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SXSW: Chance the Rapper and Kenan Thompson on working together at SNL

Adding to the list of Saturday Night Live cast members present at this year's South by Southwest, Kenan Thompson joined Chance the Rapper for a quick session on working together at SNL and life during a pandemic.

In a very quick and low-key conversation, Chance the Rapper, whose full name is Chancelor Bennett, spoke about his respect for Thompson. In their conversation, Bennett shared a story about the time he first met Thompson, and how it helped him grow.


Bennett, a longtime fan of SNL, tried to get into the studio when he was 19. As security was trying to escort him out, Thompson and SNL cast member Leslie Jones stopped them and brought Bennett to their office, where he said they "smoked him out."

"(You) told me that I could do whatever I want and if I wanted to write sketches for the show, the next time I come, bring some sketches, so I did," Bennett said.

Thompson has had a long-standing career on the live show—17 seasons worth—and said when Bennett brought his sketches back, he blew them away. Chance the Rapper has been responsible for a number of skits, including one where he played a reporter who was out of his depth.

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The pandemic actually served as a sort of blessing to Thompson, who said that it helped him slow down, stop straining himself and put family first.

"It's given me that time back with family because before it happened, I was probably overbooking myself just to have that work and that security blanket," Thompson said. "I probably would have missed a large chunk of this whole year out of my kid's life, so I'm looking at it, trying to take the blessing from it wherever you can find it."

Even having to do comedy from home, Thompson said SNL is evergreen because it is constantly evolving. Though he has a new show, "Kenan," coming out on NBC, SNL is in another category for him.

"I'm like never in a rush to leave it because I've never seen anything like it," Thompson said. "There's not a lot of live shows even left, so it never gets old because it's sketch comedy and it changes every single week."

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway