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So while we're halfway through the Thursday Update run for this year (which I'll briefly talk about after it's all over), I figured that now is about as good a time as any to make some early predictions for this season's hosts and musical guests... I guess the first one to predict in BOTH categories before every season begins...

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Weekend Update Thursday #2 (8/17/17)
The exasperated look on Michael Che's face spoke volumes. The altercation in Charlottesville, VA dominated the news the second week in August, and lingered heavily on the minds of the the Weekend Update brain trust. The Nazi and white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, and our president attempting to justify their actions, was both a feast of false equivalency and a landmine for potential satire. Che brought a knowing energy into the material, while Cojo was at his deadpan observer best. Once again, most of the jokes landed.

Where last week's show had a generous number of appearances by the current cast, this week they took a backseat to cameos by SNL alumni. Two of the three commentaries were connected to Charlottesville: the latter of those two merits a thesis in its own right, but Jimmy Fallon playing George Washington was a gem. He deflected questions about being a ...
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Aug 12, 2017
Weekend Update Thursday #1 (8/10/2017)

Yay, I beat JM5K!

What a shear novelty to be watching new SNL in any capacity in mid-August. (For you history buffs, this now leaves June as the only month to have never had a live show.) The powers that be knew that the turmoil in the White House could not wait until late September to be thrown on the skewer, so Cojo and Che are treating us to four special late summer editions of Weekend Update. Between now and August 31st, here's hoping the well isn't tapped dry.

Even with the bounty of news, this first half-hour special was only a mild success. The first act was almost wall-to-wall Trump, and Cojo and Che's hot takes proving somewhat uneven. There wasn't really much that Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah et al. hasn't already covered on their respective nightly shows, so hats off to the WU ...
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Jul 27, 2017
Help finding a sketch
I cant find the Curse of the wolfman sketch on snl. It has Christian Slater. He hosted that night. 10/26/91
Id also like to find the Devil Simon and Garfunkel sketch
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Jun 17, 2017
Season 42: Final Thoughts

So I was planning on going into a little more detail than I am going to about this season, but I think Stuart pretty much said everything there is to be said...This is the most effort I've seen from this show in a while! That said, I really do wish we could all move on from ripping on the same guy...Again, it's not SNL's fault, and for the most part, these disses on the president are not undeserved...I just wish we could find some time of peace from all this...But I'm sounding like a broken record here...

As for the turnover between this season and the next, I personally feel that they should keep everyone else (for now). Mikey actually does seem to be getting some level of establishment, and while Alex and Melissa still have a way to go, they both ...

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May 22, 2017
5/20/2017: Dwayne Johnson/Katy Perry

Last night, SNL ended its 42nd season, which can easily be dubbed "The Season of Trump". I don't want to get into too much detail about this season's politics right now, so let's talk about what was given to us in this single show...Basically, it was a night of encores...Though some were better than others...

The show started with what will most likely be the final appearance of Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression...I'll rant about the impression itself in a later post (summing up the season as a whole). For now, I will comment on how uninspired it was to have him perform the same song that Kate's Hillary performed at the start of the first post-election episode...Sure, I guess they gave a little self-aware nod to their previous rendition of the song, but they could have done something much ...

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May 14, 2017
5/13/2017: Melissa McCarthy/HAIM

I have grown quite annoyed at the tendencies that SNL has picked up in its guest selections for May over the last handful of years...I have developed a serious pet peeve that they haven't had a female host a season finale since 2005, and this will also be the fourth consecutive year that a solo female performer will be the finale's musical guest...It may be the OCD talking, but I like variety! I want for shows to mix it up a bit every year!

But the point I am getting at is this: Why does every Mother's Day episode (with some VERY rare exceptions) HAVE to have a female host!? What's more, why is it always the last show of the season to HAVE a female host!? Even in the rare occasions when a man hosts the Mother's Day episode, or when Mother ...

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May 07, 2017
5/6/2017: Chris Pine/LCD Soundsystem

Last night, NOT Captain-America-Thor-Starlord hosted SNL, and proved to be much more entertaining than I expected him to be...

Indeed, I was pretty much expecting another interchangeable attractive white person who is under-utilized in all of the sketches...But, as even the promo of him partying with Kate showed, he was very eager and ready to have a good time...To the point that he sang in about 90% of all the sketches...

Seriously, when you make the Jimmy Fallon episode from a few weeks ago look devoid of musical numbers, you know you're going a little overboard...But hey, it was still consistently entertaining, and at least Pine was willing to let the other cast-members get their fair share of screen-time...

"Morning Joe" didn't have much going for it aside from the impressions, though I suppose there might have been some level of observance in the satire ...

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Apr 17, 2017
4/15/2017: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles
Last night, for the first time in its entire 42-season run, SNL was live all across the U.S. So let me say that it was quite surreal tuning in an hour earlier than usual from my home-state in the mid-west!

Jimmy Fallon seemed like a fitting enough choice to kick off this new schedule (regardless of how little reason there was to book him for the third time over other deserving talk-show hosts who haven't had a chance yet). If there's one thing he loves to do, it's entertain people...

That's why he and Justin Timberlake get along so well; Whenever either of them are on the show, they will do everything they can to please the crowd...On the upside, the show becomes bigger and more energetic...On the downside, it also becomes pandering...This has created a love-hate relationship with me and those ...Read more
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Apr 09, 2017
4/8/2017: Louis C.K./The Chainsmokers
As wrong as this may sound, I was hoping for this episode to be good...but not as good as my Top 3 for this season (Chappelle, Ansari and Hanks). There's a slight bias I have against frequent once-every-one-or-two-seasons regulars, which is a pity, because the first time Louis hosted, I was pretty excited...But the more frequently somebody hosts, the more the novelty wears off...Not that they can't still be great hosts, just that the flare of seeing them on the show quickly disappears once their presence on the show becomes familiar...But when they host after years of...well...NOT hosting, it's very exciting to see them back, like John Goodman from a few years ago and Tom Hanks just this season...

So with my Top 3 best shows of the season including the return of an old favorite (and actor that I have ...Read more
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