SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Retardo_Montalban on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:37 am

Jim Carrey is going to be the next Lance Henrikson.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby DerLanghaarige on Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:46 pm

His face isn't old, it's just worn off from all the grimaces.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Nachokoolaid on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:44 pm

It was a pretty good episode overall. I got some really big laughs from that "Worst of Soul Train" bit. I thought Carrey's song and character ("Just show me one titty") was hilarious.

And I don't even know his name, but I thought SNL's new token f@t guy who seems to be channeling the best parts of Chris Farley and Horatio Sans. I thought he was pretty consistently funny.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:29 am

Fievel wrote:Jim Carrey is on tonight. Holy shit does he look old.
All that time crying with his ex-girlfriend for children whose autism was caused by the MMR vaccine really took its toll.


.....not to mention that they were completely worthless tears. As worthless as his ex-girlfriend.

But seriously, Carrey looks like shit when the camera is zoomed in on his face. (Even more than the average human looks like shit when the camera is zoomed in on their face). Crow's feet? Shit. Dude's got the Million Feather March goin' on there.


i saw his (ex-)girlfriend recently (i think maybe on one of those new years eve shows?) and she doesn't look much better. she's obviuosly had botox or plastic surgery or something. she's starting to resemble joan rivers. that's not a good thing. uhoh... do we know yet whether botox injections cause autism???!!! :shock:

really though, anyone who takes medical advice from a clown or a talentless ex-playboy centerfold model deserves what they get. unfortunately, it's their children who suffer, not them.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:50 am

Nachokoolaid wrote:It was a pretty good episode overall.



I caught the very last (?) skit where Carrey and another guys were animatronic robots on some goofy ride. They did an awesome job. The bit stunk, but the way they moved was creepy as shit (which was what the bit was about I guess).
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:42 pm

so sorry wrote:
Nachokoolaid wrote:It was a pretty good episode overall.



I caught the very last (?) skit where Carrey and another guys were animatronic robots on some goofy ride. They did an awesome job. The bit stunk, but the way they moved was creepy as shit (which was what the bit was about I guess).


yeah, the one new guy especially (taram killam or some weird name like that) did a good job of acting robotic (insert joke here).
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Leckomaniac on Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:14 pm

Anybody see Mark Zuckerberg's surprise appearance on Jesse Eisenberg's SNL?

Check it out here
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Ribbons on Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:03 am

Leckomaniac wrote:Anybody see Mark Zuckerberg's surprise appearance on Jesse Eisenberg's SNL?

Check it out here


:shock:

I'm seeing double: SIX ZUCKERBERGS!
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:50 am

after seeing the real mark zuckerberg on SNL, i'm pretty sure he's at least mildly autistic.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Fievel on Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:57 am

TheBaxter wrote:after seeing the real mark zuckerberg on SNL, i'm pretty sure he's at least mildly autistic.


I had the same thought.

I only watched the monologue and one sketch - the Mr. Wizard spoof and it probably pushed the boundaries of decency more than the show has in a long time. It was actually funny, too.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Lord Voldemoo on Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:54 am

Just a quick note to say (arguably in the wrong forum) that if anyone watched "Saturday Night Live Backstage" tonight and liked it (I thought it was reasonably interesting, it pulled a few punches but seemed at least sorta up front about other issues the show has had), you might enjoy a book that came out a few years ago called "Live From New York". I read it about 5 years ago and watching the show tonight kinda makes me want to re-read it. It's a pretty no-holds-barred account of the history of Saturday Night Live, in interview format, based upon "embedded interviews" by Tom Shales and James A. Miller of essentially every actor or actress who has ever been a player on the show (minus only Eddie Murphy, and those that had died as of 2002) plus a huge number of guest hosts, writers, and Lorne himself. It's almost 10 years old now, so you wont be reading much about Andy Samberg if that's what you're into, but if you're interested in getting some sense of how these folks worked and played together over the decades, it's pretty fun, if a bit haphazard structurally.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Retardo_Montalban on Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:01 am

TheBaxter wrote:after seeing the real mark zuckerberg on SNL, i'm pretty sure he's at least mildly autistic.



He has Aspergers. There was a guy at work who had it. apparently they do really well in technology and high stress environments, because they are immune to social pressure. They're like data from Star Trek minus all that protocol that keeps him from fucking with humans.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby King Of Nowhere on Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:46 pm

Lord Voldemoo wrote:Just a quick note to say (arguably in the wrong forum) that if anyone watched "Saturday Night Live Backstage" tonight and liked it (I thought it was reasonably interesting, it pulled a few punches but seemed at least sorta up front about other issues the show has had), you might enjoy a book that came out a few years ago called "Live From New York". I read it about 5 years ago and watching the show tonight kinda makes me want to re-read it. It's a pretty no-holds-barred account of the history of Saturday Night Live, in interview format, based upon "embedded interviews" by Tom Shales and James A. Miller of essentially every actor or actress who has ever been a player on the show (minus only Eddie Murphy, and those that had died as of 2002) plus a huge number of guest hosts, writers, and Lorne himself. It's almost 10 years old now, so you wont be reading much about Andy Samberg if that's what you're into, but if you're interested in getting some sense of how these folks worked and played together over the decades, it's pretty fun, if a bit haphazard structurally.


