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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 think watching SNL during that era made me want to move to NYC.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

Quiz: Without Googling, how many of the four featured-player white guys from the last two seasons who didn't get invited back can you name?

ILOVEMASONNA (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

john milhiser
the guy who played a hillbilly next to ed norton, did his stand-up on update and basically nothing else
mike(?) o'brien
the big-faced dude who swapped writer-actor spots with o'brien

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

Milheiser, the schlumpy dude, the guy who looked like an Addams Family cartoon come to life, and the other one

πŸ’ͺ😈⚠️ (DJP), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

i believe big-face and o'brien are both back in the writing trenches now, that's gotta be weird

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

O'Brien is the Addams Family dude

πŸ’ͺ😈⚠️ (DJP), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:19 (1 week ago) Permalink

really hoping michael che will get more and more confident as the season goes on, finally forcing lorne to have jost join this list

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

Bill Murray did a monologue when Michael O'Donoghue died, then they showed 12-yo Jodie Foster sitting on MO'D's lap.

i have no idea who Nick Offerman is.

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

i knew the fix was in for handsome stand-up dude when they started having kyle mooney play boyfriends in ensemble scenes instead, beck bennett already having taken the "dad" slot

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

Nick Offerman is Megan Mullaly's husband

πŸ’ͺ😈⚠️ (DJP), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

He played the construction worker in City Of Angels

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

did anyone notice that in the hollywood game night sketch the crowd screamed suspiciously loud when they introduced "nick offerman"

― snrub goin up on a tuesday (J0rdan S.), Monday, October 13, 2014 4:32 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Uh, he's pretty much TV's most baconed actor right now

― ILOVEMASONNA (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, October 14, 2014 7:23 AM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

In October 2013, Offerman released a book titled Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, in which he shares his humorous ruminations on life, manliness, meat, and growing the perfect mustache.

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

Bacon-bound limited edition first printing, IIRC.

Certified Genious (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:29 (1 week ago) Permalink

not going to give his name in case people still want to play the game, but featured player i uncharitably described as "big-face" was apparently the first featured player to then be made a staff writer since Brian Doyle-Murray. I could see him playing a lot of referees too.

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

Big Face has done a few on-camera bits on Late Night with Seth, so he may have made the move over there when Seth exited SNL.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

he might be hopping all over 30 rock, but he's still in the mix at SNL. Apparently co-wrote that ad for Whites this season with O'Brien.

da croupier, Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:54 (1 week ago) Permalink

mike o'brien's seven minutes in heaven web series was gr8 so i was bummed when they cut him from the cast

i didn't actually see him in any sketches tho looool

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

16 year old me didn't get all the jokes in Mike Myers' "Middle Aged Man" character, but 40 year old me was rolling the other night.

― Johnny Fever, Monday, October 13, 2014 4:46 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Until now I had TOTALLY FORGOTTEN that this character even existed!

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Mike O'Brien still a writer? He was in a fake ad recently despite not being in the cast.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 02:20 (1 week ago) Permalink

Big Face = Tim Robinson?

jaymc, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 04:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah, if ruining a good gag is fun for you.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 15 October 2014 04:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

I hear Lorne was thinking of optioning this thread due to that Big Face gag

you walk on the street, grab the rock (President Keyes), Wednesday, 15 October 2014 12:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

Finally!

ILOVEMASONNA (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 03:03 (3 days ago) Permalink

http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/tina-fey-remembers-jan-hooks

β€œIt made me sad when she passed, and it made me mad at the time how available she was,” Fey said. β€œJan should have had a bigger career. Jan deserved a big movie career. Certainly as big as Rob Schneider's fucking career. She was a bigger star on S.N.L."

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:18 (2 days ago) Permalink

ha, that is very true. does the snl cast beef with schneider?

I can't make my waterface turn into a *fart* (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

I mean, does he have a chevy chase like rep?

I can't make my waterface turn into a *fart* (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

I think any sensible person has been with Rob Schneider now, whether it be for his movies or for his recent descent into right wing crackpot buffoonery.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:45 (2 days ago) Permalink

been=beef

NO sensible person has been with Rob Schneider.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

I think they're just embarrassed by association with such a monstrous hack

Clay, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

haha, good points

I can't make my waterface turn into a *fart* (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:50 (2 days ago) Permalink

I guess I didn't realize they would all be so transparent about it. But I'm glad that they are!

I can't make my waterface turn into a *fart* (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:51 (2 days ago) Permalink

Have there been other instances of cast members publicly calling out other cast members as hacks? I feel like there are/should be, and I'm totally drawing a blank.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

SNL's never been a hotbed of anti-establishment left wing thinking, but I'd imagine people like Schneider and Victoria Jackson (and probably Dennis Miller) are on the outs with a lot of the rest of their former castmates.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

Have there been other instances of cast members publicly calling out other cast members as hacks? I feel like there are/should be, and I'm totally drawing a blank.

I just got a copy of Live From New York, that oral history of SNL by Tom Shales, in the mail a couple days ago. I'd suspect there might be some instances in there, but it's a giant book and I haven't even really started it yet.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:58 (2 days ago) Permalink

Oh, there sure are. That book is one of my all-time favorites, so congratulations.

Pleased To Meat Chew! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:00 (2 days ago) Permalink

http://splitsider.com/2014/01/updated-edition-of-live-from-new-york-book-will-be-available-this-september/

An updated version just came out, apparently? Oh well, I only dropped $2 on a used copy, so maybe I'll replace it sooner or later.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

Holy cow that's awesome. I'll definitely shell out for another copy.

Pleased To Meat Chew! (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:03 (2 days ago) Permalink

Curious how much the new version covers Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson (and Jenny Slate?).

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

yo, the Sensitive Naked Man was great, every time

ILOVEMASONNA (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 23 October 2014 04:31 (Yesterday) Permalink


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