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LAN.gnome

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« Reply #40 on: 11-17-2003 14:59 »
« Last Edit on: 11-17-2003 14:59 »

Thanks to tiredness, I managed to forget the funniest sketch that Alec was in all night: the one about Prince Charles and his alleged homosexuality. It was like euphemism overload:

"Would you say it was true that Prince Charles prefers to give rather than receive?"
"Indeed, although were a young man to show up at his back door with a sizable package, he would certainly be received warmly."

"Is it true that Prince Charles cannot exceed 68 miles per hour when driving?"
"I had not heard anything of that rumor, no."
"I was told that once he reaches 69, he immediately blows a rod."

  laff Good stuff.

EDIT: The sketch with Rachel Dratch as the aging, senile movie producer was good too.

"I told him I liked a white guy doing kung-fu better the first time -- in Karate Kid!"
"It was the Matrix. We passed on the Matrix!"
evan

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« Reply #41 on: 12-07-2003 00:52 »

Good God, this Al Sharpton episode is bombing horribly. Sharpton could be one of the worst hosts ever on SNL. And none of the supporting players really do much to help him (see the "cabdriver" sketch.) Remember when only actors or comedians could host SNL?
Jeremy

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« Reply #42 on: 12-07-2003 05:15 »

We got the best of Steve Martin here. Hmm. I don't think I live in Iowa. Where's my Sharpton? Doesn't sound like I missed much, though. Meh.
winna

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« Reply #43 on: 12-07-2003 05:17 »

Some of these newer eps are sooo meh :\
Just Chris

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« Reply #44 on: 12-13-2003 19:50 »

I have a love/hate thing going on with SNL. Sometimes I would want to watch Mad TV more.

Pluses of Mad TV: It's more consistenly funny than today's SNL, and its raunchy humor tickles my funny bone more than SNL's tongue-in-cheek humor. Minuses: SNL still has better guest artists, and their production quality for parody sketches is higher.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #45 on: 12-13-2003 23:03 »

 
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Originally posted by evan:
Good God, this Al Sharpton episode is bombing horribly. Sharpton could be one of the worst hosts ever on SNL. And none of the supporting players really do much to help him (see the "cabdriver" sketch.) Remember when only actors or comedians could host SNL?

I could not believe that cabdriver sketch you mentiond. It was OK humor-wise, but the audience was completely silent. I don't think I heard a single laugh.

Sharpton didn't seem willing to throw himself into his little roles and take the risk of making a fool out of himself, like he should have. The only really good sketch he was in was the 3 wise men one, and that was pretty tame. Al Gore's a bigger political figure, and he made so much fun of himself I couldn't believe it.

I thought the joke that ended with the "we can't tell the punchline to this joke until next week, because Al Sharpton's here" was very telling. It seemed like everyone was holding back, and the show suffered.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #46 on: 12-14-2003 19:27 »

Apologies in advance for a double post, but whatever. I created this thread and I'll double post if I damn well please.  tongue

Last night's SNL was worlds better than the previous week's. The host was Elijah Wood, and since he's actually an actor, instead of a two-bit politician, his timing was good. He didn't seem to find making a fool out of himself and having some fun -- the "Frodo & Gollum" sitcom feature was a good indication of that.

For the first time in a long while, I think they underused their guest host. Wood did a great job in all his roles -- as one of the Fab 5 from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", as a middle school choir soprano, or as a young (and painfully bad) comedian in the Buddy Mills sketch. Speaking of Buddy Mills, they brought Kattan back to reprise his role as Gollum, and he did an awesome job.

Last thought: Jimmy Fallon's impression of John Mayer was dead on. "Blahblahblah, blabittyblahayah, doooo, dooooo, doooooooo..." Just great.  big grin
Mr. Potter

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« Reply #47 on: 12-14-2003 21:03 »

I agree with LAN.gnome. Elijah was pretty good and very underused. And Chris Kattan was great.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #48 on: 12-22-2003 02:26 »

Last night was a "Best of..." episode, which are usually not my favorite.

But it was "The Best of Will Ferrell 2", so all was right with the world.  smile
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #49 on: 01-11-2004 20:35 »

BUMP

Hooray! SNL returns from reruns with what I thought was a really good epsiode, featuring host Jennifer Aniston and musical guest the Black-Eyed Peas.

