I have religiously watched this show for 25 years. While I am a fan of the digital shorts and cartoons in the past, I have noticed that this season there is an increased amount of pre-taped skits or shorts. Last week they had a great host with Anna Kendrick and they chose to do multiple taped shorts. The show is supposed to be live and I feel they are taking too many liberties with these STUPID shorts. They aren't even funny. Disappointed and I hope they fix this because the charm of this show is the live, unexpected and funny moments.
Horrible writing with Good list of characters and actors . It could be fixed. Fire the Writers! Low brow without an attempt to go political lacking any sophistication to pull it off. It seems written by a bunch of 20 year old kids.
Miley Cyrus, why? Why not Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) or for that matter any less plastic career crisis nightmare. The writers are now terrible as well, really - slapstick jokes with slap in "cool" words like "cray"... whats going on here? This was once a brilliant show but seriously watching the original DVDs from 20+ years back is way funnier.
Congratulations SNL on turning what was one of the funniest best live shows on TV to something I now see people not even laugh once in the full hour it is on. Did you really think an hour of the cast twerking would be funny? Time for me to move on, sad.
Change is inevitable and often hard to accept... I'm open minded to new things but this was officially the worst episode of SNL I've ever seen ... such a sacrilege of those hallowed halls. A zero is the more appropriate rating but it's not available.
No humor, offensive to women, and just a crying shame that I've lost 90 min of my life I'll never get back.
Was Tina allowed to phone it in? She had nothing to do with the writing? Maybe for the right # of $ some of the geniuses behind The Daily Show or Colbert could be brought in to save the show from flat lining.
Frankly, I think it's a cheap shot to ask viewers to see a former member as a host. At least any recent member. Tina's monologue was lifeless, lacking any hint of humor.
Crack smoking e-cigarettes - hysterical - NOT,
I can't tell the staff from a guest - a riot - NOT,
bimbo's talking about being banged HARD - cerebral humor... NOT even bawdy humor ... just offensive, the cold open was simply cold and I'm sorry to say ...
no one had any great lines on wkend update and Ms. Strong's over the top delivery of unfunny lines ... was simply painful to watch. What pollster has taken the audience's pulse & ever reported back favorably on drunk uncle? IT'S NOT FUNNY!
Lorne, Lorne what have you done to my baby? Such a cherished part of my cultural sensibility ... has gone right down the toilet!
You look back, SNL is never perfect, even in the glory days, it had some pretty crappy skits. Still though, SNL has been an empire of skit shows and many tried to dethrone it, and they . For every bad skit, there's another good one. Seth Myers rocks Weekend Update, and its just hard to hate this show!
The overall show was great but the best, most hilarious skit I've seen in a long time was with C.K.(?) and the gal in the bar. That was so hilarious!!!! Those two are great comedians. I don't know the actress' name but she is amazing. And C.K. is hilarious too.
You should do a Family Fued game show skit, the Romneys against the Obamas. Clearly the Romneys would win! Cause Obama never answers any of the questions given to him. Ha ha! And he gets mad cause he doesn't have the answers.
I think its time for Loren Michaels to retire his political slant, either that or the whole show should be taken off the air. Funny was Gilda, and Steve Martin, not impersonating politicians when the country is evenly divided and emotions are easily aroused. It has become politically inappropriate to have the show on with company over. Years ago it was easy to watch with friends but in this political climate, it causes arguments. I can no longer have SNL on. instead of being funny or insightful it has become propaganda that dives wedges between good company.
Funny back in the 70's,SNL has Become just plain stupid and Boring.The Comic Geniuses of Bill Murry,Chevey Chase,Gilda Radner and John Belushi are long gone and the overall quality of SNL has just gone down the sewer.Just pack it in people!
I was a fan of SNL for a long time. I like the first through the current seasons of SNL. I like the original not ready for prime time players. My favorite cast member is the late Gilda Radner. She is so funny and zany in that show from 1975-1980. I remember watching the ones with the Eddie Murphy-era. My favorite sketch is the bees sketch. My favorite characters are Emily Litella played Gilda Radner, Irwin Mainway played by Dan Aykroyd, Velvet Jones played by Eddie Murphy, Matt Foley played by Chris Farley, Mary Katherine Gallagher played by Molly Shannon, Joy Lipton played by Cheri Oteri, and Gilly played by Kristen Wiig. My favorite celebrity impression is Donatella Versace played by Maya Rudolph. I also like the commercial parodies. They also make fun of politics. I like the one where they parody the O.J. Simpson case.
I grew up watching this show. From the golden age of Murphy and Piscapo to the revival brought from Myers and Carvey. As I grew up I found myself unable to watch it anymore. Not because I didn't want to but because saturday night, not the show, was more interesting then staying home to watch saturday night.
Then the phase passed and I tuned in and... well it lost its magic on me. I'm sure many love it but it faded as I watched a new cast preforming as best they can. I haven't watched it in many a year now and have no intention of watching it again even when home on a saturday night. But that wont take away from the awesome cast and skits from the past.
