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Cool Drones was fantastic, you guys are cray. Your Childhood Home was better though. That was literally the worst cold open I've ever seen on this show.

HAPPY BDAY TOOTS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 19 November 2012 15:27 (nine years ago) link

didn't make the cut...

is there a version of this that can be seen in the outside world?

good naber He help get undr control (sic), Monday, 19 November 2012 22:48 (nine years ago) link

Probably not. SNL and NBC are among the shows/networks who keep the tightest controls on their content.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 19 November 2012 22:51 (nine years ago) link

Cool Drones was such a fucking abortion

Think about the amount of attention to detail Robert Smigel/TV Funhouse paid to 70s and 80s cartoons (like the Mr T bit) and the amount of attention Lonely Island/Andy Samberg paid to 90s R&B bands (like "Dick in a Box") (or Mr. Show's One Plus One Minus One even) and you can really see what a diharrea stream of half-remembered "references" that skit was. It was seriously like the creators only remembered "cartoons" and "boy bands" from comedy sketches they'd seen about about them.

tome crues (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:04 (nine years ago) link

Agreed

dan selzer, Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:51 (nine years ago) link

yeah that cartoon was a sad TV Funhouse knockoff, i hope Smigel called up Lorne and yelled at him after it aired

The Doc Morbama (some dude), Saturday, 24 November 2012 02:31 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Dennis Perrin on the memorial for Tom Davis in Studio 8H:

Murray recalled how Tom saved him in a meeting, when Murray was new to the cast and dying slowly each week. Murray pitched Nick the Lounge Singer, but had no ending for it. Tom said, "I'll help Billy finish the sketch," which Murray confessed reversed his fortunes on the show. Murray choked up a bit remembering Tom, and spoke of the love he had for many in the room.

Franken verged on tears through much of his eulogy. He painted an impressionistic picture of Franken and Davis, starting as teens cracking each other up in a Minneapolis basement, learning their craft in LA clubs before moving east to work on SNL. Success, shared joy, disappointment, eventual break up — Franken and Davis experienced it all. You saw this history in Franken's expressions, something he did little to hide.

The concluding point, shared by all the speakers, was that Tom was a model for how to die. No self-pity. No anger. Acceptance of fate. Embracement of life. The last time I saw Tom he was clearly wasting away, yet he mocked his cancer while remaining upbeat. According to his wife, Mimi Raleigh, Tom left this world with a smile on his face. I definitely believe that.

http://splitsider.com/2012/12/saying-goodbye-to-tom-davis-and-letting-go-of-snl/

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 8 December 2012 06:17 (nine years ago) link

2 chainz

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 December 2012 05:02 (nine years ago) link

shouldve been a 1/2 hr 2 chainz set considering how bad the 1st 30 mins of this show was

johnny crunch, Sunday, 9 December 2012 05:17 (nine years ago) link

thought this was irredeemable until Mulroney and Maine

Gukbe, Sunday, 9 December 2012 05:44 (nine years ago) link

Maine Justice is fucking ALL-TIME! Best sketch I've seen on SNL in years.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 9 December 2012 05:45 (nine years ago) link

"once I got banged to death, then I got banged back to life after five minutes. thanks crystals!"

some dude, Sunday, 9 December 2012 05:56 (nine years ago) link

xp are you... serious?

flopson, Sunday, 9 December 2012 06:14 (nine years ago) link

Absolutely.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 9 December 2012 06:16 (nine years ago) link

D-:

flopson, Sunday, 9 December 2012 06:17 (nine years ago) link

It would've been even funnier if they hadn't explained why these cajuns were all in Maine, but even with that it was still the most batshit and exuberant sketch in recent memory. Sudeikis channeling Carvey was ace, Foxx breaking uncontrollably, Charlie Day cameo, Mardi Gras band as the button, "hush your butts!", everything.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 9 December 2012 06:22 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I was laughing all through that. Sorry, flopson.

endless budgie (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 9 December 2012 08:59 (nine years ago) link

Maine Justice was absolutely shockingly good

Clay, Sunday, 9 December 2012 11:23 (nine years ago) link

i missed the rest of the episode so i think my expectations were just relatively un-lowered compared to yours, presuming you watched it from the beginning

flopson, Sunday, 9 December 2012 21:01 (nine years ago) link

rest of the episode up to that sketch

flopson, Sunday, 9 December 2012 21:02 (nine years ago) link

"once I got banged to death, then I got banged back to life after five minutes. thanks crystals!"

― some dude, Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:56 AM (15 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This was great. "Gamour!"

and I scream Fieri Eiffel Tower High (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Sunday, 9 December 2012 21:16 (nine years ago) link

yeah. last sketch before the end is hit-or-miss but always at least tries to be a sketch.

s.clover, Sunday, 9 December 2012 23:21 (nine years ago) link

Traditionally, the final sketch has been the repository of bland shittiness/shitty blandness. But weirdly, they've started keeping some of the best sketches for the end. What, are they trying to ensure everyone stays tuned for Live From Daryl's House?

