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Darrell Hammond? Great impressionist. The cheerleaders...never thought they were even remotely funny. I *do* like the recurring sketch with the two lllluvahs (i.e. unctuous college professor and partner), though. Ferrell cracks me up in that one.

Joe, Tuesday, 12 March 2002 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
This thread again. Because I got a fever...and the only prescription is....MORE COWBELL!

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 22:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was always an SNL apologist but that all ends starting last Saturday night. OMG. What a freakshow. The (literally) funniest part of SNL now is just the fact the Chris Kattan is still there. He's like 40 and all he ever has is bit parts where he's Mango or that monkey, and none of the cast seems very friendly with him (like during the wave-goodbye as the sax plays part). And yet he's probably the most talented member left!

I hate Jimmy Fallon.

Aaron A,, Wednesday, 9 October 2002 23:29 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Chris Fucking Kattan.

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was glad to see chris parnell return. i like maya rudolph doing her fake japanese accents.

ron (ron), Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

chris p is the only good cast member left but i havent seen it in at least a year, fuck snl

simon trife (simon_tr), Thursday, 10 October 2002 04:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
I think I've started to fancy Tina Fey. Is that wrong?

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 11:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

S: Chris Parnell's raps, Dog Show, The Leatherman (until it all fell apart...well, I liked that too), The Falconer (I'm laughing just thinking about that one!), anything Chris Walken, The Tina Jimmy Weekend Update (haterz be damned!), the Chris Kattan/Cheri Oteri couples skit with Ben Affleck as the Armenian car salesman, the Will Ferrel/Rachel Dratch "Lovers" skits, anything Mya Rudolph ever does

D: Jaret's Room, Mango, Adam Sa...I mean, Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies

I think Jimmy Fallon is rather funny, but not nearly as funny (nor original) as he seems to think he is.

Actually, I think the plight of SNL is that they have some extremely talented cast members, but don't have the solid writing to back it up like in some days of yore. There are sporadic bits of amazingly funny stuff ("I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"), but it's just not SOLID.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Nickalicious is OTM. (You win a date with Mya!)

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If I'm remembering this right, each cast member is allowed to write at least one sketch per week, so of course when you have comics who aren't comedy writers you get a lot of awful sketches that drag on and on because Mr. Egomaniac Comedian doesn't know how to shape a scene.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

The old "repeat the same fucking joke but make it bigger each time until it's just kerrrrrazy" formula

Weekend Update is awful, sorry. There's no bite to the jokes. they seem happily surprised if a joke does well, and if it doesn't they lean reaaaal hard on the "it's not funny; isn't that funny!?" thing that is the death-knell of television comedy (cf Johnny Carson, Conan's monologue)

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That thing with Britney Spears and Will Ferrel last week was fucking genius. "ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE SICK!!!"

Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Revive, as I feel a bit left out.

Everyone keeps banging on about SNL and I've never seen it - indeed, living in the UK with no Sky means I probably never will. Is there like a SNL Best Of DVD around? Or should I not bother - is it over-hyped rubbish?

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 12:12 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You can buy best of dvds for a number of different castmembers throughout the years. Good ones would be Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell, and Tracy Morgan. Not sure if those last two actually exist.
Personally, though, I only think the show is fun to watch when it is live. Sounds silly, but it seems more exciting. Also Weekend Update is always my favorite part and I don't think they would be on the DVDs.

Magic City (ano ano), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 13:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i've gotten back into "live from new york" (god i love oral histories) and man is it a great read. i reccomend it to everyone. also, best bathroom book EVER.

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 14:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
That book seemed a bit too "authorized". Everyone seemed to be saying the same thing: "Lorne Michaels is a bit obtuse and aloof, but he sho' know what he's doing!"

I liked the bit about Larry David. The part with him and Dick Ebersol standing by the elevator sounded just like something out of "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

make talk about the old snl. converse about the dim bulb sketch.

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It dipped to pretty serious levels of suckitude this spring -- mostly so-so premises that proceeded to go someplace even worse than nowhere -- but then the season finale was actually reliably funny. Will Forte seems to be the most enjoyable one, now that Maya Rudolph's started to seem less like an exciting newbie and more like she's trying to carry whole awful concepts on the shoulders of her talent.

nabiscothingy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 02:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i love watching the oldass 70s reruns they'll show laate on saturdays

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 02:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i can't remember the last new episode i saw.

