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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 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 crowd response I've ever seen.

Ramosi, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

Also destroy: Jimmy Fallon's guitar parodies.

Joe, Sunday, 10 March 2002 01:00 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

the one eyed shrew of penis land

Now *that's* funny.

Prude, Monday, 11 March 2002 01:00 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

Destroy: Chris Fucking Kattan.

Jody Beth Rosen, Thursday, 10 October 2002 01:25 (13 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 (13 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 (13 years ago) Permalink

is tracy morgan gone?

boxcubed (boxcubed), Thursday, 10 October 2002 05:16 (13 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 (12 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 (12 years ago) Permalink

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

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 26 February 2003 14:22 (12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (12 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 (11 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 (11 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 (11 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

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

foolhardy, Wednesday, 25 May 2005 01:01 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

"her talents"

Community Cornerstone (deangulberry), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

teen challenge (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 03:54 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

wow did o'donoghue say that about myers really?

j blount (papa la bas), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 14:55 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

slightly more subdued (kenan), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:06 (10 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."

Allyzay is not appropriate for freedom (allyzay), Wednesday, 25 May 2005 15:11 (10 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 (10 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 (10 years ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:15 (10 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (10 years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (10 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 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

why shame?

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

yeah, that

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

shes kinda horsey too

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 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 (7 years ago) Permalink

she never tina fey

tehresa, Sunday, 24 February 2008 06:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

I think I've seen him say as much in an interview, where he sketched out the evolution of his "Nah gah dah!" Bush.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 11:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

wrt Mike Meyers, there's this bit of Second City lore that gets bandied about regarding the importance of specificity in improv. In a scene where a lesser improviser would've asked someone to pass the ketchup, Meyers instead asked someone to pass the Heinz. And, lo, it was a brave choice, which I've heard from various teachers and read in several books except who even talks like that is the thing. Which is kind of my thing with Meyers in a nutshell: who even talks/acts/interacts like that, dude. He did some good stuff, though, when he was able to tone down his more alien impulses. And the goddamn catchphrases.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:26 (1 month ago) Permalink

ppl behave in all kinds of unpredictable ways

"realism is good, ineteresting is better" - Kubrick

also no human being ever behaved quite like Cagney, and he's maybe the great American film actor

(it usu does drive me crazy when someone orders 'a beer' in a bar scene)

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:43 (1 month ago) Permalink

Unpredictable, I love. But the version of unpredictable as practiced by some of these outsized SNL dudes...well, I have a little movie here called Master Of Disguise that I think you'll love, Morbs. It was made by aliens.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:52 (1 month ago) Permalink

(It also drives me crazy when people order 'a beer'.)

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 13:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

This is always the main thing I think of RE: Master of Disguise:
"The scene at the Turtle Club happened to be filming on September 11, 2001. When word of the terrorist attacks reached the set, the cast and crew observed a moment of silence."

Chris L, Monday, 21 December 2015 14:36 (1 month ago) Permalink

eddie and phil were the funniest two. is it hot in the hot tub? i've got chunks of guys like you in my stool

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 21 December 2015 14:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

xpost Ha yeah for a decade+ on Cheers they apparently had only that one generic brand

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 21 December 2015 14:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 21 December 2015 14:42 (1 month ago) Permalink

I kinda hate the Spade-Farley-Sandler troika tbh (especially Spade and Sandler). To me the peak is actually Ferrel/Fey era, but I have a lot of love for the grit n grime of the original cast (not so much season 1, but after that they're p consistent).

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

Aside from the Pryor episode and a few other highlights, season 1 is not good.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 17:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

yeah the Pryor episode is really good

Οὖτις, Monday, 21 December 2015 17:58 (1 month ago) Permalink

i think if you take out the doumanian year, the first year of lorne's return, and maaaybe the ebersol years the gulf between the peak years and the trough years is overstated. i go w/ the carvey-hartman years when they had smigel, odenkirk, and conan writing as the peak but that's also when i was the age you're convinced this snl is the best snl ever so i'm not as firm on that as i would've been.

balls, Monday, 21 December 2015 18:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

i've gone back and watched the classic seasons and there has always been mostly duds and unfunny sketches and a few standouts right from the start.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 21 December 2015 18:08 (1 month ago) Permalink

Have you guys weighed in on this? I remember seeing this "song" when it came out. It sort of completely encapsulates Fallon's not-that-funny-but-well-meaning-indie-guy-teacher's-pet schtick.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 21 December 2015 18:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

As well as crafting the joke w as little effort as possible and coasting on charm/smarm.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 21 December 2015 18:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

And just like that, SNL mined another profitable nugget of comedy gold. The audience’s initial silence soon gives way to laughter because many of them have probably seen this sort of thing before—the flubbed notes, the MIDI file rendered even more laughable by a key change, the inexplicable elephant trumpeting. The only difference is that the crowd’s used to seeing such amateur ditties performed by kids at home, not full-grown men in front of a nationally televised audience. You could call it genius absurdism, or you could call it what it is: four comedians channeling their inner middle-schoolers—and having the time of their lives while doing so.crap

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 21 December 2015 18:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

balls and Adam otm - this show is p consistently inconsistent over the years.


