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Old 04-09-2020, 03:19 PM
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Saturday Night Live will be back on April 11th


It's just been announced that SNL will have a live episode this weekend (live only in the Eastern timezone) with everyone practicing social distancing.
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Old 04-09-2020, 03:24 PM
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The question is, will Michael Che be doing it over grandmother-murdering 5G?
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It's just been announced that SNL will have a live episode this weekend (live only in the Eastern timezone) with everyone practicing social distancing.
Are all of the jokes going to be about how they're keeping six feet apart? During the last new episode, one of the skits was a parody of a soap opera with the characters keeping apart (using a fake arm on a stick to touch another character's face, making out with plastic sheeting between the two people, etc)..
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The media release that says it will be "produced remotely," which I assume means the cast will be broadcasting from home, similar to how the late-night shows are handling things. I was initially worried they would all be in the same studio standing 6 feet apart, which doesn't seem wise.
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Alec Baldwin's role should be interesting, to say the least.
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I demand a lonely Lenny Pickett sax solo instead of the regular theme!
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Zoom-style table reads might be just as funny as skits with props, if not more so.
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Glad to hear it. I really miss the Weekend Update, so I hope they include that.
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That part at least shouldn't be a problem to include; Che and Jost can just be in two windows addressing each other. The skits are harder to do separately.
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I imagine that there will be at least one remote conferencing sketch with everyone in it. There may be some monologue-type stuff but that's not really SNL's kind of thing beyond the guest host's opening monologue. Weekend update would be easiest I imagine and maybe they could do some green screen stuff. I am interested in seeing this to see how everything goes down.
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Three SNL alums -- Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Jimmy Fallon -- recently posted a skit called The Longest Days of Our Lives that shows the kind of things that can be done remotely.
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Meh -- there were some good sketches, but overall meh (kind of like SNL normally is ). I found the laugh track during Weekend Update distracting.
The conference call sketch (which we all knew was coming) was OK. I kind of like "Middle Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles"

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Old 04-12-2020, 09:09 AM
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And it was not live , so far what I saw was boring.
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:38 AM
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It showed me that Kate McKinnon is still the funniest comedian working today.
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Some things I laughed at; some things fell flat for me; but overall I had fun and was glad they did it.

It had an amateurish, made-from-home feel, of course (as many of the late-night shows do nowadays). It felt less like a professional show, and more like what a group of genuinely talented high school or college or local community performers might come up with. And which would be a lot more fun to watch if they were your high school or college or local community performers, rather than a group of complete strangers. So, I guess, recommended for fans of SNL, not so much for people who don't watch the show regularly.
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It showed me that Kate McKinnon is still the funniest comedian working today.
Agreed. The laughter during Weekend Update was very disconcerting. Did anybody else notice they announced a new episode next week with John Mulvany hosting? Is that going to be the same format as this week, or are they somehow able to get back to the studio?

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Did anybody else notice they announced a new episode next week with John Mulvany hosting?
Pretty sure that's a rerun.
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Wow, tough room.

Granted, it wasn't sketch comedy, you didn't have the energy of performers feeding off each other, and some of the bits looked like they were recycled from the performers' auditions.

But it was funny people trying and generally succeeding in being funny, which is about all you can ask.

Two observations: as for the laughter in Weekend Update being disconcerting, Michael Che had it exactly right - "telling jokes with nobody just looks like hostage footage."

And Chole Fineman has a bright future.
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And Chole Fineman has a bright future.
Her bit was one of the ones that fell flat for me, because I didn't recognize any of the people she was doing. But that's on me, not her.
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Did anybody else notice they announced a new episode next week with John Mulvany hosting?
Pretty sure that's a rerun.
It's John Mulaney and it's the episode from February 29, with David Byrne as the musical guest. I recommend it. There's a sketch that's a worthy follow-up to the Diner Lobster sketch from Mulaney's first time hosting.

And the bit at the end of last night's episode honoring Hal Willner was really very nice.

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Thought it odd that they announced the rerun with next week's date, without clearly indicating it was a rerun.

Tom Hanks pretty much hit it on the head in the open, saying [paraphrase] "There will be some pretty good stuff, and some dreck." Pretty accurate for most SNLs.

