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Has it died? If so, when exactly? Search and destroy skits of the recent to current cast.......slim pickings I know. Tonight's show's "assface" boyband guy spewing leakage on stage was much enjoyed by me and thus I made this thread.

Search: 1. Absolutely everything involving Tracy Morgan.....his delivery can salvage even the worst written skit.....remember Dominican Lou? "i working all de tie!"....he was the only good thing about tonight's, easily....I hate india arie with a passionfruit. 2. The Ah, How Do You Say? Ah, yes, Show....with Antonio ah Ban-de-rassssss. 3. Maya Rudolph's high school TV show skit...her croaky delivery is priceless.....she's hot....I loved finding out Maya was in the Rentals and is Minnie Ripperton's daughter. 4. The earlier Morning Latte's......remember the one where the teleprompter dies and everyone goes medieval and Will Ferrell rips off the weatherman's head and drinks the blood.......I MISS CHERI OTERI, THAT DOLL.

Destroy: Tina Fey in skits. All weekend updates post-Norm.....Colin Quinn was horrible....now Fallon's slacker doofus act does not cut it. Come to think of it, almost everything sucks now...

S & D musical performances too if you want. Recently, The Strokes were pretty good, as were Outkast, Britney was shit.

Look, the best ever TV comedy-show performance in the past 15 years was Busta and Q-Tip doing Vivrant Thing on Letterman....best crowd response I've ever seen.

Ramosi, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Search: The Sweet Sassy Molassy sketch ("Get out the checkbook, and pay Grandma for the rubdown!"), FTV Funhouse (too many to mention), The Donatella Versace show, any time Christopher Walken is hosting (e.g., the skit b/t him and Tim Meadows re: The Census)

Destroy: The writing staff.

Joe, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Also destroy: Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies.

Joe, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The writing is just terrible these days. The Daily Show can come up with better jokes four days a week. As can Conan. As can Lettermen.

bnw, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

it may have something to do with the fact that i can't see out of one eye at them oment, well two if you count the one eyed shrew of penis land...but nayway i read the thread as saturday night fever classic or dud and until the 3rd paragraph it all amde sense...

Queen G, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Is it just me or does Horatio Sanz laugh during every skit that he is in, even if he isn't supposed to?

Todd Burns, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Horatio Sanz is completely unfunny, I think he was hired as the token fat guy replacement for Farley --- the only problem is that he isn't even a tenth as funny as Farley.

Nicole, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the one eyed shrew of penis land

Now *that's* funny.

Prude, Monday, 11 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The guy who did Al Gore was hiii-larious. That cheerleader couple need to be told THEY ARE NOT FUNNY! That's all I know.

Curt, Monday, 11 March 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (nineteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

Search: "JACKO ON HIS BACKO."
Destroy: Chris Fucking Kattan.

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (seventeen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
revive.

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

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

i love watching the oldass 70s reruns they'll show laate on saturdays

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 02:29 (sixteen years ago) link

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (sixteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (fifteen years ago) link

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

was actually bumping thread to say i have a crush of shame on kristin wiig

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:04 (thirteen years ago) link

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (thirteen years ago) link

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (thirteen years ago) link

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (thirteen years ago) link

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (thirteen years ago) link

yes. there were two incest jokes last week

akm, Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:10 (four months ago) link

the writers feel honor bound to have at least one sketch a week that is bulging with sexual content, all of it scantily clad in smug winking innuendoes even a child can see-thru.

sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Sunday, 16 May 2021 19:15 (four months ago) link

They should have an end-of-season "watch with your teen" clip show where there's no jokes about fucking and it's all stuff like Waldorf/Statler where I get to productively explain to the kid some of the underlying memework

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 16 May 2021 20:38 (four months ago) link

Anyone watch the Musk ep? Yikes.

Shaidar Logoff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 17 May 2021 12:47 (four months ago) link

nobody's admitted to watching the full thing but we talked about it on his thread and I'm sorry to say nobody thought it was very good

frogbs, Monday, 17 May 2021 17:59 (four months ago) link

I only watched the opening and weekend update during that ep and then, boom, wannabe theater geek Elon showed up as the third correspondant.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 17 May 2021 18:03 (four months ago) link

I saw both and despite being a decent sized key and peele fan and the opposite of a musk fan I’d say the musk episode was a bit funnier though they were both pretty bad.

dan selzer, Monday, 17 May 2021 18:22 (four months ago) link

I refused to watch the Musk episode after seeing a clip of Gen-Z Hospital

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 17 May 2021 18:24 (four months ago) link

