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

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

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

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

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

Ramosi, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Destroy: The writing staff.

Joe, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Also destroy: Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies.

Joe, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

bnw, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Queen G, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Todd Burns, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Nicole, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

the one eyed shrew of penis land

Now *that's* funny.

Prude, Monday, 11 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Curt, Monday, 11 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

Darrell Hammond? Great impressionist. The cheerleaders...never thought they were even remotely funny. I *do* like the recurring sketch with the two lllluvahs (i.e. unctuous college professor and partner), though. Ferrell cracks me up in that one.

Joe, Tuesday, 12 March 2002 01:00 (12 years ago) Permalink

6 months pass...
This thread again. Because I got a fever...and the only prescription is....MORE COWBELL!

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 9 October 2002 22:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

I was always an SNL apologist but that all ends starting last Saturday night. OMG. What a freakshow. The (literally) funniest part of SNL now is just the fact the Chris Kattan is still there. He's like 40 and all he ever has is bit parts where he's Mango or that monkey, and none of the cast seems very friendly with him (like during the wave-goodbye as the sax plays part). And yet he's probably the most talented member left!

I hate Jimmy Fallon.

Aaron A,, Wednesday, 9 October 2002 23:29 (11 years ago) Permalink

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

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (11 years ago) Permalink

i was glad to see chris parnell return. i like maya rudolph doing her fake japanese accents.

ron (ron), Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:56 (11 years ago) Permalink

chris p is the only good cast member left but i havent seen it in at least a year, fuck snl

simon trife (simon_tr), Thursday, 10 October 2002 04:06 (11 years ago) Permalink

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (11 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...
I think I've started to fancy Tina Fey. Is that wrong?

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 11:01 (11 years ago) Permalink

S: Chris Parnell's raps, Dog Show, The Leatherman (until it all fell apart...well, I liked that too), The Falconer (I'm laughing just thinking about that one!), anything Chris Walken, The Tina Jimmy Weekend Update (haterz be damned!), the Chris Kattan/Cheri Oteri couples skit with Ben Affleck as the Armenian car salesman, the Will Ferrel/Rachel Dratch "Lovers" skits, anything Mya Rudolph ever does

D: Jaret's Room, Mango, Adam Sa...I mean, Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies

I think Jimmy Fallon is rather funny, but not nearly as funny (nor original) as he seems to think he is.

Actually, I think the plight of SNL is that they have some extremely talented cast members, but don't have the solid writing to back it up like in some days of yore. There are sporadic bits of amazingly funny stuff ("I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"), but it's just not SOLID.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:20 (11 years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (11 years ago) Permalink

If I'm remembering this right, each cast member is allowed to write at least one sketch per week, so of course when you have comics who aren't comedy writers you get a lot of awful sketches that drag on and on because Mr. Egomaniac Comedian doesn't know how to shape a scene.

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:27 (11 years ago) Permalink

The old "repeat the same fucking joke but make it bigger each time until it's just kerrrrrazy" formula

Weekend Update is awful, sorry. There's no bite to the jokes. they seem happily surprised if a joke does well, and if it doesn't they lean reaaaal hard on the "it's not funny; isn't that funny!?" thing that is the death-knell of television comedy (cf Johnny Carson, Conan's monologue)

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:41 (11 years ago) Permalink

That thing with Britney Spears and Will Ferrel last week was fucking genius. "ALL OF OUR ANIMALS ARE SICK!!!"

Ally (mlescaut), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:42 (11 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
Revive, as I feel a bit left out.

Everyone keeps banging on about SNL and I've never seen it - indeed, living in the UK with no Sky means I probably never will. Is there like a SNL Best Of DVD around? Or should I not bother - is it over-hyped rubbish?

Johnney B (Johnney B), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 12:12 (10 years ago) Permalink

You can buy best of dvds for a number of different castmembers throughout the years. Good ones would be Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Will Ferrell, and Tracy Morgan. Not sure if those last two actually exist.
Personally, though, I only think the show is fun to watch when it is live. Sounds silly, but it seems more exciting. Also Weekend Update is always my favorite part and I don't think they would be on the DVDs.

Magic City (ano ano), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 13:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

i've gotten back into "live from new york" (god i love oral histories) and man is it a great read. i reccomend it to everyone. also, best bathroom book EVER.

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 14 April 2004 14:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

11 months pass...
That book seemed a bit too "authorized". Everyone seemed to be saying the same thing: "Lorne Michaels is a bit obtuse and aloof, but he sho' know what he's doing!"

I liked the bit about Larry David. The part with him and Dick Ebersol standing by the elevator sounded just like something out of "Curb Your Enthusiasm".

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Monday, 11 April 2005 19:52 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...
revive.

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

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

It dipped to pretty serious levels of suckitude this spring -- mostly so-so premises that proceeded to go someplace even worse than nowhere -- but then the season finale was actually reliably funny. Will Forte seems to be the most enjoyable one, now that Maya Rudolph's started to seem less like an exciting newbie and more like she's trying to carry whole awful concepts on the shoulders of her talent.

nabiscothingy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 02:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 02:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

but if we're doing s/d i'll still rep for that one sketch a few years ago where ana gasteyer (right?) played celine "i am de greatest seenger een allll ze worrrld!" dion.

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'm with the late Michael O'Donoghue: hasn't been edgy since 1976, consistently funny since '78-79, worth watching since Mike Myers left.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 13:05 (9 years ago) Permalink

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:55 (9 years ago) Permalink

oops... I meant NOT worth watching. And that one was mine.

