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2011-12-21 12:42:18 PM  
None of these sketches are as funny as any Stefon appearance.
 
2011-12-21 12:48:23 PM  
The proper reply to this headline, of course, is that you were neither going to sarcastically ask about SNL still being on nor comment about how it hasn't been good since whenever because you don't even have a television and haven't ever even watched the show.
 
2011-12-21 12:57:50 PM  

Pocket Ninja: The proper reply to this headline, of course, is that you were neither going to sarcastically ask about SNL still being on nor comment about how it hasn't been good since whenever because you don't even have a television and haven't ever even watched the show.


But you get HBO? Is it just through internet? I bet you can also watch SNL through the internet.
 
2011-12-21 01:25:17 PM  
I love Red Flag.

As for Gaga, her Liquorville skit with Timberlake was much funnier than What's That Name? As well as "It's Not Gay In A 3-Way"
 
2011-12-21 01:49:17 PM  
Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.
 
2011-12-21 01:52:03 PM  

BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.


Sometimes I think it's more than just the skits themselves. I have other memories attached to those older ones. SNL used to be an event when I was growing up. People actually got together to watch it. Sitting alone, today, and watching it as a rerun or off the web seems to diminish it.
 
2011-12-21 02:00:54 PM  

Diogenes: BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.

Sometimes I think it's more than just the skits themselves. I have other memories attached to those older ones. SNL used to be an event when I was growing up. People actually got together to watch it. Sitting alone, today, and watching it as a rerun or off the web seems to diminish it.


It's time. You don't remember the shiatty sketches from the 70s and 80s because, well, they were shiatty. You only remember the good ones, so you remember them all being good, but in all actuality it was probably closer to the ratio of good to shiatty sketches they have now.
 
2011-12-21 02:03:25 PM  
#1 has to be Michael Bolton.
 
2011-12-21 02:19:30 PM  

DamnYankees: #1 has to be Michael Bolton.


Man that song was freaking hilarious.
 
2011-12-21 02:32:23 PM  

BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.


Take an hour out of your day one time and watch any random episode from the first season. You may be shocked to realize that the majority of the episode is awful, with 2-3 truly funny skits, just like today, just like 5 years ago, just like 10 years ago, just like ever.
 
2011-12-21 02:36:39 PM  

Shostie: BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.

Take an hour out of your day one time and watch any random episode from the first season. You may be shocked to realize that the majority of the episode is awful, with 2-3 truly funny skits, just like today, just like 5 years ago, just like 10 years ago, just like ever.


Yeah, it's like thinking Transformers and Gi Joe were awesome as a kid and seeing them now thinking "man, these blow". I've seen some of the old SNL skits from back in the day, and yeah, there's a reason they have a lot of 'best of' collections.
 
2011-12-21 02:38:01 PM  

DamnYankees: #1 has to be Michael Bolton.


Agreed. Laughed my butt off, and came away with a surprisingly high opinion of Michael Bolton. And the "huh?" reactions from the Lonely Island guys were priceless.
 
2011-12-21 02:38:17 PM  
They got the wrong Melissa McCarthy one up: Hidden Valley Ranch taste test Linda was mess yourself funny!

/I could use that cash, Mark...$50 could get me outta a coupla jams.
//It's JACKTASTIC!!!!!
///We all hate you!
 
2011-12-21 02:40:02 PM  
Little defensive, subby? You sound like Lorne Michaels.
 
2011-12-21 02:40:07 PM  
Missing: Jesus visits Tim Tebow (pops)
 
2011-12-21 02:40:10 PM  
Every generation thinks the current SNL cast sucks, and that whoever the cast was when they first started watching it was one of the best casts. Simply a combination of nostalgia, only remembering the good sketches, and maturing/evolving taste in comedy as you age.
 
2011-12-21 02:40:51 PM  

twobux: None of these sketches are as funny as any Stefon appearance.


Indeed. They have everything: smoke, pugs, trapeze artists, three really tall guys named "Ron", the cast of Breaking Bad doing your taxes, human suitcases...
 
2011-12-21 02:40:52 PM  

Shostie: BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.

Take an hour out of your day one time and watch any random episode from the first season. You may be shocked to realize that the majority of the episode is awful, with 2-3 truly funny skits, just like today, just like 5 years ago, just like 10 years ago, just like ever.


I think they've always done an awesome job of topical humor with their parodies. What I've never liked though (and why I believe that everyone thinks it isn't funny any more), are the one-joke recurring characters each of them use to get air-time. If SNL got rid of all of them, I might watch. But really, it's easier to catch up on the good skits on YouTube.