Oh that was especially bad.

dan selzer, Monday, 17 May 2021 20:11 (four months ago) link

i thought the musk episode was pretty funny by current day SNL standards... the kyle mooney baby yoda thing on SNL was the hardest i've laughed at SNL in a long time. the keegan michael key episode was just awful to me, so many song based skits my god, it was really bad, there was something try hard about his performances that didn't connect w/ me at all, like everything was delivered 10% too extra but not in a comedic way

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2021 20:17 (four months ago) link

er sorry... baby yoda on weekend update

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2021 20:18 (four months ago) link

The bouncers beating the shit out of Statler was pretty funny

80's hair metal , and good praise music ! (DJP), Monday, 17 May 2021 20:24 (four months ago) link

yeah as much as I like Key and Peele, Key's overacting ruins it for me sometimes. I haven't seen the episode but I know exactly what you're talking about

frogbs, Monday, 17 May 2021 20:25 (four months ago) link

Mooney as Yoda as moronic influencer is comedy gold imo.

DJI, Monday, 17 May 2021 20:26 (four months ago) link

And the Key episode didn't work much for me other than the Last Dance sketch, which was pretty good.

DJI, Monday, 17 May 2021 20:27 (four months ago) link

i think it's prob a bad sign when the host's monologue is entirely about how badly they've wanted to host SNL since they were a kid and how hard they're going to try during the show. it really came thru during the sketches. cool for keegan tho

the last dance sketch was prob the best thing

J0rdan S., Monday, 17 May 2021 20:28 (four months ago) link

The bouncers beating the shit out of Statler was pretty funny

Yes.

Mooney as Yoda as moronic influencer is comedy gold imo.

I don't get almost anything he does tbh but this also is about as good as Mooney stuff gets.

i carry the torch for disco inauthenticity (Eric H.), Monday, 17 May 2021 20:43 (four months ago) link

i think it's prob a bad sign when the host's monologue is entirely about how badly they've wanted to host SNL since they were a kid and how hard they're going to try during the show.

I would have laughed really hard if he had gone for a full-throated defense of MAD TV instead.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 17 May 2021 20:44 (four months ago) link

I like Mooney but I always feel like he's trying to be on a different show than what SNL is

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 17 May 2021 21:09 (four months ago) link

imo that's a plus to Mooney's weirdo skits, at least he's trying to break out of the skit setup rut

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 17 May 2021 21:21 (four months ago) link

What did you guys think of the little guy with the big ears randomly doing 90 seconds of standup in the middle of Weekend Update, is that a thing the featured players do now

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 17 May 2021 21:23 (four months ago) link

Standard thing for feature players. I thought his was pretty funny.

DJI, Monday, 17 May 2021 21:31 (four months ago) link

imo that's a plus to Mooney's weirdo skits, at least he's trying to break out of the skit setup rut

― soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, May 17, 2021 4:21 PM (thirteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

I like him a lot..just feels like he should be working in the larger Mr. Show/Kids in the Hall diaspora, like Tim & Eric axis, I Think You Should Leave Now etc

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 17 May 2021 21:36 (four months ago) link

I was pleasantly surprised at how funny I thought Andrew Dismukes’ Update segment was. It does seem to be standard for featured players, but often in a bad way: “OK, you’ve barely been in three sketches all season, so if you wanna come back, make this count.”

xp

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 17 May 2021 22:00 (four months ago) link

yeah Dismuke has been there all year and barely gotten any screen time in sketches, it was good to give him this to see why he got hired. That was funny enough.

akm, Monday, 17 May 2021 22:21 (four months ago) link

Looks like they hired him just in case they need someone to play Mulaney's little brother in a sketch.

I thought the Key ep was much better than the Elon Musk one fwiw but it was still on the low-average side.

Shaidar Logoff (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 17 May 2021 22:57 (four months ago) link

I think that’s pretty standard. I remember brooks whatever his name was doing a bit on weekend update. Was Peter Davidson still featured when he did his first update standup? Felt like it’s a last chance for some of these featured types to make an impression. Thought he was pretty good.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 02:11 (four months ago) link

That Update slot can pay some unexpected rewards. I thought Ego Nwodim's harried Disney mom on the Elon ep was great, better than anything Elon was involved in.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 14:20 (four months ago) link

yeah that was really funny

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 18 May 2021 17:28 (four months ago) link

Leslie Jones also basically did standup bits on Update too, it's been fairly common for the featured players in the last 4-5 seasons.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 18:55 (four months ago) link

I didn't watch, but all of twitter seems convinced Cecily, Aidy, Kate and Kenan (and probably Pete) are gone after tonight.