My wife enjoyed it more than I. I doubt I'd watch another ep done this way - even tho I recognize it as a valiant effort by folk trying to do the best they can under very challenging circumstances.

Thought it off that they had 2 raps by Pete Davidson. Did people find them funny? Funny enough to have TWO of them? Perhaps my lack of appreciation for rap impairs my ability to appreciate sendups of the form.
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Thought it odd that they announced the rerun with next week's date, without clearly indicating it was a rerun.
That's how they've always done it. (Well not always but certainly for the past few years.)
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Watched just to see how they pulled it off plus Hanks.

Very disappointing. Hanks was barely in it. The RBG sketch was nearly inaudible. The Zoom sketch misfired repeatedly. Etc.

The only generally decent part was Weekend Update and that still suffered from too much talking about how they were doing it.

Why is Pete Davidson still getting work let alone being on this show?
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Thought it off that they had 2 raps by Pete Davidson. Did people find them funny? Funny enough to have TWO of them? Perhaps my lack of appreciation for rap impairs my ability to appreciate sendups of the form.
The $2000 one was funny and pretty spot on if you ever watched any wannabe rapper videos on Youtube.
I think both videos made the show because they were scrambling to fill up an hour's worth of content. The bit with Fred Armisen was probably pretty accurate when the writers were asked to submit ideas.
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I agree that they were scrambling. The Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles thing was probably sitting in the vault for years.
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Thought it off that they had 2 raps by Pete Davidson. Did people find them funny? Funny enough to have TWO of them? Perhaps my lack of appreciation for rap impairs my ability to appreciate sendups of the form.
Yeah, I too found it odd that he did two of them.

I found them very mildly amusing. Rap is definitely not my thing (though I have enjoyed some of the rap parodies SNL has done in the past), so i personally could have done without one or both of them. But they're the kind of content that can be done reasonably well under these special circumstances.
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Very disappointing.
I think maybe your expectations were a lot higher than mine.

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I got some laughs out of it, and I thought it was a good way to bring back Bryant and McKinnon's receptionist characters from a previous sketch.
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Damn... tough crowd here.

You guys do realize that this was all done remotely by people who were at their houses- both performers and producers, right? And I kind of think it was sort of a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing, and broke new ground in a lot of ways.

Personally I found it funny overall- maybe not perfect, but considering the circumstances, a pretty valiant attempt at making their show, even if it wasn't perfect or as polished as we might hope. At the VERY worst, it was better than a rerun.
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I agree that it was pretty good, given the circumstances. (And regarding "better than a rerun", the one after it was a 2013 episode with Justin Timberlake as guest host. That was a pretty good rerun.)
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One interesting thing was getting glimpses into the various cast members' homes. Turns out Tom Hanks and I have pretty similar taste in kitchen cabinets (tho I have no doubt his are considerably higher end!)

The choices some folk made as to where to be filmed with what in the background. For ex., Colin Jost just happened to have a guitar casually propped on the couch. Michael Che apparently likes pool and sports stuff. Keenan had his kids w/ him...
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I enjoyed seeing it, knowing that normally SNL shows have some skits that are great and many kind of suck. It's still worth watching SNL just to see the cast try to get through live sketches.

This weekend was just different, seeing not a live performance, but instead seeing the cast deal with a limited platform. Yes, it is fun to see the homes in the backgrounds (my kids would have loved Jimmy Fallon's house from The Tonight Show). I liked seeing Tom Hanks' typewriter collection (as seen in California Typewriter).

Ii liked the musical performance (that I very often skip over), and the Hal Willner tribute at the end was very nice. The ending shot of an empty stage was particularly moving.
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I liked seeing Tom Hanks' typewriter collection (as seen in California Typewriter).
Spoiler alert .... ??

We re-watched You've Got Mail recently. One of the highlighted negative aspects of Meg Ryan's boyfriend (Greg Kinear) is he loves old typewriters. So she ends up with Tom Hanks. Wait til she finds out ...
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It was alright.

I think I only laughed during Weekend Update though. Ironically, that was the only part of the show that had sort of a "laugh track".