Also, read Gasping For Airtime by Jay Mohr

It's 90's based, because that's when he joined, but it's still full of info on how the show works & what you don't see on the tv.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Fievel on Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:59 am

I listened to audiobooks of both Live From New York and Gasping for Airtime. I thoroughly enjoyed Live From New York. It was full of so much insight from the classic cast years. Jay Mohr's book..... (which he narrated).... not so much. It came across as him whining about not being given more respect in the short time he was there.

I regret not recording that special this past Sunday. I may have to check the internets for it.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheButcher on Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:59 pm

A Rare Glimpse Inside the Empire of 'SNL's' Lorne Michaels
Stacey Wilson wrote:The Hollywood Reporter spends a week with the man who put Tina Fey, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell on the map.

"God this is scary. F---!" Helen Mirren is standing in the doorway of a cramped conference room on the 17th floor of NBC's celebrated 30 Rockefeller Center, staring in surprise at a sea of producers, performers and writers who are overflowing the tiny space.

Around 70 men and women, many dressed in hoodies and jeans, are gathered at a large wooden table, on which plates of fruit slices and sandwiches sit half-eaten. With three days to go before showtime, much of the talent is exhausted on this Wednesday afternoon -- hardly surprising given that several of them, including head writer and Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers, haven't left the building since the previous afternoon.

Within moments, Mirren has joined them at the table and is preparing for the Saturday Night Live read-through, which has been held at 30 Rock every show week since the program first aired in fall 1975. In any other setting, the Oscar winner would be the center of attention. But not here. One of the writers glances at an empty chair right next to Mirren, knowing that the person who matters most is the one who will soon fill it.

At 4:25 p.m., silver-haired and dressed in a comfortable V-neck sweater and khakis, Lorne Michaels, SNL's creator and executive producer, eases into the room without fuss or fanfare. He takes his seat next to Mirren, and immediately the group plunges into the first sketch, a spoof of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, with Mirren playing a convincing redneck.

In the intense four hours that follow, which are broken up by only one 15-minute break, Michaels gives no comment, no direction and almost no reaction, speaking only to read stage directions for each sequence, always in a hushed monotone. If he likes or dislikes what he hears, he says nothing, revealing only the occasional smirk or frown.

By 6:15, the first half of the read-through is over. The crowd quickly disperses, and Michaels leaves the room as invisibly as he entered.

If Johnny Carson was NBC's king of late-night, Michaels has become its all-powerful Oz -- the network's most prolific behind-the-scenes operator and shrewd judge of talent, who has launched more Hollywood stars than anyone since Louis B. Mayer in his heyday: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Dana Carvey, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, David Spade, Chris Rock, Conan O'Brien, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis -- just to name a few.

"He put me on TV, and no one else would have done that," says Fey, who's been followed by other breakout SNL female stars like Poehler and Maya Rudolph and writers such as Emily Spivey. Fey even devotes an entire chapter of her new book, Bossypants, to honoring Michaels' impact on her career: "Lorne created a show that's impacted culture for over 35 years. No one has ever really successfully been able to replicate it."

Michaels' legacy as New York's most important figure in comedy is undeniable. Since SNL first aired in 1975, he has demanded that "funny" should always provoke, never pander and sometimes just be wacky for wacky's sake. But his tastes have always stayed contemporary, never clinging to antiquated sensibilities of the comedy giants he idolized as a child. He featured short films by Albert Brooks in SNL's first season; today, SNL's digital shorts are arguably the highlight of every episode. He demanded that NBC let Richard Pryor, then comedy's most inflammatory voice, host the show; in 2010, he listened to fans who demanded via Facebook that Betty White be given her shot as host of television's most enduring comedy show.

At any given moment in American culture -- whether it's a Sandler film opening to big numbers, Ferrell guest-starring on The Office, Fey's latest book becoming an instant best-seller, a bored office worker watching, for the 26th time, the Emmy-winning SNL digital short D--- in a Box on YouTube or O'Brien reinventing himself as basic cable's newest comedy mascot -- Michaels' grasp over the business and pop culture has never felt more formidable.

