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Drunk Uncle was particularly good. "You are not a genius. You are in a t-shirt."

flavor blasted (kenan), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:47 (seven years ago) link

is michaels more ruthless about getting rid of & replacing people one by one now than in the past? jenny slate, paul brittan, the 'bitch please' woman. dunno how it was in the past.

goole, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:49 (seven years ago) link

I'm still sore about Michaela Watkins getting released. (Casey Wilson too, but that turned out alright thanks to Happy Endings.)

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:51 (seven years ago) link

I don't feel like he ever had any qualms about getting rid of featured players. Main cast is another story.

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:52 (seven years ago) link

xp Fever OTM. Watkins was great, had so much potential. Genuinely surprised that she was let go, considering who they held onto that year.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:08 (seven years ago) link

And when whole casts were replaced, it was because there was a new producer. So the only years with 100% turnover were the Doumanian season, and when Lorne replaced Ebersol.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:11 (seven years ago) link

yeah featured players have always been as likely to bounce out as to make the cast - ben stiller and sarah silverman particularly prominent ones who made two or three sketches and then disappeared. genuinely curious about the anthony michael hall season now - that writing staff is incredible.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:17 (seven years ago) link

trying to remember who lasted from the saturday night dead cast to the ferrell era - norm macdonald, tim meadows, who else?

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:18 (seven years ago) link

spade briefly right? i remember he felt very out of place and he had his own 'showcase', felt as attached to the rest of the show as albert brooks or andy kaufman. only instead of brooks or kaufman you got spade.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:20 (seven years ago) link

Mark McKinney and Molly Shannon sneaked into the cast in the season previous to Ferrell's debut

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:41 (seven years ago) link

o man forgot mckinney (i guess that means koechner was there too maybe?).

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:01 (seven years ago) link

I remember that 1995 premiere and the first cheerleaders skit, thinking oh what in fresh hell is this crap.

pplains, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:04 (seven years ago) link

Took me a long time to come around to Will Farrell.

pplains, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:04 (seven years ago) link

Same here.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:05 (seven years ago) link

For a short while, it looked like the show revolved more around Cheri Oteri than anyone else.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:06 (seven years ago) link

yeah those early episodes of that era of snl where ferrell is either second banana or glorified extra are interesting. it's like the snl's where bill murray still hasn't found his footing.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:11 (seven years ago) link

i didnt learn to like ferrell until Old School, hated him on snl

turds (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:15 (seven years ago) link

you didn't like bill brasky?

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:23 (seven years ago) link

Will Ferrell was really only WILL FERRELL in a handful of sketches during his first season. Most notably:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/wake-up-and-smile/1400225
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xczm9g_ride-the-snake_fun

Old Lunch, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:26 (seven years ago) link

Ferrell didn't take a long time at all to become hilarious imo, thanks to Harry Caray, Alex Trebek and Janet Reno.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:30 (seven years ago) link

I'd forgotten just how awesome that Wake Up and Smile sketch was.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:43 (seven years ago) link

I remember that 1995 premiere and the first cheerleaders skit, thinking oh what in fresh hell is this crap.

I remember that as well, I thought the same thing.

controversial cabaret roommate (Nicole), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:44 (seven years ago) link

yeah "ride the snake" was killer

but hated ferrell for a long time, even after he came into his own it just felt like he was in every sketch doing the same thing in most of them -- a little of him goes a long way imo

jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:45 (seven years ago) link

true SNL fans looked past the overblown comedic stylings of will ferrell and instead appreciated the nuanced humor of jim breuer

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:48 (seven years ago) link

lol

94-95 season was such a heartbreaker, how they could chris elliott, michael mckean, chris elliott and janeane garofalo and just get barely anything of value out of that cast

jaz a make wardance (some dude), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:49 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haAhdtDmsOw

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:53 (seven years ago) link

ferrell is one of the best SNL cast members of all time

farte blanche (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

otm

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:54 (seven years ago) link

not gonna lie, I loved Goat Boy

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:55 (seven years ago) link

he did recurring characters like the cheerleaders but once he became the star attraction of the show he also seemed to push for a lot of weird sketches that probably wouldn't have made it without him. even a lot of his recurring stuff, like the lovers and bill braski, is pretty weird.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:56 (seven years ago) link

The Lovers is fucking brutal and wonderful every single time

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

also can we talk for a second about how Cheri Oteri is an unsung genius?

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:57 (seven years ago) link

will always love ferrell for continuing to do harry caray even after caray died. also this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajv_8XG9TSQ

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

i don't know if i'd go that far but i do wonder why she totally disappeared after SNL. i guess that happens to pretty much every female castmember unfortunately.
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congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:58 (seven years ago) link

other than fey and poehler

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

maybe maya rudolph and jane curtin. still, not a great track record for the women of SNL.

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 20:59 (seven years ago) link

i just remembered that horatio sanz existed

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:00 (seven years ago) link

Jim Carrey never found a problem he couldn't mug his way out of, up to and including "other people having lines to say"

Andrew Farrell, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:01 (seven years ago) link

i just remembered that horatio sanz existed


Ha, have you seen him lately?

http://tv.popcrunch.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/horatio-sanz-100-weight-loss.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:04 (seven years ago) link

julia louis dreyfus most successful post snl career for a woman

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:06 (seven years ago) link

I feel like the Fey-Poehler-Dratch-Rudolph-Shannon-Gasteyer-Wiig generation as a whole has been shockingly successful/in the public eye post-SNL compared to previous generations of female cast members (I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jane Curtin were the biggest successes prior, followed by Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo, Laurie Metcalfe and Joan Cusack)

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:07 (seven years ago) link

When was Laurie Metcalf on SNL?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

and ana gasteyer is doing well on suburgatory. but yeah wiig definitely breaking new ground. radner saddest case of hollywood and tv having no idea what to do w/ someone after snl.

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:08 (seven years ago) link

Laurie Metcalfe was on SNL in 1981

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:09 (seven years ago) link

For one episode!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:11 (seven years ago) link

it was a career-changing moment

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:12 (seven years ago) link

Michaela Watkins has been showing up here and there...the movie Wanderlust and the first episode of this season's Key and Peele (which I think is hilarious).

dan selzer, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:12 (seven years ago) link

i loved cheri oteri's pilled-up retiree character

goole, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:14 (seven years ago) link

to this day I drive ppl around me crazy by shouting "SIMMA DOWN NAH!" at them

set me on fire RAAAAH (DJP), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:14 (seven years ago) link

michaela watkins and casey wilson exits (too old, too fat) maybe most sexist snl moment, way more than janeane garofalo rolling her eyes at frat boys or andrew dice clay hosting

balls, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:16 (seven years ago) link


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