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Has SNL Stopped Sucking?!

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The short answer: not entirely. Since it’s on on Saturday nights, when pretty much nothing else is, and since I have DVR, which means my standards for television are markedly lower than most people’s, I’m actually one of about three people that’s been watching Saturday Night Live in its entirely for the last few years. I had high hopes for this season; after all, the current political environment means comedy shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are flourishing. With a week to prepare each episode (and lately, two weeks, since SNL seems to show a rerun every other weekend), I figured they might be able to knock it out of the park.

Well, not quite. As always, it’s hit or miss. For every well-written adaptation of a weekly news topic, there’s some awkward and half-formed skit that you can just tell seemed funny at 2 a.m. on a Thursday, after 12 hours of work and eight cups of coffee each. Also, I fucking hate Gilly. I HATE HER. Learn to edit yourselves, SNL writers.

So here’s my suggestion: Every week, the group should prepare a 90-minute show, as SNL currently is, and then on Thursday or Friday, knock it back to an hour. Seriously, one hour. One musical performance (i.e. one song) and fewer skits. In 2010, unless it’s a movie, there are very few shows I’m willing to devote more than an hour to (i.e. none). Project Runway, a longtime favorite, is also currently suffering from the delusion that I want to watch 90 minutes each week, and so I’ve found myself fast-forwarding through entire conversations (as well as all weighty pauses before and during elimination rounds) to cut it back down to 60.

Listen TV, you’re surviving, and I’m happy for you. The Internet hasn’t killed you off yet. But our attention spans are getting shorter, or at least mine is. Learn to cull the self-indulgent and keep it snappy.

So here be my curated favorites from SNL this week (So I’m partial to fake commercials. Deal with it).

 
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9:45 AM on October 25th, 2010 | 

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Weekend Update

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The only funny thing Bobby Moynihan has ever really done on SNL:

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kira

5:54 PM on December 21st, 2009 | 

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(Really) Young Frankenstein

Filed Under: Pop Culture

 
kira

10:09 AM on December 7th, 2009 | 

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Happy Birthday to the Ground

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I can only hope Saturday Night Live is paying Andy Samberg enough to, you know, continue rescuing them from comedic oblivion.

 
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8:35 AM on October 6th, 2009 | 

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Elect This

Filed Under: The Future Freaks Me Out

Now that everyone’s had their fill of chocolate candy and women dressed as slutty teachers/schoolgirls/police officers/firefighters/referees, it’s time to come back down to reality. Two of the year’s more “family-oriented” holidays are almost upon us, the economy is still a mess and by the end of this week we’ll know the results of that whole “election” thing everyone keeps talking about. These days the Future really does Freak Me Out.

And you’re right. There’s no such thing as enough when it comes to slutty referees.

Here’s RA’s FFMO Election Special, since after this week I never want to hear the word “election” again.

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kira

3:35 PM on November 2nd, 2008 | 

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Feytality

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We are all witnesses. We are all laughing, smiling, idiotic witnesses of the death of one of America’s most beloved funny women (women here is plural, and just barely). I’m talking, of course, about Ana Gasteyer. Actually, no, I’m talking about the painful ongoing death of Tina Fey, and no one realizes what’s happening.

Just a little more than a month ago, Tina Fey was the at the toppermost of the poppermost. Years after becoming the first ever female head writer of SNL, then a star of the show thanks to Weekend Update, followed by a successful turn in writing the only watchable thing Lindsay Lohan has ever done, Fey created 30 Rock, the funniest network sitcom over the last year and a multiple Emmy winner. Things were going great for Tina Fey.

Everyone loved her (and not just those among us anymore who are turned on by the ever important glasses/facial scar combo) and she was in the very rare breed of being a female comedian who is actually, legitimately funny (though she still trails Amy Sedaris in that department). Even starring in a not so great movie, and a not so annoying commercial, was good for her because it pushed her closer to becoming a major mainstream star, and deservedly so. Not all transitions go so smoothly (I’m looking at you, Wanda Sykes).

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So then what happened you ask?  Why is she dying?  The answer is a two-parter with the first part being very clear and simple: Sarah Palin.
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12:30 PM on October 22nd, 2008 | 

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Even The Laugh Track Has Given Up

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Wow, SNL is so not funny now it's... not... even... funny

 
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12:26 AM on October 5th, 2008 | 

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