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2014-01-06 07:15:10 PM
the first black female Saturday Night Live cast member in five years since the departure of Maya Rudolph

 Maya Rudolph  is black?

Well anyway, aren't all black comedians big loud fat women or Tyler Perry?
 
2014-01-06 07:18:01 PM

Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?

 
2014-01-06 07:23:31 PM

fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?


Her mother, Minnie Riperton:
www.offthetopradio.com
 
2014-01-06 09:18:34 PM
What, and cut down on screen time for Keenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah?
 
2014-01-06 09:20:31 PM
I still don't think we'll get a skit which depicts Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kerry Washington and Oprah in a restaurant together.
 
2014-01-06 09:23:35 PM
Token.
 
2014-01-06 09:24:06 PM
In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."
 
2014-01-06 09:36:48 PM
The great thing about FARK is that it reminds me, from time-to-time, that SNL is still on and hasn't been taken into a dark alley and shot in the head like it should be.

/Member of the "SNL was funny only up to n years ago" crowd
 
2014-01-06 09:37:58 PM
So what did Mr. Show get fined? Kids in the Hall?
 
2014-01-06 09:41:32 PM
I thought a friend of mine would have been good.

I think she's hilarious, but I don't know anything about being funny.
 
2014-01-06 09:43:00 PM
They hired an Asian?

/DRTFA
 
2014-01-06 09:48:56 PM
Get rid of Lorne Michaels so that SNL can move on. The show needs a new producer to make the show relevant. They could have offered a contract to Aisha Tyler to show they know what's current in comedy. But I guess as long as NBC makes money, they couldn't care less how diverse the cast is.
 
2014-01-06 10:03:49 PM
I first thought it said "Slasher Zamata Jones."

/SNL is still on?
//I was probably the only kid in my school who was mad that they replaced Weekend with Linda Ellerbee and Lloyd Dobbins with SNL
 
2014-01-06 10:06:57 PM
She looks like a young Ellen Cleghorne. Why not just hire her back?

Also: Maya Rudolph is black?!
 
2014-01-06 10:14:08 PM

Wolf892: And yet still no asians...


Nasim Pedrad (Iranian)
Fred Armisen (part Japanese)
Rob Schneider (part Filipino)

/FWIW
 
2014-01-06 10:15:44 PM

Archimedes' Principal: They hired an Asian?

/DRTFA


Nasim Pedrad is Asian...ish.
 
2014-01-06 10:17:01 PM

spiralscratch: Wolf892: And yet still no asians...

Nasim Pedrad (Iranian)
Fred Armisen (part Japanese)
Rob Schneider (part Filipino)

/FWIW


Umm, Asian like ching-chang-chong Chinatown.  Me so sorry Asian.  Fa-ra-ra-ra-ra Asain.  Not Asian like Barack Obama is black.  You are clearly the REAL racist.
 
2014-01-06 10:18:58 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."


SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.
 
2014-01-06 10:19:54 PM

HaywoodJablonski: She looks like a young Ellen Cleghorne. Why not just hire her back?

Also: Maya Rudolph is black?!


Fooled Paris Hilton too.
 
2014-01-06 10:20:12 PM

skinink: Get rid of Lorne Michaels so that SNL can move on. The show needs a new producer to make the show relevant. They could have offered a contract to Aisha Tyler to show they know what's current in comedy. But I guess as long as NBC makes money, they couldn't care less how diverse the cast is.


Bingo!
 
2014-01-06 10:22:50 PM
How to make Saturday Night live better:

1: The writer who is judged to have written the worst script of the night shall be dumped into New Yorks shiat sewer and left for dead.

K: Spend a assload of cash and do what they did in the 80's and hire A-listers who give the writers purpose in their life, so they write good episodes.

148732: Ditch the dung-artists who pretend to play/sing something called music.

$#%@#$^%: Quit writing 2 minutes of material and stretching it out for 10 minutes.

OhFARKING YEA!!!: Have the regulars slice the hosts with Samurai swords to make them pretty.
i.imgur.com
Or is this a pic of early Lasik surgery? People love mass carnage at midnight.
 
