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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 (thirteen 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 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

is tracy morgan gone?

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

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

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

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (ten 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

but this one's Broadway hiphop!

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 19:30 (two days ago) Permalink

if you think the modern american musical makes you wanna end it all, wait til you hear twenty one pilots

a simba man (Will M.), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 19:44 (two days ago) Permalink

Here's where I point out LMM used to rap in a cape on The (New) Electric Company

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:09 (two days ago) Permalink

terrible music I have no problem ignoring. but enthusiasm for Broadway garbage pops up in the strangest places, and I'm always a little taken aback when I come across people who profess to love it, like their aesthetic sensibilities were formed on some other planet where quality songwriting, acting, storytelling, staging, etc. were all subsumed under the spectacle of a bunch of people doing silly shit in fancy costumes on an expensive stage. I think I just have basic issues with what constitutes a "good" Broadway musical that do not line up at all with what they are these days. (For what its worth there *are* musicals I like, but I admit it's a narrow subset - a lot of times the basic artifice of the Broadway musical often prevents me from having any kind of emotional or intellectual engagement with the material, there's just some built-in ridiculousness to it that is hard for me to get past)

xp

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:10 (two days ago) Permalink

I stumbled across that New Electric Company clip while searching for things to entertain my kids and it cemented a pigheaded desire to never, ever, ever see Hamilton deep in the foundation of my being

¶ (DJP), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:13 (two days ago) Permalink

For the record, I've been holding off my take on Hamilton until I actually see it. But I really do wonder what LMM means to people who don't live in New York

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:22 (two days ago) Permalink

special snowflake story: i saw the lion king in the west end (tickets via a relative who was pumbaa's understudy) and i don't remember a single second of it; it's all gone, blocked, except for using the crowded bathroom at intermission and being very cold walking home. years later in new york i was passed by a bus wearing a banner ad for the broadway production, emblazoned w the single enormous word UNFORGETTABLE

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:25 (two days ago) Permalink

there were fart jokes

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:25 (two days ago) Permalink

The costumes, in the posters that are all over Penn Station and half of Manhattan, make The Lion King look almost watchable. They're very cool. But then I remember it's a musical, not just a dance thing, and my interest fades.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:31 (two days ago) Permalink

I was baffled to realize that it is basically the plot (and in many cases the exact dialogue) from the movie transferred to the stage, with extra nudge-nudge/wink-wink jokes (like the fart jokes) added. And this is a thing adults were enthusiastically praising to me.

a lot of the costumes did look cool. but was consistently distracted from them by every other awful thing that was happening.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:47 (two days ago) Permalink

The Fela musical was great, but it was essentially a (insanely skilled, and very faithful-to-the-arrangements) Fela tribute act with bits of his bio between songs. The only part that didn't work was, not coincidentally, the only song written specifically for the show.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 20:54 (two days ago) Permalink

daveed from hamilton is in clppng that guy is legit!

kurt schwitterz, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 21:02 (two days ago) Permalink

I liked the Lion King on Broadway, iirc

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 21:39 (two days ago) Permalink

Pippin was amazing. It's Pippin!

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 21:40 (two days ago) Permalink

terrible music I have no problem ignoring. but enthusiasm for Broadway garbage pops up in the strangest places, and I'm always a little taken aback when I come across people who profess to love it, like their aesthetic sensibilities were formed on some other planet where quality songwriting, acting, storytelling, staging, etc. were all subsumed under the spectacle of a bunch of people doing silly shit in fancy costumes on an expensive stage. I think I just have basic issues with what constitutes a "good" Broadway musical that do not line up at all with what they are these days. (For what its worth there *are* musicals I like, but I admit it's a narrow subset - a lot of times the basic artifice of the Broadway musical often prevents me from having any kind of emotional or intellectual engagement with the material, there's just some built-in ridiculousness to it that is hard for me to get past)

xp

― Οὖτις, Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:10 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Re-posting mostly because this pretty much encapsulates my own feelings about 99% of musical theater

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 21:51 (two days ago) Permalink

My friend made some of the costumes for Pippin on Broadway!

I generally like the idea of musicals way more than the reality.

Also: SNL.

But also:

I Still Don't Regret My Crazy Town Neck Tat, and Here's Why (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:27 (two days ago) Permalink

why

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:44 (two days ago) Permalink

why would anyone want to see a movie translated to the stage with shittier performances, shittier music, shittier everything + more fart jokes

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:45 (two days ago) Permalink

My friend just got done playing Fiona in local pro production of Shrek. She had to do that scene 70+ times over six weeks.