"Lorne has had a seismic impact on comedy, but in my opinion his legacy, very simply, is that he has good taste," says O'Brien, whom Michaels elevated from SNL writer to host of his own late-night venture in 1993 (when Michaels' deal with NBC gave him the right to name the host of Late Night) and whom he counseled when O'Brien's run at The Tonight Show went down in flames. "All producers want success, but it's rare to find one who wants success on his own terms. He's a very well-read, good-mannered man who doesn't want his work to embarrass him."

Michaels also has been a crucial corporate player at NBC, where he is not only an executive producer on 30 Rock and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon but also a trusted adviser whose value has increased following Jeff Zucker's exit and replacement by Steve Burke as CEO of NBCUniversal.

"He was enormously respected by [former NBC chairman] Bob Wright," says former NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield. "Comcast really knows how to read a map, and if you look at the successes at NBC Entertainment, you have to point to Lorne Michaels. I am confident that is not lost on them."

Notes Michaels: "I've never actually been an NBC employee, but I think of myself as one. I've been here most of my life."

At 66, he is both corporate and uncorporate; a man who can feel comfortable in a Prada suit or khakis; a man who has counseled the highest echelons of NBC power, yet who feels beholden to nothing except the rigor of creating comedy -- and the occasional glance at ratings.

"He's perceived as highbrow, snobbish," Fallon says. "But that's the type of character that's been created for him. There was a great cold-opening bit that Steve Martin did once on SNL, where Lorne is getting his portrait painted in the hallway and drinking red wine. Lorne plays into the image that's been created for him; he gets the joke."

Joke or not, Michaels has made tough decisions to protect his image, including turning down the opportunity to make "a lot of money" hosting an Apprentice-style series for NBC. "It was the Scott Sassa era at NBC, and they wanted me to do a Trump thing," he recalls. "I would have liked the money, but I didn't want to be 'that.' I can't have cameras in here between dress and air. I need that freedom."

He has newer projects on his slate, like producing an NBC pilot with former SNL writer Spivey starring Rudolph, Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, and My Mother's Curse, a feature he's producing starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. He also launched the quirky Fred Armisen vehicle Portlandia for IFC, recently renewed for a second season, and still works with Fey as an executive producer on 30 Rock.

But Michaels says SNL is his life and his legacy -- and he runs it with a ferocious authority that's a stark contrast to the mellow manner he exhibits.

One writer describes the "sweatshop and anxiety" of working on SNL. Others, like Larry David, have abruptly quit the show when their work wasn't used. (In David's case, not a single sketch he created made it to the air.)

And yet it's all helped Michaels achieve a legendary track record in television. As Jay, Dave and Jimmy fight viewer erosion, SNL is up 15 percent in ratings this season over last, with an average of 7.4 million viewers each week. What show can boast 126 Emmy nominations and 28 wins? What show helped sway an election, as SNL arguably did in 2008 with Fey's dead-on lampooning of Sarah Palin?

Michaels is responsible for all of this, and he knows it. It's quite a turnaround for a man one NBC executive remembers from his scrappy upstart years.

"He was an out-of-work comic from Canada and would sit and talk about comedy," recalls the executive, who knew Michaels in his mid-20s. "He was just an unkempt, funny, wanna-please guy."

Michaels' Other Gigs

* My Mother's Curse
Producer of the 2012 Paramount feature starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand

* Untitled Emily Spivey Project
Exec producer of the NBC pilot starring Christina Applegate

* Portlandia
Exec producer of Fred Armisen's IFC sketch series

* Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Exec producer of the show formerly hosted by Conan O'Brien

* 30 Rock
Exec producer of Tina Fey's 5-year-old Emmy winner on NBC

Born Lorne David Lipowitz to a furrier father, the oldest of three kids growing up in Toronto, Michaels' closest connection to show business came through his grandparents, who owned a movie theater.

He idolized comic greats like Sid Caesar but says his comedic aspirations were relegated mostly to youthful shenanigans. "I liked making my friends laugh and did sketches for a talent show in 10th grade," he says. "But I don't think I thought about a comedy career. I actually wanted to direct The Graduate."

After studying English at the University of Toronto, Michaels landed at the Canadian Broadcasting Co., where he developed The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour. "I really thought I'd be the first generation of Canadians to stay in Canada," he reflects. "But they're never comfortable with you staying. They liken it to, 'If you're so good, why are you here?' " So he left and moved to Los Angeles, soon landing writing jobs on NBC's The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show and Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.

In 1974, NBC president Herb Schlosser needed to fill a late-night comedy void on Saturdays, so he turned to two young men: Michaels, then 30, and executive Dick Ebersol, 27. "Barry Diller, who was then at Paramount, called me and said, 'This is a very good guy,' " says Schlosser, who admits all he had in mind was a live, New York-based comedy show that would be a younger-skewing version of The Tonight Show. "Lorne was talented and well-liked" -- and he had deep comedy connections.

