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Jun 17, 2017
Season 42: Final Thoughts
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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...

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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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Apr 08, 2017
80s Michael Bolton music commercial skit - Kevin Nealon
Does anyone remember an 80s episode of SNL with a "commercial" of Michael Bolton hits? I thought it was Kevin Nealon playing Michael Bolton but now, I'm not sure. The humor was that Michael Bolton remade classic songs but claimed these were his 'original' hits. Example, R-E-S-P-E-C-T-T, and instead of "My Girl" he switched it to "My Girlfriend." I can't find this anywhere so maybe I'm remembering it wrong. Ideas?
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Mar 25, 2017
Remaining Season 42 Musical Guest Predictions
I decided to go ahead and make the remaining musical guest predictions now...

Once again, these will be listed from most to least likely:

Arcade Fire: These guys have a new album that's said to be released sometime within the next few months. But regardless of how much longer it takes, they have all of the songs recorded and a concert in Europe starting in June. I would say that they are almost a certain pick for the finale, although I guess it generally depends on timing...

Kendrick Lamar: His new album is said to be released on April 7th, so I can see him performing for any of the last four shows (except maybe the finale, since they never seem to promote an album that came out before then unless it's one of those critical smashes from an up-and-comer like St. Vincent or Courtney Barnett...)

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Mar 24, 2017
Does anyone remember this awkward elevator sketch from the early 90s?
Been trying to locate evidence of this SNL sketch everywhere but I've turned up nothing:

It was a sketch from the early 90s (maybe late 80s?), where a man is standing in an empty elevator, and as people start coming on, they stand DIRECTLY next to the original man - uncomfortably close. Everyone who walks on stands extra close to this guy, and he simply can't figure out why it's going on. I feel like Kevin Nealon and/or Dana Carvey was in this one, but I might be remembering wrong.

Anyone have any idea when this sketch aired, and where I can see it? Thanks!
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Mar 12, 2017
3/11/2017: Scarlett Johansson/Lorde
Donald Trump has been a gift from the gods for SNL's writers...Every day brings a new controversy from his administration, and all SNL really needs to do is write a joke or premise based on said controversy, and chances are, it will be well-received by fans and critics alike...Well, except for the president and his supporters, but that's a whole 'nother can of worms...

As a humble fan of the show who has taken on the responsibility of posting the main review articles for this website after the shutting down of the forums, I will admit that I had no idea what I was getting myself into...You see, just last season, SNL was much less concerned with politics...Sure, they still had plenty of sketches regarding current events, specifically in Washington D.C., but they still balanced it out with plenty more self-contained, ableit incredibly ...Read more
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