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2011-12-21 04:15:07 PM

gunga galunga: 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.


really? hammond was clinton from the time hartman died till the time hammond left snl, and i think he's even been back as a surprise guest since then. you must look up some video clips of hammond's clinton...spot on! as much as i loved hartman in pretty much everything hartman was involved in, hammond IS clinton!
 
2011-12-21 04:15:22 PM

Tourney3p0: Wiig is okay in her standalone sketches, but they seem to choose the absolute worst ones to beat into the ground.


She doesn't know how to share the stage. If you put her in the skit, she's going to act like it was written for her and everyone else is only there to set her up.

Diogenes: Hader and Meyers both kept breaking up in last week's Weekend Update.


Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.
 
2011-12-21 04:15:46 PM

gunga galunga: 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.


Chase's job interview of Richard Pryor, where he drops the N-bomb, was pretty mind-blowing back in the day.

/Pryor: "DEAD honky!"
 
2011-12-21 04:16:30 PM

Tourney3p0: Wiig is okay in her standalone sketches, but they seem to choose the absolute worst ones to beat into the ground.


THIS.

I farking hate the Target lady.

I do like the "one upmanship" lady. The one who always did whatever you said, but bigger and better.
 
2011-12-21 04:18:32 PM

chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.


Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.
 
2011-12-21 04:19:25 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: 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.


hartman at mcdonalds is always the sketch that pops in my head when i think of his clinton
 
2011-12-21 04:21:16 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.

Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.


guess that explains why it's the ONLY time i ever see hader crack up on camera. stefon is one of the best things on that show these days...it's GOLD jerry...GOLD!
 
2011-12-21 04:22:05 PM

perigee: Beats Mary Katherine Gallagher all to hell.


Not if you like upskirts.
 
2011-12-21 04:22:11 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. SNL humor is geared toward an 11 year old's mentality and maturity level.


Fixed.
 
2011-12-21 04:23:16 PM
Fart bathroom retard ha ha ha?
 
2011-12-21 04:24:39 PM

Balchinian: 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. SNL humor is geared toward an 11 year old's mentality and maturity level.


Fixed.


perhaps my mind is that of an 11 year old. last week's episode (12/10/11) had me SCREAMING with laughter for about 1/3 of the show, laughing heavily for about another 1/3...and the 1/3 "meh" was still quite funny. this week (12/17) was only about 1/2 good, though
 
2011-12-21 04:25:36 PM

bungle_jr: Time Traveling Bunnies: chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.

Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.

guess that explains why it's the ONLY time i ever see hader crack up on camera. stefon is one of the best things on that show these days...it's GOLD jerry...GOLD!


This X 10.
 
2011-12-21 04:26:35 PM

TXEric: bungle_jr: Time Traveling Bunnies: chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.

Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.

guess that explains why it's the ONLY time i ever see hader crack up on camera. stefon is one of the best things on that show these days...it's GOLD jerry...GOLD!

This X 10.


this x 100!

i really love when his voice completely changes for the name of a club
 
2011-12-21 04:27:50 PM
Point well taken, one and all. I'll definitely try to track down some videos of Darrell Hammond as Clinton tonight.
 
2011-12-21 04:33:25 PM

bungle_jr: Time Traveling Bunnies: 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.

hartman at mcdonalds is always the sketch that pops in my head when i think of his clinton


I think hartman was funnier as Clinton but Hammond was more of a better actual impression. That said Hammond was awesome at impressions. I think I read somewhere that there were a few times where the announcer Don Pardo was sick, and they just got Daryl Hammond to do the announcement of the cast the star and the musical guest over the opening credits in a Don Pardo voice.
 
2011-12-21 04:37:29 PM
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a lot of ignorance in this thread.
 
2011-12-21 04:39:37 PM
I remember liking that Batman parody when I saw Those Aren't Muskets do it three years ago (new window).
 
2011-12-21 04:39:49 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.

Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.


Basically, Bill Hader plays an absolutely fabulous gay man who is giving advice on where tourists to New York should go during weekend update. The problem is he keeps giving these completely underground clubs as advice instead of usable locations.

Link (new window)
 
2011-12-21 04:42:00 PM

ShawnDoc: 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.


This. Precisely why I have the entirety of Wayne's World 1 & 2 memorized, and a Ladies Man DVD sitting in my apartment as we speak.

