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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
PostPosted: Sat February 13, 2021 3:35 am 
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I've watched more SNL in the last year than I have since the 90s glory days. Is this show going through a renaissance of sorts or is this just pandemic TV habits for me? It's a lot funnier than I remember it being in the last decade and a half. The cast and writers don't seem to be doing the same "beat the same joke to death" thing that used to kill skits for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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I somehow missed out on the whole Mulaney era, by the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
PostPosted: Sat February 13, 2021 6:47 am 
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Really? They’ve had some moments but I don’t think the past couple seasons have been that great. Granted, I still like enough to consistently watch.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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I'm an overworked dad now and 2021 is bleak as hell, so my mileage for humor may vary.

Again, I haven't seen this show in years. It's just funnier than I remember, is all.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
PostPosted: Sat February 13, 2021 7:58 pm 
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As RM's resident SNL historian, I'd say that the current period is marked by wildly different results: Boring, tired political/topical stuff (with the occasional home run), contrasted with really fun and outlandish/absurdist stuff that used to be reserved for the ten-to-one slot.

The other big difference is that the entire cast feels lab-created in their purpose. Unlike the 90s, when the cast was largely filled with standup comics, and the aughts which ushered in a new era of sketch writers raised on prior sketch comedy and with the pedigree of UCB, Second City, etc, the current crop seems to have had their sights on SNL since childhood, and followed an established path to get there. Andy Samberg begat Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, and Chloe Fineman (whose youtube videos had gone viral prior to getting auditions).

What feels unique to the current iteration is how inclusivity measures have brought in some really fresh voices and memorable comedy: writer Julio Torres, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, etc are all super talented, but never would've flown in prior iterations.

Pete Davidson is a fucking drag and needs mental health services more than he needs a career in comedy. I think they keep him around because he's popular with the kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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When Machine Gun Kelly was on, all me and my wife could talk about during the show was how much we bet him and Pete Davidson hung out during rehearsals. Sure enough, during the closing credits, there they were...chumming it up.

The absurdist stuff is hilarious now. The Hot Damn skit from last week had me rolling. But so did the WU bit where they cancelled a bunch of kids.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Some of the best recent stuff, off the top of my head:

















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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Thanks. That'll keep me busy.

Would you be willing to attempt an outline of all the distinct SNL eras and rank them?


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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tragabigzanda wrote:
Some of the best recent stuff, off the top of my head:
















Papyrus and Career Day are holler worthy.

Watching the evil invention one really made me miss Bobby Moynihan.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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i liked this one..



the rock evil invention one was laugh out loud


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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This Regina King episode is bad. She’s game, the writing just stinks.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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tragabigzanda wrote:
This Regina King episode is bad. She’s game, the writing just stinks.

The fleoana sketch was great!

Also I just love beck Bennet so much his drink Tom Brady had me rolling.

Regina is definitely awesome but yea the writing definitely sucked


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
PostPosted: Mon February 15, 2021 12:49 am 
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That was a disappointing episode, one of the least funny episodes of the season. Bennett’s Tom Brady bit was good and I thought the housewives sign sketch was alright but otherwise a forgettable evening.
Rege Jean Page from Bridgerton hosts next week. I don’t watch the show and am not familiar with him.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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I hope Beck Bennet finds some success outside of SNL. He's so fucking talented. I love him so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Pelotaunt was funny. As was the gorilla glue lawsuit sketch. Update has some good lines.

I also enjoyed both of Rateliffs songs.

What the fuck was with that elbow bit in the high school auditorium?

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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Biff Pocoroba wrote:
Rege Jean Page from Bridgerton hosts next week. I don’t watch the show and am not familiar with him.

yikes, that's fast. wonder if they're having some issues getting people to host.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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While I agree that the Regina King ep wasn't the strongest, the Weed Gummy skit is the funniest thing I've seen on this show in a long time.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Nick Jonas pulls double duty next week as host & musical guest next week before the show takes another break.


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 Post subject: Re: Saturday Night Live
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Just watching the A&E special Chris Farley: Anything for a Laugh from 2019.

Fucking heartbreaking. They have a lot of SNL alumni as well as old friends and fam telling stories about how they saw his decline. Ackroyd, Spade, Goodman, Nealon, Franken, his brothers all remembering him. It's the best doc I've seen of him yet.

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