulsi Gabbard and Melissa Villasenor was moderator Rachel Maddow. Will Ferrell played Tom Steyer.

READ MORE: Will Ferrell Gets Starstruck by Ryan Reynolds During ‘SNL’ Monologue – Watch Now!

Watch all of the stars poke fun at the 2020 Presidential hopefuls inside…


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Tina Fey & Alec Baldwin Join 'SNL' Stars at Museum of Natural History Gala

Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin walk the red carpet at the 2019 American Museum of Natural History Gala on Thursday (November 21) in New York City.

The frequent Saturday Night Live guest stars were joined by their respective spouses, Jeff Richmond and Hilaria Baldwin, as well as the current cast of the show.

SNL creator Lorne Michaels and cast members Beck Bennett, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Chris Redd, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villasenor, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, and Bowen Yang were all in attendance.

The Museum Gala is a black-tie benefit set among the Museum’s legendary halls and featuring star-studded company, delicious dinner, and highly-anticipated musical entertainment.

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Nominee Kate McKinnon Attends Emmys 2019 Alongside 'SNL' Stars

Kate McKinnon is all smiles at the 2019 Emmy Awards!

The 35-year-old Saturday Night Live star stepped out in a plunging, sleeveless black gown for the event held on Sunday (September 22) at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Kate is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work as various characters on NBC’s Saturday Night Live (Episode: “Host: Liev Schreiber“).

She was joined by her co-stars Alex Moffat, Mikey Day, Kyle Mooney, Kenan Thompson, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Melissa Villasenor, Ego Nwodim, and Chris Redd.

SNL is also nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.

The Emmys will air live TONIGHT at 8/7c on Fox. The show will not have a host, marking the fourth time in history that this has happened.

READ MORE: ‘SNL’ Cast Performs Live ‘Family Feud’ Sketch at NBC Upfronts!

FYI: Kate is wearing a Narciso Rodriguez dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Jacob & Co jewelry. Heidi is wearing a Gabriela Hearst dress and jewelry by Luisa Alexander and Liven Co.

10+ pictures inside of Kate McKinnon and more at the event… More Here! »

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'SNL' Cast Performs Live 'Family Feud' Sketch at NBC Upfronts!

The stars of Saturday Night Live appear live on stage for a special edition of Family Feud during the NBC Upfronts Presentation on Monday morning (May 13) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Kenan Thompson played Steve Harvey, who just had his talk show canceled by NBC and was replaced on Little Big Shots.

“It turns out I’ve got a medical condition that prevents me from saying no,” Kenan joked as Harvey. “I’ve got to wrap this up because I’ve got an Uber pool in 20 minutes.”

The segment featured the “News” stars – Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffatt as Morning Joe‘s Mika and Joe and Kyle Mooney as Meet The Press‘ Chuck Todd – and the “Entertainment” stars – Melissa Villasenor as Jennifer Lopez, Pete Davidson as Rami Malek, and Chris Redd as Sterling K. Brown.

Kenan was also at the Upfronts promoting his upcoming comedy series The Kenan Show, which received a series order, plus his talent competition Bring the Funny. He was joined by his Bring the Funny co-stars Chrissy Teigen and Amanda Seales.

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Emma Stone Raps About Her Hobbies with Melissa Villasenor for 'SNL' Sketch - Watch Now!

Emma Stone and Melissa Villasenor get us excited about hobbies during a sketch called “Hobby Song” for the latest episode of Saturday Night Live.

In the digital sketch, Melissa walks into Emma‘s dressing room to catch up. They hadn’t seen each other since the last time Emma hosted the show, which was during Melissa‘s first season.

“I’m so happy! I’ve grown so much since [my first season]. Especially in the self-love slash confidence department,” Melissa says. “You know, I just had to look at myself and say, ‘Hey. You’re cool Meliss, let yourself rejoice in who you are.’ And you know what, I found a lot of peace through my hobbies.”

Melissa then rapped about her hobbies and after she was done, Emma joined in!