What happened to Saturday Night Live?

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    Every year, SNL becomes worse and worse. This season's premier was just terrible! Stupid jokes that fell flat, juvenile and sophomoric toilet humor that left me cold. Even the musical guest was some generic no-name teen emo-chick warbling about nothing.

    What happened to the edgy satire of the old SNL? Five years ago SNL could be fresh and pretty damn funny with Bill Hader, Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, and Fred Armison. Now it just sucks.

    Lorne Michaels is a disaster; he should have been pensioned off years ago.

    There, got that off my chest.
     
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    I take it you yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn?

    SNL is, like a sports team, in a rebuilding period. All the big names left recently, and they need time to develop and allow for new talent to explore their place in the new generation.

    I'm a big fan of Taram Killum personally.
     
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    No, I'm not some old codger pining away for John Belushi or Joe Piscopo. Like I said, it was great just a few years ago. I don't blame the cast (I personally believe Kate McKinnon could be the next Fey/Wiig). I do blame Lorne Michaels' lousy production and the terrible writing.
     
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    There's a thread about anal beads. Why not SNL?
     
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    Old SNL? You haven't seen the Not Ready For PrimeTime Players. That's old, good SNL. Just a few members of that group:

    John Belushi.
    Dan Aykroyd.
    Chevy Chase.
    Gilda Radner.
    Garrett Morris.

    Notables afterwards from the Old SNL:

    Eddie Murphy.
    Adam Sandler.
    Dana Carvey.
    Martin Short.
    Billy Crystal.

    They are old SNL, when it ruled Saturday night. And I agree; this shouldn't be in PRSI.

    BL.
     
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    I said old, not ancient. ;) And yes, I watched the very first episode in 1975. It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least.

    Remember the Richard Pryor Show? It lasted about one season but man, was it funny. Too far ahead of it's time, though.
     
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    I found it better in the past couple of years than I did five-ten years ago. Maybe it's because I despise Kristen Wiig.
     
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    Colin Jost is just awful at Weekend Update - he imitates Seth Meyers and his voice even sounds similar. Michael Che had a rough start adjusting to the Weekend Update desk at first, but he interacts with guests infinitely better than Jost and seemed to catch on near the end.

    What was weird was some of the best performers from last season (see: Kate McKinnon) had basically no role in this first episode.

    There's going to be a lot of work and time to get this still mostly fresh cast up to speed. It was a small sample size, but Pete Davidson looked amazing in his first episode.
     
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    The most recent episode was not very good.

    The one exception to an overall dreadfully unfunny show was the performance from resident young-person Pete Davidson.

     
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    You do know what anal beads are right ?

    There. I made the thread controversial so it can stay in PRSI.

    ;)
     
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    SNL is an interesting show. Because at any given moment since 1980, SNL was at it's peak five years prior.
     
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    Good point. And if the OP wants to have some appreciation for SNL, he should watch an episode or two of Sabado Gigante, and avoid the segments of women in bikinis and thongs.

    BL.
     
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    I feel the SNL "jumped the shark" when Ashlee Simpson was caught lip syncing on live TV.

     
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    The Gilbert Gottfried years saw SNL reach it's comedic summit.
     
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    Are you forgetting about the Randy Quaid season?
     
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    My favorite SNL of all time was the Jim Carrey, Whitney Houston, Penny Marshal, Rosie Odonnel (and a slew of other people I forget) Christmas episode that aired back in maybe 1995, or 1996.
     
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    The short story is you just got old, and became like your parents.:p

    It's a generation thing that no-name teen is Ariana Grande,
    my granddaughters downloaded her performance to their iPhones and watched all day.:D
     
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    Is that a font?
     
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    If it's a font, at least it's a very beautiful font.:p

     
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    Meh. I spent 15 seconds scrolling thru the vid link; sadly, I'll never get those 15 seconds back.
     
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    True, music is generational, and so is comedy to a degree.However, comedy still needs to be funny. I doubt that anybody between eight and 80 thought last weeks SNL was anything but embarrassing .
     
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    In all fairness, I did break my nearly 23-year drought of watching SNL to see the episode where Betty White hosted. She's a classic and legend.

    BL.
     
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    Is that a jab at us old folks, yah ankle biter?:p

    I stopped watching SNL after the Belushi era. Back then, the entire case was awesome, the weak link being Garrett Morris.:p I caught a few episodes off and on when they had Tina Fey doing the News. She was the only bright spot during that run for me. SNL during Belushi, Akrold, Murphy era was (sticking with the sports team motif) the 60's Packers, the 70's Steelers, the 80's-90's Niners.
     
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