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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.
 
2014-01-07 01:23:31 AM
Will be she be fat and sassy? Overly big-gums, maybe?
 
2014-01-07 01:24:30 AM
Accidentally put one video twice. Meant put in this one in, "Waking Up with Kimye"
 
2014-01-07 01:28:58 AM
I love Nasim Pedrad. Bobby Moynahan(sp?), is a close second. Still laugh at the candy van sketch.
 
2014-01-07 01:38:40 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?


Nick DiPaulo and Colin Quinn?

/not a big fan but they are comic's comics
 
2014-01-07 01:40:00 AM
Great, does this mean they can finally fire that fat fark Keenan?

/worst.impressions.ever.
//ruins almost every sketch
 
2014-01-07 01:45:47 AM
Wholly unnecessary exercise to look "inclusive" backfires and makes everyone involved look grasping,

Shall we kill the middleman, skip ahead and simply nickname her Token?
 
2014-01-07 02:26:23 AM

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

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

/FWIW


Don't be silly. Everyone knows full-blooded Asians aren't funny. They're too busy doing math.

/Except George Takei. He's hilarious.
//And Margaret Cho used to be funny, until her entire act became a parody of itself.
 
2014-01-07 02:32:30 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.


I don't know if you were around the first time Lorne Michaels left and they got a new producer, but that era is now known as the "lost years" because Jean Doumanian gave us one of the WORST seasons of SNL ever created. Dick Ebersol also produced it (after Doumanian) and it was better, but it still kinda stank most of the time. The late 1970s and early 1980s were a bad time for SNL, and it was because Michaels wasn't there. If Ebersol didn't have Eddie Murphy for a short time, the show would have been canceled. When Michaels returned in 1985, the show returned to its former glory-- He fired everyone and hired guys like Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman.

Do you REALLY want a return to the Denny Dillon, Charles Rocket, Anthony Michael-Hall years?!?! Yeesh.
 
2014-01-07 02:34:22 AM

fusillade762: Mugato: Maya Rudolph  is black?


Came to say this.

Who else remembers Ellen Cleghorn?
 
2014-01-07 03:31:50 AM

Mad_Radhu: 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.


I agree with all of those.
 
2014-01-07 04:04:28 AM
StreetlightInTheGhetto: ////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

I don't think it was "black women aren't funny" so much as as the fact that there aren't a lot of black women doing sketch/improv and that's the world SNL draws from. They often improv to get sketches, you want good improvers in the cast.

My husband has done improv/sketch in four (large) cities (including Chicago and NY and with a current cast member) and there just aren't many black men or women doing it. For whatever reason, black people who want to do comedy tend to go the standup route.
 
2014-01-07 04:37:53 AM

Phins: StreetlightInTheGhetto: ////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

I don't think it was "black women aren't funny" so much as as the fact that there aren't a lot of black women doing sketch/improv and that's the world SNL draws from. They often improv to get sketches, you want good improvers in the cast.

My husband has done improv/sketch in four (large) cities (including Chicago and NY and with a current cast member) and there just aren't many black men or women doing it. For whatever reason, black people who want to do comedy tend to go the standup route.


That might be true but I'd say Chapelle's Show and In Living Color were better sketch comedy shows than SNL has been recently and in my opinion for most their history. Hell, the black chick from Mad TV was way funnier than any black chick SNL ever had.

/haven't watched in a couple years, it might be different now
 
2014-01-07 04:57:24 AM

ZeroCorpse: I don't know if you were around the first time Lorne Michaels left and they got a new producer, but that era is now known as the "lost years" because Jean Doumanian gave us one of the WORST seasons of SNL ever created.


I like that season. The cast and sketches were different in a way that was more appealing to me personally.
 
2014-01-07 06:00:43 AM

Phins: StreetlightInTheGhetto: ////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

I don't think it was "black women aren't funny" so much as as the fact that there aren't a lot of black women doing sketch/improv and that's the world SNL draws from. They often improv to get sketches, you want good improvers in the cast.

My husband has done improv/sketch in four (large) cities (including Chicago and NY and with a current cast member) and there just aren't many black men or women doing it. For whatever reason, black people who want to do comedy tend to go the standup route.


Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a biatch?
 
2014-01-07 06:25:12 AM

untaken_name: Phins: StreetlightInTheGhetto: ////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

I don't think it was "black women aren't funny" so much as as the fact that there aren't a lot of black women doing sketch/improv and that's the world SNL draws from. They often improv to get sketches, you want good improvers in the cast.

My husband has done improv/sketch in four (large) cities (including Chicago and NY and with a current cast member) and there just aren't many black men or women doing it. For whatever reason, black people who want to do comedy tend to go the standup route.

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a biatch?


