I've read a lot of posts talking about the show within the show (TSWTS). Since this show is about a sketch comedy show, it doesn't seem unreasonable for people to talk about specific sketch comedy shows or sketch comedy in general. I thought I'd make a topic for that.
Many people have commented that sketch comedy shows aren't nearly as funny as they were in the early days. My thoughts are that the sketch writers are too busy trying to make some kind of statement or pop culture reference to actually be funny.
The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, Wild and Crazy Guys, The Coneheads, King Tut. When I think about my favorite SNL sketches, none of them are parodys of game shows that make light of people's beliefs or rehashed immitations of various political leaders with punch lines more predictible than a knock knock joke.
Focusing more on TSWTS, the character Matt seems to be too busy trying to make some political point or offend someone to be truly funny. The character Harriet defends her participation in offensive sketches by saying they're funny but what I've seen of them doesn't come off as funny. I just don't understand why Matt has made a religiously offensive sketch a pre requisite for every show. I don't see how any Christian watching TSWTS could not eventually take it as an attack.
I'm a christian and I like Studio 60 but I probably would have stopped watching TSWTS after the third consecutive show that attacked my beliefs. I mean, why would I put myself through that? There is no dialogue, no one on my side or speaking from my point of view. It's not a forum for intelligent debate, it's just a group of people making fun of me and my beliefs. It's very easy to attack someone when they don't have the option of defending themselves but is it funny?
When the writer is focused on attacking, belittling or mocking a person or group, the comedy just isn't as funny as when the writer is focused on making someone laugh. At least, that's my opinion. What's yours?