2014-01-06 10:37:46 PM
There's more black regulars on WKUK.
 
2014-01-06 10:39:24 PM

Etchy333: I still don't think we'll get a skit which depicts Michelle Obama, Rihanna, Beyonce, Kerry Washington and Oprah in a restaurant together.


I don't think craft services has enough money to buy stillborn fetus' for them to much on.
 
2014-01-06 10:40:06 PM

timujin: fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?

Her mother, Minnie Riperton:
[www.offthetopradio.com image 335x198]


ZOMG how much did that poor girl have to listen to that song. "aahh ahhha ahhha hahha"

/ You know the one
// If you're old
 
2014-01-06 10:41:34 PM
Are they gonna make her play only criminals and pimps like they do with the other black actors?

/ Maybe that was just when Tina Fey was head writer
 
2014-01-06 10:44:25 PM

skinink: Get rid of Lorne Michaels so that SNL can move on. The show needs a new producer to make the show relevant. They could have offered a contract to Aisha Tyler to show they know what's current in comedy. But I guess as long as NBC makes money, they couldn't care less how diverse the cast is.


Lorne has been through so many rounds of contract negotiations with NBC that he's woven into the fabric of the network due to all the concessions he's won.  He has a shocking amount of control over their late-night lineup (he hand-picked Conan and Fallon because it's in his contract that he gets to chose whoever follows the Tonight Show). God only knows what else he controls.

The only way they get rid of him is when they carry him out of 30 Rock in a body bag (and he's said as much himself).
 
2014-01-06 10:59:59 PM
As long as they still restrict it to liberals only then this diversity thing is OK
 
2014-01-06 11:06:25 PM
As we all know, true diversity can be judged by superficial differences.
 
2014-01-06 11:14:29 PM

timujin: fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?

Her mother, Minnie Riperton:
[www.offthetopradio.com image 335x198]


I'd have made some Halfricans with her...
 
2014-01-06 11:29:05 PM

spiralscratch: Wolf892: And yet still no asians...

Nasim Pedrad (Iranian)
Fred Armisen (part Japanese)
Rob Schneider (part Filipino)

/FWIW


Maybe that's why they don't hire more Asians.
 
2014-01-06 11:42:02 PM
When are they going to meet the minimum comedy requirements?
 
2014-01-06 11:54:41 PM

tcan: As long as they still restrict it to liberals only then this diversity thing is OK


It's a comedy show. Conservatives are rarely funny.
 
2014-01-06 11:58:02 PM

jaytkay: timujin: fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?

Her mother, Minnie Riperton:
[www.offthetopradio.com image 335x198]

ZOMG how much did that poor girl have to listen to that song. "aahh ahhha ahhha hahha"

/ You know the one
// If you're old


Ripperton sings her daughter's name in the song: "Maya, Maya, Maya..." for what it's worth.
 
2014-01-07 12:02:05 AM
I'm one of those pepple who spent decades sniffing at "Saturday Night Dead" and how awful and unfunny it was.

Current cast totally makes me eat those words. Last season and especially this season (after they got rid of some dead weight from last season) is the best cast the show has ever had. Brilliant and hilarious. Can't say enough good things about the current cast. Great great stuff.
 
2014-01-07 12:07:16 AM

rugman11: Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."

SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.


It seems like a few things have changed in the last five years:

I can't think of any reoccurring sketches or characters, except maybe Fox & Friends. I feel like that's a barometer of the quality of the writing -- none of the material is worth revisiting. Back in the Hartman-Myers era, the characters they came up were so strong that they could bring them back week after week.

More and more sketches built around a single joke that they do over and over again, such as the recent Paul Rudd sketch where he's getting a divorce buy dancesevery time he hears a song.

It seems like musical guests are regularly hosting, and with few exceptions, are terrible actors.

Packing shows with cameos after cameos of big stars who push aside the host.
 
2014-01-07 12:14:44 AM

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: jaytkay: timujin: fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?

