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Title: saturday night live
Post by: sphinx on March 09, 2003, 05:38:36 PM
thoughts on the series?  i finished reading that huge book of quotes from people in and working on SNL that recently came out during christmas, and i gained a whole new perspective on the show.  it's insane.  and anyone who says the show is dead will just get proven wrong in the next three years.  oh, and weekend update is better than ever.

more specifically, anyone see last night's episode with ms. latifah hosting?  don't care much for her, but i really did enjoy the ham sketch.

'that's my ham!'
Title: saturday night live
Post by: av8raaron on March 09, 2003, 05:48:01 PM
So much of SNL is based on the players and writers at the time are.  That explains why the mid-90s weren't quite the pinnacle of late-night entertainment and shows from the late-90s to the present have been generally good.  In the past couple seasons, I've been sorry to see Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell go, but there are enough seasoned players and emerging talent to keep the show good for the next couple of years, at least.

Lorne and whoever else selects new talent for the show on both sides of the camera are pretty good at their jobs as reflected by both actors and writers who have gone on to very successful careers afterwards.  As long as they keep recruiting good people, there's no end to the show.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Xixax on March 09, 2003, 05:58:45 PM
There are some really promising up and comers on the show these days. I think that people like Amy Poehler and Horatio Sans will become big names in a few years. And Jimmy and Tina's chemistry is the best that "Update" has been since the NBC exec ruined it with Norm McDonald.

I'm still convinced that they put Colin Quinn on after Norm McDonald just to make Norm look better. I think Colin was the worst ever. He's completely useless in any setting.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: av8raaron on March 09, 2003, 06:02:04 PM
I honestly can't remember a single Colin Quinn WE that got major laughs for anything other than how bad a joke flopped.  Jimmy and Tina are by far the best since the days of Bill Murray and Jane Curtain.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Duck Sauce on March 09, 2003, 06:58:57 PM
Quote from: av8raaron
Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell go.


Whats she doing now?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: av8raaron on March 09, 2003, 07:03:12 PM
Among other things, a remake of "The Music Man" with Matthew Broderick.  Eiigsh...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: fulty on March 09, 2003, 07:45:13 PM
I still miss "Mr Bill"
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 09, 2003, 08:24:10 PM
Quote from: Duck Sauce
Quote from: av8raaron
Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell go.


Whats she doing now?


She's also going to get her own show on...FOX, I think
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gold Trumpet on March 09, 2003, 08:34:36 PM
This show, for the most part, has become very lame. Fact is, its been lame for a long period of time. I still watch the show and enjoy some parts, but I can't help but feel all the restrictions brought upon SNL for being on a basic channel. HBO and cable have so much more freedom in showing topics and bringing a harder edge comedy to it, that it feels like SNL is saving face with doing its normal schict of mostly stupid humor. And worst, stupid humor that is not edgy. South Park is the funniest show on tv right now. It not only consistently pushes the envelope every season, but remains very clever and smart in its writing. The best thing with South Park, is that it is past its early years of spotlight attention and now is considered a 'been there, done that' thing and it is finding only more freedom and taking risks in doing stuff it would never have done in its first few seasons, which do seem kinda lame compared to its new episodes. SNL has been riding off the same pattern of jokes, since well, I can remember.

I must say that Tina Fey is gorgeous though.

~rougerum
Title: saturday night live
Post by: sphinx on March 10, 2003, 12:29:32 AM
i don't think that SNL would be the same if it didn't have restrictions that it was constantly trying to break free of...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Victor on March 11, 2003, 03:55:34 PM
exactly. i think there should be more short film work, along the lines of the pta FANatic or the one with ben stiller. give some short filmmakers a chance to shine, cause right now there not a lot of variety, and its definitely hurting since ferrel left. itll snap back though.

btw the least funny weekend update guy was kevin nealon. colin got a bad rap i think, because norm was so funny.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 11, 2003, 05:07:11 PM
Colin got a bad rap because his timing was absolutely terrible
Title: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on March 11, 2003, 05:58:37 PM
I've always liked the show; even the things that fall flat tend to have some humor as a result of the people in them.  I desperately miss Will Ferrell... his recent guest appearance just proved how valuable he was.  I think Chris Parnell's one of the most underrated guys out there.  He's ill-suited to playing Bush, but he's funny otherwise.  His rap love songs to Kirsten Dunst and Jennifer Garner were inspired.

Maya Rudolph, too, kicks all sorts of ass.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on March 11, 2003, 06:48:46 PM
Quote from: polkablues
I think Chris Parnell's one of the most underrated guys out there.


agreed.

and for the record, snl's a  :!:  :!:  :!:  :!:  :!: / :!:  :!:  :!:  :!:  :!:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Satcho9 on March 11, 2003, 07:11:08 PM
Chris Parnell should have stayed fired.

Tracy Morgan is the most underrated/underused on the cast.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 11, 2003, 09:22:04 PM
Tracy Morgan is garbage
Title: saturday night live
Post by: AlguienEstolamiPantalones on March 11, 2003, 09:35:29 PM
Quote from: tremolosloth
Tracy Morgan is garbage



nahh he is great, you might be saying that because you don't get what he does because he in no way tries to cross over with what he does. Its like he can careless what white America thinks of him. I'm not saying that is good or bad, thats just how it is. He even said he only watched SNL when eddie murphy was on . I respect him for what he does, why should he try and crossover, he knows what is funny to him .

seth myers now that is garbage. How did that douche-bag even get a audition.

tracy Horatio and mya Rudolf, those three belong on the snl allstars list.

And Tina fey is a good writer, that Christopher walken skit " Colonel Angus" she wrote that, and that is one of the best skits snl has done in years

I think mya Rudolph was hurt at first because she had that " friend of gwenith" thing hanging over her head, but she is fucking great, and watch for her in the future . I hated molly shannon, and snl during the mid 90's, but now with those three on board I really dig it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 11, 2003, 09:59:37 PM
I find myself agreeing with some things you say, but not with others.  I will agree most about Maya Rudolph.  She's the only cast member at the moment that tries different things...come on, Tennis Chat with Time Travelin' Scott Joplin.  That's fucking great
Title: saturday night live
Post by: AlguienEstolamiPantalones on March 11, 2003, 10:02:38 PM
Quote from: tremolosloth
I find myself agreeing with some things you say, but not with others.  I will agree most about Maya Rudolph.  She's the only cast member at the moment that tries different things...come on, Tennis Chat with Time Travelin' Scott Joplin.  That's fucking great


mya rudolph god she is the best

sorry to hear you dissagree with some of what i say , give it time you will wise up and agree with the rest  :lol:

i mean can a man wearing a t shirt with tony danza on it be wrong i ask you
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ProgWRX on March 12, 2003, 03:23:35 PM
Chris Parnell is great.
Will Ferrell is a comic genius IMO.
Tracy Morgan is also a comic genius, within SNL at least, his standup ive seen sucks.

I also miss Cheri Oteri... where is she?!

 :oops:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on March 12, 2003, 03:49:03 PM
the problem i have with Tracy Morgan is that in all of his "characters," i'm just seeing a differently dressed Tracy Morgan.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on March 12, 2003, 05:26:16 PM
Quote from: picolas
the problem i have with Tracy Morgan is that in all of his "characters," i'm just seeing a differently dressed Tracy Morgan.


Well they (SNL) really does that to him, because he's best as a characterization of himself.  But he can and does play other types... like Bryan Fellows and the drunk guy.
Title: Funniest tracy morgan sketch I can remember.
Post by: CollinBullock on March 29, 2003, 02:11:46 PM
On weekend update (I'm paraphrasing from memory here):

JIMMY: And now, for a commentary on black history month, our own...Tracy Morgan

TRACY:  Thank Jimmy.  You know, I've been hearing a lot about black history month, and I know exactly what we can do to make it actually matter this time.  ALL OUT RACE WAR!

Cuts to title card suddenly.

That had me laughing my ass off for ages.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 29, 2003, 02:23:48 PM
I admit, that was good.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on March 30, 2003, 06:44:59 PM
What do you think of Jimmy Fallon?  I think he has potential.  His impressions are pretty funny and so are some of the original characters he does, but he seems not to be able to control his laughter during sketches well, even in only moderately funny parts.

Weekend Update could use some improvement.  For starters, stop introducing random characters into WU!  Come on, were Gay Hitler and the cameos by Will Ferell and Britney Spears necessary?  What does that have to do with the news-related humor they're doing?

And that Jennifer Garner sketch of her turning into Fred Armisen when the lights are off is a ripoff from Seinfeld!  :roll:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: BonBon85 on March 30, 2003, 07:20:41 PM
I think Jimmy Fallon's trying way too hard to be Adam Sandler, but he's still pretty cool. Tina Fey is excellent. The show's been having a harder time lately because all of the stars that have been there forever left at once.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on March 30, 2003, 08:03:57 PM
I don't much like Jimmy Fallon either :x
Title: saturday night live
Post by: GodDamnImDaMan on March 31, 2003, 06:24:57 PM
Jimmy Fallon has a weird face......he looks like an old alien or something.
Tracy Morgan is cool, although i swear to god the guy looks chubby one week and a skinny crack head other weeks. If you got shit with SNL I'll cut you up!



bitch....


 :scatter:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on April 06, 2003, 12:59:53 AM
The Weekend Update sketchs this season are some of the best that have ever come out of the show's history. I think a lot of that credit has to go to one Tina Fey. I wouldn't feel bad to see that show turn into an half hour or hour program. As it is, its usually 10-15 minutes anyway.

As for Fallon.. I think he's good, but I highly doubt he's trying to be Sandler. Fallon is a much smarter, sophisticated Sandler if we have to label him as a Sandler at all. Sandler's audition for SNL consisted of him humping a chair. People like Ferrell and Fallon thought that was ridiculous so they went out and did great auditions.. On Fallon's second try, he did numerous impressions, one of Sandler and had Lorne Michaels turning to laugh. Also Fallon has never attempted some of the humour Sandler did on SNL: "I'm pickle-for-a-hand man.. gimme some candy!!"  Gimme a barf bag.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: bonanzataz on April 06, 2003, 01:24:14 AM
Cinephile - :yabbse-thumbdown:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on April 06, 2003, 01:25:55 AM
I agree about Fallon being better than Sandler.  Man, I hate Sandler when his dialogue and actions aren't written and directed by PTA
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sigur Rós on April 06, 2003, 10:05:12 AM
Quote from: tremolosloth
I agree about Fallon being better than Sandler.  Man, I hate Sandler when his dialogue and actions aren't written and directed by PTA


Sure you do..... :wink:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on April 06, 2003, 12:02:46 PM
Curse you, Sigur Ros!!!!!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sigur Rós on April 06, 2003, 03:26:19 PM
Quote from: tremolosloth
Curse you, Sigur Ros!!!!!


I'm actually a great guy! You should come on over for dinner sometime!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on April 06, 2003, 03:27:46 PM
Excellent
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on April 06, 2003, 07:48:30 PM
Quote from: tremolosloth
Excellent


Don't do it, it's a trap!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: blu on April 07, 2003, 01:53:12 PM
i could be that everyone will start quoting people here and replacing all the nouns with the word cock.  then we all could laugh big laughs.  big laughs.  big steamy veiny laughs
Title: saturday night live
Post by: blu on April 07, 2003, 02:04:19 PM
(http://www.netphoria.org/forums/attachment.php?s=1298f7bf0c3e135cd450c9a01be0b2e7&postid=288157)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ShanghaiOrange on April 07, 2003, 02:47:29 PM
"R" is for redrum, that good enough for me. :(
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sigur Rós on April 07, 2003, 03:23:54 PM
Quote from: blu
i could be that everyone will start quoting people here and replacing all the nouns with the word cock.  then we all could laugh big laughs.  big laughs.  big steamy veiny laughs


Are you from Denmark? The cock-replacing-joke is very big here!  :-D
Title: saturday night live
Post by: phil marlowe on April 07, 2003, 05:38:56 PM
på piiikken.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sigur Rós on April 08, 2003, 06:03:32 AM
På pikken= on the cock!

I love Xixax on the cock  :-D
Title: saturday night live
Post by: blu on April 08, 2003, 12:19:37 PM
i say we take back the word cock
c - cancerous-cankers-callous-comanding-codependant-causal-
o - oscar-ow-owch-owchie-owl fucker
c - c-u-p, sup, suple, super, sandwich, sandbar
k - kicker, kaysville, kitchen, cupboard
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on April 08, 2003, 05:46:58 PM
Quote from: bonanzataz
Cinephile - :yabbse-thumbdown:


 :?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 08, 2003, 07:59:18 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
:?


 :-D
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on April 09, 2003, 01:17:11 AM
Yeah, I know, eh?  Thumbs down for my opinion on Saturday Night Live performances. Nuts to that. Sandler with a pickle for a hand is G-O-L-D.  If only more people would do stuff like that on SNL. Maybe then we'd go back to the way it used to be: shitty writing and lower ratings. Thumbs up to that, everyone..  gimme some candy, already! :roll:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on April 09, 2003, 10:13:09 AM
Blah blah blah...

anyway, I have a stupid question for west coasters in regards to SNL... do you guys watch it live?  If so, it would have to be on at like 8:30.  I couldn't imagine it being on BEFORE the news.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on April 09, 2003, 10:57:55 AM
Quote from: RegularKarate
anyway, I have a stupid question for west coasters in regards to SNL... do you guys watch it live?  If so, it would have to be on at like 8:30.  I couldn't imagine it being on BEFORE the news.


Nope, it's tape delayed. But they will keep the show 'as is', unless there is swearing or such.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on May 08, 2003, 03:33:16 AM
Kattan Says Goodbye to SNL, Has New Film Projects

According to Variety, Chris Kattan will say goodbye to Saturday Night Live after seven seasons. He will make his final appearance as an "SNL" regular on the show's May 17 season finale. His exit means the end of characters including the exotic dancer Mango and the apple-chomping half-simian Mr. Peepers, as well as Gay Hitler, "Goth Talk" co-host Azrael Abyss and the "How You Say, Oh Yes" guy. Tracy Morgan is also leaving to do a NBC comedy pilot.

He will now concentrate on film projects and has the comedy The Eighth Wonder lined-up for Danny DeVito's Jersey Films. Kattan and Heide Perlman are writing the script for the film, which would have Kattan playing a man who can endure extreme physical pain.

The actor is also developing the physical comedy Sucker at Paramount with producer Donald De Line, and he is set to add his vocal talents to the animated feature Delgo, which stars Val Kilmer, Michael Clarke Duncan and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pedro on May 08, 2003, 07:02:49 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Kattan Says Goodbye to SNL, Has New Film Projects

According to Variety, Chris Kattan will say goodbye to Saturday Night Live after seven seasons. He will make his final appearance as an "SNL" regular on the show's May 17 season finale. His exit means the end of characters including the exotic dancer Mango and the apple-chomping half-simian Mr. Peepers, as well as Gay Hitler, "Goth Talk" co-host Azrael Abyss and the "How You Say, Oh Yes" guy. Tracy Morgan is also leaving to do a NBC comedy pilot.

He will now concentrate on film projects and has the comedy The Eighth Wonder lined-up for Danny DeVito's Jersey Films. Kattan and Heide Perlman are writing the script for the film, which would have Kattan playing a man who can endure extreme physical pain.

The actor is also developing the physical comedy Sucker at Paramount with producer Donald De Line, and he is set to add his vocal talents to the animated feature Delgo, which stars Val Kilmer, Michael Clarke Duncan and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

there is a god. I really don't think kattan has ever made me laugh.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: TenseAndSober on May 12, 2003, 11:31:45 PM
I love SNL.  The show always has the newest /hottest talent.  This year i really like Jeff richards and Fred Armisen.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on May 13, 2003, 02:17:59 PM
tracy morgan is the shit. too bad he's leavin.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SoNowThen on May 13, 2003, 02:25:27 PM
I think Tina Fey is the funniest and wittiest woman I have ever seen.

And though she's not even close to my usual type, I think she's a FOX.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Satcho9 on May 13, 2003, 02:38:48 PM
Jeff Richards couldn't be any more un-funny. Tracy Morgan will be missed, he was never used enough or right. Fred Armisen is a funny motherfucker, needs to step up his presence on the show...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 26, 2003, 01:05:41 AM
Saturday Night Live Gets a New Look
Source: Variety

Kenan Thompson (All That) and comic Finesse Mitchell will join NBC's Saturday Night Live as featured players when the long-running show begins its 29th season October 4. The show also will debut a new opening sequence shot by veteran music video director Dave Meyers.

The comedy-variety series is getting a new set, modeled after New York's refurbished Grand Central Station. The transformation of Studio 8H was carried out by "SNL's" scenic design team.

School of Rock star Jack Black will host the season opener, with John Mayer appearing as musical guest. Justin Timberlake will host the October 11 episode, while Halle Berry and Britney Spears are set for October 18.

Returning to "SNL" are performers Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Forte, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Jeff Richards, Maya Rudolph and Horatio Sanz.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 26, 2003, 12:19:38 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin

School of Rock star Jack Black will host the season opener, with John Mayer appearing as musical guest.


Excellent ! Thanks for the news
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 26, 2003, 03:03:39 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Saturday Night Live Gets a New Look
Source: Variety

Kenan Thompson (All That) and comic Finesse Mitchell will join NBC's Saturday Night Live as featured players


Aw.. first Jerry Minor and now Dean Edwards. :(
I hated Minor but I liked Edwards... but I'm sure Lorne is making the best call.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on September 26, 2003, 05:46:30 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Saturday Night Live Gets a New Look
Source: Variety

Kenan Thompson (All That) and comic Finesse Mitchell will join NBC's Saturday Night Live as featured players when the long-running show begins its 29th season October 4.


Kenan?  KENAN?!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: blu on September 26, 2003, 05:58:04 PM
the change will be good.  i hope the chemistry works.  i hope to see maya more and more of maya.  oh yea.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 26, 2003, 06:01:17 PM
That's a cool avatar
Title: saturday night live
Post by: freakerdude on September 29, 2003, 05:01:50 AM
Why hasn't anyone mentioned praise of Darrell Hammond's talent? Will Ferrell was great and DH had to kind of fill his place. Chris Parnell adds a good bit to the show now. Tracy Morgan had his moments....I liked his  Dominican Lou from W/E Update spots.

I always liked Adam Sandler, Mike Meyers, Chris Rock, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Chris Farley, David Spade, Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Julia Sweeney....but Phil Hartman was incredible. His talent and impersonations along with Dana Carvey were the good years.

I was barely a teenager when it came on in 75 and came home to watch it every Saturday night.....those early days are timeless. I have the SNL book sitting here for reading and it sounds interesting.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on September 29, 2003, 05:03:10 AM
I'm all about praising Darrell Hammond, he fucking rocks

That SNL book is great
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 29, 2003, 07:37:21 AM
Hammond is one of the best impressionists SNL has ever had. On the same level with Carvey, Hartman, Ferrell, and Fallon.

The book IS great and when I read the negative remarks about Tom Arnold, he appeared on Conan and joked about how he looked in the index and was all excited to see they talked about.. and then it was bad. Haha, suck on it, Tom.

Best sketches of last season:
The Falconer
Colonel Angus
Rialto Grande
Global Century Investments
The Hangman
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 29, 2003, 03:10:35 PM
Quote from: Cinephile

Colonel Angus


Am I the only one who found that sketch very "so-so" ?

Quote from: Cinephile

Rialto Grande


Fucking hate that one.

My favorite were all the Hardball ones, especially the season finale cold opener.

Do you guys remember that politicaly incorrect inspector, played by Kevin Nealon ? That was great. I liked Kevin Nealon, too bad he has no decent job today.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 29, 2003, 03:41:05 PM
Quote from: Pas Rapport
Quote from: Cinephile

Colonel Angus

Am I the only one who found that sketch very "so-so" ?

I would hope so. Most people here could care less about comedy critiquing, but nonetheless, the dialogue written for that sketch was nothing short of brilliant. I'm kind of surprised you didn't find it that funny. things like "if i overstay my welcome, just tap me on the head" are gems.

Quote from: Pas Rapport

Quote from: Cinephile

Rialto Grande

Fucking hate that one.

That's so depressing.. it was Kattan's last season and here he creates this elaborate recurring sketch where the host is terrible (and always makes reference to his 'dropped' balls and 'poindexter') and the old guy is NEVER on time with the rimshot and always does it on a sombre note. The waitresses have disgusted looks on their faces as they walk by, and the comic guest always breaks down since they're the clowns.. always laughing on the outside and crying on the inside. I loved that sketch so much.. I'm gonna miss it. It's too bad you hated it because I felt the visual comedy and the comedic set ups were hilarious.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on September 29, 2003, 04:03:02 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: Pas Rapport
Quote from: Cinephile

Colonel Angus

Am I the only one who found that sketch very "so-so" ?

I would hope so. Most people here could care less about comedy critiquing, but nonetheless, the dialogue written for that sketch was nothing short of brilliant. I'm kind of surprised you didn't find it that funny. things like "if i overstay my welcome, just tap me on the head" are gems.

Quote from: Pas Rapport

Quote from: Cinephile

Rialto Grande

Fucking hate that one.


That's so depressing.. it was Kattan's last season and here he creates this elaborate recurring sketch where the host is terrible (and always makes reference to his 'dropped' balls and 'poindexter') and the old guy is NEVER on time with the rimshot and always does it on a sombre note. The waitresses have disgusted looks on their faces as they walk by, and the comic guest always breaks down since they're the clowns.. always laughing on the outside and crying on the inside. I loved that sketch so much.. I'm gonna miss it. It's too bad you hated it because I felt the visual comedy and the comedic set ups were hilarious.


 :( I agree with Cinephile

except that I didn't like how the Rialto Grande sketches were almost the exact same thing every time
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 29, 2003, 04:18:07 PM
The Colonel Angus was well tought, of course, but once you get the joke, I found it got long.

As for the Rialto Grande, wasn't that a musical number ? Maybe I'm mistaking it, but I'm not sure. What I recall is Chris Kattan singing poorly jokes I didn't understand/hear.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 29, 2003, 04:39:41 PM
Rialto Grande:
(http://snltranscripts.jt.org/02/pics/02qmills1.jpg) (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/02/pics/02qmills2.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 29, 2003, 04:51:41 PM
Quote from: Pas Rapport
Quote from: Cinephile

Colonel Angus


Am I the only one who found that sketch very "so-so" ?


I hope so as well, I loved that.  It didn't get old because I was watching it with people who aren't familiar with cunnilingus, and I refused to explain it.  They looked it up in the dictionary and that led to a night of crying so hard from inside jokes that won't be funny the next day.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 29, 2003, 09:03:33 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Rialto Grande:
(http://snltranscripts.jt.org/02/pics/02qmills1.jpg) (http://snltranscripts.jt.org/02/pics/02qmills2.jpg)


Ok, I wasn't mistakin then.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 29, 2003, 10:51:37 PM
Britney, Justin Sign on for 'SNL'

Former lovers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake will appear separately as musical guests in the coming weeks on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," according to a spokesperson for the show.

Spears will perform on the Oct. 18 episode, to be hosted by Halle Berry. Timberlake will serve as both the host and musical guest on the show's Oct. 11 edition.

Spears is expected to perform songs from her upcoming Jive album, "Get in the Zone," due Nov. 18. First single "More Than the Music" featuring Madonna is scheduled to hit U.S. radio outlets Tuesday.

Timberlake is taking a break from touring in support of his Jive solo debut, "Justified." He will return to the road beginning Nov. 16 in Ghent, Belgium. A DVD featuring music videos from "Justified" as well as live performance footage was released last week.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 30, 2003, 09:50:03 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Britney, Justin Sign on for 'SNL'

Former lovers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake will appear separately as musical guests in the coming weeks on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," according to a spokesperson for the show.

Spears will perform on the Oct. 18 episode, to be hosted by Halle Berry. Timberlake will serve as both the host and musical guest on the show's Oct. 11 edition.

Spears is expected to perform songs from her upcoming Jive album, "Get in the Zone," due Nov. 18. First single "More Than the Music" featuring Madonna is scheduled to hit U.S. radio outlets Tuesday.

Timberlake is taking a break from touring in support of his Jive solo debut, "Justified." He will return to the road beginning Nov. 16 in Ghent, Belgium. A DVD featuring music videos from "Justified" as well as live performance footage was released last week.



...i like those cool cliches she uses ..

"GET in the Zone"..isn't that a right guard slogan or something..?

"More than the Music"...... :roll: ..but a least she's branching out..could this be a concept album about the hardships of being a pop star.. and what the underlying theme  is throughtout her psyche......


and on the subject of SNL......it SUCKs now.....and has always since....farley, spade, sandler, hartmon, etc..(the good ones)...have left...
.i rather make up my own skits and vidotape them than watch SNL now....
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Post by: ShanghaiOrange on September 30, 2003, 10:04:45 PM
The giant Walmart sketch and Tenis Talk with Time Travelling Scott Joplin were the best sketches last season.
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Post by: cine on September 30, 2003, 10:07:16 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
and on the subject of SNL......it SUCKs now.....and has always since....farley, spade, sandler, hartmon, etc..(the good ones)...have left...
.i rather make up my own skits and vidotape them than watch SNL now....


God, that was awfully wrong of you to say. Some of the years of the seasons you're talking about were so embarrassingly bad.. I haven't seen any complaints of any 'down' years since Lorne made the new cast in 95. It's MUCH better writing now. Ah... there's no point in me fighting. I'm a diehard SNLer.. this just won't work... Neon, I think we should see other people.
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Post by: SoNowThen on October 01, 2003, 09:54:17 AM
Quote from: ShanghaiOrange
Tennis Talk with Time Travelling Scott Joplin


The title alone was hilarious.
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Post by: Banky on October 01, 2003, 12:31:12 PM
Did anyone ever see Gus Chiggins the old Prospector skit that was on the deleted scenes on the Will ferrel DVD?
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Post by: cine on October 01, 2003, 01:33:50 PM
Yes I did. At least a dozen times. And it's still fucking hilarious.
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Post by: SoNowThen on October 01, 2003, 01:50:16 PM
Best skit is still Storytellers.

"...we've stayed up long hours talking about our hatred for immigrants"
"whoa, Neil, leave me out of this one..."
"NO I WILL LEAVE YOU IN!"



"...this next one I wrote after I killed a drifter to get an erection.... ohhh... I paint clown makeup on my penis..."


Hehe
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Post by: Ravi on October 01, 2003, 02:45:49 PM
TO BILL BRASKY!
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Post by: SoNowThen on October 01, 2003, 02:53:17 PM
Did you know the legend of Johnny Appleseed was based on Brasky (except for the planting trees and not raping men)?
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Post by: Banky on October 01, 2003, 04:25:35 PM
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Yes I did. At least a dozen times. And it's still fucking hilarious.


yeah its one of the best
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Post by: freakerdude on October 02, 2003, 11:24:12 PM
SNL Season 29 Premiere
JACK BLACK/JOHN MAYER Episode 1320 11:30/10:30pm 10/04/03

Last year, I could barely watch most of the skits. The show Ray Liotta hosted on 1-18-03 was extremely bad....I was embarrassed for them.
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Post by: cine on October 05, 2003, 01:48:28 PM
Who checked out the season premiere?
I thought it was hilarious.. and was very happy for Will Forte, being promoted to the repertory player.. the sketches were good and Jack Black messed up on John Mayer's name (Myer) and reacted to it immediately following. Great opening to the 29th season.
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Post by: Ravi on October 05, 2003, 02:48:22 PM
I like the black and white ad for that financial company where the head guy talks about the Christmas list and stuff.

The ad for the razor with about 20 blades is a classic.
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Post by: Sleuth on October 05, 2003, 03:14:36 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Who checked out the season premiere?
I thought it was hilarious..


Uhhh!?!  A terrible episode, I don't know if you're joking or what
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Post by: RegularKarate on October 05, 2003, 03:35:30 PM
It wasn't a TERRIBLE episode, it just wasn't great.

JB was really good... what sucked was the Weekend Update which is usually what I judge an SNL episode by.
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Post by: cine on October 05, 2003, 05:28:05 PM
No, not joking.. I found the show to be very good.. we all have varying senses of humour, folks.. we're not all going to agree on what this show does. Black just gives the show his own authorship when he comes on, and its good.. I prefer that over a Jeff Gordon show.
I'm looking forward to the Timberlake episode because, like Spears and Lopez delivered the characters, I'm betting he will too.
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Post by: chinaski40 on October 06, 2003, 04:13:11 AM
i don't know if this has been said before, but i just got to the end of the thread, and must say that snl died with sandler, farely, meadows and hartman leaving...it has it's moments, but i yearn for the old days; which i'm sure most people at that time were yearning for the days of chevy chase and belushi, but i stand by my opinion that sandler and farley days were the best....
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Post by: Raikus on October 06, 2003, 09:37:19 AM
I wasn't too impressed with it. However the opening host's monologue (JB's) was one of the best ever.
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Post by: ono on October 06, 2003, 12:41:32 PM
Just my luck that the opening and monologue were the only parts I missed.  What was so great about them?  Saw everything else, wasn't too impressed except with the wine sketch, which I know, was childish, but I couldn't help but laugh every time Jack Blank found a new way to spit at Seth Meyers.
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Post by: Raikus on October 06, 2003, 12:54:37 PM
JB's opening was a song ("Not This Jack") about how now that he's a mega-super-hot-stuff-it-actor it's not going to his head. He'd sing a verse and then yell at an audience member not to make direct eye contact with him and instruct another to always keep eye contact, etc.

Also, there's a part where KG's in a group of people and JB signs his guitar without noticing him.

It sounds lame but I thought he really pulled it off.
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Post by: RegularKarate on October 06, 2003, 02:24:04 PM
I agree... the opening monologue was great.  
Explaining it in words can't do it any justice though.
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Post by: Sleuth on October 06, 2003, 03:20:45 PM
It went on way too long
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Post by: cine on October 06, 2003, 03:27:07 PM
The cold opening was Hammond as Schwarzenegger discussing his 5 point plan for California while ending his sentences with things likes "and all of that" or "and things of that nature."
For his Economy point, he said that he supports "keeping jobs in California" and "having people get jobs where they work for the employer and he pays them money for doing those things"..and his Education point where he supports "the children doing the reading and writing and the adding of the numbers and the geography and all of that".. Really funny..
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Post by: edison on October 06, 2003, 06:52:04 PM
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The cold opening was Hammond as Schwarzenegger discussing his 5 point plan for California while ending his sentences with things likes "and all of that" or "and things of that nature."
For his Economy point, he said that he supports "keeping jobs in California" and "having people get jobs where they work for the employer and he pays them money for doing those things"..and his Education point where he supports "the children doing the reading and writing and the adding of the numbers and the geography and all of that".. Really funny..


this segment had me rolling, i love how everything ends with "and all of that"
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Post by: cine on October 12, 2003, 09:13:17 PM
So who saw the Timberlake episode this week? I thought this was funnier than Black's episode.. I was crying laughing over the Punk'd thing (I'm Canadian so I just saw the Timberlake/Kutcher thing last week).. the Kermit sketch was probably the best of the show though.. once again proof that Will Forte is a god.. I will be buying his Best of DVD whenever its released in several years. Timberlake was good throughout the whole show and only started to break during the Gibb talk show.. understandable since Sanz and Fallon break with eachother all the time. Good show.
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Post by: Banky on October 12, 2003, 09:17:13 PM
i liked the gibb sketch a lot
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Post by: ono on October 12, 2003, 10:59:15 PM
I saw the Timberlake episode.  The Kermit sketch and the Punk'd sketch were best, yeah, but I thought he sang too much for my liking.  At least he was able to make fun of himself and get back at Kutcher at the same time.  In two different sketches, no less.  So that was cool.

Why, oh why, do the first guests suck so badly, though?  Jack Black was okay, and Timberlake surprised me, but I'm not looking forward to next week.  Anyone know who's on after Berry/Spears?
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Post by: cine on October 12, 2003, 11:47:40 PM
Oct 25th is a rerun and theres no info yet on the live November 1st show. The November 8th show will have tennis sensation Andy Roddick hosting with Dave Matthews as the musical guest.
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Post by: Pas on October 13, 2003, 01:50:13 AM
Three songs ? What the hell ...

Still, I was surprised with this one. The Punk'd sketch was great, the Omelette thing was funny and Gary Busey hehe.

Overall, it was an okay episode
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Post by: Ghostboy on October 13, 2003, 01:55:54 AM
I think Justin Timberlake is cool. I love Cry Me A River (not the version he played, though, although it was cool to see him trying to explore new territory). It's pretty good pop. Anyway, that Kermit skit was sort of brilliant, and the Punk'd thing was great. The funniest thing about the Jessica Simpson sketch is that he basically just repeated thing she'd already said verbatim.
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Post by: Gloria on October 18, 2003, 11:50:37 PM
I know this isn't news or anything, but watching a little bit of SNL, I really realize that Britney Spears can't sing.  Whats with that slow song she did?  I can name at least 10 artists who could have pulled that song off 10 times better than she did.  How does she get a recording contract and plenty of people more worthy dont get the time of day? I'll tell you why, because she is 'marketable.'  Makes me sick.

I'm done with my rant. I feel a lot better.

"If I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would."  
- Maryland First Lady
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Post by: Ghostboy on October 18, 2003, 11:54:42 PM
Hey, at least she actually sang on the second one, accompanied by live instrumentation. The first one was not only lip synced terribly by her, but also the backup singers, and the band was completely faking. I couldn't believe they actually left part of the Madonna verse in...it was like they were just playing the CD over the house amps.

I also can't believe I'm getting so analytical. Oh wait, yes I can. I love pop stars.
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Post by: Gloria on October 18, 2003, 11:55:54 PM
Quote from: Ghostboy
at least she actually sang on the second one


She sings?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ghostboy on October 18, 2003, 11:58:01 PM
OUTKAST!!!!! NOVEMBER 1st!!!!
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Post by: modage on October 19, 2003, 12:00:34 AM
Quote from: Gloria
Quote from: Ghostboy
at least she actually sang on the second one


She sings?


yeah, 1/2 of the songs she performs on every SNL appearance, the first is always a heavy dance number with no singing and bad bad lip synching, and the second is always the "safe" ballad.  what i love about all these artists really taking chances with their music.  is how the only chances are really on like the first single and maybe a few other songs.  everything else is just as bland as the old stuff and written by some ubersafe ballad songwriter.
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Post by: ono on October 19, 2003, 12:02:38 AM
Quote from: Ghostboy
OUTKAST!!!!! NOVEMBER 1st!!!!

Not only that, but The Best of Tracy Morgan airs next week!  :-D
Title: It's not yogurt!
Post by: blackmamba on October 19, 2003, 11:20:03 AM
What is it then?
That's not yogurt!



Thank God for reruns.
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Post by: freakerdude on October 19, 2003, 12:12:20 PM
Quote from: Gloria
I know this isn't news or anything, but watching a little bit of SNL, I really realize that Britney Spears can't sing.  Whats with that slow song she did?  I can name at least 10 artists who could have pulled that song off 10 times better than she did.

Anyone can be sugar coated in the studios to sound good. Funny thing, I saw the Spice Girls actually sing on Letterman, I believe. It was horrid to hear how bad they really were. I don't think they ever sang live again after that.

Now who thought this weeks SNL was pretty kicking with Halle? The hoochie girls (Starshina?) birthday sketch was pretty good. I also liked the sketch with the Klymaxx cover song album and the Ashford & Simpson for hire sketch.

Edited: I had to use multi screen (no audio) with the Zimmer skit b/c the World Series was in the bottom of the 9th here on the east while it was on. They must have done it 4 times or so. The one where Halle (was she Pedro?) threw him was a hilariously lame toss.....too funny!

Mad TV came on after SNL was over here in the east.
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Post by: Banky on October 19, 2003, 12:55:47 PM
i thought that this week was pretty weak and that Mad TV was much more entertaining.  I did however like Weekend Update and The Don Zimmer Sketch.  That will go on best of Horatio Sanz.
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Post by: cine on October 19, 2003, 11:09:23 PM
I had to tape this week's SNL and watch it later. It was good, but as I expected, not as good as last week's. Does anyone remember the first time Spears was musical guest on SNL and lip synced? The following week, Kid Rock was on with American Badass and at the top of the song shouted, "whats up with Britney Spears lip syncing on Saturday Night Live!?" Something like that. It was funny how he did it.
Anyway, the show was alright. The black SNLers were busy all night. Finesse's Starkesia character is a recurring one in the works.. hope its funnier next time. But I liked the "Can you tell your friends to ..." line from Parnell. Will Forte was once again the highlight of the show for me. The speedreader and the catcher of the Don Zimmer Spectacular Show...
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Post by: blu on October 20, 2003, 05:40:16 PM
more fred.  we must have more head, i mean fred.
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Post by: Banky on November 01, 2003, 09:12:17 PM
outkast on SNL tonight
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Post by: Pas on November 02, 2003, 07:42:22 AM
Aw man that Fallon joke on the Price is Right's announcer was so fucking lame. The kinda of joke you tell to a close circle of friends and you all die laughing, but NOT the joke to tell on TV. He JUST died...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: freakerdude on November 03, 2003, 11:30:02 AM
I thought this weeks SNL was pretty damn good. The opener was shabby but the monologue was pretty good. I have always liked the Regis & Kelly skit. (Rachel)...correction...Amy Poehler does such a great job of doing Ripa and Hammond is great as well. Fallon's ripping of the nasally challenged guy on the Access Hollywood skit is funny but they had to toss it in again later during the show. The Angeline Jolie deal was hilarious....especially when she kicked Kelly's ass.

The obesity coach sketch was good but Horatio seems to be too caught up in the moment or something. Sometimes he laughs too much when he shouldn't and seems to just roll with the flow.

Dre's song was the best and he's the man behind the band anyway.
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Post by: Raikus on November 03, 2003, 11:35:38 AM
Horatio is probably the worst cast member since Franken, in my opinion. That damn Zimmer skit was abhorrible. He seemed like he'd develop two years ago but obviously he needs to be dumped. I'm sure they can find another fat guy funnier than him.
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Post by: Sleuth on November 03, 2003, 01:48:55 PM
Quote from: freakerdude
I thought this weeks SNL was pretty damn good. The opener was shabby but the monologue was pretty good. I have always liked the Regis & Kelly skit. Rachel does such a great job of doing Ripa and Hammond is great as well.


I didn't see this episode, but I'm pretty sure AMY POEHLER OF UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE SEASON 1 DVD NOVEMBER 4 LOOK AT MY AVATAR is the one who plays Kelly Ripa
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Post by: Pas on November 03, 2003, 02:29:44 PM
Quote from: Slobh
Quote from: freakerdude
I thought this weeks SNL was pretty damn good. The opener was shabby but the monologue was pretty good. I have always liked the Regis & Kelly skit. Rachel does such a great job of doing Ripa and Hammond is great as well.


I didn't see this episode, but I'm pretty sure AMY POEHLER OF UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE SEASON 1 DVD NOVEMBER 4 LOOK AT MY AVATAR is the one who plays Kelly Ripa


I was about to say : "Oh man, all along I tought it was Poehler who did that skit" so it is most probably her.
Title: Re: It's not yogurt!
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on November 03, 2003, 03:29:34 PM
Quote from: blackmamba
What is it then?
That's not yogurt!



Thank God for reruns.


I mainly miss the commercials...they're not as good as they used to be.  That's Not Yogurt, but also great ones like Robot Insurance, Gator Ade cookie dough, Schmitts Gay, Oops I Crapped My Pants, The I'm #1 hat...

Priceless.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on November 03, 2003, 03:31:08 PM
Quote from: Raikus
Horatio is probably the worst cast member since Franken, in my opinion. That damn Zimmer skit was abhorrible. He seemed like he'd develop two years ago but obviously he needs to be dumped. I'm sure they can find another fat guy funnier than him.


I hate Horatio Sanz.  If there's one thing I want, it is SNL sans Sanz.

I only watched part of SNL (Coupling comes on at 11:30).  It was alright.  The Regis and Kelly sketch was pretty funny.  "What's over there?"  "That's the border."  "Let's go there."  "Okay, let's go beyond borders."
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Post by: ono on November 09, 2003, 12:09:12 AM
I like Sanz!  But kudos for the awful pun.  Hehe.

Anyway, SNL's episode tonight surprised me.  Roddick was pretty good, and I loved how they kept playing out the "no experience" angle and the McEnroe stuff.  Weekend Update was great.  Loved the line about the dog and the gun ... "fetch this motha-*BANG*!"  Great.  So much good stuff there tonight.  I totally didn't expect it, 'cause like I said ... "who's Andy Roddick?"  Yeah, yeah, I know now.  The last sketch was a bit amusing, but I'm glad they cut it off when it did.  That premise could get old really fast, and a lot of times they like to beat dead horses on that show.  Time Traveling Scott Joplin was a hoot.  Surprised McEnroe didn't take part in that sketch.  Jock Talk was kind of lame, but it had its moments, too.  There wasn't any sketch that was really awful in this show (except for Merv the Perv which I had almost blocked out from my memory completely by the time I posted this), and as I said, Weekend Update had me in stitches.  So yeah.  Great show.
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Post by: Ravi on November 09, 2003, 01:45:52 AM
I always like Time Traveling with Scott Joplin.
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Post by: edison on November 09, 2003, 03:29:05 AM
the monologue had me rolling, imitating Andre was the funniest thing especially with the girls danceing in the background

i was worried for a second because i though all the characters of roddick would be named Andy Roddick.

didnt care much for Dave Matthews
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Post by: cine on November 09, 2003, 03:40:27 AM
They tried to jam the idea down our throats the whole show that, yes, Andy Roddick can be entertaining. Well, I guess. But I look at it as he can last in entertaining sketches. He never really did anything that I liked on the show. He was better than Jeter though. Much better. McEnroe's "Heeere's Johnny" had me crying. And he pleased me by doing it about three times. Fuck, that impression was hilarious. That whole commentating segment with Parnell was one of the main highlights for me. The in-joke about Martin Lawrence was funny, along with the Brody one. Will Forte - again - proved he is the guy I tune for the most. "Black janitor guy" during the singing of names.. oh, so funny. And Tim Calhoun! My favourite WU character. And I actually really like the Merv the Perv sketches. I think Parnell's one liners are great - "dah dah dahdahdahdah dah dah Do Me." Sounds dumb on here but I laughed really hard at that. It's Parnell though.. nobody else in that cast could do that. Richards' "FIRE IT UP!" on Jock Talk will likely catch on as that got the most laughs of the sketch.
REALLY looking forward to Alec Baldwin next week on SNL - but I wish we could get some shweaty balls on that show. Let's at least pray for a Falconer!
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Post by: Banky on November 09, 2003, 09:03:35 AM
i hated how they jammed down the idea that roddick was number one in the world.  It was alsolame how the prime time players or whatever got more sketches then the good paert of the cast.  i turned it off after weekend update.  I thought Horatio Sanz on Wekend update was funny.  I like when Jimmy Falon breaks character.
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Post by: Fishbulb on November 10, 2003, 03:26:35 PM
Quote

I mainly miss the commercials...they're not as good as they used to be. That's Not Yogurt, but also great ones like Robot Insurance, Gator Ade cookie dough, Schmitts Gay, Oops I Crapped My Pants, The I'm #1 hat...


Robot Insurance and Oops I Crapped My Pants were both written by Adam McKay; he was in the Upright Citizens Brigade and was the head writer for the show back a few years ago when it was good. He's also the guy who wrote and directed that "Anchorman" movie with Will Ferrell.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on November 10, 2003, 07:53:51 PM
Quote from: Fishbulb
Quote

I mainly miss the commercials...they're not as good as they used to be. That's Not Yogurt, but also great ones like Robot Insurance, Gator Ade cookie dough, Schmitts Gay, Oops I Crapped My Pants, The I'm #1 hat...


Robot Insurance and Oops I Crapped My Pants were both written by Adam McKay; he was in the Upright Citizens Brigade and was the head writer for the show back a few years ago when it was good. He's also the guy who wrote and directed that "Anchorman" movie with Will Ferrell.


I like you

I think McKay also wrote the Bill Brasky sketches, do you know if that's true?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Fishbulb on November 23, 2003, 04:05:44 PM
Yeah, I'm pretty sure he did. They haven't done a Brasky sketch since he left.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SoNowThen on November 23, 2003, 04:07:51 PM
Quote

 Robot Insurance



haha
a classic!!!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: godardian on November 23, 2003, 05:33:09 PM
Maya Rudolph made the show for me last night: "Ya know what ah hate? Ah hate goin' to mah husband's rape trial!"
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 23, 2003, 05:37:30 PM
She was really funny in that. The show needs more Time Traveling With Scott Joplin...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: aclockworkjj on December 04, 2003, 10:54:03 PM
sorta on subject...but did anyone happen to catch this new Tracy Morgan show?...pretty funny stuff.
Title: Re: It's not yogurt!
Post by: freakerdude on December 05, 2003, 12:10:11 AM
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I mainly miss the commercials...they're not as good as they used to be.  That's Not Yogurt, but also great ones like Robot Insurance, Gator Ade cookie dough, Schmitts Gay, Oops I Crapped My Pants, The I'm #1 hat...

Priceless.


Mel's Char Palace
Cluckin Chicken
Super Happy Fun Ball
Colon Blow
The Love Toilet
Calvin Kleen
Monster Spray Repellent
the mtn. family feud for the town's Spring Water
roach motel torture chamber
anyone remember the Herihley Boy.....the house sitter commercial?

Funniest ever........Hybernol!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 05, 2003, 12:22:45 AM
.where is toonnces the driving cat.......

that sh*t was phucking awesome .....

i don't see how you guys can still watch SNL  post sandler, farley, hartman, spade, etc.....i try to but at most  the shows are a little above par compared to a  high school remake of little shop of horrors....

but i guess most of you guys grew up w/ the "nnewer"cast....and donn't know annny better.......

if you have anny questioons about when SNL was actually funny and didnn't rely on chris katan( :roll: )... and horatio sannnz( :roll: :roll: ) let me know.....
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on December 05, 2003, 12:31:51 AM
I can't even remember when I started watching SNL, but it was really early(edit:  early in my life), and that's why it took so long for me to finally not care if I miss an episode (happened late last season).  I watched at least one episode this season, at most 2.  Tragic that I know some of those people are funnier than they are on SNL.
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Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 05, 2003, 12:37:04 AM
when i started to watch it was mid-to-late-80's-to-mid-90's....

and i tried to get into the nnewer stuff...but i guess i just couldn't get use to
watching bottom level talent...(excluding farrel).....
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on December 05, 2003, 12:40:37 AM
I know Amy Poehler isn't funny on SNL, but believe me, she's hilarious, and if you don't believe me then get yourself ahold of

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000DJYNE.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

Horatio Sanz was also an old member before they got the show, so I guess he may be funny away from SNL too (Gamblor seems to think so) but I don't know
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on December 05, 2003, 12:43:32 AM
i use to watch that show....(not much tough)..i thought is phucking crazy....(in a funnny way)..... :yabbse-thumbup:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on December 05, 2003, 01:39:59 AM
Quote from: Slobh
I know Amy Poehler isn't funny on SNL, but believe me, she's hilarious


If you truly don't think Poehler is funny on SNL, then you're not a fan of Poehler. There, I said it. I don't care if you have the DVD of the UCB - if you don't find the sketches she writes funny or those PERFECT impressions then I don't know what to say. You have something wrong with you to say "I know Amy Poehler isn't funny on SNL". Something tells me you should stop missing the show...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on December 05, 2003, 01:43:31 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: Slobh
I know Amy Poehler isn't funny on SNL, but believe me, she's hilarious


If you truly don't think Poehler is funny on SNL, then you're not a fan of Poehler. There, I said it. I don't care if you have the DVD of the UCB - if you don't find the sketches she writes funny or those PERFECT impressions then I don't know what to say. You have something wrong with you to say "I know Amy Poehler isn't funny on SNL". Something tells me you should stop missing the show...


