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"Saturday Night Live" Needs A Major Overhaul  
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Is there anyone else here who feels that "Saturday Night Live" has really gone down the tubes? Aside from the original cast (Dan Ackroyd, Gilda Radner,
Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, etc.) in my personal opinion, the subsequent
seasons and casts reveal to me a show where the skits are simply not funny,
they run on much too long, and the actors seem devoid of any real talent or charisma. This may seem harsh, but after watching numerous shows off and on, I have to admit I and my friends have never laughed once at the writing and performances. For example, we happened to catch the show a couple of weeks ago, where Kirstin Dunst (Kirstin Dunce) was the guest host. It was absolutely embarrassing to watch her make an ansolute ass out of herself.
I've seen better comedy performances in a high school/college play.

Perhaps NBC should really take a long hard look at producer Lorne Michaels, and come to their senses and give this dying show a major overhaul. Is there not ever an instance during rehearsals for this show, where cast, writers, and the producers KNOW the material is not working? That it's just not funny in the least? You'd never know from tuning in.

I really like the whole concept of "Saturday Night Live", but this show is in dire need of new producers and exceptional writing and talent to really bring it off.

Anyway, just my thoughts.

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User currently offlineTurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

I thought it had gone down the tubes a couple of years ago, and has made a good recovery now. I've been pleased with the shows over the past year or so.

Regards,
TB


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1198 times:

Canadi>nBoy, I couldn't agree more! I used to watch SNL without fail every Saturday. Mind you, I was younger, and that might have something to do with it, but the current cast is for the most part not funny. They've seen the departure of many fine actors over the years, and new, conceited and terrible actors to replace them. There's something lacking in most of these new cast members. They just don't seem like genuine people anymore.

Anyways, couldn't agree more with you CB.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16282 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1193 times:

It's better than it was a few years ago.

Molly Shannon's recent departure is a big loss. No more NPR or Mary Catherine Gallagher.



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User currently offlineSuper Em From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Mad Tv has taken its place. That show is pretty funny. I used to watch SNL in the early 90's when Farley,Miller and others were around. I don't even bother with it now.

User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Will Ferrell (sp?) left last weekend, it was his last show.

Now it's REALLY gonna suck.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

Chris Katan is still there and I think he is usually funny, but there's very little hope otherwise with the show.


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1165 times:

Personally, I have never found Chris Katan exceptional in the least. He is amusing, for the first 2 minutes, then.....like everything else on that show, he just drifts off. And, is it just me, or has there always been way too much of a politically satiric element on SNL? Now, being Canadian, perhaps I am not
"getting it" in terms of the heavy dose of political satire, but there ARE other elements from which you can create great comedy.

Lorne Michaels (producer) you may be a Canuck, but I'm afraid it's time to pass the torch on to someone who can somehow re-create the innovative
element that was present on SNL so long ago.

Like I said, just my personal opinions.


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

This season of SNL is horrible. It's become like Mad TV which I also really dislike. I don't bother watching those Saturday night comedy shows anymore. SNL used to be great in the 90s.


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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5279 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

I agree that SNL has pretty much sucked since the departure of the original cast but there have been some bright lights occupying subsequent casts. The best of these, IMHO, was the peerless Phil Hartman. What a comedian! His work on SNL and on The Simpsons was nothing short of brilliant. Molly Shannon was also pretty good as are Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Rachel Dratch in the current cast. As for Will Ferrell leaving, goog riddence. Aside from his Dubya parodies, I never found the guy to be one bit funny. Anyway, just my opinion.


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User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

CB, I in fact like the political satire that goes on. It's shows like that which keep me current with what's happening in American politics! haha. I guess I have to rely on David Letterman for that now.

Will Ferrel was in fact excellent. I liked Molly Shannon, but I CANNOT stand Jimmy Fallon and his pathetic, wimpy smile. The guy can't act, and unless he has some talent in writing (not apparantly, going by how poorly written SNL is), then he should be sacked.

We always have the Comedy Network which airs old SNL shows, and honestly, those make me laugh!



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6439 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

SNL is great! I love it! So there.  Big grin


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1128 times:

Will Ferrell is leaving, which means no more Celebrity Jeopardy skits...which are my favorites...he plays Alex Trebek so he's irreplaceable for it...RIP Celebrity Jeopardy...

Greg



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User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1114 times:

"Saturday Night Live needs a major overhaul..."

And you are just now realizing this?

'Speed


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

LOL....no, I am not just realizing this, I am now just expressing my opinion.


Hey, Captaingomes, I agree, the Comedy channel has much better offerings if you're looking to laugh. If you want to see (in my opinion) absolutely brilliant comedy writing and acting, then go reeeaaalll retro and watch "Burns & Allen" or "Your Show Of Shows" with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coco. Way before my time, but I tell ya, these shows are priceless! Even re-runs of the old
"Carol Burnett Show" crack me up.

I have caught some re-runs of the old Canadian show, SCTV. Sadly, a lot of the material just doesn't hold up, hasn't aged well. But...."Edith Prickley" and
"Lola Heatherton" still make me laugh. Remember when Andrea Martin, alias
Edith Prickley, did her spoof of "The Miracle Worker"? Man! that is hilarious.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

HAHA, you are so right about SCTV. About 80% of it is terrible, but there are the odd skits which are hilarious! Forgive me, but I don't know those characters you mentioned by name. I do like for instance the Great White North, but it gets tiring. I also like that cooking show with the Italian chef (forget his name). I think I'll have to watch SCTV today and see if anything funny happens.


"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineSOku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1098 times:

Change everything but the news I'll flip back and forth until the news comes on. Thats the only good part of SNL anymore.
Long live Jimmy and Tina.



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User currently offlineTravelin man From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 1095 times:

I liked SNL a couple of years ago with Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, and Will Ferrell. In the current show, I like Anna Gasteyer, Rachel Dratch, and Weekend Update (Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon in one of the only roles I like him in, besides the IT guy). SNL seems also to depend on the guest host a lot too (I agree Kirsten Dunst couldn't act her way out of a paper bag when she was on it).

MadTV was much better a couple of years ago too. Nicole Sullivan was awesome, and it sucks Alex Borstein is gone. I like Mo Collins, Debra Wilson, and two people whose names I forget (blonde girl who plays the retarded twin and geeky Stuart guy).

I guess I'll have to go out on Saturday nights now!


User currently offlineJonPaulGeoRngo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 days ago) and read 1088 times:

Not funny A


and, not funny B


User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

I actually Like Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon on the news skit. I think they're pretty funny together. They play off each other very well, I think.


And MadTV used to be good, like when it first came out...remember Lowered Expectations?


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6439 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (12 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1076 times:

Whatever happened to Cheri O'Teri?


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
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