Her mother, Minnie Riperton:
[www.offthetopradio.com image 335x198]

ZOMG how much did that poor girl have to listen to that song. "aahh ahhha ahhha hahha"

/ You know the one
// If you're old

Ripperton sings her daughter's name in the song: "Maya, Maya, Maya..." for what it's worth.


Maya was also briefly in 90s Weezer spinoff band The Rentals.  (friends of P song)
 
2014-01-07 12:19:15 AM

thornhill: rugman11: Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."

SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.

It seems like a few things have changed in the last five years:

I can't think of any reoccurring sketches or characters, except maybe Fox & Friends. I feel like that's a barometer of the quality of the writing -- none of the material is worth revisiting. Back in the Hartman-Myers era, the characters they came up were so strong that they could bring them back week after week.

More and more sketches built around a single joke that they do over and over again, such as the recent Paul Rudd sketch where he's getting a divorce buy dancesevery time he hears a song.

It seems like musical guests are regularly hosting, and with few exceptions, are terrible actors.

Packing shows with cameos after cameos of big stars who push aside the host.


Stefan, What up With That, Drunk Uncle, Omletteville, The Californians, Gilly, Macintosh, were all fairly reoccurring although most of the people behind those have left.
 
2014-01-07 12:22:22 AM
Daily show is full.
 
2014-01-07 12:23:53 AM

MagSeven: thornhill: rugman11: Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."

SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.

It seems like a few things have changed in the last five years:

I can't think of any reoccurring sketches or characters, except maybe Fox & Friends. I feel like that's a barometer of the quality of the writing -- none of the material is worth revisiting. Back in the Hartman-Myers era, the characters they came up were so strong that they could bring them back week after week.

More and more sketches built around a single joke that they do over and over again, such as the recent Paul Rudd sketch where he's getting a divorce buy dancesevery time he hears a song.

It seems like musical guests are regularly hosting, and with few exceptions, are terrible actors.

Packing shows with cameos after cameos of big stars who push aside the host.

Stefan, What up With That, Drunk Uncle, Omletteville, The Californians, Gilly, Macintosh, were all fairly reoccurring although most of the people behind those have left.


I wouldn't count characters that appear on Weekend Update as they don't cary a sketch.

I hated the Californians. It was the same joke, over and over again.
 
2014-01-07 12:32:13 AM

thornhill: MagSeven: thornhill: rugman11: Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."

SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.

It seems like a few things have changed in the last five years:

I can't think of any reoccurring sketches or characters, except maybe Fox & Friends. I feel like that's a barometer of the quality of the writing -- none of the material is worth revisiting. Back in the Hartman-Myers era, the characters they came up were so strong that they could bring them back week after week.

More and more sketches built around a single joke that they do over and over again, such as the recent Paul Rudd sketch where he's getting a divorce buy dancesevery time he hears a song.

It seems like musical guests are regularly hosting, and with few exceptions, are terrible actors.

Packing shows with cameos after cameos of big stars who push aside the host.

Stefan, What up With That, Drunk Uncle, Omletteville, The Californians, Gilly, Macintosh, were all fairly reoccurring although most of the people behind those have left.

I wouldn't count characters that appear on Weekend Update as they don't cary a sketch.

I hated the Californians. It was the same joke, over and over again.


I hated them as well.
 
2014-01-07 12:42:03 AM

skinink: Get rid of Lorne Michaels so that SNL can move on. The show needs a new producer to make the show relevant. They could have offered a contract to Aisha Tyler to show they know what's current in comedy. But I guess as long as NBC makes money, they couldn't care less how diverse the cast is.


Why would someone as established as Aisha Tyler join the cast of SNL if she was offered a contract?

SNL is for up and coming talents, or in the case of Good Burger, the career plateau that you will do your best to stay a part of until you die.

Anyways, great news. Sasheer was definitely the best of the women they were looking at and I can't wait to see how poorly they use her for the rest of the season.
 
2014-01-07 12:49:09 AM

Archimedes' Principal: They hired an Asian?

