TOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11 Posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3935 times:
I recently picked up season 4 and 5 on dvd. I had a gift card to best buy. They were each on sale for 14.99 each. Pretty funny stuff. Especially season 4 with Akroyd, Belushi, Curtain, and Murray. Season 5 wasn't as good but had an incredible amount of amazing guest stars including Rodney Dangerfield, Steve Martin (twice), Burt Reynolds, Bea Arthur to name a few. Music acts had to be at their peak with Bowie, B-52s, J Geils Band and plenty of others. I also thought Harry Shearer as a cast member was underrated.
Early 80s was pretty weak, save Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscapo who were driving the bus.
Perhaps the BEST seasons were in the late 1980s and early 1990s with Phil Hartman, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey. Then a younger generation took over which was just as funny with Chris Farley, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Kevin Nealon, and Adam Sandler.
At one point they all overlapped in 1990-1991 where the cast was Sandler, Farley, Schneider, Hartman, Myers, Nealon, Miller, Spade, and Carvey. That had to be the best cast year. Obviously Carvey, Farley, and Hartman stole the show at times. Even though Dennis Miller was pretty much only doing weekend update, he was still pretty funny.
Nowadays it's plain horrible. What are your favorite skits and years for SNL?
"Folks that's the news and I'm outta here!" -- Dennis Miller
redflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4313 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3926 times:
I have to say, IMO, nothing compares to the first 4. I think what made them so special was not only that they were incredibly funny and entertaining, but that there was nothing else to compare. If Seasons 1 - 4 ran today they would be up against a lot of competition (in substance if not in format).
Gyreaux130J From United States of America, joined Jun 2011, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3867 times:
I once told someone that the only reason I watch SNL anymore is to remind myself why I don't watch SNL anymore. My favorite years had to be the late 80's through the late 90's. I have probably seen every episode from that time frame at least once thanks to the old Comedy Central re-runs.
geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
SNL ! I can think of very few things that I have such "mixed feelings" about, as Saturday Night Live;
The years all run together; I had no idea which year any given performer was on, as I only remember the ones that I liked.
Phil Hartman was uncanny; what an amazing talent! Of course, Akroyd and Belushi; ( just watched the "Blue's Brothers" again, probably the 19th time, a few weeks ago)
Chris Farley ! Probably the funniest person of all time, who will never be "topped"......Dana Carvey ! greatest natural comedian of all time, no doubt about it ! John Lovitz I loved, Kevin Nealon, awesome !
I never thought Dennis Miller was funny; still don't; I rather like him, but I don't see his humor; David Spade........let's just say, he's about as "funny" and stepping in dog "poop";
Anyone who watched SNL in the early years needs to read "The BooK"; damn....I can't even remember which one wrote the damned thing.....tells EVERYTHING! Who was .....ing who, etc; ( Akroyd was "doing them all"! )
Lorne Michaels ? Yuck ! 'bout all I can say for the schmuck; SNL will forever go down in history for having "dug up" the absolutely WORST, stupidest, idiotic, musical "acts" in all of recorded history !
Oh.........Steve Martin.........he's about as "humorous" as a dose of clapp!
I'll never forget this one skit............Kevin Nealon, Hartman, Lovitz, maybe Chris Farley......anyway, they're all in this "enclosure"..........you can see from their feet up to their thighs, and from about their waist on up; it's supposed to be a nudist camp; and they're all looking at each other's penis ! (Set a world record that night for the most number of times the word "penis" has ever been repeated on TV ! But it was HILARIOUS ! The POPE would have laughed !
I think Akroyd and Belushi were in it too;
How could anything so damned good (at times) be so terrible at other times. My best guess........very damned few people are actually "funny" I forgot Piscopo ! Always played a PR "announcer".....talked 600 miles an hour !
Oddly enough, I saw about 3 minutes of last weeks show on Fox News last night; O'Reilly was on SNL last week !
Excuse me while I go vomit.............
