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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 (13 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 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon thing sealed it for me

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

she def. cracks me up with the penelope skits.

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:11 (7 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

so's maya rudolph gone?

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:12 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

new girl is not funny

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

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

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

Spade, Rock, Schneider etc. - Sandler keeps these guys working

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 February 2015 21:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

(well ok maybe not Rock)

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 February 2015 21:25 (1 month ago) Permalink

see why would we beat up on Norm when Schneider exists

you can buy your hair if it won't grow (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

I wish we'd seen more of that copy guy character

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

It's never too late for a movie.

Oh, Delicious! (Old Lunch), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

I went to look up Rob Schneider's filmography and was slightly floored by the fact that dude is 51.

"Go pet your dog" is the name of my dog (DJP), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

anyway his last starring role was as recent as 5 years ago, which I find amazing

maybe there's hope for The Hot Chick 2

"Go pet your dog" is the name of my dog (DJP), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

He had a TV show called "Rob" as recently as 2012

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Copy guy character easily the height of his career.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

SNL for so long has just underscored the futility of the whole process. Go figure, it turns out the more time you put into refining and improving something the better it gets. The whole artificial deadline of OMG we only have a week ... there's a reason the fully scripted/realized commercials and filmed bits were and always have been highlights. How's the saying go? Composition is just very slow improvisation?

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 February 2015 21:38 (1 month ago) Permalink

one illuminating thing from the special was how many fantastic skits/characters were taken entirely from the performers' auditions and built directly into a sketch

f you see your mom this weekend, will you be sure and tell her... SEITAN (DJP), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

pretty much all of rob schenider's higher-profile roles from the past decade are in movies produced by adam sandler

otherwise it's mostly voice work for mexican cartoons

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

they should tell a Weekend Update joke about Schneider's career and then see if shows up at the next anniversary show

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

left an IMPORTANT hs football game with a friend to see The Animal at an actual theater. it was my first hate watch.

you can buy your hair if it won't grow (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

sandler always looks to me like a guy weary of friends asking him for favors

I dunno. (amateurist), Friday, 20 February 2015 21:56 (1 month ago) Permalink

Gary Kroeger's POVL
http://garyhasissues.com/2015/02/backstage-at-snls-40th/

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:17 (1 month ago) Permalink

I loved reading that

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

thank u, Eazy

Whiney G. Weingarten, Saturday, 21 February 2015 16:28 (1 month ago) Permalink

ditto

Tove Lo Tove You Baby (jaymc), Saturday, 21 February 2015 20:13 (1 month ago) Permalink

Norm's 'Me Doing Standup' is my favorite comedy album. I don't remember his WU very well. I'm looking forward to any Norm bits in the Miller and Shales book.

― you can buy your hair if it won't grow (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 20 February 2015 17:19 (2 days ago) Permalink

Me Doing STandup is my favorite comedy special since Killin' Them Softly

Hungry4Ass, Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 great article, heartwarming.

2 The Harry Shearer interview was terrific. I had been wondering about whether there would be more Christopher Guest movies and he explains why they are so hard to do and why there probably would not be more. Which I had figured on, but it's depressing anyway.

3 This led me to the Andrea Martin interview. Which is sweet and uplifting in so many ways yet - to think that Andrea Martin could feel bad for a minute about not being on SNL - when she was essential to the exponentially more valuable SCTV --- makes me go all Hulk Smash irrational anger crazy like arrgh, crush SNL, crush SNL, crush SNL, crush SNL.

Vic Perry, Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

does anyone else ever see this at Whole Foods and think "SNL musical guest"?

thrifty grades of pay (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

I never get in a Whole Foods and I'm thinking it anyway

Vic Perry, Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:18 (1 month ago) Permalink

Gary K's piece was fantastic.

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 22 February 2015 01:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

as hokey as it was, the ending of Kroeger's post got me a little.

pplains, Sunday, 22 February 2015 02:00 (1 month ago) Permalink

Palin shit was gross

Οὖτις, Sunday, 22 February 2015 02:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

So gross that an adult in politics didn't start a fight at a party

DJP, Sunday, 22 February 2015 12:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

.

Mon-El in the Middle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 February 2015 19:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

The ways it aligns and differs with kroeger's take is fun, esp "OMG I had said its great to be back to someone, Eddie must have been told and stole it!"

da croupier, Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

Also I approve of the anecdotal evidence that bob odenkirk will be called "better call Saul" by clueless passerby now

da croupier, Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:02 (1 month ago) Permalink

Pretty brilliant of her to come up with the phrases "magical evening" and "it felt like high school" I bet no-one at that 40th Anniversary special had thought of those.

©Oz Quiz© (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

Kroeger's "man I wish I tried harder to be memorable when I was on" vs dillon's "my memorable sketches...ignored to praise bass-o-matic!"

da croupier, Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

I think the disdain for Doumanian's season is generally overblown, but I don't think Dillon would've lasted more than one season during any SNL era.

Ad Strawmanem (Old Lunch), Sunday, 22 February 2015 20:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

Wow, Denny. nagl there

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 22 February 2015 21:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

She's obviously joking?

polyphonic, Sunday, 22 February 2015 21:45 (1 month ago) Permalink

I read it as a riff on Kroeger's piece but maybe I'm wrong

polyphonic, Sunday, 22 February 2015 21:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

Couldn't figure if it was a joke or not, but makes much more sense as such.

Mon-El in the Middle (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 February 2015 21:49 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah there were bits that seemed tongue in cheek and others that didn't.

da croupier, Sunday, 22 February 2015 22:05 (1 month ago) Permalink

I read it as a riff on Kroeger's piece but maybe I'm wrong

― polyphonic, Sunday, February 22, 2015 3:47 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 22 February 2015 23:35 (1 month ago) Permalink

cannot stop watching this

https://vine.co/v/OQHQHLXp5Ur

thrifty grades of pay (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 23 February 2015 03:53 (1 month ago) Permalink


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