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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 (12 years ago) Permalink

6 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 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink

Search: "JACKO ON HIS BACKO."
Destroy: Chris Fucking Kattan.

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (12 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 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 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 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

11 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
revive.

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

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:54 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:55 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

slightly more subdued (kenan), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:06 (9 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. Hell...no."

Allyzay is not appropriate for freedom (allyzay), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:11 (9 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 (9 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 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

2 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon thing sealed it for me

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

she def. cracks me up with the penelope skits.

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:11 (6 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 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

so's maya rudolph gone?

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:12 (6 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 (6 years ago) Permalink

new girl is not funny

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

i seem to remember that the ex-porn stars sketch used to not be about sex but just dim people mispronouncing things terribly and generally failing at class aspirations. now it seems to increasingly about dirty puns.

celfie tucker 48 (s.clover), Monday, 8 December 2014 03:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Well there was always that weird sexual element ("One time my eye got sucked out by a butt!") but it's definitely getting a little cruder with every iteration. I had actually heard that the sketch was officially retired.

BTW I didn't see Spring Breakers, but I'm wondering - was Franco's character pretty much his imitation of RiFF RaFF? Because that was fucking terrible. Like he had never seen or heard the dude. Even coming before Kenan's low-effort Rick Ross.

Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 8 December 2014 04:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

someone told me that kenan has now done more impersonations than darrell hammond? anyone else hear this? is it upthread and i'm a dummy?

apparently he's done 108 celebrity impressions now

(HOT CHICK FROM BAR 2008) (Will M.), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

just curious if SNL has touched Ferguson or Staten Island in the last few weeks, or if it's all still impressions of celebrities unknown to me

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

yes a large part of weekend update

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:56 (1 month ago) Permalink

That would've been the funniest sketch of the night by far.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 8 December 2014 16:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

someone told me that kenan has now done more impersonations than darrell hammond? anyone else hear this? is it upthread and i'm a dummy?

apparently he's done 108 celebrity impressions now

not all that surprising as hammond was never the only white person on the show iirc

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Monday, 8 December 2014 16:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

I didn't see Spring Breakers, but I'm wondering - was Franco's character pretty much his imitation of RiFF RaFF? Because that was fucking terrible.

he is great in Spring Breakers, which is def worth watching if you dig Harmony Korine. idk what was going on w Franco's shitty Riff Raff impression on SNL

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

just curious if SNL has touched Ferguson or Staten Island in the last few week

they opened with it this week

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

I didn't see it, but read someone tweet they thought the opening was tone-deaf because that person thought the skit only made fun of Al Sharpton

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

I didn't think it was a particularly good sketch - the big jokes seemed to be mispronunciations

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

That's the key feature of Kenan's Sharpton impersonation.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

it wasn't the only target, but the laugh lines about the incredulity of the Eric Garner case fell really, really flat, so it turned into the audience only laughing at the mispronunciations.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 8 December 2014 17:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

says she's 47 in that - will officially be the oldest new cast member in the show's history if she gets bumped up (mckean was 46)

da croupier, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

she is very funny. actually like the new episodes i've seen this season. they have more of an edge than in recent years.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

they're bringing in more stand-ups and word is that they're increasingly hiring people who auditioned as performers to be writers, rather than people who submitted writing packets (i.e. leslie jones). i think it leads to a show more wildly hit-and-miss than when it's all ucb/second city/io ensemble types, but they probably needed to shake up the cruise control mode they've been in for a while.

da croupier, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

they probably needed to shake up the cruise control mode they've been in for a while.

Letting the improv-trained cast actually improvise would be one way to do that.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

I'm glad Mike O Brien is still around and getting to make these movies. I liked Growaguy.

dan selzer, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

grow-a-guy was great. the aggressive bullying by that one guy was almost uncomfortable to watch, which can be a very good element on a show like snl.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 11 December 2014 01:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

the sketch embedded above is hilarious by modern SNL standards

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 11 December 2014 02:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

I just ran across this guy's website:

http://www.dwdiamond.com/L2L.html

he was on SNL once years ago and has sent Lorne Michaels like, 3000 letters since that he archives on his site.

akm, Thursday, 11 December 2014 03:09 (1 month ago) Permalink

ok kyle mooney as adnan/kris kringle is great

magi mane - the myrrhprint (Will M.), Monday, 22 December 2014 14:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

lots of great impressions in that one tbh

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 22 December 2014 16:54 (1 month ago) Permalink

the three singers chewing on garbage sketch was incredible

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 3 January 2015 15:55 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I thought so too, but 1D fans were furious because airing that apparently meant dropping another sketch in which they were featured.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 3 January 2015 16:06 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

well that ruins everything

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Sunday, 4 January 2015 03:24 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i could have sworn there were two sketches that had all five singers chewing on garbage

(do you see)

celfie tucker 48 (s.clover), Sunday, 4 January 2015 15:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

lol Sia is weird and terrible

I mean her stage shows specifically, which I guess are designed to distract you from the fact that she doesn't want to be on stage

pelvic slang (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 January 2015 08:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

Spoiler: there's a mime doing sign language.

pelvic slang (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 18 January 2015 08:51 (1 week ago) Permalink

I watched that. Sia with the visor or something hanging down so you couldn't see her face. I don't get her appeal, but she seems like the type of singer that Lady Gaga fans would like.

I liked the Bushwick Brooklyn sketch with Kevin Hart, Jay Pharoah and Keenan. Kate Mckinnon doing Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein ad also was kinda funny

curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

Sure was a lot of death by gunfire in this episode.

Was hoping that the monitor would have never started working again in the Instagram show sketch. That would have been a delicious disaster considering that the whole premise rode on being able to see the photos.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 18 January 2015 23:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yea, that mayo portion of the ending for the Bushwick Brooklyn sketch was a little unsettling.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 19:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

JK Simmons and D'Angelo on 1/31

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 20:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

Wow! That should be amazing. Or amazing for SNL, anyway.

Ronald Raisins (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 20:43 (1 week ago) Permalink

Spoiler: there's a mime doing sign language.

― pelvic slang (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ)

I cannot imagine a universe where what that mime is doing is language

Francis Björk Morgan (Will M.), Wednesday, 21 January 2015 01:59 (6 days ago) Permalink

i didn't think it was so awkward, i like mooney's shtick

Mordy, Wednesday, 21 January 2015 02:00 (6 days ago) Permalink

Was cracking up this week at how serious Kate & Aidy were on the "The Wishing Boot" song this week.

Michael Che seems to be settling into update pretty well. The Riblet bit with Bobby this week was great.

Michael F Gill, Tuesday, 27 January 2015 05:34 (15 hours ago) Permalink

I've had that goddamn song stuck in my head for a couple of days now.

Dokken played here for a Ribfest and people were total assholes (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 27 January 2015 18:10 (2 hours ago) Permalink


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