1. JonnyNYNY2FLFL says

    That WAS funny. However, I’m always amazed how much I must use the fast-forward button to search for genuine humor on SNL these days.

    With a stable of writers tasked with coming up with a handful of skits each week, why do we see lame & pointless attempts at comedy more often than not?

    “The Daily Show” & “Colbert” writers can come up with smart and incisive bits each night of the week. You’d think a long-running high-profile NBC show could do the same.

  2. Gregory in Seattle says

    @JonnyNYNY2FLFL – Delivery makes a HUGE difference. The early cast — Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Jane Curtain, Gilda Radner and Al Franken, among others — were superb comedians who could make a lame joke hysterically funny. Belushi, in particular, could merely lift an eyebrow and convey a joke without ever speaking a word.

    The newer casts have been… well, less skillful.

  3. Joshua says

    I almost never watch a full SNL show. The funny bits come to the surface eventually. I also thought Leonardo DiCaprio was a cutie and the skit made me smile.

  4. MichaelJ says

    Ditto what JohnnyNYNY2FLFL wrote. @Gregory in Seattle: There have been some very funny and talented cast members and guests on SNL who have been wasted on incredibly lame material, such as Betty White when she guest-starred, or several of Kristen Wiig’s characters who were simply not funny after repeated viewings (e.g., Mindy, the game show panelist).

  5. emjayay says

    I think if people who are always touting early SNL actually watched it now they might realize that they are to some degree looking through rose tinted glasses. You saw it when you were a kid. It was a new kind of thing on TV. There wasn’t even cable then. You are a lot older now.

    Also a lot of the humor has always been topical, referring to events and memes of the times. The current cast is mostly new. Last week’s show was mostly lame. This one was average.

    There have been low points and great seasons all through the history of the show.

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