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2014-04-20 11:05:55 AM  
Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.
 
2014-04-20 11:18:26 AM  
SNL HASN'T BEEN FUNNY SINCE....

Ahem. I lost my train of thought there.

Nevermind.
 
2014-04-20 11:24:06 AM  
Did Will Ferrell act dumb and talk very loudly?
 
2014-04-20 11:25:34 AM  
40 IS NOT MIDDLE AGE, says the 54yo guy....
 
2014-04-20 11:30:47 AM  

soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.


I don't get what was so funny about the early seasons of SNL. Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny? The Blues Brothers was a classic movie but that was a movie. What in the early years of SNL was really funny?
 
2014-04-20 11:31:34 AM  

soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.


Watching some of the early episodes on DVD, I can say that this applies to the entirety of the run:
SNL is a great 60-minute show.  Unfortunately, they have 90 minutes of air to fill.
 
2014-04-20 11:56:14 AM  

NeoCortex42: soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.

Watching some of the early episodes on DVD, I can say that this applies to the entirety of the run:
SNL is a great 60-minute show.  Unfortunately, they have 90 minutes of air to fill.


My experience too.  Some of the early episodes were just terrible.  Of course, they were still figuring out what they were (for example, one episode was entirely musical), but it's not like it was instant gold.

Mugato: . Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny?


Ok maybe landshark and coneheads are a matter of taste, but seriously you don't find John Belushi's samurai funny?  Perhaps I have the sense of humor of a 2-year-old, but I literally lol whenever I see it.
 
2014-04-20 12:00:23 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: My experience too.  Some of the early episodes were just terrible.  Of course, they were still figuring out what they were (for example, one episode was entirely musical), but it's not like it was instant gold.


I find a lot of the early stuff fascinating.  There's a lot of classic sketches, but there some where you just have to wonder how high the writers were.

For instance, anything with the bees.  It's just a normal scene, but they're in bee costumes!
 
2014-04-20 12:17:04 PM  

soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.


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NAIL THAT MAN'S FOOT TO THE DECK!!!
 
2014-04-20 12:20:21 PM  

NeoCortex42: AliceBToklasLives: My experience too.  Some of the early episodes were just terrible.  Of course, they were still figuring out what they were (for example, one episode was entirely musical), but it's not like it was instant gold.

I find a lot of the early stuff fascinating.  There's a lot of classic sketches, but there some where you just have to wonder how high the writers were.

For instance, anything with the bees.  It's just a normal scene, but they're in bee costumes!


Yeah, a lot of it has to do with context.  That kind of humor just hadn't had much exposure, especially on TV.   There was a feeling that this was something new, and so there was some stuff that got a pass which didn't deserve it; it happens a lot in movies, music, art, literature...
 
2014-04-20 12:32:39 PM  

catzilla: 40 IS NOT MIDDLE AGE, says the 54yo guy....


Unless you're one of the really lucky ones that makes it to 108...
 
2014-04-20 12:43:19 PM  

NeoCortex42: SNL is a great 60-minute show. Unfortunately, they have 90 minutes of air to fill.


This.  And only one performance by the musical guest.
 
2014-04-20 12:50:39 PM  
Its been napping for two decades.  When will it wake up again?
 
2014-04-20 01:23:51 PM  
"....that will air Sunday, Feb 15, 2015."

Well gee, thanks for the advance notice.
 
2014-04-20 01:34:05 PM  

Mugato: soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.

I don't get what was so funny about the early seasons of SNL. Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny? The Blues Brothers was a classic movie but that was a movie. What in the early years of SNL was really funny?


Off the top of my head - Greek restaurant ("cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger"), "Jane, you ignorant slut", the fake commercials (like Quarry Cereal), consumer skits (like Bag O Glass), Roseanne Roseannadanna (sp?), Lilly Tomlin's Edith Ann character, and all the musical guests participated in the skits, including the Stones and Frank Zappa.
 
2014-04-20 02:13:34 PM  
This season is honestly the worst if ever seen. Then again I'm only 29 so I missed the mid-80s disasters.
 
2014-04-20 02:33:32 PM  

lindalouwho: Mugato: soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.

I don't get what was so funny about the early seasons of SNL. Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny? The Blues Brothers was a classic movie but that was a movie. What in the early years of SNL was really funny?

Off the top of my head - Greek restaurant ("cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger"), "Jane, you ignorant slut", the fake commercials (like Quarry Cereal), consumer skits (like Bag O Glass), Roseanne Roseannadanna (sp?), Lilly Tomlin's Edith Ann character, and all the musical guests participated in the skits, including the Stones and Frank Zappa.


