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  1. #1
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    SNL - Rebuild Season

    SNL's 48th season debuted last night w/ host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar as well as a few special appearances. Lots of stalwarts, particularly among the female cast, are no longer with the show --- Kate and Aidy, most notably. Pete Davison, Chris Redd and Kyle Mooney are all gone. IMO, the most promising / talented featured player from last season (Aristotle Athari) departed, too. Kenan continues his Brady-like career.

    The new folks are Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. We get brief introductions to all of them but Michael Longfellow got the most airtime on what was a pretty sharp weekend update. We'll see how the rest of them get used in the coming episodes.

    Miles Teller was game, clearly excited to be there and funny when he was given good material. None of the skits really stood out to me but I enjoyed the show overall.
    REALLY looking forward to Brendan Gleeson next week though.


    BTW, my line for the number of people the chime in on this thread that SNL has not been funny since they found it funny at 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    SNL's 48th season debuted last night w/ host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar as well as a few special appearances. Lots of stalwarts, particularly among the female cast, are no longer with the show --- Kate and Aidy, most notably. Pete Davison, Chris Redd and Kyle Mooney are all gone. IMO, the most promising / talented featured player from last season (Aristotle Athari) departed, too. Kenan continues his Brady-like career.

    The new folks are Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. We get brief introductions to all of them but Michael Longfellow got the most airtime on what was a pretty sharp weekend update. We'll see how the rest of them get used in the coming episodes.

    Miles Teller was game, clearly excited to be there and funny when he was given good material. None of the skits really stood out to me but I enjoyed the show overall.
    REALLY looking forward to Brendan Gleeson next week though.


    BTW, my line for the number of people the chime in on this thread that SNL has not been funny since they found it funny at 7.
    SNL has not been funny in forever. One.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    SNL has not been funny in forever. One.
    (Kind of like some posters I know).

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    After not watching for a while I started watching a bit more last year. Kate McKinnon was great. I have mixed feelings about Pete Davidson as a human being but he could be really hilarious - he kind of had the Belushi role of you never knew what would come out of his mouth, sort of a dirtbag (though he is far from Belushi in terms of talent). I think the show was helped a lot by bringing back veterans. Guest hosts were hot and cold - I'm only in my late 40s but I didn't know who half of them were so that made it less enjoyable.

    I will give this season a try but I am not too optimistic - too many losses. Thanks for your update.

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    I thought the opening Manning skit was quite good. Lots of the show picking on itself and acknowledging its own shortcomings. I thought they did a great job getting Miles Teller to look like Peyton.

    The rest of the skits were pretty forgettable. Weekend Update was strong, as usual.
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    SNL has always been hit-or-miss funny, whether in the golden era (when I was most interested) or in the bleaker eras (when everyone else was most interested).

    The one consistent trend is that SNL season premieres are always a lost opportunity. Any decent writer -- comedy or otherwise -- would jot down ideas over the summer, ponder them further, and have months of abnormally well-developed material for the first episode. Not at SNL. The writers come in as blank slates and treat the season premiere like any other episode, if not a bit worse because they are so rusty. This could be by Lorne Michaels' design; I don't know.

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonEvans View Post
    I thought the opening Manning skit was quite good. Lots of the show picking on itself and acknowledging its own shortcomings. I thought they did a great job getting Miles Teller to look like Peyton.

    The rest of the skits were pretty forgettable. Weekend Update was strong, as usual.
    As always, opinions vary, and humor is entirely subjective.

    Aside from the bold, much disagreement from me here. The cold open started with one really good idea: Miles Teller really does look like Peyton Manning. Look at any photo and picture him without hair. The skit itself was watchable for this reason, and while I do like it when things get meta, it just seemed like an excuse to trot out a series of bad or incomplete ideas. Sort of a "we know this is bad because we're telling you it's bad".

    This Sporcle quiz might help explain my problems with Weekend Update, and why it needs fresh blood. There are several predecessors who have hosted Weekend Update in less than half as many episodes and left a stronger legacy. Colin Jost is secure knowing that he will never be the worst Colin to host the segment, and Michael Che has sacrificed his initial sharpness in order to provide less of a contrast with his bland partner. For years, Jost has coasted a bit on the meta as well -- who he married in real life, and how his fellow cast members (Leslie Jones, Pete Davidson, Sarah Sherman, now Michael Longfellow) react to his circumstances. If you think he has a punchable face, oh look, they did a skit about how he has a punchable face. He absorbs it all and keeps going. He could do this forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brevity View Post
    ...
    The cold open started with one really good idea: Miles Teller really does look like Peyton Manning. Look at any photo and picture him without hair. The skit itself was watchable for this reason, and while I do like it when things get meta, it just seemed like an excuse to trot out a series of bad or incomplete ideas. Sort of a "we know this is bad because we're telling you it's bad".
    ...
    I had same reaction while watching - the skit took the lazy route of self-referentially mocking how lame the jokes were rather than doing the work of writing good jokes.