This show was considered a little graphic and too harshly verbose for children at the time. I took a few sneak peeks... and found the makeup and actors to be really, really extreme role players. I think that's the only reason why I took those sneak peaks... because they were really extreme for 90's television at the time. But it was really good role playing and horror makeup. The jokes were intense. I liked the intensity of the scenes, the little asian lady made me laugh the most. The performers were pretty good as the stage lighting was pretty on point. These were two things that stood out to me: intensity, and music performances.
When you think about that fact (that SNL has been running since 1975) you really understsand that this show is something bigger than weekly airings. It's a legacy of top-quality humor. Do you love Animal House? You have SNL to thank because the show gave John Belushi his start. Do you love Austin Powers? Mike Meyers too got his start at SNL. When you think of all the famous actors who have influenced comedy - Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey - they all came from SNL. While the show may be slowing down, the history of SNL is mind-blowing. For me, SNL is connected with my family. Watching the shows together with my family every Saturday night are some of my best memories. The characters have stayed with me. I've literally made friends with people just by screaming "That birds a liar! He's gonna ruin my credit!" And "I got a FEVER! And the only prescription is more COWBELL!" is probably one of the most iconic statements of my generation. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm totally serious. Haha, basically what I'm getting at, is that SNL enbales an entire generation to connect on a level that surpasses social, racial, religious, cultural differences. Next time you feel awkward in a social situation, try referencing SNL. Odds are, if the people have any sense of humor, they will respond positively.
why is sexuality a joke and the writers responsible for this skit should be fired
the US is mourning the suicide/death of the gay Rutgers student who was bullied by fellow students, who live streamed him on the internet in the bedrooom with another male ... the college did nothing to help him .. also this skit portrayed inappropriate relationship of an adult male with male and female children, kissing and hugging ... are pedophiles funny ... I think not ... get some funny writers as this entire episode was a flop except the music
I will think again before viewing Saturday Night Live
For those of you who don't know,I love sketch shows. In Living Color and All That are my favorites. However,SNL was a great sketch show at first,but after 2006,the greatness of SNL started to fade away. I actually like the original Saturday Night Live. They were WAYYY funnier than the new SNL. I have to admit,my favorite sketches were A Night at The Roxbury and Celebrity Jeopardy. However,most of the actors started to leave the show. That sucks,because Will Ferrell was their best member. Then they got new members,and while some are funny at times,the rest are not. And even a lot of the good ones left the show. Seriously,Amy Pohler left the show to work on that stupid Mighty B. Are you kidding me? Also,half of the sketches are not funny. I mean,I'm a bit bored of the new sketches. Not to mention who are they letting host. Seriously,Zac Efron? Taylor Lautner? Taylor Swift? And even worse,Miley Cyrus?! Who is letting these untalented and not funny people host? I mean,why are people calling Miley cyrus funny. She sucks so hard. That would be like having Justin Bieber on Jackass. Not to mention they are doing the same thing with people performing. Seriously,Jonas Brothers and Justin bieber? These people are idiots. Overall,Saturday Night Live was once a good sketch show,not it just sucks. Watch the original episodes,not the new ones.
I watched Saturday Night Live as a child in the 80s. It's hard to believe that show is still around. Once in awhile, a sketch falls flat, but most of the sketches are decent, and plenty of the sketches are incredibly funny.
My all time favorite sketches include Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers,Tim Meadows, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon. They are some of my favorites but there are so many talented people who have come and gone. I'll never get sick of The Ambiguously Gay duo either. SNL is almost guaranteed to make anyone laugh.
One of the things I love about SNL is that they take musicians or athletes, or even politicians, and have themhost and get a comedic gem out of it. For example, Al Gore or Derek Jeter and The Rock. Those episodes are classics. Also, of course, traditional actors host and you get to see a new side of them. A serious actor will be wonderful in something outrageous, or a funny comedian reaches a new height of ridiculousness. I just love the show and I am surprised, but happy, to see that it's lasted this long.
I would rather watch an entire night of desperate housewives and reruns of sex in the city-both of which make me want to gag-before I'd watch a full saturday night live. I remember the much better days I guess. I watched this show for 15 years and loved it then all of the better comedians started leaving because well they got better offers. This show is all about comedians starting out...and showing everyone what they've got. Every time I attempt to give SNL another chance at making me happy it just makes me change the channel. The last good skits I saw involved justin timberlake and I don't even like him. What's that all about?! I can't put my finger on whether its the comedians, or the writing that has gone down the tubes, but something is definitely different and it's really disappointing. Oh well. I guess I'll stick to the SNL reruns.
