Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Hollywood Reporter

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Recent articles by Kayla:

Dave Chappelle Hosts 'SNL' Post-Election Episode

One sketch compared Trump leaving the White House to the infamous O.J. Simpson car chase. → Read More

'Saturday Night Live': Dave Chapelle Calls Trump Racist in Monologue

The comedian hosted for the second time. → Read More

'Saturday Night Live': Election Results Episode Tackles Trump Loss in Cold Open

Maya Rudolph, Alec Baldwin and Jim Carrey starred in the cold open. → Read More

We Are Who We Are dances through a finale that works best in a vacuum

The season finale of Luca Guadagnino's We Are Who We Are reminds us of its strengths and weaknesses. → Read More

'SNL': John Mulaney Hosts for Fourth Time in Episode Full of Halloween and Election Sketches

"On Nov. 3 there is an elderly man contest," Mulaney said. "But just rest assured, no matter what happens, nothing much will change in the United States ... Jane Lynch will continue to book lots of projects, and when she does she’ll deliver, she’s so good at being on TV." → Read More

'SNL': Weekend Update Tears Apart Trump Ahead of Election

Colin Jost shared the statistics about Trump rallies leading to increases in COVID-19 spread, joking that it seems like the president is trying to kill his own supporters. → Read More

'SNL': Cold Open Turns Election Anxiety Into a Scary Story in Halloween Episode

Jim Carrey played Joe Biden once again, with Maya Rudolph appearing as Sen. Kamala Harris. → Read More

A standout episode of We Are Who We Are highlights the power of its cast

In its penultimate episode, Luca Guadagnino's We Are Who Are relies on its powerful cast. → Read More

'SNL': Host Adele Finds a Reason to Sing in 'Bachelor' Sketch

Despite joking during her opening monologue she'd focus on acting, the first-time host still found moments to break into song. → Read More

'SNL' Cold Open: Maya Rudolph Moderates Final Debate With Mute Button

Maya Rudolph returned to 'SNL' to play NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker. → Read More

We Are Who We Are captures the disorienting power of a crush

Luca Guadagnino's We Are Who We Are tackles teenage crushes—which always seem to have the highest and lowest stakes—in "Right Here, Right Now #6." → Read More

'SNL': Issa Rae Hosts Trump Town Hall-Themed Episode

COVID-19 was also one of the topics tackled by Weekend Update, which along with the cold open got some jabs in at NBC. → Read More

'SNL': Weekend Update Tackles Trump Town Hall, COVID-19 and QAnon

One joke referenced Bill Cosby, Matt Lauer and Trump. → Read More

'SNL' Cold Open Takes Jab at NBC Over Trump Town Hall

Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin criticized NBC News earlier this week. → Read More

The Haunting Of Bly Manor recap: Episode 8, "The Romance Of Certain Old Clothes"

The Haunting Of Bly Manor's “The Romance Of Certain Old Clothes” is boring at best, a bizarre, huge misstep that sucks energy out of the show just ahead of its ending. → Read More

Peter Quint is The Haunting Of Bly Manor’s scariest monster

In giving Peter Quint a deeper backstory than Rebecca, The Haunting Of Bly Manor does better by its monsters than its heroes. → Read More

Memories are a trap in another disorienting Haunting Of Bly Manor

The Haunting Of Bly Manor introduces a frightening new character in its sixth episode, but still struggles with its gothic romance. → Read More

The Haunting Of Bly Manor devastates and disturbs in its dizzying time-jump episode

“The Altar Of The Dead” is a remarkable chapter of The Haunting Of Bly Manor. The episode boasts a terrifying premise and a standout performance by T'Nia Miller as Hannah. → Read More

We Are Who We Are recap: Season 1, Episode 5, "Right Here, Right Now #5"

As a teen-centered drama, We Are Who We Are is naturally packed with secrets. In the fifth episode, we see more of what Fraser and Caitlin have been holding back. → Read More

The Haunting Of Bly Manor misses the mark with Dani’s backstory

"The Way It Came" is another flashback-heavy episode, but instead of revisiting a certain doomed courtship, we’re plunged into Dani’s past—with mixed results. → Read More