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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 (9 years ago) Permalink

Strange way to kill oneself, btw.

M. V. (M.V.), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

'the rocket report' in central park is still funny

_, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:04 (9 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

the hot air balloon thing sealed it for me

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

she def. cracks me up with the penelope skits.

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:11 (6 years ago) Permalink

the hot air balloon was totally a rip-off of Tim and Eric style bad TV. Tonight wasn't so funny. Cold open was pretty weak and the game show too. Steve Martin and Tina were good in the intro. I also liked Tina's Hillary rant. What's the story on the new girl?

dan selzer, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

i watched snl tonight for the first time in a while!! it was not that good but when is it ever. tina fey was only really good in the monologue.

the there will be blood thing cracked me up tho.

and ya what IS up with that new chick?> is she secretly fergie

s1ocki, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

bret michaels sketch was awesome. the girls on snl roxxor.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 07:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

so's maya rudolph gone?

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

I couldn't remember seeing new girl in the earlier episodes this season and then noticed half way through the show that maya hadn't shown up at all.

circles, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:18 (6 years ago) Permalink

new girl is not funny

remy bean, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

two of these are new to me, i know dratch and wiig basically.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:30 (6 years ago) Permalink

goddamnit darrell hammond is going to outlive us all

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

I love Fred Armisen, and I understand that they're kind of in a pinch, but his Obama is horrible.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:32 (6 years ago) Permalink

darrell fucking hammond.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

he is responsible for like 25% of the suckage in any given year

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:36 (6 years ago) Permalink

fuck, i was just thinking that. he's been on for 13 years, hasn't he...

xp

kingfish, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

glad i misssed the obama thing. his gene simmons was way off at first but it got funny.

tremendoid, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:37 (6 years ago) Permalink

His fake Gene Simmons hair is sadly better than Gene Simmons's real Gene Simmons hair.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 24 February 2008 08:39 (6 years ago) Permalink

maybe shame bc she's totally annoying?

-- tehresa, Saturday, February 23, 2008 10:33 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Link

kristen wig is beautiful and funny.

this week has been the week of gnar ilxor girls telling dudes which girls they should like.

chaki, Sunday, 24 February 2008 12:17 (6 years ago) Permalink

Mike Huckabee -- great timing!

Dimension 5ive, Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:00 (6 years ago) Permalink

xp: huckabee was pretty good. a shame about his beliefs and politics.

the fake ad was funny. the new girl did a hateful rachel ray, so she's ok with me. but overall should've been better with a couple months' vacation. i hear they're only doing eight more episodes for the season.

the hot air balloon was totally a rip-off of Tim and Eric style bad TV.

but kinda funny instead of not funny at all.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 24 February 2008 13:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AUHHOVtNqo

and what, Sunday, 24 February 2008 15:35 (6 years ago) Permalink

http://www.adultswim.com/video/?episodeID=8a25c3921788d9d5011789462b940066

just because...

dan selzer, Sunday, 24 February 2008 15:43 (6 years ago) Permalink

hilarious to suggest that women need to vote for hrc because bitches need to stick together, and pretty funny too to imply that the mainstream media gives obama a free ride at her expense; if '30 rock' goes this way it will get boring very quickly, but i doubt it

Dimension 5ive, Sunday, 24 February 2008 16:27 (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 (9 hours ago) Link

truth. snl has always been the original american idol. there's often these moments when a new performer "breaks". wiig's moment was doing nancy pelosi, up until then she had been a waste of space, but the second she started doing pelosi's intensity eye stares she had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand.

sanskrit, Sunday, 24 February 2008 16:33 (6 years ago) Permalink

also great to know during a cosby boycott mars/ronson are still glad to give mystikal work

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Monday, 24 November 2014 01:55 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I have a serious crush on Vanessa Bayer. Every time she's on I have this stupid grin on my face. Can't even tell if she's funny anymore.

daavid, Thursday, 27 November 2014 04:59 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

I'm pretty much always happy to see the ex-porn stars sketch but this could be the last time and that would be fine with me.

Kinda wish Nicki had done, like, good songs. And that first one that rhymed "lie" three times, yikes.

Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 7 December 2014 09:49 (1 week ago) Permalink

yea bed of lies is awful

johnny crunch, Sunday, 7 December 2014 14:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

i seem to remember that the ex-porn stars sketch used to not be about sex but just dim people mispronouncing things terribly and generally failing at class aspirations. now it seems to increasingly about dirty puns.

celfie tucker 48 (s.clover), Monday, 8 December 2014 03:41 (1 week ago) Permalink

Well there was always that weird sexual element ("One time my eye got sucked out by a butt!") but it's definitely getting a little cruder with every iteration. I had actually heard that the sketch was officially retired.

BTW I didn't see Spring Breakers, but I'm wondering - was Franco's character pretty much his imitation of RiFF RaFF? Because that was fucking terrible. Like he had never seen or heard the dude. Even coming before Kenan's low-effort Rick Ross.

Pooja Bhatt's erotic thriller Jism 2 (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Monday, 8 December 2014 04:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

someone told me that kenan has now done more impersonations than darrell hammond? anyone else hear this? is it upthread and i'm a dummy?

apparently he's done 108 celebrity impressions now

(HOT CHICK FROM BAR 2008) (Will M.), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:31 (1 week ago) Permalink

just curious if SNL has touched Ferguson or Staten Island in the last few weeks, or if it's all still impressions of celebrities unknown to me

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:50 (1 week ago) Permalink

yes a large part of weekend update

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 8 December 2014 15:56 (1 week ago) Permalink

That would've been the funniest sketch of the night by far.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 8 December 2014 16:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

someone told me that kenan has now done more impersonations than darrell hammond? anyone else hear this? is it upthread and i'm a dummy?

apparently he's done 108 celebrity impressions now

not all that surprising as hammond was never the only white person on the show iirc

ancient texts, things that can't be pre-dated (President Keyes), Monday, 8 December 2014 16:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

I didn't see Spring Breakers, but I'm wondering - was Franco's character pretty much his imitation of RiFF RaFF? Because that was fucking terrible.

he is great in Spring Breakers, which is def worth watching if you dig Harmony Korine. idk what was going on w Franco's shitty Riff Raff impression on SNL

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

just curious if SNL has touched Ferguson or Staten Island in the last few week

they opened with it this week

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 16:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

I didn't see it, but read someone tweet they thought the opening was tone-deaf because that person thought the skit only made fun of Al Sharpton

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

I didn't think it was a particularly good sketch - the big jokes seemed to be mispronunciations

Οὖτις, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:24 (1 week ago) Permalink

That's the key feature of Kenan's Sharpton impersonation.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 8 December 2014 17:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

it wasn't the only target, but the laugh lines about the incredulity of the Eric Garner case fell really, really flat, so it turned into the audience only laughing at the mispronunciations.

ƋППṍӮɨ∏ğڵșěᶉᶇдM℮ (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 8 December 2014 17:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

says she's 47 in that - will officially be the oldest new cast member in the show's history if she gets bumped up (mckean was 46)

da croupier, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

she is very funny. actually like the new episodes i've seen this season. they have more of an edge than in recent years.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:28 (1 week ago) Permalink

they're bringing in more stand-ups and word is that they're increasingly hiring people who auditioned as performers to be writers, rather than people who submitted writing packets (i.e. leslie jones). i think it leads to a show more wildly hit-and-miss than when it's all ucb/second city/io ensemble types, but they probably needed to shake up the cruise control mode they've been in for a while.

da croupier, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

they probably needed to shake up the cruise control mode they've been in for a while.

Letting the improv-trained cast actually improvise would be one way to do that.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

I'm glad Mike O Brien is still around and getting to make these movies. I liked Growaguy.

dan selzer, Thursday, 11 December 2014 00:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

grow-a-guy was great. the aggressive bullying by that one guy was almost uncomfortable to watch, which can be a very good element on a show like snl.

Daniel, Esq 2, Thursday, 11 December 2014 01:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

the sketch embedded above is hilarious by modern SNL standards

RAP GAME SHANI DAVIS (Raymond Cummings), Thursday, 11 December 2014 02:03 (1 week ago) Permalink

I just ran across this guy's website:

http://www.dwdiamond.com/L2L.html

he was on SNL once years ago and has sent Lorne Michaels like, 3000 letters since that he archives on his site.

akm, Thursday, 11 December 2014 03:09 (1 week ago) Permalink


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