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2013-07-25 09:50:36 AM  
If you ever want to see a great example, and perhaps on of the better examples publicly released by NBC and Saturday Night Live, watch this video of Phil Hartman 'bloopers.'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47rzQzPILu0

"Fark it, it's dress!"
 
2013-07-25 10:45:13 AM  
Needs English sub-titles, as I don't speak "Valley Girl".
 
2013-07-25 10:56:35 AM  
I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it
 
2013-07-25 11:04:20 AM  
The Californians has to be one of the WORST sketches on SNL right now and they freakin do it ALL THE TIME.

Thank goodness for TIVO. I can usually watch an epsiode of SNL in about 30-40 minutes. Less if the episode is heavy on Keenan Thompson.
 
2013-07-25 11:05:57 AM  
Skit should be renamed The Canadians...
 
2013-07-25 11:19:55 AM  

wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it



I bet you're a blast at parties.
 
2013-07-25 11:31:49 AM  

Fiction Fan: If you ever want to see a great example, and perhaps on of the better examples publicly released by NBC and Saturday Night Live, watch this video of Phil Hartman 'bloopers.'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47rzQzPILu0

"Fark it, it's dress!"


My favorite blooper will always be Eddie Murphy's black history sketch.  I wish I could find a clip of it.
 
2013-07-25 11:46:18 AM  

SpectroBoy: The Californians has to be one of the WORST sketches on SNL right now and they freakin do it ALL THE TIME.

Thank goodness for TIVO. I can usually watch an epsiode of SNL in about 30-40 minutes. Less if the episode is heavy on Keenan Thompson.


I think the cast just loves doing it. I can't think of any other reason, it's easily their worst recurring sketch.
 
2013-07-25 12:06:42 PM  

StoPPeRmobile: I bet you're a blast at parties.


I am!! I can tell a whole joke without laughing in the middle of it....  cheers
 
2013-07-25 12:23:31 PM  

wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it


i disagree
the stefon skits were funny, but made even funnier due to hader cracking up
mostly because hader NEVER breaks character nor cracks up, but stefon was done mostly by hader reading straight from cue cards, not knowing the jokes till he got to them on the cards
when he cracked up, it cracked me up
 
2013-07-25 12:29:29 PM  
I know that lines are changed at the last minute on SNL. But this video is a prime example of the rot that has infested (or maybe always infested) the show, because as a viewer, I can't stand that the characters never look at each other, even when directly addressing one another, because the actors have to look off-stage for their cue cards. Can't. Stand. It.
 
2013-07-25 12:34:06 PM  

jedzz: I know that lines are changed at the last minute on SNL. But this video is a prime example of the rot that has infested (or maybe always infested) the show, because as a viewer, I can't stand that the characters never look at each other, even when directly addressing one another, because the actors have to look off-stage for their cue cards. Can't. Stand. It.


Yeah it ruins it for me too.  They really need to give them more time to rehearse the actual skits and time to learn their lines.  The cue cards should be there as a last resort, not to let you stare off camera and read your lines.  If you go back and watch the old SNL you get to see people actually acting and not reading.

I'm also going to agree with the sentiment that the constant cracking up during skits does not improve the increasingly poorly written sketches.

There's a reason the digital shorts are the only good thing about SNL anymore, because they remove all of these elements.
 
2013-07-25 01:13:49 PM  
The Californians sets a new low bar for recurring SNL skit terribleness.
 
2013-07-25 01:19:52 PM  

wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it


www.nbc.com

/disagrees
 
2013-07-25 01:48:36 PM  
wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it

/Tim Conway and Harvey Korman surrender
 
2013-07-25 02:13:12 PM  

wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it


Wrong.  Proof: The Elephant Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY
 
2013-07-25 02:14:51 PM  

wjllope: StoPPeRmobile: I bet you're a blast at parties.

I am!! I can tell a whole joke without laughing in the middle of it....  cheers




;)
 
2013-07-25 04:05:47 PM  

bungle_jr: wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it

i disagree
the stefon skits were funny, but made even funnier due to hader cracking up
mostly because hader NEVER breaks character nor cracks up, but stefon was done mostly by hader reading straight from cue cards, not knowing the jokes till he got to them on the cards
when he cracked up, it cracked me up


It has to be earned first.  You have to know why it's funny.  If it's been delivered correctly and made the audience laugh enough, you can then move onto the 2nd tier.  I'm glad when a cast has a good time, but if they just start off by laughing amongst themselves (or make a career out of it), they're projecting an inside joke to millions of viewers who are left out.

/in a twist of irony, I feel like a Debbie Downer from this post
 
2013-07-25 04:19:55 PM  
I will be the minority voter here and say I like "The Californians" because I'm amused at New Yorkers' impressions of what California residents are like.

