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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

Hated this ep, but I've never once found Jim Carrey the slightest bit funny in anything he's ever done (although the Sia sketch was pretty good, despite him).

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 26 October 2014 17:19 (4 days ago) Permalink

I guess that explains why you find SNL funny.

Harry Shearer, a regular in two different stints ('79-80, 84-85):

You were on SNL for a little bit, and it wasn’t the best time for you, right?

That’s putting it mildly! And I went back, stupidly. I went back while Lorne [Michaels] was on his 5-year jaunt in the wilderness, and Ebersol was producing. I thought, “It’s gotta be better without Lorne.” Lorne made it miserable for me. I saw a listicle on the Internet saying, “5 People Who Should Guest Host Saturday Night Live This Year,” and I was on there. I resisted the urge to say, “They haven’t made enough wild horses.”

How do you feel about the state of the show today?

I don’t watch it. I didn’t like it before I went there. I wasn’t an admirer of the idea that at this point in television history, “live” was a good idea. It was basically just an excuse to be sloppy.

Right. I’ve been to a taping of Saturday Night Live, and perhaps it was different back in the day, but now it’s a lot of people reading off cue cards.

No, it was that way back then, too. As a matter of fact, there was a moment the second time I was there and Marty Short, who’s a brilliantly funny guy, was improvising a line in a scene during a camera blocking, and Dave Wilson, the director at the time, said, “Marty, that’s funny! You can say it, but we won’t see it!” He directed to the script, and there was nothing loose about that show.

Why are there cue card readings? There was a show in the ‘50s called Your Show of Shows. Tell me if this format sounds familiar: it was a 90-minute variety show on Saturday night from Studio 8H in New York City featuring comedy sketches and musical numbers. Sound familiar? The only difference was the writing staff was Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, and they started writing on Monday. Monday was the day they wrote the show, and then they rehearsed for the whole week and memorized it. SNL forever hasn’t been written until late Tuesday night, read-throughs were Wednesday, and a third more sketches were put into the production cycle before it aired, so nobody ever remembered it because why would you remember sketches that might not be produced? It all comes from the way you organize the show. I don’t blame the performers, but to run a show that way where you make a lot of the decisions last minute, there’s going to be a spiraling lack of commitment all the way down the line.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/21/harry-shearer-on-being-nixon-the-simpsons-movie-sequel-and-why-obama-should-return-his-nobel.html

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

I guess that explains why you find SNL funny.

Wait...soooo...either Jim Carrey is funny, which is why I like SNL, which is unfunny...

...or you're confirming that Jim Carrey is unfunny, which is why I like SNL, which is funny.

(aside from the fact that none of my posts in this thread have amounted to anything close to "Wow, great episode tonight! Typical consistent brilliance from SNL!")

Help me out here, Midge.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:56 (2 days ago) Permalink

first answer best as usual, Tarfu

Anyway I saw the 3 Carrey / McConnalincoln bits, and since 1.5 were funny they've mastered the art of beating a sketch to death in one show!

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:02 (2 days ago) Permalink

those harry shearer quotes are great, thanks. i didn't realize how accelerated the SNL schedule was. that explains a lot.

the biggest problem i have with SNL--and this goes back a long time--is that the writers seem to have no clue how to end skits. gags are just repeated with diminishing returns until some arbitrary end point. there's no sense of development or resolution, even just in a formal (not dramatic) sense. often there's pretty funny stuff in the skits, but they just kind of peter out.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

"What's the difference between life and a SNL sketch? Life doesn't go on forever." - Eric Idle

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:15 (2 days ago) Permalink

I'm genuinely surprised you like Carrey, Morbs. I always saw him as the hackiest ripoff of Jerry Lewis' schtick -- the Black Crowes to Jerry's Faces, the White Stripes to Jerry's Flat Duo Jets, the Eric Clapton to Jerry's Otis Rush, the Lenny Kravitz to Jerry's everybody.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:16 (2 days ago) Permalink

i actually don't find ernie kovacs as funny as i'm supposed to but one thing that i think more shows could pick up on are his "blackouts"--really just excuses for little demented moments that wouldn't be worth stretching out into entire skits. i actually think the brief comedy bits on e.g. letterman (even nowadays!) are funnier than SNL because they are only as long as they need to be.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:19 (2 days ago) Permalink

Carrey is one of the best movie actors of his generation (Pauline Kael concurred in her last interview) ... both in Farrelly stuff like Me, Myself & Irene and this:

http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/i-love-you-phillip-morris

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:23 (2 days ago) Permalink

there are times when Carrey "does Lewis" better than Lewis, and Jack Lemmon as good as/better than Lemmon.

this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

Pauline Kael concurred in her last interview

appeal to authority, minus six points

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:28 (2 days ago) Permalink

i do like carrey though

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:29 (2 days ago) Permalink

iirc the latest-made role referenced in that jim carrey family reunion sketch was the cable guy. might have missed a grinch but i don't think so.

da croupier, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:32 (2 days ago) Permalink

jim carrey as host in 1996 was one of the best episodes ever

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:41 (2 days ago) Permalink

the biggest problem i have with SNL--and this goes back a long time--is that the writers seem to have no clue how to end skits.

^^^ this

when you see fully-formed, well thought-out stuff done like with KITH or Mr. Show this really becomes painfully clear

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:43 (2 days ago) Permalink

yeah, it's like they actually conceived the skit as a skit, and not just as a single gag repeated with minor variations...

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:01 (2 days ago) Permalink

what up with that?

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

every now and again SNL will have a mercifully short skit and I scream with joy.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:07 (2 days ago) Permalink

i actually think "what up with that" is one of the better of the recent recurring skits if only because it doesn't aspire to be much more than just loopy

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

yeah, it has good pacing: what up with that?, talk to guest, what up with that?, talk to guest, what up with that?, lindsey buckingham, what up with that? (but a bit zanier)

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

that sketch is great precisely because it acknowledges the format's inherent inanity

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

macgruber skits were appropriate length

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:14 (2 days ago) Permalink

and they all had an ending!

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:19 (2 days ago) Permalink

that guy kenan must be one of the longest-serving SNL cast members by now, no?

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:21 (2 days ago) Permalink

he's done sketch comedy for most of his life it seems.

$0.00 Butter sauce only. No marinara. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:22 (2 days ago) Permalink

apparently darrell hammond has the record at 14 seasons, but kenan's closing in at 12

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

incredible how the criticism that they can't end sketches has been around FOREVER and somehow they just keep getting worse at it

linda cardellini (zachlyon), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:18 (2 days ago) Permalink


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