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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

i liked the Dirty Talk sketch. "What's up, you freakin' alcoholic?"

circa1916, Monday, 23 January 2017 17:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Aziz is a good host & this ep was p decent, tho its hard for me to imagine how the beat the bkworm game show sketch got slotted so early

johnny crunch, Monday, 23 January 2017 18:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Friendzone was great. About 5 years too late (at least), but whatever.

rip van wanko, Monday, 23 January 2017 18:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hard for me to imagine how the beat the bkworm game show sketch got slotted so early

imo asiz was selling this and was funny and i thought it was gonna be maybe good? and then it just ended :[

Oh shit, Villasenor finally features in a sketch.

― szyslakial moescreancy (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:35 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

was that her real voice? she sounds kinda loopy

sleepingbag, Monday, 23 January 2017 18:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah she sounds like that

akm, Monday, 23 January 2017 19:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Worked well for that sketch

szyslakial moescreancy (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 23 January 2017 19:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yikes, this is fucking stupid. She should not be suspended for this (funny) tweet

http://money.cnn.com/2017/01/23/media/saturday-night-live-writer-suspended-barron-trump-tweet/index.html

akm, Monday, 23 January 2017 23:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

they should all be fired and the show cancelled imo

Οὖτις, Monday, 23 January 2017 23:54 (three weeks ago) Permalink

it is cheap to produce, draws a decent audience in a dead time slot, and makes money. the show will live forever, like Today or Tonight.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Monday, 23 January 2017 23:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I thought her tweet was really funny and clever. Should have saved it for stand-up, I guess.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(xpost) The other thing is, maybe it's enough that they come up with one memorable bit every few years that gets lots of attention and outlasts the rest of the show. I only watch intermittently, but Tina Fey's Palin was worth whatever mediocrity surrounded it. Baldwin's Trump isn't quite as good, but it'll last too, I'd say. There are other examples, I'm sure, for people who watch more regularly.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 12:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

@DennisThePerrin

A comedy writer getting fired for a joke blows, but what happened to Katie Rich has nothing to do with Trump, who doesn't own NBC.

It's about corporate structure and the rigidity that's enforced. No matter how funny you are, working in corporate comedy makes you a cog.

You're there to serve its needs. This is especially true with SNL. Image trumps content; if content sullies the image, it'll be flushed. Social media has made this more acute.

Katie Rich is not a victim of censorship; she's on the receiving end of business as usual. I wish her well, and suspect she'll do fine.

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Whoa, whoa, slow down, a rational opinion on the internet?

Whiney G. Weingarten, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

heads must be shaken at it

duped and used by my worst Miss U (President Keyes), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, no, I don't buy it, Perrin. How many previous SNL writers have been suspended for edgy tweets? This has everything to do with Trump.

Considering the direction their flag is flying, kinda starting to think an NBC boycott might be in order.

Transformed From The Norm By The Nuclear Goop (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Even Jenny Slate hung in for an entire season after dropping an f-bomb on her first televised appearance.

Transformed From The Norm By The Nuclear Goop (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 24 January 2017 18:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

seeing as how this was the only show on NBC I regularly watched I guess yeah I am boycotting NBC

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 19:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i'm ok with a robust taboo around picking on politicians' children (like actual kids, not the adult ratfaces)

goole, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 21:21 (three weeks ago) Permalink

and yeah the joke was less about the boy than about the way his parents will raise him. but once you're in "actually" mode, you're done

goole, Tuesday, 24 January 2017 21:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The recurring Steve Bannon bit is awful--can't see it surviving more than a few episodes. Even Baldwin seemed lost.

clemenza, Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Barron should be left alone.

I like kristen stewart.

Treeship, Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The steve bannon skeleton is funny

Treeship, Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Idk

Treeship, Sunday, 5 February 2017 04:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Y'all still watching this show?

pplains, Sunday, 5 February 2017 05:11 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Surprise Melissa Mcarthy as spicer was great.

dan selzer, Sunday, 5 February 2017 05:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah that was an incredible skit

Treeship, Sunday, 5 February 2017 05:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Spicer sketch was very promising--"your words" and the circularity stuff was great. Bannon, though...

clemenza, Sunday, 5 February 2017 06:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

melissa mccarthy was amazing

k3vin k., Sunday, 5 February 2017 07:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

radical moose lambs

ridiculous perm ban decision (voodoo chili), Sunday, 5 February 2017 15:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Kristen Stewert used to really bug me but I've grown to like her more after she started doing roles that seemed more suited to her laconic talents. She was good in this, I like that she seemed to demand that she wear the same eyeshadow in every skit regardless of who she was playing.

akm, Sunday, 5 February 2017 16:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also, Totinos

akm, Sunday, 5 February 2017 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Also, I'm quite sure I saw alessia cara on something else six months ago, and admittedly I was fairly stoned last night while I watched this, but were both her performances fucking amazing?

akm, Sunday, 5 February 2017 16:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have no idea how McCarthy was able to do that entire sketch without cracking up.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 5 February 2017 17:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Because she is a genius.

daavid, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 04:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Also that skit where Vanessa Bayer and Stewart make out was like a gift from god.

daavid, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 04:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Also, I'm quite sure I saw alessia cara on something else six months ago, and admittedly I was fairly stoned last night while I watched this, but were both her performances fucking amazing?

― akm, Sunday, February 5, 2017 10:32 AM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

no, but I often have that reaction to musical guests while watching SNL stoned

Wozniak on Kimye's Baby (jaymc), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 05:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Have they ever done a sketch in recent years that doesn't drag on and on forever?

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 07:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Eight fucking minutes? That's nearly half a sitcom episode

I hear from this arsehole again, he's going in the river (James Morrison), Tuesday, 7 February 2017 07:10 (one week ago) Permalink

how did the episode hosted by Alec Baldwin end up being the most inconsequential and anodyne show of the season so far? unnecessary reprise of McCarthy as Spicer, a single dumb Trump sketch, and Baldwin didn't play Trump in every sketch like he should've. HMRPH

flappy bird, Sunday, 12 February 2017 21:27 (one week ago) Permalink

episode was meh but "guy who just bought a boat" on update was great

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 13 February 2017 04:41 (six days ago) Permalink

I liked Kate's Elizabeth Warren.

dan selzer, Monday, 13 February 2017 05:41 (six days ago) Permalink


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