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    SNL is an American institution and will never be canceled. At least, I hope so. It's now in its 42nd season (just started October 1) and already we've had some great sketches. There was some discussion in the "General" thread, so in order not to hog that one too much, I thought a dedicated SNL thread was certainly warranted.

    I know a lot of people think it's not as funny anymore, and maybe that's true, but it's one of those things you have to watch. For me, anyway. The best sketch of the season (and one of the best of all time, in my humble opinion) is David S. Pumpkins, which is just too silly for words, and that music, man!



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    Actual politics aside, the political ones have been really good this season, I think. Alec Baldwin does a great Trump and McKinnon is great at everything.

    The Sully sketch from this past week was pretty funny, too.
    Reilly: "Hey, George, the ocean called. They're running out of shrimp."

    George: "Oh, yeah, Reilly? Well, the jerk store called, and they're running out of you!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky View Post
    Actual politics aside, the political ones have been really good this season, I think. Alec Baldwin does a great Trump and McKinnon is great at everything.

    The Sully sketch from this past week was pretty funny, too.
    Agreed. Baldwin has really nailed it.

    I'm glad you started this thread, Pablo. Personally, I will use it in a variety of ways. As a recap of the previous week's episode, as a place to discuss the ins and outs of the show which I've always found fascinating, and a place to post some of my favorite sketches.

    You're right, people are always going to say it's not as funny. It all depends on which cast you associate with the most. My uncle used to say the Farley era wasn't as funny as the early years with Belushi and Chase. Then you had the people who grew up with the Farrell years and swore they were better than the Farley years etc. The show has always gone in phases, and it might be a little down right now, but it will come back like it always does.

    My biggest issue with the show is the inability to develop memorable, recurring characters in recent years. Think back to your favorite sketches, they're usually featuring great recurring characters. The odd thing about SNL right now is that most of their memorable recurring characters are all relegated to the Weekend Update. You have McKinnon's Russian lady, Strong's Girl You Wouldn't Want to Talk to at a Party, Bobby Moynihan has two (both personal favorites) Drunk Uncle and Anthony Crispino. More recently, one of the most famous characters ever was Stefon.

    Personally, I don't see why they can't transition some of these characters into actual sketches. As you all know, the cast members very often come up with sketches and characters, so it's on them to create the next memorable characters.

    Lastly, if you guys ever get the chance, see if you can get tickets to an SNL rehearsal. I had the pleasure of going years ago and it's a lot of fun. It's longer and they are trying out tons of sketches. It's cool to go back and watch the actual show later in the night and see what made it to air and what didn't. The night I went, they cut two of the funnier sketches I thought.
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    I won tickets in their lottery a few years ago but the host (Charlie Day, with Maroon 5 as the musical guest) didn't really get me excited. I'm glad I didn't end up going, though, because I watched it live that night on TV and it was not a very good episode. I'd still like to go one day, though. I went to a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping once and that was a ton of fun. Got an aisle seat, met Jimmy, he signed my book, and got to participate in a "birthday dance-off" in the aisles with another audience member (this was after the show ended).
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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    The best sketch of the season (and one of the best of all time, in my humble opinion) is David S. Pumpkins...

    Really? Different strokes I guess but I didn't even get a small grin out of it. Nothing. Had to watch it online just now because when it was on that night, I changed the channel mid-sketch. Still don't like.

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    I tried to start this thread a few years back and got 0 replies.

    Not the same w/o Fred Armisen.

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    Or even Taran Killam. He was always great.

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    IMHO, best sketches are probably "More Cowbell" with Christopher Walken, Chris Farley as Matt Foley (in a van down by the river!) or any of the Jeopardy sketches with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebec and Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds.

    This one never fails to crack me up as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iwritecode View Post
    IMHO, best sketches are probably "More Cowbell" with Christopher Walken, Chris Farley as Matt Foley (in a van down by the river!) or any of the Jeopardy sketches with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebec and Norm McDonald as Burt Reynolds.

    This one never fails to crack me up as well.
    More Cowbell is an all-time classic. Matt Foley is my favorite SNL character. I truly believe they would have made films with that character if Farely had lived. Jeopardy are great too. Actually, the recent Black Jeopardy sketches are strong.

    Here's one of my faves.

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    The previous week's episode with Cumberbatch wasn't very good, other than the cold open, but it was a great one last night:


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    The Dave Chappelle monologue has nothing on the Kate McKinnon cold open. Man, that was unexpected.

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    Yeah I had no idea. Her rendition of "Hallelujah" was amazing. So much win. Leonard would've been proud.

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    I'm not gonna lie, I was hoping to see Baldwin and McKinnon do Hillary and Trump. That opening was just odd to me. She looked like Hillary but was singing as Kate. The song was sung straight too, so Hillary voice or not, it wasn't meant to be funny, which defeats the purpose of a comedy show.
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    Obviously, they weren't going for laughs there. She was honoring the memory of Leonard Cohen and lamenting Trump's win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablo View Post
    Obviously, they weren't going for laughs there. She was honoring the memory of Leonard Cohen and lamenting Trump's win.
    Which is great, but millions of people tuned in to see SNL give their take on the election by seeing it through the eyes of the two people who have played the roles of Trump and Clinton all year. We didn't get it. I would have ended the show with the tribute to Cohen. Also, if you're really going to honor Cohen, have a real singer sing that fantastic song. I love Kate, but her voice is average at best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Servant View Post
    I'm not gonna lie, I was hoping to see Baldwin and McKinnon do Hillary and Trump. That opening was just odd to me. She looked like Hillary but was singing as Kate. The song was sung straight too, so Hillary voice or not, it wasn't meant to be funny, which defeats the purpose of a comedy show.
    SNL has perhaps become a bit too aware of the impact it has, or wants to have, on the culture; when combined with its leftist political slant, we get (for several weeks now) open propaganda and political instruction, and then this weekend, McKinnon's (nice voice, talented woman) uber-pretentious and wounded portrayal of a left wing that literally can't believe that they lost an election.

    As you say, it wasn't meant to be funny - but as things work out, it was mighty funny to me in its own way.
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    Let's not make this a political thread as well!!! Stick to the comedy!!! I agree with the above, SNL went a little off the rails with that, Hillary piece. I've been watching SNL since it's pilot and while they always included political humor they were pretty good at not overtly taking sides though they did always skew liberal though I think the main focus was they always questioned with a comedic slant. Heck, I'm a dinosaur though I suppose. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin1958 View Post
    Let's not make this a political thread as well!!! Stick to the comedy!!! I agree with the above, SNL went a little off the rails with that, Hillary piece. I've been watching SNL since it's pilot and while they always included political humor they were pretty good at not overtly taking sides though they did always skew liberal though I think the main focus was they always questioned with a comedic slant. Heck, I'm a dinosaur though I suppose. lol
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    I thought that was a very fun episode this past Saturday. The QVC sketch for some reason had me rolling. Love that Cecily!

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    Well, they certainly took the gloves off in regards to Trump last episode. After largely ignoring the election the first episode back after the decision, they really came out swinging.
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