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Old 12-17-2009, 07:37 AM   #26
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Re: SNL - It's funny again!

I watched the episode from either last week or 2 weeks ago and it was terribad.

I want Human Giant back.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:40 PM   #27
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Obama is really had to impersonate and Armisen isn't that bad. Guys like Bush and Clinton have easy things people can cling to, but Obama only has his cadence and pacing, which is a lot harder to replicate.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:47 PM   #28
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I find it interesting that a lot of you guys think Armisen is good in his non-Obama stuff. Must be a sense of humor thing I guess since I can't think of a single thing of his that I've enjoyed other than stuff like an Obama skit where it was funny despite him being bad. He gives off such a huge trying-too-hard vibe to me. IMO his Obama impression is terrible primarily because he is trying so hard to get the delivery cadence that he turns into a total stiff, which is not like Obama at all. I think the same goes for his other stuff, just seems forced.
Armisen does a great Governor Patterson, Barney Frank, Joy Behar and his Boy George was very solid as well (those are just a few I remember off the top of my head).

Also fwiw, does anyone think Gilly is funny anymore. I think it has been terrible for awhile now. Funny the first time but after that it has gotten a little worn out but I see that special tonight is called "A Very Gilly Christmas" and therefore will obviously feature yet another worn out skit.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:50 PM   #29
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Darrell Hammond left, though he has been on a few times since he left.

Also Jon Bovi is great, same for the scared straight bit they do, mainly cos its clear Keenan just spends the entire sketch doing his best to make the others laugh whilst doing it.

Btw, am i the only one who thinks the MacGruber film is going to blow hard. It surely wont work when stretched to a 90 minute film other than by changing the entire concept of the sketch.
Phill, I'm sure you'll appreciate that MVP, Great Khali, and Chris Jericho will all have roles in it!
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:59 PM   #30
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blake lively as elin was too hot.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:01 PM   #31
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Gilly wasn't even in the same zip code as funny the first time, so consider me nonplussed that they keep bringing the character back every other week and now have her hosting a Christmas special.
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:16 PM   #32
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Gilly wasn't even in the same zip code as funny the first time, so consider me nonplussed that they keep bringing the character back every other week and now have her hosting a Christmas special.
Forte makes it a lot funnier than it is
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:16 AM   #33
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Armisen's Obama is so bad and jarring that I can't even watch this show anymore. It's painful how bad it is. He plays it down instead of up. Come on dude, you're supposed to make a caricature out of it, CAN YOU DIG IT?!?
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:31 AM   #34
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watching the xmas special is depressing. granted, it's a best of, but the original (or somewhere back then) cast made me laugh just singing Walking in a Winter Wonderland without any stupid gimmicks. ditto with many of the other older sketches from older casts. makes me realize how bad it is today.

seems like they were handed a genie in a bottle last year with the election so unfunny writers and cast members got a unwarranted bump. now, with no easy targets like the election/palin et al, their true colors are showing.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:25 PM   #35
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Are you kidding me? Those sketches last night sucked.

The Horatio song was awesome (Didn't see that coming at all), and It's A Wonderful Life may have been if I had seen that movie before. Schweaty Balls is pretty meh after seeing it a lot, same goes for the Haunekah (sp) Song and Martha Stewart's Topless Christmas.

I didn't start recording til it was 20 minutes in, maybe I missed some good stuff at the beginning.
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:41 PM   #36
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Re: SNL - It's funny again!

So you think the skits in last night's show were bad but that the show is good now? It's interesting how much people have different senses of humor I guess.

I thought the Christmas show was great with the older stuff, but none of the Gilly skits were funny at all. I literally did not laugh or even chuckle a single time when that was on. Like M2d, I found it a bit depressing because it was a reminder that the show used to be good and while even then most skits weren't very good there was always some solid material in a few with one or two really funny sketches.