/DRTFA


To SNL's credit, whenever Jim Breuer was stoned, he looked really Asian
 
2014-01-07 12:54:14 AM
After listening to Will Ferrell on an old Nerdist podcast last night this thread is even funnier. He would talk about when the sketches weren't funny most of the cast would hurry through the lines just to get it over with but he would slow down to make everyone suffer even more if they weren't gonna laugh. Which made it even more hilarious to him. It's if you just fail epicly its almost better than having everyone laugh. Cause anyone can make a few people laugh but to not get a single one takes talent.
 
2014-01-07 12:55:09 AM

Trocadero: spiralscratch: Wolf892: And yet still no asians...

Nasim Pedrad (Iranian)
Fred Armisen (part Japanese)
Rob Schneider (part Filipino)

/FWIW

Maybe that's why they don't hire more Asians.


Do not badmouth Nasim Pedrad. She is lovely.
 
2014-01-07 12:59:47 AM

tcan: As long as they still restrict it to liberals only then this diversity thing is OK


Well, of course.  They want funny people and there's what, one funny right-winger in Mike Nelson?
 
2014-01-07 01:05:06 AM

JosephFinn: tcan: As long as they still restrict it to liberals only then this diversity thing is OK

Well, of course.  They want funny people and there's what, one funny right-winger in Mike Nelson?


You should watch Glenn Beck. That dude is fricking HILARIOUS.
 
2014-01-07 01:17:13 AM

jaytkay: ZOMG how much did that poor girl have to listen to that song. "aahh ahhha ahhha hahha"

/ You know the one
// If you're old


Doot-n-doot-n-doo-doo.
*extreme high note*

/cow explodes.
 
2014-01-07 01:20:22 AM

thornhill: MagSeven: thornhill: rugman11: Prank Call of Cthulhu: In before "SNL isn't funny," "SNL was never funny," and "SNL was funny only up to n years ago."

SNL is as it always was, occasionally funny, occasionally not, usually in equal measure.

It seems like a few things have changed in the last five years:

I can't think of any reoccurring sketches or characters, except maybe Fox & Friends. I feel like that's a barometer of the quality of the writing -- none of the material is worth revisiting. Back in the Hartman-Myers era, the characters they came up were so strong that they could bring them back week after week.

More and more sketches built around a single joke that they do over and over again, such as the recent Paul Rudd sketch where he's getting a divorce buy dancesevery time he hears a song.

It seems like musical guests are regularly hosting, and with few exceptions, are terrible actors.

Packing shows with cameos after cameos of big stars who push aside the host.

Stefan, What up With That, Drunk Uncle, Omletteville, The Californians, Gilly, Macintosh, were all fairly reoccurring although most of the people behind those have left.

I wouldn't count characters that appear on Weekend Update as they don't cary a sketch.

I hated the Californians. It was the same joke, over and over again.


So were Mr. Bill and Toonces the Driving Cat, but they were funny. IMHO.
 
2014-01-07 01:20:45 AM

skinink: Get rid of Lorne Michaels so that SNL can move on. The show needs a new producer to make the show relevant. They could have offered a contract to Aisha Tyler to show they know what's current in comedy. But I guess as long as NBC makes money, they couldn't care less how diverse the cast is.


LAAAAAAANNNNNNAAAA!!!

/but yeah, she's flipping hilarious
//even her *NPR* interview was hilarious
///she brought scotch!
////doubt she would've taken it - as mentioned, it's more for up and comings and she's more standup than sketch.  But yeah, exhibit 1, A, and "well, duh, dumbass" to the "black women aren't funny" argument that started this whole thing
 
2014-01-07 01:21:13 AM

elgripe: I'm one of those pepple who spent decades sniffing at "Saturday Night Dead" and how awful and unfunny it was.

Current cast totally makes me eat those words. Last season and especially this season (after they got rid of some dead weight from last season) is the best cast the show has ever had. Brilliant and hilarious. Can't say enough good things about the current cast. Great great stuff.


I agree, there has been a lot of good stuff this season. My wife and I usually Tivo it and run through it on Sunday morning. Here's a few of my favorite bits from this past season:

This is probably my favorite bit of last season.

And this is another spot-on parody.

I also liked this one.

And this one.

And of course this.

Nasim is great in this one, too.
 
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