Yes, those are all funny and deservedly remembered as classics. My point was that SNL today is just as funny as it was back then. Some great hits, some spectacular misses, but it was no better then than it is now. Nor has it stopped being funny, because I've laugh just as much from anything this season as I have from the early years.
 
2014-04-20 02:42:27 PM  
Seth Meyers, household name?
 
2014-04-20 02:43:37 PM  

soporific: lindalouwho: Mugato: soporific: Let's get this out of the way: SNL was no funnier in the 70's than it is today.

I don't get what was so funny about the early seasons of SNL. Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny? The Blues Brothers was a classic movie but that was a movie. What in the early years of SNL was really funny?

Off the top of my head - Greek restaurant ("cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger"), "Jane, you ignorant slut", the fake commercials (like Quarry Cereal), consumer skits (like Bag O Glass), Roseanne Roseannadanna (sp?), Lilly Tomlin's Edith Ann character, and all the musical guests participated in the skits, including the Stones and Frank Zappa.

Yes, those are all funny and deservedly remembered as classics. My point was that SNL today is just as funny as it was back then. Some great hits, some spectacular misses, but it was no better then than it is now. Nor has it stopped being funny, because I've laugh just as much from anything this season as I have from the early years.


Then we agree. Have a nice holiday!
 
2014-04-20 02:54:26 PM  

catzilla: 40 IS NOT MIDDLE AGE, says the 54yo guy....


Plan on living to 108, do ya?
 
2014-04-20 02:56:00 PM  

soporific: My point was that SNL today is just as funny as it was back then


Even though I don't find old SNL particularly funny, they did produce funnier people than recent SNL. John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and a little later, Eddie Murphy (yes kids, Eddie Murphy was funny once). Recently....I'll give you Tina Fey.
 
2014-04-20 03:25:06 PM  

gingerjet: Its been napping for two decades.  When will it wake up again?


Here is the pictorial representation of SNL:

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Former U.S. Senator Bill Frist would concur..... and still send a medical bill to Lorne Michaels for his diagnosis.
 
2014-04-20 05:17:49 PM  

Mugato: I don't get what was so funny about the early seasons of SNL. Were the land shark, samurai sushi sheaf and the farking Coneheads really funny?


No. And even if all three of the bits you mentioned above appeared on the same episode on some random Saturday night in 1978, that would  still leave more than an hour of crap from that same episode that nobody remembers at all.

Old SNL is one of those things that only become "important" after the fact, so now you have a lot of people claiming to have been "in on it" from the very beginning, when in fact they only caught a few episodes during the Dana Carvey / Jan Hooks seasons.

SNL has become the Woodstock Music Festival of late night television.
 
2014-04-20 06:56:13 PM  
So after they've run out of material, what are they going to do with the extra 160 minutes?
 
2014-04-20 08:44:49 PM  

Pincy: NeoCortex42: SNL is a great 60-minute show. Unfortunately, they have 90 minutes of air to fill.

This.  And only one performance by the musical guest.


Uh, usually two musical performances plus taking part in sketches
 
2014-04-20 09:22:05 PM  
"painful rectal itch" ?

Oh yeah, that's good jam....

You had to be there. It was new, and we were completely baked.
 
2014-04-21 11:42:46 AM  
SNL was funnier in the 70s because it was new and different. A lot of it didn't age well.
The Tina Fey/Seth Meyers (head writers) years were as good as any.
The new cast is not so hot. Most of the ideas seem to be coming from Kenan Thompson, because a lot of sketches have a character authoritatively saying No! No! No! No!
 
2014-04-21 02:15:06 PM  

Dear Jerk: SNL was funnier in the 70s because it was new and different. A lot of it didn't age well.
The Tina Fey/Seth Meyers (head writers) years were as good as any.
The new cast is not so hot. Most of the ideas seem to be coming from Kenan Thompson, because a lot of sketches have a character authoritatively saying No! No! No! No!


You're right, a lot of it didn't age well, but what did is gold imho.

Keenan isn't a writer on the show. Hopefully the new season starting next month will bring improvements, they did hire a few new writers this past Dec. and Jan.

At least Weekend Update still rocks - I usually don't make it past that segment these days.
 
2014-04-21 03:40:15 PM  
You can't look back  40 years after the fact and judge early SNL because you have no idea what TV Comedy was like back then.  Mostly half-drunken celebrities cracking each other up with one liners and canned laughter.  Early SNL was a revolution.  It was shocking.  It was filled with so many talented people who were on a mission.  Their show was non-stop the kind of stuff that got the Smothers Brothers kicked off the air just a few years before.
 
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