I also think the point that Palin gave them a free pass is a good one. They actually did great with it and Tina Fey was really good but they were gift wrapped that material.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:43 PM   #37
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I was going to agree with the op until I saw the Gilly stuff last night. Was that even suppose to be humor?

Otherwise the show is alot better then acouple years ago. Watching Kenan makes me regret that I never got into Kenan and Kel when it was on.
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Old 12-18-2009, 05:53 PM   #38
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Yeah, im not sure who keeps giving the green light to bringing the Gilly material back time after time. Whoever it is is working way above his/her glass ceiling.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:03 PM   #39
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The first time I saw Gilly I thought it was some sort of anti-comedy bit like Andy Kaufman reading The Great Gatsby
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:36 PM   #40
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Show still sucks. Digital Shorts are decent but still pretty hit or miss.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:58 AM   #41
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um wtf at the kissing family this time around, Franco just want to make out with a bunch of dudes on live television?
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:58 AM   #42
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Charles Barkley is hostin the next SNL on Jan 9th. I'm sure a bunch of us are fans of his. He's always great on TNT talking NBA, but who knows how good he'll be reading stuff SNL provides for him.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:07 PM   #43
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Bump. Thought the Barkley episode was pretty good, especially the MacGruber sketch.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:31 AM   #44
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Good timing. I thought about bumping the thread to post about the episode this week. I thought Barkley would be funny but it was still pretty weak overall. I also thought the Macgruber skits were funny and I liked the one about his swing but the rest of the show ranged from awful (the KW skit where she's the really weird bimbo) to just plain not funny (all of weekend update, the Keenan skit where he's talking to the kids in juve) to meh (the two with Samberg). Unfortunately that's pretty good for the show these days.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:21 AM   #45
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The movie quotes game show skit was the best one that I saw, missed the golf one though. Think I saw everything else. Thought MacGruber was pretty average.
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Old 01-12-2010, 01:27 AM   #46
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I just want to say I really, really hate Kristin Wiig, I've barely watched SNL in the past few years but every time I catch a sketch it has that hack making some wacky face like she's overdosing on caffeine. Just awful.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:18 AM   #47
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I just want to say I really, really hate Kristin Wiig, I've barely watched SNL in the past few years but every time I catch a sketch it has that hack making some wacky face like she's overdosing on caffeine. Just awful.
i liked her at first but quickly realized she plays the same character over and over. i have the Barkley episode PVR'd but most of the episodes I turn off halfway through because they aren't funny. =(

I only look forward to the digital shorts
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:08 PM   #48
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i liked her at first but quickly realized she plays the same character over and over. i have the Barkley episode PVR'd but most of the episodes I turn off halfway through because they aren't funny. =(

I only look forward to the digital shorts
Agree with you about Kristen Wiig, although it seems like they are toning down how much air time she gets now.

The bimbo scene was actually funny until she did her unattractive things.


Really the biggest problem with this season (I am enjoying it about 50% of the time) is that they are basically rehashing what worked last year. The show needs some edgier writers who are willing to push some boundries instead of just doing the silly stuff they are doing now.

Really like the McGruber skits from last weekend, and the Alicia Keys digital short was pretty funny too.

I thought Barkley was pretty bad as a host. In fact, I don't understand why they have people host who aren't actors. Obviously its just so people tune in, but most of the hosts bomb when they aren't actors.
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #49
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I still think Kristen Wiig is funny, just not in the context of this show. She's just the most visible manifestation of SNL's core problem, which is that EVERYTHING is recurring at this point. While there's always been some of that, I feel that a) there is more of it now, and b) it's no longer just recurring characters but pretty much entirely recurring skits.

It is an interesting question why I think Wiig is funny if I don't think she's funny on this show. I feel that way about a lot of these people - tons of talent, they're just stuck performing braindead routines.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #50
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Wiig was pretty funny in Knocked Up. I think she could be a pretty funny comedic actress on shows with better writing.
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