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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 (fourteen 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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Also destroy: Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies.

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

the one eyed shrew of penis land

Now *that's* funny.

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

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

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

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

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

is tracy morgan gone?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

one month passes...
revive.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"her talents"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

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

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

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

two years pass...

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

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

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

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

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

why shame?

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

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

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

yeah, that

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

shes kinda horsey too

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

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

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

she never tina fey

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

hammond does the intro now that don pardo is dead and he kinda sucks at it

carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 16:17 (one month ago) Permalink

Kinda wonder if Hammond worming his way back into playing Trump is part of the reason Killam is leaving. It's like Carvey simultaneously ball hogging two presidential candidates all over again.

Lyle Lovitz (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 16:31 (one month ago) Permalink

for the love of god no more thna like 2 baby man sketches next year pleaaaaase

boss baby character is like the only decent recurring sketch character they have at this point!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 16:58 (one month ago) Permalink

All the more reason to rein it in. I've seen the best recurring characters of my generation destroyed by ubiquity.

Lyle Lovitz (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:00 (one month ago) Permalink

honestly Killam's Trump was awful and it quickly got silly for him to be doing it while Hammond was in the building, i think that switch was more an inevitability than anyone worming anything. it's not Hammond's fault that they didn't find anyone else who could do a passable Trump or Bill Clinton in the last 7 years.

Best Beloved Trump-Pence (some dude), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:05 (one month ago) Permalink

and i say that as a Killam fan in general.

Best Beloved Trump-Pence (some dude), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:07 (one month ago) Permalink

it's more surprising that Jay Pharoah isn't gonna be in the show for the end of Obama's term. will someone else do Obama sketches when the need arises or are they going to attempt to not bother doing sketches about the sitting president for a few months?

Best Beloved Trump-Pence (some dude), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Armisen's just down the hall!

Lyle Lovitz (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:12 (one month ago) Permalink

They either need to get rid of the "featured players" designation or bump Leslie up because this last year she got more time than Sasheer.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 17:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, she'll be in the main cast this fall for sure.

Lyle Lovitz (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:04 (one month ago) Permalink

not bummed on tk leaving that dude always gave me american psycho vibes

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:51 (one month ago) Permalink

I seem to remember from his WTF interview that he didn't really have much of a comedy background before joining the cast.

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink


i don't see it. j/k xp

no poke balls (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

"Can we have a few words about ZZ Top's Eliminator?"

Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I seem to remember from his WTF interview that he didn't really have much of a comedy background before joining the cast.

― Blowout Coombes (President Keyes), Tuesday, August 9, 2016 2:55 PM (8 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

joined cast of MADtv at age 19 and was a member of the main company of the LA Groundlings

mizzell, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

pssh, who wasn't

Neither F.I.S.T. Nor Fletch (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I think Beck Bennett should be able to do anything that Killam does. And cheaper!

Frederik B, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

I think Beck Bennett should be able to do anything that Killam does. And cheaper!

― Frederik B, Tuesday, August 9, 2016 3:25 PM (1 second ago) Bookmark

except a character with any voice between "beck bennett" and "slightly deeper beck bennett"

idk why i am harshing on this guy's voice today i guess i just miss hader/sudeikis/forte too much. but come on, even kenan makes up dumb nonsense accents!

a simba man (Will M.), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:27 (one month ago) Permalink

You're right, but Bennett's voice is the best!

Frederik B, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:30 (one month ago) Permalink

don't care about Killam but Pharoah is a loss, always good to have a really talented mimic in the cast

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 19:33 (one month ago) Permalink

yah he's a gem and could do anyone except i hate that i live in a world where ATTENTIONTEACHERSANDSTUDENTS is a reoccurring sketch

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 20:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Armisen's just down the hall!

ten weeks a year

Shakey δσς (sic), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:26 (one month ago) Permalink

also ugh, please no armisen obama ever again

Best Beloved Trump-Pence (some dude), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:31 (one month ago) Permalink

are you ready for pete davidson obama though

esempiu (crüt), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:10 (one month ago) Permalink

lol yes

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:24 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm ready for sasheer zamata obama

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Lorne should take a shot at Trump.

