Tuesday, November 24, 2009
SNL = Saturday Night Limp!
No, seriously...it used to be a comedy!
I remember back in high school, one of the things that we would do on Monday mornings is discuss the SNL episode that was on over the weekend. We would rehash our favorite bits and critique the musical guests. There always seemed to be so many funny skits to choose from.
From the early 90s with Adam Sandler, Chris Farley and David Spade, to the mid 90s with Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, we got to see some real GEMS!
I wonder if the kids in high school now still do the same thing? Do they even watch the show?
This season of SNL has been incredibly bad. I usually watch it on my TiVo on Sunday mornings (or Sunday afternoon, depending on how good Saturday night was for me!) and I can't even tell you how many skits I end up fast-forwarding through.
It's an hour and a half show that I can watch in about 25 minutes! Geesh!
WTF, Lorne Michaels? What is wrong with your show???
Honestly, I think that there are some very talented actors on the show. The problem seems to be the Comedy Writing team. It might be time for some fresh blood.
And let's talk about the guest hosts: January Jones? Joseph Gordon Levitt?
Sure, these are fine actors that are both involved with critically acclaimed shows/movies, but they haven't really caught on to the mainstream. I highly doubt that middle America is going to go out of their way to tune in to see either one of them.
And they both sucked.
There are only a couple of cast members who consistently make me laugh. Kristen Wiig is the clear stand-out on the show! I actually laugh out loud at so many of her characters! Whether its a drunk Kathie Lee Gifford, the Target Lady, or Penelope, she is in a league of her own!
And who can forget her character, playing the Mara Sister with the baby hands!
"I found a dead cat on the side of the road... Do do do doo"
The only other person lately who has been making me LOL is Kenan Thompson.
It's easy to dismiss him as a bit player, but his "What Up With That" skit is so funny to me. He is also really good in "Deep House Dish" and playing the cop in the Scared Straight program. There is no one better to play a gameshow host than Kenan!
Other than that, its very hit or miss...
And can we talk about the opening skits? I know that SNL wants to stay relevent with current events/politics, but these skits are putting me to sleep!
I still have hope for you, SNL.
Maybe there's too much 'behind the scenes' politics going on, who knows? But Lorne Michaels, let's fix this situation! Let's strip out half of these current cast members, and go on a nationwide search to select a few more likable people!
Also, there needs to be some new comedy writers added. Young, fresh, hip writers with new ideas.
Or, just start calling the show Kristen Wiig Live, and go from there...