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very strong episode, even if Applegate was just doing her Wiig impression

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Monday, 15 October 2012 19:48 (nine years ago) link

I sorta feel like the fake talk show format is the only way Lorne will greenlight new sketch ideas anymore. Like I can totally see the writers pitching the sketch as, "something about how first world problems it is to complain about shitty iPhone apps". And Lorne being all, "ehhh, I don't know". And the writers say, "what if we framed it as a talk show?". Lorne responds, "Brilliant! Run it".

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:41 (nine years ago) link

Yes, probably

Raymond Cummings, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:44 (nine years ago) link

i had a terrible sinking feeling that they were going to cut to sandusky getting a corresponding look from a child. I half-wondered if that WAS the intent originally and then they decided they couldn't possibly air it.

this definitely happened, only question is whether they got as far as planning to shoot it, I'd like to think they stopped themselves before booking a child actor.

boxall, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:48 (nine years ago) link

tech talk skit was not at all acceptable btw

乒乓, Saturday, 20 October 2012 16:15 (nine years ago) link

Okay, let's call a goddamn moratorium on the overused song-as-monologue trope. Seriously. Stop it.

That debate cold open was fantastic, though.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:51 (nine years ago) link

I thought the debate opening was pretty good; I'm still getting used to Jay Pharoah, and I think Sudeikis has been funnier as Romney. The questioners were good.

clemenza, Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:54 (nine years ago) link

Did they let Bruno Mars write that Haters sketch? Ugh.

LOUIS C. K. hosting!!!!! Had this been announced before?

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 03:58 (nine years ago) link

Who's this mulatto fop singing on my television set

turds (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:03 (nine years ago) link

Well. This episode sure has taken a quick turn towards unwatchability.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:10 (nine years ago) link

I liked the Sad Mouse thing.

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:15 (nine years ago) link

Wow, Stefon moved to tears.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:29 (nine years ago) link

hader to the rescue

turds (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:30 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, Sidney Appelbaum more than made up for Bruno Mars.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 04:31 (nine years ago) link

lol'd like twice, terrible ep

cant wait 4 louie

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:21 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, it only got good when Bruno Mars was marginalized or absent altogether. Some high highs but overall the worst episode I've seen in a long time. Like in several years.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 05:40 (nine years ago) link

who would've thought that bruno mars would produce something horrifyingly terrible

lil dirk (J0rdan S.), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:02 (nine years ago) link

Was Kenan even there this week?

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:03 (nine years ago) link

Just in the opening monologue.

Good to see Aidy Bryant finally get some airtime, though. And the Donkey Punch The Vote sketch at the end was funnier than about 90% of the rest of the show.

5-Hour Enmity (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:09 (nine years ago) link

I still think Sad Mouse was sweet, if not really funny. Also, Stefon. Also, the debate cold open.

The rest...what a disaster for NBC.

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:11 (nine years ago) link

Why do they gotsta ruin my Louis C.K. experience with fundot at the musical guest? This is why we can't have nice things.

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:12 (nine years ago) link

Their last good musical guest was Meat Loaf in 1981, so who cares.

turds (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:20 (nine years ago) link

who would've thought that bruno mars would produce something horrifyingly terrible

Oh, I predicted garbage from the day it was announced, but I live to be proven wrong and pleasantly surprised (a la Seth MacFarlane). It's just that it was so much worse than I'd imagined.

But, yeah, edit this down to the cold open, Stefon, maybe Donkey Punch and the haunted ride (I really love that bit but I can dig that it might not be everybody's groove) and you've got a solid half hour amidst the crap. I can always find something to love in even the worst episodes.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:23 (nine years ago) link

I can always find something to love in even the worst episodes.

Lorne designs them that way. I'm sure good stuff gets left in the writers' room every week.

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:26 (nine years ago) link

Well, I live in hope that "Bruno Mars does shitty singing impersonations for ten minutes" and "the Raping Yeti" weren't the cream of this week's writing crop.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 06:30 (nine years ago) link

Oddly, the frontpage ad on Hulu for the Bruno Mars SNL seems to be taken from a sketch that didn't even air.

Michael F Gill, Sunday, 21 October 2012 17:02 (nine years ago) link

people still say "mulatto"?!

all the other twinks with their fucked up dicks (billy), Sunday, 21 October 2012 18:20 (nine years ago) link

no, just cankles

johnny crunch, Sunday, 21 October 2012 18:26 (nine years ago) link

I'mma give 'Sad Mouse' another chance. I checked out about halfway through the Pandora sketch so I wasn't a particularly receptive audience at that point, but in theory, it fits the bill for the type of slightly more dramatic work SNL used to feature all the time but slowly moved away from (like this classic short). And I really want to support any move in that direction. Even if Bruno Mars is unfortunately a part of it.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 19:27 (nine years ago) link

Oh, for anyone who's curious (especially since, to my knowledge, there's never been any follow up publicity about his exit), Paul Brittain is back doing regular improv gigs at iO in Chicago.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 19:29 (nine years ago) link

I think you're all being to hard on Bruno. He was a fine performer, he didn't fuck up or look like a deer in the headlights, I mean, would you rather have a sports figure (excepting the few who are actually entertaining). The material was mostly pretty week but I'm not blaming him for it.

And mulatto? That's weird.

dan selzer, Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:24 (nine years ago) link

I'll admit to coming into the episode with a pretty strong bias against Bruno Mars. But the same was true of the Seth MacFarlane episode and he definitely pulled that one out. I know nothing about sports and the sports dudes are usually stiff as hell when they host but they don't usually come across as so completely in love with themselves as Bruno does so it's more fun to see them goofin' around out of their element.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:36 (nine years ago) link

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish between being in love with what you are doing and being in love with yourself.

The Owls of Ja Rule (DJP), Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:46 (nine years ago) link

bruno mars hosting gig due to whatever internet input they were soliciting (purely speculative on my part) and hopes for another timberlake probably right?

balls, Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:51 (nine years ago) link

also w/ athletes hosting i think there's been a big difference between major pro team athletes hosting (a la barkley, the mannings, or oj and fran tarkenton way back when) and olympic athletes (phelps, kerrigan), the pro athletes have had alot more experience w/ media, building their brand, major ad campaigns, etc. by the time peyton hosted he'd already been in nearly an hour's worth of awful awful snl type sketches for oreo or whoever. these guys also have big, well known personas or auras that snl can play off even if the athlete host isn't a natural (eg michael jordan).

balls, Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:58 (nine years ago) link

good point. Barkley and the Mannings were relatively great, Phelps was terrible.

dan selzer, Sunday, 21 October 2012 23:17 (nine years ago) link

Man there have been some awful sketches this season: Pandora, My Kitty Cat, Foot Locker/Gangnam Style, Haters, Dance Studio...

I liked My Kitty Cat for no defensible reason.

Bout to go Jethro TULL on that ass (Johnny Fever), Monday, 22 October 2012 05:17 (nine years ago) link

kitty cat will probably be seen as a beloved classic 10 years from now

turds (Hungry4Ass), Monday, 22 October 2012 06:25 (nine years ago) link

It's funny to imagine the writers watching alien and thinking, "who brought the cat?" The parodies of various aliens crew members were also good. Already a beloved classic imo.

overfaded aeropostale bootcuts I have owned (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 22 October 2012 06:32 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I liked it.

And I know everyone thought I was crazy by noting how little Vanessa there was last week. Well she barely did better this week.

dan selzer, Monday, 22 October 2012 07:53 (nine years ago) link

SNL is a total Rorschach test. Quality-wise, I don't think there's anything universally agreed upon except maybe that the late '80s/early '90s era was the show's peak. The highly subjective and wildly differing opinions of what works and what doesn't and what's good and what isn't is probably due to some formula Lorne's worked out that keeps the show successful. "There are too many highbrow sketches this week. We need something dumb that some people will love and that other people will spend all week complaining about on the internet."

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Monday, 22 October 2012 12:34 (nine years ago) link

I think valuing Sandler/Schnieder/Spade/Farley over, say, the first five years would be pretty far from universally agreed!

Andrew Farrell, Monday, 22 October 2012 12:51 (nine years ago) link

meyers, carvey too?

s.clover, Monday, 22 October 2012 13:03 (nine years ago) link

Oh, for anyone who's curious (especially since, to my knowledge, there's never been any follow up publicity about his exit), Paul Brittain is back doing regular improv gigs at iO in Chicago.

I saw he and J3t Ev3l3th were doing a two-person thing, but I had the impression it was a one-off -- he's not, like, on a team, is he?

Sandy Denny Real Estate (jaymc), Monday, 22 October 2012 13:03 (nine years ago) link

and yeah, the cat sketch is like the only memorable bit this season.

s.clover, Monday, 22 October 2012 13:04 (nine years ago) link

xpost

Yeah, he's back in Challenger!

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Monday, 22 October 2012 13:10 (nine years ago) link

I think valuing Sandler/Schnieder/Spade/Farley over, say, the first five years would be pretty far from universally agreed!

Dude, yr chronology is effed. That's early to mid-'90s. I'm talking about Hartman/Hooks/Lovitz/Carvey et al.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Monday, 22 October 2012 13:12 (nine years ago) link

And anyone who still trumpets about the first five years as Best Evah!!! probably watched the show at the time and not once since and also complains about how music went south ever since disco happened. IMVHO.

false pie promises (Old Lunch), Monday, 22 October 2012 13:17 (nine years ago) link

This show sucks.

Hadrian VIII, Monday, 22 October 2012 13:43 (nine years ago) link


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