Posts tagged as tv funhouse

A Look Back at the Filmmakers and Short Films of 'Saturday Night Live'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When one looks at Saturday Night Live as one giant TV show that has aired for more than three decades, it's interesting to see [...]

C.K. and 'SNL': Louie's 19-Year Backstory with the NBC Sketch Show

NBC just announced that Louis C.K. will be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 3rd. It’ll mark C.K.’s first appearance on the long-running sketch show, but he’s had a history with SNL dating all the way back to auditioning for a spot as a cast member in 1993. Louis C.K. has also worked closely with a number of key players in the show’s history, including Amy Poehler, Conan O’Brien, Dana Carvey, Chris Rock, Adam McKay, and Robert Smigel, and he's written for the SNL’s animated segment “TV Funhouse” and for SNL-adjacent comedies like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Dana Carvey Show. Let’s take a look back [...]

Watch the Media-Conspiracy TV Funhouse Segment SNL Banned in 1998

Marc Maron just Tweeted the link to this video, a Robert Smigel-written TV Funhouse segment in which the educational program Conspiracy Theory Rock presents a catchy little ditty called "Media-opoly." The animation depicts the total control of the media by a few unregulated corporations – especially, yep, good old GE – who are also dumping nuclear waste directly onto playground woodchips. Big surprise, this clip was cut out from all but the first airing of its SNL episode. It's interesting to think about how far we've come in the last decade and a half, though, with 30 Rock casting GE's fictional parent company Sheinhardt Wigs as a [...]