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 22:46 (two days ago) Permalink

That is literally the Terrance and Philip movie

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:34 (two days ago) Permalink

Worse it's the Broadway musical of the terrance and Phillip movie

poor fiddy-less albion (darraghmac), Wednesday, 28 September 2016 23:36 (two days ago) Permalink

it took stalinesque political skill to avoid being assigned any job on the musical of 9 to 5 my theater's doing this fall, but as documented in the mary poppins thread i did get happily caught up in that one last year. no idea what the 9 to 5 musical's like but suspect it won't produce quite as many delighted, weeping children.

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 29 September 2016 00:43 (yesterday) Permalink

I love the mentality of musicals, at leat the way Lin-Manuel presents it. Going out there eight times a week and working your butt off to entertain, because that's what you do. Going out before the show and doing something for the people waiting. Quite simply doing everything you can to please. That's an honorable mentality, and in theory it should lead to something pretty great. And for me, it has done so with Hamilton. But that's, like, the first time in fifty years it hasn't led to complete awfulness, I guess... That Shrek clip is one of the worst thing's I've ever seen.

That's not true, actually I've seen both Mary Poppins and Spamalot on Westend and liked it a lot.

Frederik B, Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:15 (yesterday) Permalink

well as
the ladder
o'life'as been strung
y'might think
that a sweep's
on the bottom-
-most rung
tho i spend
me time in
th'ashes and smoke

in the 'ole of the world there's no 'appier bloke

― playlists of pensive swift (difficult listening hour), Friday, September 25, 2015 8:33 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^ bolded to emphasize where the chills come, every time

shrek clip really is next level.

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:40 (yesterday) Permalink

(i still haven't listened to hamilton, prob will eventually, but i did reread vidal's burr this week in pointless private protest)

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:44 (yesterday) Permalink

just watched the shrek thing again, in perverse fascination. keep thinking about the person doing the sound cues. to be standing there sweating in fear you'll produce the wrong fart.

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:45 (yesterday) Permalink

a lot of the modern musicals (esp disney) are understandably trite + treacly but i don't understand ppl itt who have no time for any musicals ever. like rodgers & hammerstein, sondheim, or kander have some classics that i'd stack against any other musical form. i feel like the issue is that broadway has become somewhat synonymous w/ these big andrew lloyd webber type productions which i completely understand if ppl don't like them (tho even like jesus christ superstar + joseph are imo pretty classic) - but it doesn't really make sense to me to write off everything!

Mordy, Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:06 (yesterday) Permalink

I had a post I didn't finish yesterday where I was going to specifically pinpoint my hatred of modern Broadway musicals to the ascension of Andrew Lloyd Weber actually. I like a bunch of the Rodgers and Hammerstein ones, which still retain an air of sophistication and feel like they are written for adults about adult things (even though they are still enjoyable for children), and I love Fosse. And Fiddler on the Roof and a bunch of others... but yeah the modern spectacle + fart jokes stuff is just waaaaaaaht why

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:50 (yesterday) Permalink

Fosse gets meta and subversive in a way that really appeal to me, I'll watch anything he was involved in. (Oddly Pippin is, I think, the only one I haven't seen)

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:51 (yesterday) Permalink

wait how the fuck has fred seen hamilton

k3vin k., Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:04 (yesterday) Permalink

i like cabaret

florence foster wallace (difficult listening hour), Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:26 (yesterday) Permalink

any time LMM's name comes up on ilx there is always a discussion of how terrible musicals are & how much ppl don't want to see hamilton... i say he is great and yr all grumps

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:47 (yesterday) Permalink

i'd love to see hamilton but i never get to see any of the hip shows. i still haven't seen book of mormon.

Mordy, Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:52 (yesterday) Permalink

I am p grumpy it's true

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:52 (yesterday) Permalink

very :)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:23 (yesterday) Permalink

I love the mentality of musicals, at leat the way Lin-Manuel presents it. Going out there eight times a week and working your butt off to entertain, because that's what you do. Going out before the show and doing something for the people waiting. Quite simply doing everything you can to please.

idk seems pretty conservative at its core

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:35 (yesterday) Permalink

I don't see how that's different from any other form of entertainment tbh, they all require tons and tons of work to do well

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:00 (yesterday) Permalink

musical theater people are just more self-righteous and hammy about it

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:00 (yesterday) Permalink

yo if you dont fuck with jesus christ super star (original with murray head and ian gillian) then i dont want any part of you

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:15 (yesterday) Permalink

jesus is not all right with me, what can I say

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:19 (yesterday) Permalink

why have you forsaken me

Mordy, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:20 (yesterday) Permalink


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