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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 (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

goddamnit darrell hammond is going to outlive us all

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

darrell fucking hammond.

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

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

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

Mike Huckabee -- great timing!

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

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

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

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

just because...

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

I liked the Lion King on Broadway, iirc

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

Pippin was amazing. It's Pippin!

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

why

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

That is literally the Terrance and Philip movie

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

wait how the fuck has fred seen hamilton

k3vin k., Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:04 (two days ago) Permalink

i like cabaret

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

I am p grumpy it's true

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 16:52 (two days ago) Permalink

very :)

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 September 2016 17:23 (two days ago) 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 (two days ago) 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 (two days ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:00 (two days ago) 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 (two days ago) Permalink

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

Οὖτις, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:19 (two days ago) Permalink

why have you forsaken me

Mordy, Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:20 (two days ago) Permalink


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