(at least, that's what comes on my NBC station after SNL)

and I scream Fieri Eiffel Tower High (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Monday, 10 December 2012 00:22 (nine years ago) link

I thought this one was one of the best episodes of the past few years. Nothing wincingly bad.

nickn, Monday, 10 December 2012 03:30 (nine years ago) link

I thought the first half was pretty bad, though I enjoyed the monologue. I thought Tyler Perry was an ok idea and executed really well but just not that funny. I really don't like the j-pop skit. Maybe a little bit the first time and sometimes guests add a bit to it, like Jamie Foxx's no doubt deliberate callback to The Last Dragon. When they came back with another game show skit I was like "oh god no, not another game show" but as soon as they announced it I was dying. Especially since I IMMEDIATELY said "they should have Rupert Everett on there too", so when that happened we were dying.

Charlie Day was great.

dan selzer, Monday, 10 December 2012 03:53 (nine years ago) link

For a Martin Short-hosted Christmas episode, that was okay. He was even funny here and there, mostly in the royal OB-GYN sketch.

flared bass (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:26 (nine years ago) link

said it before but sudeikis in what up with that will never fail to remind me that humans have an endless capacity for joy.

Clay, Sunday, 16 December 2012 12:38 (nine years ago) link

felt like i appreciate the episode more because of reading the recent Martin Short profile in Vanity Fair: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2013/01/martin-short-hollywoods-most-beloved

some dude, Sunday, 16 December 2012 13:06 (nine years ago) link

folks caught sam jackson cursing on "what up", right?

s.clover, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:24 (nine years ago) link

it actually kinda passed me by, my wife had to tell me what just happened

some dude, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:27 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xqd-MjeNTzc
Love Kenan's "That costs money!"

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:27 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I did. I was all "oh Samuel L. Jackson, noooo".

Kenan reacted like a PRO!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:28 (nine years ago) link

I didn't catch Jackson's follow-up "This is bullshit!" though.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:29 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I picked that up live too.

I missed Carrie's reaction because I was doing the math for two obscenity outbursts in my head.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:30 (nine years ago) link

bar mitzvah kid was good, also.

s.clover, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:30 (nine years ago) link

I believe that the purpose of the gyno sketch was to break Bill Hader. Can't have another Stefon appearance so soon? Translate the same idea to a new setting!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:36 (nine years ago) link

my fav sketch of the night was the weird 'old friends' thing w/ Martin Short and Fred Armisen -- can easily get annoyed with both of those guys but it was fun to see them play off of each other in a way that utilized each guy's unique weirdness

some dude, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:44 (nine years ago) link

Samuel L. Jackson ‏@SamuelLJackson
I only said FUH not FUCK! K was sposed to cut off da BULLSHIT, blew it!! pic.twitter.com/XLKgYTeT

Gukbe, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:11 (nine years ago) link

see if i was someone like SLJ and i was just hanging out at SNL and they wanted to put me in a sketch, i'd drop the f-bomb on purpose, and write a check for whatever the fine would be before even leaving the building

some dude, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:13 (nine years ago) link

"i was in three star wars movies, keep the change"

some dude, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:13 (nine years ago) link

Why can't Secret Santa just be openly gay? Hello, it's 2010!

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:21 (nine years ago) link

but don't tell my parents.

s.clover, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:49 (nine years ago) link

Thanks for posting that VF piece, some dude. Great read.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 16 December 2012 21:35 (nine years ago) link

usually during the xmas episode everyone goes out and skates in the Rockefeller Center ice skating rink; what happened :(

epic album: the pluto (Whiney G. Weingarten), Monday, 17 December 2012 12:47 (nine years ago) link

four weeks pass...

http://www.avclub.com/articles/10to1-odds-19-bizarre-sketches-from-saturday-night,91162/

this is kind of a fun article but this will always be the definitive 10-to-one SNL sketch for me: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/97/97pbible.phtml

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 20:30 (nine years ago) link

god that sketch was bombing with the audience but it was so fucking funny

joint keefs of staff (m bison), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:01 (nine years ago) link

oddly i didn't even remember that will ferrell was in that sketch, in my memory it was just tim meadows as a lone shirtless bible salesman. but i do remember catching it at the end of the show and just being like "..."

congratulations (n/a), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:06 (nine years ago) link

I had never seen that one, the writing is just totally bizarre.

Here's one with no writing at all, I still bring this up almost 25 years later.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV7Qz640OeM

Sailor-neighbor of Chaucer's wife (Tubby) (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 16 January 2013 21:55 (nine years ago) link

I had never seen this one until someone mentioned it in the comments of that AV Club piece. Sudeikis and Forte always go all in, love those guys.

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/potato-chip/1182388/

Gollum: "Hot, Ready and Smeagol!" (Phil D.), Thursday, 17 January 2013 02:44 (nine years ago) link


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