/would watch again
//flyover state resident
 
2013-07-25 04:43:10 PM  

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I will be the minority voter here and say I like "The Californians" because I'm amused at New Yorkers' impressions of what California residents are like.

/would watch again
//flyover state resident


This skit actually made me realize how much I, and others, talk about how many freeways we had to jump on to get somewhere, or how much a certain transit corridor sucks and what alternate routes we take to get around it. They take it to a bit of an extreme but us Southern Californians really do talk about our commutes a lot. And yes, there are actually people around here that sound like that.
 
2013-07-25 05:08:02 PM  

xalres: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I will be the minority voter here and say I like "The Californians" because I'm amused at New Yorkers' impressions of what California residents are like.

/would watch again
//flyover state resident

This skit actually made me realize how much I, and others, talk about how many freeways we had to jump on to get somewhere, or how much a certain transit corridor sucks and what alternate routes we take to get around it. They take it to a bit of an extreme but us Southern Californians really do talk about our commutes a lot. And yes, there are actually people around here that sound like that.


I've been in work meetings that are derailed for 15 minutes of people discussing freeways and how to get to/from somewhere.  It's shockingly dead-on to a very sad extent.
 
2013-07-25 05:18:00 PM  
Another classic from Carol Burnett with Harvey Korman cracking up (as he does)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9T8i4FkNVo#at=58
 
2013-07-25 05:34:51 PM  

uksocal: xalres: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I will be the minority voter here and say I like "The Californians" because I'm amused at New Yorkers' impressions of what California residents are like.

/would watch again
//flyover state resident

This skit actually made me realize how much I, and others, talk about how many freeways we had to jump on to get somewhere, or how much a certain transit corridor sucks and what alternate routes we take to get around it. They take it to a bit of an extreme but us Southern Californians really do talk about our commutes a lot. And yes, there are actually people around here that sound like that.

I've been in work meetings that are derailed for 15 minutes of people discussing freeways and how to get to/from somewhere.  It's shockingly dead-on to a very sad extent.


The Californians is the stupidest sketch of all time, but it never fails to leave my wife and I in stitches. Maybe because she grew up in LA, and I lived in SF for several years, or maybe because it's so relentlessly stupid and doesn't pretend to be anything but random stupidity. It's almost an ironic satire of bad SNL sketches, and I can feel how much fun the cast has doing it, and that makes it all the better.
 
2013-07-25 07:55:19 PM  
 
2013-07-25 08:07:28 PM  

idsfa: wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it

Wrong.  Proof: The Elephant Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY


And I'm late to the party.  We find ourselves in agreement though, so at least there's that.
 
2013-07-25 08:19:54 PM  

This Face Left Blank: idsfa: wjllope: I've never thought a skit was made funnier by the characters breaking up in the middle of it

Wrong.  Proof: The Elephant Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

And I'm late to the party.  We find ourselves in agreement though, so at least there's that.


I think the difference is that Tim Conway was clearly surprising his co-stars with new material (which is why it works for Steffon: it was always literally the first time Bill Hader was seeing the last-second additions)  andstaying in character. At least in the linked sketch, the SNL players aren't seeing anything clearly outrageous or new to make breaking character endearing or funny. Plus, part of the fun is trying to see everyone try to keep straight faces or not get caught laughing on camera; the SNL players barely attempt to try.
 
2013-07-25 10:02:13 PM  

ExcedrinHeadache: uksocal: xalres: Huck And Molly Ziegler: I will be the minority voter here and say I like "The Californians" because I'm amused at New Yorkers' impressions of what California residents are like.

/would watch again
//flyover state resident

This skit actually made me realize how much I, and others, talk about how many freeways we had to jump on to get somewhere, or how much a certain transit corridor sucks and what alternate routes we take to get around it. They take it to a bit of an extreme but us Southern Californians really do talk about our commutes a lot. And yes, there are actually people around here that sound like that.

I've been in work meetings that are derailed for 15 minutes of people discussing freeways and how to get to/from somewhere.  It's shockingly dead-on to a very sad extent.

The Californians is the stupidest sketch of all time, but it never fails to leave my wife and I in stitches. Maybe because she grew up in LA, and I lived in SF for several years, or maybe because it's so relentlessly stupid and doesn't pretend to be anything but random stupidity. It's almost an ironic satire of bad SNL sketches, and I can feel how much fun the cast has doing it, and that makes it all the better.


When I first heard the accents I put my head in my hands and moaned "This is what the rest of the country thinks we sound like". Then we started laughing our asses off when they started detailing their commutes. Hell, I had a 10 minute conversation today with a contractor about how long it would take him to get home to the valley from my house in Anaheim.
 
2013-07-25 10:32:35 PM  
Whaer yuuuuu derring hurre?
 
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