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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Lorne Michaels says the pandemic is responsible for the SNL cast exodus. Uh huh, right, sure   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
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2022-09-25 7:21:56 AM  
FTFA: "The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs," Michaels said. "And at the same time, if I don't add new people every year, then the show isn't the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience."

He's not wrong.
 
2022-09-25 7:59:24 AM  
Pretty sure he knows what he's doing
 
2022-09-25 8:19:28 AM  
I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.
 
2022-09-25 9:01:57 AM  
The Good Burger dude sucks (name a thing) buttholes.
 
2022-09-25 9:16:33 AM  

MagSeven: I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.


I dunno, I laughed pretty hard when he got shot in the face in SS.
 
2022-09-25 9:18:54 AM  
The cast got way too big - the intro credits felt like they went on forever.

Hopefully some of the new people are good, because what's left after the exodus is the absolute bottom of the barrel.

There needs to be a mass writer exodus, too, because the writing's been pretty godawful for the past few years at least.

Somehow during this time breaking character became the thing to do (see Aidy Bryant who broke character constantly).

They treat the audience like children - the humor, everything. Remember when the cold open wasn't prefaced with laughter to let everyone know it's fake?

The "most popular" things they've been doing are the stupid pre-recorded music videos that are overdone and formulaic and predictable.
 
2022-09-25 9:26:02 AM  
50 yrs. (The weekly FARK, you're really farking old reminder)

I remember catching the 2nd aired show because the TV Guide said Richard Pryor
will be on TV at 11:30.

As long as there are 13 year olds, there will be an SNL.
 
2022-09-25 9:47:51 AM  
Does every skit still break into a song?
 
2022-09-25 9:49:22 AM  
Hope they give a big push to the Please Don't Destroy guys.  Their videos are the funniest things on the show after Weekend Update with Jost and Che.
 
2022-09-25 10:00:54 AM  
MagSeven:

He's a good writer, beyond that others can deliver it better than himself.

If he was to step behind the camera write and learn to direct I'm sure he could be a good dramady director given his personal history
 
2022-09-25 10:03:29 AM  
goatbroken:

Sketch comedy is now online, you don't need SNL for that break anymore.

Sure Groundlings etc are needed for those serious about getting into film and comedy writing.
 
2022-09-25 10:03:44 AM  

Brokenseas: Hope they give a big push to the Please Don't Destroy guys.  Their videos are the funniest things on the show after Weekend Update with Jost and Che.


The "give a cat to cat woman" sketch is exactly the energy and chaos the show needs in the later parts of the show.

They did a black eye peas sketch last season. When was the last time they were relevant? More PDD.

Go to YouTube and watch their pre snl sketch about the night before high school graduation where two of them have to break it to the third they will never live their post high school dreams of becoming lakers.
 
2022-09-25 10:06:02 AM  
resident dystopian:

Despite my previous statement, this.

The high school aged kids who watch tv still watch.

What's your favorite era and when did you stop watching tells everyone when you where a teenager.

Sandler through will Ferrell leaving for me.
 
2022-09-25 10:25:11 AM  
Forgot SNL Lorne, just put all your money into the new Kids in the Hall show
 
2022-09-25 10:41:39 AM  
77 year olds are the natural arbiters of "reinvention" fer der yung fulks!
 
2022-09-25 10:58:47 AM  

Kris_Romm: 77 year olds are the natural arbiters of "reinvention" fer der yung fulks!


He made Pete Davidson a household name in the right demographics.

Trump and Pete Davidson were the ideal mix to keep the show on the air.

Now they just have to figure out how to survive post trump and post Pete and post forty something liberal viewers who only tune in for Kate McKinnon and weekend update.

Keeping that horrible trump impersonator a second season is not how to do that.

It's going to be the Bowan Yang show this season. I bet he ends up pairing off with the non binary person whose stylings are a straight fortunate Feimster rip offf.

It may work.
 
2022-09-25 11:13:09 AM  
Or maybe, just maybe, an out of touch octogenarian shouldn't be running a comedy show.
 
2022-09-25 11:28:48 AM  
So how many of you work for SNL?
 
2022-09-25 11:43:38 AM  
I liked Pete Davidson on SNL more then
most people, but under no circumstance was he a comedic heavyweight.

SNL will be fine, there's lots of funny people out there.
 
2022-09-25 12:08:39 PM  

raius: SNL will be fine, there's lots of funny people out there.


