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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 (8 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (8 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

goddamnit darrell hammond is going to outlive us all

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

I love Fred Armisen, and I understand that they're kind of in a pinch, but his Obama is horrible.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

darrell fucking hammond.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

he is responsible for like 25% of the suckage in any given year

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

fuck, i was just thinking that. he's been on for 13 years, hasn't he...

xp

kingfish, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

glad i misssed the obama thing. his gene simmons was way off at first but it got funny.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

His fake Gene Simmons hair is sadly better than Gene Simmons's real Gene Simmons hair.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

-- tehresa, Saturday, February 23, 2008 10:33 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

kristen wig is beautiful and funny.

this week has been the week of gnar ilxor girls telling dudes which girls they should like.

chaki, Sunday, 24 February 2008 12:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mike Huckabee -- great timing!

Dimension 5ive, Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

xp: huckabee was pretty good. a shame about his beliefs and politics.

the fake ad was funny. the new girl did a hateful rachel ray, so she's ok with me. but overall should've been better with a couple months' vacation. i hear they're only doing eight more episodes for the season.

the hot air balloon was totally a rip-off of Tim and Eric style bad TV.

but kinda funny instead of not funny at all.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AUHHOVtNqo

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 15:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c3921788d9d5011789462b940066

just because...

dan selzer, Sunday, 24 February 2008 15:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

I honestly don't remember who all went through the Update ranks during the Ebersol years, but none of them were great

iirc it was like joe piscopo + father guido sarducci

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:04 (6 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, so I think we basically agree that jost would even be fine with Poehler xp

We don't.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:04 (6 days ago) Permalink

haha. How can we know for sure?

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:05 (6 days ago) Permalink

Colin Jost's grandmother is probably better on camera than he is.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:06 (6 days ago) Permalink

Mr Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a Weekend Update anchor!

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:11 (6 days ago) Permalink

The first episode of SNL I ever saw was the night Buckwheat was assassinated (which the internet tells me was March of 1983). I didn't become a regular viewer until the 86/87 season, which is when Lorne returned and Carvey, Hartman, Hooks, Nealon, and Victoria Jackson all joined what was left of the previous cast (Lovitz, Nora Dunn and Dennis Miller). Surprise, surprise! The old adage about your favorite era of SNL being the one you watched when you were 13 holds true in my case. It's a shame about Jackson and Miller now, and definitely a shame about Phil Hartman, but pound for pound it was the best cast the show ever had all at once.

For the longest time, the measuring stick for WU for me was Dennis Miller. Now it's Fey & Poehler (which is the best WU has EVER been).

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:16 (6 days ago) Permalink

Dennis Miller lives up here and is generally a nice dude outside of his politics fwiw

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:26 (6 days ago) Permalink

Ha, the first episode of SNL that I remember watching is one hosted by Matthew Broderick in 198. It was originally run in October, but it was rerun on New Years Eve, and my parents let me stay up to watch. (I was 9.) It featured this infamous sketch: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/88/88bnudebeach.phtml.

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:33 (6 days ago) Permalink

I'm still not 100% convinced he actually believes all that shit, because he seems like the kind of guy who can spot a pretty good mealticket. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:35 (6 days ago) Permalink

Haha, I remember watching that nude beach sketch with my mom in the room. Oof.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:36 (6 days ago) Permalink

I think that one had my all-time fave: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/88/88bmonkey.phtml

schwantz, Friday, 12 September 2014 06:39 (6 days ago) Permalink

The old adage about your favorite era of SNL being the one you watched when you were 13 holds true in my case.

Well, yes, but also because that is objectively and inarguably the best SNL cast ever.

(Although, admittedly, I may also have possibly been 13 during that era.)

Rocking In The Broad Daylight (Old Lunch), Friday, 12 September 2014 11:33 (6 days ago) Permalink

I honestly don't remember who all went through the Update ranks during the Ebersol years, but none of them were great. That's where the riff raff is (along with Colin Quinn).

― Johnny Fever, Friday, September 12, 2014 12:58 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Brad Hall ('82-'84) and Christopher Guest ('84-'85 season). Guest was surprisingly awful at it, no personality whatsoever, and shitty timing. But compared to Colin Jost, he was Richard Pryor.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 12 September 2014 12:06 (6 days ago) Permalink

Anyone who doesn't think Norm was the best update anchor, gtfoh

bozack horseman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:16 (6 days ago) Permalink

Fey & Poehler > Norm > Dennis Miller >>>>>>>>>> everybody else >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jost

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:34 (6 days ago) Permalink

yeah probably

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:38 (6 days ago) Permalink

At any rate, I think we can all agree that Colins should never work the Update desk.

Rocking In The Broad Daylight (Old Lunch), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:40 (6 days ago) Permalink

your granny on bongos >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Jost

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:40 (6 days ago) Permalink

Agreed. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:41 (6 days ago) Permalink

Also agreed, lol. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:41 (6 days ago) Permalink

Is this where we were discussing the Mulaney sitcom? Because that shit looks bad.

"a bit of goatery, some demonry" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:13 (4 days ago) Permalink

Is there where someone explains to me why people expected so much of John Mulaney to begin with? his on camera segments on SNL were always painful imo.

some dude, Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:18 (4 days ago) Permalink

I wasn't expecting much, really, because yeah the dude's a good writer but his persona sucks. But him being a writer I was kind of expecting jokes that could at least, in theory, be funny when delivered by someone more appealing than him.

"a bit of goatery, some demonry" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:21 (4 days ago) Permalink

yeah he's been a writer on enough things i've enjoyed that i assume he's talented, but whenever he turned up on Best Week Ever or a Comedy Central standup show i was just like this guy is awkward as hell, send him back to the writer's room

some dude, Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:23 (4 days ago) Permalink

His New In Town special was great

da croupier, Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:10 (4 days ago) Permalink

Great on kroll show too

da croupier, Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:10 (4 days ago) Permalink

20-year-old NY stand-up Pete Davidson added to the cast:
http://deadline.com/2014/09/pete-davidson-cast-saturday-night-live-834404/

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (3 days ago) Permalink

That dude's set on Kimmel was pretty funny.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:25 (3 days ago) Permalink


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