Over three weeks at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont hotel, Ebersol and Michaels hashed out the latter's blueprint for what would become the very model of the modern variety show: high-concept sketches, political satire, news spoofs, short films and exclusive music performances.

By 1975, Michaels had assembled an ace talent roster -- nicknamed the "Not Ready for Primetime Players" -- that included future comedy icons such as John Belushi, Chase, Aykroyd and Gilda Radner. Collectively, they embodied the anti-authority sensibilities of post-Watergate America.

"There was a lot of noise, a lot of 'You can't do that on television,' " says Michaels, referring to NBC brass' increased reservations before the first show aired. "But the numbers came in Sunday morning, and they were positive."

Michaels is sitting in his 17th-floor office now. (The older of the two he keeps at 30 Rock, this office is the one he uses earlier in the week.) Michaels reflects how SNL instantly became part of the cultural zeitgeist as, just outside the door, three young women are monitoring a row of Mac laptops and one of Fey's publicists breezes past, talking about her client's wardrobe for an SNL reunion on Oprah. The phones ring constantly.

He sits in an armchair, looking spring chic, comfortable and relaxed. With his close-cropped hair, navy slacks and striped shirt, he's a long way from the guy he was in the 1970s -- shaggier mane, Hawaiian shirts and comedy-rebel affect.

Behind him on the wall are two giant corkboards with SNL's 2010-11 season mapped out in notecards -- yellow for the date, green for the host and pink for the musical guest. A white mug that sits on a table near his desk reads, "World's Funniest Boss," which pairs nicely with a sign on the wall that warns, "The Captain's Rule Is Law."

It's astonishing to think that Michaels has captained this ship for more than 35 years (minus a short break in the early '80s). It's due partly to a piercing eye for talent, having compiled perhaps the most remarkable gathering of comics outside of Caesar's Your Show of Shows or the near-contemporaneous Monty Python's Flying Circus. But it's also his innate Canadian-ness: an unruffled quality that allowed him to rein in an anarchic crowd, many experimenting with alcohol and drugs, whose antics would reach their nadir with Belushi's death from a drug overdose in 1982.

"The only way you can really deal with creative people is with very loose reins," Michaels says. "It's been that way from the beginning of the show. You don't want someone standing over your shoulder saying, 'Why are you writing this?' "

The people who work for him have a different perspective.

"You'd be shocked," SNL regular Armisen says. "He even comments about the paint on the walls."

Adds Fallon, of his own show: "He's there almost every day, at 5 p.m., asking me: 'Can you cut this down? Do you really need this one?' He's obsessed with detail, even down to the words 'the' and 'with.' "

Michaels' need for creative control was such that he once resigned during SNL's first season when the network refused to allow Pryor to host. (It relented, and so did Michaels.) Then he resigned again in 1980, this time for five years. "The network was going through an upheaval," he explains, noting that SNL was "no longer a priority for the network" and that NBC had fired almost everyone associated with the show. "I was burned out from holding it together for five years. The idea of completely blowing it up and starting over again without adequate perspective or rest [was too difficult]. So I left."

He says he never watched the show during that protracted hiatus. "Not out of disrespect … it was just too emotional," he says.

Away from SNL, Michaels built a house in Amagansett, East Hampton. He made concert movies with Neil Young and his friend Paul Simon, along with Three Amigos!, a modest hit he wrote with Martin and Randy Newman. He was rich, he was established, and he had friends like Martin and Paul McCartney. But the show he had made, and that had also made him, was gone from his life.

SNL floundered under producer Jean Doumanian. Then, in 1985, NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff called Michaels and said he might have to cancel the show if he didn't come back. Michaels agreed to return.

"It was the child he created 35 years ago," Littlefield says. "So he made the decision never to leave the child again."

♦♦♦♦♦

It's Friday night on the eighth floor of 30 Rock, and typical end-of-week activity is brewing.

Cast member Kristen Wiig is sitting inside the, well, wig room, and eating a salad ordered from a local deli. Just outside the door is a collection of head molds from previous shows that say, in bold letters, names like Ferrell and Jon Hamm. They are odd little creations custom-made for hosts to allow for constant tweaking of hairpieces when talent is otherwise unavailable throughout the week.

In an adjacent hallway, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is chasing his young daughter, Violet, down the hall and runs into cast member Bill Hader, with whom he swaps tales of fatherhood. Two-year cast member Abby Elliott chats with a production assistant, who asks for her parents' most current address so he might send them an end-of-season show invite. (Elliott's father is mid-1990s cast member Chris Elliott; she is the first SNL talent legacy.) Other workers shuttle set pieces in and out of the studio, with one wondering aloud to the other: "Wait, is Dame Judi Dench or Dame Helen Mirren hosting? I get them confused." Nearby, a dutiful PA writes cue cards for one of the dozen sketches they will prep for dress rehearsal tomorrow night. In its 36-year history, SNL has never used teleprompters.