I was exaggerating a little, but I really don't like her on SNL.  Rarely do I find her funny there (Shelly Long in that one Jack Black sketch from this season)

Have you seen UCB?  You may set a new standard for funny :(
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Post by: cine on December 05, 2003, 01:52:09 AM
Quote from: Slobh
You may set a new standard for funny :(

Yes, we Canadians DID set a new standard for funny :wink:
But anyhow, I know what you're saying. I still find Poehler to be a genius on SNL; she wasn't upgraded to repertory player midway through her first season for nothing, you know...
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Post by: aclockworkjj on December 05, 2003, 01:53:33 AM
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.i don't see how you guys can still watch SNL  post sandler, farley, hartman, spade, etc.....i try to but at most  the shows are a little above par compared to a  high school remake of little shop of horrors....

I couldn't agree more...i have tried, every once in awhile something grand is thrown in there, but...not often.
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Post by: Sleuth on December 05, 2003, 01:56:13 AM
I am putting the future of (good) SNL in the hands of Amy, Will Forte, and Fred Armisen
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Post by: cine on December 05, 2003, 02:00:44 AM
Yes, as am I... especially Forte, as I've creamed my pants several times over his sketches in this thread. It's a crying shame there weren't any amazing Will Forte/Will Ferrell sketches. But I think Forte was put on SNL for a reason - to make us all forget there was a Will Ferrell and that there's only one Will Forte.
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Post by: cine on December 07, 2003, 02:07:41 PM
And so another SNL episode has passed. Sharpton hosted SNL and it really wasn't that bad at all. Very similar to when John McCain hosted. It was a good move getting Tracy Morgan to come back for some sketches. This could allow him to plug his new show while getting to do sketches with the guy he did impressions of on several past episodes. Very fun to watch - especially their opening monologue. Man, a lot of the sketches were just REALLY fun to watch, and I bet SNL will benefit from the huge media attention they got for getting Sharpton on the show.

Now I'm hoping Elijah Wood is good next week...
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Post by: Reinhold on December 07, 2003, 02:14:06 PM
first episode that i've actually liked tracy morgan on.

i usually laugh at sharpton anyway-- this was exceptionally funny.
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Post by: ©brad on December 07, 2003, 02:34:53 PM
i just saw the nick burns computer guy skit for the first time on a rerun and it was hysterical!

"hurry up man, my screen saver is about to kick in!"
 
hah! classic.
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Post by: Ravi on December 07, 2003, 02:40:00 PM
Quote from: Cinephile

Now I'm hoping Elijah Wood is good next week...


Maybe Rachel Dratch will play Gollum.
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Post by: cine on December 07, 2003, 02:43:43 PM
Quote from: ©brad
i just saw the nick burns computer guy skit for the first time on a rerun and it was hysterical!

"hurry up man, my screen saver is about to kick in!"
 
hah! classic.


I always liked when he found something funny and said "L-O-L semi-colon parenthesis!"

Quote from: Ravi
Maybe Rachel Dratch will play Gollum.

Yeah, if she's even on the damn show! Maya owned this show (but for good reason).
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Post by: Gamblour. on December 07, 2003, 03:14:50 PM
Quote from: Slobh

Horatio Sanz was also an old member before they got the show, so I guess he may be funny away from SNL too (Gamblor seems to think so) but I don't know


I do? If I did say that, I've changed my mind. I think Horation Sanz is funny on SNL, he wasn't very good at UCB. As for Poehler, haven't watched SNL in a long time, but she's great on that first season dvd of UCB, which had me laughing really at hard. "You are the one who will someday defeat me."
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Post by: Sleuth on December 07, 2003, 05:14:25 PM
Quote from: Gamblor: PrinceofDarkness
Quote from: Slobh

Horatio Sanz was also an old member before they got the show, so I guess he may be funny away from SNL too (Gamblor seems to think so) but I don't know


I do? If I did say that, I've changed my mind. I think Horation Sanz is funny on SNL, he wasn't very good at UCB. As for Poehler, haven't watched SNL in a long time, but she's great on that first season dvd of UCB, which had me laughing really at hard. "You are the one who will someday defeat me."


Well, either way, victory for UCB.

And I hated this past SNL episode except for very few things (one of which was unintentional I believe)
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Post by: ono on January 11, 2004, 02:21:57 PM
Well, the Best of Will Farrell Vol. 2 episode a few weeks ago was great, and last night, Jennifer Aniston hosted with the Black Eyed Peas, and it was hilarious.  Her monologue where Joey blew his brains out after she chose Ross had me roaring.  The paparazzi sketch was hilarious, too.  "Hey, Jennifer, when are you gonna have a baby?!"  The Country Roses sketch was hilarious, but the Appalachian ER one left a bit to be desired.  Good episode, though.

I am not, however, looking forward to next week.  Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey hosting?  G-unit who?  Bleh.
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Post by: mogwai on January 11, 2004, 02:35:55 PM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
G-unit who?  Bleh.

50 cent and his homies.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0000TAZS8.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)
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Post by: ono on February 07, 2004, 11:45:14 PM
The Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey episode was actually pretty good.  Color me surprised.

And this week, well, "you've just been slammed!"  Classic episode.  'Nuff said.
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Post by: freakerdude on February 07, 2004, 11:59:04 PM
the taxi skit was a really good one IMO.
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Post by: Ravi on February 08, 2004, 04:15:17 PM
They should stop bringing out the Native American comic on Weekend Update.  He uses Native American words for the punchline and Jimmy thinks he is funny, we get it already!
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Post by: Pas on February 08, 2004, 04:36:46 PM
It was done on South Park before anyway
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Post by: cine on February 08, 2004, 05:36:14 PM
Who caught the screw up by Don Pardo on SNL this week?
"Chris Kattan -- Chris Parnell!"

Really good show this week. Armisen's Native American character on WU had me in tears.
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Post by: Raikus on February 08, 2004, 08:03:14 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
Armisen's Native American character on WU had me in tears.

Because you pitied the fool, right? Right?!

It couldn't be because you enjoyed his hucajo baduy!!!

.....
 
You see, that's Native American for "talk of comedy." Nothing? Is this thing on?
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Post by: cine on February 08, 2004, 08:49:12 PM
Quote from: Raikus
Nothing? Is this thing on?

 :lol:
I love how he added that to his character. I was worried he wouldn't do it again because the audience didn't laugh too hard the first time. But, oh, they laughed this time. It's been a very good season so far. There's isn't one person that looks awkward to me, like how Jerry Minor and Dean Edwards did to me in the past.
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Post by: Raikus on February 08, 2004, 10:29:45 PM
How can you--can anyone--find Horatio Sans funny? He's sucking "comedy" from the entire planet. The guy just can not keep it together and has no timing or anything. It's painful to watch.
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Post by: cine on February 08, 2004, 10:37:23 PM
I see what you mean with the timing thing but I can't help but laugh hysterically at characters like his Gene Shalit impression.
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Post by: godardian on February 08, 2004, 11:03:02 PM
Last night's episode (w/ Megan Mullally) had some of the best bits in a long time. The Oprah sketch was just sheer physical-chaos-comedy genius, I loved it, up there with Marx Bros. Tina Fey's joke about her college years was really funny, too.
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Post by: pete on February 08, 2004, 11:07:05 PM
I thought horatio sanz was hilarious when he did that jefferey's sketch, the one that sean hayes and jimmy fallon cracked up at.
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Post by: ono on February 09, 2004, 12:04:15 AM
I think Horatio Sanz is hilarious, myself.  His characters, as Cinephile said, make him so.  Shalit is a revelation, and in the sketch Fallon and Dratch do about the Bostonians, his character is hilarious.  Ditto with his sketch with Fallon about the web broadcast.  In fact, everyone on SNL is stellar this year.  What Cinephile said is right: this has been a very good season.  And godardian's avatar keeps changing like every five minutes.  How eerily interesting.
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Post by: godardian on February 09, 2004, 12:50:50 AM
Quote from: Onomatopoeia
I think Horatio Sanz is hilarious, myself.  His characters, as Cinephile said, make him so.  Shalit is a revelation, and in the sketch Fallon and Dratch do about the Bostonians, his character is hilarious.  Ditto with his sketch with Fallon about the web broadcast.  In fact, everyone on SNL is stellar this year.  What Cinephile said is right: this has been a very good season.  And godardian's avatar keeps changing like every five minutes.  How eerily interesting.


I was trying to find a good one... the first one was best, but it had a really deformed-looking left side. Stupid computers...
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Post by: Sleuth on February 09, 2004, 01:54:25 AM
Jeff Richards has been fired says www.snlonline.tv

Hmmm, well, I thought he was better than Seth Meyers if that means anything
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Post by: cine on February 09, 2004, 02:01:40 AM
Whoa. Thanks for the news. That comes as a shock to me. Although I disagree and think Meyers is much better, I felt Richards was getting better with every show.
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Post by: ono on February 09, 2004, 02:13:19 AM
I feel bad for the guy.  He had his moments.  Wonder why he got canned.  Maybe the weakest link in a strong cast.  He of course had drunk girl, which was what he was most known for I imagine, though I found it unfunny at times.  And he's always had those other impressions that were good because you knew it was him but didn't distract.  It'd be interesting to hear the story behind this.
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Post by: cine on February 09, 2004, 02:22:03 AM
I'm going to miss that Gary Busey impression.

Is it a coincidence that his last show featured him doing the "Live From New York..."? I highly doubt it.
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Post by: ono on February 09, 2004, 02:24:58 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
I'm going to miss that Gary Busey impression.

"My farts smell like butterscotch.  No really, they smell like butt or scotch."

And then there was the line about smelling colors.  DirecTV.  Gotta love it.
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Post by: cine on April 12, 2004, 12:53:06 AM
I've missed a couple of the past SNL's but taped and watched the Janet Jackson one last night. They had one sketch that had me crying because it was so funny. Don't know if I should spoil it though since the premise alone is what makes it so great. Anyway, it was a funny show and Jackson made fun of herself about a half dozen times with the whole breast thing. Good show.
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Post by: ono on April 12, 2004, 07:14:29 AM
You're probably thinking of the same one I am, Cinebunny (hah), if we're on the same wavelength.  It's probably the only really funny sketch SNL's had in awhile.  The Affleck show was great, but let's face it, it's been in a bit of a slump with the lackluster Trump show, and now this Jackson show with the obvious jokes and the one funny sketch.  The winery one, right?

And unfortunately, in two weeks I think it is, Lindsay Lohan hosts with Usher as musical guest.  She's from Mean Girls, which explains that.  But still, I hate how SNL seems to be show after show of the star who's hogging the current spotlight with their fifteen minutes, with nothing to offer comedically.  Looking back on the season, the Timberlake episode was one of the best this year, 'cause he was willing and able to make fun of himself (and Kutcher -- YOU JUST GOT PUNKED -- I'M AWESOME!) and the writing was solid.  Not so much this time around.  C'mon, where's Will Ferrell coming back to host when he's needed?  They were on the right track with calling Kattan and Morgan back to do that sketch with Fallon, Sanz, and Cowell.  And I'm sure they could do better than ... Lindsay who?  That's right, Lohan.  Bleh.
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Post by: cine on April 12, 2004, 11:31:01 AM
Quote from: Onomatopaella
The winery one, right?

Oh yes. That one and the Prince Show are the ones I will be replaying many times. I missed the Affleck and Trump shows :(

Quote from: Onomatopaella
But still, I hate how SNL seems to be show after show of the star who's hogging the current spotlight with their fifteen minutes, with nothing to offer comedically.

Yes, but I've accepted that that's just the nature of SNL's show. Always has been and I think its moreso now than ever.

The Timberlake show was great - so many hilarious highlights: Barry Gibb talk show, Kermit, Punk'd, Bolton, and so on. I really want them to go nuts with the Olsen Twins for the season finale.
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Post by: Slick Shoes on April 12, 2004, 11:36:22 AM
I liked the "Fear Factor Junior" skit they did two weeks ago: "If you answer it wrong, you're parents get divorced!"
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Post by: mogwai on April 17, 2004, 02:20:07 PM
i'm watching a re-run where sean penn is hosting. it's quite dated and i was wondering from which year it was broadcast? thanks.
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Post by: cine on April 17, 2004, 02:23:30 PM
Quote from: mogwai
i'm watching a re-run where sean penn is hosting. it's quite dated and i was wondering from which year it was broadcast? thanks.

October 24th, 1987.
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Post by: mogwai on April 17, 2004, 02:28:50 PM
whoa... thanks... i'm watching a skit where penn is doing a de niro impression.
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Post by: ono on May 02, 2004, 12:30:07 AM
Alright, so SNL just went off.  Host Lindsay Lohan with musical guest Usher.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Highlight of the night was a sketch that probably would've died had Rachel Dratch not gotten a severe case of the giggles.  Instead, it became one of the funniest sketches in awhile.  Poor Rachel had to deal with constant close-ups where she was supposed to look morose as "Debbie Downer," but instead, each time, she burst into giggles.

No Fred Armisen that I remember.  The Tattoo-removal commercial was inspired.  The Jared's Room sketch was forgettable, though they're usually a highlight of the show.  Only really inspired moment were the lines the robot had, especially the "whoa -- what if I'm human and you're the robots?"  I wonder if they're going to remember continuity for next season -- they say Jared's moving out of his room, so will they bring the sketch back in a different room, discontinue it, or totally forget about that?

Nice to see Tina Fey in a sketch, but she was underused.  Still, it was decent.  The whole sleep-over sketch was kind of lame.  The Harry Potter sketch as a one-joke wonder, but it had its moments.  Overall, though, it was a very good episode.  And for awhile I definitely empathized with the students at Hogwarts, 'cause, well, Lindsay Lohan done grew up.  She's truly gorgeous -- and not anorexic, to boot!  I think that's it.  If I can't remember it, it probably wasn't that great.
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Post by: El Duderino on May 02, 2004, 01:57:33 AM
Quote from: Onomatopita
Alright, so SNL just went off.  Host Lindsay Lohan with musical guest Usher.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Highlight of the night was a sketch that probably would've died had Rachel Dratch not gotten a severe case of the giggles.  Instead, it became one of the funniest sketches in awhile.  Poor Rachel had to deal with constant close-ups where she was supposed to look morose as "Debbie Downer," but instead, each time, she burst into giggles.

No Fred Armisen that I remember.  


yeah, the Debbie Downer skit was great. and Fred was one of the European MTV-like show host with Maya Rudolph and he sat next to lindsay during Debbie Downer
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Post by: Ghostboy on May 02, 2004, 04:17:59 AM
This is old news, but I caught the Christina Aguilera rerun last week and bust a gut laughing in every skit, I think. The high society ladies were terrific, the Spanish soap opera was dead on (and high on Armisien), and the bit where the guy gets fired was beautifully non sequitur. Brilliant writing, there. And that weekend update bit about the Jesus Horse deserves to go down in history.
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Post by: Fishbulb on May 02, 2004, 10:16:03 AM
It's weird how a sketch can be sitting around SNL for a while. That last sketch with all the porn star names (Rumpleforeskin, etc.) was written as far back as 2001. They were rehearsing it for the Gwyneth Paltrow episode and didn't use it. Apparently it's been in and out of shows 4 times this season.
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Post by: ono on May 02, 2004, 12:17:02 PM
I'm really glad you liked the Aguilera episode.  I think it's one of my favorites in awhile, along with the Timberlake one.  And I can't believe I'm saying that, because you wouldn't think those two would be great at comeday.  The Spanish soap opera sketch, Besos y Lagrimas (Kisses and Tears) is one of the funniest ever, and it's all about these crazy facial and vocal expressions.  Classic.  And "Yay, puns!"

I noticed how dates that sketch seemed to be, too.  It probably got put in either because of the length of the Debbie Downer sketch (as a filler), or more obviously because of the whole recent FCC debacle.
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Post by: Sleuth on May 02, 2004, 12:23:35 PM
Fred was the best at not breaking character during Debbie Downer.  Can any of the admins make him a regular cast member already?
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Post by: ono on May 02, 2004, 01:08:25 PM
Just remembered - the CLUB TRAXX sketch with the T.A.T.U. spoof must've been on the shelf for awhile, too.
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Post by: cine on May 02, 2004, 09:27:15 PM
Just had a wonderful double-header tonight (haha.. Lohan..oh, look..) with Mean Girls followed by SNL.

SNL HeadlightsHighlights:

Will Forte in back-to-back-to-back roles as Bush, the robot, and the evil professor. I was waiting for the mystery driver of the 4 girls to be Tim Calhoun. That would've been something! I disagree with Ono about the Debbie Downer sketch.. it would've been funny without the giggles, but naturally it's always more entertaining when the performers break. The mailbox was another highlight. Jeremy Piven, Jimmy Kimmel, and Saturday Night Live's Darrell Hammond. That was great. And the gonorrhea joke on WU was hands down the funniest joke. Poehler's character better catch on because that can be pretty good.

One more thing: If SNL doesn't take advantage of the Olsen Twins with a Merv the Perv sketch, then there's a BIG problem!

Oh yeah, and did anybody happen to see John C. Reilly in the floor audience in the opening monologue??
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Post by: bonanzataz on May 02, 2004, 10:05:17 PM
phile, you are seriously overdoing it now with the cross outs. don't make me fart on you.
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Post by: meatball on May 03, 2004, 12:51:24 AM
i'll contribute a fart.

and lindsay lohan was cute on snl. i feel bad for admitting this.
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Post by: Pubrick on May 03, 2004, 12:56:01 AM
Quote from: meatball
and lindsay lohan was cute on snl. i feel bad for admitting this.

why, are u 30?
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Post by: meatball on May 03, 2004, 01:49:51 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: meatball
and lindsay lohan was cute on snl. i feel bad for admitting this.

why, are u 30?


NO.

i just hate her, that's all. it was her artificial tan that won me over.
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Post by: Stefen on May 03, 2004, 01:54:39 AM
That girls bad. She finally has hips now too. I would.
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Post by: modage on May 09, 2004, 11:08:10 PM
SNL is something terrible.  i think the switch happened when i became older than their target audience, but its more than that.  how many freaking musical artists are they going to let host this season?  like, actors make good hosts for a reason: BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO ACT.  musical guests DONT.  aguilera, janet, timberlake, nick & jessica, snoop dogg, etc.  this is really getting ridiculous.   (also sucky: politicians, donald trump, atheletes).

here is a rule of thumb for SNL: if the host is playing themselves in more than 2 skits, THIS EPISODE SUCKS.  

that should also be extended to not JUST how many times nick and jessica play 'nick and jessica' but also when theyre 'singers' too.  the writers really need to pull in the reigns and just pick the best 2 or so skits that involve the actual persona and try to get them to do a, i dont know, CHARACTER for the other ones.  i know they have some good cast members, but this catering to some teen audience is really sucking the life out of this show and has been for a few seasons.  also: weekend update should try to take a few lessons from the daily show and make fun of everyone because last nights episode was SO pro-democrat anti-republican it was a little sickening.
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Post by: Ravi on May 10, 2004, 08:14:10 AM
I did used to like SNL, but a few years ago I started finding it boring and unfunny.  Maybe their target audience is younger than I thought.  That would explain Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, etc. appearing on the show as well as the inexplicable popularity of Jimmy Fallon.

The first time I saw Dave Matthews Band was on SNL.  I think this was before they were really popular.  Whatever happened to those days?
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Post by: El Duderino on May 10, 2004, 09:40:42 AM
Snoop Dogg was horrendous, i turned it off after Weekend Update. avril lavigne sucked too.
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Post by: Fishbulb on May 10, 2004, 10:35:26 AM
Your argument would hold a lot more weight if the Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson/Nick Lachey, and Christina Aguilera episodes hadn't been as good as they were. Did you watch the Timberlake episode? He did a lot more than just play "himself". He played Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Simpson, Robin Gibb....he did the "Omeletville" sketch which was very funny. He threw himself into the show and wasn't afraid to look silly or goofy. Christina Aguilera was similarly impressive, doing a GREAT impression of Kim Catrall/Samantha from Sex in the City and showing off a decent range with various accents in other sketches.

In reality, it's been the supposed "actors" that have been responsible for most of the crappy episodes this season. Halle Berry did a terrible job when she hosted. Robert DeNiro also was embarassing- he just stared at the cue cards during every sketch. Colin Firth- good actor, horrible at sketch comedy. I admit that the Snoop Dogg episode was pretty poor- if anything, they didn't let him be himself ENOUGH. They should have had more fun with his persona- the sketches they wrote for him were pretty bland and didn't seem to capitalize on his talents.
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Post by: pete on May 10, 2004, 10:41:03 AM
well, it also had a lot to do with most of America going "awww isn't it adorable that Justin does not take himself seriously--or less seriously than we do..."  I don't think Justin was that much better, and a lot of those sketches were predicated on the idea that "man it would be so funny if the hottest pop star in America was doing this", the same with what they did to someone like Jason Priestly all those years ago.
Or when the Rock was on they'd get him to sing and play a monkey, 'cause aw shucks, that big scary man knows how to smile!
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Post by: SoNowThen on May 10, 2004, 10:46:17 AM
Quote from: pete
the same with what they did to someone like Jason Priestly all those years ago.


Yeah, but he had some of the funniest skits of that year. The figure-skater crashing and the Johnny Hildo ones are right up there.
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Post by: Ravi on May 10, 2004, 02:40:17 PM
Quote from: Fishbulb

In reality, it's been the supposed "actors" that have been responsible for most of the crappy episodes this season. Halle Berry did a terrible job when she hosted. Robert DeNiro also was embarassing- he just stared at the cue cards during every sketch. Colin Firth- good actor, horrible at sketch comedy. I admit that the Snoop Dogg episode was pretty poor- if anything, they didn't let him be himself ENOUGH. They should have had more fun with his persona- the sketches they wrote for him were pretty bland and didn't seem to capitalize on his talents.


Okay, then the writers also stink.
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Post by: cine on May 11, 2004, 09:59:52 AM
I think it's time for me to chime in.

Quote from: themodernage02
SNL is something terrible.  i think the switch happened when i became older than their target audience, but its more than that.

At least you can accept that you grew out of the show. You're not completely ignorant then..

Quote from: themodernage02
how many freaking musical artists are they going to let host this season?  like, actors make good hosts for a reason: BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO ACT.  musical guests DONT.  aguilera, janet, timberlake, nick & jessica, snoop dogg, etc.  this is really getting ridiculous.   (also sucky: politicians, donald trump, atheletes).

I'm going to just say it: I don't know how stupid you can get with SNL thoughts, mod. Really, I want to know how much worse it gets. Are you sensing a pattern yet? Have you got the picture that SNL doesn't just have actors on?? In terms of politicians, Gore, McCain, and Sharpton were all very good and Gore was the best of those three. AL GORE. Does that click with you at all, mod?
Andy Roddick, a tennis sensation, was very good on the show too. Jeff Gordon from last year or the year before wasn't that good but the sketches were.
I don't know why you have so much hate for the musical guests hosting. I almost think you didn't watch the shows. If I never ever watched SNL in my life and I turned on the Timberlake episode, I would've sworn he was a regular cast member. He was THAT good. Just accept it, kid. The other musical guests you cried about were also very good in their own ways. When Snoop Dogg is hosting, don't expect Garth Brooks. The style of the show changes with the host. If you haven't caught on to that fact by now, watch another show because SNL is apparently too over your head.

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here is a rule of thumb for SNL: if the host is playing themselves in more than 2 skits, THIS EPISODE SUCKS.  

Another stupid comment not even worth arguing about. There's no sense shitting on the fact that a host plays himself. That's just being entirely ignorant of the content of the writing. And it doesn't get much stupider than that..

Quote from: themodernage02
the writers really need to pull in the reigns and just pick the best 2 or so skits that involve the actual persona and try to get them to do a, i dont know, CHARACTER for the other ones.

I'm not even sure why a show thats been on for nearly 30 years needs to do this when clearly their format is already working. Again, if you think it's crucial for them to play CHARACTERS after 2 sketches as themselves, then you don't comprehend the nature of the show and you should stop watching and watch something else. Because you'll never get it.

Quote from: themodernage02
i know they have some good cast members, but this catering to some teen audience is really sucking the life out of this show and has been for a few seasons.

Onomato is not a teen.. so how do you explain fans like him?

Quote from: themodernage02
also: weekend update should try to take a few lessons from the daily show and make fun of everyone because last nights episode was SO pro-democrat anti-republican it was a little sickening.

Hey, if they want to bash Bush and support Kerry, why do you have a problem with that? Furthermore, Jon Stewart takes jabs at Kerry but its OBVIOUS that he HATES Bush.. so the Kerry jokes always come across as teasing. Do you not notice these things when you watch comedy shows?

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I did used to like SNL, but a few years ago I started finding it boring and unfunny. Maybe their target audience is younger than I thought. That would explain Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Black Eyed Peas, etc. appearing on the show as well as the inexplicable popularity of Jimmy Fallon.

Here's a reality check for everybody about the younger target audience and pop culture celebs. On CNN, you heart/read about Janet Jackson showing her breast on national television. Now answer me this.. does SNL's 'younger target audience' tune into CNN? Or would that mostly comprise of adults?
And when Britney Spears is married for 55 hours or so.. that's all over CNN too right?  So aside from the obvious pop culture explosion that despite these CNN news pieces, EVERYONE KNOWS WHO THEY ARE. Adults won't not tune into SNL because they hear Spears is hosting. And if that's the case, it doesn't matter because you know what? Spears is one of the BETTER hosts. Some of these things have to be accepted, guys.

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The first time I saw Dave Matthews Band was on SNL. I think this was before they were really popular. Whatever happened to those days?

Well Dave Matthews was a musical guest earlier this season... also your point about them hosting before they were popular is kind of odd. SNL grabs what's hot. It's always been that way and it always will be. That's the nature of the show, as I said, and people need to live with it.

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Quote from: Fishbulb
I admit that the Snoop Dogg episode was pretty poor- if anything, they didn't let him be himself ENOUGH. They should have had more fun with his persona- the sketches they wrote for him were pretty bland and didn't seem to capitalize on his talents.

Okay, then the writers also stink.

Not sure what else they were supposed to capitilize on, but be that as it may, it wasn't one of the strongest shows of the year but it was still funny. You guys get WAY too picky over the show. As if it's supposed to top the previous show all the time.

Everyone also has to keep this point in mind... SNL doesn't necessarily pick the most hilarious concepts to go on television. They pick the most CREATIVE concepts. That's not my opinion. That's a fact.

And I'm finished with this.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SoNowThen on May 11, 2004, 10:15:56 AM
Crazed Dildo Kills Seven
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 11, 2004, 04:14:51 PM
cinephile, ease up.  SNL is a comedy show.  comedy is subjective.  i watch it every few weeks out of habit and to see if its gotten any better.  the show has taken a direction i dont find very funny.  if its funny to you, then thats fine.  TO ME the show seems to be aiming at a younger audience, and therefore, the jokes are not connecting with me.  i think hosting is a chance for them to stretch out any get a chance to play different characters.  if nick and jessica are playing themselves in more than 2 sketches, that is lazy uncreative writing.  the ideas are really not flowing creatively backstage to have 5 or 6 sketches of the host poking fun at themselves.  i think if they kept that to a minimum, the show would be better.  i dont think its that ignorant of an opinion.  i dont think its ALL terrible.  but on a good show there should be more sketches that work than dont, and to me its not doing that right now.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SoNowThen on May 11, 2004, 04:30:15 PM
I think the show would be better if Jessica did it topless. But, y'know, that's just me...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 11, 2004, 05:04:41 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
cinephile, ease up.  SNL is a comedy show.  comedy is subjective.  i watch it every few weeks out of habit and to see if its gotten any better.  the show has taken a direction i dont find very funny.  if its funny to you, then thats fine.  TO ME the show seems to be aiming at a younger audience, and therefore, the jokes are not connecting with me.  i think hosting is a chance for them to stretch out any get a chance to play different characters.  if nick and jessica are playing themselves in more than 2 sketches, that is lazy uncreative writing.  the ideas are really not flowing creatively backstage to have 5 or 6 sketches of the host poking fun at themselves.  i think if they kept that to a minimum, the show would be better.  i dont think its that ignorant of an opinion.  i dont think its ALL terrible.  but on a good show there should be more sketches that work than dont, and to me its not doing that right now.


mod, the way I see it your post was ignorance personified. Re-read some of the stuff you said.
"if the host is playing themselves in more than 2 skits, THIS EPISODE SUCKS." - obviously untrue..
"catering to some teen audience is really sucking the life out of this show and has been for a few seasons." - again.. untrue since ratings are higher now than they've been in a LONG time.
"actors make good hosts for a reason: BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO ACT. musical guests DONT." - obviously a crock of shit if you actually do watch the show.

So don't even BEGIN to defend yourself on whether you're speaking ignorantly or not... you're not a moron; you KNOW you don't know what the hell you're talking about so pleeeease spare me on the "ease up, cinephile." It's not worth it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 11, 2004, 05:30:08 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
mod, the way I see it your post was ignorance personified. Re-read some of the stuff you said.
"if the host is playing themselves in more than 2 skits, THIS EPISODE SUCKS." - obviously untrue..
"catering to some teen audience is really sucking the life out of this show and has been for a few seasons." - again.. untrue since ratings are higher now than they've been in a LONG time.
"actors make good hosts for a reason: BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO ACT. musical guests DONT." - obviously a crock of shit if you actually do watch the show.

1. i stand by that.  like i said, clearly the creativity is not flowing when all they can find to do with their host is rip on their celebrity for half the show.
2. ratings dont mean the shows any good.  more people may be watching now, but that doesnt mean the shows better than a few years ago.
3. sure, sometimes musical guests can be better than actors, but c'mon the musical guests as hosts has been WAY overboard.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 11, 2004, 06:13:51 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
1. i stand by that.  like i said, clearly the creativity is not flowing when all they can find to do with their host is rip on their celebrity for half the show.
2. ratings dont mean the shows any good.  more people may be watching now, but that doesnt mean the shows better than a few years ago.
3. sure, sometimes musical guests can be better than actors, but c'mon the musical guests as hosts has been WAY overboard.

1. As i said, the show is styled around the host. This has been a common fact for a while now.
2. I'm saying that the audience its aiming to is not sucking the life out of the show because its become more creative in its writing and generating a larger fanbase. So I wouldn't call that "sucking the life out of the show."
3. If the musical guests are good then I guess it hasn't been WAY overboard, has it? Because they're good.. so who cares if there's a lot of them?

The discussion is pretty pointless now since I love the show and you don't. I have been aiming to do things career-wise that are similar to SNL and you're obviously not.  Therefore I'm going to take things personally that you spit out pretty ignorantly. So I would say this argument should probably end now or at least soon because we all know it's not going to go anywhere.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on May 11, 2004, 08:33:18 PM
The episode hosted by Garth Brooks was pretty funny, and he didn't always play a country singer or a cowboy.

I don't find that the live-ness of the show helps the comedy.  It doesn't necessarily hurt it, but it doesn't yield that many great spontaneous moments.  That and the show being 90 minutes long is bound to produce some filler material and sketches that are too long.  I used to think the 90s episodes were much better, but after rewatching some of them I find that they too usually are inconsistent.

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Here's a reality check for everybody about the younger target audience and pop culture celebs. On CNN, you heart/read about Janet Jackson showing her breast on national television. Now answer me this.. does SNL's 'younger target audience' tune into CNN? Or would that mostly comprise of adults?
And when Britney Spears is married for 55 hours or so.. that's all over CNN too right? So aside from the obvious pop culture explosion that despite these CNN news pieces, EVERYONE KNOWS WHO THEY ARE. Adults won't not tune into SNL because they hear Spears is hosting. And if that's the case, it doesn't matter because you know what? Spears is one of the BETTER hosts. Some of these things have to be accepted, guys.


I agree that the Janet Jackson thing was overexposed on the news, but that was an extraordinary event that raised questions about decency on TV and in pop culture.  I don't know if the Spears marriage was "all over" the news.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 11, 2004, 10:26:28 PM
My ears are burning; I heard my name.  So I may as well chime in here.  I had worked up something a couple days ago, but didn't post it because my VCR wasn't programmed right so I didn't get to see all of the Snoop Dogg episode.  Good to hear I didn't miss much, but a shame, because he can be really funny.

I was one of the biggest dissenters when I saw the endless run of pop stars and musicians host SNL.  But looking back on the season now, I realize that the best episodes of the season were the ones with the musical guests hosting.  Those being the Timberlake and the Aguilera episodes.  I won't get into "why" now -- that's not what this is about.  But maybe it will be.  Who knows?  One other point, though - the Andy Roddick episode was great except for their constant harping on the fact that he's not an actor, and he's #1 in tennis.  And the quality of that episode was also a big surprise.

I see your complaints, though.  The Janet Jackson episode was just tired, with only one memorable sketch (you cork soaker, you).  I can't stand her, or her family, so that may explain it.  But for the most part, the episodes with actors hosting have been lackluster because these actors lack comic timing.  As much as I wanted to like Colin Firth hosting, his really wasn't that great.  He seemed so awkward and out of place all episode.  Ben Affleck proved his talent, as he always does, by killing in his episode.

And yeah, I echo the hilarity of the Garth Brooks episode.  But the "live-ness" of the episodes do help the comedy.  Case-in point, the Debbie Downer sketch from two weeks ago, or any sketch with Jimmy Fallon or Horatio Sanz in it -- especially when these two clowns are in it together.  Some may say this is unprofessional, the way they break character, but I say it really adds to the comedy, the way they play off each other, like in Jared's Room (sp?) or in that sketch a couple years back when they played proprietors of a leather clothing store, and Sanz got a snake stuck to his crotch -- forget who hosted that one.

The bottom line is the show IS better than it was a few years ago.  The Ferrell era was amazing, and last year suffered so badly in his absence.  I can only remember two highlights from last year off the top of my head: Ferrell's cameo with Britney Spears (Steve Martin made a cameo as well there, which really helped because of its randomness), and Jennifer Garner's hosting the show, which actually produced a very good episode.  This year, overall, has been great.  A few weak episodes, but many truly memorable ones.  But like Cinephile said, we love the show, you don't, so there really is no point arguing about it.

And two weeks ago with Lohan in the Harry Potter sketch will probably be the closest they'll get to a Jessica Simpson-topless episode.  That, or a revival of "Holding Your Breasts" magazine.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on May 12, 2004, 01:00:32 AM
Quote from: Onomatopita
And two weeks ago with Lohan in the Harry Potter sketch.

do we hav any pics to illustate this point?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 12, 2004, 01:12:17 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
do we hav any pics to illustate this point?


(http://www.xixax.com/files/lohan.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on May 12, 2004, 08:13:54 AM
I got tired of Fallon and Sanz cracking up.  Sometimes it is funny, but it isn't rare or anything.  Is Jared's Room the one with the webcam?  I HATE that sketch.

Some of the new cast is pretty good, such as Amy Poehler and Josh Meyers, and I I like this season a little more than the previous few.  But I don't think the show is brilliant or anything.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SoNowThen on May 12, 2004, 09:24:18 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Quote from: Pubrick
do we hav any pics to illustate this point?


(http://www.xixax.com/files/lohan.jpg)



That reminds me of everything good about highschool.

Thank you.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on May 12, 2004, 12:53:03 PM
Quote from: Ravi
Josh Meyers


You watch MadTV, you fool!  His brother Seth is the one on SNL.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 16, 2004, 12:49:08 AM
Don't you hate it when you're writing something and your computer freaks out and it gets deleted?  Yeah?  No?  Anyway...

Great episode.  Great way to finish off the season, great way to send off Jimmy Fallon, who will be missed as much as Will Ferrell.  He won't have the box-office cache that Ferrell does, but let's hope he finds his niche out there.

Hardball is great.  Darryl Hammond is great.  I know, I know, "tell me something I don't know," right?  Okay, how's this: if Kerry gets elected (fingers crossed, wood thoroughly knocked on), Seth Meyers will have his hands full for the next four years.  Hope he's up for it, but he really is perfect for the job, which is great.  I remember Alec Baldwin saying how SNL should really be giving it to the US administration every week.  He said Tina Fey has done that, but they should really be roasting the current administration.  The problem is, Will Ferrell left, and no one could do Bush as well.  Now we have an almost-perfect Kerry doppleganger in a man with great sense of humor to match.  So even with Fallon leaving, the future looks promising.  More on that later.  Oh, and seeing Kenan's Sharpton was a welcome return.

The opening prom sketch was great.  "You're 35."  -- ouch.  Nice that they brought back the whole paparazzi sketch from when Aniston hosted.  "You're too skinny -- eat a sandwich!"

The Mary-Kate and Ashley fragrances commercial was great, too.  I love it when sketches become more and more schizophrenic as they progress.  It really shows intelligent writing.  Case in point: Jessica Simpson's Chicken of the Sea riff, and a later sketch from this episode, Pat and Patti's Backpack Shack.

Jimmy's shock jock was back for one last hurrah.  Such a shame he came up with a great sketch on his last season and won't be around to reprise it.  Delivery is everything.  "AND WE'RE BAAAACK!"  *crowd goes wild*

I'm so glad they pointed out how awful a show The Swan is, even though that should be obvious to anyone with half a brain.  Maya Rudolph shone here in an understated role.  Nice to see Amy Poehler's disgusting girl return.  "Vicky is what we doctors call 'fugly.' ... Basically, we're gonna take some skin from her butt and do stuff with it."  Loved the whole mirror bit.

J-Kwon -- who cares?  Awful.

Weekend Update was decent as it always is.  One good/bad thing about Fallon leaving: he and Sanz won't be able to crack each other up anymore.  Fey doing Schwarzenegger: classic.  $2,400 vouchers allow students to attend college ... for eight days.  More sad and true than funny.  The Troy review was out of place.  I was unaffected.  Tina's "Jimmy!  TV voice."  line was cool, though.  "Aw, that might be the last time you hit me, Jimmy!"  Sad.  Really sad.  And when Fallon addressed the camera to say goodbye, it sucked.

The back pack sketch was great.  Thought it would suck when it started, but once it got going the writing and delivery really pulled it through.  Great stuff.

The evening basically was a Fallon showcase.  Good to see him returning to Pat O'Brien one last time.  The triplet sketch, though, was predictable, and Armisen deserved better than that unfunny bit.  The "I have asthma." line was funny, though.

No Merv the Perv sketch as Cinephile predicted, but the next closest thing as Fallon and Parnell reprised their awkward brothers role.  Really reminiscent of Lovitz's whole schtick he did with Tom Hanks (or without, too -- that I don't remember).  I don't really care for the sketch -- Lovitz's rendition was better.  But the whole "wanna see our pants half-off?" line was good.  And "I love the night life - I pick the boogies from this nostril up HERE, oh yeah."  I liked how Don Pardo sat up from the bed at the end of the sketch.  Nice touch, that.  Jackson family barbecue -- feh.  Alright, but nothing special.  Nice technique.  Could've been better.

Don't know what was up with the whole young male-pattern baldness sketch.  Seemed so out of place, but a throw-back to the days when short films would be included in the show.  Seemed to be just a time-eater when that time would better be served by letting Fallon do something else.

The highlight of the night, the thing that makes the poor moments pale, is the final sketch.  I LOVED it.  The whole Grease thing was so perfect.  Such a great way to end the season and to see Fallon off.  "No more orgies Thursday night."  It was so fitting that they have Fallon and Fey singing at the end.  Such a sad moment.  The end of an era.

Now the question arises: who to place Fallon?  Can Fey really carry Weekend Update, talented as she is?  Probably.  If they try to replace Fallon, will the next guy measure up?  Not likely, so should they try?  Armisen is too wacky to take a newsanchor role, but he could work.  But then again, for some reason I see Will Forte being perfect.  He has that je ne sais quoi about him.  Then again, there's something to be said for Seth Meyers, as he's done plenty of Weekend Update segments, and seems to fit right in.  But no one can match the flirty, catty, love-hate, brother/sister thing Fallon and Fey had.  Best team since Aykroyd and Curtain.  SNL's at SUCH a great loss without him.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ghostboy on May 16, 2004, 01:01:58 AM
Crap...I didn't even know he was leaving. Otherwise I would have watched the whole thing.

This is the first time I've seen the Olsen twins in anything other than magazines and advertisements since they were on Full House (which I only saw two epsides of back in the day). They truly look weird...fascinatingly so. Like nine year olds with lots of botox.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on May 16, 2004, 01:06:47 AM
good riddance.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on May 16, 2004, 01:37:35 AM
Quote from: Pubrick
good riddance.


yes

Also, Parnell must do Weekend Update.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on May 16, 2004, 03:18:08 AM
Quote from: Ghostboy
Crap...I didn't even know he was leaving. Otherwise I would have watched the whole thing.

This is the first time I've seen the Olsen twins in anything other than magazines and advertisements since they were on Full House (which I only saw two epsides of back in the day). They truly look weird...fascinatingly so. Like nine year olds with lots of botox.


Anorexic nine year olds with lots of botox.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on May 16, 2004, 05:01:41 PM
Quote from: Sleuth
Quote from: Pubrick
good riddance.


yes


Trippled... Falon was funny for about ten minutes and his "cute" shit will not be missed.

This episode was better than I expected, but I would like an epispode (at least ONCE) to not go stale after Weekend Update.  I guess it's just tradition though, at least it's predictable and I can move on to something funnier, like reruns of Welcome Back Kotter.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: El Duderino on May 17, 2004, 06:01:33 PM
yeah, Jimmy totally sold out when he hosted the MTV Movie Awards and
The VMAs. $10 says that he hosts the show in like 2 years, after his "movie" career plummets.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on May 17, 2004, 06:05:45 PM
..tf?
am i the only Falon/Kattaner?!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 17, 2004, 06:21:27 PM
Quote from: picolas
..tf?
am i the only Falon/Kattaner?!

'sides Cinephile and me ... probably.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on May 17, 2004, 06:24:52 PM
Quote from: Onomatopita
Quote from: picolas
..tf?
am i the only Falon/Kattaner?!

'sides Cinephile and me ... probably.


actually, I think Kattan is funny when he isn't doing one of his ADD characters.  Antonio Banderas Show was funny for a while
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on May 17, 2004, 09:33:59 PM
Quote from: picolas
..tf?
am i the only Falon/Kattaner?!


i  still like the 'what is love..baby don t hurt me no more...what is love please don t hurt me no more.o...oo...o...o..o.o.o.o.o.o.o.o.o.oo..oo.o..o.o." two dancing guys segment w/ farell and kattan.

and night at he roxbury is destined to be dusted off and realize it s cult film status
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on June 08, 2004, 01:19:09 PM
Alright, I'm trying to find a sketch to use for a presentation tomorrow.  It's the one with Darrel Hammond as Al Gore, explaining why the Florida ballots are so confusing (something like - "do you circle the arrow that points to the dot?  Do you punch the hole?  Do you draw an x through it?  Who knows?").  My friend tells me it was the episode with Calista Flockhart and Ricky Martin, the fifth episode of the 2000-2001 season.  If anyone has this episode, knows where I can find it, and can get me a copy or tell me where to download it, I'll be eternally grateful.  I've already looked on Limewire without much luck.

EDIT: We're thinking it might be on the SNL 2000 Presidental Bash videotape.  Can anyone confirm or deny this?  It's this sketch: http://snl.jt.org/detail.php?i=6861
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 07, 2004, 04:13:06 AM
Seems confirmed that Queen Latifah will host the second show of its 30th season on Oct 9th.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on September 07, 2004, 10:55:58 AM
Seems confirmed that Jimmy Fallon will cameo on the second show of its 30th season on Oct 9th.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 07, 2004, 04:22:23 PM
golly-gee......its gonne be awesome :-D  :-D  :-D .i cant wait.they got such great chemistry together....and a unique sense of humor........

when watching the taxi trailer.i loved the big laugh at the end where both are tied up or hanging from something and queen latifa asked "are you okay?"..and fallon responds by saying "yeah"........and then she goes "damn"..... :-D  :-D  :-D ...that sh*t was so funny......
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 07, 2004, 11:23:07 PM
Yeah that trailer was hilarious to watch.


And by hilarious, of course, I mean embarrassing.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on September 09, 2004, 06:19:54 PM
(if i havent already said this), the most exciting thing about TAXI coming out is waiting for the inevitable Weekend Update joke about how terrible it is the weekend after it opens.  and knowing tina fey, it should be a good one!  i hope she doesnt take it easy on him.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on September 09, 2004, 09:25:42 PM
with an  :oops: AWKWARD :oops:  cut back to Fallon-replacement, Seth Myers
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on September 09, 2004, 09:44:32 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
(if i havent already said this), the most exciting thing about TAXI coming out is waiting for the inevitable Weekend Update joke about how terrible it is the weekend after it opens.  and knowing tina fey, it should be a good one!  i hope she doesnt take it easy on him.


I wouldn't mind seeing Fallon apologize for Taxi without any provocation.  Not that I'm going to watch it anyways.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on September 15, 2004, 06:19:10 PM
BEN AFFLECK TO TOPLINE THE SEASON PREMIERE OF
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” OCTOBER 2 WITH MUSICAL GUEST NELLYsourcetvbarn

“Saturday Night Live” returns to the air on October 2 (LIVE, 11:30pm – 1:00 am ET) for its 30th Season Premiere with popular returning host, Ben Affleck and musical guest, rap superstar, Nelly.

Affleck makes his third hosting appearance on the show. On October 21, Affleck will star in the holiday comedy “Surviving Christmas” opposite James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate and Catherine O’Hara. Most recently, he was seen in the romantic comedy “Jersey Girl,” the sci-fi thriller “Paycheck,” and the big-screen adaptation of Marvel Comics’ “Daredevil.”

