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Saturday Night Live (1975– )

TV Series   |  TV-14   |    |  Comedy, Music


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A famous guest host stars in parodies and sketches created by the cast of this witty show.

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Creator:

Lorne Michaels

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20 January 2019 | generationofswine
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| An Honest Review
It was good, then it was great, then it was good again and now it stinks.

As of 2018 The edginess is gone. There are no risks in the jokes. They all consist of two things, 1. Trump is bad. and 2. This was a thing, remember it?

Neither of those really work for me. Make fun of Trump all you want, but do it with a punch line. Most of the time they forget the punchline. Simply not liking him is NOT a punchline. You have to exaggerate something, make it satire, mock it in some way. I don't even care if it's a cruel mockery...so long as it doesn't seem like they are just stating an opinion.

Opinions are NOT jokes.

The same thing goes with their "remember this, this was a thing" jokes...

They leave you sitting there waiting for them to say something funny about it. You're with them for a little while, "Yeah I remember it, go on..." then you realize that, no, that was the joke.

That's not a joke, that's just asking me to remember something.

Again, if they had a punch line, if they said something about what they were asking me to remember, then it might be funny...but they don't. The jokes are literally "this was a thing, laugh at it." and that's not funny. It has to be followed up with something.

Like with Trump, an opinion is NOT a joke unless it is followed by something. The same thing with a memory, a memory is NOT a joke in and of itself. They both have to be followed by something

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Trivia

While most of the musical performances on the show are live, a few were lip-synced, and several were taped in advance. The first lip-sync was ABBA on November 15, 1975. The first advance performance was Carly Simon on May 8, 1976, because she was nervous about singing in front of a live audience. On the October 23, 2004 episode, Ashlee Simpson revealed that she was lip-syncing during her second performance, when the same vocal track for her first performance was accidentally replayed. An embarrassed Simpson walked off the stage, and the show quickly cut to commercial.


Quotes

George H.W. Bush: You always were a little bit slow. The doctors call it dyslexia. But when you were younger we just called it retardation...


Goofs

...almost everything. Live television is largely exempt from the usual rules of goofs.


Alternate Versions

Two more sketches of Chris Rock's were edited for TV and not for video. For example, the "Russell Simmonds' Def Emergency Room Jam" has all the bad words bleeped, on NBC the part where the doctor (Chris) yells "Breathe nigga!" three times changed to one. When released to video on THE BEST OF CHRIS ROCK, the only edited parts are the bad words bleeped, but when released under THE BAD BOYS OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, no bad words are bleeped, except for the f-word. In the other one, "Russell Simmonds Def Magic Show Jam", swear words are all bleeped out. But when released on the home video: THE BAD BOYS OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, all the bad words are intact, except for the f-word. But when the BAD BOYS program aired on TV, the edited version was played.


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Composed by
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Genres

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