That said, I thoroughly enjoy today's cast. Bill Hader is farking hilarious.
 
2011-12-21 04:42:30 PM
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Jane, you ignorant %^$&
 
2011-12-21 04:42:42 PM

Barricaded Gunman: 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.


Nope. It's not just me, sorry.


mitchcumstein1: 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?


Honestly, that's all we've seen him do. How do any of us know that that's all he can do?
 
2011-12-21 04:45:22 PM

Diogenes: 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"


This. List fails for only one JT sketch. And no Tebow/Jesus sketch? That was GOLD.

I have hope for next year. The show really is getting better.
 
2011-12-21 04:48:02 PM

Tourney3p0: Wiig is okay in her standalone sketches, but they seem to choose the absolute worst ones to beat into the ground.


The "Don't Make Me Sing" lady is the most frustrating current skit running. It's a lot of buildup and no payoff. Most of the problem I have with the writing on SNL is that they let jokes go on for far too long. A good two minute joke will get stretched and then it turns into a bad four minute joke and then I hate it.
 
2011-12-21 04:49:30 PM
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Funniest moment in Season 2.
 
2011-12-21 04:50:59 PM

Di Atribe: Honestly, that's all we've seen him do. How do any of us know that that's all he can do?


Because that's his act, he's an impressionist.
 
2011-12-21 04:52:10 PM

bungle_jr: i really love when his voice completely changes for the name of a club


"SPICY!" actually made me fall off the couch laughing, both the first time and this week when he worked it in as a call-back.
 
2011-12-21 04:52:26 PM

meyerkev: Basically, Bill Hader plays an absolutely fabulous gay man who is giving advice on where tourists to New York should go during weekend update. The problem is he keeps giving these completely underground clubs as advice instead of usable locations.

Link (new window)


Thanks! I'm at work so I could only watch a minute of it, but I can't wait to finish it. It looks incredible.
 
2011-12-21 04:52:42 PM
mitchcumstein1: 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?

Di Atribe: Honestly, that's all we've seen him do. How do any of us know that that's all he can do?

Well what the hell are we supposed to base our opinions on? Rumors and innuendo about what he's capable of? Pharoah does do dead-on impressions, but apparently only of black guys, which is pretty limiting. Shoot, the best Elvis impression I've ever heard was Eddie Murphy.
 
2011-12-21 04:55:13 PM

bungle_jr: Time Traveling Bunnies: chimp_ninja: Apparently, they rehearse Stefon with one set of jokes, but they throw new stuff on the cue cards during the live take, so it's Hader's first time seeing them.

Okay, what is this Stefon business? I absolutely love Hader and good improv so if this mixes the two, color me intrigued.

guess that explains why it's the ONLY time i ever see hader crack up on camera. stefon is one of the best things on that show these days...it's GOLD jerry...GOLD!


I love when they try to get Hader to crack up during "Scared Straight". They always do something to him.
 
2011-12-21 04:56:03 PM
leftymcrighty: What's a human suitcase?

It's a thing of when a midget on roller-skates wears all of your clothes and then you pull them through an airport.

Because People in power are Stupid: But you get HBO? Is it just through internet? I bet you can also watch SNL through the internet.

jokes.mtvnimages.com

...

You have a TV!
 
2011-12-21 04:56:24 PM

Di Atribe: Honestly, that's all we've seen him do. How do any of us know that that's all he can do?


He does a spot-on Obama (new window), which from what I understand is what got him hired in the first place.
 
2011-12-21 05:03:42 PM

Barricaded Gunman: Well what the hell are we supposed to base our opinions on? Rumors and innuendo about what he's capable of? Pharoah does do dead-on impressions, but apparently only of black guys, which is pretty limiting. Shoot, the best Elvis impression I've ever heard was Eddie Murphy.


You could go to youtube and put his name in and see about 20 different videos.
 
2011-12-21 05:03:50 PM

blackminded: Di Atribe: Honestly, that's all we've seen him do. How do any of us know that that's all he can do?

He does a spot-on Obama (new window), which from what I understand is what got him hired in the first place.


I wonder why they're still using Armisen for that, then.
 
2011-12-21 05:09:36 PM

Diogenes: I wonder why they're still using Armisen for that, then.


