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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.
 
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
cdn.thegloss.com
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
www.emergiblog.com

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
hotoffpress.files.wordpress.com

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.
 
2011-12-21 07:32:02 PM

Barricaded Gunman: 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.


He's been on the show for a season and a half, the ONLY thing he's done is impressions, which is what he's known for, and what his act is. That would lead me to believe it's really the only thing he can do. Which is great, but isn't going to get you on the show very often.
 
2011-12-21 07:33:41 PM

bdub77: Btw did anyone get the Folgers commercial while watching some of these? Pretty sure that dude and his sister are banging.


The first time I saw that commercial, I was totally skeeved out because I got the exact same vibe. Then I realized if that was my sister, sitting there in those little pajama pants smiling at me as I just got home from a long deployment, I'd probably want to bend her over the counter too. But if she served me Folger's, I'd punch her right in her smelly pirate hooker mouth.
 
2011-12-21 07:56:55 PM

xalres: 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.


I laughed like a dumbass too. I absolutely love Bill Hader and especially Stefon. I think I have a farked up sense of humor but I can't even imagine what kind of brain comes up with the shiat they do. I seriously clap my hands like a circus seal when Stefon comes on.
 
2011-12-21 08:26:32 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.


I suppose some people would come in to make that post, if they were the type of person who still thought the internet was cool now that it's sold out and gone mainstream. But some of us have completely disconnected from all media, and don't have the internet anymore, so we can't post on fark. It's the new thing. You probably haven't heard of it.
 
2011-12-21 08:38:35 PM

Mucus Mule: I like the current cast.
Hate Gilly.

GILLY?
GILLY?
GILLY.


It astounded me that they could put on a primetime ALL Gilly special. WTF?
 
2011-12-21 08:40:04 PM

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


You shut your whore mouth, the Michael Bolton song was the funniest thing they've done in years on context alone.

//SNL's actually been pretty good the last few years. I mean, about half of the skits fall flat, but every sketch comedy show ever had about that fail rate.
 
2011-12-21 09:45:50 PM
They need to make a Stefon movie.
 
2011-12-21 09:49:24 PM
That page made my NoScript asplode. Is there there anything actually worth watching?
 
2011-12-21 09:54:19 PM
What a [Kahlúa] great opportunity [Kahlúa] to revisit [Kahlúa] some of SNL's [Kahlúa] best moments of the year.

Delicioso!
 
2011-12-21 10:01:36 PM
Taran Killiam is the best thing to happen to SNL in ages.
 
2011-12-21 10:22:21 PM

ryosen: What a [Kahlúa] great opportunity [Kahlúa] to revisit [Kahlúa] some of SNL's [Kahlúa] best moments of the year.

Delicioso!


content7.flixster.com

Yes. Yes she is.

/nachoooooooo
 
2011-12-22 03:01:11 AM
The Phil Hartman era was the best era

/because Phil Hartman was the best
 
2011-12-22 06:30:24 AM
I haven't watched SNL since it was funny.
 
2011-12-22 08:26:22 AM
Only skit I remember is Something Smells Good in Stinkville. Still makes me chuckle when I think about it.
 
2011-12-22 08:48:20 AM

PghThermal: I haven't watched SNL since it was funny.


So, two or three times an episode?
 
2011-12-22 10:25:33 AM

galactus5000: PghThermal: I haven't watched SNL since it was funny.

So, two or three times an episode?


This...

SNL has gotten so much funnier since the invention (and my personal acquisition) of DVR technology.
 
2011-12-22 10:47:44 AM
Where's the new Mr. Show? Or Kids in the Hall? Hell, SCTV!? Even some Mad TV skits....

All of them were better than the pablum humor of SNL. SNL has no edge, no quirkiness in their humor, no soul.

It sucks.
 
2011-12-22 11:08:40 AM

fusillade762: blackminded: If Armisen quits after this season to play the drums put a bird on it.

FTFY.


I snorted.

/loudly
 
2011-12-22 01:32:39 PM
I think the Frech Bistro dances are funny. Miley Cyrus did one and Emma Stone did one


Link (new window)
 
2011-12-22 02:22:20 PM

mialynneb: I laughed like a dumbass too. I absolutely love Bill Hader and especially Stefon. I think I have a farked up sense of humor but I can't even imagine what kind of brain comes up with the shiat they do. I seriously clap my hands like a circus seal when Stefon comes on.


Me too. And I squeal like a 12 year old at a Beiber concert.

Hader explained to Letterman how he came up with Stefon (new window). I don't know if you want to avoid ruining the magic or if it'll enhance the funniness to you. It makes it funnier to me, knowing that people like him really do exist.
 
2011-12-22 06:33:12 PM

peterthx: ryosen: What a [Kahlúa] great opportunity [Kahlúa] to revisit [Kahlúa] some of SNL's [Kahlúa] best moments of the year.

Delicioso!

[content7.flixster.com image 260x390]

Yes. Yes she is.

/nachoooooooo


I thought that was Penelope Cruz the first few times I zipped past those commercials on fast forward.
 
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