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

but if we're doing s/d i'll still rep for that one sketch a few years ago where ana gasteyer (right?) played celine "i am de greatest seenger een allll ze worrrld!" dion.

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm with the late Michael O'Donoghue: hasn't been edgy since 1976, consistently funny since '78-79, worth watching since Mike Myers left.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 13:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

oops... I meant NOT worth watching. And that one was mine.

The M'OD bio "Mr Mike" is worth a read. He bitched when the original cast started to do recurring characters, cuz he thought that was too much like Carol Burnett etc.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

slightly more subdued (kenan), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OK I caught it last week. Most of it was totally unfunny but the "Chaotic" parody was bizarre and basically gave me giggles for days. "Oh HELL no."

Allyzay is not appropriate for freedom (allyzay), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I just read the Mr. Mike bio last week. He made a good point about the show having more than enough "wacky wacky" when the producers resisted his attempts to give William S. Burroughs a brief segment on one of the early 80s episodes.

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Thursday, 26 May 2005 02:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sadly, i watch SNL alot. seth whatshisname seems like the obvious replacement for jimmy fallon - he smirks constantly, isn't very funny and is in far too many sketches.

the writers' terror of offending anyone makes most of the sketches heavily dependent on unfunny gimmicks and repetition, much like conan o'brien's show these days.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Thursday, 26 May 2005 03:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Charles Rocket is dead, at his own hand.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (eleven years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

(i ACTUALLY roffled the first time i saw this sketch)

-- joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 04:22 (2 years ago) Link

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

was actually bumping thread to say i have a crush of shame on kristin wiig

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

i dunno i used to get real madtv vibes & think she was really untalented but now i kinda think shes the funniest person on the show

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon thing sealed it for me

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

she def. cracks me up with the penelope skits.

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon was totally a rip-off of Tim and Eric style bad TV. Tonight wasn't so funny. Cold open was pretty weak and the game show too. Steve Martin and Tina were good in the intro. I also liked Tina's Hillary rant. What's the story on the new girl?

dan selzer, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

i watched snl tonight for the first time in a while!! it was not that good but when is it ever. tina fey was only really good in the monologue.

the there will be blood thing cracked me up tho.

and ya what IS up with that new chick?> is she secretly fergie

s1ocki, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

bret michaels sketch was awesome. the girls on snl roxxor.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

so's maya rudolph gone?

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

I couldn't remember seeing new girl in the earlier episodes this season and then noticed half way through the show that maya hadn't shown up at all.

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

new girl is not funny

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

two of these are new to me, i know dratch and wiig basically.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just because a viewpoint is the right one doesn't mean it might help you lose an election.

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Think I forgot one more negative in that sentence. I'll try again:

A morally-correct viewpoint can still be an election-loser.

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:41 (one month ago) Permalink

i fuckin lost it when they showed the picture of Trump & Obama shaking hands and Jost said "President-Elect Trump showed how brave he is by meeting with the founder of ISIS."

flappy bird, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 18:12 (one month ago) Permalink

I mainly thought the target was Tinder, as in smug sillicon valley types competing to see who can be the most woke. But then come on, explain the target, apologize if others got hurt. Even if it's true that being pro-transgender helped Trump win, what a smug way to tell a tragic joke.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 18:59 (one month ago) Permalink

The only people who should have to explain jokes are people in the Excelsior thread, to me.

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 19:07 (one month ago) Permalink

"Ok everyone, I just want to be clear about who that joke was aimed at so that you can laugh correctly. Always be punching up, people!"

