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Old 04-17-2006, 12:56 PM   #1
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does anyone watch anymore? Made the mistake of tuning in on the weekend to see Pearl Jam. Wow, should have taped it and just watched the musical portion. Nothing even remotely funny. How does it stay on the air?
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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mods, please move this to the off topic forum, too much multi-tasking when I posted this...
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Old 04-17-2006, 02:25 PM   #3
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I started watching SNL around 1986 when I was 12 years old. We used to tune in to watch Saturday Night's Main Event, yeah wrestling, and sometimes screwed up the date and had to watch SNL instead.

Have not watched wrestling since 1989 and SNL since 1999.
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Old 04-17-2006, 05:13 PM   #4
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I think NBC gives it a break in the down years because Lorne has a proven record of recovering and reinventing the cast. There have been a few down periods like this and they've come back strong in a couple of years.

The show hasn't been very funny since Will Ferrell left really.

I also think the loss of Phil Hartman was huge. He's the type of guy that could've carried the show in this kind of a transition period. I could see him still on the show if he were around. He was the perfect SNL cast member.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:17 PM   #5
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Tiny Fey and Will Forte of Clone High fame, and Amy Poehler to a degree are the only people who can make me giggle.
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Old 04-17-2006, 06:53 PM   #6
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Actually, there have been a few really funny episodes this year, in amongst the now expected crap. The one Matt Dillon hosted was quite good IIRC. The Digital Shorts have been a nice addition.

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NBC gives it a break because you would never, ever find another show that could consistently draw that many viewers at 11:30 on Saturday nights.

Funny or not, it's a fixture that people keep coming back to.
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Old 04-17-2006, 07:14 PM   #7
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The Steve Martin hosting episode a while back wasn't bad either.

Saturday Night Live needs to clear house and build around the young talent (sorta like the Leafs -- if they had young talent).

Mya Rudolph, Horatio Sans, Chris Parnell, Darell Hammond and Rachel Dratch need to go.

Build around Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Finesse Mitchell and some other fresh young talent, bring in a few more new writers and go.

The Digitial shorts are an example of the direction the show needs to take. And no more cartoons by Robert Smigel! Those are never funny anymore.
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:32 AM   #8
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The only guy I like is Samberg, and that's only because of his raps. I enjoyed the natalie portman rap more than the Chronic Of Narnia. By the way how was Pearl Jam?
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The only guy I like is Samberg, and that's only because of his raps. I enjoyed the natalie portman rap more than the Chronic Of Narnia. By the way how was Pearl Jam?
Pearl Jam looked pretty solid. Played 2 new tunes, I liked 'em. Looking forward to the album release in early May.
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Old 04-18-2006, 11:52 AM   #10
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The show has always been hit and miss. Even in the 1970s there were a lot of unfunny skits along with the classic ones we remember. We only remember the funniest bits.

Of the current cast, I think Chris Parnell is the best. Amy Poehler is good, and Andy Samberg has promise.

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The show hasn't been very funny since Will Ferrell left really.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:22 PM   #12
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The best episodes are the ones where Walken hosts - I'd say most of the skits he is in are pretty damned funny.

Something about that guy, he really brings it when he is on SNL.
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Old 04-18-2006, 03:34 PM   #13
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Christopher Walken can make anything watchable. Maybe even SNL. I would watch SNL if he hosts it again sometime.

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I just realized I haven't wacthed it for at least 6 months.
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People have been saying it was unfunny since the 80's. There is always a load of crap and a few classics, and the cast gets shaken up fairly regularly so you never know who will turn out to be good. And I think Tina Fey is hot.
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SNL's hottest recurring character is Stefon.

Stefon - "New York's hottest club is Push. this club has everything; ghosts, banjos, Carl Palideno, a stuck up kitten who won't sign autographs, furckles..."
Seth - "oooh, do i wanna know?"
Stefon - "yes, you do."
Seth - "so Furckles are.....?"
Stefon - "Fat urkles!"
Seth - "sure, sure they are..."
Stefon - "and after you've been with one of those guys you'll ask yourself 'did i do thaaaat?'"

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I simply adore Kristen Wiig. She's a chameleon and although I could do without the Gilly sketches, I really like Penelope. I also think her impression of Kathie Lee Gifford is spot-on.

I make sure to PVR every new episode, but I won't lie, I find myself doing a lot of fast forwarding. The show churned out some great talent and I find that they are missing a step since Maya Rudolf, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler left (IMO).

The Weekend Update is funny sometimes, but Seth is always smiling and it's distracting. Not that I'm complaining...I like seeing his cute face. I like to search YouTube for old Weekend Updates and it's interesting to see how the feature has evolved throughout the years. Norm MacDonald put an interesting spin on things, while Jane Curtin is probably my favorite female anchor to do Weekend Update: "Jane, you sult!"

It's hit and miss these days. I think that has a lot to do with personal tastes. A lot of friends told me they loved Jim Carrey's Black Swan skit, while I hated it. On the other hand, I thought Dana Carvey's recent hosting gig was outstanding, and some friends commented on how weak that episode was.
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The scared straight skits make me laugh even though the formula is exactly the same for each one.
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troutman, you bumped a five year old thread. Really? Really?
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I simply adore Kristen Wiig. She's a chameleon and although I could do without the Gilly sketches, I really like Penelope. I also think her impression of Kathie Lee Gifford is spot-on.

I make sure to PVR every new episode, but I won't lie, I find myself doing a lot of fast forwarding. The show churned out some great talent and I find that they are missing a step since Maya Rudolf, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler left (IMO).

The Weekend Update is funny sometimes, but Seth is always smiling and it's distracting. Not that I'm complaining...I like seeing his cute face. I like to search YouTube for old Weekend Updates and it's interesting to see how the feature has evolved throughout the years. Norm MacDonald put an interesting spin on things, while Jane Curtin is probably my favorite female anchor to do Weekend Update: "Jane, you sult!"

It's hit and miss these days. I think that has a lot to do with personal tastes. A lot of friends told me they loved Jim Carrey's Black Swan skit, while I hated it. On the other hand, I thought Dana Carvey's recent hosting gig was outstanding, and some friends commented on how weak that episode was.
I don't know, Kristen Wig is talented, but I just feel like she's being crammed down our throats.

And the humor just isn't subtle anymore.

I grew up in the glory years of the shows first lets say 10 years, where you had brilliant skits like the Killer Bee's, the Samuri Short Order Cook, Its a wonderful life alternate ending.

Weekend updates with Dan Akroyd, and Dennis Miller and even Tina Fey were brilliant.

The show has really lost steam, I'd say its as bad or worse then the cast that should have worked but failed with Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Michael Hall etc.
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