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Best Years For SNL?

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:33 pm

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?
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:39 pm

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).
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:46 am

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.

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:30 am

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 !
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:16 pm

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.

Quoting Gyreaux130J (Reply 2):

Mine too. Even though I love the first four seasons, the late 80s/early 90s cast was unbeatable.
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:27 pm

The late 70's were the best.

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:57 am

Anybody remember when Chris Farley played the guy who was the "motivational speaker"........who lived "down by the river" in an old car ?
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 1:18 pm

He lived "in a van down by the river" Classic stuff. One of my all-time favorite sketches was the "lost ending" to It's a Wonderful Life.
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:56 pm

Who are you guys kidding...

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Quoting sprout5199 (Reply 5):
The late 70's were the best.







I have to agree with that, because I was thinking the same thing.
 
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:37 pm

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.
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:10 pm

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.

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:41 pm

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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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:49 am

Quoting mmedford (Reply 8):


So was the Schweddy Balls skit! LOL! (With Alec Baldwin)
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:34 am

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.
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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Fri Feb 24, 2012 5:27 am

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:35 pm

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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DgvksZWbwc

Here's Gilda playing RR.Not a SNL skit but funny.Notice the guy to the left.Never breaks a smile.

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RE: Best Years For SNL?

Sun Feb 26, 2012 3:38 am

Quoting geezer (Reply 6):
Anybody remember when Chris Farley played the guy who was the "motivational speaker"........who lived "down by the river" in an old car ?

You mean in a "van"  


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