Affleck came to prominence at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, when he starred in Kevin Smith’s comedy “Chasing Amy” and Mark Pellington’s coming-of-age tale “Going All The Way.” He captured an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for his first script, “Good Will Hunting,” which he co-wrote with Matt Damon. He segued into big-budget action with “Armageddon,” and was among the ensemble cast of the Academy Award® winning “Shakespeare in Love.” Affleck went on to star in the romantic comedy “Forces of Nature,” the fantastical comedy “Dogma,” “Boiler Room,” the suspense thriller “Reindeer Games,” the romantic drama “Bounce,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Changing Lanes” and the political thriller “The Sum of All Fears.” His other film credits include “Mall Rats,” “Cruz,” “Dazed and Confused” and “School Ties.”

In 2000 Affleck partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form Live Planet, Inc. LivePlanet’s “Project Greenlight” has been nominated for an Emmy®Award for Outstanding Reality Program for the past two seasons and will return for a third season on Bravo.

Musical guest Nelly makes his second appearance on the show – performing tracks from his just simultaneously released two records – “Sweat” and “Suit.” The three-time Grammy winner is the first rapper to release two stand-alone CDs on the same day with “Sweat” the more club and street oriented release and “Suit” focusing on Nelly’s softer, romantic side. His prior records “Nellyville” and “Country Grammar” have sold 15 million units and produced monster hits including “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma” and “Country Grammar.” The first single from “Suit,” “My Place” is already climbing the charts and “Sweat’s” first track “Flap Your Wings” is heating up in video rotation.

“Saturday Night Live,” which premiered on October 11, 1975, is from SNL Studios in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Steve Higgins produces. Marci Klein and Mike Shoemaker are producers. Beth McCarthy Miller directs.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on September 16, 2004, 02:45:20 PM
oh god, i hope we can make it through 90 minutes without a JLO reference.  jeezus please, wasnt he JUST on making fun of Gigli and trying to revive his career?

also: releasing a movie with Christmas in the title in October=THEWORSTTHINGONEARTH
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 16, 2004, 02:59:30 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
also: releasing a movie with Christmas in the title in October=THEWORSTTHINGONEARTH

We're already into the SNL bashing...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on September 16, 2004, 10:31:33 PM
i just realized that this might be one of the worse episodes of snl... even though they all are pretty bad now since the people on the show make carrot top and olando jones look like comedic gods...i have already mentioned how much this show has sucked since hartman, spade, myers, carvey, farley, etc.  [you know, the people who actaully have talent] have left the show...and ever since then watching 'whos the boss' in syndication have provided me with more laughs...maybe i am just old and dont get it...but do peeple really find this show funny...i stopped watching it when 'goatboy', and the cheerleadeer sketches were the shows saving grace.... :roll: .....i  just quit and realiozed that prescious moment of my life were wasted and would have been better spent by spreading vagisil on my lips...and now  the season premier starts off with ben affleck and nelly... :rofl: ...seriously, has there even been more of a worse one-two punch than that?...well, at least it guarantees that  i have not made a mistake by skipping snl over these years...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 16, 2004, 10:43:02 PM
Last season was one of the best ever.  Every single member of the cast clicked.  The episode with Ben Affleck hosting was excellent, though he's always excellent when he hosts or makes a cameo.  People are way too hard on the guy, and that seems to carry over to anything he tries to do.  Date one superdiva-bitch, make a couple of poor movie choices, and it scars you for life in some people's eyes.

I find it quite ironic that you refer to the years of Spade, Farley, etc. as some of the best, as those are widely regarded as some of the weaker ones.  Granted, Farley was great, as was Sandler, but so many of those episodes in the early 90s were just poor.  SNL ebbs and flows, though.  Two years ago, it sucked.  Last year was amazing.  And, with its current cast (Finesse and Kenan just warming up, continuing on with the greatness of Forte , Armisen, and Meyers ... I'll stop before I name the whole cast, because they really are all spectacular), it will just continue to be amazing, even if Lorne insists on continuing to pick crappy musical guests and questionable hosts.  Some of them just happen to work, and the cast always makes up for it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 16, 2004, 11:14:58 PM
I hate this thread more than any other. Ono is always right on and everyone else is too busy bashing the show. So either I stop visiting this thread or I post my thoughts and ignore everyone else's ridiculous comments.

Hey, at least I'm being honest.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on September 17, 2004, 03:12:52 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
I hate this thread more than any other. Ono is always right on and everyone else is too busy bashing the show. So either I stop visiting this thread or I post my thoughts and ignore everyone else's ridiculous comments.

Hey, at least I'm being honest.

i know how you feel. i have threads like that too.  but honestly, i have loved SNL since i discovered it in 5th or 6th grade during the hartman/carvey years.  i'm really not trying to bash the show just to do it.  i watch it out of habit and honestly just stopped finding it funny.  i'm not trying to piss anybody off.  i like most of the cast members a lot.  the hosts and musical guests have been increasingly aimed at younger kids although they can occasionally be good.  i hope its good (or i find it funny again) this season.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 22, 2004, 10:59:48 PM
Jimmy Fallon is on Leno now for anyone who cares.  All ... three of us.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 02, 2004, 11:18:36 PM
Wow.  Amy Poehler is Jimmy Fallon's replacement for Weekend Update.  Wow.  Never thought I'd see that.  Haha, they just gave her a little applause for her first joke and then she let out a cute little sigh of relief.  I still say Seth Meyers should do it, but if they're going in a female direction, there's not a better choice.

Episode is decent so far.  Debbie Downer was lame, but the Carville sketch was great.  Love the Clinton appearance -- he's great any time  he shows up.  Oh, and the cold opening went on way too long.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatwad on October 02, 2004, 11:34:57 PM
halfway through the episode, and already two things about amy pohler being hot (alec baldwin and gandolfini)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on October 03, 2004, 12:38:56 AM
WU:  Amy fills Jimmy's squirrel-y shoes, but she's funny.  Still, it doesn't feel different enough.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 03, 2004, 03:16:51 AM
Just watched the show. Yeah, Downer was lame, but I think it could still be funny. It was hilarious the first time because Dratch couldn't stop laughing at the jokes. So we'll see how that goes.

I like Rob Riggle, even though he only really did a line or two in the escalator sketch and the wedding sketch. He'll always remember his first televised sketch was for Boner Juice.

Poehler was a real surprise for WU. I still wish there was a guy because I like that energy between the two. The Monster reference was still good/funny.

Not too much really funny material, but it was still good nonetheless. Funniest stuff of the show was Alec Baldwin, Bill Clinton, and while the cold opening was too long, the Bush jokes were great.

Also, interesting to note in the first sketch, when September 11 was first uttered from Bush, it got a big laugh. If you listen closely, it's really just Bush saying "September 11" that inspired a big laugh.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on October 04, 2004, 01:29:24 PM
Three "bits in WU was too many.  They should have used the time to let Poehler do more.

Good episode overall, though I thought the last Debbie Downer sketch where everyone was cracking up was hilarious because it was the opposite of the point of the sketch.

This was the first time I saw Will Forte as GWB.  Has he done it before?  He's terrific.  He nailed those little "ums" and "ehs" that Bush does.  Kerry's "one position" on the war was hilarious.

Boner juice.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 04, 2004, 02:04:58 PM
Quote from: Ravi
This was the first time I saw Will Forte as GWB.  Has he done it before?  He's terrific.

He's done it quite a few times before, yeah. They settled with Forte after Parnell and Hammond tried it out. Both of them were good but Forte brings up the stupidity in him the most.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on October 06, 2004, 04:15:20 PM
I came across this while browsing The Digital Bits.

(http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0002I84EE.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg)

 :-D
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 06, 2004, 08:15:50 PM
Yeah, good news, but I taped the Walken thing when it aired earlier this year.  Can't bring myself to buy those DVDs.  Something like that always seems overpriced for what it gives you.
Quote from: Ravi
This was the first time I saw Will Forte as GWB.  Has he done it before?  He's terrific.  He nailed those little "ums" and "ehs" that Bush does.  Kerry's "one position" on the war was hilarious.

As Cinephile said, he has done it before (last season opposite Hammond's Dick Cheney, preparing to go before the 9/11 commission).  It may have been one of the last episodes of the season.  Lohan hosting, I think.

Some more random comments on the episode: decent overall, though there were spots I would fast forward over in a heartbeat.  Cinephile's right, the Baldwin cameo was great.  The Gandolfini one was good, too.  One of the things that really made this episode for me, though, was the "Hollywood actor" bit on Weekend Update.  The more I watch the escalator (note Affleck said elevator) sketch, the more funny it becomes.

The little short film portraying the Bushes at Camp David was stupid and out of place.  Last season it was young male pattern baldness, and now this.  I hope it doesn't become a trend.

I don't know about Rob Riggle -- perhaps that's because his eyebrows are scary (and not in a pleasant Peter Gallagher way).  He'll have his work cut out for him to prove himself.  Finesse Mitchell and Kenan Thompson are two of the finest additions to SNL in years, and I thought they had been promoted to main cast members.  Maybe later in the season.

Last year, Finesse and Kenan seemed to just jump right in to all the sketches and make their marks: case in point, the sketch last year with Affleck, Meyers, and Fallon, at the Irish pub.  The flashbacks, cut to Finesse and Kenan sitting in for Fallon and Meyers, toasting, yet in their own language.  One of the funniest moments in recent memory, yet it can't be described.  Kenan, especially, has that charm about him.  And from the first episode last year (in Wade Robson's Dance Project), to stuff later on as Starkeisha (birthday at Japanese restaurant), Finesse has been great.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 06, 2004, 08:27:06 PM
Oh and I should point out that the Carville sketch was easily the best of the show. So good, in fact, that I'll be remembering it at the end of the season. Non-stop memorable lines. I loved it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 06, 2004, 08:54:40 PM
Agreed.  Definitely.  It's surprising how good Affleck's impression of him was, too.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 10, 2004, 05:11:52 AM
So SNL was good again this week. Again, not a lot of truly hilarious comedy like last year, but still good quality stuff. Interesting the direction they're taking this season. First episode's commercial was boner juice. This episode promoting things for pubic hair and racial tension. The debate sketches are kinda corny but still fun to watch. I really, really thought they were going to make a joke out of Charlie teleprompter at the end of the 2nd debate. Wow, did that ever look ridiculous. No visual gag about that at all. Oh well.

Memorable sketches: Prince Show.. Armisen and the tantrums. Never gets old for me. The X-Presidents. Ronald Reagan Jr and stem cells galore. And the best sketch of the night was the tribute to Rodney Dangerfield. Reminiscent of Horatio's Mr. Rogers sketch, this was classy stuff.

Rob Riggle showed more range this week, especially in the basketball coach sketch. Something brilliant has got to come out of this guy. For a guy his age, Lorne must see something special in him. I'm sure we'll see it soon enough.

Random thoughts:
- No Jimmy Fallon cameo.
- Amy's WU joke about Spears was really funny. That's the kind of material that will make people say "Jimmy who?"
- Oh, Kenen Thompson is still on the show. Cool.
- What the hell was Chris Kattan doing there?

Best of Jimmy Fallon is next week and Jude Law hosts Oct 23 with Ashlee Simpson. Let's hope for a Falconer sketch and maybe a Hugh Grant impression by Meyers. Chances are that show will top Affleck and Latifah for sure.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 10, 2004, 01:04:02 PM
I wasn't expecting much from tonight's episode, so I wasn't disappointed.  Queen Latifah didn't annoy me nearly as much as I thought she could, so that was nice, but the show wasn't all that funny aside from a few select parts.

Again, the cold opening went on too long.  A 10-minute debate that's only half-funny is not the best way to keep people's attention.  It did get great at the end.  "I shoulda just sat down, but I can't help myself."

Short and Curly.  Oh... kay.  Hilarious.  Somewhere there's a tape those guys don't want to get out.  Of course it's nothing new for Forte considering his sex video homage with Armisen last year.  I'm not as big a fan of the Prince Show as Cinephile, but Poehler's Sharon Stone is great as always.  And is it me, or does Maya Rudolph look pregnant?  If you've taped it, look at her when she's standing sideways in that sketch.

So they have not only a presidential debate, but a vice presidential one?  Okay.  Thorough.  It too only got funny at the end with the whole sabre-tooth tiger line and Forte grinningly stupidly like an anchorman.  And, Cheney's daughter is not "straight" with the American people.  Yay, puns.  I'm glad Latifah turned to jazz, 'cause I'm sure if I had to hear her rap I couldn't take it.  Her musical numbers were surprisingly decent.

I like how on WU they're at least acknowledging how much time they're actually giving to the presidential debates.  As for the Martha Stewart thing, I love Rachel Dratch as much as the next guy, but Lorne should have brought back Ana Gasteyer to play Stewart.  There's just no competition, no comparison.  What's Gasteyer doing anyway these days besides raising a baby?  They did it once, they could've done it again.  Still, the sketch was decent.

There were some pretty great jokes on WU, though -  "You lost us at Orwellian" says Fey to Kerry.  Stewart laying eggs, the whole Stewart visit with Latifah's character lurking ominously in the background.  "I thought prison gang initiation entailed killing someone?"  "Yes."  And yeah, Poehler's Spears joke was great.  I love it when Finesse Mitchell gets in front of the camera.  He has such charisma.  Great jokes about the dog saving the guy's life, and Poehler's about depression.  Excellent delivery.

Coach sketch, pretty good.  Kenan Thompson is just so great.  I'm bored by the X-Presidents cartoon.  And Barbara Bush - ew.

Highlight of the night: a simple sketch, two players.  Sanz as St. Peter, welcoming Hammond's Dangerfield to Heaven.  Upon being accepted, Dangerfield asks, "Why all the questions?"  "Just wanted to hear those jokes one more time," says St. Peter.  Excellent.

Pretty cool sketch about Starkeisha as a voter recruiter.  Good recurring character there.  Poehler was great in a "normal" role - "Hi, sweetheart.  Can we buy some weeeeeed?"  But how random was it that Chris Kattan introduced Queen's second song?

Second highlight: the final sketch, which I don't know why they didn't put sooner.  The zings and the snaps.  And when Parnell yelled "will you shut up, Roz?!" Dratch almost lost it.  Great stuff.  More of this, please.  That sketch hasn't failed yet, knock on wood.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on October 11, 2004, 01:03:45 AM
i don't think it's going so well right now.

problems:
- good lead guys are gone, so for some reason they're giving Seth Meyers everything and he's incapable of funny.
- their election stuff gives me a feeling of "hey. i think i'm smarter than i am." Forte's Bush is really taking good advantage of the "uuuhhh, yknow" stuff, but there's no writing to back it up. it falls in on itself with the repetition.
- there's no sense of structure behind anything.. sketches are descending into onelineronelineroneliner territory.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 11, 2004, 01:13:15 AM
thread rebalanced  :!:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 11, 2004, 01:22:07 AM
Yes, rebalanced, but that's the first time I've ever heard Seth Meyers referred to as "not funny."  I think I've seen it all (and I'll be okay as long as that expletive is never directed towards any of the SNL ladies).  Random note: they need another woman on the show.  Just to balance things out, because I'm sure one of them will get sick of it soon enough, and I'm almost convinced Maya Rudolph is pregnant anyway.

Who's a good lead guy that's gone?  Seems as if everyone (except Cinephile and me) was dancing in the streets when Fallon left.  Kattan?  Eh, he's okay.  Not great.  I miss Tracy Morgan, though -- just watched his best-of episode earlier tonight.

You may have a point on the whole structure thing, but then again, there's only so much they can do with the time they're given for each sketch.  Most of them are about the one-liners, even when there's an overlying concept involved.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 11, 2004, 09:49:03 AM
Quote from: ono.
and I'm almost convinced Maya Rudolph is pregnant anyway.

ono, you dog!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on October 11, 2004, 11:18:30 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
Memorable sketches: Prince Show.. Armisen and the tantrums. Never gets old for me.


I totally agree about the Prince tantrums. That type of humor seems to be an acquired taste. My dad thought it was stupid, but I couldn't stop laughing.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: 82 on October 11, 2004, 11:53:47 AM
I haven't been excited about SNL for quite sometime now... I try to watch it but the cast just doesn't "Stick" with me yet...

Also I have never enjoyed Tina Fey's writing...

Please don't flame me, it's only an opinion.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Weak2ndAct on October 24, 2004, 03:07:18 AM
"My band started playing the wrong song, and I didn't know what to do!"  

Uh-huh.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 24, 2004, 03:14:21 AM
Anyone got a video of this? Or pics? So far I have only heard what happened, I never saw it. Was it really that bad? And hilarious?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: mogwai on October 24, 2004, 03:21:34 AM
the performance (http://www.collegehumor.com/news/ashlee_snl.wmv)

and... the blaming it on the band (http://66.98.154.85/aftermath.mpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 24, 2004, 03:24:04 AM
From Lucky Magazine interview:
LM: What are your takes on lip-synching?
AS: I'm totally against it and offended by it. I'm going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I'd never lip-synch. It's just not me.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 24, 2004, 03:35:10 AM
BAHAHAH I am literally rolling right now. I wish someone had a picture of milli vanilli with simpsons face plastered on one of this bozos and the word OWNED! written beneath it. FUNNIEST THING EVER.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SiliasRuby on October 24, 2004, 03:35:32 AM
My first thought was "This is gotta be a hoax" and then "Is Ashley Simpson already taking mind altering drugs this early in her carrer?".......then I thought "mmmm, mind altering drugs"
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 24, 2004, 03:43:07 AM
What's weird is her first song was halfway decent, didn't even seem like she was lip synching, so it was surprising to hear her audio come up and not say anything.  Then, for anyone who didn't see it, she basically does a little hoedown dance, then walks off stage as her band plays to commercial.  She comes out at the end of the show with Jude Law and says she's sorry, band played the wrong song, that's live TV!  WTF?

EDIT: I see mogwai's found a video.  Saves me the trouble.
EDIT: Those links posted don't work anymore (well, the first one anyway).  Anyone still want to see the videos?

I thoroughly enjoyed the Best of Jimmy Fallon last week.  Considering I was only one of probably three or four people that would, I didn't say anything then.  Only problem, a lot of the stuff was from the past year, and while the past year was great for me, there was a lot of stuff overlooked that they could have dug up.

As for this week: Hardball.  Incredible.  Will Forte had me in stitches as Zell Miller.

Opening monologue, it was okay.  Highlight:

LAW: Look over there.
FEY: What?
LAW: Made you look!
FEY: Haha, that's so funny.  And I'm a professional comedienne.  *sniffs him*

That, and the breaking into Hey Jude was kind of cool.

Air Commander and the Day After Yesterday was hilarious.  Loved Poehler's impression of Zeta-Jones, and the whole "The bullets are coming after you!  Pew!  Pew!  P-pew!"  Also, Forte was great here again as the monster.

Suction commode with Armisen.  Feh.  I've seen better.

Debate.  Feh.  I've seen better.  They've beaten this dead horse already.  "I like the Pottery Barn rule: you break it, you fix it."  Umm... is this a writer oversight or Kerry being stupid?  Or did the writers fuck this line up on purpose?

Paris Hilton apologizes.  She can burp her own name!  Decent.  I'm not familiiar with this little controversy of her using the n-word in a sex tape, but the idea in itself is hilarious.

Weekend Update: Babe's hooker, cool.  Poehler: THESE BANANAS ARE SO HARD TO EAT!  NEEDS STRAIGHTENING!  (Answers banana phone: Hello?)  Great.  Loved the homage to Jimmy Fallon at the end.  "You're Welcome."

Bush/Blair press conference: "Go on, tell 'em you're not coerced, T-bone."  Tee hee.  "Don't mean to embarass you, T-bone, but it's pronounced 'nu-cu-lar.'"  Double tee hee.  Law doing the Blair break-down in light of the broken links and whatnot was priceless.

Donald Trump's Halloween Apprentice commercial.  "Unlike Frankenstein, I am not afraid of fire ... ing any of them."  "I'm gonna freestyle it like I did on that Visa commercial."

Jane Eyre.  Nice use of Law's roots, but I think this one will go over a LOT of people's heads (read: the average viewer probably hasn't read the book, let alone heard of it).  Maya Rudolph was so underused tonight.  This was a subtle funny.  No one's gonna bust a gut laughing.  It's intelligent humor, the likes of which is very welcome.

I lost interest after that whole Simpson debacle.  That bear thing was silly, but I might have liked it more if I didn't view it as filler.  Seems like they played it twice (or just two different scenes) on the east coast.

The Michael Caine and Peter O'Toole sketch just made me want Chris Kattan's nightclub sketch back.  That Simpson fuck-up ruined the flow of the show, but I'm sure the sketch has its moments.  Good to see Kenan Thompson in one sketch, but the show was sorely missing Finesse Mitchell, and again, Rudolph was underused.

Next week, Kate Winslet and Eminem.  Should be an excellent episode, as long as it's not a Colin Firth type disaster -- of course, that's what I was saying about this week, and look how it turned out.  Not great, but definitely good.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 24, 2004, 04:03:12 AM
Quote from: ono.
EDIT: Those links posted don't work anymore (well, the first one anyway).


I just did a Save Target As right now and it's still working and played fine for me.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 24, 2004, 05:53:24 AM
that was my first time seeing ashley simpson since like 2000 when I saw her backing up for jessica in disney world (in which jessica winked at me--but that's another story, seriously though, she winked at me, there was a story, and a punchline, for real).  she was so hot back then, why do they dress her up like Pink Lavigne?
reminds me of that 1992 new kids on the block sketch on snl with jason prestley, in which they disputed their lip synch accusations by saying "yeah, that's because we were dancing!" "and it's wicked hahd to sing and dance at the same time."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: mogwai on October 24, 2004, 06:07:14 AM
the look on jude law's face after ashlee blames the band is priceless.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 24, 2004, 08:38:11 AM
Quote from: mogwai
the look on jude law's face after ashlee blames the band is priceless.


It reminded me of Brandt's face after Bunny Lebowski propositions the Dude.

I can't believe I missed this last night!  I was watching some Discovery Channel thing about this 5 year old boy with several pounds of tumors growing from his face.  I've been waiting to see a world-class fuck-up on SNL, but the stuff they were doing to this kid's face was just too fascinating/repulsive/fascinating again.

Thanks for making sure I didn't miss out, Mogwai.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 24, 2004, 08:47:29 AM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v368/mongo8780/SIMPSOWNED.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 24, 2004, 09:05:38 AM
Quote from: Cinephile
simpsowned


My new wallpaper.  Thanks!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 24, 2004, 09:28:31 AM
whoa, I can't wait to be the first one to use that picture.
okay okay, let's see-- hey stefen, how does it feel to be trapped in an ugly body?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 24, 2004, 10:48:42 AM
That was possibly the best thing I've seen in a long time.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on October 24, 2004, 11:53:27 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Quote from: ono.
EDIT: Those links posted don't work anymore (well, the first one anyway).


I just did a Save Target As right now and it's still working and played fine for me.


The second one doesn't work...

please, does anyone have a copy of the second one?  The appology?  This is the part I missed.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 24, 2004, 12:04:00 PM
I love how she just kind of dances around like a leprechaun, stops, and does it again.

But why didn't she just go ahead and sing the wrong song? It seemed to fit the music.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 24, 2004, 12:08:00 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
But why didn't she just go ahead and sing the wrong song?

That was the first song she faked.

And I'll get you a copy of the clip, RK.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 24, 2004, 12:14:09 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
That was the first song she faked.

It still would have been less embarassing. Much less. They would still cut to the commercial right away.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on October 24, 2004, 12:16:17 PM
JESSICA simpson wouldn't have given up, she would have just kept dancing.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cron on October 24, 2004, 12:48:46 PM
one of those links was goatsed.
repeat, goatsed.

my Godman.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 24, 2004, 01:55:40 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Quote from: Cinephile
That was the first song she faked.

It still would have been less embarassing. Much less. They would still cut to the commercial right away.

... I think you expected much more out of a 20 year old numbskull, who's the younger sister of JESSICA Simpson. Not much brains in this family. Furthermore... her only solution to improv her way out was to do a brief HOEDOWN DANCE.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 24, 2004, 02:16:13 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate
The second one doesn't work...

please, does anyone have a copy of the second one?  The appology?  This is the part I missed.


http://www.askross.com/Ashlee.avi
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 24, 2004, 03:17:18 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
HOEDOWN DANCE.

LEPRECHAUN DANCE.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on October 24, 2004, 03:29:37 PM
Quote from: Jeremy Blackman
Quote from: Cinephile
HOEDOWN DANCE.

LEPRECHAUN DANCE.

mm! after reviewing the tapes, the only connection between her dance and a hoedown is the one drawn by her mouthing mouth in the aftermouthing aftermath.

that was the first time i've ever seen someone die live and not feel nervous or bad for them.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Slick Shoes on October 24, 2004, 05:03:04 PM
Man, I must have fallen asleep right before that happened. I did see the first one.

That was so painful to watch.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: edison on October 24, 2004, 11:31:18 PM
http://www.danwho.net/images/ashleesimpson.jpg
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 25, 2004, 03:19:22 AM
You wouldn't know it from reading this thread recently, but last night, y'know what?  There were some comedy sketches on SNL.  No really.  They were actually pretty good, too.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 25, 2004, 03:55:20 AM
And all of these fucks just posted here to laugh at Ashlee Simpson... and the show itself DID top Affleck and Latifah too.  :evil:


I think I'm looking forward to the Winslet/Eminem show. A lot...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on October 25, 2004, 01:33:59 PM
I noticed the sketches... mostly the usual, bland, boring crap... couple of decent ones.

Not one good laugh on weekend update, which is why I usually watch.

The only really good stuff on this episode was the shorts with the Bears.  That was good stuff... the shorts and the fake commercials are usually the best thing about SNL, too bad they can't get away with not being live all the time.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on October 25, 2004, 06:37:28 PM
The last show was pretty forgettable. The only thing I noticed is how cleverly they scheduled the skits so that Jude Law was barely in anything. He's not a funny guy. Oh, and Ashlee's screwup.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on October 25, 2004, 07:42:07 PM
i thought jude was one of the only hysterical things about the show. the tony blair/ michael kaine peter o'toole skits were funny.  

this is why comedy is the hardest thing to do.  

and ashlee's screw-up. yeah, funny indeed. but really, all those hot over-produced pop stars do it (save christina aguilera, the only one of them with verifiable talent).
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 25, 2004, 08:56:45 PM
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this is why comedy is the hardest thing to do
Exactly.  I'm realizing more and more my sense of humor is pretty much opposite to most people here, except Cinephile (at least as far as SNL goes).  Though I do agree the Caine/O'Toole sketch was great after getting to watch it again.  The Bear shorts were horrible IMO, and SNL hasn't had a really great commercial in a while.  The pubic hair shampoo and racial tension headache medicine ones were very good, though.  I don't think anything will ever top Phil Hartman's cluckin' chicken, though Huggies thongs came close when it first aired.  Gaystrogen and Wade Blasingame were pretty good too.  Seems like the more commercials they do the more likely they are to have one good one.  And they have been doing a lot of those lately.

I too am looking forward to next week's show a lot.  Winslet is an excellent actress obviously, so hopefully she'll be one with good comedic timing.  Eternal Sunshine proved she can do comedy, but sketch stuff is a little different.  What I've heard of Eminem's new stuff is great, but it always is, so that's something to look forward to as well.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 25, 2004, 09:30:49 PM
No one has mentioned yet that she doesn't recognize it's the wrong song until the lyrics start.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 25, 2004, 11:18:18 PM
I hear she eats babies.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on October 25, 2004, 11:20:38 PM
I hear she uses someone else's mouth to eat them though.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 25, 2004, 11:26:29 PM
Ashlee Simpson Takes 'SNL' Lip Sync Blame

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Ashlee Simpson is reportedly taking the heat for deciding to lip-sync during a performance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, a plan that backfired when the vocals to the wrong song were audible during her second appearance.

Simpson had already performed her single "Pieces of You" and had returned to the "SNL" stage to run through the title track of her Geffen debut album, "Autobiography." As the band kicked into the song, her vocals to the first song were heard while Simpson held her microphone at her side.

Flustered, she improvised a few dance steps before bolting from the stage. NBC quickly cut to a commercial.

At the close of the show, Simpson deflected the blame, telling the viewing audience "I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song." Geffen issued a statement blaming a computer glitch that should have played pre-recorded percussion rather than the "Pieces of You" vocals.

Simpson was reportedly singing a different tune Monday. MTV, home to her reality series "The Ashlee Simpson Show," reported on its Web site that Simpson admitted to lip syncing on the show because her voice has suffering from the stresses of a heavy promotional schedule.

"I can't cancel something like 'SNL,"' Simpson is said to have written in a post on her official Web site (http://www.ashleesimpsonmusic.com). "You and I know that even if I synched on it or not, I'd still get seen by millions, maybe even make a few more fans.

"I'll hold my head high and say I think it was silly of me to do it, silly of me to blame the band, I was just so f---ing embarrassed," she added. "But I don't think it did me much harm, and people will see that soon."

An attempt to find Simpson's original post is daunting, as her site's message board has become a battleground where her staunch fans are fighting to defend her from an onslaught of thousands of negative, even vicious posts.

Amidst the often-vulgar posts in the site's "open forum" is a quote lifted from a Lucky magazine interview where she was asked about lip-synching. "I'm totally against it and offended by it," she said. "I'm going out to let my real talent show, not to just stand there and dance around. Personally, I'd never lip-synch. It's just not me."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: El Duderino on October 25, 2004, 11:29:03 PM
why did she do a jig? it was so awkward
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Jeremy Blackman on October 25, 2004, 11:31:41 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
Geffen issued a statement blaming a computer glitch that should have played pre-recorded percussion rather than the "Pieces of You" vocals.

 :laughing2:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 25, 2004, 11:35:14 PM
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I was just so f---ing embarrassed," she added.


Did she really bleep the word fucking out on he rmessage board. If so, she surely lip synches. FRAUD!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 25, 2004, 11:55:59 PM
You're missing the bigger picture here.  I mean, she eats babies, and she uses other people's mouths to do it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 25, 2004, 11:57:13 PM
Quote from: ono.
You're missing the bigger picture here.  I mean, she eats babies, and she uses other people's mouths to do it.


My mother ate babies, it's no big deal. Shit happens.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 27, 2004, 12:06:07 AM
Quote from: tvtome.com
Beginning next season, SNL will be in HDTV.
Quote from: tvtome.com
A picture in The Washington Post of Lorne Michaels reveals a bulletin board behind him with TENATIVE guests and dates.

      It looks like:
      On January 15, Gwenyth Paltrow (promoting "Proof" will host with musical guest The Killers.

      On January 22, Ice Cube (promoting "Are We There Yet?") or Topher Grace (promoting "In Good Company") will host with musical guest System of a Down and/or Franz Ferdinand or another musical guest. Topher might actually be hosting the next episode, it is unclear.

      On April 9, Cameron Diaz (promoting "In Her Shoes") will host.

      Colplay and Simple Plan will likely be musical guests sometime during this season.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Weak2ndAct on October 28, 2004, 06:37:58 PM
60 Minutes this sunday will have backstage footage from the Simpson incident, apparently they were there doing a story on the show/live tv and it happened.  Can't wait.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 29, 2004, 11:36:13 PM
Quote from: Weak2ndAct
60 Minutes this sunday will have backstage footage from the Simpson incident, apparently they were there doing a story on the show/live tv and it happened.  Can't wait.


60 Minutes To Air Simpson Snafu

It now turns out that a news team from CBS's 60 Minutes was shooting a feature about how NBC's Saturday Night Live is produced when the commotion over Ashlee Simpson's botched performance occurred. After Simpson's voice was heard singing the same song she had sung earlier in the show, Simpson danced for a few seconds, then ran offstage -- and into 60 Minutes' cameras, which recorded her reaction and show creator Lorne Michaels.' CBS said Thursday that reporter Lesley Stahl and the 60 Minutes cameras were also on hand during the dress rehearsal, when Simpson again ran off stage.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on October 31, 2004, 12:46:59 AM
they had several references to the Ashlee fiasco tonight.
i thought Kate did quite well. i didn't know she could sing.
i liked the Osama bit.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 31, 2004, 01:19:38 AM
Quote from: MacGuffin
CBS said Thursday that reporter Lesley Stahl and the 60 Minutes cameras were also on hand during the dress rehearsal, when Simpson again ran off stage.

Wait, so did that incident happen at the dress rehearsal too?

So random, I was watching the old episode from the dark ages of SNL when they brought in people like Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, etc. to help resuscitate things.  They had Eddie Murphy dancing around in gold swim trunks too.  Didn't catch what that was about.  The Folksmen, though, they performed EAT AT JOE'S there -- a song they performed some 19 or so years later in A Mighty Wind.

Tonight's episode was borderline excellent.

Osama opening was decent -- at least it didn't drone on for 15 minutes like the first two weeks' did.

Didn't care too much for the Winslet monologue, though it was admirable that she was singing and dancing, and doing both well.  Shows how hard it is to do both, because she was winded, and her singing suffered.  She sung much better in the next sketch, Chubs Hotty, which was pretty funny, though it went on too long.  I really liked seeing Winslet do an impression of Norah Jones.  Special points for irony because of Eminem guest starring.  Of course, this calls up his unlikely pairing with Dido which rocketed him to status of household name.  Anyway, the whole bit was funny, as Conesey would say, "because he's fat!"  

CHUBS: Gimme some love, sweetheart.  (falls over, breaks piano)  Sorry about your piano.
NORAH: Yeah, it's no problem.
SUGAR: Man, Chubs, that's like the third piano you broke this week!

Doesn't sound all that great on paper, I know, but I dug it.  Could've done without all the food and fart jokes.  But whaddya gonna do?  His character, though, reminds me of when Sanz played an obesity coach for Kelly Ripa as Renee Zellwegger.

Mrs. Dr. Frankenstein.  Horrible.  I wanted to like it, 'cause it was an early sketch.  Only borderline-funny line: "Oh yeah, I made a homo."  The whole sketch was just all too obvious, and I can't really think of any ambiguously homosexual comedy actually being incredibly funny.

The cartoon was okay.  I often wonder why McCain puts up with what he does.  A little insight to what he's feeling is welcome.

Clinton/Kerry sketch.  Feh.  It's no Carville.  We get that SNL would love to have Clinton as president again, so they keep working him in.  They need to get over it, though.  I don't even know if Clinton's recovered yet, not that it really matters.

Almost a year ago, I wrote that Eminem was a genius (http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=100831&highlight=eminem+genius#100831).  Now, seeing his Mosh video, and seeing him perform on SNL, I rest my case.  Beautiful performance, beautiful gesture at the end, and that video is just so incredibly powerful.  I think JB was the one who posted it in the Next President thread.  So check it out (http://www.xixax.com/viewtopic.php?p=161790&highlight=eminem+mosh#161790) if you haven't.

Weekend Update was awesome, and really made this show for me.  Love the joke about lip synching pop stars.  Poehler is really making herself at home at WU.  Good sign.

OREILLY: This brutal ordeal is now over, and I will never speak of it.  Again.
FEY: But I will. ...  I love all those parts.  And I'm gonna keep talking about it.  A lot.

The Seth Meyers segment was just classic, proof why he's so great, and why he would do great on WU.

FEY: There's no way we're having a three-way with you, Seth.
MEYERS: Just like there's no way the Sox would come back from 3-0?
AND
MEYERS: "Be sure to bring your credit card for incidentals!"
FEY: "You mean like condoms and porno mags?"
MEYERS: "I was gonna say Pringles, but your idea's better."

Resident sex symbol, Will Forte, how I love you.  Halloween star spangled banner: most hilarious song since his and Armisen's interpretation of the tax codes.  There are no words.  There are no words.

O'Keefe joke, predictable.  Arafat, bleh.  Kerry mask joke was great.  Armisen, eh, okay.  Those kind of skits where "obnoxious comedian annoys unsuspecting victims" kind of grate on me.  Sanz as Elton John is always a revelation.  I went out and listened to Tiny Dancer right after the sketch.  One goof in the writing - Sanz said to have Ashlee point Jessica his way.  It should've been Nick.

Glad to see the Rick the step-dad sketch back again.  Poehler as the hyperactive preadolescent is just so great.  So much subtlety going on in this sketch.  I loved how Dratch and Rudolph did laps - those old ladies you always see powerwalking through the mall.  And then later they're munching on pretzels ... still walking.

Eminem.  Again, excellent.  'Nuff said.

Maya Rudolph's been so underused.  Yet again.  And then she gets this weird off-the-wall sketch about unscary costumes.  It had charm, but was short, at the end of the show, and she could've done so much more than continue to act only as Kerry's financial-trophy wife (though she does do that well).

The Russert/Brokaw sketch was excellent.  Short, sweet, memorable, a perfect bookend to an excellent show.  Surprising how few sketches Winslet was actually in.  And some thought Jude Law was shortchanged.  Either way, though it started out rocky, this episode just flat out rocked.  Sucks that it's at the end of my tape, though, so I'll have to fast-forward if I want to watch it again.  My only complaint is that Winslet was short-changed.  She was only in four things, including the monologue.  Don't know why that is.  She's got the talent.

The Best of Tom Hanks next week, eh?  Okay... whatever.  Not that I don't like Tom Hanks ... but in all the times he's hosted, how many great things could he have done?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 31, 2004, 09:51:52 AM
Whoa man, you take SNL too seriously. Eminem is underrated though.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on October 31, 2004, 01:29:39 PM
how much of a delay is there?
i'm thinking there has to be some because of profanity bleeping and blurring out Chris Farley's butt back in the day (although i've only seen that on the Best of, so i don't know  if it was blurred out when it aired originally).
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 01, 2004, 01:59:47 AM
Didn't catch the live show this week.

I was too busy in New York City... watching the dress rehearsal...  8)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Finn on November 01, 2004, 07:17:27 AM
I think the new SNL episodes aren't that funny. But the older ones are a lot better.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on November 01, 2004, 10:06:35 AM
How astute.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 01, 2004, 02:00:08 PM
Eminem can't be underrated.. because he's huge.

And he sucked on SNL (which, along with the Rick the Stepdad was all I caught).  The song sucks and from what I've heard, the new album, just plain sucks.  Boring.  His time is over.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ghostboy on November 01, 2004, 03:18:55 PM
Mosh is an okay song, simply because of its message, and the video is awesome. But that Lose It single is TERRIBLE. His time is, indeed, over.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on November 01, 2004, 03:59:01 PM
Quote from: Ghostboy
But that Lose It single is TERRIBLE. His time is, indeed, over.


God, that song is so annoying (uhhh, uhhh, uhhh, uhhh!). (http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0903/wuerg/vomit-smiley-014.gif)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on November 01, 2004, 04:49:23 PM
Well eminem is underrated by the community we all belong to, but overrated by the teeny bopper/vodka crowd. What im saying is it could be alot worse, i guess.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on November 01, 2004, 06:59:47 PM
well i personally do not think eminem has completely lost it. granted, lose it is enough to make you want to jump off a bridge, but i honestly think its purposefully done. that d12 song "name of my band" was annoying as hell too. it's always the most stupid songs on his albums that are the first singles. it's like he's saying "hey look, i can make crap and they still love it."

a lot of his stuff is still excellent tho.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on November 01, 2004, 07:26:26 PM
What is the "teenybopper/vodka" crowd?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 01, 2004, 10:33:00 PM
Quote from: Kerryphile
Didn't catch the live show this week.

I was too busy in New York City... watching the dress rehearsal...  8)

Sounds great.  There are no words, except ... "details, man."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 02, 2004, 12:17:03 AM
Quote from: wantautopia?
Sounds great.  There are no words, except ... "details, man."

When we arrived at NBC, we stood in the line to wait for our tickets and Lorne Michaels walked by. Then Brian Williams walked by shortly thereafter. After getting our tickets to go up to Studio 8H, we waited in the hallway to go into the studio. Lorne walked by again and I was coaxed into talking to him when he walked back down the hall. Several minutes later, he walked back down the hall and I said "Congratulations on the Mark Twain Award" and he smiled and said "thanks". Then Johnny Damon walked by and greeted everyone. I was gonna push him but you know, I have class and stuff.

We had amazing seats. We were second row in the balcony looking right down on center stage. We had a great view of every sketch except for two. Hammond came out and did some stand up before the rehearsal, which was funny. Don Pardo was pretty wired too, getting everybody pumped for the show. It was great watching the cast members stand around in a scene. When the band is playing as the crew is setting up preparing to shoot, the cast was fooling around and gesturing playing air guitar and such. Fun stuff.

There was a Halloween Party sketch that featured Riggle, Meyers, Dratch, Poehler, Forte, Finesse, Armisen, Horatio, Sanz, and Parnell. Fun sketch about an alcoholic (Parnell) who needs to get help. Forte is dressed as a dinner table. Little funny sight gags.

TV funhouse had a different ending in the dress rehearsal. The bloody McCain comes out and tries to finish his sentence only to be interrupted several times by the audience. As they boo, he pauses.. then theres silence. He turns to Bush and says "they hate you..." and then it fades to the credits and all you hear is "Four more years! Four more years!" Really great, eerie stuff.

They had a Taking Back the Streets with Victor Ramas (not sure on the last name). Maya Rudolph was the announcer for the show and Horatio played Victor. He has a self defense expert on the show (Winslet) who takes calls about what to do in intense situations. Victor kept slamming down her ideas by promoting the use of nunchucks. That was the joke of the sketch, so it was forgettable.

There was a Happenings! sketch featuring Chris Parnell as a flamboyant Tv host named Terry Funck. He's promoting a restaurant and Kate Winslet in an assistant. The joke of the sketch was Forte and Dratch coming out separately and pouring hard, chunky food into the buffet bins. It was disgustingly hilarious.

They ran a Kerry ad on women's rights. Blah.

The World of Scott Wainio returned as Scott is measuring a yard with tape. Cut to a wedding and Scott on a hill top yelling in a megaphone about how he's legally as far away as he needs to be from the bride. He starts playing the guitar for her and everybody leaves except one guy who applauds him and his efforts.

Weekend Update had all the same stuff except for Kenan Thompson as a fashion expert named Sherman Weens (a gayer looking Sisqo). He promotes Bush and Kerry fashion using Riggle and Finesse respectively. Pretty funny but I'm not surprised it was cut. When Forte did the Halloween song, Poehler was CRYING in her seat laughing at him. She loved it. They also cut a quick segment where Fey and Poehler dance to a video of Bin Laden and the mouth is moving to the tune of the Monster Mash. Kinda random but it was funny. Poehler also quipped about Damon after saying she wanted to marry him, "I wanna braid his hair!"

There was a Fred Armisen commercial on Mexican hamburger meat. And everyone who ate it turned into stereotypical Mexicans. I'm sure it'll show up sometime. It was funny.

There were two Bear City segments. One was a bear buying cigarettes from a gas station shop. The worker behind the counter is a panda (really funny racial undertones) and they couldn't understand each other when picking out the kind the bear wanted to buy. The next one was picking up females at school. Two female bears are sitting at the basketball court, one bear tries to impress them and another bear comes out of nowhere and pulls down his boxers. EmBEARassing. Oh dear. Anyway.

The last cut sketch featured Parnell (three time loser) and Winslet as a couple preparing to get a divorce. They need to tell Kenny about it so they call him in. Enter a freakish Harry Henderson-like creature with no arms, a really long unicorn horn, no nose, and a huge mouth (and the fact that its Forte speaking gibberish underneath is icing on the pumpkin cookie). The couple tell Kenny that they're going to work out a way for him to see them both now that they're splitting up. Kenny is pissed off and smashes EVERYTHING in the house. He bulldozes through all the china and everything else that was breakable. They calm him down, send him out and then they send in their son and daughter (Poehler and Dratch) to tell them they're the reason for the divorce and that they'll be living with Grandma at the nursing home. End of sketch.

The show was really fantastic overall. After we left the studio, we were walking around the hall in Rockefeller. All the people scattered around waiting to go upstairs for the live show are there. And who do we see standing with some friends of her's? Laura Linney. That was pretty cool.

WONDERFUL experience. The show lasted about 2 and a half hours total. We both loved it and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SiliasRuby on November 02, 2004, 02:20:52 AM
Quote from: Kerryphile
We both loved it and wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Who did you go with? Friend? Girlfriend? Relative?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on November 02, 2004, 03:03:56 AM
It was me. haha.  8)



Cinephile forgot to mention that we saw Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler walk past us in the hall after the show. Amy is so tiny in person.


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Several minutes later, he walked back down the hall and I said "Congratulations on the Mark Twain Award" and he smiled and said "thanks".


He said, "Oohhhh, thanks" to you (you forgot the oohhh) in a I-cant-believe-someone-mentioned-that-to-me type of voice. It was awesome.


(http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/aetsch/cheeky-smiley-016.gif)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 02, 2004, 03:40:10 AM
Quote from: SiliasRuby
Who did you go with? Friend? Girlfriend? Relative?
Quote from: Bethie
It was me. haha.  8)

so, all of the above..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on November 04, 2004, 12:06:28 AM
Reality contest for 'SNL' berth

The always fierce competition among comics to land a gig on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is set to become the basis of an unscripted series for the peacock. Sources said NBC is working on a reality-competition series fronted by "SNL" creator/executive producer Lorne Michaels. The project would chronicle a group of comedians vying for a grand prize that is believed to be a role on the long-running sketch comedy series. Michaels is expected to play a Donald Trump-like role, winnowing the pool of contestants until a victor is selected. Sources indicated that the project is eyed for a possible summer launch. NBC declined comment. Michaels got his taste of getting tough on reality series contestants in a "SNL" parody skit of NBC's reality hit "The Apprentice" last season, in which he took over Trump's role and "fired" cast member Jimmy Fallon. NBC already has a track record in turning talent searches into a successful reality series with "Last Comic Standing."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on November 04, 2004, 09:40:18 AM
lip syncing is totally underrated.

NOT LIVE FROM NEW YORK: Looks like today's pop acts rarely take the "live" in "Saturday Night Live" seriously. Just one week after Ashlee Simpson lip-synched on the show, Eminem was found guilty of the same offense, reports The New York Post.

"He was singing 'Mosh' and you could tell he was lip-synching," said a source. "The track was just a bit ahead of his lips and he put the mike down at one point but the track kept going."