That's like saying Ukraine will defeat the Russian invasion, and I like cheese.

They're two true but entirely unrelated statements.
 
2022-09-25 12:19:30 PM  

americanflannel: It's going to be the Bowan Yang show this season.


I hope not. Bowen Yang isn't funny.
 
2022-09-25 1:08:23 PM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: MagSeven: I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.

I dunno, I laughed pretty hard when he got shot in the face in SS.


Some comedy works by building tension then releasing it. The tension was us asking ourselves why the fark is Pete Davidson in this movie, and suspecting that the movie was going to suck when their judgement is so poor.
 
2022-09-25 1:43:37 PM  
I never heard of Shane Gillis until the SNL thing and I never really cared to look into him as SNL humor isn't really my thing, so I just assumed he would suck.  I recently found out I was wrong and his live in Austin special is one of the funniest sets I've seen in the past year.  Obviously comedy is subjective, but I laughed out loud quite a few times during that viewing.  It was also pretty cool sitting about 100 feet from him at UFC279.
 
2022-09-25 2:52:05 PM  
The show cratered after Beck Bennet left.It was already circling the bowl however.
 
2022-09-25 3:20:35 PM  

Lsherm: americanflannel: It's going to be the Bowan Yang show this season.

I hope not. Bowen Yang isn't funny.


more like he only has one joke. An Overly-Dramatic Gay Asian Man character can only carry so many skits.

Note: that "character" shouldn't be carrying a skit to start with.
 
2022-09-25 3:47:05 PM  

Farking Clown Shoes: FTFA: "The pandemic had put us in this position where no one could really leave because there were no jobs," Michaels said. "And at the same time, if I don't add new people every year, then the show isn't the show. There have to be new people, for both our sake and also for the audience."

He's not wrong.


This.
 
2022-09-25 4:00:36 PM  

MagSeven: I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.


His rap parodies were really funny.
 
2022-09-25 4:01:47 PM  

Bslim: Or maybe, just maybe, an out of touch octogenarian shouldn't be running a comedy show.


Why not? Kind of ageist isn't it?
 
2022-09-25 5:47:41 PM  
My kids (17, 18, & 20) hate SNL. Hate it. Can't figure out why my wife and I (we're both 50) still watch it.

For me, it's comfort food. The format is familiar, and I laugh out loud a half dozen times if the host is a professional comedian, actor, or musical person with great timing. I hate it when they have sportsballers on.

It took a while to warm up to Che and Jost, but now I think they're the best part of the show, even if Jost gives off a self-aware air of being Mr. Johansson now.

I loved Mooney's farked up videos. The one where he's running for school president was gold, as was the "Wild Boys" sketch with Chris Pratt. They need to stick to the weird stuff post Update.
 
2022-09-25 6:44:34 PM  
It was only ever funny when I was forbidden to watch it by my parents. Once I got old enough to watch it whenever I wanted, it ceased.
 
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2022-09-25 7:53:51 PM  

americanflannel: It's going to be the Bowan Yang show this season.


I fast forward through anything he's in. He plays one one single character, and the "whiny gay Asian" voice that character has is fingernails on the chalkboard of my soul.

Holy hell Yang is not funny. Imagine what the opposite of funny is. That's Yang.
 
2022-09-25 9:28:02 PM  

paulleah: MagSeven: I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.

His rap parodies were really funny.


This was legend

Walking in Staten - SNL
Youtube W62Vmju18Vw
 
2022-09-25 9:29:02 PM  
Also this

Weird Little Flute ft. Kid Cudi - SNL
Youtube d64K_QJkLbk
 
2022-09-25 9:54:57 PM  
The John Mulnaey as host are standout SNLs shows if only because of the musical mashup numbers thy put on.

As someone who worked in Midtown for 10 years, Subway Churro is the truest picture of that vile hive of scum and villainy right down to the B&H employees and the trains running on different tracks for no reason.
 
2022-09-25 10:08:36 PM  

FreakyBunny: My kids (17, 18, & 20) hate SNL. Hate it. Can't figure out why my wife and I (we're both 50) still watch it.

For me, it's comfort food. The format is familiar, and I laugh out loud a half dozen times if the host is a professional comedian, actor, or musical person with great timing. I hate it when they have sportsballers on.

It took a while to warm up to Che and Jost, but now I think they're the best part of the show, even if Jost gives off a self-aware air of being Mr. Johansson now.