For instance, "Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger..." Can anyone remember a joke from that skit other than the punchline I left out?
 
2011-12-21 02:43:27 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: twobux: None of these sketches are as funny as any Stefon appearance.

Indeed. They have everything: smoke, pugs, trapeze artists, three really tall guys named "Ron", the cast of Breaking Bad doing your taxes, human suitcases...


Hader and Meyers both kept breaking up in last week's Weekend Update.
 
2011-12-21 02:43:32 PM  
1. Saturday Night Live was funniest right around the age you where 11. This actually isn't because the show was cool, but because your adrenaline high you get from being a 11-year-old staying up past 11:30 makes all of your senses heightened.
2. 99% of the episodes of Saturday Night Live you have seen where in syndication, where they cut out a half hour of the shiatty oh-shiat-I-can't-think-of-an-ending filler sketches

THEREFORE

Current SNL isn't that bad.
 
2011-12-21 02:43:47 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: twobux: None of these sketches are as funny as any Stefon appearance.

Indeed. They have everything: smoke, pugs, trapeze artists, three really tall guys named "Ron", the cast of Breaking Bad doing your taxes, human suitcases...


What's a human suitcase?
 
2011-12-21 02:45:48 PM  

Shostie: BigTuna: Of all the clips they played on that Christmas special, the oldest ones were the least funny. Maybe humor has evolved or progressed, or maybe they just picked bad representatives, but I'm beginning to think that all the talk about the original SNL cast being the funniest is a bunch of historically-revised donkey shiat.

Take an hour out of your day one time and watch any random episode from the first season. You may be shocked to realize that the majority of the episode is awful, with 2-3 truly funny skits, just like today, just like 5 years ago, just like 10 years ago, just like ever.


Truth. Even the first episode is REALLY tough to get through.
 
2011-12-21 02:49:25 PM  

Monster Island: DamnYankees: #1 has to be Michael Bolton.

Agreed. Laughed my butt off, and came away with a surprisingly high opinion of Michael Bolton. And the "huh?" reactions from the Lonely Island guys were priceless.


Somehow I had missed out on that one until last week. I've easily put 10-15 views on their youtube page since then.

\The Creep should get Honorable Mention
 
2011-12-21 02:50:37 PM  
I started watching SNL regularly the last two seasons after probably a 20 year hiatus. I think it's worth watching. Most shows you have a couple great skits and then a few meh and a dud or two. Their closing skit has been pretty good lately as well sometimes the highlight of the show.

Haters gonna hate.
 
2011-12-21 02:52:01 PM  
ahh...
if only *any* of those clips worked in canuckistan.
 
2011-12-21 02:55:18 PM  
SNL was at its worst in the beginning, the mid 80's and the mid 90's. This might not fit with the theory that perception is based on nostalgia but it's true.
 
2011-12-21 02:55:53 PM  
Its all been downhill since the first time the Rock guest starred.
 
2011-12-21 02:56:37 PM  

Pocket Ninja: The proper reply to this headline, of course, is that you were neither going to sarcastically ask about SNL still being on nor comment about how it hasn't been good since whenever because you don't even have a television and haven't ever even watched the show.


You sound like you wear glasse even though there is nothing wrong with your vision.
 
2011-12-21 02:58:33 PM  
early 80's SNL
 
2011-12-21 03:03:03 PM  

sn0wblind: ahh...
if only *any* of those clips worked in canuckistan.


Does the SNL website (new window) work for you?

Also, I am a bit disappointed that the Tim Tebow sketch from this past week wasn't included. Maybe it's because I'm all up in the NFL, but that skit had me giggling like a loon. Really any time Jason Sudeikis plays the Devil or Jesus, I get the giggles.

List needs more Stefon and SNL needs more Jay Pharoah. Other than that, great list. I snortled.
 
2011-12-21 03:13:36 PM  

Smackledorfer: Its all been downhill since the first time the Rock guest starred.


Aw, c'mon. Nicotrel was hysterical.
 
2011-12-21 03:15:03 PM  

Jonathan Hohensee: 1. Saturday Night Live was funniest right around the age you where 11. This actually isn't because the show was cool, but because your adrenaline high you get from being a 11-year-old staying up past 11:30 makes all of your senses heightened.
2. 99% of the episodes of Saturday Night Live you have seen where in syndication, where they cut out a half hour of the shiatty oh-shiat-I-can't-think-of-an-ending filler sketches

THEREFORE

Current SNL isn't that bad.