Neither F.I.S.T. Nor Fletch (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 14:22 (one month ago) Permalink

they should just have Trump on all the time playing himself, they all enjoyed promoting him so much

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 15:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Still don't understand why Lorne felt the need to Riefenstahl his institution like that.

Bottomless Brunch & Topless Tapas (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah it was super gross

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 16:41 (one month ago) Permalink

I was trying to remember if there was a reason why I never started watching this past season and, oh yeah, there was that thing they did that turned me all the way off.

Bottomless Brunch & Topless Tapas (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Killam's Schwarzenegger movie is probably why he was let go:

“I don’t know fully. I don’t know the other side of it. You sign for seven years, so I had one more year. I had sort of had it in my head I would make this upcoming year my last year, but then heard they weren’t going to pick up my contract. I was never given a reason why, really,” he said.

“But I do know I’m directing this movie [‘Why We’re Killing Gunther’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger] and I’ll have two months of post-production that would have bled into the ‘SNL’ production schedule, so we kind of communicated that,” added Killam.

jaymc, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

is pete davison actually ever funny or do they just need a guy who can play a "teenager" in skits or a stoner?

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

i remember ppl losing their minds for his first weekend update monologue, which apparently bought him infinite goodwill. idk he's fine i guess

a simba man (Will M.), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:33 (one month ago) Permalink

I was hoping for one more Jebidiah Atkinson bit. Guess I'll have to wait for the inevitable Lorne-produced Jebidiah Atkinson film.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:42 (one month ago) Permalink

don't worry he'll come back to visit 500 times to do that character and only that character

a simba man (Will M.), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't find Davidson funny at all. My millennial son thinks he's great. Different strokes.

I will miss Taran Killam, esp the Les Jeunes de Paris dance sketches.

Donald Trump eats people of all races and religions (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 20:59 (one month ago) Permalink

All My Millennial Sons

qualx, Wednesday, 10 August 2016 21:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I liked Pete Davidsons weekend updtate skits, but can't remember a single funny thing he's done in a sketch. Except getting his head cut off.

Frederik B, Thursday, 11 August 2016 10:09 (one month ago) Permalink

the 'kid who fucked a teacher' courtroom sketches (plural. PLURAL.) are pretty funny

goole, Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

I watched one of his Weekend Update skits and it just seemed like a bad stand-up bit

esempiu (crüt), Thursday, 11 August 2016 20:43 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah, I feel like Weekend Update has been leaning a bit too heavily on that lately: Davidson, Leslie Jones, Brooks Wheelan

jaymc, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Would prefer more Bruce Chandling

Οὖτις, Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:37 (one month ago) Permalink

what i want is for them to take the characters they make for weekend update, and instead of endlessly forcing them to sit in that chair when they hit and do the same thing but with more current references, maybe explore their lives in a sketch or two? i wanna see drunk uncle at christmas! i wanna see wally dealing with his terrible life!

a simba man (Will M.), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

or was it willy? given my name i should probably remember this

a simba man (Will M.), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:53 (one month ago) Permalink

i mean it may have been a bit much to create one of stefon's nightclubs but can you imagine

a simba man (Will M.), Thursday, 11 August 2016 21:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Brooks Wheelan?

I just want Will Forte to come back and do more Tim Calhoun skits for the election.

dan selzer, Friday, 12 August 2016 04:52 (one month ago) Permalink

oh guess he's appeared on the tonight show!

dan selzer, Friday, 12 August 2016 04:53 (one month ago) Permalink

god bless will forte.

wonder why they all of a sudden needed to cut to bored jimmy after every joke, is this to cover the "reaction videos" contingent

it's sort of a layered stunt (sheesh), Friday, 12 August 2016 07:17 (one month ago) Permalink

If I don't see Jimmy laugh how do I know it's funny

it's like porn

doeth represent the square of squares squaredly (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 14 August 2016 02:27 (one month ago) Permalink


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