My favorite sketch was the Saddam/Osama phone conversation. You can tell they're ad-libbing a lot in these things, but it's hilarious. Regular phone calls aren't scripted, so it makes sense that the calls come off and random and tangential. Also, this comment from Jimmy Fallon/Osama to Horatio Sanz/Saddam was priceless:
"You look like Ron Jeremy in an orange jumpsuit, man. Not that I can see you or anything, because this isn't a videophone."  laff

Weekend Update was really strong too, though I don't know why they just had Finesse Mitchell say he was OJ Simpson and not have any makeup or anything to actually look like him. My favorite WU joke was the one about the kid stuck in a stuffed animal vending machine:
".. and so begins Michael Jackson's letter to this month's issue of Penthouse."
What Tina Fey did with her face as the audience laughed (nodding her head and grinning maniacally) was hysterical.

The Anti-Dean DNC commercial was also awesome.  big grin Overall, an A-. Second only to the Jack Black ep, methinks (from this season, anyway).
DotheBartman

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« Reply #50 on: 01-12-2004 02:54 »

Hmmm...well I saw part of the Aniston episode (shut it off halfway through in disgust), and I have this letter to Lorne Michaels.

Dear Lorne Michaels,
Please fire 95% of the people working on your show, and hire a completely new cast and crew.  Someone with TALENT this time, please.
Love,
DotheBartman


boingo2000

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« Reply #51 on: 01-12-2004 11:37 »

I saw about half of this episode, and didn't mind it.  After Office Space & The Good Girl, Jennifer Aniston strikes me as the only Friend with any actual talent, ie, the only one who won't have trouble finding work after Friends ends and everyone stops caring.  Speaking of which, I thought that "Friends ending" was hysterical.

 
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Originally posted by LAN.gname:
My favorite WU joke was the one about the kid stuck in a stuffed animal vending machine:
".. and so begins Michael Jackson's letter to this month's issue of Penthouse."
What Tina Fey did with her face as the audience laughed (nodding her head and grinning maniacally) was hysterical.

It really, really was.  But again, LAN, I have to disagree with you about the Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz sketch.  The two of them just making things up just isn't funny, or at least not funny enough to justify the time they're allowed to improv sketches in any given episode.  These two seem to be treated like people think they're the next Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and they're not.  I don't mind them in small doses, but they go on forever.

It wasn't a bad episode, but halfway through I turned it off and played on my Xbox instead.  Of what I saw, I give it a B.

Best part of the evening though, was after I was done with the Xbox, I turned Global back on and they were running a clasic SNL with Frank Zappa (whom I love) as the musical guest, and I got to see him perform I Am The Slime with Don Pardo.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #52 on: 01-12-2004 21:10 »

 
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Originally posted by boingo2000:
But again, LAN, I have to disagree with you about the Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz sketch.  The two of them just making things up just isn't funny, or at least not funny enough to justify the time they're allowed to improv sketches in any given episode.  These two seem to be treated like people think they're the next Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, and they're not.  I don't mind them in small doses, but they go on forever.

I did think they lost a lot of energy in the last third of that sketch, but I also thought they finished strong enough to make up for it. Besides, I love those guys, so I'm biased.  big grin
Jeremy

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« Reply #53 on: 01-13-2004 02:21 »

I have to agree with LAN. The Fallon/Osama-Horatio/Saddam sketches are frickin' hilarious. I would not be surprised if LAN had to wash his Chris Farley pajamas after that.

And they should just have O.J. play O.J. I don't think anyone would have a problem with that.

Also, Black Eyed Peas kick ass!1 They've gotten so much better since they added that white girl!11 Note to all hip hop groups: add a white girl.  roll eyes
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #54 on: 01-13-2004 06:14 »

 
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Originally posted by Jeremy:
I have to agree with LAN. The Fallon/Osama-Horatio/Saddam sketches are frickin' hilarious. I would not be surprised if LAN had to wash his Chris Farley pajamas after that.

Actually, I didn't.

My mom did. ZING!
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #55 on: 01-18-2004 06:17 »

BUMP: New episode. Guest hosts were Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, with musical guests G-Unit.