"Aren't many" does not mean zero.
 
2014-01-07 06:36:11 AM

Incorrigible Astronaut: untaken_name: Phins: StreetlightInTheGhetto: ////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

I don't think it was "black women aren't funny" so much as as the fact that there aren't a lot of black women doing sketch/improv and that's the world SNL draws from. They often improv to get sketches, you want good improvers in the cast.

My husband has done improv/sketch in four (large) cities (including Chicago and NY and with a current cast member) and there just aren't many black men or women doing it. For whatever reason, black people who want to do comedy tend to go the standup route.

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a biatch?

"Aren't many" does not mean zero.


Are you calling Wayne Brady a zero?

/I just wanted a flimsy excuse to post that quote
 
2014-01-07 08:05:53 AM
SNL is no less funny now that in its first 5 seasons. The reason we exalt those first 5 years is due to both nostalgia and editing. Thanks to Hulu, I can go back and watch those early years, and I've got to say, the hit/miss ratio is often no different than what we've got today. There were just as many forgettable filler sketches back then as there are now. But thanks to clip shows and judiciously edited reruns, the old seasons always look so much better than the new ones.
 
2014-01-07 08:31:22 AM

Mugato: 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?


Only in America is Maya Rudolph black. She's a ringer for my next door neighbour, who is of Egyptian-Palestinian descent.
 
2014-01-07 08:34:40 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.


Usually, everything after Weekend Update is reliably garbage.
 
2014-01-07 08:35:38 AM

Valiente: She's a ringer


Phrasing!

/oh you said "ringer"
//can't see too good this early
 
2014-01-07 09:08:06 AM

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


I don't think she would either. I mean everything I have read about working on SNL is that for the weeks that you are preparing for a show it is a massive grind to get everything ready for Saturday night. It's kind of why they did so much coke back in the day. Between Archer voice work and the CBS morning show that she is on (that my wife watches all the time) Aisha Tyler has a pretty sweet gig that gets her probably as much exposure, allows her to work less (meaning time for other projects) and probably pays better too.
 
2014-01-07 09:32:25 AM

Dwight_Yeast: 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).


or they hold an exorcism, but any priest who tries will probably burst into flames stepping into all that is unholy at comcast/nbc/universal/shiatstorm
 
2014-01-07 09:37:50 AM

sleeper2995: 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.


so he dragged out every damn thing he was in?

/when will ferrel isn't playing will ferrel the idiot I think he's funny, but most of the time i want to punch his face.
//seriously most of the shiat he does is a variation of those damn cheerleader bits he did on SNL
 
2014-01-07 09:38:49 AM

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


But now if you say it isn't funny, you're a racist!
 
2014-01-07 09:51:50 AM

mechgreg: Aisha Tyler has a pretty sweet gig that gets her probably as much exposure, allows her to work less (meaning time for other projects) and probably pays better too.


In 1995 they had a cast of established people who weren't "up and comers". It was the worst season I personally saw. I don't know if it was too many egos or they weren't "hungry" enough, whatever.

And if she were to quit Archer for SNL I would assassinated Lorne.
 
2014-01-07 10:01:54 AM
In the last two years, SNL has turned into the Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong show. As the wife said, "It used to be that you would get 1-3 good skits and a whole lot of crap but now, it's the opposite." In addition, the post-Update dumping ground has shifted over the last four or so seasons to being more experimental or blue (the "We're not pornstars anymore" skit is always there, for example), and is much better than it used to be.
 
2014-01-07 10:04:39 AM
SNL was much funnier when I was in high school than it was when you were in high school.
 
2014-01-07 10:08:11 AM
So they are belatedly trying to copy "In Living Color?" Hmm. I'm sure this will work well and there will be many laughs at this proud but humorous nubian woman.
 
2014-01-07 10:12:35 AM

ZeroCorpse: 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.

I don't know if you were around the first time Lorne Michaels left and they got a new producer, but that era is now known as the "lost years" because Jean Doumanian gave us one of the WORST seasons of SNL ever created. Dick Ebersol also produced it (after Doumanian) and it was better, but it still kinda stank most of the time. The late 1970s and early 1980s were a bad time for SNL, and it was because Michaels wasn't there. If Ebersol didn't have Eddie Murphy for a short time, the show would have been canceled. When Michaels returned in 1985, the show returned to its former glory-- He fired everyone and hired guys like Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman.

Do you REALLY want a return to the Denny Dillon, Charles Rocket, Anthony Michael-Hall years?!?! Yeesh.


Actually, Anthony Michael-Hall joined the cast after Lorne's return.
 
2014-01-07 10:19:51 AM

Barricaded Gunman: 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.


Ben Stein's pretty funny. But, yeah. <shrug>
 
2014-01-07 10:25:50 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?


Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.
 
2014-01-07 10:40:45 AM

luidprand: In the last two years, SNL has turned into the Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, and Cecily Strong show. As the wife said, "It used to be that you would get 1-3 good skits and a whole lot of crap but now, it's the opposite." In addition, the post-Update dumping ground has shifted over the last four or so seasons to being more experimental or blue (the "We're not pornstars anymore" skit is always there, for example), and is much better than it used to be.


i wouldn't mind if they did specials once in a while with just those 3...ok, maybe add in nasim as well. not exactly certain why, but i really dig bayer
 
2014-01-07 10:52:26 AM
I quit watching SNL when it turned into "The Kristen Wiig Show." I'm slowly coming back to it, though I wish Bill Hader was still there.

/love Drunk Uncle
 
2014-01-07 10:58:00 AM

peterthx: Great, does this mean they can finally fire that fat fark Keenan?

/worst.impressions.ever.
//ruins almost every sketch


You know, he's the kind of guy that looks really funny, but then he's not. Kind of the opposite of Chris Farley.
 
2014-01-07 12:00:32 PM

Truman Burbank: when it turned into "The Kristen Wiig Show."


she sucks.  she isn't funny.  america keeps not going to see movies she is supposed to carry.  much like the tina fey kerfluffle, she is "sort of cute, moderately amusing when used in the correct way, but generally completely the antithesis of funny".

having said that - watched the SNL special "best of this season" last night.

Best sketch was boy dance party with bruce willis, followed by ...

uh.

I.  uh.  keenan sucks?
 
2014-01-07 12:21:56 PM
Obviously the more diversity you have the funnier your comedy show becomes. That's just science.
 
2014-01-07 01:26:00 PM

Mugato: 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?

Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.


I've heard from a few sources that he is or at least has a strong libertarian streak but he doesn't seem to talk much about his political views. TV's Frank, on the other hand, is a very outspoken liberal.

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff
In both cases they kept the show apolitical. Which is nice as it would have dragged the tone down whether you agreed with the views expressed or not.
 
2014-01-07 01:28:09 PM

schpanky: ZeroCorpse: 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.

I don't know if you were around the first time Lorne Michaels left and they got a new producer, but that era is now known as the "lost years" because Jean Doumanian gave us one of the WORST seasons of SNL ever created. Dick Ebersol also produced it (after Doumanian) and it was better, but it still kinda stank most of the time. The late 1970s and early 1980s were a bad time for SNL, and it was because Michaels wasn't there. If Ebersol didn't have Eddie Murphy for a short time, the show would have been canceled. When Michaels returned in 1985, the show returned to its former glory-- He fired everyone and hired guys like Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman.

Do you REALLY want a return to the Denny Dillon, Charles Rocket, Anthony Michael-Hall years?!?! Yeesh.

Actually, Anthony Michael-Hall joined the cast after Lorne's return.


Damn, you're right.

Well, Lorne makes mistakes, too. At least RDJ was there to balance out AMH.
 
2014-01-07 01:29:13 PM

Truman Burbank: I quit watching SNL when it turned into "The Kristen Wiig Show." I'm slowly coming back to it, though I wish Bill Hader was still there.

/love Drunk Uncle


You mean it's not the Kristen Wiig show anymore? That was when I left, too. Her characters were overused and almost all awful.
 
2014-01-07 01:32:35 PM

Gordon Bennett: Mugato: 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?

Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.

I've heard from a few sources that he is or at least has a strong libertarian streak but he doesn't seem to talk much about his political views. TV's Frank, on the other hand, is a very outspoken liberal.

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff
In both cases they kept the show apolitical. Which is nice as it would have dragged the tone down whether you agreed with the views expressed or not.


I've found the only real funny conservatives are either moderates, have not been relevant for years and eventually realized they stopped being funny and turned batshiat crazy since they really don't have to keep their political views 'in check' due to their career (Victoria Jackson, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz), or they're simply conservatives who don't use politics in their humor.

When conservatives try using 'conservative humor', that's when they really fall flat on their face because the only humor is from people laughing at them, not with them. There are many conservative comedians who are currently funny, but you'd have to dig deep to discover their political affiliations.

Ben Stein for instance, very much a conservative, and very much successful but he tends to keep his comedy and politics completely separate from one another. He's someone I'd consider a moderate.
 
2014-01-07 01:32:58 PM
I still remember when Norm MacDonald said "fark" and got fired. I miss the SNL of the mid-to-late 90s with Breuer, Farley, etc. It was funny as shiat (to me) and the skits were often imitated in my freshman English class.

I haven't watched in a long time due to work, kids, school and what-have-you. Aisha Tyler would've been great, but then Archer would take a hit. Can't have that.