Eminem's rep said he was merely trying to "duplicate the sound on his album. He had a vocal track on for double vocal effect on the first song, to make it more powerful. Lots of hip-hop artists do that. Tupac Shakur did it."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on November 04, 2004, 01:46:15 PM
You guys are ridiculous, that's a backing track.  Who fucking cares anyway
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 04, 2004, 09:12:43 PM
Quote from: Sleuth
Who fucking cares anyway

apparently SNL is a reputable establishment of high-quality entertainment.. or sum bullshit like that.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on November 04, 2004, 10:16:43 PM
Quote from: Weak2ndAct
60 Minutes this sunday will have backstage footage from the Simpson incident, apparently they were there doing a story on the show/live tv and it happened.  Can't wait.


did anyone catch this?
i was surprised at how much a say the celebrity host has in what sketches stay or go.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 04, 2004, 10:19:35 PM
I saw the 60 Minutes segment.  Some good insight for a relatively short segment.  Good for people who like SNL.  I could try posting it if there's anyone interested in seeing it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 04, 2004, 10:21:02 PM
Please do.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 05, 2004, 05:20:31 PM
Okay, here (http://files.onomatopoeia.biz/60%20Minutes%20-%20Live%20From%20New%20York%20-%20Saturday%20Night%20Live.mp4) it is, but the quality is pretty poor (sound especially).  It was recorded in SLP mode, transferred to DV, captured, and then compressed.  It's 102.1 MB.  Right-click and "Save As" if you have any trouble downloading it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on November 07, 2004, 01:06:50 AM
Quote from: Bethie
It was me. haha.  8)


You two know each other?

Did you two meet off xixax?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: SiliasRuby on November 07, 2004, 01:42:40 AM
Quote from: meatbull
Quote from: Bethie
It was me. haha.  8)


You two know each other?

Did you two meet off xixax?

If so, could this be the new hip place to meet wonderful singles who are into films...hmmm....Eh...maybe not.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 07, 2004, 01:49:29 AM
Quote from: meatbull
You two know each other?

Did you two meet off xixax?

well, now we know why u removed the ball from ur name. cos u are clearly not on it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: El Duderino on November 14, 2004, 02:50:49 AM
tonight's episode was decent at best. i did not like either one of Modest Mouse's performances. I liked Liam as Sean Connery. I also was laughing my ass off at Fred Armisen in that giant bird suit. There were obvious parts of all the sketches where Liam was reading cue cards (it wasnt nearly as bad as De Niro, though)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 14, 2004, 05:51:51 AM
Just watched the tape of this show.

I enjoyed it.. I'll wait for Ono's full review since it's fun to read and he's a lot more in depth than I am (unless I'm at the show  :wink: ).

Quote from: El Duderino
I also was laughing my ass off at Fred Armisen in that giant bird suit.

I was crying. I could not stop laughing. If that isn't a recurring character, there is no god. Also, Armisen as the deaf comic. That man can do NO WRONG.

Quote from: El Duderino
There were obvious parts of all the sketches where Liam was reading cue cards

Not something you critique the show on. Let Lorne do that. He's an actor that people are talking about and that's why he's hosting. Whether he can skillfully do sketch comedy without reading cue cards is not in his job description.

Anyway, funny show. WU was pretty funny stuff. Probably the best one Fey and Poehler have had together. The Hilton/Reid thing was the best thing they've done on that segment.

I'll comment further after Ono is done. But I'm looking forward to Luke Wilson and U2 next week. I'm sure all 3 of you are too.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 14, 2004, 11:30:22 PM
My delay in commenting on the episode is pretty much indicative of my overall opinion of it.  Still, I enjoy doing it, only because it's fun, no one else I know of does it, and now I know at least one person appreciates it.

Cold opening - decent, nothing earth-shattering.  "Switch with me, I can find you votes in Ohio, I know where to look."  *sigh*

Monologue - interesting approach with the stereotypes.  Best part was Maya's with the "people of mixed race are addicted to porn and smell like marshmallows" and Finesse's "this is the only time you'll see me tonight."  "I guess I owe a big apology to Tiger Woods."  Hah.  "Many of us whites are also lawyers and bankers."  And then the whole parade of stereotypes in the audience was a nice touch too.

Starr Jones' night before wedding.  My first thoughts: Wake me when it's over.  Liza: "I remember my mama used to say to me, Liza, call an ambulance."  Nice.  And, on the bright side, Rachel Dratch almost makes me forget Cheri Oteri ever did Barbara Walters.  Her delivery is just exquisite.  She's made that role her own.  Neeson as Connery was a nice touch.  I liked the last line, the whole biggest surprise in reality TV.  I just could've done without this whole thing.

As soon as I saw RTE2 come on the screen, I smiled.  Fallon and Meyers' Top o' the Morning sketches were one of the best things about these last few years.  I was hoping it'd be another one of those with a Fallon cameo, but this "You call this a house do ya?" sketch was good too.  The layout of the house (solarium, gym), the fast motion, the aftermath was all great.  My second fave of the night.  The first being the last sketch, oddly enough.

Boner juice again?  Anything to eat up time, right?

Next sketch, Fred Armisen as the African parrot wasn't too great either.  Seems like another off-the-wall throwaway, if that makes any sense.  High-concept, on the backburner, let me do this one day, please.  Good line, "before we start necking."  I admire the voice modulation on Armisen's part, and how he BECAME the bird, but it's a sketch I could do without.  The ending where he craps all over Neeson pretty much sums it up.  Funny, but feh.

Wake Up, San Diego - "This music makes me want to move my junk."  Cute how they had to start dancing during the slow, sad music.  "I'm going in, going into myself."  The humor on this episode is much more subtle than usual, and it's impressive in a thoughtful way, but not when you're looking to break out in tears from the usual hilarity.

Modest Mouse - Float On.  Had me floating.  The song's been praised enough, I'm sure, but I just wanted to add that it just makes you reminisce about things that have happened, haven't happened, could happen, and really makes you feel that everything is going to be okay, no matter what.  That's a powerful song.  That's one of the reasons I was looking forward to this episode so much - I wanted to see the song performed.  I wasn't let down there.

Weekend Update - They're only perpetuating the stupidity of the fascination of a fat woman getting married - 'cause that's what it is, right?  Wish.  They'd.  Let.  It.  Go.  (Because she's fat. -- end Conan impression.)  Affleck as Peterson.  Ashcroft, blah.  Ashcroft's replacement as Speedy.  Cynthia Nixon's red carpet.  Hah.  I agree with Cine of course, the Barbie doll theatre was excellent.  Love Fey's impression of Hilton.  Who'd know Fey flicking a plastic breast would be a highlight of the night.  And later on when Fey was like "more cocaine" I, uh, raised an eyebrow.  They may get some grief about that one.

Hated Meyers little schtick as a college student.  Takes a lot for me to hate something he does, because I like him a lot.  Liked the line about that chick Becky being crazy in bed and everywhere else.  And the whole Coors Lite motif.  But everything else about it was wrong, uninformed, whatever.  The youth vote was there, and not all college students are drunken frat-boy idiots.  I know, I know, it was supposed to be funny, not taken personally.  Nothing personal, I just didn't care for it.

If I was a monkey I would still hate condoms.  And mean and yelly people who hold up short buses.  That song Fey and Poehler put out was a trip, too.  Best line of WU, Poehler as the 114-year-old grandmother: "Oh, I'm gonna be a grandma!"  *falls flat on the desk*

The deaf (and somewhat offensive) comedian was pretty funny.  *fried chicken*  Didn't get that last joke - didn't hear it that is.  The one Thompson wouldn't say.  "What do you call a black guy with a ..."  (Armisen mimes guy playing boombox).

Closing was cute.  "I'm Al Franken, and I'm Richard Dreyfuss."

Appalachian Emergency Room is a sketch I've been more annoyed by in the past than anything, but I appreciated this one.  Thing about it is it totally would be terrible if it was a one-shot deal, but because it's become a sort of serial with recurring characters it's risen above that.  Everyone in it, the whole parade of people, add to it.  Parnell's lifting his leg to activate the car lock was great, and I especially like Rudolph and Thompson's mother and son, kid constantly getting stuck, and the mother wanting her money back, and the toy or whatever given to the kid.  Then she asks to exchange her birth control.  Great.  This is such odd humor.  It's not high-brow, but it's subtle.  You won't guffaw.  The best you can do is appreciate it, and that's not what I really want.

The drug-sniffing dog concept was great.  More high-brow humor the way I look at it.  Ironic for the topic chosen.

PARNELL: "I can have an officer stop by your party."
NEESON: "No offense, but my kid hates cops -- you know, the whole Rodney King thing."
PARNELL: "I thought you said your kid was five?"
NEESON: "Well, he watches a lot of A&E.  He must have seen Bill Curtis talking about it.  You know kids."

Hah.  Also:

PARNELL: "We won't fill out a report on your son, we'll just dispose of the drugs."
NEESON: "Okay, that's not gonna work."

The final cutaway really made the sketch, with the kid wearing a Spider-man mask and running around in circles pointing his fingers in the air.

THOMPSON: "Can you tell your kid to take off that mask, it's freaking me out."
POEHLER (in a haze): "We don't know that kid."

Overall, it was my favorite sketch, and it's so odd that it appeared last.

Ocean Breathes Salty - Listening to this song, it just resonated in me what makes these guys' music work so much.  They have this unique sound that's present in all their stuff.  It's their vocals, their delivery, their pitch.  I'm reminded of 3rd Planet a lot in this, the delivery of lyrics in that song.  Striving, trying to get a point across, stressing the importance of the message.  I admit I don't know what the hell I'm talking about half the time, but I know what sounds good, and what means something.  This sounds great, and means a whole lot.

This show had a weird structure, indicated by how pushed back Weekend Update was and how the second performance closed the show.  It was curious, so I wonder why it was put together that way.

On the upside, I watched the show looking for Dude's complaint that Neeson was reading the cards.  I didn't see that to be the case at all.  He used them as cues, but was sure to direct the lines to the actor he was speaking to.  Definitely not something to complain about.  Overall, this episode was just okay.  Nothing that really made me bust out laughing, though there were a few moments here and there.  It wasn't as bad as Colin Firth, but it could've been better.

Luke Wilson and U2 should be interesting.  Comedic actors always are if they're used right.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on November 15, 2004, 03:19:15 PM
Ashlee Begs for Another 'SNL' Chance

Shamed pop star Ashlee Simpson is begging bosses of American satirical TV show Saturday Night Live to invite her back after her debut was marred by a lip-syncing controversy. The singer shocked fans on October 23 when a guide track she was using started without her and led to her dashing from the live show's stage in tears of embarrassment. She proved that she could perform live just days later at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, but she wants to get a second chance to prove critics wrong on SNL. An insider says, "They're trying to work something out."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 16, 2004, 08:27:45 AM
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Cold opening - decent, nothing earth-shattering.  "Switch with me, I can find you votes in Ohio, I know where to look."  *sigh*

Nice sketch. The only upside to the Bush re-election is funnier political sketches. Kerry sketches were pretty annoying.

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Monologue - interesting approach with the stereotypes.

You didn't mention the Horatio Sanz joke where he got insulted and walked away. I think I liked that the most just because of how Sanz took it.

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Starr Jones' night before wedding.  My first thoughts: Wake me when it's over.  Liza: "I remember my mama used to say to me, Liza, call an ambulance."

That was the only highlight for me. Kenen Thompson - way too underrated around here. Thank god he's doing the Fat Albert movie. And where's that Bill Cosby impression of his!?

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As soon as I saw RTE2 come on the screen, I smiled.  Fallon and Meyers' Top o' the Morning sketches were one of the best things about these last few years.

I guess since Fallon left, Meyers is trying to pick up the pieces.. "Let's see.. what else can I do with an Irish accent.."

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Boner juice again?  Anything to eat up time, right?

They keep editing the damn thing. This week they cut Riggle's Biggle Wiggle. I think they need to air that Armisen mexican hamburger meat ad.

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Next sketch, Fred Armisen as the African parrot wasn't too great either.  Seems like another off-the-wall throwaway, if that makes any sense.  High-concept, on the backburner, let me do this one day, please. Funny, but feh.

Could be our largest disagreement since, like I mentioned, I was crying laughing so hard. Funny to say it but Armisen really can use those eyes to disappear into the role of a parrot. Just him jumping back and forth in the background had me in stitches. Best sketch of the night. (We're turning into the Ebert and Roeper of the SNL thread  :?)

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Wake Up, San Diego - The humor on this episode is much more subtle than usual, and it's impressive in a thoughtful way, but not when you're looking to break out in tears from the usual hilarity.

It's how SNL has been this year. The emphasis is more on the writing and not making us laugh out loud non-stop. I appreciate the sketches for their concepts first and foremost then work my way down. Just like how Tracy Morgan and Maya Rudolph used to sing in those sketches at the end of the show. Nothing really funny, but more reflective than anything. I like that.

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The deaf (and somewhat offensive) comedian was pretty funny.

Yes, as I said, Armisen can do no wrong. He is the MVP of SNL right now. Even above Will Forte. I think I can go as far as to say that..

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Appalachian Emergency Room is a sketch I've been more annoyed by in the past than anything, but I appreciated this one. . . The best you can do is appreciate it, and that's not what I really want.

I must say, I've always looked forward to that sketch. The recurring characters and the situations they get into are hilarious. It's like the number one sketch where the cast/writers can just ham up whatever insane people they think up. And again, Armisen scored the touchdown in that sketch too. I noticed they've been tweaking Seth Meyers too so he also sounds like a hick. Before he used to be a normal receptionist with a mullet but now it actually makes sense.

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The drug-sniffing dog concept was great.  More high-brow humor the way I look at it.  Ironic for the topic chosen. . .Overall, it was my favorite sketch, and it's so odd that it appeared last.

I enjoyed it but it definitely wasn't a favourite for me. Since I've been to the show now, I can imagine that was the type of sketch that had a good chunk edited out. With it being condensed, they could chuck it at the end of the show. Maybe that's wrong since one could never really know for sure, but it felt like it.

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Luke Wilson and U2 should be interesting.  Comedic actors always are if they're used right.

*cough*cough*EricMcCormick*cough*
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on November 16, 2004, 10:47:46 AM
jeez, wautatopia your incredibly in-depth review is so in-depth it takes the fun out of.. everything.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 16, 2004, 10:50:50 AM
you're not having any luck in this thread, meathead.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 16, 2004, 01:06:18 PM
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jeez, wautatopia your incredibly in-depth review is so in-depth it takes the fun out of.. everything.

We've already established I take SNL too seriously.  And that Ashlee Simpson eats babies.  If you don't like it what I write, don't read it.  I guess you think movie reviews take all the fun out of movies, too?  For those seriously interested in sketch comedy, it is of value.  That is, for all two of us.

Responding to Cine, I'd say good point about Horatio in the monologue, and how underrated Kenan is.  He and Finesse both.  I keep on flashing back to the last Top o' the Morning sketch, where he and Finesse jumped in for Jimmy and Seth, and toasted each other.  Classic.

I'm glad SNL is focusing more on the writing, but it's going to continue to turn more and more people off.  They're going to continue to say it needs a "huge overhaul" and we're going to keep finding more and more reasons why these are the greatest seasons in years.  Last year especially.  Good point about the Tracy Morgan/Maya Rudolph duet.  The more I see that sketch on The Best of Tracy Morgan, the more I love it.

One other thing I appreciate about Appalachian ER is Hammond gets a chance to play a character.  Whenever Hammond or Fey gets away from their "roles" on the show, they have a chance to show why they got there in the first place.  In Fey's case, it's hard for her to really shine, though there have been moments -- "Queer Eye for the Straight Gal," any time she dances in the monologue, and maybe, big maybe, that Billy Joel sketch from the Lohan episode.  Hammond is even better because he can play anything.  AER proved that.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 16, 2004, 01:10:22 PM
Just like to note that it's not that there are only two of you seriously interested in sketch comedy.

It's just that most of us prefer GOOD sketch comedy.

now that that's cleared up... onward
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 16, 2004, 08:57:00 PM
thanks RK that needed to be said.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 16, 2004, 09:25:16 PM
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Just like to note that it's not that there are only two of you seriously interested in sketch comedy.

Perhaps Ono was referring to the fact that I'm at Second City in Toronto... which in that case, I'm the only guy here doing that.

If he meant it as just really liking sketch comedy.. then I think the issue is moreso we appreciate a show that is truly its own that's been going 30 years now. It's irrelevent if anyone was to say "Well its no Mad TV" or whatever because SNL is a show all in its own. There's nothing like it. So people should either be cool with that or move on and say its not GOOD sketch comedy. Because I feel it is; people have too much high expectations in their comedy. A lot of what SNL is has been explained time and time again and even Ono's 60 Minutes clip enlightens people that even if a sketch isn't that funny, it might've been the host's choice to keep it in anyway since its been established that they have a lot of creative control, believe it or not. And as I've said before, SNL doesn't go for what's laugh-out-loud hilarious.. they go for what's interesting. That's been said for years.

So anyway, I hate defending SNL. It's always a lost cause yet I do it anyway. Oh well.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 16, 2004, 10:44:13 PM
You don't have to defend why you like SNL just like I don't have to defend why I find it to be about 10% good, 5% great, and the rest "a mess" to "mildly watchable".

I was just pointing out that there is other sketch comedy out there than SNL.  Better sketch comedy... and that it's not that we don't like sketch comedy, it's just that we prefer a higher grade.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on November 17, 2004, 08:01:29 PM
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Ashlee Begs for Another 'SNL' Chance

She proved that she could perform live just days later at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada...



 :roll:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on November 17, 2004, 10:58:37 PM
:arrow:  Today was Lorne Michaels 60th Birthday.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on November 21, 2004, 12:26:25 AM
Wow, I mean I'm not a big fan of U2, they're getting old and stuff, but they fucking rocked SNL. That was an awesome ending performance.

I finally watch SNL and no one's here with an analysis already  :(  

Let's see...

The opening sketch was ok, they spelled out the Apprentice-rip a little too much. Darrell Hammond is awesome as Rumsfeld. Luke Wilson and Sanz had a lot of potential, I think they blew a lot of the jokes. I wasn't too impressed with Wilson, I love him as an actor, but he seemed to lack the comedic timing and emphasis.

Debbie Downer was ok, kinda sloppy, the sound effects being goofy gets old pretty quick. Weekend Update was funny, I loved the janitor bit. It was so awkward and understated, great joke. The coolest teacher skit was HILARIOUS. I love Seth Meyers and Sanz throwing the desk was so stupid, awesome. I'm trying to think....there was a really stupid sketch, I think it was The Falconer I was totally unimpressed with, but I'm not sure. The Falconer was horrible, I don't dig Forte too much. American Trainwreck was by far the best, having the basketball team come out was classic.

The two guys feeding each other, again ok but kinda sloppily written, could've been really funny. The last skit was funny, good structure and a good punchline. I know I missed some skits.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 21, 2004, 12:50:13 AM
That was so hilariously wrong...

Opening skit was the worst of the entire show (Forte is a horrible Bush), but luckily, it didn't go long... monologue was boring and akward too.  After a rocky start though.. not bad...

This was definitely one of the better SNLs as of late.  I thought Wilson did a decent job and even managed to keep a pretty straight face most of the time.

Falconer was one of the better Falconers, but maybe I'm a sucker for Dogs.

U2 BLEW... they were so boring and predictable yet still attempted to be fresh and shockingly rock and roll... Lame

The drunk guys sketch at the end was really well done... really liked it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on November 21, 2004, 01:08:18 AM
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Falconer was one of the better Falconers, but maybe I'm a sucker for Dogs.

U2 BLEW... they were so boring and predictable yet still attempted to be fresh and shockingly rock and roll... Lame


Falconer...I dunno, I cannot see how it was funny at all. Just too dumb, animals, puppets, subtitles, not my thing. Seemed to easy. Then again, I haven't seen any Falconer skits before.

I really disagree about U2, I can't see how their attempts at being fresh can come off as boring and predictable. Sure you can call it lame, but it's not boring nor predictable to be unpredictable. I thought it was cool that they kept playing...I was weighing whether or not they were just being masturbatory about playing more, but I think they were just trying to put on a good show, which they did. There was nothing wrong with it. I'll say that their music is predictable, but it's good music, and their performance was great.

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That was so hilariously wrong...

Sorry my opinion didn't meet your criteria for being correct.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 21, 2004, 01:16:08 AM
I pretty much agree with RK here.  Cold opening was weak.  Falconer was good.  U2 was bad.  Hate that song - "uno, dos, tres, catorce is horrible" -- learn to count, it's not cute.  The ending was kind of decent, though I wish they would've done another sketch.  Such a waste hearing a third (and the start of a fourth) U2 song when there were many sketches I'm sure were cut.

Gamblor, I think RK was replying to your last line re: the guys feeding each other.  He wasn't knocking you or anything.  And don't judge Falconer until you've seen more of them.  It's a recurring sketch that gets exponentially funnier the more you see of them.

More to come in my fun-sucking (or enhancing, depending on who's reading) commentary.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on November 21, 2004, 01:27:21 AM
Ahhhhhhhhh
damn

I knew I misread that. I just wanted someone to jab me.

RK? Confirm? Disconfirm? Know your quote function so I don't get confused next time.

I don't think it was a waste hearing a third song. It was cool to see the cast get so into it. And I will give Falconer another shot.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 21, 2004, 02:32:16 AM
Luke Wilson / U2 - here we go.  Cold opening was weak, less said the better.  Neither Forte nor Hammond can do Bush.  No one can touch Ferrell's Bush, but I'd like to see Armisen take a crack at it.  I used to like the Apprentice.  Was an interesting, informative concept, but when the parodies are weak, you can tell that there's something wrong with the show, and the people doing the parodies need to work on their writing.

The monologue was awkward.  They're not Conan; staged pictures aren't funny.  I did like how they threw in that Colin Farrell would be coming in a few weeks.

Debbie Downer was just bad, cementing my belief that had the first one not been a disaster, it wouldn't have been too funny either.  The trumpet/trombone/whatever needs to go.  It kills whatever jokes that could be funny.  The running feline AIDS joke is nice.  When I first heard it repeated, I thought the writers just goofed.  Now I know it was intentional.  There are a lot of gags that could have been better.  Thinking about it now, the sketch just suffers from poor direction, and these technical things, when ironed out, would greatly improve the sketch if they insist on keeping it.

It was about this time that I thought SNL had lost it, this was gonna be a horrible episode.  Then the American Trainwreck Awards aired.  Second best sketch of the night.  Poehler and Rudolph were just perfect as Anna Nicole and Diana Ross.  I don't feel like killing any great lines for you, just see the sketch.  Dratch and Meyers were also great as Tara Reid and Mickey Rourke.  Dratch dropping her dress was great.  And Armisen as Danza was good as well.  Riggle was great as Keith, ditto for Wilson as Grobin.  Pacers VS. Pistons was a perfect ending.  It was simple enough to throw that in at the last minute, but still impressive.

TV Funhouse - I can't remember the last one of these (besides McCain) that really killed.  Pat O'Brien might have been one, though I know a lot of people hated it.  This was just perfect, though.  Great pairings of people, and the sick comedy that Smigel can do so well.  The irony is delicious.

Feeding Frenzy - Decent enough sketch.  Thought it would be one of my faves, but there was a lot of better stuff tonight.  That's not saying this was bad or anything.  It was truly funny, and hilariously wrong, as RK said.

U2 - Vertigo - Again, learn to count, it's not cute.  I think I hate that song only because I see that commercial way too much.

Weekend Update - "Cheney is the finger" and "Once you go black..."  Hehe.  I am so sick of Schwarzenegger, though.  Every other line is "and all of these things."  Besides being a horrible choice for president anyway, I hope he doesn't get a chance to get elected so we don't have to sit through the campaign years and then another four more years of this.

"Doi-yoi-yoi-yoi-yoing!"  "And that's this week's story that won't make sense to my mom."  "And of course, I was in line behind him."  I thought I'd just go ahead and kill all the best lines of WU for a change.  Maya as the janitor was priceless.  That one I won't kill for anyone who still wants to enjoy it.  Who the fuck is Maureen Dowd?  Roth as EMT?  Okay, they're stretching it.  Amy has a good voice.  She'd be a good spokeswoman for Amtrak.  Or not.  WU was kinda weak though.  Hate to say it, but it's true.  What saved it was Armisen and Poehler with that "Bump It!" game.

The Coolest Teacher at Benton Township High School - Feh.  This sketch had potential but I didn't really dig it.  Horatio throwing the chair and going overboard with everything (this is worse than Nazi Germany!) was pretty funny.  His cracking up wasn't.  It's not right unless Fallon's there to crack up with him.  That's my double-standard and I'm sticking to it.  Loved the look on Sanz's face when he opened the beer.  "Are you still gonna take me to get my abortion?  With a smile on my face."  Overall, an okay sketch.  If it recurrs, it could be good, but this one wasn't too hot.

The Falconer - This was pretty great, even as Falconer sketches go.  "By Dire Straits I do not mean the rock band, but the band of rocks that have come to rest upon my body."  Great line, very good writing.  "Noooo!  More rocks!"  Didn't catch what Forte yelled to Donald as he flew off.  But really, how often DOES a state fair come around?  Loved the dart, the photo booth, the cotton candy, the pie, the dog eating vomit.  And the "arms" as they rode the rollercoaster as the falcon screeched in terror.

U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - Yawn.  Sounded decent, but was also kind of dull.

Another Round of Drinks - Best sketch of the night, and again, it's stuck way back at the end of the show.  I always love when sketches are either schizophrenic or repetitive, doubling back on themselves and elaborating on previous jokes.  This is a prime example of everything coming together: directing, writing, and the intangible comedic element.  Starts off slow, but it needs that time to get going.  I was rolling by the end.  Kenan's pitch-perfect delivery always helps.  Wilson proved his worth, and Meyers was indispensible.

Sidenote, I loved that last picture of Wilson with that black eye, and the sign with the date of the show around his neck.  So random.

U2 - I Will Follow - This song was a little better, only because Bono interacted with the audience.  Like when he gave that random chick a lap dance, and when he hugged Amy.  Like Gamblor said, I did like seeing the cast get into the song.  It was cool to see U2 start a fourth song before the show ended -- U2 are real crowd pleasers.  But it's a sketch comedy show first, and I wanted another sketch.

Rob Riggle is finally making his presence known, which is great.  He shone as Toby Keith and the gay dude in the feeding sketch.  More of that, please.  Fix Debbie Downer before everyone hates it.  And Fix Bush.  Forte is great but he isn't working.  Good episode where the good outweighs the bad, but that dead weight needs to be removed.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on November 21, 2004, 03:22:00 AM
I'm really impressed with Kenan's transition from All That to SNL. He does have great delivery. A lot of the show's problems, oddly enough, is the directing, the talent's there, but the technical side is lacking. To add to the Trainwreck skit, there was a great subtle joke with Diana Ross (maybe it wasn't, but I felt proud catching it), when Maya jiggle Anna Nicole's breast, like Ross did to Lil Kim on MTV. That had me crack up.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: classical gas on November 21, 2004, 03:28:54 AM
sorry....but topical humor blows!  especially if it's so flagrant as this show is.  same thing happened to the simpsons.  and has always hurt 'south park'.  
why can't humor stand outside of what's happening around us and analyze it in a new, creative spin?  
come on, they had the pacers and pistons fighting while anna nicole was babbling at the microphone....it was funny when it happened first and in it's original context, i don't need a complete repeat of it.  and U2 ain't so bad.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 21, 2004, 07:38:28 AM
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and U2 ain't so bad.

u were almost making sense there for a second..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: hedwig on November 21, 2004, 10:49:42 AM
i saw that show last night and it was so bad i thought it was mad tv
Title: saturday night live
Post by: london on November 21, 2004, 11:30:14 AM
I didnt see the show and now i wish i had.  Although I am not a die hard U2 fan,  I am continually impressed by their efforts.  They have been around for so long and have still maintained a sense of balance, if you know what i mean.  They may catch up to the Stones eventually.  I didnt know that this is their catorce album.  Jeez.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: edison on November 21, 2004, 04:20:57 PM
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 Hate that song - "uno, dos, tres, catorce is horrible" -- learn to count, it's not cute.  


I read that they say 1,2,3,14 because it has something to do with Steve Lillywhite producing those specific discs of theirs, so yeah it may sound weird but they do it for a reason.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 21, 2004, 04:48:11 PM
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U2 BLEW... they were so boring and predictable yet still attempted to be fresh and shockingly rock and roll... Lame


Quote from: wantautopia?
U2 was bad. Hate that song - "uno, dos, tres, catorce is horrible" -- learn to count, it's not cute.


Quote from: wantautopia?
U2 - Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - Yawn. Sounded decent, but was also kind of dull.


Quote from: Pubrick
Quote from: classical gas
and U2 ain't so bad.

u were almost making sense there for a second.


Ah, U2.  So big that no one likes them anymore.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on November 21, 2004, 05:07:22 PM
Quote from: Hedwig
i saw that show last night and it was so bad i thought it was mad tv


I made the same comparison watching it with some friends.

Like Debbie Downer.  Went on for way too long, just as every MADTV skit does, and a lot of the skits dry out fast.

Also, I thought that Fun With Real Audio was supposed to be... Real Audio.  I don't watch it much lately, but it was obvious that they just made it up, and then put a cartoon to it.  Which again, was way too MADTV for me.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 30, 2004, 10:13:01 PM
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be on Leno tonight (11/30).
Title: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on November 30, 2004, 10:34:14 PM
who is on SNL this coming Sat (Dec 4th)?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on November 30, 2004, 10:58:17 PM
Rerun with Jude Law
Title: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on December 01, 2004, 06:52:52 AM
Quote from: Sleuth
Rerun with Jude Law


ohhh, and Ashlee Simpson.
i wonder if they edit it differently
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on December 12, 2004, 12:04:01 AM
They left the screw-up in, for anyone who doesn't know.

Anyway, this (Colin Farrell / Scissor Sisters -- eh, minus the Scissor Sisters) was one of the finest episodes of SNL in a long while, I shit you not.*  And it will only get better with repeated viewings.  More specific stuff later.  I'm too tired to say anything much now.  Also, sleep-deprivation-induced deliriums sometimes trigger minor exaggerations.  I'm still happy though.

*This, in reference to Farrell cussing on the air as he said his good-nights.  I wouldn't blame him, it was funny, especially Lohan's expression when she heard what he said.  They cut to commercial REALLY quick after that, eschewing credits.  And I don't think they were out of time, but they could've been.

Side note, NBC was having auctions for charity for Christmas, and 2 tickets to SNL went for over $7,500 (http://auctions.shopnbc.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay?prrfnbr=56509764&prmenbr=31609859&aunbr=56856474).  And I thought I loved the show.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on December 12, 2004, 01:41:05 AM
Whisky and cigarettes baby..

They fuckin bleeped out his language for the West Coast..

Bastards!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on December 12, 2004, 03:38:27 AM
Best Joke of the Night:

Lohan: "You guys are hardly good role models.  Tina, you told me that you used to sleep with guys to get into movies."

Fey: "Yeah, but that was before Fandango made it so easy!"

I wouldn't say that it was that GREAT, but there were some inspired bits.  Farrell as Bono was fun.  The cockroach bit was SO silly that I couldn't help but smile.  That's all that really stood out.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Weak2ndAct on December 12, 2004, 04:22:57 AM
It's a shame that 'Merv the Perv' got pushed to the very end.  That's the funniest thing I've seen in weeks.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on December 19, 2004, 03:35:47 AM
paraphrasing

Beyonce: Prince would like you to get on that snowmobile over there and look like you're having a good time.
De Niro: Why the hell not?
Beyonce: Prince would also like you to make snowmobile noises. Vroom vroom and that.
De Niro: Of course. I'm on a snowmobile. What else would I do?

that was the pinaccle.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: lamas on December 19, 2004, 09:12:16 PM
can someone post a link to that Smigel claymation thingy if it's online?  that was the best part of the show.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on December 23, 2004, 01:05:55 AM
lamas - I'll see what I can do about getting that claymation thing online.  Give me a couple days.

Quote from: tvtome.com
Coming this winter there will be a new special: "Saturday Night Live: The First Five Years". We'll keep you informed here first.

The 10/25/2004 news about The Washington Post bulletin board photo was partially correc [sic] so fart [sic]. The Killers are indeed performing on 1/15/2005, but Jennifer Garner is hosting. Gwyneth Paltrow is not hosting as originally scheduled probably because her movie is no longer coming out around that time.

According to the original news, here are some other hosts/guests. These are TENATIVE [sic] guesrs [sic] and dates:

On January 22, Ice Cube (promoting "Are We There Yet?") or Topher Grace (promoting "In Good Company") will host with musical guest System of a Down and/or Franz Ferdinand or another musical guest. Topher might actually be hosting the next episode, it is unclear. On April 9, Cameron Diaz (promoting "In Her Shoes") will host. Coldplay and Simple Plan will likely be musical guests sometime during this season.

'Saturday Night Live' converts to HDTV when the series returns for its 2005-06 season premiere in the Fall as will 'Last Call with Carson Daly' which shares 'SNL's' studio – 30 Rockefeller Plaza's legendary Studio 8H.

I've been slack in saying stuff about SNL.  That time of year.  Thought I'd just throw up some stuff about the last two weeks episodes while we wait almost a month for Jennifer Garner (and The Killers) to host again.  She was great last time, one of the few really good episodes of the 2002-2003 season.  So it'll be worth the wait.

Colin Farrell / Scissor Sisters

Cold Opening - First thoughts: decent, it's good to be back.  Afterwards, I thought this whole political thing is all played out.  How much longer is "How evil and corrupt are these politicians going to be?" going to be funny?  Although, it did give a chance for Rob Riggle to show what he can do and I'm liking him more and more.  Also, Dratch as a wayward Canadian was great.

Monologue - Three weeks, and it's been worth the wait.  "I'm glad you're rack ... er, I mean I'm glad your back.  Do you like comic books?  I want to put a baby in THAT!"

Turlington's Lower Back Tattoo Remover - a rerun, and I loved it the first time I saw it.  Now, it's still funny.  I just don't like that they use these things to eat up time and still cut sketches that may have been funny.  Although it's good to see some of the better commercials repeated.

Roaches - Disgustingly hilarious.  A continuation of the Armisen concept of the giant bird, yet totally unique.   Colin with his long hair, him swinging that shoe, and the goo splattered all over him.  Haha, how homoerotic.  Sort of like Naked Lunch.  I'm glad this one didn't go on too long.  It was just the right length.

La Grande Explosion! - So bad it's ... bad.  Farrell really saved this one.  "No chili on show night - because of these guys.  Because of the fartilitos."  "I'm a showman, a shaman, a sad man, a madman."  When Farrell started singing like Bono, I was rolling.

Airport Security - "I'm going to use the back of my hand, the back of my hand only.  Can I approach you sir?  I'm going to explore the inside of your mouth with my mouth.  Okay, now I'm uncomfortable."

Scissor Sisters - Take Your Mama Out - They sound much better when you don't have to look at them.  But, their songs are catchy.  I only heard them once on Conan before now.  Jury's still out.  I like them better and better the more I watch the episode.

Weekend Update - Highlights only as this week it was good but went on a bit too long: "Don't forget a tank can still blow up even if it has a lot of armor."  And don't forget Bill O'Reilly is Disgusting.  Amy and Tina as mentors to Lohan.  "My name is fitty cent.  I only have a dollar!  This is ludicrous"  Alexander - much better than the Troy review earlier this year.  Very good writing here.

Key Party - Best sketch of the night.  More proof of the great, intelligent writing.  John George Peppers.  CAROL!  Les-LAI.  File-a-booster.  Sooperfragalastakisticexpalamanocious!

Window Cleaner - Feh.

Pat & Patty's - I love this sketch.  Colin Farrell NAILED the part.  It really showed his talent as an actor to nail all the ticks the character as part of this "family" of employees has.  Seeing the 60 Minutes segment about SNL, then seeing Colin Farrell choose to do this sketch, somewhat validates his skill and intelligence as an actor.  That he chose to do this shows he's in tune with good writing at the very least.

Scissor Sisters - Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover) - They sound like the BeeGees here (and as an interesting note, I was reading about the group, only to find someone else (http://www.cdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=367) has compared them (that song anyway) to the BeeGees too -- I guess I'm not the only one).  And (Scissor Sisters) doing BeeGees doing Pink Floyd is either someone's best dream or someone else's worst nightmare.  The funny thing about this group is the first time I heard them I couldn't stand them.  I guess it was the guy prancing around -- so incredibly distracting.

Merv the Perv - I don't really like this sketch as a general rule, but some lines here worked well.  Farrell was the perfect guy to do this with, so it had that going for them.

Great show, "I shit you not!"  They bleeped that on the west coast, I'm guessing.  Wonder if Farrell's going to get any shit for that one.  I haven't heard anything.


Robert De Niro / Destiny's Child

Cold Opening - What are they, in 3rd Grade?  Apu Pibat?  Pu Ping?  Oh, how you slay me.  No really.  Not.

Monologue - One of the most awkward things I've ever seen.  This doesn't look good.  De Niro was actually blushing when he botched the line in the song and Kermit said "that was close."

Woomba - Haha.  Go Tina.  More of this, please.

Pranksters - Rip off of Walken's stint on the same "show."  De Niro can't really compare, so they had to think of some even more brutal way for his victim to get pranked.  It was sort of funny, and seeing a "violent" De Niro has its moments, but it wasn't funny "ha-ha."

A Wedding and a Gay Son - This sketch was somewhat interesting, again, because of the writing.  I liked how there was at least a little bit of an arc and a surprise at the end instead of an endless string of gay stereotypes.  But still, it left a lot to be desired in that it had been done before.  The (not-so-)ambiguously gay thing is just really played out.  On the bright side, Finesse and Seth (especially Finesse) were able to do a lot with what little they were given -- I really enjoyed their dancing, and the expressions on their faces.  The montage was nice, too.

Prince Christmas Special - Almost Painful.  Armisen's facial expressions and voice work are great, but the sketch isn't that funny.  The Taxi Driver quote requests, even in jest, are old.  picolas was right, though -- the snowmobile moment was great.  I like Kenan and Finesse, but please quit wasting our time on Star Jones.

TV Funhouse Christmas - Very interesting short here.  Funny.  Insightful.  But not something we haven't heard before -- we've been telling it to ourselves for over a month now, as it's the only way we can really cope.  It's nice how it makes you laugh, and then makes you feel bad for laughing.  That was really a nice touch.  And poor Moby.

Trump-a-Claus - Great little bit.  Unlike the whole boardroom from a few weeks ago, this one was fun, just like the Halloween commercial.  Falafafalalafalalalalala ... Chanuka-hah!

Destiny's Child - Feh.  Catchy but empty.  It was funny seeing Beyonce on the show when Maya's doing an impression of her in the Prince sketch.  They should've worked her into it for comedic effect.  She has at least some acting skills, which is more than can be said for other musical guests who have been incorporated into sketches.

Weekend Update - Leviticus was okay.  Again, it showed Riggle's range, and that's always good.  The jokes in the first part, decent, nothing uproariously funny.  Scheinwald Studios -- I love these two characters.  But I suspect everyone here would because of their love of films.  Dratch is amazing, and Seth is a perfect counterbalance to that.  He shows his range her, playing the impassioned, intelligent studio exec opposite Dratch's over-the-top mogul.  Weekend Update was short and sweet.  Nice.  Just how I like it unless they have a whole lot of A material.  What was here was good, and shone in an otherwise average-to-below-average show.

Undercover Cop - Somewhat painful, somewhat unoriginal, yet with some good moments.  Sanz' over-the-top performance and character was unique in his ineptitude.  Still, you'd think they'd find other things for De Niro to do than act in scenes that only serve to remind people of what he used to do, instead of use his "comedic ability" that he purports himself to have in films such as Analyze (stuff) and Meet the (noun).

Destiny's Child - See previous comments.  Double feh, basically, but less catchy.

Christmas with the Cat Lady - This shows guts, and I admire De Niro for doing it.  It wasn't uproariously funny here either.  "I just want to push down on your neck, I'm serious!" got me close.  So funny watching him trying to be rough with the cats and not actually hurt them.  But I've come not to expect too much from any episode where the host can't really do comedy.  "One day, this lady was kicked by a horse.  Now she has cats."  Short, sweet sketch.

Bear City - Not funny.  *bangs head against wall*  Well, maybe it's sort of funny -- but only in a PAINFUL Monty Python kind of way.  Please, make it stop.  Fred Willard, why are you narrating this dreck?  Okay, I admit, the "Grr grr grr grr" Christmas carol sung to Jewish bears got me smiling, but I still have a bad taste from all the previous unfunny segments.

I Wish It Was Christmas w/ the Muppets - So very bittersweet.  I was waiting for Tracy, Jimmy, and Chris to jump out and sing with Horatio.  No dice.  But I love the Muppets, so all was well.  Sort of.  Traditions have to die sometime I guess.  "Hans and Franz!  Hans and Franz!  Hahaha."  Love that Animal.  And Kermit dancing in the background was a riot.

Overall, a mediocre show.  Again, I can't wait for Jennifer Garner to host.  Oh yes.  And I wonder if she's really pregnant.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on December 23, 2004, 12:22:45 PM
http://jlgolson.blogspot.com/2004/12/snl.html

there's that video you wanted lamas
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on December 23, 2004, 02:51:49 PM
damnit sleuth you're supposed to wait for ono to go through the trouble of making it.. and THEN you post immediately after him.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on January 02, 2005, 06:21:32 PM
tvtome.com has Paul Giamatti listed as hosting on January 22nd.  For some reason, they haven't put on the episode guide that Jennifer Garner is hosting on the 15th.  Giamatti is a very interesting choice.  After seeing him on Conan, I think he'll be able to do this sketch comedy stuff quite well.  It'd be great to see Church up there too, though.  He's the more obvious choice, though Giamatti was the star.  I'm excited, and quite pleased with the much more sophisticated selection of hosts this year.  The musical guests have been much better overall, too.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on January 02, 2005, 07:22:50 PM
Giamatti?!?! That's fucking awesome, I hope he brings that torpor and depression he does so well. I'd like to see his range too, he's such a great actor, and ultimately a bizarre choice. It's like having William H. Macy or John Turturro host (slap me if they have before). But shit, these choices are only bizarre because they're tucked away and sooo good. I'd rather have this than Steve Forbes or any of the other horrible mid-90s guests.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: El Duderino on January 02, 2005, 10:37:28 PM
Quote from: Gamblor not so gone.
other horrible mid-90s guests.


i think Tarantino was the worst.....that fucking monologue.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatwad on January 03, 2005, 07:35:26 PM
The All Too Ready for Prime Time Players

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The guest host Colin Farrell, third from left, shows the men from"S.N.L." how to pick up a woman, here Lindsay Lohan.

By DAVE ITZKOFF
Source: New York Times
Published: January 2, 2005

On the Nov. 20 broadcast of "Saturday Night Live," the cast members Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler, playing the troubled celebrities Diana Ross and Anna Nicole Smith, lurched across the stage, sporting gala attire and looks of bewildered inebriation. The two actresses were appearing in a skit called "The American Trainwreck Awards," honoring the "most embarrassing moments in American entertainment." In groups of two, other "S.N.L." cast members performed dead-on impersonations of scandal-plagued figures like Tara Reid and Mickey Rourke, reading off the names of nominees like Courtney Love, Nick Nolte and Janet Jackson.

The skit perfectly summarized what has become the dominant form of humor on "Saturday Night Live": parodies of the foibles of hapless celebrities. In recent months, both Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have appeared on "Weekend Update," which is generally devoted to political humor, to poke fun at their party-girl reputations. When Ms. Reid, the buxom B-list starlet, popped out of her peek-a-boo party dress at a birthday party for Sean Combs in November, the slip-up was parodied in not one but two separate skits that were seen on successive weeks. Meanwhile, the show's highly coveted guest-host slots now frequently go to the kind of performers - Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Janet Jackson - who seem to have arrived straight out of the pages of Us Weekly.

Veterans of "S.N.L.," as well as longtime fans, wonder whether a show that once built skits around Chevy Chase's impression of Gerald Ford or sui generis characters like Gilda Radner's Emily Litella can still be regarded as dangerous or inventive when it now takes aim at sitting ducks like Britney Spears. "It's such a safe, wishy-washy target, as opposed to going after the powers that be," said Adam McKay, an "S.N.L." writer from 1995 to 2001, and its head writer from 1996 to 1999. "We always knew that the No. 1 reason the show exists is to do impersonations of the president, our leaders, the Donald Trumps of the world - the people who need to be made fun of. And the show works when you do that, and it doesn't work when you don't do that." By emphasizing broad comedy about celebrity culture, Mr. McKay said, "S.N.L." had ceded considerable ground to popular rivals like Comedy Central's "Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

Some of the show's most devoted viewers agree. "With all the tabloids and 'Access Hollywood' entertainment shows, we're already pounded on with Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan," said Heather O'Neill, co-author of a weekly critique of "S.N.L." for the pop-culture blog whatevs.org. "When that starts being brought into a show that's supposed to be controversial, it makes me lose interest in it." Whereas "S.N.L." writers of previous eras could generate "an entire sketch out of nothing," said her writing partner, Jason Nummer, "now they're based on whoever the paparazzi are targeting."

Of course, "Saturday Night Live" is a franchise that viewers love to disparage even as they organize their weekend plans around it. Now in its 30th season on NBC, the late-night variety series has been criticized for being sophomoric and uneven for roughly 29 and a half of them, even as it continues to deliver high ratings and mint new comedic stars.

Lorne Michaels, the creator of "S.N.L." and its executive producer for 25 of its 30 years, warned against wallowing too deeply in nostalgia for the show's formative years, when giants like Lily Tomlin and Dick Cavett served as hosts. "If it was the same group of people as when it started in 1975," he said, "we'd all just be sitting in a room, staring at each other." Without specifically citing competitors like "The Daily Show," he said that, as a network series, "S.N.L." had a larger mission to fulfill. "We're a big-tent show," Mr. Michaels said. "We bring a coalition of tastes. A cable show can do a 1 rating and be enormously popular. We're not that show. People who are staying to watch 'Update,' or the people who want to see the music, or the people hoping we do a political sketch, all those audiences have to coexist." (Ratings for "S.N.L." are as strong as ever, with this season's live broadcasts drawing from six to nine million viewers a night.)

But there is one group in particular that Mr. Michaels considers to be the show's core audience. "I used to say that the longest four years of your life are high school," he said, "and that's when people generally form an attachment to 'Saturday Night Live.' " He said the show did not look for hosts to reach specific viewers, but rather stars "who we think we could do a good show around - that when they come out that door, there's a real excitement in the studio."

Tina Fey, one of two head writers for "S.N.L." and the author of "The American Trainwreck Awards" sketch, said that the show's sensibility was simply too immediate and its production schedule too chaotic for a formula to dictate its contents. Writers may draw their material from celebrity tabloids scattered around their offices. ("They're like pornography," she joked. "That's how disgusting you feel.") But more than anything, they are inspired by a fundamental, Darwinian desire to get their material onto the air. "Everyone's trying to figure out their road to job security," Ms. Fey said. "It's almost like one of those experiments with pigeons pecking at things to get food, and if you peck at something and get food, you're going to keep pecking at it."