This ep was OK. The host bits were a notch above average, but Weekend Update really blew except for two jokes (the Mars Rover joke was hilarious: "So let me get this straight: the Rover rolls over, moves 10 feet, and then calls it a day? Sounds like they programmed it to mimic the daily actiovites of Star Jones" ).

Since I highly value Weekend Update, not even good sketches like the "American Idol" one can save the rest of the show for me. This gets a middle-of-the-road C+.
OC_James

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« Reply #56 on: 01-19-2004 19:55 »

Take it from someone who's been watching SNL for years. There's always a period where one half of the fans think the show sucks, and the other half think's it doing good/great. It alternates about every four to five years as do people's opinion about the show.
In my opnion, the show is currently sucking, though I predict a rise of goodness soon. The Nick Lachey/Jessica Simpson episode last Saturday was the first new one I'd seen in quite a few months and it was disappointing. Nick wasn't too bad a guest host, but Jessica looked like she was confused in every sketch. Then again, anybody who's seen their show or heard about it shouldn't be too surprised of that. G-Unit is a band only rap fans would enjoy listening to which isn't a large demographic of SNL.

Dear Lorne Michaels,
Hire some talented minorities so Maya Rudolph won't always get stuck playing the Latino/African-American/Asian/Extra White Girl.
DotheBartman

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« Reply #57 on: 01-19-2004 23:12 »

Yeah, its true.  SNL always has ups and downs.  Right now its definetely in a down, and I consider it to be, well, shit.  But I can't call for cancellation because there's certainly a chance (a certainty really) that it will get better after a while.  I'm not betting on that happening until next season or the season after though.
neonluvchixn

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« Reply #58 on: 01-23-2004 21:25 »

To be honest, I felt it lost its spunk in the last few years. Not as good as it should (had) Been.
boingo2000

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« Reply #59 on: 01-24-2004 14:05 »
« Last Edit on: 01-24-2004 14:05 »

Who's hosting the show tonight?

EDIT: Nevermind, looked it up myself.  Elijah Wood, with musical guest Jet (whoever they are).
~FazeShift~

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« Reply #60 on: 01-24-2004 22:50 »

Jet are an Aussie band, they're "meh".
DotheBartman

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« Reply #61 on: 01-24-2004 23:43 »

All of the bands on SNL are "meh" or worse. That's just the nature of the show.

Kinda describes the writing and acting right now too.
neonluvchixn

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« Reply #62 on: 01-24-2004 23:54 »

 
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Originally posted by DotheBartman:
All of the bands on SNL are "meh" or worse. That's just the nature of the show.

Kinda describes the writing and acting right now too.

I agree 100%

LAN.gnome

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« Reply #63 on: 01-24-2004 23:54 »

This one's a repeat, but it's a really good one, IMO. For once, they underused their guest host -- I wouldn't have guessed that Elijah Wood has as good a sense of comedic timing as he does. Pretty funny.
Dr. Morberg

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« Reply #64 on: 01-25-2004 21:15 »

I wish they wouldn't repeat things that just happened a month ago. It was funny, but do they think we'll just forget what we saw a month ago? They should play repeats that happened at least a year ago. Some of the jokes would be outdated, but most would still be funny. 
NibblerJr

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« Reply #65 on: 01-27-2004 18:26 »

 
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Originally posted by OC_James:
Dear Lorne Michaels,
Hire some talented minorities so Maya Rudolph won't always get stuck playing the Latino/African-American/Asian/Extra White Girl.

I know. It bugs me, she always has to play every girl character that isnt white; hire some new person.
Anyway: Anyone notice that Tracy Morgan disapeared? He was the greatest in Brian Fellows! My 3 favorite people have left, SNL isnt so great anymore....[Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan]. Also, I don't think Kenan Thompsan is that funny at all...
neonluvchixn

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« Reply #66 on: 01-27-2004 19:08 »
« Last Edit on: 01-27-2004 19:08 »

 
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Also, I don't think Kenan Thompsan is that funny at all...- Nibbler jr.

You mean that dude from those Nickelodeon shows? HE made it to SNL??????? I never once laughed at anything he did when he was on ALL That, I thought that his pal Kel had more talent then him..

LAN.gnome

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« Reply #67 on: 02-22-2004 04:07 »

BUMP!

Tonight's episode was pretty mediocre -- Christina Aguilera as the host, Maroon 5 as the band.