I loved Mooney's farked up videos. The one where he's running for school president was gold, as was the "Wild Boys" sketch with Chris Pratt. They need to stick to the weird stuff post Update.


Yer old, and they figure if you like it then it's old too.

They're not necessarily wrong.  It's the natural order of things.
 
2022-09-25 10:25:03 PM  
Usually, the SNL haters are along the lines of:  "That show USED to be funny, before it got all political."  Because they're right-wing idiots and crybabies.

But it's nice to see some new types of SNL haters here on Fark.

The show's been on 50 years.  I've seen a lot of episodes.  Some sketches are great, some are awful, and most are in-between.

If you can actually do better, you probably already have a show on the air.
 
2022-09-25 10:51:00 PM  
I would say the most common problem with SNL is, they scour the comedy world and find truly gifted, funny people... then make them do something they have never really done, don't let them do what they were previously funny doing and got discovered for, or, they insist that the funny person only do and keep doing that one funny thing they became famous for.


It's like hiring heart surgeons, and then day one of the job, telling them they will be computer engineers now. Sure, some of them will adapt, maybe even discover a talent for it. But mostly? na-uh.  My favorite example:  Fred Armisen. Didn't do much for me until he got the Obama Impression thing, but he's a stitch in Portlandia and other things.
 
2022-09-26 8:40:31 AM  
SNL has not been funny for a very, very long time. it wasn't like they lost funny people this year. they didn't have any to lose.
 
2022-09-26 9:24:58 AM  

Hyjamon: Lsherm: americanflannel: It's going to be the Bowan Yang show this season.

I hope not. Bowen Yang isn't funny.

more like he only has one joke. An Overly-Dramatic Gay Asian Man character can only carry so many skits.

Note: that "character" shouldn't be carrying a skit to start with.


That "character" was played out in the 1970's. I was floored when he brought it back and then they kept letting him do it. The only new part of it was that he's Asian, and that's not enough. The first one or two times I thought maybe I was missing something, but thankfully they kept bringing it back so by the 50th time I knew there wasn't anything else there.
 
2022-09-26 11:20:29 AM  
Bowen's shtick on SNL isn't new: Terry Sweeny was doing that back in the 80's with every character he got, regardless of if it made sense or not. It was really kind of boring to see a sketch set up some premise and then Terry take all the focus off of the joke as if to say: "Hey, forget the story-joke we're trying to tell; this person is a flaming homosexual, doesn't that make everything even funnier?".
Except for his frankly hysterical Nancy Reagan drag impressions, um, no. It just irritated everyone and distracted.

I know funny things happen to gay people. Because funny things happen to people. And gay people can be funny in reacting to or observing both gay and straight behavior. But, frankly, the way Bowen has been used on SNL is like a callback to fifties-era TV where a racial stereotype like putting a guy in a sombrero to say "Seeeeee, Sea-NYOrrrr", over and over, was in itself, considered  quintessentially funny.  I don't know Bowen's act outside of SNL.  I hope it spans a wider continuum than it does on SNL.
 
2022-09-26 12:42:40 PM  

MagSeven: I like Pete Davidson, but the writer referring to him as a "comedic heavyweight" is funnier than anything he's ever done.


He was basically a less likable Jimmy Fallon, but also subtract the handful of good impressions that Fallon could do. Not saying Pete can't be funny, but I still wonder how he ever got hired on SNL when sketch comedy/improv do not appear to be his thing.
 
2022-09-26 5:25:47 PM  

Any Pie Left: Bowen's shtick on SNL isn't new: Terry Sweeny was doing that back in the 80's with every character he got, regardless of if it made sense or not. It was really kind of boring to see a sketch set up some premise and then Terry take all the focus off of the joke as if to say: "Hey, forget the story-joke we're trying to tell; this person is a flaming homosexual, doesn't that make everything even funnier?".
Except for his frankly hysterical Nancy Reagan drag impressions, um, no. It just irritated everyone and distracted.

I know funny things happen to gay people. Because funny things happen to people. And gay people can be funny in reacting to or observing both gay and straight behavior. But, frankly, the way Bowen has been used on SNL is like a callback to fifties-era TV where a racial stereotype like putting a guy in a sombrero to say "Seeeeee, Sea-NYOrrrr", over and over, was in itself, considered  quintessentially funny.  I don't know Bowen's act outside of SNL.  I hope it spans a wider continuum than it does on SNL.


Sweeney did do a darn good Nancy Reagan.

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