/I just aged myself
//speaking of FX, Justified tonight!
///Tim Olyphant for win
 
2014-01-07 02:14:36 PM
Weatherkiss: Gordon Bennett: Mugato: 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?

Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.

I've heard from a few sources that he is or at least has a strong libertarian streak but he doesn't seem to talk much about his political views. TV's Frank, on the other hand, is a very outspoken liberal.

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff
In both cases they kept the show apolitical. Which is nice as it would have dragged the tone down whether you agreed with the views expressed or not.

I've found the only real funny conservatives are either moderates, have not been relevant for years and eventually realized they stopped being funny and turned batshiat crazy since they really don't have to keep their political views 'in check' due to their career (Victoria Jackson, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz), or they're simply conservatives who don't use politics in their humor.

When conservatives try using 'conservative humor', that's when they really fall flat on their face because the only humor is from people laughing at them, not with them. There are many conservative comedians who are currently funny, but you'd have to dig deep to discover their political affiliations.


The same is true for liberals as well. Otherwise, Lisa episodes would be the best of the Simpsons, political Family Guys wouldn't be the death of humor and reason, and issue movies wouldn't uniformly suck. American Dad went from crap to one of the best shows on television at the same moment they became nonpartisan (although not apolitical - MacFarlane also lost interest).

Ben Stein for instance, very much a conservative, and very much successful but he tends to keep his comedy and politics completely separate from one another. He's someone I'd consider a moderate.

As a moderate, no, no he is not. He is very conservative. There are a few funny people who wear the politics on their sleeve, however. John Stewart on the left and Parker/Stone on the right come to mind.
 
2014-01-07 03:17:25 PM

Weatherkiss: Ben Stein for instance, very much a conservative, and very much successful but he tends to keep his comedy and politics completely separate from one another. He's someone I'd consider a moderate.


Ben panders to whomever he is addressing at the moment. I worked at an event in Dubya's "home town" where Ben was the speaker, and he spewed the biggest pile of ultra-conservative BS I'd ever heard. The audience ate it up.

In no way did he appear anywhere near "moderate" that day.
 
2014-01-07 03:25:32 PM
I guess my definition of moderate is different from others, which isn't all that surprising. The right has been so far into the fringe for years that anything left of Ted Cruz could be seen as 'moderate' to some people.
 
2014-01-07 03:51:10 PM
I haven't watched SNL consistently in probably 10 years. Not because there wasn't a black female comedian on it, or because the cast wasn't diverse, but because short of some digital shorts, they've done nothing amazing or ground-breaking since then.
 
2014-01-07 06:54:40 PM

luidprand: Weatherkiss: Gordon Bennett: Mugato: 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?

Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.

I've heard from a few sources that he is or at least has a strong libertarian streak but he doesn't seem to talk much about his political views. TV's Frank, on the other hand, is a very outspoken liberal.

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff
In both cases they kept the show apolitical. Which is nice as it would have dragged the tone down whether you agreed with the views expressed or not.

I've found the only real funny conservatives are either moderates, have not been relevant for years and eventually realized they stopped being funny and turned batshiat crazy since they really don't have to keep their political views 'in check' due to their career (Victoria Jackson, Rob Schneider, Jon Lovitz), or they're simply conservatives who don't use politics in their humor.

When conservatives try using 'conservative humor', that's when they really fall flat on their face because the only humor is from people laughing at them, not with them. There are many conservative comedians who are currently funny, but you'd have to dig deep to discover their political affiliations.

The same is true for liberals as well. Otherwise, Lisa episodes would be the best of the Simpsons, political Family Guys wouldn't be the death of humor and reason, and issue movies wouldn't uniformly suck. American Dad went from crap to one of the best shows on television at the same moment they became nonpartisan (although not apolitical - MacFarlane also lost interest).

Ben Stein for instance, very much a conservative, and very much successful but he tends to keep his comedy and politics completely separate from one another. He's someone I'd consider a moderate.

As a moderate, no, n ...


I didn't have the heart to break it to one of my friends that thought Matt Groening was a conservative due to the many jabs at democrats, and the Simpsons went to church etc. Since one of Gore's relatives worked with them it got more obvious though.
 
2014-01-08 09:16:29 AM

Gordon Bennett: Mugato: 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?

Mike is a consrvative? You wouldn't know it from his riffing so I don't think that counts.

I've heard from a few sources that he is or at least has a strong libertarian streak but he doesn't seem to talk much about his political views. TV's Frank, on the other hand, is a very outspoken liberal.

https://twitter.com/FrankConniff
In both cases they kept the show apolitical. Which is nice as it would have dragged the tone down whether you agreed with the views expressed or not.


Exactly, which is one reason I respect the hell out of them both.
 
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