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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 (14 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Chris Fucking Kattan.

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (13 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (13 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

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

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (11 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 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (11 years ago) Permalink

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

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:54 (11 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 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:55 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

slightly more subdued (kenan), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:06 (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (11 years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (10 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon thing sealed it for me

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

she def. cracks me up with the penelope skits.

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:11 (8 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 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

so's maya rudolph gone?

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:12 (8 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 (8 years ago) Permalink

new girl is not funny

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

given their complicity in Trump's campaign I find any attempts to joke about/criticize him as pathetically weak

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:36 (4 months ago) Permalink

Frederik B, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:50 (4 months ago) Permalink

porn doctor is pretty funny, i thought, but that second one is sad/offensive

Treeship, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:51 (4 months ago) Permalink

that second one is sad/offensive

yeah it is

uncle tenderlegdrop (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 15 March 2016 20:55 (4 months ago) Permalink

this cast is just awful. i feel bad for keenan

flappy bird, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 21:15 (4 months ago) Permalink

I like this cast a lot! just seems like they haven't quite hit their stride with the material yet

hasn't that Aidy Bryant teenaqe-girl-hitting-on-her-friends'-dads appeared more than once?

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 15 March 2016 21:17 (4 months ago) Permalink

behind the 8 ball (via hulu) but anyway, ariana grande is fucking hilarious

Treeship, Friday, 25 March 2016 01:48 (3 months ago) Permalink

Rarely found Colin Jost funny on Weekend Update, yet I see he has sold out in advance 4 shows of stand-up at a 300 or seat theatre near me this weekend, at $25 a person.

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 March 2016 17:56 (3 months ago) Permalink

Colin has been much, much funnier on WU this season IMO

i like to trump and i am crazy (DJP), Friday, 25 March 2016 18:00 (3 months ago) Permalink

Yeah I've warmed up considerably, I think it's had more to do with adjusting to/getting past a certain superficial douchiness than it does him getting funnier. They're also proving to be a pretty good team I think.

Hadrian VIII, Friday, 25 March 2016 22:44 (3 months ago) Permalink

I kinda don't care about either of them in isolation but putting them together as a duo was a smart move

Οὖτις, Friday, 25 March 2016 23:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

Aidy Bryant as the girl who interrupt porn shoots should be a regular sketch imo.

this is the worst. like what even is the premise here? why is it funny? why would a little girl walk onto a porn set and think it's real? like if this was a premise during an improv act it would still be difficult to buy into. as a reoccurring sketch it's even flimsier.

kurt schwitterz, Saturday, 26 March 2016 20:11 (3 months ago) Permalink

Feel like you can apply that thinking to the past 40 years of snl tbh

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Monday, 28 March 2016 04:26 (3 months ago) Permalink

Maine Justice is really the sketch that made the least sentence but I liked that the actors seemed to realize how dumb it was and just decided to fuck around

Neanderthal, Monday, 28 March 2016 04:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

the best snl skits are the absurd ones that aren't really making fun of anything in particular. my favorite this year was kevin roberts, "can a bitch get a doughnut?"

Treeship, Monday, 28 March 2016 05:30 (3 months ago) Permalink

Maine Justice was one of my favorites ever, though it wasn't quite as good when they tried to repeat it (and I think it was just two and done with that one).

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 28 March 2016 12:43 (3 months ago) Permalink

If anyone's interested, Sasheer Zamata was on This American Life having a conversation with her mother this week. That might sound boring, but it totally wasn't.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 28 March 2016 12:44 (3 months ago) Permalink

Maine Justice is the one my brother and I quote the most mostly due to how ridiculous it was.

Neanderthal, Monday, 28 March 2016 13:15 (3 months ago) Permalink

That and the potato chip sketch.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 28 March 2016 13:51 (3 months ago) Permalink

If it were still April 1 I'd honestly think tonight's entire show was a prank.

fappy bird (rip van wanko), Sunday, 3 April 2016 04:27 (3 months ago) Permalink

Waste of Peter Dinklage IMO. He sold Space Pants, which was pretty lazy but at least entertaining. None of the other sketches had, like, endings.