Just upstairs, Michaels is sitting on a couch inside his ninth-floor office, which appropriately looms large over Studio 8H, visible below through a large window. He's recently returned from having dinner with his wife, Alice, and their daughter. The couple also has a son in high school and another in college, but Michaels declines to comment further on his private life. He reveals only that he "lives near the park."

Leaving work on a Friday night for dinner with his family is a signal that Michaels has learned to temper his workaholic tendencies.

"I'm certainly at a stage in life, and have been for a while, where you know what's important," says Michaels, admitting he "doesn't have hobbies," but enjoys traveling to Europe and spending time in the country when SNL isn't in production. "So you figure it out. I think the nocturnal thing [is hard] for them -- realizing their father isn't like other fathers. But they're OK with it."

Tonight Michaels will meet again with head writer and Weekend Update anchor Meyers, confer one more time with Mirren and check in at least a dozen times with his three female assistants (a collective station that, back in the day, carried the mantle "The Lornettes").

Staring at the giant bowl of popcorn on his coffee table -- which has been a show-week staple since the early years -- he reflects on the impossible task before him. If he had more time to get the show right, he would. He's a relentless perfectionist, but the pragmatist in him holds sway.

"We don't go on because we're ready; we go on because it's 11:30," he says. "But the cast is unbelievably disciplined and dying to get out there. There's something magical about this building, and I think the audience feels it."

It's Saturday night -- finally -- around 10:30 p.m., and dozens of audience members are waiting inside the hallway between the eighth-floor elevators and Studio 8H. The narrow space serves as a veritable comedy museum, with head shots of each of the 150 or so SNL cast members lining the wall. The sight at once evokes feelings of sadness (Phil Hartman, Chris Farley), nostalgia (Chase, Myers) and "They were on SNL?" epiphanies (Randy Quaid, Robert Downey Jr.).

At 11:20 p.m., Michaels is on the stage and huddling one last time with veteran director Don Roy King while an Oval Office set is put in place, complete with an official-looking White House rug. Michaels chose this, not the Fox News spoof, to launch the show, in order to riff on the government shutdown that never was. It's one of seven sketches that survived out of the 40 or so developed since Monday, not including a digital short and other pretaped segments.

Careful and reserved until now, Michaels is the loosest he has seemed all week, chatty and even joking with the cast and crew. He's in his element: not among the corporate titans, not in meetings or negotiations, but among the performers he loves.

At 11:25 p.m., he shakes the hand of Armisen, who's camera-ready now in his Obama suit and makeup and seated at the Oval Office desk set piece. Michaels then leaves the stage to take his seat in a director's chair directly below the studio bleachers, where he will watch, study, grouse, advise, complain and maybe even laugh a few times over the next 90 minutes.

He says it used to take him two or three days to shake off the show because he's so critical of his work. But Michaels says he's gotten better at just enjoying it.

"Sunday is never a great day. I usually walk in the park," he admits. "You're still living through it. But on Monday, there is a new host in my office, and you start all over again. There's always a chance of redemption."

LORNE'S DISCIPLES

Jimmy Fallon
The host of Michaels' Late Night, Fallon brings in nearly 2 million viewers a night with the same clean-cut hipness he used to host last year's Emmys.

Amy Poehler
The nine-year SNL alum hit solid numbers with Parks and Recreation this year (5 million a week) and deserved Emmy buzz for her nerd matriarch, Leslie Knope.

Bill Murray
He's an indie-film icon now, but Murray's post-SNL incarnation was as topliner of the 1980s' biggest films, with box-office earnings of more than $1.4 billion.

Mike Myers
He headlined Michaels' top-grossing film to date -- Wayne's World -- and has brought in more than $2 billion at the box office thanks largely to New Line's juggernaut Austin Powers trilogy.

Chevy Chase
The first SNL player to exit Studio 8H, Chase was an instant movie star in comedies like Vacation and Fletch. His films have earned a total of $997 million.

Tina Fey
The Emmy-winning creator, writer and star of 30 Rock has also aced at the movies -- with such hits as Michaels' Mean Girls, which she wrote, and Baby Mama -- earning more than $427 million total at the box office.

Will Ferrell
He has raked in more than $1 billion at the box office in films like Anchorman, and is adding bittersweet hilarity to Steve Carell's exit from The Office in a four-episode arc.

Conan O'Brien
The former SNL writer credits Michaels for his career and remains a popular commodity -- albeit now on basic cable -- for the more than 1 million fans who still tune in.

Adam Sandler
He was the first big star of the 1990s and has brought in more than $2 billion in receipts for films like The Waterboy, Big Daddy and 2010's Grown Ups, featuring SNL alums David Spade, Chris Rock and Rob Schneider.