In a given week, Ms. Fey said, about 20 writers (for many of whom "S.N.L." represents their first television job) gather on Monday morning to pitch ideas for that Saturday's show. Sketches are written late into Tuesday night, and at a Wednesday read-through, some 40 skits are presented for about 10 available slots. "Thirty sketches a week fall into oblivion," she said. If more topical material tends to survive this process, Ms. Fey said, it's because audiences tend to react more strongly to it. "Responding to the events of the week is part of what keeps the show interesting," she said. "People know that it's live and can respond to that."

The show's embrace of celebrity travails may have been speeded by the May 2002 departure of Will Ferrell, who took an entourage of recurring characters with him. "He was a huge alpha male," said James Andrew Miller, the author, with Tom Shales, of the book "Live From New York," an oral history of "S.N.L." "You just stick him in the middle of a sketch and you can't take your eyes off him." When Ms. Fey started at "S.N.L." in 1997, the show was dominated by its recurring characters - say, the high-school cheerleaders played by Mr. Ferrell and Molly Shannon, or Mango, the male stripper portrayed by Chris Kattan. "As a new writer," she said, "it was like, oh boy, that's one slot every week that you can't get in the show, because those skits always got in first."

Interestingly, Ms. Fey credits her work on a series of gossipy celebrity send-ups - a recurring parody of the daytime talk show "The View"- for helping to preserve her staff writing position at "S.N.L." "If you look back at them, they do not hold up," she said. "They're really not good. But at the time, I was like, 'I got something on!' It was my first year, and I needed to figure out how to stay afloat."

As co-anchor of "Weekend Update," Ms. Fey said that the inherent disposability of celebrity gossip made it a perfect fit for the show's fake-news segment. "You don't want to spend the time and effort on a whole sketch about that," she said, "but on 'Update' you can try it and cut it if it's not funny." To the extent that celebrity culture has taken up more airtime on "S.N.L.," Ms. Fey said that the show was simply reflecting celebrity's domination of the national consciousness. "We're becoming like Spanish-language television," she said. "Everyone is a movie star, and has a record album, and has a scandal."

Paradoxically, the surge of safe, celebrity-oriented material may also be the result of serious political and social concerns on the part of "S.N.L." writers. Hugh Fink, who wrote for the show from 1995 to 2002, said that the events of 9/11 had a significant impact on the program. "For the first time, there was discussion in the writers' room about, 'We can't do this sketch, because it could be perceived as racist or anti-Arab,' " Mr. Fink recalled. "And I'd never heard those discussions in an 'S.N.L.' writing room before."

 Mr. McKay added that post-9/11 patriotism, along with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, had made "S.N.L." reluctant to take hard shots at President Bush, an unwillingness that he feels persists at the show today. "In the name of political fairness or some odd sense of patriotism, Lorne has laid off the president for the last couple of years, and I don't agree with that move," he said. Instead, both writers said, "S.N.L. " has relied on pop-culture skits, which, while occasionally caustic, never really run the risk of offending anyone.

The show's comedy may also be driven by its guest hosts. In between perennial guest hosts like Steve Martin and John Goodman, "S.N.L." has always relied on hosts whose fame belonged to a specific moment in time - 2004's Jessica Simpson is 1987's Angie Dickinson is 1979's Kate Jackson. While these sorts of hosts may draw high ratings, they may not be deft at live comedy. "It's the one place where you have to be really, really careful, because you could get the teenage bimbette du jour," Mr. Miller said. "She's in a hit movie this weekend, and you're going to get lots of 13- to 17-year-olds watching. But what happens if she's no good at sketch comedy?" The inevitable results, say the former "S.N.L." staffers, are lackluster shows that can't be salvaged even by a couple of memorable skits. "You can have all these ostensibly great, writerly pieces," Mr. Fink said. "They're not got to make a dent if the people performing them aren't more than mediocre."

Ultimately, Mr. McKay said, "S.N.L." is only as good as its guest hosts, pointing to its earliest seasons as a time when the show's sense of what was culturally significant could be guided by its own internal compass. "The reason we loved 'S.N.L.' when we were kids was because it was cooler than us," he said. "You would see someone like Elvis Costello on that show, or Buck Henry, and you could tell everyone thought he was cool, and you were trying to figure out why. The show should be a little cooler than its audience, and when it goes into that Justin Timberlake-land, it becomes less cool."

Mr. Fink, who is currently developing a celebrity-news-oriented "Daily Show"-style series for Comedy Central, added that if "S.N.L." had always been driven by the scandal-of-the-week spirit that currently fuels the show, it would have probably ignored many of the performers most closely associated with it. "If Christopher Walken were a young character actor now," he said, "I don't think he'd ever be hosting the show."

For his part, Mr. Michaels says his basic philosophy in running "S.N.L." has not changed, even as the show's guest-host slot alternates between tabloid stars like the Olsen twins and venerated icons like Robert De Niro. "I've always been, when in doubt, go young," Mr. Michaels said. "Because lots of things are much more forgivable when it's someone young trying it."

Emerging briefly from the fog of another Tuesday-night writing session, Ms. Fey said that celebrity parody sketches still occupied a prominent place in her comedic arsenal; a few weeks ago, she composed one that satirized the heavily hyped marriage of Star Jones, the ebullient co-host of "The View."

"The only evidence of any growth for me in the past eight years is that it wasn't a straight parody of 'The View,' " Ms. Fey said with a laugh. Though she was glad to have staved off her deadline anxiety for one more week, she confessed experiencing the slightest pang of regret for having written the skit: "You feel like, should I eat these cheese curls or should I eat a plate of lean protein and vegetables? All right, cheese curls for everybody."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 03, 2005, 11:31:38 PM
Quote from: meatwad
Ultimately, Mr. McKay said, "S.N.L." is only as good as its guest hosts, pointing to its earliest seasons as a time when the show's sense of what was culturally significant could be guided by its own internal compass. "The reason we loved 'S.N.L.' when we were kids was because it was cooler than us," he said. "You would see someone like Elvis Costello on that show, or Buck Henry, and you could tell everyone thought he was cool, and you were trying to figure out why. The show should be a little cooler than its audience, and when it goes into that Justin Timberlake-land, it becomes less cool."

i have to agree with this.  but actually for the first time in my life i had stopped watching SNL but i'm now trying to catch up on some of this season in reruns since they have been trying more adult hosts as ono pointed out.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on January 09, 2005, 11:53:00 PM
That article is half interesting and insightful, while in the other half, he's off his rocker.  I don't really feel like whining about where I think he's wrong though.  Lucky you (all).  Vosotros.  Or something.

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# NOTE: Jennifer Garner was suppose to host this week but she got ill. Jennifer Garner had to drop out of hosting and press junkets for her movie Elektra because she was suffering from severe never (nerve) damage from a stunt on her television show Alias.

Topher Grace is hosting instead.  Say what you want about That 70s Show (hit and miss if ever there was a show), or Ashton Kutcher (no apologies for him here), but Topher Grace has potential.  This should be interesting.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on January 11, 2005, 03:13:23 AM
..rerun with Kevin Spacey on "E!" right now..

What a great Al Pacino impression! Damn. Spot on..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on January 11, 2005, 03:15:05 AM
Quote from: Myxomatosis
..rerun with Kevin Spacey on "E!" right now..

What a great Al Pacino impression! Damn. Spot on..

Spacey doesn't host enough. He was a great, great host.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on January 11, 2005, 03:21:47 AM
His Walken is classic, too.  Not to mention the whole Star Wars Audition reels.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on January 11, 2005, 04:52:27 AM
Quote from: Myxomatosis
..rerun with Kevin Spacey on "E!" right now..

What a great Al Pacino impression! Damn. Spot on..


Ha! I watched that when it was on earlier! Beck was the musical guest. I was excited to catch Norm doing the news. I remember seeing that episode along time ago. It was a good one.

Quote from: wantautopia?
Not to mention the whole Star Wars Audition reels.


haha. Yes, that was the best. Spacey as Walter Matthau and just walking off the Star Wars set. haha
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on January 11, 2005, 10:24:26 AM
"Ahah..fast ship? You've never heard of the Millenium Falcon?"
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on January 15, 2005, 11:52:00 PM
The Not Incredible Adventures of the US Dollar Bill....funniest and best sketch of the night by far. Great concept, great fucking impersonations all around.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on January 16, 2005, 12:17:11 AM
..just saw an episode with Norm Mcdonald as Quentin Tarantino..

:lol:

Hilarious..

"Ok! See, the thing is.."

*hand movements and all*

Tonight is..

TOPHER GRACE / THE KILLERS  
11:29pm 2005-01-15    ALL NEW!

:(

Who the hell are the Killers? I don't watch prime time TV but this Topher Grace is from "that 70's show right"? I've watched it a few times. It's alright..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 16, 2005, 11:37:58 AM
i hate the killers.  i cant believe the singer changed outfits between songs.  :yabbse-thumbdown:   topher was pretty good, although i wish he didnt rely so much on the cue cards.  (the trucker sketch he wouldnt look away.)  i swear, when i was younger i never noticed anyone reading off of them and now it seems most weeks the hosts cant look away.  is it my imagination or did they not used to read as much?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on January 16, 2005, 12:49:00 PM
I'd never listened to the Killers before, but I thought they were great, really full sound. Who cares if he changed outfits?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatwad on January 16, 2005, 01:32:24 PM
Quote from: Gamblor not so gone.
Who cares if he changed outfits?


only morrisey can change outfits between songs. and no matter what spin magazine says, they are not like the smiths
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on January 22, 2005, 10:50:30 PM
PAUL GIAMATTI/LUDACRIS featuring SUM 41  

2005-01-22 ALL NEW!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on January 22, 2005, 10:53:54 PM
Quote from: Myxomatosis
PAUL GIAMATTI/LUDACRIS featuring SUM 41  

2005-01-22 ALL NEW!

We realize that.  But thanks.

This episode - best of the year (so far).  Though I want to see them USING Giamatti for his skill more.

February 5th's episode with Paris Hilton and Keane, worst of SNL's history (so far).
Title: saturday night live
Post by: El Duderino on January 23, 2005, 01:17:12 AM
yeah, i agree...it is surely the best of the season
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on January 23, 2005, 02:07:15 AM
Paris Hilton hosting Saturday Night Live. Boy, that's gunna be a good one.

:yabbse-undecided:

How many skits does she say, "That's hot" in?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 23, 2005, 09:57:18 AM
yeah, paul giamatti really went for it and it was pretty good.  i liked the limo driver sketch mostly because most of america was probably asking those same questions when they saw the host.  

paris hilton will truly be an all-time low.  stretching her into 1 1/2 hours of sketches either playing herself or a version of herself will be hideous and most likely the worst thing ever.  and i thought they were doing so good this season...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on January 23, 2005, 01:22:59 PM
Quote from: themodernage02
paris hilton will truly be an all-time low.  stretching her into 1 1/2 hours of sketches either playing herself or a version of herself will be hideous and most likely the worst thing ever.  and i thought they were doing so good this season...

yeah, i have to agree with you. the show will have nice material but when the host can't carry anything, it drags as a result. jessica simpson is a dumbass but her energy really made up for it. and christina aguilera was one of the best hosts last year. so i'd really like to say "never say never"... but i dont have that kinda hope for hilton...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 05, 2005, 01:21:33 PM
Don't forget the trainwreck that is Paris Hilton will host tonight (musical guest Keane).

Also, tvtome.com reports that next week Jason Bateman will host with musical guest Kelly Clarkson.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on February 05, 2005, 01:25:08 PM
Extra gave me a sneak peek behind the scenes of tonight's episode.  Paris Hilton has no energy and she shouldn't exist.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on February 05, 2005, 01:59:42 PM
Quote from: Sleuth
Paris Hilton has no energy and she shouldn't exist.

a great host should embody whatever they're hosting..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on February 05, 2005, 08:49:21 PM
hahaha...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on February 05, 2005, 10:38:19 PM
Holy shit! Is that Paris Hilton, or Maya Rudolph doing an impression of Paris Hilton? It's the monologue and I thought it was some zany thing and Paris was gonna come out llike "Maya, why are you pretending you are me?!" but it didn't happen, thats fucked up. 2 minutes into the show and shes said thats hot twice (three if you count the time her dog said it)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on February 05, 2005, 11:14:18 PM
It would've been interesting if they did a show where "That's hot" is all she said.  Every part she plays in a skit is just a set up for her to say "that's hot."  She wouldn't play a major part in every skit.  Just mostly come in, say "that's hot," and then leave.  Better yet, have a Paris Hilton robot come in a say it.  Come on, it's about time they did something radical on this show.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 05, 2005, 11:27:02 PM
They just did something radical.  The show was pretty ho-hum for the most part up until now.  Just a few small laughs here and there.  But Weekend Update was pretty great.  Armisen can do no wrong.  Loved the audience participation.  "Donovan McNabb" and his "mother" were pretty funny, too, as was Point/Counter-point.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ghostboy on February 05, 2005, 11:58:23 PM
I thought the whole episode was terrible, except for Merv The Perv, which was hilarious in a very predictable way, Armisien in the tech institute spot, and .... BEAR CITY!!!!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on February 06, 2005, 12:02:53 AM
That bit with the moustache munchkins or whatever was the most tired, played out crap.

Oh!  Something cute and childlike being perverted?  Oh my!!!!

I have only watched a couple skits, but it's bad enough they let Paris Hilton host, but actually letting her SPEAK?!!!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on February 06, 2005, 12:06:35 AM
This is only the 5th or so episode I have watched the last three seasons. SNL is pretty bad nowadays eh? It seems its coasting on reputation alone. They should add David Cross (he could find time), Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert as cast members.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on February 06, 2005, 12:11:34 AM
Quote from: Stefen
They should add David Cross (he could find time), Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert as cast members.

and ruin their careers? i think they should stay where ppl recognize actual comedy from "i laugh cos it's sposed to be funny. geez, is it wrong to feel this underwhelmed by so-called 'top comedians'.. oh shit, i think someone looked at me while i wasn't laughing, HAHAHAHA there, phew, that was close."
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on February 06, 2005, 04:45:27 AM
Donald Trump skit was aweful.. I was cringing..

Keane was about the only highlight really. Great bunch of guys that Keane..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on February 06, 2005, 11:01:02 AM
to give credit where credit is due, she wasnt even as bad as i had thought.  number one, the fact she was only allowed to play 'paris hilton' in one sketch was worth being thankful for, although i am surprised they didnt do the obvious maya is also paris thing.  wasted opportunity perhaps.  the pattern recently seems to be either the host or the musical act must be extremely mainstream, which is better than neither being any good.  even though i dont listen to keane (or like them) i recognize that SNL is making an effort to book 'cool' bands rather than whatever top 40 pop act.  just like last week had a cool host with paul giamatti, but lame musical act wtih sum 41/ludacris.  next week has a freakin awesome host in jason bateman, so we must suffer through kelly clarkson.  so it seems like they're purposefully trying to draw both crowds now/again, instead of every episode being kelly clarkson and paris hilton.  and i'll take that over nothing.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on February 06, 2005, 04:20:12 PM
Quote from: Stefen
This is only the 5th or so episode I have watched the last three seasons. SNL is pretty bad nowadays eh? It seems its coasting on reputation alone. They should add David Cross (he could find time), Amy Sedaris, and Stephen Colbert as cast members.


Nah, they need better WRITERS.  Besides, them doing SNL would be slumming IMO.  Amy Poehler's been great in other things like UCB but you wouldn't know it by watching her on SNL.

I hadn't watched the show in a while until yesterday.  Horrible episode.  The cheapkids.net commercials were funny if a little repetitive, and WU was okay.  But they killed the "kids' thing that is supposed to be innocent but is really dirty" bit with Horatio Sanz's dirty drawings several years back.  And Paris Hilton, SIGH.  She was terrible.  With someone like Tom Hanks they can do a variety of cool sketches but what can Paris Hilton play but a ditzy rich girl?  They put her on because her 15 minutes of fame are still running.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on February 06, 2005, 10:44:22 PM
I agree that they need better writing.

Of course, they could also use some fresh blood. The loss of Will Ferrel and Jimmy Fallon has made the show almost unwatchable anymore. But then, will we ever see a cast like this, ever again on SNL?

Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Ana Gasteyer, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon, Molly Shannon, Dennis Miller, Tim Meadows, Norm Macdonald, Jon Lovitz, Al Franken..

..and I'm leaving some people off the list from the late 80s and early 90s I'm sure. People tend to forget that in addition to writers like Conan O'Brien from 1987-1991, alot of the regulars I mentioned above wrote for SNL as well. The current cast are seriously not that funny. I can usually count on 1-2 good skits a night now, where before 1-2 were bad skits.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on February 08, 2005, 03:27:11 PM
Didn't Conan only write one or two sketches that made it to the air?

I think we're looking at the old episodes with rose colored glasses.  There have always been mediocre sketches.  It's inevitable with a show that lasts an hour and a half.  But you are right that the loss of Will Ferrell was a blow to the show's quality (though the show had been bad for some time before he left).
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on February 08, 2005, 08:16:18 PM
I don't know about the rest of yousguys, but I actually think the episodes this season are pretty funny.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on February 08, 2005, 09:15:37 PM
We can't take you seriously with a Constantine avatar.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on February 12, 2005, 11:37:34 PM
Wow, I loved that Bill Curtis skit so much. However, Gays in Space and Monkey Poop.....very very bad, just plain bad.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatwad on February 13, 2005, 10:15:24 AM
Quote from: Ravi
Didn't Conan only write one or two sketches that made it to the air?


i think it was a few more then that, but not many. I always thought the best guy writing over there at the time was Robert Smigel
Title: saturday night live
Post by: peaceisourprofession on February 17, 2005, 06:56:02 PM
it's better than mad tv, but that's about all I can say for it.
(not to offend any mad tv lovers, they wouldn't be that bad if all their skits weren't about 5 minutes too long)
i do like weekend update at times.
how did tina fey get that scar?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on February 18, 2005, 08:22:34 AM
This Sunday, February 20th @ 9/8pm, "SNL: The First Five Years"

Quote
Marking the 30th Anniversary of NBC's "Saturday Night Live," this behind-the-scenes look at the birth of Saturday Night Live is told by the people who lived it.

Viewers will get a rare, intimate look at the formative years of the show in new interviews with creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels; the show's original stars, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris; hosts such as Candice Bergen, Elliot Gould, Buck Henry, Eric Idle, Steve Martin, Penny Marshall and Lily Tomlin; writers (Al Franken, Jim Downey and many others), as well as original crew members and musicians (including original musical director, Oscar winner Howard Shore and Paul Shaffer).

These are the stories fans haven't heard - all presented in a funny, fast-paced, nostalgic format, framed by the legendary musical performances from that iconoclastic era (artists include The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, The Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, The Band, Blondie, George Harrison, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Randy Newman, The Blues Brothers as well as John Belushi's inimitable imitation of Joe Cocker).

In addition to the never-before-seen insights, the special will feature classic and hilarious footage from the 70's as well as recollections from SNL stars of recent years (Dana Carvey, Jimmy Fallon, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Norm Macdonald, Tim Meadows, former writer Conan O'Brien, and Molly Shannon) discussing the show's influence on them.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on February 18, 2005, 11:20:24 PM
Quote from: peaceisourprofession
how did tina fey get that scar?

my fist.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on February 20, 2005, 07:47:59 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
This Sunday, February 20th @ 9/8pm, "SNL: The First Five Years"

tonight... in a few minutes...

The Hollywood Reporter says:
... This painstakingly constructed two hours from filmmaker Kenneth Bowser ("Easy Riders, Raging Bulls") rises far above the level of clip reel, coming closer to art in assessing just what those magical five years were about, anyway. It altered the course of TV comedy, all right. But it wasn't pretty. … fast-paced, interview-heavy … noteworthy for its gathering together of those who lived those years together in the trenches. Many of the people who made it happen usually are loathe to talk about the good ol' days, either because narcotics have blurred their memories or it's no longer relevant to their lives today. But here, even writers such as Jim Downey, Al Franken and Rosie Shuster are only too happy to take the journey back and reflect on what remains the most profound period of their careers. There is plenty of creator/exec producer Lorne Michaels, who remains a notably dull interview. More interesting are the reflections of original Not Ready for Prime Time Players Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase (who famously bolted for the movies after a year, replaced by Bill Murray), Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris. … The special doesn't shy away from the tales of drug use/abuse, neither glorifying nor apologizing for it. It was what it was. And as we can see from the clips, the show's early greatness wasn't simply a result of the times in which it arrived. …

USA Today gives it four stars (out of four) and says:
must-see documentary … a two-hour film that is as smart, novel and entertaining as SNL itself … neither a sappy trip down memory lane nor a casually thrown together collection of highlights. Instead, it's a TV rarity: a thoughtful, critical look at a TV classic that attempts to explain the show's influence and celebrate its achievements while owning up to its problems. …

The New York Post says:
… NBC didn't attempt a - God forbid - reunion show. … Instead, there's this terrific documentary, "Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live," by Kenneth Bowser - so good it debuted at the Miami Film Festival earlier this month. … With many of the original stars and guest hosts, as well as clips of musical guests from George Harrison and Paul Simon to The Grateful Dead and Blondie, and clips from the most unforgettable, ground-breaking, and screamingly funny stuff ever on TV, this show is definitely a keeper. …


i had thought it was going to be (from the ads) a clip show, (which i still would've watched), but according to these blurbs gathered by aicn, its going to be much more interesting.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pwaybloe on February 21, 2005, 12:25:44 PM
Did anybody watch this?  I missed it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 21, 2005, 12:29:21 PM
I did.  It was pretty good.  Swank admitted she wasn't good at comedy and then went on to do a pretty great job despite it.  I really enjoyed the soap opera sketch with cry choreography.

Oh, and if you're referring to the SNL five years documentary, I watched that, too.  Very interesting stuff, just like the reviews said, and a few good new insights into the behind-the-scenes stuff.  Informative, but I don't know if there was too much revealed that the hard-core SNL fan wouldn't know already.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on February 21, 2005, 01:09:06 PM
my question for the snl faithful:

how did it feel while watching the special and lamenting how the show has turn to shit ....like the white dog shit variety.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on February 21, 2005, 01:25:30 PM
There has yet to be a third generation of great SNL writing.

Hopefully over time we'll see another.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 21, 2005, 01:53:56 PM
All I hear is white noise.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 22, 2005, 10:48:52 AM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
my question for the snl faithful:

how did it feel while watching the special and lamenting how the show has turn to shit ....like the white dog shit variety.


Kind of drove the point home for me.  

The skit with Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor doing the word association thing with racial slurs completely punctuated exactly what the show has been missing: relevance.  Like Tyler Durden said, "Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken."  

The show's sanitized now.  It's still funnier than Mad TV and not quite the worst it's ever been (that Brat Pack season with Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey Jr. and the free agent season with Chris Elliot and Janeane Garofalo were much worse) but to see the early sketches in contrast to what it is now... two different shows.

I think if anyone can save the show, it's Amy Poehler, the most consistently funny performer they've had since Will Ferrell.  Just about everyone else - including the once great Darrell Hammond, who really deserves credit for filling the Phil Hartman void along with Ferrell - really needs to go.  Rachel Dratch is funny but she needs to do more besides playing old ladies (though the soap opera crying coach on the Hilary Swank ep was the best thing she's done in ages).  And they couldn't find two more talented black comedians than Kenan Thompson and Finesse Mitchell?

They need more people on the show who aren't afraid to do anything. Most skits just seem like they're trying hard to not be daring; I don't know if that's Lorne Michaels' call or pressure from the NBC suits or what but it's got to stop.  

Sorry, I really needed to get that off my chest.  I forgot how great the show used to be and now I'm very annoyed that it's what it is now.  However, I will continue to watch through this lull in hopes that a cast will come along that will restore the show to, if not the peak of its greatness, at least the mid-level greatness that we had just a few years ago.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on February 22, 2005, 10:25:28 PM
Quote from: hacksparrow
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
my question for the snl faithful:

how did it feel while watching the special and lamenting how the show has turn to shit ....like the white dog shit variety.


Kind of drove the point home for me.  

. . .

The show's sanitized now.  It's still funnier than Mad TV and not quite the worst it's ever been but to see the early sketches in contrast to what it is now... two different shows.

well.. anyway.. they addressed why the show isn't like the 70's anymore. that was all talked about in the special.. in fact, that was the entire point OF the special. if you guys missed all that, i'm sorry.  :(


as for the special.. it's coming on dvd later this year with over an hour of additional footage.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on February 22, 2005, 11:31:21 PM
Quote from: Cinephile
as for the special.. it's coming on dvd later this year with over an hour of additional footage.

good, i liked it but like easy riders, it was too brief.  i wonder why jane curtin wasnt interviewed?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on February 22, 2005, 11:33:02 PM
her and Bill Murray REFUSED
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cine on February 22, 2005, 11:38:12 PM
sleuth refused too.. why sleuth.. why..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on February 23, 2005, 10:51:59 PM
i watch these skits, the majority of which are exceedinly lame, and think 'well, i at least have a shot in this biz, b/c i know i could come up with something funnier than that.'

put it this way-- if there ever was a battle of being witty between snl and xixax, we would win hands down, 12 times out of 10 if that were even possible. so, if old lorne really wanted to fix his show, he would start hiring us.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 25, 2005, 11:21:10 AM
Quote from: ©brad
put it this way-- if there ever was a battle of being witty between snl and xixax, we would win hands down, 12 times out of 10 if that were even possible. so, if old lorne really wanted to fix his show, he would start hiring us.


Your logic is flawless.

(http://homepage.mac.com/colinhobbs/images/ignignokt.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 26, 2005, 03:55:36 PM
Tonight is a rerun of the Paul Giamatti / Ludacris episode, and following that in some markets is the first ever episode of SNL, featuring such moments "I want to feed your fingertips to the wolverines" and Andy Kaufman's Mighty Mouse song rendition.  Also, on March 12th, David Spade will host, with musical guest Jack Johnson.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on February 26, 2005, 04:06:36 PM
Quote from: ono mo cuishle
Tonight is a rerun of the Paul Giamatti / Ludacris episode, and following that in some markets is the first ever episode of SNL, featuring such moments "I want to feed your fingertips to the wolverines" and Andy Kaufman's Mighty Mouse song rendition.  Also, on March 12th, David Spade will host, with musical guest Jack Johnson.


David Spade..

Awesome, I look forward to that show!
Title: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on February 26, 2005, 05:02:27 PM
David Spade AND Jack Johnson?

are they just expecting nobody to watch?

Spade really embodies recent SNL though, the same, very old, very boring shit done over and over until enough people are tricked into thinking it's actually funny.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 26, 2005, 06:05:46 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate
are they just expecting nobody to watch?

No.  Lorne just doesn't want you to watch.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on February 26, 2005, 06:54:42 PM
Quote from: RegularKarate
David Spade AND Jack Johnson?

are they just expecting nobody to watch?

Spade really embodies recent SNL though, the same, very old, very boring shit done over and over until enough people are tricked into thinking it's actually funny.


He's not as funny without Chris Farley.

Spade & Farley together were great.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on March 05, 2005, 08:47:23 PM
Tonight we get a re-run of..

QUEEN 'walking stereotype' LATIFAH (Host & Musical Guest)  
11:29pm 2005-03-05

:yabbse-thumbdown:
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on March 12, 2005, 09:41:54 PM
Tonight, as said before, is a new episode.  David Spade hosts with musical guest Jack Johnson.  Next week, Ashton Kutcher hosts with musical guest Gwen Stefani.  On April 9th, Cameron Diaz hosts with musical guest Green Day.  So basically, Lorne doesn't want anyone to watch.  Ever.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on March 12, 2005, 10:21:13 PM
If he enlists Kutcher, Stefani, Diaz, and Green Day, wouldn't that mean he want's people to watch, and they will?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on March 12, 2005, 10:42:18 PM
Quote from: ono mo cuishle
On April 9th, Cameron Diaz hosts with musical guest Green Day.


Hmmm... That may change:

Cameron's Head Wound Shock

Cameron Diaz has been taken to hospital needing several stitches in her head after falling from a chest of drawers. The actress was reaching above a wardrobe when she tumbled at her home in Hollywood Hills, reports The Sun. Her pop star boyfriend Justin Timberlake heard the crash and found her unconscious on their bedroom floor, bleeding badly from a head wound.

The Charlie's Angels star was rushed to hospital, received nineteen stitches and was treated for back strain.

The paper quotes a friend of the couple as saying: "Justin was frantic with worry.

"Cameron was out cold and covered in blood from her head wound."

The couple had just returned from a camping trip in South Africa.

It appears Cameron was packing their gear back on top of the wardrobe, struggled to reach up and overbalanced after climbing on a chest of drawers.

It's not the first accident to befall the star, the keen surfer broke her nose whilst out on the water during a holiday in Hawaii back in 2002.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on March 13, 2005, 07:18:03 AM
Don't be hatin' on Green Day, ono. I know their singles suck, but the new album kicks ass.

And sucks for Cameron. That had to be pretty frightening for Justin (I'm not being sarcastic, think of how fucked up you would be if you saw that)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on March 13, 2005, 07:39:05 AM
...I wasn't.  That was just in reference to people complaining about their guest selection.  Ashton Kutcher may be a douchebag, but he has potential for a funny show.  Don't care all that much about Stefani.  Diaz can be funny too (if she's healed), and Green Day isn't bad at all.  Boulevard of Broken Dreams is quite nice.  Jesus of Suburbia is great, too.

I was too tired to pay too much attention to SNL last night, but I liked most of what I saw and taped the rest.  The Sean Penn roast was great, and I enjoyed bits and pieces of the dirtbag(?)/burnout convention sketch.  Can't remember too much else right now.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Thrindle on March 13, 2005, 03:24:46 PM
Quote from: ono mo cuishle
Ashton Kutcher may be a douchebag.


That was brilliant.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on March 13, 2005, 03:30:42 PM
I loved the Sean Penn roast. That was some funny shit..
Title: saturday night live
Post by: NEON MERCURY on March 13, 2005, 08:20:30 PM
Quote
I loved the Sean Penn roast. That was some funny shit..


 :saywhat:  i guess i might hav e abad sense of humor or not get things, but i actaully watched soem of last nights episode.  since i talk so much shit abiout how awful th eshow is i thoguth i should at try to force myself to watch a few skits.  and i am sorry to say but the show really is awful.  i cant believe that the same peopel who relish godard, wes anderson, coppola, etc [i.e. meaning= talented directors] but yet they think snl is quality television?  how? why? not trying to bitch but i just dont get it.

i saw the sean penn roast skit which was so unfunny asnd embarrasing i felt uncomfortable watching it.  then i saw the david spade ups skit.  and couldnt believe what passes as a skit these days.  it was so stupid.  and then the skit with david spade and whoever where they sing songs in front of an audience.  wtf?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on March 13, 2005, 09:04:10 PM
Different strokes for different folks right?

You've probably got people here who love Godard and Duece Bigalow as well.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on March 13, 2005, 09:14:27 PM
Quote from: NEON MERCURY
i cant believe that the same peopel who relish godard, ... etc ... but yet they think snl is quality television?  how? why?

actually this part makes sense.

the same ppl who like godard cos they're supposed to are the same who laugh at snl cos they're sposed to.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: classical gas on March 13, 2005, 11:44:00 PM
i am here in defense of neon mercury.  that is all..., except this, snl ain't so good now, sorry.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: cron on March 14, 2005, 12:28:13 AM
the problem i see with liking comedy is that  if you get to see a comedian perform and you're in the right mood for his material,  you may say 'this person's great' and stick to that idea.  , but since most people take comedy lightly, they  never get critical enough to  even analize if they still like the person or show. i say this because i used to be like that until i realized that for years i watched a show that really made me laugh hard  just the first time i saw it.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on April 08, 2005, 08:17:45 PM
A little forecast from tvtome.com:

16-Apr-2005: Tom Brady / TBA
07-May-2005: Johnny Knoxville / TBA
14-May-2005: Will Ferrell / TBA
21-May-2005: Season Finale, TBA

Also, "Stay tuned to SNL this week as a former cast member will return for a sketch and there will also be one more special guest. Stay tuned to SNL to find out who."  Whatever that means.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on April 08, 2005, 11:10:26 PM
lemme guess.  drew barrymore and jimmy fallon?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on May 04, 2005, 06:59:18 PM
Who is Will Ferrell? The answer to Saturday Night Live's host question for May 14.

The former Not Ready for Primetime Player--and dead-on Alex Trebek impersonator--will return to his old comedic stomping ground for the first time since he left three years ago to pursue what has become a blockbuster movie career.

With characters like Craig the Cheerleader, the cowbell-obsessed member of Blue Oyster Cult and schoolteacher Marty Culp, along with impressions of Robert Goulet, President George W. Bush, former Attorney General Janet Reno, Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray and Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton, Ferrell shot to stardom during his seven-season stint on SNL.

After playing Dr. Evil's hapless henchman Mustaffa in the first two Austin Power films, Ferrell started focusing more on movies, finally leaving SNL when his contract expired in 2002.

Since then, Ferrell, 37, has become Hollywood's go-to funnyguy on the strength of hits like Elf, Anchorman and Old School.

He most recently appeared in Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, which opened in March. He has a half-dozen other films on his docket for 2005.

Ferrell next appears as family man/obsessed soccer dad Phil Weston in the comedy Kicking and Screaming, opening May 13.

Then he'll star opposite Nicole Kidman in Bewitched (opens June 24) followed by a bit part in Wedding Crashers (July 15) opposite frequent partners-in-comedy Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.

By year's end he'll also appear in the musical movie remake The Producers, take a dramatic turn opposite Ed Harris in Winter Passing and cameo in The Wendell Baker Story with Luke Wilson.

And the hardest working man in the funny business shows no signs of slowing down. He plays the Man in the Yellow Hat in the big-screen adaptation of Curious George, due in February 2006, and has several films in various stages of development, including Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, Stranger than Fiction, Talladega Nights, Joan of Bark: The Dog that Saved France and the recently announced Land of the Lost.

That's a load of movies to promote, giving Ferrell ample opportunity to match Chevy Chase, who has the most return appearances by a former cast member, having held down the fort eight times, and possibly top Steve Martin's record of 13 SNL hosting stints.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on May 17, 2005, 03:00:12 PM
Never got a chance to see Will Ferell on SNL this past weekend. Was it good?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 17, 2005, 04:01:01 PM
yeah, it was okay.  the return of the cowbell.

(http://www.stereogum.com/img/qotsa_cowbell.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on May 17, 2005, 04:01:21 PM
Quote from: Myxomatosis
Never got a chance to see Will Ferell on SNL this past weekend. Was it good?


Had its moments.  Cold opening was good, where we hear his internal monologue while talking to other cast members (i.e., when talking to Finesse Mitchell: "This is Finesse. Don't say Kenan. Don't say Kenan.").  They did Jeopardy, of course, which was as good as ever.  And Robert Goulet, which was always one of my favorite Ferrell characters.

Overall, it was better than at least half of this season but not by much, unfortunately.  But still, it showed just how badly they need him back.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on May 17, 2005, 04:09:20 PM
Hah, that cowbell pic looks funny.  I saw Jeopardy, Oracle convention, Goulet, WU, and the restaurant sketch.

I used to like Jeopardy, but I can't stand it anymore.  The "dumb celebrities" joke got old quite some time ago.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on May 17, 2005, 04:29:07 PM
The singer for QOTSA actually looked creepier than Will.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on May 17, 2005, 04:54:33 PM
Josh Homme is the man, and it sucks that loser Will Ferrell had to ruin that performance. I'm suprised you could even make a comment like "The singer from queens of the stone age looks creepier than Will Ferrell" seeing as how they only focused on Will Ferrell through the whole performance. If that's a good show for SNL, I can see why nobody likes it anymore, that show is awful nowadays.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on May 18, 2005, 09:42:16 AM
Quote from: Meatball
The singer for QOTSA actually looked creepier than Will.


You mean Craig Kilborn?

(http://www.radiotango.no/ez/ezimagecatalogue/catalogue/variations/227-400x500.jpg)(http://cache.eonline.com/On/Rank/Shows/Bachelors03/Images/22.kilborn.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on May 18, 2005, 10:27:47 AM
NO. You mean fucking Elvis:
(http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2005/01/10/elvis.jpg)(http://www.cyberpresse.ca/arts/images/7475bd8.jpg)
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Myxo on May 18, 2005, 11:21:40 AM
At least Jimmy Fallon & Chris Kattan made SNL a bit watchable. It's aweful now.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Sleuth on May 18, 2005, 12:47:10 PM
Now you've gone too far
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 04, 2005, 11:52:50 PM
Quote from: tv.com
587. TBA/Kanye West
First aired: 10/1/2005
...
588. Jessica Alba/Joss Stone
First aired: 10/8/2005
...
Nothing has been confirmed yet.

Here's hoping they milk Kanye's appearance for all it's worth.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: sickfins on October 01, 2005, 11:17:08 PM
there was an amazing scene just before kanye west's musical performance in which he runs into mike myers (actually mike myers).  i never thought i would see the two of them together again, much less see myers reference their crossing of paths in any way
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on October 02, 2005, 12:09:15 AM
Quote from: sickfins
there was an amazing scene just before kanye west's musical performance in which he runs into mike myers (actually mike myers).  i never thought i would see the two of them together again, much less see myers reference their crossing of paths in any way


yes. best line of the night: Party on, Wayne.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: 72teeth on October 02, 2005, 02:19:54 AM
...and a nice little cameo by PTAjr. too...
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 02, 2005, 03:09:24 AM
I got a life, so I didn't get to watch SNL tonight.  Didn't even remember it was on so I could tape it.  And I'm betting that'll be a trend this year, though who knows.  I've heard this season is actually supposed to be good, so maybe I'll watch now and then.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 02, 2005, 03:13:38 AM
Quote from: ono
I've heard this season is actually supposed to be good, so maybe I'll watch now and then.


How can there be advance buzz that a season of a LIVE tv show is going to be good?

"Yeah, I heard Armisen pitching a few sketches, and... you know... some of 'em were really promising."

Although if you're on the west coast, you can theoretically get as much as three hours worth of advance buzz.  It's sort of like time travel.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 02, 2005, 03:15:45 AM
Because I have a friend who is into sketch comedy big-time who knows of the performers and writers coming into the show?
Title: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 02, 2005, 03:23:08 AM
Quote from: ono
Because I have a friend who is into sketch comedy big-time who knows of the performers and writers coming into the show?


Are you asking me or are you telling me?

I'm kidding.  That's a perfectly good answer.

To me, this season looks pretty much like last season (which is fine; I liked last season), but with less Tina Fey and Maya Rudolph (damn impregnations...).  The new kid with the Pacino impression seems alright.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on October 02, 2005, 04:56:31 AM
Quote from: ono
Because I have a friend who is into sketch comedy big-time who knows of the performers and writers coming into the show?

i hav a feeling your friend has always liked the show, and even at its low point (any jimmy fallon sketch), your friend still found the shit funny.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Pwaybloe on October 03, 2005, 03:41:22 PM
Quote from: onomabracadabra
I got a life, so I didn't get to watch SNL tonight.


This is such an odd statement, so you've got to explain this.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on October 03, 2005, 04:23:52 PM
Quote from: onomabracadabra
I got a life, so I didn't get to watch SNL tonight.


You can have whatever reason you want for missing SNL, but don't lie to us.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 20, 2005, 05:31:00 PM
Tina Fey Back On "Update"

Live from Studio 8H,     Tina Fey's back on "Weekend Update."
 
The new mother and head Saturday Night Live writer is returning to the show Saturday, after taking a brief maternity leave following the Sept. 10 birth of her daughter, Alice.

"I had to get back to work...NBC has me under contract; the baby and I only have a verbal agreement," Fey joked in a statement.

All joking aside, the Mean Girls mastermind does indeed have a hefty contract with the Peacock net. Back in 2003, Fey signed a $4 million agreement with NBC that carries her through the current season.

She and "Weekend Update" coanchor     Amy Poehler represent the first all-female team to read the fake news on the weekend staple. In Fey's absence, hefty funnyman Horatio Sanz has been filling her "Update" slot.

Fey's comeback episode will be hosted by     Catherine Zeta-Jones, with Franz Ferdinand as the musical guest.

Meanwhile, trouble may be brewing for Fey's other project in the works--a sitcom about life backstage at a sketch comedy show much like Saturday Night Live, to be produced by Lorne Michaels.

Casting for the show has reportedly already begun, and the as-yet unnamed series was tentatively slated to premiere on NBC sometime after January.

However, according to trade reports, Aaron Sorkin recently sold a new drama series to the Peacock, also about life backstage at a sketch comedy show akin to SNL, except based in Los Angeles.

NBC is said to have paid in the neighborhood of $21 million for the series, titled Studio 7 on the Sunset Strip, based on the first one-hour episode of the show.

In an email to the New York Post, an NBC spokesperson said, "We're proceeding with the Tina Fey comedy and are excited about it."

But it is unclear how the network plans to balance two shows based on a similar subject matter--that is, if it does plan to do so at all.

Looks like Fey may need to put some of those mean girl skills to use.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on October 20, 2005, 08:58:11 PM
Me and some friends just watched Best of Steve Martin, or at least most of it. My god. What a genius.

"he's my favorite honkey"

and the sad wild/crazy dance haha.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 21, 2005, 04:47:41 AM
Quote from: Gamblour
Me and some friends just watched Best of Steve Martin, or at least most of it. My god. What a genius.

"he's my favorite honkey"

and the sad wild/crazy dance haha.


Am I the only one here who, when he was a kid, thought that Steve Martin was an actual SNL cast member?

And thank God Tina Fey is back on update this week!  Horatio Sanz was just horrible.  I mean, seriously, they should have paid Jimmy Fallon any amount of money he wanted just to come back and fill in those 2 weeks.
Title: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on October 21, 2005, 04:33:08 PM
Quote from: hacksparrow
And thank God Tina Fey is back on update this week!  Horatio Sanz was just horrible.  I mean, seriously, they should have paid Jimmy Fallon any amount of money he wanted just to come back and fill in those 2 weeks.


Horatio Sanz was on WU?  I can't picture him doing anything other than eating a sandwich.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on December 11, 2005, 11:56:20 AM
THE FUNNIEST sketch on SNL last night with Alec Baldwin doing a dead-on version of his Glengary Glen Ross speech to a bunch of elves in santas workshop.  he even goofs and says "Always Be Closing" instead of "Always Be Cobbling".  i hope this pops up online, because it is so AWESOME it makes up for the whole lackluster season.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: abuck1220 on December 11, 2005, 12:55:20 PM
i'm not so sure that much of the audience knew what the hell was going on, however.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on December 18, 2005, 02:40:46 AM
I was starting to forget that SNL can be funny, until this Jack Black episode came around. A lot of credit is due to The Dudes. Some of the skits were shameless ripoffs of their Lonely Island material. Maybe there is hope for SNL after all.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on December 18, 2005, 03:08:07 AM
i dont understand how the Dudes can shamelessly rip off their own material. theres never been a rule that says you cant bring out ideas/characters you did pre-SNL. most recurring characters on SNL were originated when they were at Second City, Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, IO, etc. so its not shameless nor is it a rip off.


best episode of the season [so far].
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: elpablo on December 18, 2005, 04:38:02 AM
the chronicles of narnia rap was hilarious and you could definitely tell it was by the lonely island dudes. i'm glad they're aboard now.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: meatball on December 18, 2005, 02:21:45 PM
It was the alien planet skit that felt like a ripoff to me. Since it's their material from the Awesometown pilot, I know it's not totally a rip off. Still, I don't like seeing them rehash it for SNL. Jorm played Jack Black's role as the human, and I think he did a better job at it.

I really wish Jorm was picked as a castmember over Andy, who seems like a hammy, shaggy Jason Biggs.

I'm so, so happy they're cutting down on the political and show business skits. Those got old fast, and Maya Rudolph and Darrell Hammond can only do so much.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 18, 2005, 06:10:08 PM
the chronicles of narnia rap was hilarious

http://youtube.com/watch.php?v=IggTu7kV7No&search=lazy%20sunday%20snl
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on December 18, 2005, 06:46:08 PM
I really wish Jorm was picked as a castmember over Andy, who seems like a hammy, shaggy Jason Biggs.

I was convinced that Andy Samberg was a waste of space until I saw the "Lazy Sunday" video.  Then all was forgiven.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on December 18, 2005, 10:02:12 PM
that rap was amazing. nice aaron burr reference.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on December 19, 2005, 06:13:15 PM
Damned if I'm not susceptible to advertising suggestions.  Thanks to Lazy Sunday, I made a special trip downtown to the Magnolia Bakery after work today to get some cupcakes, which I do in fact love like McAdams loves Gosling.

But I'm lamenting a missed opportunity.  The cupcakes had Santas and snowmen on them but the place was so crowded, I didn't have an employee in speaking range to innocently ask if they made those for the Christmas.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on December 28, 2005, 04:42:49 PM
THE FUNNIEST sketch on SNL last night with Alec Baldwin doing a dead-on version of his Glengary Glen Ross speech to a bunch of elves in santas workshop.  he even goofs and says "Always Be Closing" instead of "Always Be Cobbling".  i hope this pops up online, because it is so AWESOME it makes up for the whole lackluster season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=b1V3pb3hnRY&search=baldwin
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: JG on December 28, 2005, 08:59:54 PM
that rap was amazing. nice aaron burr reference.

that's what sold me.  priceless. 

and this you tube thing seems pretty great. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on December 29, 2005, 03:41:37 PM
mr. pibb + red vines = CRAZY DELICIOUS
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on January 09, 2006, 03:24:52 PM
I don't want to turn this into a quote Lazy Sunday page, but I nearly lost it (for the second time, see the following sentence) at the Crazy Delicious! part.  I, however, did lose it at 'SNACK ATTACK MOTHER FUCKER!'

Girl acts like she ain't never seen a 10 before.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on January 22, 2006, 12:34:00 AM
Tonight's episode was terrible.  The sketches were mostly mediocre, with the Carol one being downright annoying.  I'm assuming this is a recurring character, since I haven't watched more than one sketch of an episode in a long time.  Putting Horatio Sanz in a dress and makeup and having him act slutty and obnoxious is not funny.  Putting him in anything isn't that funny, really.  Sarsgaard kept reading the cue cards, though that's not really SNL's fault. 

I thought the Chronicles of Narnia rap might have indicated an upswing in the quality of the writing.  Either the rap was a gem amidst a pot of dirt or this episode was not representative of the overall quality of the show.