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 28 November 2016 19:24 (one month ago) Permalink

I re-watched some of Saturday's repeat, the show that aired the week the Access Hollywood story broke. There was no point in the whole election where Clinton winning seemed like more of a sure thing. Watching Kate McKinnon dance around to Kool & the Gang felt so strange.

clemenza, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:07 (one month ago) Permalink

the episode from the week before, with wiig, is great; particularly the late-in-the-show sketch with the cat adoptions

akm, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:14 (one month ago) Permalink

The two Wiig cut for time skits are as good or better than most of what aired that night.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 01:01 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

“We’ve actually tried to make ‘S.N.L.’ a safe space across the political spectrum,” Lorne Michaels, its creator, told me in his office near the “S.N.L.” studio on the 17th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

fuck this show and fuck Lorne Michaels, this false equivalency horseshit got us where we are today.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:26 (one month ago) Permalink

...NBC and Trump have a 15 year business relationship, there's no 'false equivalency horseshit', he's actually their guy

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:29 (one month ago) Permalink

anyway john cena was funny

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:30 (one month ago) Permalink

agree !
he falls into the lineage of like peyton or eli manning being sortof stiff but also a capably funny performer and easy to write for imo

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought he was pretty good but not great, a bit stiff w/ the card reading but a natural performer. I figured wrestlers would have an advantage in SNL skits over most athletes.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:12 (one month ago) Permalink

SNL's false equivalency horseshit goes back to decades


Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:12 (one month ago) Permalink

what's an example?

flappy bird, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Bringing Palin on springs to mind

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Strategery vs. Lockbox

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:56 (one month ago) Permalink

the dumb reporters asking dumb Gulf War questions sketch

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 13:59 (one month ago) Permalink

mostly in equating slapdash improv crap with comedy

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Jim Downey has been injecting a strain of conservativism into the show for most of the time it's been on the air. Just saw that he's returned this season after a few years' absence.

The Pleasure Principal (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:14 (one month ago) Permalink

chance is the only good thing about this episode. the cavalcade of trump jokes are unilaterally dreary.

the klosterman weekend (s.clover), Sunday, 18 December 2016 06:00 (one month ago) Permalink

chance is definitely gonna host in 2017

J0rdan S., Sunday, 18 December 2016 06:32 (one month ago) Permalink

This cast is in desperate need of a leader or visionary or... something. I'm amazed how bad it is given the beyond-fertile environment

rip van wanko, Sunday, 18 December 2016 09:58 (one month ago) Permalink

i liked the gay robot sketch. does fred armisen just pop back in periodically?

flappy bird, Sunday, 18 December 2016 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

even saturday night news was dire

the klosterman weekend (s.clover), Sunday, 18 December 2016 23:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Some informed speculation on the missing footage here

Number None, Monday, 19 December 2016 00:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Oops, wrong thread

Number None, Monday, 19 December 2016 00:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I lol'd

DJI, Monday, 19 December 2016 06:26 (one month ago) Permalink

okay that was good. this Southie stereotype has been so overplayed.

rip van wanko, Monday, 19 December 2016 06:48 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

this past week's was pretty awful except for the open and the bachelor skit.

akm, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:47 (yesterday) Permalink

just godawful and finally the straw that broke the camels back for me and I'm not going to bother watching anymore.

always a bit awful when they have an actor hosting and they are shit in sketches too.

Islamic State of Mind (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:48 (yesterday) Permalink

the whole thing was awful, especially the cold open

flappy bird, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:51 (yesterday) Permalink

she was awful, her monologue was terrible. and I really like her (felicity jones). I thought this season was pretty good to great until this point so I'm not going to stop watching over this

akm, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:04 (yesterday) Permalink

I thought the movie skit was hilarious

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:09 (yesterday) Permalink

I also liked the theatre skit

The dirty joke skit at the end would have been better had I not already known those jokes

(The caption: “fine dining.”) (DJP), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:09 (yesterday) Permalink

oh right, the theater skit was funny. I seem to have missed the movie skit? what was that?

akm, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:16 (yesterday) Permalink

oh right the horny robot thing. no.

akm, Wednesday, 18 January 2017 19:16 (yesterday) Permalink

Someone on the writing staff really thinks robots and sex are hilarious together.

szyslakial moescreancy (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:02 (five hours ago) Permalink

the laughter in the trump sketch seemed muted, like the audience was distracted by the fact that this is really happening

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:32 (five hours ago) Permalink

that's not a criticism btw, this one thing is too terrifying to contemplate even in jest

Autumn Almanac, Thursday, 19 January 2017 01:33 (four hours ago) Permalink

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