At least I can report, with relief, that none of Gwen Stefani's new songs will be relentlessly stuck in my head this time around.

a spate of non-fatal hammer attacks (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 3 April 2016 07:51 (3 months ago) Permalink

When have snl sketches ever had endings

Οὖτις, Sunday, 3 April 2016 15:07 (3 months ago) Permalink


Neanderthal, Sunday, 3 April 2016 15:12 (3 months ago) Permalink

I think I always have the same conversation with my wife after the first episode after a break. She'll say "why isn't this episode better they had weeks to write it!" and I'll say "I think the point is they haven't been working for a few weeks."

Not a good episode but some ok moments. Glory Hole skit was unbelievably stupid but I laughed. Underwater honeymoon was probably my favorite, really sold by Taran's amazing oscar worthy performance as corpse floating underwater.

dan selzer, Sunday, 3 April 2016 15:31 (3 months ago) Permalink

just watched Space Pants. felt like two disparate sketches merged into one. Mafia dudes felt like they were in a holding pattern. as an actor I felt awkward watching it. just a mob boss sitting there asking the same questions w/ a gun pointed at two dudes w/ them giving filler answers.

Neanderthal, Sunday, 3 April 2016 20:24 (3 months ago) Permalink

Dan otm the floating corpse was amazing

fappy bird (rip van wanko), Sunday, 3 April 2016 20:45 (3 months ago) Permalink

never saw maine justice before but it's great, lol

k3vin k., Sunday, 3 April 2016 20:57 (3 months ago) Permalink

me and my bro used to do the Jason Sudeikis "Dey got some good schoos up there, das troo, das troo" thing for a solid month

Neanderthal, Sunday, 3 April 2016 21:05 (3 months ago) Permalink

When Sudeikis gets up on his desk and starts shaking his feet, the best!

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 3 April 2016 21:17 (3 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

schwantz, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 22:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure why I like this cast so much when the writing is generally so terrible. it's like they just don't know how to write sketches or characters.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:17 (2 months ago) Permalink

I like quite a few of the current cast but, yeah, I've been finding a lot of the sketches woeful for quite some time now, and often a whole episode won't contain a single good sketch, just funny moments within the sketches, generally based on the delivery of lines. real fallow period in that respect for sure.

the unbearable jimmy smits (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:26 (2 months ago) Permalink

so true! the cast seems so likeable and talented, with the right collective sensibility, but where's the beef?? are they lazy? on drugs? wtf

always be charging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:34 (2 months ago) Permalink

maybe having that total dud colin jost as head writer muddies the waters

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

lorne probably going senile too

always be charging (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 10 May 2016 23:36 (2 months ago) Permalink

the church lady opener was godawful, otherwise i laughed a bit @ this last 1 idk; that mom hair sketch was fine

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 00:09 (2 months ago) Permalink

This may have made the whole season worth it

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 22 May 2016 13:29 (2 months ago) Permalink


Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:21 (2 months ago) Permalink

Like the Drake as Hulk Hogan sketch last week, I just...don't know what to say or feel.

Crazy Eddie & Jesus the Kid (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 22 May 2016 16:22 (2 months ago) Permalink

Was that a ten to one bit?

I just saw Second City perform last week for the first time in, oh, 20 years? Let's say 20 years. Anyway, hit or miss as usual, but I know they've been making efforts to move improv away from the usual white male default, and this cast included two African-American women and a Korean-American man. The last got me thinking and doing some lazy research, and I was shocked to learn that not only has SNL never had an Asian-American cast member (actually, that's not that shocking) but has only twice had an Asian host, once with Jackie Chan and the other Lucy Liu (who I think cohosted). There have been over 800 episodes!

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 22 May 2016 20:11 (2 months ago) Permalink

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