Pharoah is still only a "Featured Player" and Lorne Michaels is big on earning of stripes. You don't hand a guaranteed on-screen slot to the new guy just because he'd be great at it, especially when a Repertory Player currently has the gig. If Armisen quits after this season to play the drums or whatever the hell it is he does, expect Pharoah to get the bump.

/SNL nerd
 
2011-12-21 05:10:22 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.


I would agree with you most of the time, but there are stretches that SNL goes through when the talent pool is thin or didn't work well together. My theory is when the show gets good, all the stars get signed on to bigger projects en masse. E.g. Aykroyd / Murray / Belushi, Mike Myers / Dana Carvey, Chris Farley / David Spade. Then you're left with a vacuum of young untried talent who don't know what works yet, and you end up with periods when Tim Meadows is your biggest star.
 
2011-12-21 05:14:46 PM

blackminded: If Armisen quits after this season to play the drums

put a bird on it.

FTFY.
 
2011-12-21 05:14:55 PM
I forgot how GD hilarious the Bolton Jack Sparrow bit was. Now I'm going to have that freaking hook in my brain for the rest of the day. Ugh.
 
2011-12-21 05:25:35 PM
No Anne Hathaway meets Queen Elizabeth?
 
2011-12-21 05:38:52 PM

mitchcumstein1: 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.


After rewatching the first 5 seasons on DVD I'd go along with that. Not every show was hosted by Steve Martin/Buck Henry, or featured The Rolling Stones/Grateful Dead. Also, those first 5 years were basically written by people on drugs, to be watched by people on drugs. Which was new and exciting at the time. But topical stoner humor from the 70's doesn't really hold up well 35 years later
 
2011-12-21 05:40:28 PM
Btw did anyone get the Folgers commercial while watching some of these? Pretty sure that dude and his sister are banging.
 
2011-12-21 06:17:10 PM
the batman one worked for me, but the bieber one didn't.
 
2011-12-21 06:19:12 PM
Much as I sometimes dislike Wiig, especially her one-note recurring characters, I laughed until my face hurt at her "Flirting Expert" bit on Weekend Update two weeks back.
 
2011-12-21 06:21:53 PM

Arkanaut: 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.

I would agree with you most of the time, but there are stretches that SNL goes through when the talent pool is thin or didn't work well together. My theory is when the show gets good, all the stars get signed on to bigger projects en masse. E.g. Aykroyd / Murray / Belushi, Mike Myers / Dana Carvey, Chris Farley / David Spade. Then you're left with a vacuum of young untried talent who don't know what works yet, and you end up with periods when Tim Meadows is your biggest star.


Good lord, I've been sitting here trying to think of his name. He and Jimmy Fallon actually make me angry with how not funny they are. I remember the one time I laughed at Jimmy Fallon and that was during cowbell and I'm pretty sure I was just drunk off Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell.
 
2011-12-21 06:30:39 PM
I caught the last 40 minutes or so of the 'Christmas specials' and man - it was terrible. I must have missed all the good stuff, because it just had crappy Alec Baldwin sketches on.
 
2011-12-21 06:48:17 PM
mitchcumstein1: You could go to youtube and put his name in and see about 20 different videos.

I suppose I could do that, but I'm talking about watching SNL here, not digging deeper into the archives to discuss why Jay Pharoah deserves more airtime. I'm sure Finesse Mitchell and Charles Rocket had their moments, too, but I'm basing my opinions on the subject material I've been given.
 
2011-12-21 06:53:16 PM

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

Aw, c'mon. Nicotrel was hysterical.


I meant him playing Sup R. Man was the peak :P

He did a good job as the father of mr pebbles or whatever Katan's little monkey character is.
 
2011-12-21 06:55:31 PM
I like the current cast.
Hate Gilly.

GILLY?
GILLY?
GILLY.
 
2011-12-21 07:05:35 PM

Diogenes: 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.


I didn't like Stefon until I read in another Fark thread that he doesn't know what he is going to say until he reads the cue cards. Now, I get it.
 
2011-12-21 07:11:07 PM

Diogenes: 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"


THIS.
 
2011-12-21 07:20:49 PM

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


And no Stefon appearance is as good as whatever the recurring characters were when you were 14 and first stayed up late Saturdays to watch SNL.
 
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