A compilation of Gilda Radner's funniest skits and most memorable characters from the first five years of Saturday Night Live.A compilation of Gilda Radner's funniest skits and most memorable characters from the first five years of Saturday Night Live.A compilation of Gilda Radner's funniest skits and most memorable characters from the first five years of Saturday Night Live.
The compilation is a glowing tribute to perky Gilda, as it truly encompasses some of her best and most beloved work. The range of Gilda's character's never ceases to amaze: going from her own sweet self during the cold opening to nasty Candy Slice, past disgusting Roseannadana, the extremely stupid Lisa (a different one) and the even more stupid Fern (Candice Bergen) for the Right To Extreme Stupidity League, and the rib crushing imagination of Judy Miller. And then there are the sweet, poignant skits like 'Dancing in the Dark' with Steve Martin, Tom Schiller's 'La Dolce Gilda' and the wordless 'Laudromat' skit that ends the compilation. For lovers of SNL's commercial parodies, there are no less than four starring Gilda at several different ages (well in the land of make believe anyway): 'Jewess Jeans', 'Aunt Jane Creeley's Vegetable Soup', 'Autumn Fizz' and 'Hey You'. Another highlight is black and white 'I Love Lucy' skit spoofing the episode they always seem to show clips from whenever Lucy footage is needed: the one where Ball is squirting whipped cream on deserts passing on a conveyor belt (in the SNL version, she's handling nuclear weapons). Danny A. puts on a fabulous over the top voice as Mr. Witherbottom, an infection often imitated by Phil Hartman in later years in skits opposite Jon Lovitz. Almost everyone concerned only has sweet things to say about her on the accompanying short documentary 'An Inside Look' (which, like the similar features on the Belushi and Aykroyd discs, seems to have been recorded around the same time as 'Live from New York: the first five years of SNL'. And watching Gilda in her element never fails to bring a smile to once's face.
8 out of 10
- Sep 15, 2007