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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  punkysdilemma on Thu Sep 18, 2014 8:20 pm

I also have a soft spot for his Al Gore -- "Strategery"/"Lockbox" is a classic.

I hope he does the announcing from the set so they can drag him back in for a sketch every now and then, though I guess he could do what Pardo did towards the end and record his lines at home.
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Post  Instant Monkeys on Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:58 pm

Oh god, I do too; I almost said that even.

I just remember coming back from hiatus, I guess in the election year, and in the previous season Hammond's Gore had been pretty generic/underwhelming, and suddenly in the fall it was AMAAAAAAAAZING. Yeah, that was a highlight of the show for me, the debate thing.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:53 pm

Instant Monkeys wrote:Oh god, I do too; I almost said that even.

I just remember coming back from hiatus, I guess in the election year, and in the previous season Hammond's Gore had been pretty generic/underwhelming, and suddenly in the fall it was AMAAAAAAAAZING. Yeah, that was a highlight of the show for me, the debate thing.

Supposedly, Gore's people showed him the sketch in preparation for the next debate so that he would come across as more likable, and through two terms in the White House, Bush's people referred to their weekly planning sessions as "strategery" meetings.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Binky on Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:53 pm

SNL used to do great political stuff til the second Bush term (9-11 effect maybe). They've been weak sauce on Obama. Just cause Stewart and Colbert do it too doesn't mean no one else can.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  punkysdilemma on Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:34 pm

Eris Rising wrote:
The Dude wrote:As loath as I am to see the show get whiter, it's got to be about that time for Keenan.

I suspect that he has one more season left in him, though it wouldn't surprise me if you were right.

You are correct, sir.

Aaaaand retracted. Whatevs.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:02 pm

Pratt was charming enough, but it was an inconsistent night overall. Jost has mildly improved over the summer, but not enough to look comfortable in the role, and Che, while an experienced performer, is going to need a few more weeks to settle into the role. Aidy Bryant is, as always, gold. Pete Davidson nailed his "Let's introduce the new guy by letting him do his stand-up on Weekend Update" role, and I'll be interested to see if he brings that same energy to sustained sketch work. Leslie Jones was just as good as last time, if a bit less controversial and more willing to wade into typical relationship humor.

The fact that they're still taking a handful of minutes each week, handing them over to Mooney and Bennett, and saying "Here, do whatever the hell you want" is something that may keep me tuning in even during the most mediocre episodes.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Cutebutpsycho on Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:43 pm

Honestly, I want to play Puzzle World just to see how insane the 75 levels get.

Also Ariana Grande's second performance was terrible.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Snarryfan on Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:57 am

Does Ariana Grande hate consonants? It was all vowels, no actual words.

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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  laddical on Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:49 pm

She's campaigning hardcore to be the dictionary definition of "marble mouth".
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:33 pm

The Sarah Silverman episode was a bit of an improvement, though she kept blowing her lines. Weekend Update was significantly better, enough for me to think that Jost may be able to adapt to the Update desk. I'm thinking that this is the season where we're going to start seeing some more standout performances, as well as some successful recurring characters.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  whatthedeuce on Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:10 am

I watched a marathon of last season's episodes on VH1 on Saturday, and I can't believe how awesome the women on the show are! Kate McKinnon kills absolutely every sketch she's in, and Aidy Bryant is a riot! I think Cecily was great as a WU anchor so I can't understand why she's been removed. Jost is adorable, but he definitely seems a bit stilted and apprehensive to me.


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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  mokey75 on Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:40 am

I think Aidy Bryant is hilarious, and I love that they just let her be funny, instead of making her The Fat Girl all the time. It's refreshing, especially when you think about all of the fat jokes they made Melissa McCarthy do when she hosted.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  bloomtoperish on Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:04 pm

whatthedeuce wrote:I watched a marathon of last season's episodes on VH1 on Saturday, and I can't believe how awesome the women on the show are! Kate McKinnon kills absolutely every sketch she's in, and Aidy Bryant is a riot! I think Cecily was great as a WU anchor so I can't understand why she's been removed. Jost is adorable, but he definitely seems a bit stilted and apprehensive to me.

I think Cecily Strong didn't want to do Update anymore because it took her away from doing more sketches.

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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  whatthedeuce on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:41 am

Ohhhh, so it was her choice! That makes sense, and I totally get it even if I enjoyed her immensely as an anchor.

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Post  Arabella on Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:45 am

bloomtoperish wrote:I think Cecily Strong didn't want to do Update anymore because it took her away from doing more sketches.
Wasn't that just positive spin on the situation? Weekend Update has been a huge launching pad for SNLers in recent years.

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Post  Eris Rising on Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:41 pm

Arabella wrote:
bloomtoperish wrote:I think Cecily Strong didn't want to do Update anymore because it took her away from doing more sketches.
Wasn't that just positive spin on the situation? Weekend Update has been a huge launching pad for SNLers in recent years.

There's no way of telling what really happened. There is some alleged grumbling in the ranks over it, though.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Tue Oct 21, 2014 6:24 am

Writer Leslie Jones upgraded to cast member. Good. She's been hilarious on Update, and deserves a chance to show her sketch chops.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  whatthedeuce on Thu Oct 23, 2014 1:44 am

OMG. I'm so thankful to VH1 for marathoning SNL eps on weekends. Taran Killam kills pretty much any sketch he's in, which is great since he's in just about all of them. Even that stupid He-Man skit with Chris Pratt was partly hilarious due to him constantly patting his junk and saying "I like this!" Which reminds me, how did the writers come up with such lame material for Pratt? He seems like a guy who'd be game for anything, and his show was terrible. The only piece I remember liking is the one with him and Aidy Bryant rapping come-ons to each other.

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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:31 pm

A pretty strong show last night. Weak cold open and monologue, surprisingly good Weekend Update (Che's bit about how black people are seen like Ebola was the edgiest thing I've seen on WU since Meyers left, and I actually laughed a couple of times at Jost's lines). Strong points? The Lincoln commercial, the dance-off (Aidy Bryant made the most of the line "I'm just a woman trying her best!"), the graveyard scene. Leslie Jones brought serious comedy chops to the haunted house pre-tape, and even playing a waitress, she got actual laughs in the opening of the turgid family reunion sketch. I think that she's the one to watch this season.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  whatthedeuce on Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:41 pm

Vanessa Bayer and Michael Che totally cracked me up on WU! That and the graveyard sketch were the high points for me.

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Post  Eris Rising on Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:01 pm

whatthedeuce wrote:Vanessa Bayer and Michael Che totally cracked me up on WU! That and the graveyard sketch were the high points for me.

Oh, I forgot the romantic comedy bit! Bayer's become a vital member of the cast, no doubt.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  whatthedeuce on Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:48 pm

I just love the women on this show so much. I think Bayer may be favorite, but each woman brings her own brand of awesomeness to the sketches.

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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Eris Rising on Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:39 am

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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Cutebutpsycho on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:28 pm

I can get with this.
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Re: Saturday Night Live

Post  Gallifrey Girl on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:44 pm

Eris Rising wrote:Prince's musical performance to consist of a single, uninterrupted, 8-hour jam.

Hee, 8 minutes, not 8 hours!

I was watching New Girl on Netflix, and there was an episode all about Prince. It was very strange.

I thought the Jim Carrey musical opening was terrible.  The haunted graveyard was hilarious! And the Lincoln car ad spoofs were good, particularly the payoff with the Allstate commercial.

Not a big fan of Jim Carrey, but he was doing spectacular at not looking like he was reading cue cards.

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