David Spade
The Rules of Engagement star parlayed his SNL stint into a modest film career -- including a co-starring role in Michaels' 1995 hit Tommy Boy -- and a string of TV gigs including six years on NBC's Just Shoot Me.

Chris Rock
The comedian has enjoyed respectable movie success, a four-year run as executive producer of the CW's Everybody Hates Chris and, most impressively, a still-thriving stand-up career.

Dan Aykroyd
He spent four years on SNL before becoming its second-highest-grossing alum -- $2.4 billion, behind Eddie Murphy -- thanks in large part to voice-over work in such films as Antz and Yogi Bear.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:47 pm

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I was reading the talkbacks about the Lohan SNL show this weekend, and came across a link for this.

I thought it was pretty damn funny.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:26 pm

I don't know why everybody is talking about it today. I thought the idea was funnier than its execution, but DAMN, Vanessa Bayer as Snow White was hot!
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:01 pm

DerLanghaarige wrote:I don't know why everybody is talking about it today. I thought the idea was funnier than its execution, but DAMN, Vanessa Bayer as Snow White was hot!



Well I'm talking about it because I thought it was pretty damn funny. Maybe because I have two young daughters who are in the Disney Princess phase, and a wife who (not so) secretly watches some of those stupid fucking Housewives shows.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:51 pm

yeah, i thought it was ok, but i'm sure it's funnier if you're more familiar with the disney princess characters and/or those housewives shows (i've never seen one of those shows, and i wasn't even sure who a couple of those disney princesses were supposed to be).
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:24 pm

I don't know, I get all these Disney princesses and have seen enough clips of those horrible shows to know what they were making fun of, but all in all, it felt like a rejected ROBOT CHICKEN joke to me.
But hey, humor. We all laugh about different things.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Bloo on Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:21 pm

I liked the idea in premise, but the execution seemed to fall flat to me
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Fievel on Sat May 25, 2013 12:03 am



I think I watched this past season the least of the recent seasons, but I can't think of anyone (after Sudekis and Hader) to carry the show. Taran Killam is okay, but he's not going to carry the show. They might as well go for a clean sweep (if not just keep a few people). Kenan Thompson... it's really time to go, man.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheButcher on Sun May 26, 2013 3:44 am

Fievel wrote:

Kenan Thompson... it's really time to go, man.

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Fievel on Sun May 26, 2013 9:56 am

TheButcher wrote:
Fievel wrote:

Kenan Thompson... it's really time to go, man.

"What Up with That?"


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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:58 am



I saw him on a TV game show (something hosted by that lesbian chick from Glee who's name escapes me right now). He seemed like a really cool and funny guy. Couple that with the fact that he's banging Olivia Wilde and I officially hate him now. :twisted:
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:28 pm

so i just read (from herc's article) that that beck bennet guy is the same guy from those "kids say the darndest things" at&t commercials.

i think they really dropped the ball here. obviously they should have hired the "queen my dishes please" kid instead. after all, he's better at telling jokes. i'm telling you, that kid is the next horatio sanz.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:05 pm

TheBaxter wrote:so i just read (from herc's article) that that beck bennet guy is the same guy from those "kids say the darndest things" at&t commercials.


They could get real meta and do a skit about those commercials with him playing one of the kids...
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:19 pm

so sorry wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:so i just read (from herc's article) that that beck bennet guy is the same guy from those "kids say the darndest things" at&t commercials.


They could get real meta and do a skit about those commercials with him playing one of the kids...


SNL's not that creative. instead, the next time they have kristen wiig host the show, they'll do this skit and have her play gilly as one of the kids, and reuse all the same tired jokes from all the previous gilly skits.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheButcher on Thu Sep 19, 2013 11:30 am

'SNL' Stars, Sex in the Green Room: 40 Wild Years of The Groundlings
Everyone from Kristen Wiig to Kathy Griffin recalls the creativity and brutal competition that sent Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri, Chris Kattan, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz and others to work for Lorne Michaels -- or on to even greater success.
Michael Walker wrote:Probably no institution has shaped the contours of modern American comedy more than a vest-pocket theater housed in a former massage parlor on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1974 as an outgrowth of an acting class taught by Gary Austin, a veteran of San Francisco's The Committee improv troupe, the Groundlings Theatre has launched hundreds of careers in TV and the movies. Since the casting of Larraine Newman in 1975, Groundlings alumni have profoundly influenced the direction of Saturday Night Live: The characters made famous on the show by Julia Sweeney, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan, Will Ferrell, Cheri Oteri and others were born on the Groundlings' stage.

To find out how a tiny theater came to have such an outsized and ongoing influence on comedy -- alums including Melissa McCarthy have scored 15 Emmy noms -- THR interviewed Groundlings vets from four decades (their tenure in the theater's Main Company is indicated in parentheses). Their recollections range from backstage trysts to loving remembrances of the late Hartman -- and, always, the serious work that the theater demands for those who want to be seriously funny.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:32 pm

i quite enjoyed the "Your Love" skit this weekend. quite a loving tribute to the 80s.

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2013/11/ ... kit-video/
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:42 pm

TheBaxter wrote:i quite enjoyed the "Your Love" skit this weekend. quite a loving tribute to the 80s.

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2013/11/ ... kit-video/


Who the hell is Josh Hutcherson?
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:44 pm

so sorry wrote:
TheBaxter wrote:i quite enjoyed the "Your Love" skit this weekend. quite a loving tribute to the 80s.

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2013/11/ ... kit-video/


Who the hell is Josh Hutcherson?


apparently he's in the hunger games or something. i don't know who he is, but he appears to be very good at playing a douchey 80s teenager.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby DerLanghaarige on Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:14 pm

Don't know how many of you know about the SNL YouTube channel, that they opened a few months ago, but you can find lots of cool stuff from all decades on it. Like this one:

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:36 am

all these people in the SNL TBs talking about them hiring a black woman and bringing up affirmative action and quotas and shit like that are really fucking stupid. first of all, it's no more "affirmative action" than that duck dynasty guy getting suspended was a violation of his 1st amendment rights. this is what happens when you replace civics classes with creationism 101 and let texas write your textbooks; people don't understand how laws and the constitution actually work. secondly, SNL is a skit show. half the skits are based on impressions, and it's kind of hard to do impressions of black women when you don't have a female black cast member. it would sort of be like calling it racism because a baseball team hired a 1st baseman when there are so many more talented and more qualified 2nd and 3rd basemen still on the market.



oh, btw, i didn't actually read the talkbacks on that article. i just assume that's what people on there are saying, you know, because a lot of them are dumb.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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NBC Plans 'Saturday Night Live' 40th Anniversary Special for 2015
The three-hour live broadcast, expected to be star-filled, will air Sunday, Feb. 15, from 8-11 p.m.
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Lorne Michaels on 40 Years of 'SNL': Being "'Feared' Was Never My Goal"
As part of THR's special issue on NBC’s comedy series, the comedy kingpin reflects on the show's success, passing on Stephen Colbert, the season he’d do over and what kind of boss he really is: "Beloved," he jokes.
Stacey Wilson wrote:When Saturday Night Live launched on Oct. 11, 1975, its producer, Lorne Michaels, was a 30-year-old Canadian with no live TV experience. Four decades later, he's an institution, having outlasted multiple NBC owners and grown his creation — a 90-minute live sketch-comedy show with a new host and musical guest each week — from a counterculture upstart to a mainstream touchstone. In that time, Michaels' imprint has stretched far beyond SNL, too, with a comedy empire that currently includes The Tonight Show, Late Night and Portlandia.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

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Bill Carter on Covering 'SNL' and Lorne Michaels: "Many Lost Their Minds in Pursuit" of His Approval

Writing for THR, with insight from Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey and Conan O'Brien, the longtime New York Times writer recounts 40 years of covering the show and its brash producer's bravado, taste and power over his talent.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:56 am

Anybody catch the 40th Special last night?

It was pretty good, althought there were some painfully boring sketches (Californians) and seriously missed opportunities (Eddie Murphy's triumphant return, which was 40 seconds of him saying "thanks" then cut to commercial). Miley Cyrus did a surprisingly good rendition of 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and Kanye West's performance was downright putrid.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:49 pm

i watched it on DVR delay. i FF'ed thru the kanye song. i wished i had FF'ed through the Californians. of all the skits to bring back for this show, why, why, WHYYYYYY do that one? i can think of about a million SNL skits i'd rather see back than that one.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby Fievel on Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:20 pm

I watched it on about a 1.5 hour delay. I FF'd about halfway through the Californians sketch and was just aghast and how it kept going, and going, and going. I watched McCartney sing, but FF'd all songs that followed. Overall I was really disappointed.
Ugh-worthy for me:
-The amount of celebrity guests
-The Celebrity impersonations of their favorite SNL characters (I ended up FF'ding)
-The lack of former cast members - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nora Dunn, Victoria Jackson (okay, she's batshit now, but so is Lovitz and he was there!)... shit... most of the early 80's, Dennis Miller! Dennis Fucking Miller!?!?!?, what about the shitty mid 90's years casts? Chris Elliot, Jay Mohr, Michael McKean, Sarah Silverman.... etc. etc. etc.
-Eddie.... the main reason I watched. I wanted to see retired Gumby in Florida or Palm Springs, or ANYTHING funny! I really miss Eddie.
-Even the special Digital Short was lame for me. I liked the topic, but the manner in which it was presented left me flat.
-Chevy Chase. He's just old and bitter now. And he has horrible dentures that impede his speech almost more than his bitterness does.
-Sarah Palin. It's just not funny when she mocks herself.

I did laugh, though.
-Celebrity Jeopardy (minus the Beiber character) was awesome!!! "it was with your mother's handwriting, Trebek!" I was howling at that!
-Bill Murray's lounge singer singing the love song from Jaws had me laughing.
-Audition tapes were cool, but most of them had been shown before.
-Joe Piscopo was Sinatra!! Although brief, it was very cool to see/hear. He finally fits the age, too!
-Loved Ellen Cleghorn's zinger at the end of Jerry Seinfeld's questions.

I dunno... lots more positive/negative about the show, but I'm just glad I had it on DVR so I could fast forward. Although when Keith Richards showed up to introduce McCartney, I did think I switched over to The Walking Dead on accident.

Side note - why does "goddamn" (Billy Murray singing about Jaws) get censored but "my dick in a box" doesn't? Something else was censored during the show, but I couldn't tell what it was (nor do I remember what it was).
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby so sorry on Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:16 am

I'll say it again: the Mily Cyrus "50 Ways to Leave your Lover" was pretty damn good.
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Re: SNL: A Return to Form?

Postby TheBaxter on Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:26 pm

Fievel wrote:I watched it on about a 1.5 hour delay. I FF'd about halfway through the Californians sketch and was just aghast and how it kept going, and going, and going. I watched McCartney sing, but FF'd all songs that followed. Overall I was really disappointed.
Ugh-worthy for me:
-The amount of celebrity guests
-The Celebrity impersonations of their favorite SNL characters (I ended up FF'ding)
-The lack of former cast members - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nora Dunn, Victoria Jackson (okay, she's batshit now, but so is Lovitz and he was there!)... shit... most of the early 80's, Dennis Miller! Dennis Fucking Miller!?!?!?, what about the shitty mid 90's years casts? Chris Elliot, Jay Mohr, Michael McKean, Sarah Silverman.... etc. etc. etc.
-Eddie.... the main reason I watched. I wanted to see retired Gumby in Florida or Palm Springs, or ANYTHING funny! I really miss Eddie.
-Even the special Digital Short was lame for me. I liked the topic, but the manner in which it was presented left me flat.
-Chevy Chase. He's just old and bitter now. And he has horrible dentures that impede his speech almost more than his bitterness does.
-Sarah Palin. It's just not funny when she mocks herself.

I did laugh, though.
-Celebrity Jeopardy (minus the Beiber character) was awesome!!! "it was with your mother's handwriting, Trebek!" I was howling at that!
-Bill Murray's lounge singer singing the love song from Jaws had me laughing.
-Audition tapes were cool, but most of them had been shown before.
-Joe Piscopo was Sinatra!! Although brief, it was very cool to see/hear. He finally fits the age, too!
-Loved Ellen Cleghorn's zinger at the end of Jerry Seinfeld's questions.

I dunno... lots more positive/negative about the show, but I'm just glad I had it on DVR so I could fast forward. Although when Keith Richards showed up to introduce McCartney, I did think I switched over to The Walking Dead on accident.

Side note - why does "goddamn" (Billy Murray singing about Jaws) get censored but "my dick in a box" doesn't? Something else was censored during the show, but I couldn't tell what it was (nor do I remember what it was).


i can't really fault them for the people who didn't show up. they invited every former cast member who'd been there more than a year (sorry, terry sweeney). hell, they even got ellen cleghorne. it's inevitable that out of the hundreds of cast members over 40 years, a few won't show. i'm more surprised at how many they did get, especially the originals (or near-originals) like murray and laraine newman and garrett morris and jane curtin. i mean, they got eddie to show up at all, that's an accomplishment by itself. and bill murray, you can never really tell what he's gonna do. getting him to actually sing a song was pretty special. how did they even FIND ellen cleghorne? it was a little odd that julia-louis dreyfus wasn't there, but larry david and jerry seinfeld were?

eddie's "speech" was a little disappointing. but really, what more can you expect?

i was surprised Palin showed up. either she still doesn't realize the joke's on her, or she's just THAT desperate for attention. actually... it's probably both.

it's kind of odd to complain about Chevy being grumpy and then complain about people like Dennis Miller not being there. i'm pretty sure Miller declined to be on because he couldn't bear to be surrounded by that much hollywood liberal elite. he probably refused to participate unless they let him do a 10-minute rant about how global warming is a hoax. anyway, i'd rather have grumpy Chevy than no Chevy, and at this point in his "career" i think the grumpy act is all he's got left. hey, maybe he and eddie murphy can do a remake of "Grumpy Old Men"?

"dick in a box" goes from getting bleeped at 11:30pm to making it on the air at 8pm. oh how times have changed (or how the censor was napping on the job).
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