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
TOMMY767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3817 times:
Quoting geezer (Reply 3): I'll never forget this one skit............Kevin Nealon, Hartman, Lovitz, maybe Chris Farley......anyway, they're all in this "enclosure"..........you can see from their feet up to their thighs, and from about their waist on up; it's supposed to be a nudist camp; and they're all looking at each other's penis ! (Set a world record that night for the most number of times the word "penis" has ever been repeated on TV ! But it was HILARIOUS ! The POPE would have laughed !
I think Akroyd and Belushi were in it too;
Nude Beach! That was actually with Matthew Broderick (guest), Kevin Nealon, Dana Carvey, and Dennis Miller (yes, that's right he appreared in something else besides Weekend Update.) One of the best skits and to top it all off it was written by Conan O'Brien. From 1988: http://www.hulu.com/watch/277093/saturday-night-live-nude-beach
Quoting geezer (Reply 3): Lorne Michaels ? Yuck ! 'bout all I can say for the schmuck; SNL will forever go down in history for having "dug up" the absolutely WORST, stupidest, idiotic, musical "acts" in all of recorded history !
Yeah, he sucks. He made the show into an embarrassment.
Quoting geezer (Reply 3): Phil Hartman was uncanny; what an amazing talent! Of course, Akroyd and Belushi; ( just watched the "Blue's Brothers" again, probably the 19th time, a few weeks ago)
Phil was a power player -- one of the funniest for sure. Up there with Carvey, Ackroyd, Murray, and Farley.
canoecarrier From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2838 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3633 times:
Quoting TOMMY767 (Reply 4):
Yeah, he sucks. He made the show into an embarrassment.
It's surprising how many executive producer credits Michaels has. Just last night I noticed he has EP credit for Portlandia, 30 Rock, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Up All Night. But, Hollywood hands out EP credits for next to nothing. I can't believe Michaels has much if anything to do with Up All Night.
Although I'm just barely old enough to remember the late 70's cast. I have to admit the best skits I remember happened in the 70's. The Aykroyd "Super Bass o' Matic" skit and the Belushi "Samarai Delicatessen" rank around my favorites. There were other great cast members and skits like "The Church Lady" but when I think of SNL I generally remember the 70's and early '80s. Even as a college student I spent little time watching SNL in the early 90's and I bet it's been 4-5 years since I watched an episode live.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3277 posts, RR: 45
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3629 times:
SNL had several periods of good runs.
The late 70s with a lot of the original cast were great. Gilda Radner was hilarious, and of course John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and company.
The period in the late 80s-early 90s was also great, with Sandler, Hartmann, Farley, Carvey et al.
And then the late 90s-early 2000s with Ferrell and Darrell Hammond were great. Celebrity Jeopardy still has to be my favorite series of skits on SNL ever. And Ferrell's GWB impression was wonderful. The first presidential debate between him and Gore ("strategery" and "lockbox") was money.
zanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3500 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3612 times:
I gotta go with season 1. Chevy Chase started "Weekend Update" and the whole comedy/news thing that Colbert and others have had such great success with that season. "Francisco Franco is still dead" "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not"...
The "Land Shark" skit was always good for a laugh. And of course the first season was the only one with the edgy SNL Muppets.
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moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2295 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 3579 times:
Quoting zanl188 (Reply 12): Chevy Chase started "Weekend Update" and the whole comedy/news thing
I always liked how he would start - on the phone, seemingly with his lady friend, then "realizing" he was on the air. Just about died when he said "No you're not supposed to blow on it, that's just an expression..." then looks up in a panic because WU has started.
PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3456 times:
The first ten years of SNL were the best.Skits like "Two Mile Island" and 'Point-Counterpoint", "Mr.Robinson's Neighborhood" and "Star Trek" and amongst others were the best.
Cast and moments:
Eddie Murphy as Mr.Robinson, James Brown and with Stevie Wonder
John Belushi doing Joe Cocker,Beethoven and the samurai guy.
Garrett Morris the maid in "Two Mile"
Dan Aykroyd doing Jimmy Carter talking down a acid user.My favorite actor in the show.
Jane Curtain-have to credit to Jane being the fall person from antics from the likes of Aykroyd.
Gilda Radner playing Roseanna Danna and Walters.