There was one truly hilarious joke though; in Weekend Update, of course:
"The Georgia Supreme Court this week found that public schools could continue to use the word 'evolution' in science classes, though as a trade-off they are now required to refer to dinosaurs as 'Jesus Horses'."  laff
Dr. Morberg

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« Reply #68 on: 02-22-2004 13:02 »

 
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Originally posted by LAN.gnome:
There was one truly hilarious joke though; in Weekend Update, of course:
"The Georgia Supreme Court this week found that public schools could continue to use the word 'evolution' in science classes, though as a trade-off they are now required to refer to dinosaurs as 'Jesus Horses'."   laff

That was the best joke I've ever heard on the weekend update.

I also thought the whole "black history" part was funny, even if it is overused. I thought the opening with Chris Matthews was hilarious, too. However, the rest was pretty average.
theZoid88

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« Reply #69 on: 02-22-2004 15:08 »

i thought it was better than all the other crappy ones. whats with the new episodes? bring back kattan/ferrel
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #70 on: 03-07-2004 05:48 »

I think tonight's Colin Firth/Norah Jones ep may be the best of this season so far -- and even one of the best in recent memory. Seriously, there was not one sketch tonight that I didin't like, as least in part. If only they can keep this up this year and next...
Jeremy

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« Reply #71 on: 03-14-2004 20:12 »
« Last Edit on: 03-14-2004 20:12 »

*pokes LAN* Don't tell me you missed SNL to attend your nerd quiz show! Nerd.   tongue

I thought it was a good ep. Ben looked like he had a great time, seeing as how he couldn't keep a straight face for most of the night. The wedding sketch would have been better if Matt Damn was the (other) groom. Thumbs up for the Gigli sketch, the  Thailand commercials, the Irish sketch, the full moon murderer and......the OJ joke.   big grin
Dr. Morberg

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« Reply #72 on: 03-14-2004 20:34 »

Yeah, it was pretty good, but I thought the weekend update, which is usually really funny, was pretty weak.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #73 on: 03-14-2004 20:56 »

 
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Originally posted by Jeremy:
*pokes LAN* Don't tell me you missed SNL to attend your nerd quiz show! Nerd.    tongue

No, I just thought it might be poor form to post three times in a row. Besides, who should be mocking who? We've had how many SNL eps in the time that you've made only 2 previous posts on this page?

Anywho, I agree with both of you. The bulk of the show was pretty good, Afleck's smirking and willingness to poke fun at himself (him dressed up as a Geisha: best!) was great, but WU was a little weak, especially the guests. WTF was up with Hammond as Clinton again? He was just on WU last week. I mean, come on, Hammond! We know your Dubya impression is for shit, but damn!

Overall, not as good as last week with Colin Firth, and slightly better than the Aguilera ep two weeks ago. B

is for Bennifer  tongue
Jeremy

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« Reply #74 on: 03-14-2004 21:19 »

Pfft. You're the SNL.....guy.  tongue
Geisha? I must have missed that.
LAN.gnome

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« Reply #75 on: 03-14-2004 21:48 »

Yeah, Ben was all trannyed-up during one of those Bangkok: What happens in Thailand, stays in Thailand commercials. It was the last one, with the strung-out Kelly Ripa.
Jeremy

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« Reply #76 on: 03-14-2004 21:57 »

Ohhhh, I saw that. Thailand seems like a fun place.  smile
newhook_1

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« Reply #77 on: 09-11-2004 21:48 »
« Last Edit on: 09-11-2004 21:48 »

I was watching the best of Will Ferrel 2 on DVD tonight and my dad sat down and started watching it with me. It got to the sketch where Will played the guy that freaked out and abused his employees, and my dad had to get up and leave because it was "Disgusting, violent, and vulgar". It was pretty funny, to see such a disgusted look on his face over an SNL sketch which I found so funny.   tongue

Also, I haven't been following SNL for the last year or so. Has the new season started yet?
DotheBartman

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« Reply #78 on: 09-11-2004 22:51 »

Not yet, I think it starts on the 2nd of October.

I'll tune in, but I'm kinda anxious about how its going to turn out.  It needs to be really good for the election....but I fear it'll be as bad as what I saw of last season.
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