An audience really does make a huge difference.
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FYI, they're doing another "at home" episode this weekend.
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Yeah, thanks. The last episode wasn't GREAT, but it was fun. Pete Davidson actually did something besides standup in a Weekend Update segment, so good for him. I always like Jost and Che, and Che using his grandmother's real-life death (from Covid-19) to guilt Jost into doing another joke exchange was great fun for me, and Jost seemed to genuinely laugh too. Some good stuff, some I wished I'd fast-fowarded through, but a welcome respite from the usual quarantine routine.

Wonder who's gonna do the monologue and musical segment this week.

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I'm a few minutes behind via the DVR right now, but so far I thought the cold-open was a homerun, and the Whats Up Wit Dat was a triple.

Nice surprise with the PD music video. Call that one a double. I thought the supermarket sketch and Air BnB ones were both line-drive singles. The musical performance is starting out fine.

Seems like two weeks ago was the trial run and tonight seems much more polished.

Halfway through - I'd be shocked if this one is given lower "ratings" than two weeks ago.

Dewey Finn, thank you for the heads-up!
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I don't know how anyone could hate on these. This is just a best-effort attempt to entertain us when there's little else to watch. You also see who else is a good sport at times like this - Tom Hanks (as if we didn't already know that), Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, and Chris Martin. They didn't have to do anything and no one would have given it a second thought, but they volunteered under less-than-ideal circumstances and gave us something to distract us from our troubles.

What Up Wit Dat brought back Jason Sudakis and his insane dancing again!

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I don't know how anyone could hate on these. This is just a best-effort attempt to entertain us when there's little else to watch.

What Up Wit Dat brought back Jason Sudakis and his insane dancing again!
I couldn't agree more. I'm curious though, what the consensus was re: Jason Sudeikis - was tonight's footage of him taped between 4/12/20 - 4/25/20, or was that some groovy CDG editing that the SNL producers did?
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I'm curious though, what the consensus was re: Jason Sudeikis - was tonight's footage of him taped between 4/12/20 - 4/25/20, or was that some groovy CDG editing that the SNL producers did?
Nothing about these at-home shows, nor in the history of the show, makes me think they'd do use old footage. Not really in the spirit of everything else they were doing. Guess he's at home with nothing to do like everyone else. Also, he had a really bad wig on that I don't recall him using before. Either that, or his hair was getting long when the quarantine hit
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In general I liked last night's episode more than the previous one. Even in "normal" times SNL can vary, so I'm not sure its because they are getting better at it or just random chance.
Last time I found the laugh track during Weekend Update disconcerting. This time was without one which I also found disconcerting (and I thought there were funny bits both times)

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Last night's episode had alot of good laughs. The Brad Pitt opening was great!

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The Porn hub "at home" sketch

The Paul Rudd cousin video

Kate McKinnon's cat sketch was hysterical. "This cat is into BDSM....bitin' dem silly mice!"
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Kate McKinnon looked like she had a bad cold. At least, I hope it's a cold.

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Was that the only sketch Kate was in? I hope she's OK. This was definitely more polished than the last episode. Weekend Update is better without the weird laugh track. I think this format is it for the rest of the season. Maybe the lockdown restrictions loosen enough to do a show in studio without an audience, but I wouldn't count on it.

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During the intro credits showing the cast at home, I was surprised to see a small child with Mikey Day; I assumed he was very young. So I looked him up. He's forty and has one child. And some of the sketches, like Kate McKinnon's with her cat, involved wigs. So I assume someone on the technical crew sent them out, along with a few props.
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So I assume someone on the technical crew sent them out, along with a few props.
I thought this as well. Also, the video quality was much better, so perhaps they got actual tech as well.

Did anyone notice the odd art diptych behind Aidy Bryant's couch?
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During the intro credits showing the cast at home, I was surprised to see a small child with Mikey Day; I assumed he was very young. So I looked him up. He's forty and has one child. And some of the sketches, like Kate McKinnon's with her cat, involved wigs. So I assume someone on the technical crew sent them out, along with a few props.

Ha! I had the exact same thought about Day and did the same thing!
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Was that the only sketch Kate was in?
She was also in the grocery store sketch with Aidy (possibly inspired by the SDMB thread "Foods that nobody buys, even in a pandemic"?)
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Nothing about these at-home shows, nor in the history of the show, makes me think they'd do use old footage.
Bill Hader's Lindsey Buckingham was in full makeup, so that was definitely old footage.
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I don't think it was even footage, but just a still photo.
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