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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

saw him do a short standup set a few months ago and he led with "I'm a Saturday Night Live cast member... for now"

controversial but fabulous (I DIED), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:02 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

he already seemed like dead weight, but when they straight-up let him do a stand-up routine on Weekend Update it was pretty clear they were running out the clock

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:46 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

According to her twitter, Noel Wells is on a self-imposed "internet break" until September, so who knows when we'll hear her fate as far as "featured players who did jack shit last season" go. But with Nasim leaving she might get lucky.

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Compared to a couple of the guys in the featured cast, Noel Wells might as well have been a regular cast member already.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:51 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i'll give you whelan (moot point) and (sadly) milhiser, but beck bennett, mike o'brien and kyle mooney have done a ton more spotlighted work than wells

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

gonna miss don pardo saying HWHEE-lan

dilligaf escape plan (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:10 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

so weird that bennett and mooney have this little fiefdom w/ phone commercials

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 17:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

man i never even heard that Nasim is leaving, although i guess after FIVE YEARS she didn't seem like a dominant presence so she might as well go do a sitcom.

some dude, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:26 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Who else was brought in to replace Michaela Watkins and Casey Wilson besides Nasim? Was it Abby Elliott? I don't even remember now.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Jenny Slate

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:30 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

abby elliott was brought in same year as watkins and wilson (so ironic that she survived them in hindsight), Jenny Slate and Nasim came year after they left, with vanessa bayer replacing slate

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol I'd already forgotten about Jenny Slate.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

she just had an art house hit!

so weird to think of moynihan being the 2nd most veteran cast member, damn that makes me feel old

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Tina Tina Chaneuse is still one of my favorite sketches from that era

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:32 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

she just had an art house hit!

I hadn't actually forgotten Jenny Slate. I just forgot she was on SNL one season.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah did not care for slate on snl, but she's great on kroll show and i wanna see that movie

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i've heard hit and miss about the movie. she's great on parks & rec. i like abby elliot. lorne firing casey wilson and esp michaela watkins was super fucked up but i don't hold that against elliot even if 'she's young and cute' is how she made the cut. nasim almost left last summer when mulaney almost got picked up before the new nbc head said he wasn't interested in any sitcoms that ostensibly looked like nbc sitcoms (ergo brooklyn 99 ending up on fox). i hope she gets to be funny on the sitcom; she's gorgeous but she reminds me of kristen wiig where she almost has to overcome or cover up her attractiveness to do what she's funniest at.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:53 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Nasim is such a weird case (but maybe not if I'd spent more than a couple minutes thinking about it). She came out of the gate really strong, especially for a featured player. She had recurring characters almost immediately, some of them even successful in the context of the show. Then she retreated the past couple years and it got to the point where it was clear she didn't want to be there or didn't care about screentime, and her last batch of characters have been mostly terrible.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 18:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

even if 'she's young and cute' is how she made the cut

I think she made the cut because she was Armisen's girlfriend at the time.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:01 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

well chris elliot's daughter didn't hurt either. i thought she was fine in the show and she's been fine since though obv she doesn't have a happy endings to her credit (still not over it) and she hasn't had the inspired supporting turns michaela watkins has had in wanderlust and esp trophy wife.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah nasim last season reminded me of david spade's last season, where he didn't remotely feel really a part of the new cast and was just biding his time until a sitcom gig opened up. last season had a problem w/ generally a cast member having a strong week and then seemingly disappearing for weeks after that. paring down the cast should help that.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

https://screen.yahoo.com/annuale-000000661.html

totally apropos of nothing aside from Casey Wilson being adorable in it

Star Gentle Uterus (DJP), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

<3 that the "Adobe" commercial autoplayed after that one.

"These days, everyone's talking about the Hyundai, and the Yugo. Both nice cars, if you've got $3,000 or $4,000 to throw around. But, for those of us whose name doesn't happen to be Rockefeller, finally there's some good news."

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Always thought a clay cupholder was a good idea.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:49 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Noël Wells and John Milhiser are out

polyphonic, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

so basically every whose funniest sketch was "new cast member or Arcade Fire?" is out

some dude, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Shame about Noel Wells. Milhiser might as well be the last cashier I had at CVS, because that's as much time as I got to spend with him.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Felt like Wells could've done something not-uninteresting given decent material to work with.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 21:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i wonder if whelan, wells and milhiser had a "drunk uncle" or "man with baby's body" bit they just never got to do. even paul brittain had that little lord fauntleroy thing they foisted on us twice, jenny slate the doorbell seller.

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Wells had Nancy Grace, but that didn't hold up on repeated viewings (and was sometimes met with dead silence).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I would've liked to have seen Wheelan's character from the Critter Control sketch with Ed Norton brought back in something else, but it never happened.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

wells had her shots, i thought she might be safe cuz she could do impressions but she also failed badly w/ some impressions (her nancy grace was awful in that overbearing non-eddie sketch from 1982 way) and when she did it suggested that when she was funny w/ an impression it was cuz she nailed the impression, not cuz she's actually funny. would be awesome if they got milana vayntrub. i know she's friends w/ bennett/mooney, she's funny, and it would be another person w/ a regular phone commercial gig. related: i have a weird crush on milana vayntrub.

lol xp

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, Lily the AT&T girl. I'll co-sign that.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:38 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

aww (lol) - https://twitter.com/MrJonCryer/status/489159522003333120

deadline saying there's a chance o'brien is back in the writer's room, there's a smaller chance jost is and o'brien does update (they just say 'some are calling' for that so don't hold yr breath).

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:52 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I would take O'Brien at the WU desk, though I'm still a firm believer that Cecily Strong can probably do a good job there solo. Jost is the fucking WORST, though.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

My Colin Jost hatred doesn't have anything to do with him dating Rashida Jones, but about that...WTF

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

ALRIGHT I'M ON BOARD W/ THE JOST HATE NOW

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:57 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

her pants make this a little easier to take

da croupier, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:59 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

O'Brien and Strong are dating; they could be the first couple to host WU!

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 23:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Don't stand in the way of love, Lorne Michaels!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 23:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

my 'trick' for when i inevitably date rashida to get her dad to like me is to just bring this up -

- and he'll be like "you know about 'state of independence'?" and i'll be like 'dude!' and then sing the entire thing and at the end he'll put his arm around me and go 'welcome to the family...son'.

balls, Tuesday, 15 July 2014 23:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

deadline saying there's a chance o'brien is back in the writer's room, there's a smaller chance jost is and o'brien does update

lol i never knew that guy's name so I read this and was like "wait, Conan's gonna come back to SNL to do update???"

Panaïs Pnin (The Yellow Kid), Tuesday, 15 July 2014 23:56 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol balls. My trick was to tell Q how much I dug his arrangements for Clifford Brown, but yeah, yours is better.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 02:18 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Any dude that can come up with the Sanford and Son theme is a genius in my eyes. There's so much good shit going on in that short little song it's ridiculous.

Prince Kajuku (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 16 July 2014 03:37 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

milana vayntrub

oh THAT's who that is

goole, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

She's cool.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 19:49 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

is that some alterna-spelling of weintraub

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Wikipedia says she's originally from Uzbekistan, so it translated from the Cyrillic I'd guess.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(we're miles off topic at this point)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:34 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol jost accepted a lifetime achievement award for lorne at the tcas so it would appear that dude's job is safe

balls, Sunday, 20 July 2014 20:13 (1 week ago) Permalink


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