Brief Thoughts -- Casey Killingsworth, 01:52:38 03/03/13 Sun
That cold open was certainly forgettable. Still, I like how it utilized pretty much the whole cast even if everyone just had a bunch of lame one liners. Aidy and Bobby were pretty funny here. Cecily made the most out of the material she was given. The Village people bit was okay even if it felt a little too forced.
I wasn't really looking forward to the monologue, but I have to say it was alittle better than I expected. As much as I dislike Kevin Hart, I'd rather hear him just tell a straight up story (albiet a pointless one that doesn't really go anywhere) than do his actual act. It doesn't really surprise me to learn that Hart, but I refuse to believe his actual audition went the way he described it (aside from his DeNiro "impression"). It does surprise me, however, to learn that he auditioned when "Training Day" came out. That was, like...what, 2001/02? I don't think anybody outside of the stand up community knew who he was then, not even the stand up community to be honest with you. I don't even think he even found an audience with the BET crowd by then yet. Anyway, he actually delivered with this monologue I'll give him that.
Yeah, nobody's a fan of Kenan as Steve Harvey but with this host I can see why they bought it back. Hell, Hart was in "Think Like A Man" which Harvey produced. Still, this was another piece Hart was in that felt meandering and not terribly funny. He did make the most, of it.
That Pope Wallis sketch felt strangely out of place on SNL. It seems like something MAD TV or (ironically enough) The Onion would've come up with on an off night. The premise seemed lame on paper, but Hart played it well. Jason had some good lines like "go popey go" and his comeback to the old "Is The Pope Catholic?" Joke. Thankfully, they kept it short.
They sure picked the right episode to rerun that Starbucks commercial, huh?
I can't believe they recurred Bobby and Cecily's McDonald's characters from the Hathaway episode (even though I didn't hate it the first time) but this was funnier than the first one because of the other casts small quirks that Bobby and Cecily were making fun of. Hart was allright in it too, but he picked an odd time to crack up, though.
Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig as well as Bill Murray and Robert Downey Jr. -- Among Vulture's Picks for Host of the Next Academy Awards, 16:53:46 03/01/13 Fri
It should be mentioned that everyone one this list has hosted SNL.
This is a good read that includes pros and cons for every hosting pick.
With all the recent trouble going on at NBC I wonder if this will effect SNL next year? Doubt they'll ever cancel it like some are saying, but I can see the seasons getting shorter again, this season is already one episode less than usual I guess.
Do You Think We'll be Seeing any New SNL DVDs -- in the Future?, 11:00:14 02/26/13 Tue
It feels like we haven't seen any new compilations DVDs for a couple years now. Anyone think we'll be seeing any new "Best Of" collections in stores anytime soon?
I know they aren't releasing anymore complete season sets; but it would be nice to see some new castmember compilations or highlights of individual seasons (ie. The Best of 06-07).
Does anyone think there will be any more SNL DVDs anytime soon?
SNL not funny anymore -- Raymond, 04:59:00 02/26/13 Tue
I was a huge HUGE fan of SNL in the '90s, loving and eagerly watching since the Phil Hartman/Dana Carvey/Chris Farley/David Spade/Kevin Nealon era and then the Will Ferrell/Tracy Morgan/Tim Meadows/Norm MacDonald era that phased out around 2002. Except for a few moments here and there the show has been lifeless, boring and just awful through and through for a long time now. The cast sucks, the writing sucks. I only watch it out of habit now if I'm home on a Saturday night not expecting to laugh once.
I've been thinking about this recently....the show sucks and has for awhile. But the entertainment establishment and pop culture has deemed SNL cool and hip to watch even if it really sucks. Back in the mid '90s it wasn't considered cool to watch SNL, it was considered outdated and unfunny and those same people wanted it to go away. I don't know how much politics plays into it, but I remember how "cool" it was when Tina Fey would do Sarah Palin week after week and sway public opinion. Infact I put a lot of blame on overrated Tina Fey, she was head writer when the show started taking its drastic slide into mediocrity and now with that awful Seth Myers, who is an embarrassment as Weekend Update host but thinks nobody will notice he sucks because he shouts all his lines. If you want the show to be funny again, Lorne Micheals really needs to clean house of his writing staff and this terrible cast of nobodies but he's not going to do so because the ratings have been good and nobody in the industry is hating on his show like they did in the '80s and '90s.
The best part about Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars -- The following passage from Parade Magazine:, 07:26:42 02/26/13 Tue
After Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker, a longtime MacFarlane critic, pooh-poohed the idea of him as Oscar host, MacFarlane called Tucker out personally on Twitter: “Please tell me how I may earn a review as glowing as the one you gave Urkel.”
I remember this guy from the IFC show "Bunk"; he is very funny and has a very slow, laid-back delivery that is often hilarious. Kinda reminiscent of Hannibal Buress actually, who also wrote for SNL for one season.
The article doesn't really make it clear whether he will be hired just a writer or a performer as well, but they certainly could use more black writers on the show (I don't think they have any at the moment).
Here he is doing standup on David Letterman recently:
Band audio -- Jim (Can't hear vocal), 00:46:47 02/24/13 Sun
Just saw rerun of Paul McCartney 2012 December gig. Could not hear what he was singing. Reminded me the that this happens often on SNL. Am I just an old deaf codger?