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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

Search: "JACKO ON HIS BACKO."
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...
revive.

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. 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

lost me when he legitimized Adam Sandler

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I thought PTA did that.

Chris L, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sandler for President, 2020. Or 2018. Or 2012. Or 2016. It doesn't really matter anymore.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 15:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

a lot of the 70's stuff hasn't aged well. i can imagine someone who first sees it now really wondering what the fuss was all about. but back then it was just the novelty of the NatLamp drug comedy thing coming to t.v.

and the live novelty. it felt exciting even when it wasn't great. or it did to me anyway when i was a kid. just staying up that late to watch something on t.v. felt exciting.

it has always been really uneven.

there was always a part of me later on that thought: shouldn't they be better at doing this by now? the flow can be so choppy and erratic. and you would think all the video shorts and produced stuff would buy them all kinds of time to figure out a rhythm.

scott seward, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the show seems to be uneven by design-- perhaps with the idea that a show thrown together in 4 or 5 days will be more exciting, and that the flaws are even a bit endearing

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

probably less "design" and more like "unavoidable artifact of the process"; I'm pretty sure everyone involved would want the show to be seamless top to bottom but that is very, very hard to make work on that production schedule.

¶ (DJP), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Plenty of people involved in the show have complained that the unexamined tradition of exhaustedly blazing through several days of all-nighters doesn't do much for the quality of the show.

i need microsoft installed on my desktop, can you help (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

They could change up the production schedule--have the writers work on non-current events related sketches during breaks, etc.--but yeah, I think Lorne keeps it the way it is because that's what he thinks works.

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i always felt that, like their offseason is long and most of the material isn't topical - even the weekend update character bits tend not to be timely.

harold melvin and the bluetones (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i usually ended up liking it for the people who made me laugh no matter what they did. which isn't an endless list.

top seven people who kinda always made me laugh no matter what awful stuff they were forced to do:

will ferrell
darrell hammond
phil hartman
jan hooks
jon lovitz
amy poehler
molly shannon

scott seward, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

that's off of the top of my head. i don't know why i thought of darrell hammond. but he did make me laugh a lot. martin short doesn't really count. he's comedy all time.

scott seward, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

They do so many game show sketches because the sets are easy to build in a week.

Chris L, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

my friend ted's dad is the set designer. been there since the beginning.

scott seward, Wednesday, 16 November 2016 18:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Presidential Medal Of Freedom for Lorne.

"Hallelujah" right on time!

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Do people like Michael Che? He's getting TV commercials and his own Netflix special and a lot of press, like he's a breakout star or something

Evan R, Friday, 18 November 2016 20:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He's a traditional stand-up.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Friday, 18 November 2016 20:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like michael che

jingo unchained (Will M.), Friday, 18 November 2016 20:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so bummed we lost Jay Pharaoh as Ben Carson

flappy bird, Friday, 18 November 2016 22:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^^ ditto

Big beautiful boobs and buildings.

rudy githyanki (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 20 November 2016 09:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i like cecily strong. don't think she gets a lot of attention even though she is a staple of most sketches.

Treeship, Sunday, 20 November 2016 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I watched the clip of the Anderson Cooper sketch--there is some kind of lack of giving a shit about making comedy in the writing that must come from needed people to feel like they should chuckle every ten seconds or so. Like, if the joke of the scene is that these media pundits are all robots following a programmed loop then why are they making cracks about how crappy the set is? Or saying "I'm the good one"?

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Monday, 21 November 2016 19:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I thought this week's episode was the best this year. It helps to have a pro like Kristen Wiig, of course, so that they don't have to shoehorn in some unfunny celebrity into every sketch.

schwantz, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Far from my favorite character, but can't believe they did a Target sketch and DIDN'T include Wiig's Target lady.

dan selzer, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol this bit rules

flappy bird, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And the Wiig character they did do was one of my least favorite of hers (the surprise party thing).

OTOH, I think that the Chappelle episode was much better than this one (and the Cumberbatch one, which was even worse than the Wiig).

nickn, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 05:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That Goddesses sketch should definitely have been on instead of that recycled Wiig character sketch. At least they didn't bring back Gilly or the Target Lady.

rudy githyanki (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 22 November 2016 10:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is the Jost Tinder joke like the "sleep, that's where I'm a viking" gag in that some people read it one way and other people read it another way; and if you read it the first way (emphasis on "37") it's not TOO bad, but if you read it another way (emphasis on "gender identity") it's pretty much a literal hate crime on live television, and he's so fucking stupid that he never bothers clarifiying and just links to thinkpieces

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(just to clarify, the "37" reading is still bad)

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

gender binaries are dumb but come on, 37? that's absurd.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

if u are looking for gender bending solidarity maybe look elsewhere than a 40-year-old establishment comedy show news segment hosted by smug white guy

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 23 November 2016 17:26 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 week 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 week 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 week 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 week ago) Permalink


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