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On So Abby Elliott's Not Leaving SNL This Year After All

@Slutface Abby Elliott has not been given enough time to be funny. One of the primary problems with SNL in the last few years is that they've relied far too much on celebrity impersonations and not enough on original material. If this sounds like every criticism of SNL ever, then I demand that you re-watch SNL from around 2003-5, when for every sketch that featured some story-of-the-week parody sketch, they did two or three original-thought sketches. (Thank you, Maya Rudolph).

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm 0

On So Abby Elliott's Not Leaving SNL This Year After All

@Slutface What do you have against Abby? Kenan, on the other hand, has long been the cast's weak link. I love Kristen Wiig, but half the time now she's not even trying; ditto with Fred Armisen. They should definitely go.

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 10:53 am 0

On The Short Films of Louis C.K.

Oh man, do I love when Louis learns about the Catholic church. That's some funny shit.

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm 0

On Saturday Night's Children: Cheri Oteri (1995-2000)

I have nothing particularly against Cheri Oteri, especially after having seeing her pull some funny turns in "The Real Women of SNL". But I can't but help associate her with some of the worst years in SNL history. Same as Ana Gastmeyer, whom I also have nothing against. But goddamn Norm MacDonald, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Chris Farley, Colin Quinn, and all those other horrible, unfunny male comedians who seemed to have turned 1990s SNL into a polluted wasteland, only redeemed with the coming of Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Will Forte, and Tina Fey.

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm 0

On A Manic Remembrance of The Ren & Stimpy Show

No specific mention of "Space Madness"? I imagine that for many a young lad and lass, that was their introduction to alt-comedy. For me, it preceded Monty Python by a year, probably.

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm 0

On Saturday Night's Children: Cheri Oteri (1995-2000)

@James Rocker@twitter Really? Because that would make me respect her more.

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 3:11 am 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Dennis Perrin Okay, I known George Meyer was important to early Simpsons, but please justify the statement that he was "chief architect". What about: Matt Groening, Sam Simon, Conan O'Brien, Mike Reiss, Al Jean, Dave Mirkin, etc.?

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Dennis Perrin Sorry, but I'd feel genuine pity for anyone from whom a cartoon evoked sincere emotions. I think you're misremembering what it was like to watch The Simpsons in tne early the days. The main lure was always the element of subversion, not the (no matter how prominent) blunt emotional tug. The fault with latter-day Simpsons is SO OBVIOUS. It's the fact that cutaway gags and pop culture references ceased to be funny on their own terms about fifteen years ago. The Simpsons has relied on these, as well as on their aging voice actors, for far longer than even the most liberal of moral authorities would deem decent.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

This is a very good post. I wonder if I'm the only regular reader of Splitsider...to think that, based on the strength of these SNL-related posts, there could be a very good blog just about SNL. Also, you mentioned Nasim Pedradd. humminahumminahummina....SPROING!

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm 0

On Saturday Night's Children: Will Forte (2002-2010)

Also: when are you going to finally do a "Saturday Night's Children" about Maya Rudolph? Also: I meant to say above that, unlike virtually any other period, the Forte/Rudolph/Poehler period is eminently rewatchable. Contrast with the 1990s, for example, with unbearable cast members like Rob Schneider, David Spade and Norm MacDonald. That shit gets old fast.

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 9:34 am 0