Baby Hair Plugs would have been funnier than Baby Toupees.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Weak2ndAct on January 22, 2006, 08:14:04 PM
I thought the Chronicles of Narnia rap might have indicated an upswing in the quality of the writing.  Either the rap was a gem amidst a pot of dirt or this episode was not representative of the overall quality of the show.
That's all Parnell.  He's done raps before on the show, but they were always WU segments and always about the hot chick who was hosting.  Great stuff. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on January 22, 2006, 08:42:16 PM
it's more samberg and the lonely island people. check their pilot "awesometown" for another sketch featuring the same sort of premise, "just two guyz."
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: JG on January 22, 2006, 08:54:45 PM
Don't you think NBC/SNL is using the awesomeness of that rap to expose the show to the max?  I mean I opend up the internet and on the comcast homepage there was a link to it.  maybe it was another browser, doesn't matter, though.  it was offered free on Itunes.  on a commercial to advertise a new episode, they referenced it.  it seesms like they're doing their best to say, "hey look!  we still can be funny!" 

everyone i know is talking about it.  but damnit, that aaron burr reference is so huge. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on January 22, 2006, 09:13:16 PM
I thought the Chronicles of Narnia rap might have indicated an upswing in the quality of the writing.  Either the rap was a gem amidst a pot of dirt or this episode was not representative of the overall quality of the show.
That's all Parnell.  He's done raps before on the show, but they were always WU segments and always about the hot chick who was hosting.  Great stuff. 

I forgot about that.  I think I saw only one or two.  They were pretty funny.

it's more samberg and the lonely island people. check their pilot "awesometown" for another sketch featuring the same sort of premise, "just two guyz."

I'll check it out.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on January 23, 2006, 02:39:20 PM
I thought the Chronicles of Narnia rap might have indicated an upswing in the quality of the writing.  Either the rap was a gem amidst a pot of dirt or this episode was not representative of the overall quality of the show.

This was one of the worst episodes I've ever seen of SNL.  I at least chuckle at something in most of the skits but this time... almost nothing. Sanz needs to hang it up (when Jimmy Fallon left, Lorne Michaels should have fired him); that Carol skit is not funny.  And this new Target skit they do with the new girl is not funny either; that voice was funnier when Lily Tomlin was doing it 25-30 years ago.  I didn't even really laugh during Weekend Update either.  That's bad.  The only skit I remember laughing at was the opening with Anderson Cooper, and not even all of that was great.   My vote is for:

not representative of the overall quality of the show

Baby Hair Plugs would have been funnier than Baby Toupees.
Very true.  Can you please get hired on the writing staff?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on January 23, 2006, 05:07:05 PM
I agree, it wasn't a funny episode.  Too bad.  That Shattered Glass parody had potential, I thought, simply because of the premise... but ended up being pretty freakin dumb.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on February 06, 2006, 05:34:45 PM
I thought the Chronicles of Narnia rap might have indicated an upswing in the quality of the writing.  Either the rap was a gem amidst a pot of dirt or this episode was not representative of the overall quality of the show.

i missed the episode but caught the narnia skit online just today and it was indeed HYSTERICAL, worthy of repeat viewings and massive forwarding via email to friends and relatives.

i just don't get it. how can that undeniably funny bit come out of the same writing room as the rest of the bullshit they've been shitting out? don't they have some sort of check system, a semi-funny guy that can stop and say "you guys, this sucks."

there's no excuse really.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on February 06, 2006, 05:51:43 PM
Prince was awesome.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on February 06, 2006, 05:54:51 PM
If SNL ever comes up with a good sketch, it'll be on YouTube within a few days, so no need to watch and wait for something funny.

©brad, it feels like they come up with funny things sometimes, but they think it might be too out there for the viewers, so they go with bland sketches, celebrity impersonations, and recurring characters instead.  I just get that vibe from SNL.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on February 06, 2006, 11:26:33 PM
©brad, it feels like they come up with funny things sometimes, but they think it might be too out there for the viewers, so they go with bland sketches, celebrity impersonations, and recurring characters instead.  I just get that vibe from SNL.
and then everyone laughs cos they're supposed to. genius, really.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on February 07, 2006, 01:38:34 PM
and then everyone laughs cos they're supposed to. genius, really.

Don't knock it.  It kept Friends on for 10 seasons.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on February 08, 2006, 09:51:29 PM
the studio audience has really begun to encourage the badness.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Weak2ndAct on March 05, 2006, 03:46:22 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ7bJQGlfJY&search=natalie%20portman

Enjoy!  It'll be gone soon, I'm sure.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Gamblour. on March 05, 2006, 03:53:04 AM
hahaha man, what is Parnell/Samburg obsession with hardcore rap? It's really funny, but this was just Lazy Sunday done a bit differently. I still laughed my ass off everytime she said suck my dick and I will take a shit on your face.

On a technical note, the black and white was really nice, but the color seemed washed out. Nature of digital?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on March 05, 2006, 06:01:55 AM
On a technical note, the black and white was really nice, but the color seemed washed out. Nature of digital?
intentional grime.

funniest part was i'll kill your dog for fun. could've done without the final "no more questions" and "what".
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: elpablo on March 13, 2006, 01:02:58 AM
could've done without the final "no more questions" and "what".

Quote
Lyrics from Easy E - No More Questions
[Female: We're sitting here with Eazy E]
Believe that
[Female: How are you doing ?]
Allright
[Female: So, Eazy, tell me, how was your life as a youngster ?]

Verse One:
Ruthless, my style as a juvenile
Ran with a gang, slanged in the meanwhile
Bankin, I specialized in gankin
whites, Mexicans, brothers and others
Daily, it's all about comin up
Makin sure no punks are runnin up
[Eazy E: Because I'm a gangster havin fun]
Strapped with a gat when I'm walkin thru Compton
Turbo, I never listened to my mother
It went in one ear, and out the other
Ran my gang so undercover
Call a girl out a name, yo I ain't no lover
I'm a pimp, Mac Daddy, lookin for the dollar
At thirteen I bought a six fo' Impala
Rollin', and runnin' from the police
Brother don't you know, you can't judge a thief
or thug, hoodlum or criminal
Leave your car open, gank for your stereo
Hard and raw, no regard for the law
[Female: Eazy E, were you ever caught slipping ?]
Hell no! Just trippin' off 8-ball
And girls ain't nothin' but female dogs to me:
Bitches! I'm sorry for that verse
It's in my nature, I gotta curse
out anybody gettin' on my nerves
You get beat, ganked, broke and served
So... you know who I am
and if you don't like it, I really don't give a damn

[Female: Hmm, I see, so you're rather violent ?]
Sometimes
[Female: Ok, what would be the situation when you so-called "gank"
somebody ?]

Verse Two:
Wait... for some people to leave
I got another trick up my sleeve
Step with pep to the back of the house
Look then... all the lights are out
Grabbed the door and it's locked, so
easily made my way to the window
Lift it up slow, cause it takes timing
Looked around, and then I climbed in
Once inside, I start takin
Cause you know it's no time for shakin
Get what you gonna get, front and center
or get five years for breakin and enter
Move quickly, but no runnin
Shht, I think somebody's comin
Hear the front door key, and I flee
out the back door with a fist full of jewelry
Off the wall... don't fall
Wipe my sweat cause that was a close call
Gettin' ganked by the E is a lesson
So... is there any more questions?

[Female: Yes, as a matter of fact, there is...
Have you ever been involved in, like, a armed robbery or a hold-up ?]

You mean a 211 ?

[Female: Yeah]

Verse Three:
There's a store, but don't point
Walk inside, case the joint
One man behind the counter, another in the back
Go out to the car and load the gat
Grabbed the ski mask, here's the task:
Go in broke, come out with cash
[Female: Were you slick ?]
Yeah, you gotta be cunning
Told Ice Cube to leave the car runnin'
Walked in, said: "This is a robbery"
Didn't need the money, it's just a hobby
Fill the bag, homeboy, don't lag
I want money, beer, and a pack of zig-zags
The man in the back had a camera
so he came out to protect his femina
against Eazy E, but he took one
Fell to the floor, so I ran
back to the bucket, then I said: "Punch it"
Took the gun, and then dumped it
I'm not like Robin Hood, cause I want more
Steal from the rich, hang with the poor
My pockets are fat, you see, it don't matter to me
I feel like nobody is badder than me
[Female: Is all that true ?]
I don't lie
You see... I'm not mister nice guy

[Female: Oh, so you're not exactly a role model ?]
Not exactly
[Female: And for your listeners, what does Eazy think of himself ?]

Outro:
Bad and bold, you can't get with this
Those that tried, you're on my hit list
Can't be caught, sought or fought
thought, and damn so (??)
Down and dirty from the C-P-T
N-W-A and Eazy E
One more, before we end this session
[Female: What's your real name ?]
No more questions !

I've heard that the short was supposed to be a spoof of the video for this son, but I can't find it online anywhere.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on March 13, 2006, 01:18:17 AM
I've heard that the short was supposed to be a spoof of the video for this son, but I can't find it online anywhere.

"A Day in the Life of Natalie Portman": Natalie Portman
www.nbc.com/Video/videos/snl_1439_natalieraps.shtml
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on March 13, 2006, 01:20:44 AM
hahaha man, what is Parnell/Samburg obsession with hardcore rap? It's really funny, but this was just Lazy Sunday done a bit differently. I still laughed my ass off everytime she said suck my dick and I will take a shit on your face.

The Portman rap was a little amusing, even if its just a slightly different gimmick from Lazy Sunday.  Lazy Sunday was funny, but only because I hadn't seen Parnell rap in years (though maybe he does it regularly on the show, I don't know).  This one was clearly trying to capitalize on the fame of Lazy Sunday.  Run it into the ground SNL, run it into the ground.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: elpablo on March 13, 2006, 02:26:25 AM
I've heard that the short was supposed to be a spoof of the video for this son, but I can't find it online anywhere.

"A Day in the Life of Natalie Portman": Natalie Portman
www.nbc.com/Video/videos/snl_1439_natalieraps.shtml

sorry. i meant the video for the Eazy E song.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on March 13, 2006, 04:56:41 AM
This one was clearly trying to capitalize on the fame of Lazy Sunday.
OR the lonely island dudes have been producing comedic music video shorts long before snl and that they're just doing what they enjoy and what they're good at.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on March 13, 2006, 12:18:28 PM
This one was clearly trying to capitalize on the fame of Lazy Sunday.
OR the lonely island dudes have been producing comedic music video shorts long before snl and that they're just doing what they enjoy and what they're good at.

But isn't Lazy Sunday the first one to really hit it big on SNL?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on March 13, 2006, 12:32:13 PM
yea but thats cause its the first rap video they did as writers for SNL. their website has tons of really funny music video shorts that they did before they were hired. it's what they do best and they're good at it. so it's not about capitalizing on something that worked previously on SNL, it's about them doing what they think is funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on March 13, 2006, 12:45:33 PM
The raps themselves are good.  I just don't want them to keep doing them all the time because they had a mainstream hit with it.  Its a very specific kind of humor (white people doing rap) that can get old if done regularly.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on March 13, 2006, 12:56:54 PM
well i think thats why out of their 7 shorts, only 2 of them were raps.  :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on April 17, 2006, 11:43:16 AM
ppl at work have been doing the "SNL is back" talk in regards to the lohan/pearl jam episode. was it really that good? i haven't watched yet but am planning to shortly. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on April 17, 2006, 12:41:27 PM
ppl at work have been doing the "SNL is back" talk in regards to the lohan/pearl jam episode. was it really that good? i haven't watched yet but am planning to shortly. 

I don't think it was particularly of note except for Pearl Jam.  They tore the roof off.  And the Lohan looked reasonably attractive, though not back at Mean Girls pitch yet (if that will ever happen again).  So maybe that's where the talk is coming from.  The skits were about as good (or as bad, depending on your point of view) as the rest of the season.  The absolute highlight is, if memory serves, Tina Fey's last joke on Weekend Update.  And I'm sure I'm in the minority for this but I liked the digital short this week.  But the show overall was no better than, say, the Portman episode.  They even had the trombone player fuck up again during the Debbie Downer skit just to try and recapture the magic of the first one... no such luck this time.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Sunrise on April 17, 2006, 01:05:04 PM
ppl at work have been doing the "SNL is back" talk in regards to the lohan/pearl jam episode. was it really that good? i haven't watched yet but am planning to shortly. 

I don't think it was particularly of note except for Pearl Jam.  They tore the roof off.  And the Lohan looked reasonably attractive, though not back at Mean Girls pitch yet (if that will ever happen again).  So maybe that's where the talk is coming from.  The skits were about as good (or as bad, depending on your point of view) as the rest of the season.  The absolute highlight is, if memory serves, Tina Fey's last joke on Weekend Update.  And I'm sure I'm in the minority for this but I liked the digital short this week.  But the show overall was no better than, say, the Portman episode.  They even had the trombone player fuck up again during the Debbie Downer skit just to try and recapture the magic of the first one... no such luck this time.

I pretty much agree with hacksparrow...but I don't see enough of snl anymore to be able to tell if Saturday's show was an improvement or not. I of course watched because I knew Pearl Jam was performing and the band certainly didn't disappoint. Lohan was just adequate. I thought the O'Reilly Factor skit was decent...really hit on his ridiculous interview style.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on April 17, 2006, 04:20:55 PM
i was on and off and stopped watching after about an hour. i thought the digital short was pretty good except for the Lorne Michaels part, because it meant nothing. especially when they cut back to him midway through and nothing happened. i think that part could've been fixed if he'd said "guys, i've got to be honest with you. so far this is the best thing i've ever seen."
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on May 23, 2006, 12:53:45 PM
The Kevin Spacey season finale wasn't too bad.  The Falconer/time machine skit was the highlight.  Aside from it being the most clever skit this current cast has done, it had actual energy, a first since Will Ferrell left.  It almost had a Monty Python vibe to it.  If only they can hold onto the magic that went into that skit through the summer.


Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 23, 2006, 01:24:39 PM
i actually think the last several episodes were pretty good.  the usual suspects thing was pretty good too, but the falconer was the highlight.  i think it was Tina Feys last episode and maybe Rachel Dratch's as well.  wasnt there a healthy tina fey obsession around here a while back? 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on May 23, 2006, 04:16:39 PM
i think it was Tina Feys last episode and maybe Rachel Dratch's as well.

 :shock: are you sure?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 23, 2006, 04:50:19 PM
pretty sure on fey.  they mentioned on update it was her 180th show or something.  and on the end she had a shirt that said THANK YOU i think.  plus she has that new show coming on nbc in the fall so all signs point towards probably.  also dratch's behavior during the finale seemed a bit like she might be leaving as well.  call it a hunch.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 23, 2006, 05:34:57 PM
The Falconer/time machine skit was the highlight. . . It almost had a Monty Python vibe to it. 
yeah, forte loves the brit humour.. he did a really funny benny hill take off with as jesus a couple years ago.

as for the cast, yeah, fey is gone and dratch is following since they're on the new nbc show together. dratch even commented in an interview about it before.. something like "the best way to leave a live sketch show is by moving to a show about the behind-the-scenes.. of a live sketch show."

others that i would say are as good as gone: horatio sanz and maya rudolph. sanz's time is up and i heard maya had a baby girl with somebody recently (i forget who) and shes been traveling each week with her.. so i'll bet shes tapping out as well.

other possibilities: darrell hammond and chris parnell. i would rule out hammond and parnell will likely return also.

as for this season, the lonely island trio fuckin' rocked this year. next year is gonna be pretty great.. no dead wood. i'm hoping my predictions are right and they'll get this guy an audition: Bobby Moynihan (http://www.ucbtheatre.com/performer/performerprofile.php?PerformerID=237). funniest guy ive seen at UCB... that actually looks good enough for TV.. :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on May 24, 2006, 12:02:58 AM
I predict next season will be a big one for Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis (and probably Bill Hader too, especially if Darrell Hammond doesn't come back).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on August 23, 2006, 11:30:16 AM
Shuffling the cast at 'Saturday Night'
The NBC comedy institution may be losing veterans Parnell, Sanz and Thompson on top of other defections.
Source: Los Angeles Times

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" will return for its 32nd season next month minus several familiar faces.

Longtime cast members Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz and Kenan Thompson will likely exit the late-night comedy staple, according to a source close to the show. Still inconclusive are talks to bring back Darrell Hammond, famed for his impersonations of Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and other celebrities. Hammond joined the cast in 1995 and has had the longest tenure of any performer in the show's history.
 
Meanwhile, "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels is expected to hand the reins of the signature fake-news segment "Weekend Update" — recently co-hosted by writer-performer Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — to a newer cast member, Jason Sudeikis.

An NBC spokesman declined to comment Tuesday.

The cast shuffle comes in the wake of some previously announced departures. Fey is leaving along with cast member Rachel Dratch; the pair will work on Fey's NBC comedy "30 Rock," a parody of an "SNL"-style show.

"SNL" could be headed for one of its biggest makeovers in years — and not by choice. During a press conference last month in Pasadena, Michaels told reporters that the late-night fixture is facing massive budget cuts from NBC. Cast members are typically signed to multiyear deals that pay about $8,000 per episode, agents say. Many former cast members, such as Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell, have gone on to movie stardom.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on August 23, 2006, 04:16:22 PM
Longtime cast [member]... Kenan Thompson
Huh.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on August 23, 2006, 05:25:48 PM
Huh.

I know, right?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on August 24, 2006, 01:35:55 AM
they should lose them all
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on August 24, 2006, 09:09:25 AM
oh snap! 

cinephile, a rebuttal?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on August 24, 2006, 11:32:55 AM
They should give the show to Cinephile.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on August 24, 2006, 12:03:06 PM
They should give Cinephile to the show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 20, 2006, 07:15:35 PM
Cook Hosts Saturday Night Live Premiere

"Saturday Night Live" continues its extraordinary run and returns for its 32nd season on September 30 (NBC, 11:30 p.m. 1:00 a.m. ET).

The season premiere will be hosted by red-hot standup comedian Dane Cook, who returns for his second hosting stint. An inventive and electric performer, Cook will soon be seen starring opposite Jessica Simpson in the comedy Employee of the Month. The comedian has built an impressive following through relentless touring (as chronicled on HBO's "Tourgasm" and standup special "Vicious Circle" and his pervasive online presence on both his own website and MySpace.com (where he has over one million "friends.") Cook continues to enjoy the success of his certified platinum comedy album "Retaliation," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, making him the highest-charting comedian in 25 years. Future projects for Cook include the features Dan in Real Life with Steve Carell and Good Luck Chuck opposite Jessica Alba.

Also returning to "SNL" are The Killers, performing from their eagerly awaited sophomore release "Sam's Town." The new album is the follow-up to the band's five million-selling debut "Hot Fuss," which garnered four hit singles and seven Grammy nominations. Named "Band of the Year" by Spin magazine in 2004, the Killers' record was the longest-running rock record to remain in the Top 50 for the same year and their new single "When You Were Young" is already Top Five at alternative radio and one of the most played videos on MTV.

Returning to the SNL repertory cast are Fred Armisen, Will Forte, Bill Hader, Darrell Hammond, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig. Chris Parnell, Horatio Sanz and Finesse Mitchell are not part of the line-up.

Amy Poehler will return to the "Weekend Update" desk with a new partner to be announced later. Also returning, Seth Meyers returns for his second season as head writer, sharing the position with Emmy winners Andrew Steele and Paula Pell.

Another new addition to the show is director Don Roy King. The Emmy Award-winning live television veteran takes the helm of "SNL "with a wide range of credits running the gamut, from 14 years at CBS' "The Early Show," six years at "Good Morning America" and the first four live "Survivor" finales to "The Mike Douglas Show" and numerous Broadway productions for television.

"Saturday Night Live," which premiered on October 11, 1975, is from SNL Studios in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels. Steve Higgins produces. Marci Klein and Mike Shoemaker are producers. Head writers are Seth Meyers, Paula Pell and Andrew Steele. Don Roy King directs.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on September 20, 2006, 07:21:27 PM
Wow!  There's no way this can't be good!

Yup.  No way in hell this could possibly not be an outstanding episode.  It's just got everything going for it.  EMMY-winning writers!  A new director with a wide range of experience!  That guy must totally know what he's doing.  I think it could be a new benchmark for television comedy.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: SiliasRuby on September 20, 2006, 07:57:27 PM
This makes me very very happy!  :yabbse-grin:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on September 20, 2006, 09:11:27 PM
OK, we're about due for some new cast member(s) to come and light up the show.  Every 5 or 6 years, someone comes to bring the show back from the brink of shit.  Eddie Murphy, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon, Amy Poehler... it's about that time.  Unfortunately, I don't see any of the current cast members doing it, although I think that Will Forte needs his own show.  If that Falconer skit with Spacey is any indication of what he's reining in, he needs to go on HBO or something immediately. 

Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 20, 2006, 11:38:49 PM
OK, we're about due for some new cast member(s) to come and light up the show.

I predict next season will be a big one for Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis (and probably Bill Hader too, especially if Darrell Hammond doesn't come back).

I'm telling you...

Not that they're going to hit superstar heights like Myers, Sandler, and Ferrell, but they can make with the funny, and that's all that matters.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on September 21, 2006, 08:52:44 AM
You really think Kristen Wiig is that good?  She'd better crank it up from last season because I didn't like her.  The only thing I remember her being funny in is the 2 A-holes skit which is still not as funny as the show ought to be.

Sudekis is funny (that "TACO TOWN!!!" shout he gives at the end of that commercial cracks me up every time) but they need more than just someone to bring the funny, because it's obvious that everyone they've ever hired can be funny (85-86 cast aside).  The problem is that there's no anchor, no one to rally around.  They haven't had one since Will Ferrell.  Myers, Sandler, and Farley were great but that was because Hartman was their rock; without him, the show would have been a lot shakier back then (and as I recall, a lot of critics declared the show dead when they were at their peak).  Same went for the late 90s cast and Ferrell.  Tina Fey was the closest they had to a rock, as she was the first head writer to not perform in regular skits to get some sort of notoriety.  But especially now that she's gone, someone has to take center stage, and not someone of the Jimmy Fallon/frat boy ilk, or the show is going to continue to be scattershot like it has been.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 21, 2006, 01:43:44 PM
The thing they haven't really had since Will Ferrell was someone who could be funny at any time, in any sketch, and even make a bad sketch funny just by being in it.  The closest they have now is Will Forte, who I could see really coming into his own this season, as long as the writers are smart enough to recognize what he's capable of.

And I actually like Kristen Wiig a lot.  For one, she's the best female impressionist (not to be confused with a female impersonator) the show's ever had, and two, she has the same sort of versatility that Cheri Oteri had, although maybe not as inherently funny as Oteri was.

But in the long run, it all comes down to the writing.  If they write good sketches, it'll be a good season.  Otherwise...
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 27, 2006, 11:14:33 AM
Workin' on the 'Weekend'
EW Exclusive! ''Saturday Night Live'' fans, meet your new ''Weekend Update'' team... 

They've played ''the couple that should be divorced,'' but now they're stuck sitting next to each other for an entire TV season. Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels has tapped Seth Meyers to join Amy Poehler in anchoring Saturday Night Live's ''Weekend Update,'' filling the void left by Tina Fey.

Meyers — who's also taking Fey's spot as a head writer on the show — feels like the gig was tailor-made for him. ''I'm one of the few people in show business who wanted a job where I had to wear a tie,'' he says. ''My goal is to be a slightly less handsome Brian Williams.'' While the new gig means no more sketches, he's happy to be spending time catching up on the (real) news. ''Have you heard about the Middle East?'' he laughs. ''Man, that place is nuts.''
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on September 27, 2006, 11:29:06 AM
Best choice, hands down.  I'm just that much more optimistic about this season than I was.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on September 27, 2006, 11:42:25 AM
yeah i'd actually thought Meyers was going to be Fallon's replacement on Update a few years back, so it makes sense that it will be him now.  also he and poehler do the fake british news thing together.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on September 27, 2006, 02:18:27 PM
this is a terrible decision based on his performances. but i don't know which sketches he wrote.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 27, 2006, 06:15:03 PM
Still should've been Will Forte, but this'll do.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Chest Rockwell on September 28, 2006, 01:31:43 PM
Seth Meyers is currently the funniest part of SNL, so good choice.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 30, 2006, 12:42:29 AM
'SNL' will update its Weekend Update
By Gary Levin, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers are all about good chemistry.

The new anchor duo at NBC's Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update, making their debut this weekend (11:30 p.m. live ET/delayed PT), point out that they're both from New England. Both got their starts as comedians in Chicago. And they've already played a team in a popular SNL sketch: Dan and Sally Needler, "the couple that should be divorced."

"Seth and I have a very familial, dare I say fraternal, relationship," Poehler says in a joint interview at SNL's offices. "We have a very similar sensibility."

Meyers also "writes great jokes," she adds, "and I'm really looking forward to saying them and getting credit."

Meyers has other plans. After Poehler snatched the Update anchor slot from him two years ago in an audition face-off, "My vengeance was to get it with her and torpedo her."

Wisecracks aside, how they gel may be crucial to determining the health of the late-night staple, which begins its 32nd season. Behind the desk, they follow such storied anchors as Chevy Chase, Dennis Miller and Norm MacDonald.

And under the surface, SNL is weathering its biggest shake-up in years. Producer Lorne Michaels, stuck with what he called "massive" budget cuts, trimmed three cast members: Eight-year veterans Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz, and Finesse Mitchell, who joined in 2003.

Two others — Rachel Dratch and head writer and Update anchor Tina Fey — left to work on 30 Rock, Fey's NBC sitcom, due Oct. 11. It's about the goings-on backstage at a show suspiciously like SNL.

SNL had its worst ratings yet last season, averaging 6.5 million viewers, a 6% drop from 2004-05. And amid the cutbacks, a new director was named.

"There's a ton of transition going on," says Poehler, 35. Though she says she'll miss her co-stars, "we're kind of excited about the idea of a slimmer (cast)," she adds brightly. "Skinny is in right now."

But Meyers, 32, one of three head writers, says that when sketches are planned, "a lot of your obvious choices that you've been making in casting are gone."

Without Sanz, Meyers says, "I hope Gene Shalit doesn't turn up in the news, because that would be seriously heartbreaking."

The show's lean team of 11 cast members — including Meyers, who will appear only on Update — is its smallest since 1987, when Miller, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman and Jon Lovitz were on the show. But those who remain "will get a chance to develop different muscles," Meyers says.

"When Tina and Maya (Rudolph) went off and had babies," Poehler says, she and Dratch "got to play different roles out of necessity. You get to prove you can do it, and that's good for everybody."

Look for more short films from newer cast members in the wake of Parnell and Andy Samberg's Internet-fueled Chronicles of Narnia rap, the show's most talked-about recent clip.

Comedian Dane Cook hosts this week's opener, with musical guest The Killers, and Jaime Pressly (My Name Is Earl) hosts the show Oct. 7, with singer Corinne Bailey Rae as guest.

But SNL fans have seen the last of the Needlers. "Our theory is that the Needlers actually did get divorced," Meyers says, though viewers won't get to see how that happens. Says Poehler, "Nothing about divorce is funny."
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 03, 2006, 06:32:09 PM
'Weekend Update' and 'Dirty' Language

If last week's season premiere of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" is any indication, broadcasters have relaxed a bit since Janet Jackson's 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" spurred a wave of concern about alleged indecency spreading over the airwaves.

During "SNL's" fake-news broadcast "Weekend Update," new co-anchor Seth Meyers pretended to interview actor Dustin "Screech" Diamond (portrayed by "SNL" regular Andy Samberg) about a sex tape purportedly made by the former "Saved by the Bell" co-star. Meyers mentioned that on the tape, Diamond is alleged to have engaged in a "dirty Sanchez."

Many members of the studio audience could be heard gasping. The term Meyers used is slang for a scatological sex act and is considered by many to be a highly offensive ethnic slur.

Even so, the phrase has been showing up increasingly in popular culture, especially in Britain, where MTV's U.K. version of the stunts show "Jackass" is titled "Dirty Sanchez." Movie comedies, including last year's hit "40 Year Old Virgin," have also used the term.

NBC did not bleep the phrase, even for the West Coast feed of "SNL," which is taped from the earlier live broadcast. This may suggest a greater willingness on the part of broadcasters to air sexually suggestive material as long as it's coded within slang and does not include words that most audience members would easily recognize as profane.

To cite another recent example, at NBC's August telecast of the Emmy Awards, actor Jeremy Piven gave a speech in which he used the word "fluffer," which is slang for a worker on a porn film who helps prepare male actors for their scenes.

An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 22, 2006, 05:20:38 PM
So John C. Reilly hosted last night, and it was one of the worst episodes in years.  Not John's fault, there just wasn't a single funny sketch in the entire 90 minutes.  The closest they got was the opening monologue, where Will Ferrell popped up as James Lipton, but then they fucked that all up by singing a song from "Chicago".

And this just one episode after the Jaimie Pressley episode, which had the best hit/miss ratio for good sketches since Natalie Portman last year.

Still, Hugh Laurie next week.  If they're smart, they'll let him be in on the creative process, try and capture some of that old Fry & Laurie magic.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: edison on October 22, 2006, 05:53:06 PM
Yeah, last night was pretty bad. This season is certainly not looking good at all.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 22, 2006, 08:08:20 PM
Still, Hugh Laurie next week.  If they're smart, they'll let him be in on the creative process, try and capture some of that old Fry & Laurie magic.

Ooh, thanks for mentioning. A Bit of Fry and Laurie is the most underrated sketch show ever. As good as Flying Circus, easily.


Anyway, not to be patronising, but how have you seen it? It's only just been remembered here in England (DVD releases, Sky repeats), so I don't know how an American would know about it. Do they show it on BBC America? Are you just a big Hugh Laurie fan in general? How long is a piece of string?


edit: Assuming you're an American/Canadian, obviously. Bit presumptuous of me. But you must be if you saw the latest SNL episode.

American, yeah... I haven't seen a whole bunch of their stuff, just a couple of episodes on VHS that a guy I went to college with had (it was through him that I originally found out about the show, although I was familiar with both Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie from other things), and a handful of individual sketches on Youtube.  But if we ever get a region 1 DVD release, I'll be first to buy it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: matt35mm on October 22, 2006, 08:16:22 PM
I haven't seen a whole bunch of their stuff, just a couple of episodes on VHS that a guy I went to college with had (it was through him that I originally found out about the show, although I was familiar with both Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie from other things), and a handful of individual sketches on Youtube.  But if we ever get a region 1 DVD release, I'll be first to buy it.

Seasons one and two have been released since August.  Not too expensive, either.

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Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: abuck1220 on October 22, 2006, 08:41:02 PM
i didn't think it was that bad. the racist colonial thing was pretty good, and i thought the oreo stuff was halfway funny. the swimming sketch was funny just because it was john c. reilly. maybe i'm giving it too much credit because he's one of those guys i can't help but laugh at.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 23, 2006, 12:50:11 AM
I guess if MadTV is still on, then SNL will never get cancelled.  But they really should just cancel it.  it was as good as studio 60.  I don't watch much televsion so I can only compare bad shows to other bad shows, without too much historical references, but yeah, I'll be really really surprised, like gasping for air surprised, if this show ever revives.  I think tv comedy has to progress to stay relevant (duh) and I really think the format is not relevant anymore--we've gotten to a period where live performances aren't dangerous anymore, and 2-dimensional sets have been played out.  SNL's format wasn't timeless- it was a specific decision from a specific period, and over the decades it has been modified to get with the times, but I think at a point, the three-camera, single wall setup, will have to go.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on October 23, 2006, 01:05:11 AM
it sucked horribly in the 80s and it came back. i think the thing that might make the difference this time is Lorne Michaels is in charge/can no longer distinguish between funny and unfunny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on October 23, 2006, 01:50:01 AM
The show still can be funny, but I share your exhaustion with the live 3-camera format, Pete, especially after watching Mr. Show.  Before watching Mr. Show I just thought SNL was unfunny.  Afterwards I found it stodgy and old-fashioned as well.  Of course, if SNL was still funny, I probably wouldn't even care about its old-fashionedness.  Before jettisonning the live format, though, the people behind the show should start taking more creative risks.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 23, 2006, 02:55:05 AM
after talking to somebody about what I'd just typed, I think maybe SNL can stay on if it comes out with charming characters once again.  it seems like (but again I don't really watch the show so this might be rubbish) they don't attempt to make any of their characters lovable, like wayne and garth or cheeseburger guy or even will farrell's gene who plays the cowbell.  it's always like a straightman talking to someone absolutely loony or celebrity impressions.  now I totally understand how hard it is for "charisma" to come by, but it doesn't even seem like they're attempting.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 23, 2006, 10:03:09 AM
I think tv comedy has to progress to stay relevant (duh) and I really think the format is not relevant anymore--we've gotten to a period where live performances aren't dangerous anymore, and 2-dimensional sets have been played out.  SNL's format wasn't timeless- it was a specific decision from a specific period, and over the decades it has been modified to get with the times, but I think at a point, the three-camera, single wall setup, will have to go.

Pete is onto something about live TV not being risky anymore but, for once, I agree with Garam.  The relevance of the live, 3-camera format is itself irrelevant.  That's like saying no one will be able to put on a good show just standing on the street corner because we have TV now.  It's not the same as sitcoms, which are doing their most interesting work in single camera formats, but even Lucky Louie proved that it's the content as opposed to the format (as I've said before, unfortunately it was the format that kept most people from appreciating the content). 

But it will always come down to one thing: if you get talented people working together under the right circumstances, you will produce something good.  I think the problem with this SNL cast is the 6 day turnaround time.  If they aired every other week and worked on a show for 2 weeks instead of just one, I'd bet you'd see the quality of the show pick up right away.  The original cast was a better team and was able to turn out some great stuff week after week but now - and Cinephile, if you're there, please correct me if I'm wrong as you're our resident expert on this - I think that since American humor has shifted in the last 30 years towards a drier, more detail-oriented place (in part influenced by Python), it might be more difficult to produce more layered stuff week after week, so they just churn out the best they can do in a short time and hope for the best. 

I always go back to the Falconer/time-travel skit in last season's finale, which is the best skit they've done since Will Ferrell and Tracy Morgan were on the show, and even better than a lot of stuff that was on when they did the show.  I don't know if Will Forte was just inspired that or if maybe he had been sitting on that skit for a while, but my guess is the latter.  As we see on Studio 60, there's a point when they panic to find something to fill the time and it's not necessarily going to be good but it will be good enough.  SNL has been giving us "good enough" for too long.  I think they might need more time to give us good. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 23, 2006, 11:42:28 AM
but if you go back to what I was saying--SNL is a comedy show that very much depended on its format, and the format is different from a comedian at the street corner (and those guys are often too political to be funny, at least in my neighborhood), because you have to realize that the three-camera live sketch show format is not timeless--it feels that way because most of us grew up with it, but it's a very specific product from another time.
anyways, if you read my last post, you would've known that I kinda took that statement back.  ah none of this matters anyways, the show is going to blow now just like the new simpsons.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: JG on October 23, 2006, 05:21:57 PM
Does anyone have a link to the Falconer/time-travel skit?  I've never seen it and can't find it. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pumba on October 27, 2006, 11:45:16 AM
I thought this was going to be on snl:

http://www.booyapictures.com/Videos/sudoku_youtube.html
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 28, 2006, 10:56:50 PM
borat on snl.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on October 28, 2006, 11:34:33 PM
funny on not funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 28, 2006, 11:41:05 PM
You could tell he was SO psyched to be on the show.  Which doesn't make much sense considering that the worst of his stuff is better than the best of theirs.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 29, 2006, 08:20:50 AM
funny on not funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 29, 2006, 11:53:24 AM
Did anyone see during the end credits that Borat kissed Hugh Laurie's crotch?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 29, 2006, 11:55:58 AM
borat on snl.

http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 30, 2006, 07:55:33 AM
He was probably more excited to be working with Hugh Laurie.

Did anyone see during the end credits that Borat kissed Hugh Laurie's crotch?

I'll buy that.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on November 27, 2006, 02:51:28 PM
Fox, Bening and Timberlake to Host SNL

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" warms up December with top-tier talent from screens big and small and music superstars.

On December 2, star of the Emmy-winning hit show "Lost" Matthew Fox hosts the show with musical guest the greatest band on Earth Tenacious D (Jack Black & Kyle Gass).

In addition to his work on "Lost," (for which he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble) Fox is known to millions for his work on the successful drama "Party of Five." He will next star opposite Matthew McConaughey in the anticipated film We Are Marshall.

Joining Fox as musical guest is the platinum-selling duo of Jack Black and Kyle Gass Tenacious D, the self-proclaimed "Greatest Band on Earth." The comedy-folk-metal pair will perform selections from their latest album "The Pick of Destiny" which serves as the soundtrack to their recent feature film of the same name. Currently on tour, The D will play New York's legendary Madison Square Garden this week just prior to their appearance at SNL where they have rocked before both as a featured act and supporting Jack Black's hosting stints.

On December 9, it's a pair of leading ladies headlining SNL Oscar and Emmy nominee Annette Bening with musical guest Gwen Stefani.

One of the most celebrated actresses working today, Bening makes her SNL debut. She is currently earning raves for her work in Running With Scissors. She received Academy Award nominations for her work in Being Julia, American Beauty and The Grifters. She has starred in a wide variety of films from Bugsy and Love Affair opposite husband Warren Beatty to The American President, Regarding Henry, Mars Attacks, Open Range, Richard III and Valmont, to name a few. She was recently nominated for an Emmy for her work opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the HBO film "Mrs. Harris."

Making a return appearance to SNL with Bening is Gwen Stefani. Stefani will perform from her forthcoming sophomore solo release "The Sweet Escape," the follow up to her quadruple-platinum debut "Love. Angel. Music. Baby.," which included the hits "Hollaback Girl" and "What You Waiting For?" The first single "Wind It Up" is currently rising up the charts.

Finally, on December 16, Justin Timberlake returns to SNL to once again do double duty as host and musical guest after his memorable turn in 2003 (which featured Timberlake as a singing omelet, as well as impressions of Jessica Simpson, Robin Gibb and Ashton Kutcher). Timberlake is among several prestigious artists including Paul Simon, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Sting, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Queen Latifah, Janet Jackson and most recently Ludacris to serve as both host and musical guest.

Grammy winner Timberlake's current multi-platinum release "FutureSex/LoveSounds" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts where it continues to sit in the Top Ten. His first two singles, "SexyBack" and "My Love" have both been No. 1. Timberlake will kick off a world tour in 2007 and will be seen in the feature film Alpha Dog (from Universal) on January 12.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on November 28, 2006, 02:06:09 AM
forecast: bad lost parody, the graduate parody, and special n'sync surprise guests.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 28, 2006, 05:12:13 AM
One of the most celebrated actresses working today,
if you say so..
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on November 28, 2006, 07:46:42 AM
forecast: bad lost parody, the graduate parody, and special n'sync surprise guests.

You forgot Warren Beatty chatting with Lorne backstage and the way-too-late American Beauty parody that will occur during Bening's opening monologue, maybe with the real Spacey as a guest but definitely with a floating plastic bag.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on December 17, 2006, 09:33:25 PM
Watch it quick before Youtube has our memories wiped clean of it: Dick in a Box (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6nipE5NWZ4)

EDIT: On second thought, fuck YouTube.  NBC.com has the uncensored version up.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on December 17, 2006, 10:16:26 PM
uncensored on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmVU08zVpA

reminds me of
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpMIMORw_cg&eurl=
a little bit
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: essbe on December 18, 2006, 12:02:05 AM
SNLl has steadily gone downhill since Ferrell left
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on December 18, 2006, 12:14:54 AM
its steadily gone downhill since 1975, if you want to get technical about it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: abuck1220 on December 18, 2006, 12:38:01 AM
its steadily gone downhill since 1975, if you want to get technical about it.

the hipness associated with bashing snl has gone uphill at double the rate, however.

the last two episodes have been more good than bad, i don't care what anyone says. there is always a lame sketch or two in there, but it's always been that way. people remember the really funny sketches from whatever era they prefer and that's what sticks in their mind.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on December 18, 2006, 01:04:20 AM
the last two episodes have been more good than bad, i don't care what anyone says. there is always a lame sketch or two in there, but it's always been that way. people remember the really funny sketches from whatever era they prefer and that's what sticks in their mind.

The Jaime Pressley episode, the Alec Baldwin episode, and the Justin Timberlake episode this season were all as consistently good as the show has been in years, and the Matthew Fox, Hugh Laurie, and Annette Bening episodes weren't far behind.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on December 18, 2006, 11:19:19 PM
just to stay on the cutting edge, I'm going to announce the obvious:
the snl bashing bashing is lame.  so is snl bashing bashing bashing bashing.  but snl bashing bashing bashing (what you're reading right now) remains happily relevant and hip.  It's akin to goldielock, and this is the little bear in the snl controversy.
and you know what?  if the show is cancelled, we'd all be happily co-existing right now.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on December 21, 2006, 01:00:25 AM
Watch it quick before Youtube has our memories wiped clean of it: Dick in a Box (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6nipE5NWZ4)

EDIT: On second thought, fuck YouTube.  NBC.com has the uncensored version up.

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Censored ‘SNL’ Sketch Jumps Bleepless Onto the Internet

The nearly three-minute digital film, shown on “Saturday Night Live” last Saturday, was a parody of two boy-band singers (including one played by the real Justin Timberlake) crooning a holiday song about making a gift to their girlfriends of their male anatomy, which they appeared to have wrapped in boxes (strategically placed) and then topped with bows.

Given the subject matter, it was little surprise that NBC bleeped a recurring word in the chorus 16 times. But soon after the broadcast concluded at 1 a.m. Sunday, viewers who’d seen the bit on TV (and others who had just heard about it) could find the uncensored version online. That’s because the network itself had placed it on its own Web site (nbc.com) and YouTube.com, under the headings “Special Treat in a Box” or “Special Christmas Box.”

In less than a week the official uncensored version of the video has been viewed by over two million people on YouTube alone. In the process “Saturday Night Live” appears to have become the first scripted comedy on a broadcast network to use the Web to make an end-run around the prying eyes of both its internal censors and those of the Federal Communications Commission, whose jurisdiction over “Saturday Night Live” effectively ends at the Web frontier.

Lorne Michaels, the creator and executive producer of “Saturday Night Live,” cautioned in an interview that the strategy of treating Internet users to the equivalent of an authorized “director’s cut” of his late-night show “will be the exception” going forward. But he also predicted that other shows and networks, time and money permitting, would surely follow NBC’s lead in making available material that was deemed not ready for prime time, or even late night. “My sense is that, as always, now that the door has been opened, some things will go through it,” he said.

For “Saturday Night Live” the ubiquity of “Special Treat” on the Web this week has proved to be yet another digital stake planted firmly in unexplored ground. Almost a year ago a rap parody from the show (featuring two characters waxing rhapsodic about eating cupcakes and watching “The Chronicles of Narnia” on the Upper West Side) became one of the first bootleg videos to demonstrate the vast potential of YouTube, the portal through which millions of viewers were able to see it. (While NBC quickly ordered YouTube to take down the video, which was titled “Lazy Sunday” and protected by copyright, the network later reached agreement with the Web site to showcase copyrighted material from its shows, including “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live,” on a dedicated page stocked by the network itself.)

The common denominator in “Special Treat” and “Lazy Sunday” — as well as another “Saturday Night Live” favorite on You Tube featuring the actress Natalie Portman and her supposed bad-girl side — is a performer on the show, Andy Samberg, and a supporting cast of producers he brought with him to “Saturday Night Live” from a pioneering Web site called Lonely Island.

The idea for “Special Treat” was hatched, Mr. Samberg said, when Mr. Michaels called him into his office last Tuesday and asked that he try to write something funny that would showcase the singing skills of Mr. Timberlake, who was both the host and musical guest.

Mr. Samberg and his colleagues — including Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — presented a rough draft of the song to Mr. Timberlake on Thursday afternoon, and after they reworked it to his specifications, they recorded the voice track on special equipment in Mr. Samberg’s office around midnight. They spent Friday and much of Saturday filming the video in and around New York, and not until 4 p.m. Saturday — less than eight hours before the show was to go live — was the video in sufficient shape to be shown to the NBC executive responsible for late-night programming, Rick Ludwin.

While the show’s producers had already concluded on their own that the video would have to be bleeped to be broadcast, they had a special request for Mr. Ludwin: Would he permit the uncensored version to be made available on the Web?

“My first instinct, without having seen anything, was that we probably shouldn’t do that,” Mr. Ludwin said later in an interview. “My thought was that even though it’s going on the Internet, it’s still representing NBC. But I hadn’t seen it yet. So I said it would depend on how dirty it was.”

Drawing close to a monitor adjacent to the show’s vaunted eighth-floor studio, Mr. Ludwin watched as Mr. Timberlake (in a blond wig) and Mr. Samberg (decked out with a close-cropped beard that made him look like the pop singer’s twin brother) sang of the various holidays on which they wanted to present their special gift (including Hanukkah and Kwanzaa) and the various settings (including backstage at the Country Music Association Awards.)

“We were all laughing,” said Mr. Ludwin, who had been accompanied by a representative from the NBC legal department. And then Mr. Ludwin said he had a change of heart.

“Those people who go on the Internet will not be shocked by this,” Mr. Ludwin recalled thinking. “Obviously there are some people who will be offended. Those people are probably unlikely to go searching for it on the Internet. It’s just funny.”

Still, the material was touchy enough, Mr. Ludwin said, that he sought final approval for the Web version of the video from the highest echelons of NBC, including Kevin Reilly, the president of NBC Entertainment , and Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal Television Group.. Both approved the idea, he said. Another executive suggested that a disclaimer be placed before the Web-only version of the video that warned of its explicit content, a proposal that was immediately accepted.

As yet another production featuring Mr. Samberg spreads like electronic wildfire, the performer said he was pleased that the show was becoming so adept at finding alternate routes to viewers, beyond the 6.5 million who, on average, watch the show on NBC each Saturday night, according to Nielsen Media Research. (A figure that is down slightly since last year at this time.)

“A sign now of success with a certain audience when you do a short comedy piece, anywhere, is that it gets on YouTube and gets around,” Mr. Samberg said. “It’s always something you’re thinking about unconsciously. It’s not our main objective. But there’s no part of us that doesn’t want to be on YouTube.”

Which is not to say that NBC intends to make such decisions lightly in the future. “We’re still not going to put just anything out there,” said Jeff Gaspin, president of digital content for NBC Universal. “We still have to protect the brands.”

Seth Meyers, the show’s head writer, said that he and Mr. Michaels were also mindful that sometimes the funniest material — whether on their show, or Howard Stern’s radio show — was borne of butting up against boundaries, either from the outside or self-imposed.

Sizing up the two versions of the “Special Treat” video, Mr. Meyers observed, “The most interesting thing is that it’s actually not funnier uncensored.”
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on March 12, 2007, 02:34:18 PM
Louis-Dreyfus and Manning Hosting SNL

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" continues to thrill with its line-up in March running the gamut from Emmy winners, to Super Bowl MVPs and U.K. rock stars and an award winning American Idol.

On March 17, "SNL" alum and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to Studio 8H and to the show where she got her start and where she made a triumphant return last season. Louis-Dreyfus, an "SNL" cast member from 1982-1985, is the first female alum to host the show. She earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of Elaine Benes on NBC's "Seinfeld," for which she received two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, five Screen Actors Guild Awards and four American Comedy Awards during the landmark comedy's nine years on the air. She is currently starring in the hit comedy series "The New Adventures of Old Christine," which recently earned her another Emmy. She also had a critically praised recurring role on "Arrested Development." Louis-Dreyfus' film credits include, A Bug's Life, Hannah and Her Sisters and Deconstructing Harry.

Joining Louis-Dreyfus on the show is British trio, Snow Patrol. The band, which features a fusion of a variety of alternative song styles, will perform from their hit record "Eyes Open." The record is a chart mainstay, led by its first Grammy nominated single "Chasing Cars" which figured prominently in the second season finale of "Grey's Anatomy." On the strength of that song and touring all over North America, Snow Patrol became the first U.K. rock act in 13 years to break the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. "Eyes Open" was also the No. 1 selling album in the U.K. in 2006. The record is a follow-up to their popular major label debut "Final Straw."

On March 24, SNL welcomes Indianapolis Colts quarterback and Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning to host. Since joining the Colts as the number one overall draft pick in 1998, Manning has rewritten the record books earning two NFL MVP Awards and making five Pro Bowl appearances prior to his stunning Super Bowl victory earlier this year. Manning has also thrown for more yards and touchdowns than any other player in that time period and is the only player in league history to pass for 4,000 yards in six consecutive games and recorded four career perfect games the most in NFL history.

Manning makes his acting debut on "SNL" and joins an illustrious list of athletes who have hosted in the show's 32-year history including fellow NFL stars most recently Patriots QB Tom Brady as well as Joe Montana, Walter Payton, Deion Sanders along with superstars of other sports including Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Andy Roddick, George Foreman and numerous others.

Joining Manning on March 24 is musical guest and "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood. Since winning "Idol" in May 2005, Underwood's debut album "Some Hearts" has sold over 5 million copies and has produced four No. 1 singles. She recently took home two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Country Female Vocal. In addition, Underwood has won two Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, two CMT Awards, 2 People's Choice Awards and 8 Billboard Awards.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pumba on April 15, 2007, 01:15:01 PM
Did anyone catch it last night?

The fake i.d/buying beer skit was really great. The dakota fanning show was very funny too. Show's funny. :bravo:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on April 15, 2007, 01:17:24 PM
the digital short was one of their best.

NEXT WEEK:scarlett johansson and bjork!
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on April 15, 2007, 05:24:51 PM
the digital short was one of their best.
i also thought so.  i loved it even though i didn't know that it was a take-off of the OC, (which makes it not quite as brilliant) but even with the context its still pretty damn funny.  watch both versions here. (http://www.stereogum.com/archives/005107.html)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on April 16, 2007, 07:55:45 AM
the digital short was one of their best.
i also thought so.

dearest cine/mod,

LAY OFF THE CRACK.

sincerely, your good pal, pubrick.

seriously. that was funny for the first 2 kills, and has very little replay value since it plays out the joke well and truly by the end of the clip. the joke of everyone walking into a room getting killed was done (to death, as the title of their movie implies) 18 years ago by Penn and Teller, and recently (and much more memorably/funnier) in Mulholland Drive.

also this clip is at least 2 years overdue as an OC parody.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 09, 2007, 02:43:26 AM
D**k in a Box Wins an Emmy!
Source: The Associated Press

"D**k in a Box," last December's music video performed by Justin Timberlake and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Andy Samberg, was honored at the Emmy's creative arts ceremony.

"I think it's safe to say that when we first set out to make this song, we were all thinking 'Emmy!'" Samberg joked in accepting the award Saturday for best original music and lyrics.

"The other thing we were thinking was, 'Hey! Here's this young up and comer, Justin Timberlake, who is clearly very talented and could clearly use a break,'" Samberg said. "So, Justin, if you're out there, congrats to you, kid.'"

The video, which beat out competition that included two songs from a musical edition of "Scrubs," became an Internet sensation. It garnered millions of views on YouTube and NBC's website, which posted an un-bleeped version.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which recognize technical and other achievements for the 2006-07 season, will air Sept. 15 on E!, the night before the Primetime Emmy Awards on Fox.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 28, 2007, 11:32:08 AM
LeBron joins `SNL' for season premiere

LeBron James is treating his appearance on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" season premiere like a fast break.

"I'm going to just wing it," the Cavaliers All-Star forward said Thursday during a rehearsal break.

James is practicing this week with his new teammates at "SNL," where he'll become the latest superstar to host the show.

The 22-year-old's humorous Nike ads, in which he plays four versions of himself, and his co-hosting performance at the ESPYs made Lorne Michaels believe James would do well on the show.

"You can tell when someone has a sense of humor or a least enough perspective on themselves to able to laugh at stuff," said Michaels, the show's creator and executive producer.

James got his lines Wednesday and did a read-through Thursday, leading Michaels to believe "The Chosen One" might have another natural gift.

"He's really good at this stuff," Michaels said.

James follows in the footsteps of his boyhood idol, Michael Jordan, who hosted the 1991 season premiere. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning appeared on the show last season, and other stars such as Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky have had memorable performances.

Michaels said he believes athletes have been successful on the show because they're fearless.

"They're used to being in front of a large group of people and not knowing how it's going to turn out," Michaels said.

James, who says he doesn't get nervous for big games, is treating the show no differently and said collaborating with the writers and actors has made him comfortable with the sketches.

"They make you feel like you're one of them," James said.

When James co-hosted the ESPYs with Jimmy Kimmel, he appeared in several skits, danced and sang a version of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" with rewritten lyrics about his own fame.

He wouldn't say whether he has another song and dance routine planned for this weekend's show, which also features Kanye West.

"I want to make an impression," James said. "Just go out there and be original and have some fun."
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on September 28, 2007, 04:40:09 PM
ugh fucking sports players.  i'll just wait for rogen/spoon.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on September 30, 2007, 11:47:34 AM
I watched the first couple of skits.  Lebron wasn't as stiff as I was expecting but based on the High School Musical skit and the Ahmedinejad love song, I think I can safely say that after the Seth Rogen episode, I may finally have the strength to end my relationship once and for all with SNL.  Unless they discover a new Ferrell/Hartman/Myers/Murphy powerhouse that makes the show unmissable again, or they give Will Forte complete control, I'm out.  The good stuff ends up on youtube by 1:01am anyway.

It feels good.  It really does.  I just wish I had walked away sooner.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pumba on October 01, 2007, 01:10:33 PM
The digital short is almost always the highlight for me. This one was funny, but it wasn't magic like the Nathalie Portman or DIAB

"You can deny the holocaust all you want, but you can't deny that there's something between us"

C'mon, that's awesome.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on October 01, 2007, 01:11:45 PM
I'll watch the Seth Rogen and Spoon episode.

It'll be the first time I've tuned into SNL in YEARS, maybe a decade.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on October 02, 2007, 01:07:59 AM
i thought the digital short was beautiful.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8VyVI-Lgu0
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 07, 2007, 12:15:44 PM
my time warner fake tivo this week has fucked up and only recorded the first minute of Heroes, The Office and (MOST OF ALL GODDAMNIT) 30Rock.  but it did record The Sarah Silverman Program all the way through.  is NBC implementing some evil system to not let fake tivo-ers tape their shows?  the shows it didnt record were all HD but my box is nowhere near full.  on the bright side a complaint just got me 3 months of free showtime, hello non-torrent'd Weeds!
GODDAMNIT!  the box missed Rogen/Spoon.  how was it? 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 07, 2007, 12:35:08 PM
my time warner fake tivo this week has fucked up and only recorded the first minute of Heroes, The Office and (MOST OF ALL GODDAMNIT) 30Rock.  but it did record The Sarah Silverman Program all the way through.  is NBC implementing some evil system to not let fake tivo-ers tape their shows?  the shows it didnt record were all HD but my box is nowhere near full.  on the bright side a complaint just got me 3 months of free showtime, hello non-torrent'd Weeds!
GODDAMNIT!  the box missed Rogen/Spoon.  how was it? 

Ehhhh. The news took up far too much time because of Chevy Chase doing a separate anchor desk. The first couple skits were okay, but Rogan really didn't do much.

Here's one of Spoon's performances:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48My_nyThGw
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on October 08, 2007, 09:56:46 AM
Man, Chevy looked OLD!

The opening monologue was pretty funny ("You stuck with me when the RZA and Ghostface Killah called me up and asked me to be the new leader of the Wu Tang Clan.") but I was hoping for better.

And next week, Jon Bon Jovi is the host... they're making it so easy for me to break it off completely.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on January 20, 2008, 11:22:43 PM
the newest addition to SNL, Casey Wilson:

(http://ucbtheatre.com/i/performer/wilson_casey_2.jpg) (http://ucbtheatre.com/performer/performerprofile.php?PerformerID=2192)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on January 21, 2008, 12:07:39 AM
...is she funny?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on January 21, 2008, 12:30:00 AM
funnier than you.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on January 21, 2008, 12:33:16 AM
please. if i were less funny, I'D be on snl.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: john on January 21, 2008, 12:39:43 AM
...is she funny?

No, she's a woman.

Jerry Lewis was right!
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on January 27, 2008, 04:45:19 PM
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1988111/

Casey Wilson

Actor:

   1. The Great Buck Howard (2008) .... Charity
   2. The Brothers Solomon (2007) .... Fertility Clinic Worker
   3. Revenge (2007) (TV) .... Sarah
   4. "Human Giant" .... Young Mom (1 episode, 2007)
          - The Illusionators (2007) TV episode .... Young Mom
   5. The Definition of Sex (2007) .... Abby
   6. For Your Consideration (2006) .... Young Actress

Writer:

   1. Bride Wars (2009) (pre-production) (screenplay)
   2. "Creature Comforts" (2007) TV series (unknown episodes, 2007)

Actress:

   1. "The Very Funny Show" (2007) TV series (as Casey Wilson)
   2. Derek & Simon: A Bee and a Cigarette (2006) (as Casey Wilson) .... Anna

She's so versatile she's an actress and an actor.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ©brad on March 02, 2008, 10:58:39 AM
last night was surprisingly good. andy samberg as diablo cody (http://tv.popcrunch.com/march-1-saturday-night-live-ellen-page-opening-monologue-video/) had me on the floor.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: john on March 02, 2008, 01:54:49 PM
I only caught the last half-hour, following Weekend Update. Everything seemed awkward and unfocused and solidified my current dislike for Ellen Page.

HOWEVER...

Wilco were fucking fabulous... I'm not even a fan of "Walken", but that was a near incredible performance.


Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cinemanarchist on March 02, 2008, 03:32:59 PM
Wilco was fantastic but the writing on the show was terrible. I don't know if Fey wrote everything last week or if they just blew their writer's strike load on the first episode back. They need to stop all the Hillary dick-sucking too...are they just trying to seem more antiquated than they already appear?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on March 02, 2008, 07:13:33 PM
They need to stop all the Hillary dick-sucking too...are they just trying to seem more antiquated than they already appear?
haha dude are you kidding, they chewed her up in the first sketch.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cinemanarchist on March 02, 2008, 07:43:55 PM
They need to stop all the Hillary dick-sucking too...are they just trying to seem more antiquated than they already appear?
haha dude are you kidding, they chewed her up in the first sketch.
Not kidding. I got more of a "woe is me" vibe that was further cemented when Hillary appeared to do the live from New York bit. Perhaps I've just got a bad taste in my mouth from the Tiny Fey commentary during Weekend Update last week. Maybe my hatred of Hillary has just got me entirely too sensitive. Unfunny episode however you slice it. I did find it funny how Armisen's Obama was almost blue this week. I'm hoping for some sort of Smurf joke in the future.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: grand theft sparrow on March 03, 2008, 08:54:18 AM
Wilco was fantastic but the writing on the show was terrible. I don't know if Fey wrote everything last week or if they just blew their writer's strike load on the first episode back.

Yeah, I was wondering the same thing about last week, which was the best episode they've had probably since Tina Fey left.  Either she came in and showed them how it's done or she made them step up their game.  Whichever one it was, it worked.  I even found Kristen Wiig funny last week.

This week was pretty bad.  I've said it before, this current writing staff can't get it together in only a week.  The digital short was the highlight and even that was one of the least funny ones they've done.  And Ellen Page is just not a comedic actor; not as bad as Peter Sarsgaard but she looked SO uncomfortable up there. 

I'm done with the show again. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on March 31, 2008, 08:04:59 PM
Am I bad for thinking this current cast of SNL has the best chemistry of any cast in awhile? I'm actually enjoying this season. ALOT.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on April 01, 2008, 12:38:52 AM
Am I bad for thinking this current cast of SNL has the best chemistry of any cast in awhile? I'm actually enjoying this season. ALOT.

not at all. i can admit that when ive posted on here praising some previous seasons, i was being a bit generous. but this season is definitely strong.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on April 13, 2008, 12:14:27 AM
i'm only a few minutes in, but coming off the season's best episode (walken) i'm reminded of how horribly unfunny SNL can be.  thanks ashton kutcher (and cameron diaz)!
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pumba on April 14, 2008, 12:40:41 AM
Last night was brutal. Just awful.
And really? You liked the chris walken ep? Some sketches were really funny but walken's constant reading really annoyed me. It felt like he came in on Friday and had no time to rehearse or anything...either that or he just didn't give a fuck, but yeah man i thought it was really distracting.

And the new girl will probably get fired
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on August 27, 2008, 11:07:36 PM
SNL Plucks Michael Phelps Out of the Hosting Pool

Saturday Night Live is looking to make a splash this season.

The aging sketch series has tapped Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps to host its 34th-season premiere Sept. 13 on NBC, which probably wouldn't mind basking in the glow from its history-making coverage of the Beijing Games a little longer.

Aside from all the commercials and inevitable talk-show spots, this will be the first "acting" role for Phelps, whose world-record-smashing, eight-gold-medal-winning performance at the Summer Olympics made him the poster boy of U.S. swimming for generations to come and won him the hearts of millions of admiring fans.

Lil Wayne, who, appropriately enough, has also had the most successful year of his career in 2008, will be the musical guest.

Meanwhile, the MTV Video Music Awards has also capitalized on (or is helping to wear out the welcome of) the Phelps juggernaut, securing an appearance by the 23-year-old Baltimore native at the Sept. 9 kudosfest.

But considering we already know that teenage girls dig him, it's the SNL gig that will be the gangly lad's chance to prove he's more than a superhuman swimming machine with abs on which he can wash his own Speedo.

Assuming, however, that he'll leave the LAZR Racer® at home (although, if they're smart, he'll be wearing it in at least one sketch), the question remains: Can Phelps duplicate his poolside appeal while wearing everyguy gear?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 02, 2008, 05:31:43 PM
Wow.  Phelps, Lil Wayne, SNL.  The unholy trifecta of things that need to burn out of the public eye immediately.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on September 13, 2008, 04:46:43 PM
potential surprise spoiler even though you probably saw it coming!

rumour has it tiny fey = palin. possibly tonight.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Kal on September 13, 2008, 05:25:39 PM
obama cancelled his appearance cause of the hurricane in texas, so that sucks. hope fey is there for real.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Kal on September 14, 2008, 03:43:33 PM

rumour has it tiny fey = palin. possibly tonight.

anybody seen that? it was hilarious. too bad the rest of teh show with phelps sucked ass. i got bored and deleted it after the first 20 minutes, but fey and pohler as palin and hilary were genius.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Sleepless on September 15, 2008, 06:22:39 AM
The Fey as Palin clip is on Hulu. Very funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on September 15, 2008, 02:54:58 PM
Nothing quite nails the Sarah Palin issue quite as well as when the grand slam-or-bunt Daily Show addressed it:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/33335/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-sarah-palin-gender-card#x-4,vclip,1
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on October 18, 2008, 12:40:34 PM
Sarah Palin dropping by 'SNL' this weekend
John McCain's campaign confirms she'll make appearance
 
NEW YORK -- She's been parodied to great ratings effect on "Saturday Night Live," but now Sarah Palin is going to be a part of the fun herself.

The McCain campaign confirmed Friday that the GOP vice presidential candidate will appear on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, the Associated Press reported. There were no more details available, and NBC didn't respond to requests for comment.

Saturday's program will be hosted by Josh Brolin, who stars as President Bush in Oliver Stone's "W.," which opens Friday. There's no word whether Tina Fey will reprise her role as Palin, whom she has portrayed three times this season.

It isn't a complete surprise, as "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels earlier told the AP that the McCain campaign had contacted the show about Palin appearing in an upcoming "SNL."

NBC declined Friday to confirm that Palin would appear.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Tictacbk on November 12, 2008, 11:43:18 PM
don't know if theres a thread dedicated to how horrible mad tv is but...

MAD TV CANCELED
source:Variety

Fox is closing the book on "Mad TV" after 14 seasons.
Net confirmed Wednesday that the Saturday night sketch series, which had barely escaped cancellation in recent years, will end its run at the end of this season.

News comes soon after Fox announced plans to end the run of another long-running comedy franchise, "King of the Hill." But just as "King" may land a new home at ABC, the producers behind "Mad TV" are mulling ways to keep their show alive.

"There's been great interest in recent years," said exec producer David Salzman. "We've had a number of networks inquire as to whether the show was coming off Fox and saying that they'd be interested. We have not started to talk to them yet, but now is the time to begin those conversations. I think we have real prospects, but you never know, especially given the economy."

According to Salzman, production on "Mad TV," which received a shortened order this season, was set to wrap by December. The net decided to inform the show's producers of its decision now, rather than in May, in order to give them a chance to end the series with a bang.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: squints on November 13, 2008, 12:32:07 PM
Mad TV is horrible. I didn't ever realize how bad it was until they stopped showing SNL reruns during the day on Comedy Central and replaced it with Mad TV a few years ago. I thought the show was already canceled by now.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on November 13, 2008, 12:42:00 PM
it definitely had its moments back in the sasso/sullivan days.

but yeah. then it became unspeakably terrible.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on November 15, 2008, 02:33:03 AM
so what about these new bitches?  groundlings/ucb alum


whats the good word
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on November 15, 2008, 06:56:48 PM
so what about these new bitches?  groundlings/ucb alum


whats the good word

the redhead Abby Elliot is the 21 year old daughter of Chris Elliot.  :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: 72teeth on November 15, 2008, 07:22:31 PM
so what about these new bitches?  groundlings/ucb alum


whats the good word

the redhead Abby Elliot is the 21 year old daughter of Chris Elliot.  :yabbse-undecided:

 ":yabbse-undecided:"!? More like :yabbse-grin:! Get a Life anyone? Letterman anyone?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on November 15, 2008, 09:53:33 PM
She's alot prettier than her father.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on November 16, 2008, 02:00:13 AM
i knew that much. i told my friend "its chris elliot's daughter, and shes good looking" and he goes "how'd that happen?"
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on November 24, 2008, 01:11:10 AM
ah, whats this I hear? http://www.stereohyped.com/snl-to-hire-real-live-black-man-to-play-prez-20081121/


Wyatt is hysterical on Daily Show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: squints on November 24, 2008, 11:20:54 AM
Wyatt is hysterical on Daily Show.


Yes, but that is a terrible impression. My vote goes to Jordan Carlos. Either way, SNL still sucks.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 24, 2008, 02:43:14 PM
Man OH Man... i know Wyatt (kinda)... I hope he gets it!

mostly because he's insanely funny, but also because it would mean I have an SNL castmember's phone number.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 17, 2009, 01:06:58 AM
Oh, how I still -- and always will -- love this show.  Last week, Timberlake killed (Ciara's just a Beyonce wannabe; yawn).  And this, this, this was the best finale since Fallon left in '04.  This's kind of thing where you aren't quite sure what you saw but you knew it was something great (I have to get the context for that song to understand it better, but I always love seeing the whole cast performing together).  I've heard it's Hammond's last show.  Won't be the same without him.  Only weak part this week was the Mark sketch, but even it had its moments.  This new cast (except for Wiig) is really something else.  Don't know if it will eclipse the cast from, say, five years ago, but it's coming close.

As an overall season, it started slowly and finished incredibly strongly.  Same as last year: the spring stretch from when Fey came back to host all the way to the end was just perfect.  This year, same deal (Morgan, Timberlake, Ferrell, all classic eps), yet a little more condensed (the addition of more episodes was a problem; that, and too much Wiig).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 17, 2009, 01:13:51 AM
(I have to get the context for that song to understand it better, but I always love seeing the whole cast performing together)

it was Goodnight Saigon, about the vietnam war... did you know that already or were you wanting additional context for some reason..
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on May 17, 2009, 08:17:16 AM
and too much Wiig).

She's really terrible isn't she. I think my favorite episode this season (haven't seen em all tho) was Zac Effron's  :shock:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 17, 2009, 09:00:07 AM
it was Goodnight Saigon, about the vietnam war... did you know that already or were you wanting additional context for some reason..
I didn't know the song.  Is it featured in any movie?

And another thing about Ferrell.  One of the best things to come out of SNL, obviously, but this is a total about face from his 2005 episode with Queens of the Stone Age, which was terrible.  His monologue this time around wasn't as good as it could have been, but I'm glad they got all the other kinks out.

And yeah, Wiig is terrible.  Overused, overexposed.  Her Gilly sketch is a blight on the show, a waste of time, and I really can't believe the other cast member indulge it.  Target Girl can sometime be passable, but more often than not is just grating.  The only thing I really like of hers is when Jonas Hill has hosted both times, and she's done this duet with Will Forte about jars of beer, American flags, and babies riding space ships... or something.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on May 20, 2009, 11:58:59 PM
What?!? Wiig was the only reason to watch this show for the season and a half before the good second half of this season. She's easily the most talented member (with hader) on this abysmal cast (other than forte and armisen). That gilly sketch is one of the most absurdly hilarious things ever.

also, all the new members are terrible. Bobby Moynahan is the shittiest, and Casey Wilson is ugly as fuck.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: SiliasRuby on May 21, 2009, 02:07:41 AM
it was Goodnight Saigon, about the vietnam war... did you know that already or were you wanting additional context for some reason..
I didn't know the song.  Is it featured in any movie?


I don't think so but its one of billy joel's best songs.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 21, 2009, 09:50:49 PM
Thanks, Silias.

What?!? Wiig was the only reason to watch this show for the season and a half before the good second half of this season. She's easily the most talented member (with hader) on this abysmal cast (other than forte and armisen). That gilly sketch is one of the most absurdly hilarious things ever.

also, all the new members are terrible. Bobby Moynahan is the shittiest, and Casey Wilson is ugly as fuck.

Agree to disagree.  Casey Wilson's a goddess, Gilly's one-note and creepy (as is most of Wiig's stuff), and Moynahan's brilliant ('cept for that stupid Peppah! sketch).  That kid he plays to Hader's Italian talk show host is a revelation.  I can agree that Hader's great.  Elliot and Watson haven't found their footing yet, but soon will (though Watson may be too old to fit in unless she gets some good recurring impressions like Hammond).  Kenan Thompson has always been great (show's at a big loss when Finesse, a good comic foil, was cut).  You already said Forte and Armisen.  Show's at a loss without Poehler, and Meyers has been missed in sketches since taking over the desk.  It's such a big cast, I'm blanking on who I'm missing, but everyone at least has potential.

Not much else to talk about really, just looking forward to next season.  Can't explain how much fun I had rediscovering the show from the period, Fey, Juno chick, Hill, Adams, Walken, Kutcher, and Carrell (and, ew, LeBouf, too, sure) to end last season.  Those first five shows my faves.  Just so much brilliant stuff in there.  Sure, Wiig had a small part in it.  But most of it was an amalgamation of everything they do well popping at once.

I enjoy discussing it, but my views on the show are always so diametrically opposed to most people's here anyway.  SNL's the show that's cool to hate on, but everyone watches secretly when they have no plans on a Saturday night (myself included, but I'm grateful for torrents and DVR).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on May 21, 2009, 11:04:38 PM
Bobby Moynahan is the shittiest

because he didn't do a lot?

we'll see what you're saying next year.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on May 22, 2009, 10:29:40 PM
What?!? Wiig was the only reason to watch this show for the season and a half before the good second half of this season. She's easily the most talented member (with hader) on this abysmal cast (other than forte and armisen). That gilly sketch is one of the most absurdly hilarious things ever.

also, all the new members are terrible. Bobby Moynahan is the shittiest, and Casey Wilson is ugly as fuck.

Agree to disagree.  Casey Wilson's a goddess, Gilly's one-note and creepy (as is most of Wiig's stuff), and Moynahan's brilliant ('cept for that stupid Peppah! sketch).  That kid he plays to Hader's Italian talk show host is a revelation.  I can agree that Hader's great.  Elliot and Watson haven't found their footing yet, but soon will (though Watson may be too old to fit in unless she gets some good recurring impressions like Hammond).  Kenan Thompson has always been great (show's at a big loss when Finesse, a good comic foil, was cut).  You already said Forte and Armisen.  Show's at a loss without Poehler, and Meyers has been missed in sketches since taking over the desk.  It's such a big cast, I'm blanking on who I'm missing, but everyone at least has potential.

Not much else to talk about really, just looking forward to next season.  Can't explain how much fun I had rediscovering the show from the period, Fey, Juno chick, Hill, Adams, Walken, Kutcher, and Carrell (and, ew, LeBouf, too, sure) to end last season.  Those first five shows my faves.  Just so much brilliant stuff in there.  Sure, Wiig had a small part in it.  But most of it was an amalgamation of everything they do well popping at once.

I enjoy discussing it, but my views on the show are always so diametrically opposed to most people's here anyway.  SNL's the show that's cool to hate on, but everyone watches secretly when they have no plans on a Saturday night (myself included, but I'm grateful for torrents and DVR).
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Watkins has potential, you can tell she probably has some dramatic acting training and isn't someone who's there because she's just funny. I feel bad for abby elliot, she's so cute but keeps getting the least amount of lines in any sketches, probably because she cant get anything she writes herself on the show. The biggest thing she did was that angelina jolie impersonation, which was dead on, but went for (and overdid) the obvious baby jokes and was not funny. There's just something about casey wilson that puts me off i guess.
Bobby Moynahan is the shittiest

because he didn't do a lot?

we'll see what you're saying next year.

Didn't do alot? he was in way too many sketches and killed all of them. He's loud and obnoxious, but not in Farley kind of way, more of a jesus christ shut the fuck up, you're annoying kind of way. I can't see myself ever warming up to this guy. He's probably just going to get louder and more annoying as time goes on.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on July 08, 2009, 12:43:20 AM
'MacGruber' film eyes cast
Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer in negotiations to star
Source: Hollywood Reporter

"MacGruber," the recurring "Saturday Night Live" skit that parodies "MacGyver," is one step closer to going before cameras as a big-screen movie.

Ryan Phillippe is in negotiations to star in the feature, with Val Kilmer in negotiations to also join the Paramount and Relativity Media production. Will Forte and Kristen Wiig are reprising their roles from the skits.

Jorma Taccone, who created the character and directed most of the skits, is helming; "SNL" producer and creator Lorne Michaels is producing.

The "MacGruber" sketches starred Forte as MacGyver's son with Wiig as an assistant who always find themselves, along with that week's guest star, in a control room with a ticking bomb about to go off. MacGruber gets sidelined by personal issues, and the bomb goes off.

Forte and Taccone wrote the parodies with John Solomon. The trio wrote the feature script, which takes the story in a completely different direction from the skits yet remains strangely familiar: The legendary, much decorated MacGruber is pulled out of retirement as a monk in Ecuador by a colonel, who needs him once more to fight on behalf of his country. This time the mission involves going up against the evil Cunth, who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber's bride.

The movie version would see Phillippe playing Piper, an Army officer forced to pair up with a reluctant MacGruber. Kilmer would be Cunth.

The project has been an open secret around town, with Forte even talking about it on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" last month.

The film harkens back to an earlier era when comedies based on "SNL" skits were commonplace, especially in the wake of the massive success of 1992's "Wayne's World" and its sequel. The trend eventually faded, seemingly dovetailing with the relevancy of the show itself.

In recent years, late-night mainstay has regained popularity and critical acclaim; the ultimate boxoffice fate of "MacGruber" could foreshadow whether a new crop of "SNL" movies invades screens.

"MacGruber" movie is fast-tracked and at this stage looks like it could make it to the screen before a "MacGyver" movie, which is in development at New Line.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on July 08, 2009, 02:00:30 AM
at first i hated the idea this was becoming a movie, but now that i know jorma is writing and directing, any possible feelings of skepticism have been obliterated.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on July 08, 2009, 02:02:38 AM
That is almost exactly what I was about to say. I still have no idea how they plan to turn this into an actual movie, but I believe in Jorma Taccone.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on July 08, 2009, 08:10:17 AM
i know one bomb thats about to go off. 

zing.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ᾦɐļᵲʊʂ on July 13, 2009, 12:38:33 AM
YEAH YOUR FACE
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 08, 2009, 12:04:29 AM
'SNL' cuts two female cast members
Site says Michaela Watkins, Casey Wilson were let go
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- "Saturday Night Live" has cut a cast member just a day after word of two new hires became public.

Michaela Watkins' publicist confirmed Friday that Watkins' contract was not renewed by the sketch comedy show. NBC declined to comment.

The news was first reported by the Web site Comic's Comic. The site also reported that cast member Casey Wilson had been cut from the show. Wilson's manager and her agent didn't immediately return calls and e-mails for comment.

Watkins joined the program last fall as a featured cast member. Wilson joined "SNL" in 2008 after the Hollywood writers strike.

On Thursday, a person close to the show confirmed that comedians Jenny Slate and Nasim Pedrad have joined the show.

"SNL" premieres Sept. 26.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 08, 2009, 01:09:26 AM
It's about damn time they cut Casey Wilson loose, but Watkins was funny, and they were actually starting to use her fairly regularly by the end of the season.  I'm curious as to the reasoning behind that one.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 08, 2009, 01:52:24 AM
I'm of the opposite opinion on Wilson and Watkins.  Thought Wilson was great and Watkins never quite fit.  Shame, but moving on, though.  More interested in hearing about the new blood, as is always the case this time of year. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 08, 2009, 02:56:27 AM
according to Watkins, Lorne told her she deserved her own show instead.

i think Jenny Slate will be a huge breakthrough star.

the other great news is the hiring of Michael Patrick O'Brien, a longtime chicago improviser, as a writer. i think he'll stick around for a while. can't say the same for the other new writer, fellow chicagoan and stand-up Hannibal Buress.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on September 10, 2009, 01:19:07 AM
I heard that one girl got canned because she was fat.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 14, 2009, 01:56:35 PM
That's the rumor, yeah.  Shame of a double-standard.  Casey lampoons the idea. (http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/4b0a16ff71/casey-wilson-reads-internet-comments)

Some upcoming episode listings, from Wikipedia:

659    September 26, 2009    Megan Fox    U2
660    October 3, 2009    Ryan Reynolds    Lady Gaga
661    October 10, 2009    Drew Barrymore    Regina Spektor
662    October 17, 2009    Gerard Butler    Shakira
663    October 24, 2009    Ben Stiller    The Black Eyed Peas


No one I'm incredibly excited about seeing, but time will tell.

Oh, and this is Jenny and Nasim (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b142539_snl_recruits_fresh_female_hopefully.html).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on September 27, 2009, 04:58:20 PM
what an absolutely HORRENDOUS premiere. holy shit. that episode set the show back a few years.

that digital short was EASILY the WORST digital short EVER MADE without pause or exaggeration. it seemed like it was about a retarded guy and i kept waiting for it to explain itself but NEVER DID. it actually angered me.

the weird thing is weekend update thursday was still good. maybe it's hogging the better material?

my heart BROKE for that new cast member when she dropped the f-bomb. i didn't even realize it had happened until she made that face. wow..
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 27, 2009, 05:17:34 PM
my heart BROKE for that new cast member when she dropped the f-bomb. i didn't even realize it had happened until she made that face. wow..

Yeah, I'm hoping the show just takes its FCC fine and leaves it at that.  She doesn't deserve to take the fall for it.  It's not easy to say "fricking" in every sentence and not accidentally slip up.  I'm just hoping they use it as an excuse to never revisit that awful sketch again.

And yes, it was a very weak episode.  No memorable sketches, aggressively bad digital short... even U2 sounded awful, and they let them play three songs!  But Ryan Reynolds is hosting next time, and I believe in Ryan Reynolds.  We'll see.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on September 27, 2009, 05:35:00 PM
Megan Fox was terrrrible, worst than I even imagined she would be. Worst episode of SNL I've ever seen I think
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on September 27, 2009, 06:18:38 PM
now im kinda choked i missed it. anyone have a link to where i can watch it online (in canada)?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on September 30, 2009, 06:00:18 AM
anyone have a link to where i can watch it?

try your toilet.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on September 30, 2009, 07:16:00 PM
that digital short was EASILY the WORST digital short EVER MADE without pause or exaggeration. it seemed like it was about a retarded guy and i kept waiting for it to explain itself but NEVER DID. it actually angered me.

This seems like a dick thing to say, but I think you watched it wrong. 

I didn't love it or anything, but I applaud the shit out of it.  SNL doesn't do character pieces like that anymore.  Where it's not a person who says a stupid catch phrase over and over and doesn't have a dumb premise.  Just exploring a strange character.
It was like a really good improv scene done with a stupid character that wasn't super funny.

The rest that I saw sucked.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on October 01, 2009, 02:22:32 AM
I didn't love it or anything, but I applaud the shit out of it.  SNL doesn't do character pieces like that anymore.  Where it's not a person who says a stupid catch phrase over and over and doesn't have a dumb premise.  Just exploring a strange character.
It was like a really good improv scene done with a stupid character that wasn't super funny.

The rest that I saw sucked.
it's not a 'character piece' though. it's a bunch of random traits (swat team commander, raises lambs) and a retarded voice slapped together. it's just pure, awful randomness.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on October 05, 2009, 03:21:58 AM
i've been watching a lot of the old snl dvds lately. they were very smart. it used to be smart funny, now its retarded funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: OrHowILearnedTo on October 05, 2009, 12:03:25 PM
so i did find it online (the megan fox episode) and it was nowhere near as bad as you guys say it is. The digital short was so ridiculous and insane, it worked for me. Fox wasn't nearly annoying as usual. The Michael Phelps episode last year was way more embarrassing.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 12, 2009, 02:29:27 PM
This past episode, Drew Barrymore notwithstanding, was really a step above. The online college commercial, "Celebrity Ghost Stories" and Bill Hader's James Carville impression on Update were all spot-on. They tried to ruin it with a Gilly sketch that was somehow even worse than usual, but they made up for it with a lot of good.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on March 11, 2010, 07:09:29 PM
Betty White to host 'SNL' in May
Actress recently received SAG achievement award
Source: Hollywood Reporter
 
"Golden Girls" actress Betty White will host NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in her seven-decade career during May sweeps.

The six-time Emmy winner will take the stage live from New York on May 8.

"I can't think of a better way to spend Mother's Day weekend than with Betty White," said Lorne Michaels, creator of SNL.

White recently received the 2010 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award and appeared in the 2009 film "The Proposal."
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 08, 2010, 11:09:06 PM
Even for as big a fan as me, SNL hasn't been that great the past two years.  Bad hosts and musical guests half the time, lazy writing the other half (recycling sketches that don't need to be, mostly), and turning it into the Kristen Wiig show all contributed.  But tonight has been so great so far.  Betty White hosting, several female stars participating.  That monologue White did was already so warm and genuinely funny.  On to the MacGruber video with White as his grandma.  Things'll just get better too.

Season finale is next week, I think, with Alec Baldwin hosting to tie Steve Martin's record again.  Looking forward to that one.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on May 09, 2010, 12:03:11 AM
you know Kristen Wiig can't wait for all the other bitches to leave
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 09, 2010, 12:04:16 AM
Macgruber, Digital Short and the last sketch (Census Taker) were all great.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on May 09, 2010, 12:52:44 PM
Yeah the Macgruber skit was actually good last night. It figures, they gotta step their game up if anyones gonna see that F'in movie
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on May 11, 2010, 12:59:43 PM
Macgruber, Digital Short and the last sketch (Census Taker) were all great.

The Census taker was kind of cute, but also kind of annoying.  I don't like when they "remake" sketches, but since Fey wrote the original and the Census is back in action, I guess it less obnoxious.

The original is so much better though... one of the best SNL sketches in history.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on August 26, 2010, 02:53:56 PM
Will Forte Exits Saturday Night Live
Source: ComingSoon

The New York Times reports that Will Forte, who played such characters as MacGruber, Tim Calhoun and Jon Bovi, will not be returning for the 36th season of "Saturday Night Live" on NBC this fall:

"The departure was confirmed by two people with direct knowledge of the show's planning but who were not allowed to speak on the record because 'Saturday Night Live' has not officially announced details of its coming season. Representatives for Mr. Forte and for NBC's late-night entertainment division did not immediately comment, but one of the sources said the parting was amicable and at the choosing of Mr. Forte, who plans to pursue other projects."

Forte joined "SNL" in its 2002-2003 season. He also appeared in the film version of MacGruber earlier this year and has done guest appearances on "30 Rock," "The Cleveland Show" and ""American Dad!"
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: 72teeth on August 28, 2010, 02:55:24 PM
*dislike

although i feel like i haven't seen snl in 2years
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Bethie on August 29, 2010, 01:23:13 AM
anyone have a link to where i can watch it?

try your toilet.

i am sorry but this is perfect at the top of the page. it gets me every time.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on August 29, 2010, 01:49:50 AM
anyone have a link to where i can watch it?

try your toilet.

i am sorry but this is perfect at the top of the page. it gets me every time.

top of the page is the new old topic.

EDIT: (http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/7544/fuuuuck.jpg)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on August 30, 2010, 03:27:28 PM
Paul Brittain, Taran Killiam, and Vanessa Bayer Join SNL (http://www.thecomicscomic.com/2010/08/casting-news-paul-brittain-taran-killam-vanessa-bayer-look-set-to-join-snl-for-its-36th-season.html).  Meh.  I'm more interested in seeing what Pedrad will come up with and if Slate will stick around.  Abby Morgan Elliott (don't know WHAT I was thinking there) is okay, but I really doubt she's going anywhere either way.  Most bummed about Forte's exit.  Though he's been around awhile, it seemed premature, and as good as a cast member as he was, it was a shame he didn't get a better sendoff.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on August 30, 2010, 03:42:18 PM
Abby Morgan is okay, but I really doubt she's going anywhere either way.
Abby Elliott? She'll stick around (http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/08/18/fred-armisen-abby-elliott-new-couple/).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on August 30, 2010, 04:15:55 PM
Whoops.  Abby Morgan is the chick who drowned in Dawson's Creek.  Hah.  Even if Armisen annd Elliott are dating, that's no real reason for Lorne to keep her around.  It'd be on the strength of her impressions ('cause really, she didn't have a lot else going for her).
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on August 30, 2010, 04:52:01 PM
Abby Elliot is mostly good as one of the extra people in a sketch who has a couple lines but isn't the main focus. She's not good enough to draw attention to herself, but also doesn't do anything bad enough to hurt anything. As opposed to Jenny Slate and Bobby Moynihan, who are occasionally quite funny, but just as often distractingly obnoxious.

Nasim Pedrad is a keeper, though. She's one they can actually build off of.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 02, 2010, 07:54:17 PM
BREAKING NEWS!  ACTUAL BLACK CAST MEMBER (possibly)! (http://www.thecomicscomic.com/2010/09/more-saturday-night-live-news-snl-eyes-a-fourth-new-hire-to-the-featured-cast-meet-jay-pharoah.html)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on September 05, 2010, 11:01:51 PM
BREAKING NEWS!  ACTUAL BLACK CAST MEMBER (possibly)! (http://www.thecomicscomic.com/2010/09/more-saturday-night-live-news-snl-eyes-a-fourth-new-hire-to-the-featured-cast-meet-jay-pharoah.html)

wow those are really good impressions.

i was gonna post this one he does of obama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkZgHjmBlvE) but those (denzel/will, charie/eddie murphy) are pretty great.

i thought Cine would be the next black cast member. :yabbse-undecided:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on September 06, 2010, 12:27:21 AM
AMAZING KATT WILLIAMS IMPRESSION.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on September 13, 2010, 01:43:34 AM
i thought Cine would be the next black cast member. :yabbse-undecided:

haha my friend was really banking on the idea that he could get on the show. he had moved to Chicago to perform/teach with IO (where the new members Brittain and Bayer are from). now he can basically bet his life savings that he'll never be hired to SNL ever. Jay Pharoah is 22 and my friend is almost 28. no chance.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 18, 2010, 12:16:47 AM
Quite an opening lineup they've got this year, especially compared to last year:

Sep. 25 Amy Poehler / Katy Perry
Oct. 2 Bryan Cranston
Oct. 9 Jane Lynch
Oct. 23 Emma Stone
Oct. 30 Jon Hamm

Pretty sure that's right.  Whee.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on September 18, 2010, 12:20:32 AM
Five actually funny people in a row?  Has that ever happened before?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on September 18, 2010, 01:10:52 AM
I'm definitely DVRing (and then fast-forwarding through 90% of) these episodes.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 19, 2010, 02:36:02 PM
If anyone hasn't read this NYMag article from 1995, you should.  It's FASCINATING.

http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/47548/
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on October 19, 2010, 03:44:59 PM
If anyone hasn't read this NYMag article from 1995, you should.  It's FASCINATING.

http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/47548/

I'm in the middle of reading this.  I can see why you capitalized "fascinating."  I don't see how good comedy could ever come out of such an atmosphere.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Tictacbk on October 19, 2010, 04:32:18 PM
If anyone hasn't read this NYMag article from 1995, you should.  It's FASCINATING.

http://nymag.com/arts/tv/features/47548/

It is fascinating, but 90% of the quotes in that article lack an actual name being attached to them.  Its all "says ex-cast member" or "a close friend to Jim" or "A former key writer who stays in close touch with the politics of SNL" or even "a young comedian who rejected an offer to join Saturday Night Live."  At first I was willing to let them get away with a few of those, but at a certain point it became absurd.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on October 19, 2010, 06:04:31 PM
That article was great though. Makes you realize hard-hitting entertainment news is rare nowadays. Nice find.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 20, 2010, 11:50:28 AM
yeah I like the gossipy salaciousness of it all.
though he constantly backed the wrong horses and history had proven him wrong.  those 22 year olds went on to make that show pretty legendary in the 90s.  he laments the show's new writing process without really understanding what the old ones was like, past golden-age nostalgia, and seemed like he wasn't funny enough as a person to understand how to write jokes and how laborious comedy can be sometimes - instead he immediately dismisses all labor as signs of trouble, and writes disparaging remarks for sandler and his clan.
now, there are legitimate critiques to that type of humor, to that awful year of snl, and all of that, but this reporter didn't catch it.  he did, however, get a few comics to open up to him and talk shit about each other.
live from new york was a little more sanitized, but provided much greater insight.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on October 21, 2010, 01:53:42 PM
i found it interesting, too.

one thing it made me wonder - what do they do in the two weeks between a live show - rerun aired - new live show, like this coming Saturday?

also, does anyone know the fate of people they talked about - the head writer in particular?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 21, 2010, 02:59:49 PM
I know Jim Downey quit when Norm MacDonald was fired, but I think he came back a few years later, and as far as I know he's still with the show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 21, 2010, 03:10:41 PM
Pretty sure the show schedule remains the same so when there's a rerun they have that week off. 
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 25, 2010, 05:29:23 PM
Finally watched this past weekend's SNL.  Big improvement over the rest of the season so far.  Emma Stone hosting well, Kings of Leon playing good music, lots of Nasim Pedrad, Brett Favre's No-Fly Jeans, more John fucking Mulaney on Update  :yabbse-thumbup: ... I left happy.  I'd like to say I hope they can keep the momentum going next week with Jon Hamm, but let's be real; they can't do two good episodes in a row.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 25, 2010, 06:07:47 PM
It's funny you say that, 'cause in other circles, this episode has been considered a letdown.  As for me, I fell somewhere in between.  Emma Stone, like Bryan Cranston, was very underused, and there were too many recurring sketches (the Dream Home being the most egregious, being a direct ripoff of a sketch from the '07 Brian Williams episode).  Kings of Leon are so blah (for me).  I loved the digital short, Les Jeunes de Paris, and My Brother Knows Everything.  And like you polka, I'm a big fan of Nasim now.  Waiting for her to shove Wiig aside.

None of the episodes this year have gotten me incredibly excited.  Poehler's was great, but part of that was the cameos, and the excitement over it being back.  Cranston was underused (no Breaking Bad parody, either -- really?!).  Jane Lynch's was good -- the one I found myself watching the most, despite the horrid Glee parody, sullied by Gilly.

Right now, I'm reveling in the mastication of old(er), more scrumptious episodes of SNL that VH1 is playing.  I've never loved my DVR more.  The Ben Affleck/Fiona Apple episode did air, and Affleck was great in his first appearance, complete with Paltrow coming up on stage and giving him shit.  Fiona performed Limp (I'd only sparsely seen her perform live, and seeing how small she is, and her convulsive dancing, was something else).  "SNL Fanatic" did not make the cut in this hour-long edition.  So many other classic shows from that era.  Just saw Ricci/Beck, and am now watching Rob Lowe/Eminem (w/Dido).

Since when did John Mulaney deserve a "fucking" modifier?  :)  I mean, I like him just as much as the next guy, but he seems to have come out of nowhere (and impressed, yes).  Here's hoping he shows Seth the hook soon.  I have liked Seth ever since he first came on the show, but WU's gotten so dull without him having Amy to pingpong with.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 25, 2010, 06:27:09 PM
The writing has been especially weak this season.  There are a lot of talented performers but they're not given much to do.  

Nasim is ready to breakout but this new character is too similar to her "my dad is the best" girl.

It may be time for Kristen Wiig to leave the show.  Her re-occuring characters are starting to run together and they are all annoying.  Sad face.

And can I just say how fucking sick to death I am of the game show/talk show format.  I would rather an ambitious failure like French dancing any day of the week rather than suffer through another lazy reoccuring character or fake show.  Can sketches ever be situational anymore without having to reference some celebrity?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 25, 2010, 06:28:41 PM
Mulaney's been doing brilliant standup for a while now. The more they use him on the show, the better.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on October 26, 2010, 10:11:36 AM
what do you think of What's Up With That?

our cable channel pans and scans, so i think half of the background dancing people are always cut off. it didn't used to be that way. Weekend Update sucks when there are 3 people - you'll see half of the people on both sides.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 26, 2010, 01:41:02 PM
http://www.wkamaubell.com/archives/1240

my friend's blog.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 26, 2010, 01:54:45 PM
Your friend seems like kind of a dick.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on October 26, 2010, 03:10:12 PM
sometimes you're witty, other times your condescension's just a total bummer.
though I can't debate with your points from the article 'cause I don't watch that show anymore.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on October 26, 2010, 03:16:02 PM
sometimes you're witty, other times your condescension's just a total bummer.

