So the first seasons of SNL have been out on DVD for a couple of years now. Classic SNL is way better than the current SNL product by light years, however, with that said even the classic SNL had a couple of shows that weren't great. Case in point this one with Madeline Kahn. Her skits she had on the show were pretty bad, not a in a funny bad sort of way, just in a time waster sort of way.
The skits are more of an excuse for her to show off her singing. The more I think about it, the funnier skits are the ones where she actually isn't in them.
This is nothing new, over all the decades that SNL has been on the air, it's very common for skits to be funny without the host in them than with them.
The opening a spoof of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald is kinda lame but funny.
The first official skit is the "Swill" mineral water- This is a very skit, so funny that in the special anniversary in 1990, this was one of the skits that was featured.
Bad Opera is a skit designed to poke fun at Bad Opera-Not really funny to be honest even back then. It's a bit funny but not LMAO funny.
Lorne has an anyone can be host contest on SNL-Funnier than the Bad opera skit but not by much.
Kahn later has a skit impersonating Bianca Jagger with Truman Capote and friends-Again an ok skit but nothing spectacular.
The musical guest was Taj Majal-Noted blues musician. The musical guest that SNL had in the early years were incredible.
Weekend Update was one of the better skits in the show. That hasn't changed much over the years.
There is a funny skit with John Belushi and Garrett Morris involving discrimination against a blind man.
The skit is funny for the obvious shot at thievery by Belushi including the ending line where Morris thinks he is a black man with his friends uncovering the truth.
Kahn has a forgetable skit (think this as the SNL digital short) where she is singing in NY. Very forgetable. There is a Hercules movie skit that is fairly funny again without Kahn. It's not the first time, SNL would use the Hercules franchise to make fun of.
One of the last great skits is a kit where Dan shows an invention that reads air traffic reports. Obviously this would end in a panic where Dan tells the passengers of an airline about to hit them (a 747).
There is a chick skit with Gilda and Kahn but it's nothing interesting at all.
There are memorable skits on the show but none of them had Kahn in them. Madeline's guest hosting duties are a bit of a dud. It did seem like they catering the skits just so she can show off her singing. Worse yet, they aren't very entertaining to sit through. I don't mind how much creative input she had, but there weren't an emphasis on comedy.
Again it's been a pattern on the show many times for the skits to be funny without the guest host. This is one such example.