    Somehow it is loosely akin to the cad who wants credit for being ďhonestĒ about his/her infidelities in lieu of actually being faithful.

    (But Iím still a Colin Jost fan.)

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    The mid '70s-'80s was a good decade for SNL, which is impressive since the weed was so much weaker back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmymax View Post
    The mid '70s-'80s was a good decade for SNL, which is impressive since the weed was so much weaker back then.
    This one does count in the over-under.

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    SNL's Halloween episode was this weekend. Jack Harlow hosted (and shouldn't have, blah) and was the musical guest.

    Tom Hanks made a surprise appearance returning as David S Pumpkins. Joke is never as funny the second time around but I still had fun.

    https://www.vulture.com/2022/10/tom-...turns-snl.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    SNL's Halloween episode was this weekend.
    I thought this was very funny regardless of political affiliation

    Rich
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    Coach K on the Dan Patrick Show, December 22, 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    I thought this was very funny regardless of political affiliation

    Yeah, that was pretty sharp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    SNL's Halloween episode was this weekend. Jack Harlow hosted (and shouldn't have, blah) and was the musical guest.

    Tom Hanks made a surprise appearance returning as David S Pumpkins. Joke is never as funny the second time around but I still had fun.

    https://www.vulture.com/2022/10/tom-...turns-snl.html
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    Kyrie got a mention in the opening monologue (Dave Chappelle), which I am still processing overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    Kyrie got a mention in the opening monologue (Dave Chappelle), which I am still processing overall.
    Yeah, I think a lot about that monologue was... well... problematic (at best). But, as is often the case, having an established comic as the host makes for a good show. And, Chapelle sorta made up for all the Jewish jokes in the monologue by really skewering black culture in the barber shop sketch:


    I liked the beginning of the House of the Dragon sketch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TybjwLS1VtA

    I also found the skit where Mikey Day had to sub for Chappelle in Black Heaven to be really funny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeCdVOmr9rQ
    Last edited by JasonEvans; 11-14-2022 at 01:18 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemmonsDevil View Post
    SNL has not been funny in forever. One.
    I agree .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    SNL's 48th season debuted last night w/ host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar as well as a few special appearances. Lots of stalwarts, particularly among the female cast, are no longer with the show --- Kate and Aidy, most notably. Pete Davison, Chris Redd and Kyle Mooney are all gone. IMO, the most promising / talented featured player from last season (Aristotle Athari) departed, too. Kenan continues his Brady-like career.

    The new folks are Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. We get brief introductions to all of them but Michael Longfellow got the most airtime on what was a pretty sharp weekend update. We'll see how the rest of them get used in the coming episodes.

    Miles Teller was game, clearly excited to be there and funny when he was given good material. None of the skits really stood out to me but I enjoyed the show overall.
    REALLY looking forward to Brendan Gleeson next week though.


    BTW, my line for the number of people the chime in on this thread that SNL has not been funny since they found it funny at 7.
    Iíll take the over

  18. #18
    SNL always seems funnier in a rear view mirror. Iíve watched it from the beginning and even in the early days there were many dud episodes where Iíve thought ďthat was 90 minutes Iíll never get back.Ē But we all tend to remember the classic sketches which just get better over time, so it always feels like we are past the good old days.
    That being said I thought this season opener was pretty weak on the laugh/creativity meter. And it does seem like an unexciting lineup this season. Maybe someone will pleasantly surprise me.

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by bundabergdevil View Post
    SNL's 48th season debuted last night w/ host Miles Teller and musical guest Kendrick Lamar as well as a few special appearances. Lots of stalwarts, particularly among the female cast, are no longer with the show --- Kate and Aidy, most notably. Pete Davison, Chris Redd and Kyle Mooney are all gone. IMO, the most promising / talented featured player from last season (Aristotle Athari) departed, too. Kenan continues his Brady-like career.

    The new folks are Marcello Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Longfellow, and Devon Walker. We get brief introductions to all of them but Michael Longfellow got the most airtime on what was a pretty sharp weekend update. We'll see how the rest of them get used in the coming episodes.

    Miles Teller was game, clearly excited to be there and funny when he was given good material. None of the skits really stood out to me but I enjoyed the show overall.
    REALLY looking forward to Brendan Gleeson next week though.


    BTW, my line for the number of people the chime in on this thread that SNL has not been funny since they found it funny at 7.
    SNL hasn’t been funny since Burt Reynolds died. He slayed in those Jeopardy skits.
    Carolina delenda est

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    SNL hasnít been funny since Burt Reynolds died. He slayed in those Jeopardy skits.
    And I see the spirit of Turd Ferguson lives on in this thread...

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