This.

Though I disagree on the first point because I was 11 in 1996 and I hated that era of SNL. I liked to watch the late 80s/early 90s SNL on Comedy Central after school though.

SNL this season is basically frustrating as hell. They have some promising new cast members, there's flashes of brilliance but the problem is that half the time, the writing staff is just so damn lazy and just fall back on the same old crap. Plus, there is way too much Kristen Wiig whose as versatile as Keanu Reeves.

By the way, wish they threw in the Kemper-Pedic one...while it was juvenile, still made me laugh dammit!

/Yeah, I went there...
//The problem with Wiig is that she is perceived to be more versatile than she really is comedically.
///Bill Hader is the best cast member on the show for sure
 
2011-12-21 03:18:30 PM  
mitchcumstein1: You don't remember the shiatty sketches from the 70s and 80s because, well, they were shiatty. You only remember the good ones, so you remember them all being good, but in all actuality it was probably closer to the ratio of good to shiatty sketches they have now.


Sort of like how people point to old things and say "Yes sir, they made things RIGHT back then... not like the flimsy sh*t they make now..." when in fact, they DID make flimsy sh*t back then, but (because it was flimsy sh*t) none of it is around anymore.

And no, Di Atribe, NO ONE needs more Jay Pharoah, and I'm pretty sure it's just you and his mother who think anyone does.
 
2011-12-21 03:21:07 PM  
Couldn't make it through the commercials.
 
2011-12-21 03:26:19 PM  

Jonathan Hohensee: 1. Saturday Night Live was funniest right around the age you where 11. This actually isn't because the show was cool, but because your adrenaline high you get from being a 11-year-old staying up past 11:30 makes all of your senses heightened.


That, and also much humor doesn't age well. Case in point: Chevy Chase. He was far and away the most popular member of the cast. Watching him in the first season today, he's the weakest link. People loved his Gerald Ford back then. Today, it would never pass muster. SNL has raised their standards for Presedential impersonations, especially with Phil Hartman's Clinton and Will Ferrell's Dubya. Chevy's schtick of "My name is Gerald Ford and I'm doing something stupid. I made no effort to look, act, or talk like Gerald Ford. But I am calling myself Gerald Ford and I am doing something stupid. Get it? That that, Gerald Ford!" is as funny as a Friedberg/Seltzer movie these days.

Dan Ayckroyd's Carter was an improvement, even if he did refuse to shave the moustache for a couple of seasons. The skit where he was talking down a guy on acid was comedy gold.

"Sounds like what you're on is some Orange Sunshine. It'll be fine. Put on some music. I recommend the Allman Brothers. If you have a beer, drink it. Just keep telling yourself that you're on a heavy drug and that you're a living organism on this planet."
 
2011-12-21 03:30:38 PM  
 
2011-12-21 03:38:39 PM  

Jonathan Hohensee: 1. Saturday Night Live was funniest right around the age you where 11. This actually isn't because the show was cool, but because your adrenaline high you get from being a 11-year-old staying up past 11:30 makes all of your senses heightened.


This is correct for me, but for the wrong reasons: I was 11 back in 1978, which was the last year with the original cast (minus Chevy Chase, of course). It was only so-so in '79, and then the new cast came in for the 1980 season, which is roundly and rightly denounced as the absolute worst cast *EVAR*.
 
2011-12-21 03:39:19 PM  
The Tebow/Jesus sketch was one of the funniest I've seen on SNL in a long time. I was guffawing. Not tebowing.
 
2011-12-21 03:39:38 PM  

Di Atribe: SNL needs more Jay Pharoah


He does impressions, that's it. He does them well, but how many sketches a week call for Jay-Z or Denzel, or Will Smith?
 
2011-12-21 03:41:58 PM  

darch: The Tebow/Jesus sketch was one of the funniest I've seen on SNL in a long time. I was guffawing. Not tebowing.


It wasn't a full skit, but Sedeikis also did Satan on Weekend Update, talking about Sandusky.

"Of course I'm upset, Seth," Sudeikis said. "I'm the Prince of Darkness, but I'm not a monster."

http://www.imagecpr.com/?p=9923
 
2011-12-21 03:55:06 PM  

gunga galunga: Jonathan Hohensee: 1. Saturday Night Live was funniest right around the age you where 11. This actually isn't because the show was cool, but because your adrenaline high you get from being a 11-year-old staying up past 11:30 makes all of your senses heightened.

That, and also much humor doesn't age well. Case in point: Chevy Chase. He was far and away the most popular member of the cast. Watching him in the first season today, he's the weakest link. People loved his Gerald Ford back then. Today, it would never pass muster. SNL has raised their standards for Presedential impersonations, especially with Phil Hartman's Clinton and Will Ferrell's Dubya. Chevy's schtick of "My name is Gerald Ford and I'm doing something stupid. I made no effort to look, act, or talk like Gerald Ford. But I am calling myself Gerald Ford and I am doing something stupid. Get it? That that, Gerald Ford!" is as funny as a Friedberg/Seltzer movie these days.

Dan Ayckroyd's Carter was an improvement, even if he did refuse to shave the moustache for a couple of seasons. The skit where he was talking down a guy on acid was comedy gold.

"Sounds like what you're on is some Orange Sunshine. It'll be fine. Put on some music. I recommend the Allman Brothers. If you have a beer, drink it. Just keep telling yourself that you're on a heavy drug and that you're a living organism on this planet."


part of chevy's "f. you" charm was just that...he didn't give a flying-f.! that, and cocaine.

as for pres. impersonations, while hartman was great, don't forget darrell hammond's clinton

as for the last item there, i read that in (dan's version of) nixon's voice
 
2011-12-21 04:00:34 PM  

BeatrixK: They got the wrong Melissa McCarthy one up: Hidden Valley Ranch taste test Linda was mess yourself funny!

/I could use that cash, Mark...$50 could get me outta a coupla jams.
//It's JACKTASTIC!!!!!
///We all hate you!


That episode was the best one i've seen in awhile. Melissa was crazy funny. The Charlie Day episode was very good, too.
 
2011-12-21 04:02:00 PM  
Stolen from Twitter:

SNL is a lot like Notre Dame. Still always on NBC. Occasionally relevant. Not nearly as good as it used to be.
 
2011-12-21 04:02:05 PM  
If I have to sit through one more Gilly skit, I'm gonna climb a radio tower with a rifle straped to my back.

They were never funny. Ever.
 
2011-12-21 04:03:06 PM  
Hey - I'm no hipster; I watched this last night for hours:

blog.zap2it.com

Not the show - just the still photo. And it cracked me the fark up. Every Single Minute. And then I watched it on TV, and it was exactly as funny as the picture was.

Look at that face. Look at that! That is SO farking funny. No wonder that's a break-out character. Beats Mary Katherine Gallagher all to hell. can't wait for the movie.

images4.fanpop.com
 
2011-12-21 04:05:15 PM  

bungle_jr: part of chevy's "f. you" charm was just that...he didn't give a flying-f.! that, and cocaine.


But for me, it didn't age well at all. I may have laughed when I was seven. Today, I don't even crack a smile.

And I don't recall ever seeing Hammond's Clinton, but I have no doubt he knocked it out of the park.
 
2011-12-21 04:08:27 PM  
Wiig is okay in her standalone sketches, but they seem to choose the absolute worst ones to beat into the ground.
 
2011-12-21 04:11:56 PM  

gunga galunga: And I don't recall ever seeing Hammond's Clinton, but I have no doubt he knocked it out of the park.


Hammond was a lot like Hartman in that he had some recurring characters, mostly impressions but he was more of a solid, dependable supporting character, Hartman more than Hammond. And on SNL that's just as important as the douchebag whose only goal is to create a one note character they can make a movie out of.
 
2011-12-21 04:12:48 PM  

gunga galunga: And I don't recall ever seeing Hammond's Clinton, but I have no doubt he knocked it out of the park.


I know it's sacrilege to not consider Hartman the best at any part, but Hammond destroyed the Clinton impersonation. The monologue he delivered after the impeachment was hysterical. I wish I could find it. It was talking about his signature thumbs up and lip bite.

After that I kind of forgot about the times that Hartman ran into a Macdonald's with secret service agents.
 
2011-12-21 04:14:19 PM  

Roll of the Daisuke: Though I disagree on the first point because I was 11 in 1996 and I hated that era of SNL. I liked to watch the late 80s/early 90s SNL on Comedy Central after school though.


'89-'94 was easily the most-consistent era of SNL. A friend of mine and I recently watched the first episodes of the 1989-90 season in their entirety, and we were both surprised by the lack of bad sketches. I think we were into the third or fourth episode before we hit any truly awful sketches.
 
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