Οὖτις, Monday, 21 December 2015 18:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yes. Even the Doumanian season isn't as bad as SNL mythology would have you believe.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 21 December 2015 18:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

schwantz, Wednesday, 23 December 2015 20:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

Typical Kyle Mooney bleh.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 24 December 2015 04:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

ok, the cat video thing was good

Option ARMs and de Man (s.clover), Monday, 18 January 2016 03:58 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i rally liked adam driver in this ep! he went for it i thought the aladdin skwtch started a little lame but all of the weird twists at the end made up for it. undercover boss, golden globes, america's funniest cats, porn doctor all made me laugh.

nerd shit (Will M.), Monday, 18 January 2016 14:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I thought the first half was a little week and didn't think undercover boss really brought the laughs but the episode got better as it went on. Funniest Cats was great on many levels. Golden Globes was probably the best. Bummed there was no Girls spoof though, as predictable as that would've been.

dan selzer, Monday, 18 January 2016 16:45 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

love that Kyle Mooney/Amy P sketch

Van Der Beek's masterpiece (rip van wanko), Monday, 18 January 2016 17:19 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Saw the Porn Doctor and French Cats skit. Driver was good in both, but both basically ended in lame deus ex cast member fashion. Hey, the skit is over now!

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 18 January 2016 18:34 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

i saw pron doctor via FB and my god what happens to you ppl every week?

only potential joke that was carried off was cue-card monotone dialogue, and that was small

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:25 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

writing in this episode seemed much stranger than usual - it wasn't all bad but it was all very wtf

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

it was pretty bad, and yes, often weird. i liked Adam Driver tho but that's just because he's a dreamboat and seemed to commit to the whole thing

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 19:41 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

Bayer's theater kid doing the news is my favorite shit

♫ as we get older and stop making threads ♫ (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 23 January 2016 02:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

"up until now, my relationship with leo DiCaprio was like inception: leo inside me, inside my dream"


• (sleepingbag), Sunday, 24 January 2016 17:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Was killing myself laughing at that leslie jones monologue. Other than that I thought this was pretty weak.

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Sunday, 24 January 2016 19:43 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Kinda liked Ronda Rousey beating up the mean girls.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:03 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

the oscars diversity skit would have been hilarious had they not beat you over the head with the point at the very end of the sketch. the fake movie clips were very funny.

J0rdan S., Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

i like kenan's old man bit on weekend update.

the leslie jones monologue was good but it's a shame she's supposed to be bouncing off of jost, he can't keep up w/ her at all

J0rdan S., Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

knew the oscar sketch was abt diversity approx .4 seconds into it

johnny crunch, Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:05 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

well it built up really well but then the end is the presenter going "the winner is... all the white guys!" and it's like "right. yeah. we got it. thank you."

J0rdan S., Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah a lot of their sketches suffer from trying to put a bow on it at the end. the one w/ the two guys who didn't understand parties ended pretty badly with the quick jump forward to them actually showing up at the house.

apple bottom steen, HOOS with the fur (some dude), Sunday, 24 January 2016 23:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

you know, the shitty endsings of sketches don't really bother me that much? it doesn't really ruin a fun sketch before the end. it just makes it clear the sketch & laughs are over. like, the party guys are funny, even if the last line isn't. ditto "knowing" what the sketch is about re: oscar diversity, the joke isn't "getting" it? the increasingly pointless white roles (and the increasingly angry co-star glares) are what made it funny!

why do i always feel the need to defend this show :/

Will v. Maim (Will M.), Monday, 25 January 2016 05:09 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The Oscars thing seemed like they couldn't hold back so the second fake movie clip gives the joke away as obviously as possible. A little more buildup would've worked better.

i like kenan's old man bit on weekend update.

I love that bit. "It's like the asbestos removal men said, 'Good God, there's someone alive in here!'"

stupid children forever (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

p boring episode. their attempts to clown Trump are sad and toothless.

Οὖτις, Monday, 25 January 2016 20:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, real Trump is more outrageous if not "funnier" than Darrell Hammond.

Retro novelty punk (Dan Peterson), Monday, 25 January 2016 20:58 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Their attempts to keep Darrell Hammond out of the dressing room and off of the stage are sad and toothless.

she pnuched me in my weinre when I was asleep (Old Lunch), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:00 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Give Darrell his KFC job back and, ffs, give Norm something more dignified to do.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

because really, if there's one thing Norm Macdonald has staked his career on, it's dignity

its subtle brume (DJP), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

lol, I was being a bit cheeky there

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Monday, 25 January 2016 21:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

even though there's this weird gay connotation to jay pharoah's ben carson impression it's easily the best of the current ones imo, too bad he's gonna be out of the race soon

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 January 2016 21:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

haha like hell he is

balls, Monday, 25 January 2016 21:27 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

wait which part are you disagreeing with....

J0rdan S., Monday, 25 January 2016 21:36 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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