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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

remember there was that thread "who would be the democrat trump" or whatev and everyone said baldwin

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 8 October 2016 15:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

whys lin manuel look like jim from the office now

johnny crunch, Monday, 10 October 2016 15:18 (one week ago) Permalink

i think it was a least partly bc he's been cast in the Mary Poppins sequel as Bert

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 10 October 2016 15:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Something so calming about this gif.

Frederik B, Monday, 10 October 2016 16:09 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't give a shit about Hamilton but he was good. Really weird how different he looks without that stache though.

Am I hallucinating or did 21 Pilots do a lame, 1970s sounding white reggae song?

"raw buttin' these toilet seats" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 10 October 2016 19:55 (one week ago) Permalink

i skipped past them bcz i am old & they looked annoying

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 01:07 (one week ago) Permalink

Good advice, I watched it as it was broadcast and didn't walk away and get a drink like I should've.

"raw buttin' these toilet seats" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 07:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Their songs are usually poetry-based (written by Joseph and Dun);[61] Joseph has stated that when poetry is too long, he needs to start rapping to fit the lyrics in.

millennials really don't understand what editing is

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:42 (one week ago) Permalink

having never seen nor heard hamilton the fact that the songs were rewrites from that didn't resonate with me but it was still really good.

akm, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:49 (one week ago) Permalink

His 'never gon be president now' is from when Hamilton's scandalous Reynolds pamphlet was published, detailing his extramarital affair. It was a pretty perfect moment.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:56 (one week ago) Permalink

can't believe i never got to see this with daveed

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 18:22 (one week ago) Permalink

thought this was a really woeful episode. and for a broadway star miranda was surprisingly poor in the sketches - usually find that people with that musical theatre background are well suited for cameo appearances in comedy but I found him surprisingly poor. less said about the broadway rapping elements the better as far as I'm concerned.

but the main problem with this episode: the writing was garbage. even the trump/clinton wasn't all that great and with that cast and the week's events that should really be a slam dunk.

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:13 (one week ago) Permalink

the writing on this show has been garbage since the new cast came in. which is too bad, cuz I like the new cast a lot! but it seems like they never have anything to work with

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:16 (one week ago) Permalink

yeah i like a lot of the cast and sometimes they make it worth watching, unfortunately the sketch's are often so poor there's no saving them.

ælərdaɪs (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:17 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't think Lin-Manuel considers himself a particularly good rapper, when he free style battled on Fallon against Black Thought his response was 'why am I here?' He is a pretty good writer, though, and his monologue had some great lines. On the election

The way these grand-standing candidates be talkin’
They’re just a tweet away from facing off in Weehawken
They keep brawlin’, D and RNC keep fallin’
I like it better when it’s Kate McKinnon v. Baldwin

That's good writing to me? It seemed to me the show didn't know where to go with him, though.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:22 (one week ago) Permalink

The one where the guy phoned his mom was pretty sweet.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 19:22 (one week ago) Permalink


Lawsonomy Domine (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 16 October 2016 08:34 (six days ago) Permalink

this was a good episode most of the way through

akm, Monday, 17 October 2016 13:17 (five days ago) Permalink

Better than the Lin-Manuel episode;

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 October 2016 16:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Some good stuff near the beginning but really petered out by the end.

dan selzer, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:00 (five days ago) Permalink

The lampooning of the second debate had a really calming effect on me. It was so awful and cruel, to see it lampooned seemed relaxing.

Frederik B, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:07 (five days ago) Permalink

thought this was a pretty awful episode again but much better than the miranda episode. nadir for me was the robot sketch, which was just excruciating. chonk definitely the highlight of the show, and weekend update wasn't too bad - not a huge fan of jost and che in general.

why do i keep watching this show? haha.

*-* (jim in vancouver), Monday, 17 October 2016 17:35 (five days ago) Permalink

i liked the robot sketch. I liked the hamster sketch at the end too.

akm, Monday, 17 October 2016 17:56 (five days ago) Permalink

I hated the robot and hamster sketches!

Chonk was amazing agreed.

dan selzer, Monday, 17 October 2016 19:50 (five days ago) Permalink

whats this i hear about an angry whopper is a good line

johnny crunch, Monday, 17 October 2016 23:28 (five days ago) Permalink

I didn't laugh out loud much but I really did love that bizarre clusterfuck of a sketch, had it aired later it'd be an all-time 5-to-1 classic

a simba man (Will M.), Monday, 17 October 2016 23:31 (five days ago) Permalink

Just watched Chonk, and it's funny, but if that was the highlight...

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:19 (four days ago) Permalink

It was. But agree with Will that the limo sketch should've been later, it would've capitalized on that weirdo energy they get around that time. Sometimes.

Lawsonomy Domine (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:29 (four days ago) Permalink

writers room really seemed to think ken bone was the big story of the week

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:34 (four days ago) Permalink

The limo sketch would've been better if Kevin Roberts showed up

I know hoes that know Ali Farka Toure (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:38 (four days ago) Permalink


Lawsonomy Domine (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:51 (four days ago) Permalink

thehamster sketch reminded me of early SNL; where it wasn't 'funny' so much as, well, here's a concept: what if who's afraid of virgina woolfe was played by hamsters? Ok, let's build a whole bunch of props and a set to support this dumb idea.

akm, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 02:23 (four days ago) Permalink

hamster sketch was really well done i thought. only highlight of the show for me. acting really sold it.

rip my mensches (s.clover), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 06:06 (four days ago) Permalink

The sink was pretty good as well. And the short film - not so much the sketch, though Vanessa Bayer was good, but the short film itself. This season has been pretty weird at times. Shame about the live sketches, they're mostly rubbish, but a lot of good stuff around the margins.

Frederik B, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 12:07 (four days ago) Permalink

Vanessa Bayer on Weekend Update was great

¶ (DJP), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:04 (four days ago) Permalink

I love that bit but like so many it's getting a bit tired.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:06 (four days ago) Permalink

I have megacrush on Vanessa Bayer

rip van wanko, Tuesday, 18 October 2016 15:09 (four days ago) Permalink

Back of the line, pal

But really that character she did on WU is so perfect.

Lawsonomy Domine (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 23:41 (four days ago) Permalink

If you havent seen it before, it's been a lot better in the past. Check it out.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 02:54 (three days ago) Permalink

i hadn't seen that character. it was funny. she is crushworthy, though I like cecily strong more in that department. and I'd be happy if Nasim Pedrad came back.

akm, Wednesday, 19 October 2016 04:13 (three days ago) Permalink

I think the child-actor character started like her first season on the show. Totally worth searching that sketch out.

Lawsonomy Domine (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:54 (three days ago) Permalink

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