The M'OD bio "Mr Mike" is worth a read. He bitched when the original cast started to do recurring characters, cuz he thought that was too much like Carol Burnett etc.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

slightly more subdued (kenan), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

OK I caught it last week. Most of it was totally unfunny but the "Chaotic" parody was bizarre and basically gave me giggles for days. "Oh HELL no. Hell...no."

Allyzay is not appropriate for freedom (allyzay), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

I just read the Mr. Mike bio last week. He made a good point about the show having more than enough "wacky wacky" when the producers resisted his attempts to give William S. Burroughs a brief segment on one of the early 80s episodes.

herbert hebert (herbert hebert), Thursday, 26 May 2005 02:15 (9 years ago) Permalink

sadly, i watch SNL alot. seth whatshisname seems like the obvious replacement for jimmy fallon - he smirks constantly, isn't very funny and is in far too many sketches.

the writers' terror of offending anyone makes most of the sketches heavily dependent on unfunny gimmicks and repetition, much like conan o'brien's show these days.

el sabor de gene (yournullfame), Thursday, 26 May 2005 03:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

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

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

(i ACTUALLY roffled the first time i saw this sketch)

-- joseph (joseph), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 04:22 (2 years ago) Link

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

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

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:04 (6 years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (6 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

i dunno i used to get real madtv vibes & think she was really untalented but now i kinda think shes the funniest person on the show

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

I mean replace Jost with Che; or get rid of Jost and leave Che on the Daily Show because he's great there.

"a bit of goatery, some demonry" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 12 September 2014 01:59 (1 week ago) Permalink

Michael Che is so great. I think a Cecily Strong and Michael Che team could've been great, but Colin Jost is going to continue driving the shit into the ground no matter who he's paired with.

Apparently Cecily asked to leave WU so she could concentrate more on sketches, so that's our loss. But...ugh, FUCK Colin Jost and whatever Lorne Michaels sees in him.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 02:02 (1 week ago) Permalink

Bummed about cecily :(

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 September 2014 02:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

QUIT TRYING TO MAKE COLIN JOST HAPPEN

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 02:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

we survived multiple years of Colin Quinn, ppl; calm down

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Friday, 12 September 2014 02:14 (1 week ago) Permalink

Colin Quinn was indeed terrible at the WU desk, but somehow I feel more invested in the show's inner politics now than I ever did in the 90s.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 02:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Nobody could ever be worse than colin quinn its true. At least jost can read.

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 September 2014 02:42 (1 week ago) Permalink

Che and Strong would've been perfect, and Strong really started to get comfortable (and hilarious) last season.

I don't care that Jost can read. I would vastly prefer a WU anchor who constantly squints at the cue cards and phonetically sounds out every word to Jost.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 12 September 2014 04:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

don't think jost is much worse than seth myers tbh

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 04:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

o_O

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 04:45 (1 week ago) Permalink

there's norm mcdonald, fey & poehler, and then a bunch of riff raff as far as I can tell

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 04:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

As despicable as Dennis Miller is now, he was quite good at the Update desk. WU was never stable in the early years, but Chevy, Aykroyd and Curtin were all memorable. Kevin Nealon...could be okay sometimes. Jimmy Fallon was never a good partner for Tina Fey, but Fey was never held back by him as evidenced during the time she flew solo. The addition of Poehler just took that pairing into the stratosphere. Poehler ever upped Seth's game and left him better prepared to go it alone.

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 04:58 (1 week ago) Permalink

i feel like nealon's a little underrated, but he was the anchor during the years i first watched snl so it's probably just bias on my part.

my friend, Gater (Clay), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:00 (1 week ago) Permalink

I love nealon's standup but I don't recall his weekend update

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:01 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

iirc it was like joe piscopo + father guido sarducci

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

We don't.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:04 (1 week ago) Permalink

haha. How can we know for sure?

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

Mr Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a Weekend Update anchor!

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Bitterer than Bitter (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 12 September 2014 05:26 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

jaymc, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 05:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

schwantz, Friday, 12 September 2014 06:39 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Rocking In The Broad Daylight (Old Lunch), Friday, 12 September 2014 11:33 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Friday, 12 September 2014 12:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

bozack horseman (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:34 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah probably

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Rocking In The Broad Daylight (Old Lunch), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 12 September 2014 16:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Agreed. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

Also agreed, lol. xp

Johnny Fever, Friday, 12 September 2014 16:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

"a bit of goatery, some demonry" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

some dude, Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:18 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

"a bit of goatery, some demonry" (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

some dude, Sunday, 14 September 2014 11:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

His New In Town special was great

da croupier, Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

Great on kroll show too

da croupier, Sunday, 14 September 2014 15:10 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

Your Ribs are My Ladder, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:18 (6 days ago) Permalink

That dude's set on Kimmel was pretty funny.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 15 September 2014 16:25 (6 days ago) Permalink

Wow

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:00 (3 days ago) Permalink

I've been jokingly suggesting that but then Lorne Michaels actually went and did the thing that seemed absurd enough for me to suggest in a joking fashion.

Bouffants and Other Coifs (Old Lunch), Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:04 (3 days ago) Permalink

they should just play the recording of Pardo saying "DARRELL HAMMOND" for the introduction of every cast member

example (crüt), Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:07 (3 days ago) Permalink

My sister still spouts ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL! in Pardo's voice during random lulls at Christmas.

pplains, Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:08 (3 days ago) Permalink

haha

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:08 (3 days ago) Permalink


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