i don't watch the show a lot but when i do i generally laugh a lot. there are some skits that don't make me laugh but for the most part i laugh and thoroughly enjoy. some skits only make me laugh once or so if that, others i do not laugh at all during, usually because i dislike the actors in it, or i just do not find them funny. although i do not watch this show a lot i am trying to watch it more. my overall grade for this show is a B- or so, me thinks is fair
SNL is a comedy made up of various skits to do with anything between politics and celebrities, every episode there is a different host and musical guest. See I had never heard of SNL until I was channel surfing one night about last Sep. and then I saw Week End Update. It was so funny I would recomend this to a friend, the skits are always different, nothing is repetitive. It's an original, It's a classic. SNL has been going for 34 years. Keep on rolling SNL. If you have a comment on my review send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I did not start watching SNL until about 1998, and even then for my age it was a fairly mature show. I genuinely enjoyed it. This was my first real exposure to sketch comedy, an art of making the audience get to know a character in one minute and try to keep them laughing for the next five. I still make a point to watch the show regularly – in fact it's one of the few shows I watch in its original and convenient timeslot. SNL is fun, silly, and a half decent way to kill 90 minutes of a Saturday night at home. The biggest criticism I hear about the show from parents of friends is that 'it was funnier in the first decade.' Yes, it was funnier to them. That was when they were young and needed a scathing satirical look at the politics that rocked their worlds. It's an inherent condition of sketch comedy – material is always topical and evolves with the generations. Watching the Weekend Update sections from the old seasons is a little blast from the past – it might have been funny then, sure, but I didn't grow up with Jane Curtin and Bill Murray, and the political discussion from those seasons is completely lost in translation with me. I grew up on the tail end of Colin Quinn, before the desk changed hands to Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon. News was topical to me and thus became punch-line laughs. These days I find the most consistently funny part of the show tends to be Weekend Update, purely for that topical nature.
There have been plenty of good episodes, and certainly there have been weaker ones. I tend to break these things down analytically, and I figure there are four types of hosts – a celebrity you didn't expect to be funny and (a) was, or (b) wasn't, and then there's the celebrity you expect to bring strong humor to the show and either (c) brought it in spades, or (d) only showed up in two sketches all night. B always seems to happen when they bring in athletes to host. I think these days they're trying to draw on the star power and it's generating a lot of D's. But the A's are what make it worth watching, those occasional gems where you realize there's a celebrity out there who is comfortable in a sketch comedy setting. Guys like Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. Before their first appearances, I bet nobody expected they had such comedic energy. And both have returned on multiple occasions – why? Because they were genuinely funny. Lots of hosts seem to go through the motions and read off the cue cards all night. But these guys put effort into it. These are the guys who know how to entertain a live audience, and they make it happen. The writers needs to explore these options for their hosts, instead of creating reactionary characters so that the core cast can keep rehashing a stock persona with a nuance that can only grow more tiresome each time around. For the current generation, I think Andy Samberg is a tremendous asset to the show. The Digital Shorts are the golden moments, and paired up with a strong host, they can make an episode memorable. But like I said, the strongest material is topical, and the demographic topical material plays to is the demographic with the strongest opinion on it – the 18 to 30 year-olds. And if you're too young to care, or older and have stopped caring, the topical material is just not going to entertain you. SNL is a show for the high-school and college generation, and as tastes evolve, the show will hopefully be able to adapt in stride. I know I'll keep watching.
If you are the kind of guy or girl that likes political humor. racey yet funny humor cheap jokes in parts, and fall off the floor funny then saturday night live is the show for you.
Saturday night live is one of my favorite shows when ever i get the chance i will watch it. Saturday night live is one of the longest running shows it first appeared in the 80's. And it never got old, and to this day it is still one of the most hilarious shows on telivision. Every now and then there will be a seen that will just make me want to record it and watch it over and over again. Every week tons and tons of writers and other people work really hard, to make you entertained every saturday night. Great show................
The comcept of saturday night live is what makes it a sucess, a sketch comedy show live, with a different guest celebrity every week, is entirely its own concept. As far as the quality of the acting goes, I can say thatthey are top notch, with mostly the guest starts breaking character to laugh in the middle of a scene. The jokes are hit and miss, but the hit portion of this show is increasingly funny. It also seems that some of the sketches are recycled to a point that they just are no longer funny, or are getting old fast. They also seem to be using the same celebrities too often, which pretty much brings along the previous problem. Overyall I think that SNL is a good show to watch.
As a vision teacher who works with individuals who are partially or totally blind, I was VERY offended by the protrayal of Governor Patterson of New York during the Weekend Update segment. It not only made fun of someone who is visually impaired, it also made them look like they act like that all of the time and are not capable of functioning as a normal human being. Needless to say, after the first minute or so, I changed the channel and did not go back to the rest of the show during the evening. I was enjoying Steve Martin as host and looked forward to seeing other segments, but was so turned off by the Patterson bit that I could not. My husband and I do look forward every Sat. to watch SNL and do enjoy the political parodies, but to make fun and do a spoof on a disability is despicable and I am thinking twice of watching SNL from now on. I also understand that Gov. Patterson himself had a grievance against this and I say more power to him! I am very proud that he is a governor and is out there doing his job despite having a handicap. I would say Obams also would agree with this!
Think next time before doing a bit when it deals with disabilities, writers!!!
This is a funny show. Not as funny as year's past, but it still is very entertaining. I find it funny with the weekend updates and the sketches of old. It has some good laughs left and some funny bits, but I don't like it as much as I used to. Ever since Tina Fey left, the show has lost some creative spin. I was very much a fan of the line-up of Fey, Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, and etc. I am referring to the years of 2002-2006. Overall, this still is a good source of late night comedy. Thank you.
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