That makes sense—they've all been there FOREVER, Kenan in particular—but it would be wild if they just do a total reinvention like 1986 or 1994.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 23 May 2021 05:31 (three months ago) link

Bowen Yang = Jon Lovitz in this scenario.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 23 May 2021 05:32 (three months ago) link

I watched and also looked at twitter during the episode and didn't see anybody saying that (or anything about the show)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 23 May 2021 07:06 (three months ago) link

apparently all of Eurovision are being cast in SNL next season though?

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 23 May 2021 09:30 (three months ago) link

I didn't see anyone say that but maybe they were just assuming that since the four of them opened the cold open by themselves and there was extra applause. I wouldn't be surprised if Kate and Aidy both leave, they clearly could make the jump to movies or their own shows now. Kenan already has but honestly I don't think he will ever leave now, I think he'll stay on the show for another 15 years.

akm, Sunday, 23 May 2021 15:44 (three months ago) link

this episode was probably the strongest of the season, each sketch was funny which is something that barely ever happens. Anya TJ was one of the better hosts; she was in almost every sketch and didn't seem very cue-card reliant either.

akm, Sunday, 23 May 2021 16:01 (three months ago) link

Jost and Che trading jokes written for each other was definitely the hardest I laughed at anything on SNL all season (granted, not exactly a super high bar).

And I can't see SNL doing a total reinvention -- not keeping anyone from the previous season -- ever again. The two times they did that -- 1980-81 and '85-'86 -- were notoriously shitty seasons, despite a handful of decent performers (and Eddie Murphy singlehandedly saving the show in '81, obviously).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 23 May 2021 16:10 (three months ago) link

wouldn't be surprised if Kate and Aidy both leave, they clearly could make the jump to movies or their own shows now

Aidy has just had the third season of her own show (as lead, regular writer and EP) air

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:30 (three months ago) link

yeah I know. but it also got cancelled.

akm, Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:48 (three months ago) link

siurely that would be an argument against jumping to her own show

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:31 (three months ago) link

season three of Shrill was fantastic and it was definitely set up for a fourth season, real bummer it got cancelled

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:42 (three months ago) link

Being a comedian is a thorny career path. Same thing for anyone who depends on building an audience & fan base. At least Aidy has some viable options to choose from. In her business, that's being a roaring success.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:48 (three months ago) link

yes she will succeed on another show if she is given one, which I'm sure she will be, if she leaves.

akm, Sunday, 23 May 2021 21:39 (three months ago) link

if Kate, Aidy, Cecily and Kenan all leave, who is the funniest person left? i'd say Beck Bennett.

he consistently makes me laugh, but at the same time, i'm not sure you want him to be your funniest cast member. the cupboard feels kinda bare to me.

alpine static, Monday, 24 May 2021 07:01 (three months ago) link

Anya was a great host, a natural, and the cold open was surprisingly affecting, but the rest of this episode (great Weekend Update goofiness aside) was only a couple of beats better than the usual SNL this season. Which is to say, in the words of my kid, "it was ... OK."

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 24 May 2021 11:41 (three months ago) link

The opening didn’t make me think anyone might leave…but Cecilys bravura Jeanine Pirro weekend update performance felt like a sort of send off.

dan selzer, Monday, 24 May 2021 11:58 (three months ago) link

agree, re: the Pirro bit. very much a send-off.

the opening itself didn't feel final - esp. for Kenan or Pete, idk know where ppl are getting that? - but McKinnon and Bryant's emotion did feel like something was up.

also agree that Anya was a great host, much more natural than most. and that the episode overall was just a bit better than usual.

idk, i still like this show even though they have real clunkers too often.

alpine static, Monday, 24 May 2021 18:21 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

@4:50 possibly the most disturbing shit I've ever seen on SNL

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nc0FeUMQIA4

birdistheword, Saturday, 7 August 2021 14:57 (one month ago) link

Man, that's some early Ferrell! And-despite probably watching that ep when it aired-I totally forgot that Nancy Walls and David Koechner were on SNL.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 7 August 2021 15:19 (one month ago) link

One of my all-time fave sketches.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Saturday, 7 August 2021 15:51 (one month ago) link


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