That pretty much sums up my view of his blog post.  I'm sure he's a perfectly nice guy, but his whole premise is based on the notion that if you don't dislike the same things he dislikes, or interpret them in the same way as he did, you're wrong and have bad taste.  It left a bad impression on me.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 26, 2010, 03:24:28 PM
Nice dismount!

Your friend, while not a dick, seems fairly ignorant, not just re: his comments on What Up With That?, but his take on who's relevant at SNL anyway.

What Up With That?, in its first installment, was a breath of fresh air, a celebration of pop culture, and one of SNL's finest new endeavors in a while.  I admit that they are running it into the ground with its current incarnations (though the back-to-school edition did help to change things up a tiny bit).  It was a teeny bit derivative of "Fly High, Duluth," a sketch from an earlier Scarlett Johansson episode, but its things like this that keep SNL innovative.  Nowhere in the title of the show does it say comedy.  It was originally a variety show that used to sport multiple musical guests, unfunny short films by Albert Brooks, and even guest appearances by "felt" (the Muppets).  Funny is important, yes. But entertaining, invigorating?  Those two qualities are much more important.  Les Jeunes de Paris wasn't a failure.  It injected life into a show that's needed a kick, and has rightfully flown over the heads of those too cynical to get it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on October 26, 2010, 05:42:59 PM
I like W. Kamaul Bell... he's got a really good personality and is a funny dude whenever he shows up on the many podcasts I listen to.  He's smart and doesn't seem at all like a dick. 
Polka, I think maybe you didn't read the whole thing.  He even comes out and says there's nothing wrong with you if you laughed at it.  He's just stating an opinion about SNL.

I think he's about half right in that blog post.  I think he just went about it the wrong way. 
"What's Up With That" knows exactly what it is and it's still pretty funny (I still laugh at it, though less and less each time) and to me isn't a good example of what he's talking about.

Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on October 26, 2010, 06:16:25 PM
It's like, yes, the show underuses black comedians.  But that's not the reason the show is not funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: abuck1220 on October 28, 2010, 08:47:31 AM
if that guy really thinks morgan freeman was uncomfortable during that sketch, it's kinda hard for me to take anything he says seriously.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on November 18, 2010, 09:46:53 PM
Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd to Host 'SNL' in December
Source: THR

Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, Paul McCartney and Eminem also slated to appear on the live sketch comedy show.
Robert De Niro, Paul Rudd and Jeff Bridges are set to host Saturday Night Live in December, NBC announced Thursday.

De Niro, who can next be seen in Little Fockers (out Dec. 22), leads off the month on Dec. 4 with musical guest Diddy-Dirty Money. This would mark the Oscar winner's third time as host. Diddy-Dirty Money is Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' latest musical project.

Rudd returns as host the following week with musician Paul McCartney, who has appeared on the show twice before. Rudd will be promoting his latest project, How Do You Know (in theaters Dec. 17), co-starring Jack Nicholson and Reese Witherspoon.

Bridges returns to lead the show Dec. 18. He next stars in Tron: Legacy alongside Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund, which opens the day before. Eminem is scheduled to perform "No Love" from the album Recovery with Lil Wayne.

Love and Other Drugs star Anne Hathaway hosts SNL on Nov. 20.

Previous hosts this season include: Scarlett Johansson, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, Amy Poehler, Bryan Cranston and Emma Stone.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: jerome on November 19, 2010, 06:32:49 AM
can't wait to hear de niro say "ladies and gentlemen, diddy-dirty money!"
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on November 22, 2010, 06:51:09 AM
i can't wait to see de niro be awkwardly disappointed in himself for a whole hour.

YET AGAIN......
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on November 22, 2010, 10:41:13 AM
God, De Niro was the worst host ever. Worse than Michael Phelps. I'm amazed they're bringing him back.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 24, 2010, 03:56:40 AM
If Cookie Monster hosted SNL... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PkQRh3QXA)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on December 18, 2010, 04:15:31 PM
Jim Carrey to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in January
Source: THR

Jim Carrey will ring in the New Year on Saturday Night Live, the network announced Friday.

The I Love You Philip Morris star hosts the Jan. 8 episode and will be joined by musical guest The Black Keys, who will be making its first appearance.

Carrey last hosted SNL in 1996.

Jeff Bridges, who stars in Tron: Legacy and True Grit, closes out the year on SNL this weekend with musical guest Eminem.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 09, 2011, 12:30:32 PM
Jim Carrey to Host 'Saturday Night Live' in January

Every episode should be this episode.  Yes, some of the sketches were half-baked but it was funny and they were trying new things.  LOTS of new things!  Jim Carrey is great obviously and saved some of the weaker writing with great performances.  

The reason, for me, SNL isn't very good most of the time is that it feels SO lazy.  On an average episode every sketch involves either:

1. a reoccuring character.  (which is basically the same skit over and over)
2. a celebrity impression.  (usually a lot of them, usually random. and I'm not talking about the political sketches, I'm talking about "oh look, its Eddie Murphy" for no reason, for 15 seconds)

I'm more interested in the weird sketches that are actually sketches, where you're not sure where they're going.  Where you can actually be surprised by the outcome because it's not the same joke over and over.  And in this episode, more than any episode in recent memory, was full of them!  The only reoccuring sketch was Kenan's Grady Wilson and everything else was new and weird and good.  The non-political celebrity impressions were limited to Jim Carrey in the seance sketch which was good because it was ACTUALLY A PART OF WHAT MADE THE SKETCH FUNNY.  So, good job SNL.  I will prepare to be let down from here on out.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on January 09, 2011, 12:55:41 PM
The seance sketch would a good concept that would have been forgettable if not for the contributions of Jason Sudeikis.  "NOBODY DOES A THICKE!"

Jim Carrey always brings solid game to the show, if not quite as revelatory as this era's top three, Alec Baldwin, Jon Hamm, and Justin Timberlake.  Still, I'd rather he be hosting SNL than making more movies.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 09, 2011, 01:08:54 PM
I think he's better than those 3 because he has such range and mostly because he forced the writers into coming up with some new ideas.  The only reason he's not in the category with those 3 is because he hasn't hosted in 9 years.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on January 09, 2011, 01:11:36 PM
I disagree about the range.  Every character Jim Carrey plays, he plays Jim Carrey playing a character.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cine on January 11, 2011, 12:56:14 AM
The reason, for me, SNL isn't very good most of the time is that it feels SO lazy.  On an average episode every sketch involves either:

1. a reoccuring character.  (which is basically the same skit over and over)
2. a celebrity impression.  (usually a lot of them, usually random. and I'm not talking about the political sketches, I'm talking about "oh look, its Eddie Murphy" for no reason, for 15 seconds)

I'm more interested in the weird sketches that are actually sketches, where you're not sure where they're going.  Where you can actually be surprised by the outcome because it's not the same joke over and over.  And in this episode, more than any episode in recent memory, was full of them!  The only reoccuring sketch was Kenan's Grady Wilson and everything else was new and weird and good.  The non-political celebrity impressions were limited to Jim Carrey in the seance sketch which was good because it was ACTUALLY A PART OF WHAT MADE THE SKETCH FUNNY.  So, good job SNL.  I will prepare to be let down from here on out.


i'll chime in, as if that wasn't predictable.

the whole point of SNL is reoccurring characters and celeb impressions. so when you watch alumni auditions on youtube or dvd, this is why thats all you see. if you find that lazy of them, you've missed the entire premise of the SNL as a whole.

the reason they'll do a lot more creative stuff with the smarter, more versatile actors is because the cast and writers trust they can do the material. in addition to that, the hosts have influence over the content chosen and that's just what they favour as well when selecting the sketches with Lorne.

case in point: the merryville brothers sketch. you think the part Jim Carrey played could've been done by nascar driver Jeff Gordon? probably not, right? that's why they will have reoccurring characters. they're used as recognition for the audience but it's also so that a guest can be the foil for the characters that are well established on the show already.

i'm just defending the structure of the show. i'm not saying every sketch is funny by any means. i can be bored by a lot of it too. its built purposely to provide a little something for every kind of audience member. and its been that way for 36 years.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Ravi on January 11, 2011, 11:55:15 AM
Every episode should be this episode.  Yes, some of the sketches were half-baked but it was funny and they were trying new things.  LOTS of new things!  Jim Carrey is great obviously and saved some of the weaker writing with great performances.  

The reason, for me, SNL isn't very good most of the time is that it feels SO lazy.  On an average episode every sketch involves either:

1. a reoccuring character.  (which is basically the same skit over and over)
2. a celebrity impression.  (usually a lot of them, usually random. and I'm not talking about the political sketches, I'm talking about "oh look, its Eddie Murphy" for no reason, for 15 seconds)

I don't mind the celebrity impersonations when they are put to good use (like the Unstoppable parody), but its so lazy to just take some random celebrity and give them a talk show in which they act like an idiot in front of bewildered guests.

Recurring characters can be funny as long as the "character" doesn't only consist of some weird trait repeated over and over.  There needs to be something more to a recurring character than the fact that she has to one-up everything people say.  Some shows have used recurring characters with each iteration being different enough that it didn't feel like the same sketches over and over again.

Cine, for me the recurring sketches and celebrity impressions (besides the writing overall) are not conducive to watching every week.  For a little while, after not watching SNL for years, I DVR'd the show and fast-forward through 80% of episodes, which got depressing, so now I just DVR certain eps with certain guest hosts.  I also watch a lot of the digital shorts online.

The current cast is one the better ones they've had in a while, so I believe if they were allowed to write at their full potential, they'd produce a better show than they do now, even with the pressure to put on an hour of comedy every week.  Instead, the show feels dumbed down to some nebulous notion of "mass appeal," as if a funny show couldn't be popular as well.

I will say, however, that the Macgruber movie was undeniably hilarious.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on January 11, 2011, 01:03:11 PM
Agree on all counts.  Think the cast is great but the writing is not-so-much.  This weeks episode was great though.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on January 30, 2011, 01:34:41 PM
Jesse Eisenberg meets the real Mark Zuckerberg who's the worst actor and least funniest person in the world. But he has like 10 billion dollars, so who gives a shit?

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/jesse-eisenberg-monologue/1279517/
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on January 30, 2011, 01:46:55 PM
AWKBERRRRGGG
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pubrick on January 31, 2011, 03:40:31 AM
recurring

thank you.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on March 06, 2011, 01:02:56 PM
last night was a good show. I mean, it wasn't insaaaanely funny or anything but Miley, The Strokes and the entire cast were all on it. That Bobby Moynihan cracks me up.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on March 08, 2011, 02:51:55 PM
last night was a good show. I mean, it wasn't insaaaanely funny or anything but Miley, The Stroke and the entire cast were all on it. That Bobby Moynihan cracks me up.

No way!  Miley can't handle jokes... she absolutely ruined sketches that were actually well-written.  I can stand it when a guest stinks, but doesn't really get in the way of the funny, but she actually ruined sketches.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on March 08, 2011, 05:20:06 PM
Whaaaaaaat? I think she is talented. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Miley Cyrus enthusiast, but she just breezed through this, no problem. I'm not saying she was funny, but the skits weren't either. I guess this kinda stuff comes easy to her. Or maybe since I saw her smoke that bong down I just wanna bang Miley Cyrus?  :ponder:
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on March 08, 2011, 06:16:59 PM
This was one of the stronger episodes of the season.  Helped that they had a lot of good material to work with, and Miley was game for everything they threw at her (her Bieber impression was especially amusing).  Weekend Update was especially good, too, even aside from the Sheen material.  I'm one who wishes Seth would have someone to play off of, and have grown a bit tired of him doing it on his own, but he was on fire this week.  Miley falls into that category of young pop stars who have unexpectedly produced good shows, including Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, and Blake Lively.   Good company.  Timberlake's first appearance changed my opinion of him in one fell swoop, and he's come to be one of SNL's go-to hosts.  Taylor Swift has that potential, and so does Cyrus.  Good to see a new installment of Les Jeunes des Paris, too. Here's a bit about where Taran got the ideas: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/browbeat/archive/2011/03/07/the-secret-history-of-saturday-night-live-s-french-people-dancing-sketch.aspx
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on March 09, 2011, 08:40:46 AM
that Les Jeunes des Paris sketch was the main reason I loved the show. It was so irreverent, finally they weren't trying to jam funny down our throats and you can just sit back and watch a cool, well choreographed scene, and the girls were fucking hot in it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: cinemanarchist on March 09, 2011, 10:00:28 AM
that Les Jeunes des Paris sketch was the main reason I loved the show. It was so irreverent, finally they weren't trying to jam funny down our throats and you can just sit back and watch a cool, well choreographed scene, and the girls were fucking hot in it.

That is one sketch I never thought they'd do again, mainly because it was pretty weird the first time, but I guess we must not have been the only people to get a kick out of it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: jerome on March 09, 2011, 10:21:26 AM
yep this was a nice surprise. i'm glad to hear it was killam's idea too, he's my favorite new recruit and he's been on fire lately.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on March 09, 2011, 10:58:33 AM
It was good, SNL must move away from fake talk shows and more into modern absurd humor. Or just stop doing 99% topical jokes
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on March 09, 2011, 12:46:11 PM
It was good, SNL must move away from fake talk shows and more into modern absurd humor. Or just stop doing 99% topical jokes

This will never happen.  Otherwise it wouldn't be SNL.

Still... this cast is on fire.  Miley was fucking it up.  She was just a wall.  She only gets in the way of funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on March 09, 2011, 02:57:06 PM
Yeah, Miley's not so good.  For someone who's been performing for so long, she's incredibly awkward in front of an audience.

But next week Zach Galiafanakis is back to save the day.  I just rewatched his episode from last year, and it's still minute for minute one of the best episodes SNL has ever put together.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on March 09, 2011, 05:38:58 PM
Yeah, even the promos are creative and funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on May 16, 2011, 12:15:14 AM
Live action Ambiguously Gay Duo was better than I ever imagined it, when I imagined it.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Stefen on May 22, 2011, 01:09:28 AM
Is it safe to anoint Timberlake the best SNL host out of the current generation of good SNL hosts? He killed again. Just like he does every time he hosts.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 22, 2011, 01:18:19 AM
Well, if not him then Hamm or Fey.  Yeah, he was pretty great tonight.  My only beefs with the finale were the number of recurring sketches and that we didn't get much indication if anyone would be leaving.

Two-word best sketch summary?  "Helicopter dick!"
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: picolas on May 22, 2011, 02:39:58 PM
yeah he was really good hosting the same episode he's been hosting since his first episode. i enjoyed it but i hate the fact that they aren't giving him anything new to do despite the fact that he's the perfect host. it's such a waste. borderline cowardly at this point.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on May 22, 2011, 02:59:03 PM
does anyone think the sketch of the gameshow where you're not supposed to say the word is funny?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: modage on May 22, 2011, 04:18:49 PM
yeah he was really good hosting the same episode he's been hosting since his first episode. i enjoyed it but i hate the fact that they aren't giving him anything new to do despite the fact that he's the perfect host. it's such a waste. borderline cowardly at this point.

Exactly. The amount of reoccuring sketches (all?) was really lazy. He's capable of so much more.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: PrivateJoker on May 26, 2011, 03:04:35 PM
Lady Gaga should totally host next year. I didn't start watching until the game show skit where they have to name a person they've met/slept with. For the longest time I wasn't sure if it was her or a spot on impression. I hadn't heard she was the musical guest so I was right to not be sure.  Turns out it was her. I then went back and watched the beginning with the music video. She's pretty funny.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 26, 2011, 03:15:49 PM
Agreed.  I read on another message board and plans to have her do double duty next year are already in the works.  Forget the source, no word on how legit it is.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on August 12, 2011, 05:42:43 PM
Radiohead To Open 37th Season of 'Saturday Night Live'The band will kick of the late-night show with host Alec Baldwin.
Source: THR

Radiohead will make their second appearance on Saturday Night Live to open the show’s 37th season.

The premiere episode, which will air on September 24, will feature Alec Bladwin as the host, as previously announced. It will be his 16th appearance on the show. Baldwin has won three Golden Globe Awards, two Emmy Awards, and five SAG Awards for his role on NBC’s 30 Rock.

Baldwin previously hosted the 35th season finale with musical guest Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, which aired May 15, 2010.

The Grammy Award winning band Radiohead recently released their latest album, The King Of Limbs.

The new episode airing on October 1 will be hosted by Mike and Molly actress Melissa McCarthy, with musical guest Lady Antebellum. This will be Lady Antebellum’s first appearance on the show. Their third album, Own The Night, is scheduled for release September 13.

“Mark your calendars, Lady Aer's!” tweeted the trio after the announcement of their appearance on SNL.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 14, 2011, 09:08:54 PM
Abby Elliot and Sarah Schneider Sing About Balls (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/balls-abby-elliot-and-sarah-schneider-sing-about)  ...okay.

The opener with Baldwin was pretty good, but the last two episodes were... not.  Doesn't help if you don't like McCarthy's brand of humor, but I expected more from Stiller.  Shouldn't have.  I didn't pay as much attention to the Stiller ep, though.  There were points where tuning out was easy which is never a good sign.  And I'm so burned out on Meyers as anchor.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on October 24, 2011, 07:56:44 PM
Some interesting hosts and musical guests coming up.

November 5: Charlie Day/Maroon 5
November 12: Emma Stone/Coldplay
November 19: Jason Segel/Florence + The Machine

Also, Jimmy Fallon to host in December as predicted some 11 years ago.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on October 31, 2011, 02:15:50 PM
Charlie Day and Jason Segel have me excited.

The Anna Faris episode was shameful. I did not have a single laugh. Worst episode in years. Everything is tired in this show. Manuel Ortiz skit was only partly kinda almost fun because of the Hader reaction shots. That's it. The GOP skit was just painful to watch.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Neil on November 01, 2011, 11:12:42 AM
I just want to know where the socially conscious, or politically conscious writers are.

I watched the episode with ben stiller, and there are still pretty girl fart jokes going on.  Sad sad stuff.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Reelist on November 03, 2011, 12:58:17 AM
These are Colin Quinn Tweets, I don't know how to make them look like real tweets:

iamcolinquinn
Anybody see Will Ferrell at Mark Twain awards last night? Great for him I guess.

iamcolinquinn
Not bitter but just....whatever, dude. Good for him.

iamcolinquinn
No, I'm happy for Will....we never really got along at SNL because he took so many of my ideas, but..

iamcolinquinn
Will was into a lot of bad drug stuff and I don't know if he still is. Actually, not true I happen to know he still is very much so.

iamcolinquinn
The years I was at SNL Lorne was really kind of messed up over various things and I was the shot caller. And that's real.

iamcolinquinn
Feel bad about the Will Ferrell comments. I'll never mention him again if he pays me my residuals for the WHOLE ANCHORMAN CONCEPT!

iamcolinquinn
If success is measured in awards and that jazz, I guess it's true, I'm not where I want to be. ( still hoping lol ) but it is what it is.

finally after a media shitstorm, this:

iamcolinquinn
To all media etc.. Will Ferrell was not on drugs at snl! I never even saw him smoke a joint! Is this what it's come to???

iamcolinquinn
Yesterday was a publicity maneuver so I can raise my profile and possibly get some sitcom work. And I think it's going to pay off!



Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: squints on November 03, 2011, 10:06:31 AM
Thats pretty funny.

I've always found colin quinn unbearable.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 03, 2011, 10:16:45 AM
You know those are jokes, right? 
He does that sort of thing a lot.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on November 04, 2011, 10:26:14 AM
You know those are jokes, right? 
He does that sort of thing a lot.

That does seem like the sort of thing that Colin Quinn would mistake for comedy.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: Pas on November 04, 2011, 06:44:57 PM
Hahahaha yes indeed

They put all the SNL of the 2000s on netflix (canada) now. I watched a couple Of 2001 and it was not that funny but much funnier than now really. At least it looked like they were trying to come up with something. Much lazier now.

Maybe lorne is done. Will this show live on after him?
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 05, 2011, 09:06:50 PM
Today Show goes Behind the Scenes of SNL (http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/45173809#45173809)
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on January 12, 2012, 08:39:47 PM
January 14, 2012 - Daniel Radcliffe / Lana Del Rey    
February 4, 2012 - Channing Tatum / Bon Iver
February 11, 2012 - Zooey Deschanel / Karmin

I feel like the rest of the world is about nine years late in discovering Zooey.  She's been a slow simmer, at the very least.  Could not care less about Tatum.  Yawn.

Recently: The Fallon episode about a month ago was one of the greater episodes of recent memory, not only for its nostalgia factor (which went a long way towards cementing how potent that era was), but it went to reiterate how energetic and enthusiastic a performer Fallon is.  The show is harder to watch now, not the same as it was in that golden age, but that's a familiar refrain anyway.

Was really surprised to see Barkley host a third time, but he has a good sense of humor, lending to sketches they'd be harder pressed to do otherwise.  The NBA on TNT sketch was quite amusing for that reason, what with Barkley aping Shaq and Kenan doing his hilarious Barkley.  Cold opening lampooning Santorum was teethless.  It's painful and boring watching SNL do political stuff these days, when they so easily miss the mark.  Wiig was annoying as always, even in that pretaped commercial.  Missed some of the back end of the show; DVR cut out.  Look forward to seeing what Radcliffe can do.  If he's as energetic as Gordon-Levitt, it'll be a good show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on February 08, 2012, 06:47:05 PM
Maya Rudolph to Host 'Saturday Night Live'
Sleigh Bells is set as the musical guest for the Feb. 18 episode.
Source: THR

Former Saturday Night Live regular Maya Rudolph is heading back to Studio 8H, this time to host.

Currently starring on NBC comedy Up All Night, Rudolph will lead the Feb. 18 episode with musical guest Sleigh Bells. This marks her first time hosting the live late-night sketch comedy show since she left in 2007.

The Brooklyn-based duo Sleigh Bells will make their network TV debut on SNL. Their new album, Reign of Terror, is set for release Feb. 21. They came on to the scene with 2010's Treats.

Rudolph was last seen in the Universal big-screen comedy Bridesmaids, which earned two Academy Award nominations. She follows in the footsteps of SNL alum Jimmy Fallon, who returned to his old stomping grounds in December as host.

SNL is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
Hosting this weekend for the first time is New Girl star Zooey Deschanel with musical guest Bon Iver.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 08, 2012, 09:41:03 PM
I thought this would be Mac posting about how Paul Brittain got axed.  Paul Brittain got axed, a la Jeff Richards.  He had some good moments.  If I had it my way, they'd've axed Jay Pharoah.  A one-note impressionist does not make a good cast member.  Unless you're Darrell Hammond, and he hit every note anyway.

Yay for Maya.  Thanks, Mac.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: tpfkabi on February 08, 2012, 10:56:35 PM
Musical guest with Zooey is Karmin (no idea).

When I saw Bon Iver I knew he had already been on, so I was trying to picture Zooey on SNL and it hurt my brain.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on February 09, 2012, 12:47:32 AM
That second sentence made no sense.  That was Bon Iver's first SNL appearance.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on February 19, 2012, 05:38:40 PM
Lindsay Lohan Set to Host SNL
The actress does not have any upcoming film projects to promote, but she is scheduled to join the cast of "Saturday Night Live" for her fourth time on March 3.
Source: THR

While she doesn't have any film, TV, or music projects to promote, Lindsay Lohan will be hosting the next episode of Saturday Night Live, two weeks from now on March 3.

"SNL! I love @NBC !!!!!!!!!!!!!" Lohan tweeted after the NBC show revealed in an on-air promo and Twitter posting that she would host its March 3 episode. She also changed her Twitter profile picture to the show's promo ad.

"That's right: March 3rd, @lindsaylohan with musical guest Jack White!! See you then! #SNL #March3rd," the show tweeted.

This will be Lohan's first time back on the sketch comedy show since 2006, but the actress hosted a total of three times in the mid-2000s. At the time, Tina Fey was head writer for SNL, and she seemed to support Lohan after co-starring with her in 2004's Mean Girls.

Lohan has maintained a good relationship with the show throughout her career, and has also publicly referred to show executive producer Lorne Michaels as a mentor and father figure. Yet, nearly a year ago, Lohan sent Michaels a letter stating she was upset by the show repeatedly taking digs at her expense. That Saturday night's show was hosted by Miley Cyrus. Cyrus, who herself had been in the tabloids lately for wearing a revealing outfit and smoking salvia, poked fun at Lohan during a song.

"I never stole a necklace or got a DUI / Never cheated on my wife like that golfer guy / So what if you can see a little boob from the side? / I'm sorry that I'm not perfect," Cyrus sang during her opening monologue.

Lohan is set to finish her community service assignment after pleading guilty in May to stealing a necklace from a Venice, California, jewelry store. She served five weeks of home confinement over the summer for that misdemeanor theft and violation of another probation. Lohan predicted she would finish her community service and counseling requirements well ahead of the March 29 deadline set by Judge Stephanie Sautner, who is overseeing her case, CNN reports.

"I've done all my days," Lohan said, referring to the shifts she must work at the Los Angeles County morgue each month. If so, next Wednesday's monthly appearance before Sautner should be as short and positive as the past two months have been for Lohan.

While all seems to be positive lately for the actress in her personal life, her career has been mostly on hold while she rebuilds herself. The most recent work Lohan has had was a nude spread in Playboy magazine in December, for which THR reported she was paid nearly $1 million.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on August 29, 2012, 05:10:40 PM
'SNL' Unveils Hosts, Musical Guests for Three Episodes of New Season
Seth MacFarlane and Frank Ocean

BY ROLLING STONE

Saturday Night Live has unveiled the hosts and musical guests for three episodes of its upcoming 38th season. Family Guy creator and Ted mastermind Seth MacFarlane will host the season premiere on September 15th with Frank Ocean as the musical guest. Joseph Gordon-Levitt will host the September 22nd episode with Mumford & Sons as musical guests, and the show will take a British turn on October 6th with Daniel Craig as host and Muse as musical guests. The episodes will be MacFarlane's first as host and Craig's debut on the show. Gordon-Levitt hosted SNL in 2009.

Abby Elliott, Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig left SNL after last season, and Jason Sudeikis has expressed interest in new creative opportunities if he is to stay with the show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 07, 2012, 10:45:11 PM
SNL’ Adding 2 Chicago Sketch Comedians
Source: Deadline

UPDATE: Lorne Michaels is finding new blood for Saturday Night Live after the departures of Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Abby Elliott and the expected exit of Jason Sudeikis. Deadline has confirmed what the very reliable Comic’s Comic blog following the standup scene first reported: that SNL will bring Chicago sketch comedians Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson on board when the show launches production Monday for the first week of Season 38. Many previous SNL alums come from the Windy City comedy scene where Bryant and Robinson are veterans, including Second City, iO, the Annoyance Theater and elsewhere around the city. Seth MacFarlane is hosting the season premiere on September 15 with musical guest Frank Ocean.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on September 10, 2012, 05:27:13 PM
And one more: http://www.mercurynews.com/celebrities/ci_21507970/snl-adds-3-new-performers-upcoming-season
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on September 11, 2012, 12:11:36 PM
Also, Neil Casey was added as a writer.
This guy is a genius improviser, one of the best working. He always amazes me and I wouldn't be surprised if he got to do some on-camera stuff down the road.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on November 04, 2012, 01:43:36 AM
Tonight's episode with Louie C.K. was one of the best of recent memory.  His monologue was great as expected, as were several sketches he was in, including especially of note a wonderful bit stuck at 12:50 with Kate McKinnon, reminiscent a tiny bit of Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon's awkward airport bar date sketch, though way more off the wall and less awkward.  Lincoln was an instant classic.  Fox and Friends was timely.  I missed the cold open, but all the other goodness made up for it, even the sketch where Louie was clad as some sort of viking, climbing up a mountain, blowing an obnoxiously loud ram's horn to deliver a message.  Check it ooooout.  (fun. was fun, too.)

Next time: Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: polkablues on November 04, 2012, 01:50:23 PM
I'm amazed by how quickly Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong have taken over the show.  I'll also be amazed if Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson survive to see a second season.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: RegularKarate on November 05, 2012, 12:42:59 PM
Yeah, the Louis CK episode was definitely a relief... the show has had a rough start this season. Louis came on and conquered.
I think the terrible Viking or whatever sketch was the one he had mentioned he hated, but he didn't want them to cut because he wanted a really bad sketch to suffer through. I can't imagine it being any other sketch on that episode.

Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: pete on November 05, 2012, 10:18:59 PM
he made a reference in his group mail about that sketch but seemed amused by it enough. really it seemed like the type of sketch he usually does any way.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on March 09, 2013, 01:41:21 PM
So this happened: https://twitter.com/SteveMartinToGo/status/310161621832056832/photo/1

Justin Timberlake is hosting tonight, and I'm thinking it's going to be quite the show.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: ono on May 08, 2013, 04:03:48 PM
If you weren't watching, you missed a decent show with Zach Galifianakis this weekend.  Game of Game of Thrones was silly fun as was most of the other stuff Zach was in.  Of Monsters and Men were good.  And I really enjoyed the two-part sketch at the end of the episode and the Jordan's Wedding sketch.  The Aniston Lookalikes contest was somewhat of a missed opportunity, but still good.

Too bad Wiig is coming back to host this weekend (yes, already) *retch*.  Vampire Weekend (plugging their third album) is the musical guest.  At least the show will go out on a good note in two weeks when Ben Affleck returns to host with (ugh) Kanye West as the musical guest.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on May 14, 2013, 11:02:18 AM
Bill Hader Exiting 'Saturday Night Live'
The man who has parodied James Carville for eight seasons tapes his final show on Saturday
Source: TheWrap

The hottest New York City comedy show is no longer "Saturday Night Live" -- at least not for Weekend Update city correspondent, Stefon.

Bill Hader, the man of a thousand voices and an inability to keep a straight face, will be leaving "SNL" after eight seasons. Hader's final episode will be the season finale airing on Saturday, which will be hosted by Ben Affleck.

"It was a hard decision, but it has to happen at some point,” Hader told the New York Times. "It got to a point where I said, 'Maybe it’s just time to go.'"

Hader, 34, joined "SNL" as a featured performer in 2005 and was promoted to a full cast member in 2006. He was nominated for an Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series last year -- a rarity for a show like "Saturday Night Live."

"He was so completely committed to the art of it and enough a student of it that there’s something strikingly original," executive producer Lorne Michaels said of Hader. "He didn’t explode onto the air, but gradually he found his voice, and that became a huge thing.”
 
Hader told the New York Times that his decision was motivated partly by seeing friends Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig move on, and partly by a desire to move his family to Los Angeles. His wife, Maggie Carey, is a filmmaker.
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on July 24, 2013, 05:23:43 PM
Jason Sudeikis Confirms ‘SNL’ Exit

Jason Sudeikis has made it official–he will not return to “Saturday Night Live” this fall.

In an appearance tonight on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman,” Sudeikis was asked about how long he’d stay on the NBC series, and Sudeikis replied, “I’m definitely done; I’m not coming back next fall.”

Sudeikis had been with the sketch comedy for 10 seasons.

The actor’s exit, which was alluded to in “SNL’s” season finale in May, follows the departures of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen from the series.

Sudeikis is expected to focus on his film career, which includes the upcoming comedy “We’re the Millers” as well as a sequel to the 2011 movie “Horrible Bosses.”
Title: Re: saturday night live
Post by: MacGuffin on September 09, 2013, 03:42:27 PM
Tina Fey to Host ‘SNL’ Premiere; Miley Cyrus Set for Oct. 5
Bruce Willis also lined up to host
Source: Variety

“Saturday Night Live” will return to NBC on Sept. 28 with alum Tina Fey serving as host of the season 39 premiere.
 
Seg will mark Fey’s fourth time hosting the latenight Peacock series since her departure as a cast member in 2006. She will be joined by musical guest Arcade Fire.

Waiting in the wings while Fey opens up the new season of “SNL” as host are Miley Cyrus and Bruce Willis. Cyrus will host and be musical guest on the show’s Oct. 5 broadcast, while Willis will host for the second time on Oct. 12 with musical guest Katy Perry.

Host and musical guest announcements arrive as the cast for season 39 of “SNL” remains up in the air, after vets Fred Armisen, Jason Sudekis and Bill Hader all ankled the latenight sketch comedy show after season 38. Seth Meyers will remain aboard the series until December 2013, when he will then transition to hosting the Peacock’s “Late Night.”

“Saturday Night Live” is produced in association with Broadway Video. The creator and executive producer is Lorne Michaels.
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Post by: ono on September 11, 2013, 10:00:25 PM
5 new cast members have been hired.  This was rumored at least a week or so ago.  It's been confirmed now.

The new cast members are: Beck Bennett, John Milhiser, Kyle Mooney, Noel Wells, and Mike O'Brien.

Re: Noel... hellooooooo, nurse!  (Er, I mean, I'm sure she's funny!)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/saturday-night-live-new-cast-625424?

Also, Bruce Willis will host with Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus will pull double duty.
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Post by: Bethie on September 14, 2013, 11:02:01 PM
I didn't read anything posted recently or watched any new snl recently, but I wanted to tell you guys that a good pal of mine told me he wanted to have an snl themed party. You have to dress as an snl character/person. I told him that I always wanted to be Jane Curtain. (This may be my only chance) or land shark and I'd get to knock on every door in his house.


And if I'm Jane, I'll just read excerpts from my snl book.
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Post by: MacGuffin on September 16, 2013, 02:56:57 PM
New Course for ‘Weekend Update,’ and All of ‘SNL’
By BILL CARTER; NY Times

With his cast depleted of some of its most talented and most loved performers of recent vintage, Lorne Michaels had an exceptionally busy summer vacation from “Saturday Night Live,” the show he created and still produces.

Mr. Michaels — after the departure of Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis — is overseeing one of the biggest “SNL” overhauls in its almost four-decade history. That refitting includes not only the addition of six cast members but also a revamp of the show’s enduring, signature segment, “Weekend Update.”

The popular incumbent anchor, Seth Meyers, is making his own exit in February to spend four nights a week hosting the “Late Night” show on NBC (for which Mr. Michaels is also the executive producer). So a question looming over the new season has been: Who will replace Mr. Meyers and inherit the chair that has provided an almost guaranteed ride to the next level of stardom? (Other recent occupants: Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.)

In an interview in his longtime office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan, Mr. Michaels revealed his plan for the segment’s future: Starting with the “SNL” season premiere on Sept. 28, Mr. Meyers will be joined at the “Update” desk by Cecily Strong, who emerged as a rising star last year, her first season on the show.

“Cecily, from the first show, was right there,” Mr. Michaels said. “She exploded.” One of her regular characters was a visitor to the “Update” desk — the Girl You Wished You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With at a Party.

Mr. Michaels said his general plan was to have Ms. Strong share the “Update” desk with Mr. Meyers for the season’s initial shows and then segue into a solo role later, maybe in the first season — but maybe not. If possible, Mr. Michaels would like to see Mr. Meyers stay on “Weekend Update” even after he moves to “Late Night,” starting on Feb. 24.

“Seth is a unique case,” Mr. Michaels said, noting that the new late-night show would not have a Friday edition, letting Mr. Meyers potentially drop in and work that day and Saturday on “Update.”

Having Mr. Meyers around, at least initially, would bring more stability in a changeover season. That was also the motivation behind inviting Ms. Fey to be the guest host for the season premiere, Mr. Michaels said. “Also, her writing won’t hurt.” (Mr. Meyers has also been the head writer; for the new season, Colin Jost and Rob Klein will share that duty.)

Mr. Michaels settled on the final addition to the cast last week: Brooks Wheelan, a young stand-up comedian who has been working in Los Angeles. The names of the other new cast members have been circulating for several weeks, and NBC will make them official on Monday. Probably the most recognizable of the group is Beck Bennett, who is seen in the ubiquitous AT&T commercials with gaggles of kids. A performing partner of his, Kyle Mooney, is also an addition. The others are John Milhiser and the only new woman in the cast, Noël Wells.

 In another change, Tim Robinson, who had been a new cast member last season, will move to the writing staff. At the same time, Mike O’Brien, a writer for the show since 2009, will join the cast.

Mr. Michaels, whose record for elevating talent is among the most impressive in show business history, selected the new group following his usual process of auditions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. He acknowledged a bit of dread at the daunting size of the task this year. “Everyone said to me, ‘Oh, you’ve done this before,’ which was cold comfort.”

The level of talent departing was so high, he said, that he knew the inevitable process of unfair comparison — people declaring the show to be in decline, not up to its usual standards, nothing like the great casts they remember from their youth — might be especially acute this season.

“People attach to the cast they see in high school,” Mr. Michaels said. “In those years they generally can’t drive. They don’t have any money. Staying up late is exciting. Being with friends up late is really exciting. So they’re very connected to the cast they see then.”

That’s one reason Mr. Michaels pays no attention to what prospective cast members have done in a commercial or in an online sketch, on YouTube or Funny or Die.

“You can’t be famous before you’re famous,” he said. “It’s one thing to be on a stage in Chicago or L.A.; it’s another thing to be standing in 8H,” he said of the show’s studio. “It’s like standing in Yankee Stadium. They can all play baseball, but this is something different. And the weight of all that was just more palpable to me this summer, more than ever before.” (Mr. Michaels is also supervising the ascension of Mr. Fallon to “The Tonight Show” this season, another job as executive producer.)

Mr. Michaels said that he does “absolutely think about who I am replacing,” but, he added, “One thing you can’t do is look for another Kristen Wiig.” Even so, last season was a success in terms of new female talent, with Ms. Strong joined by another breakout performer, Kate McKinnon.

The talent selection process, like the show, has been in place for 39 years. Somehow “SNL” remains a weekly event, racking up bigger ratings on Saturday nights than anything else anywhere on television — at any hour.

“I think there’s something about what it’s trying to be,” Mr. Michaels said. “It will never get there. Never get to be as good as I am hoping it will be or people imagine it used to be. But every week, even in the worst weeks, there’s always something I’m proud of.”
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Post by: ono on September 16, 2013, 03:27:45 PM
Mr. Michaels said that he does “absolutely think about who I am replacing,” but, he added, “One thing you can’t do is look for another Kristen Wiig.”

:splat:
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Post by: polkablues on September 17, 2013, 10:19:44 PM
Can't wait to see what all these new white dudes bring to the table.
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Post by: ono on September 25, 2013, 04:28:31 PM
Oh, teeny tiny Tina.  So classy in light of your wardrobe malfunction.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/tina-fey-snl-promos_n_3987730.html

Can't wait to see what this season holds.
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Post by: MacGuffin on October 16, 2013, 02:50:17 PM
Kerry Washington To Host ‘SNL’ On Nov. 2 As New-Cast Kerfuffle Continues
BY LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

Kerry Washington found herself in the middle of Saturday Night Live’s new-cast kerfuffle this morning when the NBC late-night show announced it had booked her to make her hosting debut on November 2. SNL may have first approached ABC’s Scandal star last season, and booked her weeks ago, but the timing of SNL‘s announcement raised eyebrows this morning, putting her at the epicenter of the latest media storm over SNL’s performers. In case you were off the grid yesterday, SNL cast member Kenan Thompson made some news when he told TV Guide that, yes, it’s the show’s sixth consecutive year without a black female cast member because, turns out, there are just no black female comics out there who are qualified for the gig. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson said. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” When asked how the show plans to handle any spoofs of black female celebrities (a FLOTUS gag, maybe?) Thompson responded, “I don’t know. We just haven’t done them. That’s what I’m saying. Maybe [Jay Pharoah] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it.”

Maybe they can do a FLOTUS sketch on November 2!

Thompson’s interview managed the impossible, driving from the media’s mind all thought of Miley Cyrus’ turn as Twerking Michele Bachmann on SNL’s second episode this season, as their attention returned to the casting  controversy that made headlines when the show’s newbies were unveiled. While there is some diversity among the newcomers (Noel Wells, for instance is half-Tunisian/Hispanic), critics complain they’re too white — and especially lacking in black comediennes, which, the press in numbers pointed out yesterday, continues SNL‘s dismal track record on that score. Washington, who plays a hot-shot Washington, D.C. “fixer” having an affair with POTUS on ABC’s Shonda Rhimes hit Scandal, is known to be pretty outspoken and may wind up weighing in on the subject. Or not. If she doesn’t,  there’s always Eminem, who’s returning for his sixth appearance as SNL’s musical guest that night.

If SNL thought announcing Washington was going to douse the flames, it guessed wrong. Instead, a new chapter is being written in the SNL breaking-news story today, in which the media note the show also has a pretty lousy track record when it comes to booking black women as guests hosts. Of the 90 SNL episodes that have aired since Season 35, only two black women, and four women of color in total, have hosted: Gabourey Sidibe (April 2010) and Maya Rudolph (February 2012), along with Latina A-listers Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara, noted TVLine.

(Completely lost in this morning’s anouncement: SNL made it official Edward Norton would make his first appearance as host October 26, and Janelle Monáe will make her musical guest debut. They have our sympathy.)
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Post by: ono on October 27, 2013, 12:18:56 AM
The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders (http://www.mediaite.com/tv/snl-hilariously-lampoons-all-your-favorite-wes-anderson-movie-tropes/) lampooned everything Wes Anderson!
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Post by: ono on January 06, 2014, 10:12:04 PM
Yeah, so SNL's got jungle fever now. http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/saturday-night-live-adds-sasheer-zamata-black-cast-member/

It's back on the 18th with Drake pulling double duty, then Jonah Hill/Bastille on the 25th.
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Post by: ono on September 09, 2014, 06:48:37 PM
So over the summer a few people got canned: Noel Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan.  They've hired 5 new writers; no new cast members yet, though.

The exciting news is the rumored opening lineup:

Bill Murray / Ariana Grande
Sarah Silverman / Maroon 5
Chris Pratt / Hozier

Also, February 15th will be a 3 hour 40th anniversary prime time special.

Last season really sucked.  Here's to hoping these changes will shake things up.
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Post by: polkablues on September 09, 2014, 10:51:44 PM
Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett are the future of SNL. If they get a stronger hold of the reins next season, the show will be better for it.
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Post by: picolas on September 28, 2014, 12:32:45 PM
i cannot fucking believe how terrible weekend update is right now. it was frustrating having seth myers arbitrarily host it alone for so many years 'just cuz no one's done it alone for a while'. then colin jost swooped in with his utter neutrality. but at least we had cecily.

but michael che is HORRENDOUS. his tact with all the guests is vaguely antagonistic/embarrassed. his delivery isn't just unfunny, it's UNCLEAR. i actually have to strain a little to understand the basic content of what he's saying. his default face is mild confusion. WHY was this unknown guy immediately promoted to the desk??? because it worked so great with colin??? can we see if people are actually funny ON SNL for A SINGLE EPISODE before we let them HOST WEEKEND UPDATE? please?
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Post by: tpfkabi on September 29, 2014, 10:24:13 PM
I'm with you on Weekend Update. After a while I just picked up my phone and zoned out until the next skit came on.
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Post by: Reelist on October 02, 2014, 04:59:17 PM
I'm glad to hear Michael Che is stinking it up. Everybody has been all over his jock and I don't see what the big deal is. Watched his half hour special, he's got a cool delivery style and seems likable enough, I'm just not onboard with him being god's gift to comedy.
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Post by: 03 on December 10, 2014, 12:46:21 PM
cut snl skit regarding ferguson:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVzCih9RnWg
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Post by: polkablues on December 10, 2014, 03:28:28 PM
Shocker of shockers, it's better than any of the sketches that actually made the show.
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Post by: 03 on December 10, 2014, 04:57:44 PM
they totally should have aired that because nearly everyone is forgetting that shit happened, like less than a month later. that's the reason shit like this continues, is because we get bored with the sensationalism of it and forget the actual cause.
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Post by: samsong on April 09, 2015, 06:11:40 AM
michael keaton hosted.  this skit is ridiculous. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnUEecEs3Xk
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Post by: 03 on April 09, 2015, 08:50:26 AM
that is amazing. is this just really bizarre or am i missing a whole bunch of references?
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Post by: cronopio2 on November 08, 2015, 09:07:57 AM
ugh...


edit: i feel strange about last night. america has its own berlusconi.
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 08, 2015, 11:41:51 PM
The AV Club gave it an F:

http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/donald-trumps-appearance-shows-snl-its-nadir-228101
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 19, 2016, 12:41:23 AM
So apparently this did not go over well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-ZdQ0z5cLM


I found it mildly amusing, but then it just kept going. If you've decided to make light of the heroin epidemic, it should at least be funny. Or you should have something, anything, to say. Hate to make this point but let's be honest, MadTV would have handled this topic more deftly. At least we would have seen Stuart strung out and sprawled across a lunch table or something.
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Post by: ono on April 19, 2016, 11:07:02 AM
Even I don't watch this show anymore.  Just saying.
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Post by: polkablues on April 19, 2016, 12:49:06 PM
It's actually a low-key great cast right now, but the writing seems even spottier than usual. The heroin ad was half-baked, sure, but the "God is Not Gay" trailer was perfect.
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Post by: ono on April 19, 2016, 09:56:56 PM
Yeah, the writing's been spotty for the longest time.  I often gave it a pass because I know how hard it is to come up with good material in just a couple of days.  The talent just hasn't been there for me.  Maybe it's just my connection to the old guard.  I liked a lot of the newer people five years ago, but the "newer newer" people I haven't quite connected with.  There's no one like Forte, Sudeikis, Armisen (in his prime sans Wiig), or Hader.  Not to mention Fey and Poehler, of course.
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on April 09, 2017, 03:39:45 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn8pwoNWseM


It's perfect until the last few seconds (the actual Kendall Jenner performance).
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Post by: Jeremy Blackman on November 27, 2017, 01:05:23 AM
Just ran across this gem. People seem to love it or hate it. I kind of love it.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmd1qMN5Yo0


It's a parody of this:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTnHx8488Cc
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Post by: polkablues on November 27, 2017, 02:16:43 AM
The Lonely Island has a long, distinguished history of parodying The OC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODz2rUXpKWw
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Post by: modage on November 27, 2017, 10:41:33 AM
Dear Sister was one of my favorite sketches from that era and for a long time had no idea it was an OC parody. It works either way.
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Post by: Drenk on November 27, 2017, 11:15:21 AM
I agree that it's very funny even when you don't know about the OC.
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Post by: wilder on March 18, 2018, 03:32:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUzGrzsYqH4