Is it just me or does the "underwater Hotel" sketch seem like a sketch -- they would do (in the late 1990s?), 10:21:26 04/03/16 Sun
I could easily see Will Ferrell in Taran Killam's place as the floating dead body as well as Tracy Morgan in Jay Pharaoh's place? What's more, I could even see Chris Parnell and Molly Shannon in n the roles played by Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett. In fact, the whole sketch seemed to have an Adam McKay-vibe to it.
The sketch was a creative live piece and it was executed quite well.
Predictions for tonight? -- -, 08:58:45 04/02/16 Sat
I guess we're probably going to see a reappearance of "Peter Drunklage" on Weekend Update, since they've already established him as a character. Somebody else said on here that it would be funny if they pair up Peter in a Sheila Sovage sketch against Kate too. I agree, that would be funny.
Something else I think would be funny, and I don't know how cool Peter would be with doing this, would be if they had Dinklage playing opposite Beck Bennett's "Baby Boss" character. Like as his nemesis or his corporate rival- another competing businessman who also has the body of a toddler.
I wonder also if they will do anything with Gwen Stefani on the show. On Gwen's new album, she has a song with Fetty Wap. If you're ever heard Fetty Wap sing, you know he sings in this really weird, affected voice. I think it would be funny if Jay played Fetty Wap in a sketch with Gwen. I'm sure he could probably do a good imitation of him. Like a recording studio sketch where she gives him the lyrics that she wants him to sing, and then he translates them into his weird gibberish yodel-singing that he does.
The Saturday Night Live Hall of Fame Readers Poll -- bjdwsm, 15:27:06 02/27/16 Sat
Due to my current contract employment coming to an end, Classic SNL Reviews will be on hiatus indefinitely while I focus on looking for (paid) work. To keep this blog updated, I've decided to hold another poll.
* Each participant must submit the names of 1 host, 1 special guest, 3 musical guests, 10 cast members, and 15 writers to appear in a hypothetical 3 hour "Hall of Fame" episode of Saturday Night Live.
** Your selections must have previously worked or appeared on the show in that role to qualify, with the exception of the special guest, who can be someone who appeared on the show in any of these roles.
** As well, one of your cast member selections must be a former Weekend Update anchor (SNL Newsbreak and Saturday Night News anchors are also eligible). Please note your selection with a "(WU)" when submitting.
* There will also be a "Utility" category of 5 SNL performers, writers, band or crew members who will be added to scenes on an as-needed basis, either in bit roles or background work. They may also be called upon for special skills they may add to sketches, for example, musical ability or a particular adeptness at character work, ad-libs or delivering lines.
* This is a ranked ballot: your selections will be awarded points based on the rank (i.e., number 1 will receive 10 points, number 2 will receive 9 points, and so on). All selections must be alive at the time of the closing date; if your selection passes away before the winners are announced, your points will transfer over to the Memorial Category.
*Memorial Category: Submit the names of 5 deceased SNL personnel; for the purposes of this category, "SNL personnel" is defined as anyone who was in the regular employ of the show, either as a performer, writer, band or crew member. Hosts and musical guests are not eligible unless they fit that criteria. This will also be a ranked ballot.
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Updated standings for S-N-L.com Guess The Hosts 2015-2016 contest -- Not the Hollandaise, 18:42:30 03/13/16 Sun
Since there has been no sign of the other board coming back, I thought I would continue to post the updates here.
Comedy Centeal is Now Shwoing Repeats from the -- 2003-2004 Season, 11:58:49 03/16/16 Wed
Watching these repeats makes me recall how unremarkable this season was. I remember a lot of hosting choices were very unusual.. "Personality" figures Rev. Al Sharpton, Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey, Donald Trump, Janet Jackson, and the Olsen Twins (who hosted Jimmy Fallon's last show) I remember weren't great choices to host. Though, I will say that Justin Timberlake, who hosted for his first time, did a great job and blended in very well with the cast. I always look forward to seeing him return to host even if they always do the same sketches whenever he's on.
We also got welcome returns of hosts like Alec Baldwin, Jack Black, and Ben Affleck; who probably hosted one of the season's top episodes. We also got some good first time hosts like Megan Mullally, Coin Firth, Snoop Dogg, and Elijah Wood. I'm surprised none of them ever hosted again.
As for the cast itself, I'd say that Fred Armisen and Will Forte provided much of the laughs this season as they brought us original and hilarious comedy pieces. Also, I remember that Seth Meyers was starting to break out more this season. And, who would have thought that Kenan Thompson, whose first season is be this one, would still end up being on the show to this day.
Predictions for the rest of April? -- -, 20:57:04 03/16/16 Wed
Ok, there are 6 shows left in this season. May remains to be seen, but now that we know one of the hosts for April, let's try to guess the other two shows.
Peter Dinklage is hosting on April 2nd to promote "The Boss", which is coming out on April 8th. Going by this logic, maybe Anthony Anderson will host on the 9th to promote his appearance in "Barbershop: The Next Cut", which comes out on the 15th. (Incidentally, I can't think of two more dissimilar hosts to have back to back than Dinklage and Anderson). I really feel like there should be at least one more black host before the season is over besides Tracy Morgan, especially since there are so many black cast members on the show right now.
Then for the show on the 16th, someone I don't think has been mentioned up until this point is Vince Vaughn. He last hosted three years ago, in April of 2013. He has some kind of a movie called "Term Life" coming out on the 29th; not sure how wide of a release it is though (seems like it's being marketed as a VOD type thing). If he hosted it would be his third time hosting.
An altogether more exciting idea would be Key & Peele co-hosting on the 16th to promote "Keanu", which comes out on the 29th. I don't know if this would ever happen, but it would surely be a good show. Maybe too much Lorne bias against having ex-"Mad TV" people host? (Don't know what difference it would make, the show's been off the air for 7 years).
I think we can officially give up on the idea of Jon Hamm or Zach Galifianakis hosting, as it doesn't appear their movie is going to be coming out next month.
When Do You Think They Will Announce the -- Hosts for April?, 13:50:07 03/24/16 Thu
I feel as though the hosts for the April 9th and 16th shows should have been announced by now. Usually, the hosts for all the upcoming episodes of the following month are announced the week before SNL returns. Seeing as how the next episode airs next Saturday, I'm surprised they haven't announced the other two hosts for April.
When do you think the remaining April hosts will be announced?
Kind of interesting news; Kenney was one of the co-founders of the National Lampoon and wrote the movies "Animal House" and "Caddyshack". I would say he along with Michael O'Donoghue were probably the two biggest originators of the "Lampoon" style of humor that later was made more popular with the creation of Saturday Night Live.
The movie will be directed by David Wain and sounds like a straight biopic (it's based on a book called "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" which is also a good read if you can find it). I wonder if there will be other comedic actors in the movie playing people like O'Donoghue, Chevy Chase, and John Belushi. Kenney had kind of a tragic life; after he moved on to Hollywood and starting making movies he fell into drug and alcohol abuse and died when he fell of a cliff in Hawaii (or maybe he intentionally jumped; the circumstances surrounding his death are still mysterious). Sounds like it will be an interesting movie and we all know Forte can play more serious roles after his part in "Nebraska".
Any fans of Alan Resnick here? -- YHF, 08:28:11 03/12/16 Sat
His web series alanTutorial is brilliant, and his Adult Swim shorts like "Unedited Footage of a Bear" and "Live Forever As You Are Now" are pretty good too.
He has a new short? series? ARG? coming out tomorrow called "This House Has People In It". Looks intriguing.
Question For You: Do You Think Robert Downey Jr. Will -- Appear on SNL Ever Again?, 13:27:18 03/10/16 Thu
I know the chances are very slim. I mean, I know he will most likely never host the show again. I remember seeing clips online from when he hosted back in 1996 and he poked fun at his arrest history during his monologue.You can see some of his sketches when he hosted SNL here at this link:
I know he never hosted to promote the "Iron Man" movies. But, with "Captain America: Civil War" coming out, it would be cool to see him at least cameo on the show, even if it were just for two minutes or so.
It still makes me shocked to remember that "Iron Man" Robert Downey Jr. was a SNL cast member for one season.
Savion Glover is an actor, tap dancer, and choreographer from America. Considered to be a genius, he was taught dancing by very famous dancers from past generations. At present Glover shows interest in bringing back the African roots in tap dancing. He wishes to place a tap back into modern black context. In June 2012, he appeared as a guest on a show by Eric Andre and revived the country's passion for tap dance. Belonging to a family where music runs from generations to generations, Savion's grandmother who herself was a musician, recognized his music talent. This great tap dancer is visiting your country soon and Savion Glover tickets are selling fast as the fans are eager to watch him perform live on stage. So, if you have never seen a tap dancing live show, this could be your chance to witness some amazing moves.
I hope this is either tongue-in-cheek or someone really did not do the research. That said, it would be great if someone got tickets to this and instead, Josh Fadem came out with a chicken on his head and did damage around the stage (haha).
Predictions for tonight? -- -, 14:59:49 03/12/16 Sat
OK, first of all, if there isn't a "Girlfriends Talk Show" in this episode I'll eat my non-existent hat. If there ever was a perfect match between host and recurring sketch, it's this. (In fact, isn't Ariana Grande the youngest host since Miley Cyrus? She is 22 and Miley is 23.) Surprisingly, they haven't done that sketch at all this season yet.
I also kind of think they might attempt to do a parody of
"The Voice", especially since Grande can imitate Christina Applegate. I would assume Taran would play Adam Levine since he played him in the Celebrity Family Feud sketch when Blake Shelton hosted. Jay would be Pharrell of course. I don't know who they'd get to play Blake- Beck maybe? There aren't that many other white guys in the cast who would be a good choice.
You'd assume there is going to be some kind of a music video in this episode as well with the ladies of the cast. Normally when they have a host who can sing they try to work it into the episode as much as possible.
Number of acts in a show -- Peter, 04:17:10 03/12/16 Sat
I'm going through all seasons of SNL trying to separate the acts, which for me means all sketches that comes directly after each other without commercials in between. (Don't ask me why, I'm having fun doing it though ;-)
Anyway, from the board in Lorne's room I can tell there are nine commercial breaks which would mean 10 acts, right? Does anyone know if this has always been the case. Maybe there weren't as many breaks in the early days?
There are also something called "station breaks" which I'm not sure what it means. Should these be considered "breaks" in the same sense as commercial breaks so that the number of acts would more accurately be twelve?
Any feedback on this would be deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance.