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      11-17-2019, 12:02 AM   #1
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How is this show still on the air? I guess I'm getting old, because I don't find this show anywhere near as funny as it was back in the Belushi/Akroyd/Curtain/Chase/Morris/Radna days. Even Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were better. Tonight's first three segments were seriously lame. We turned it off 30 minutes into the show.
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Just got home and flipped the tube on and it was on nbc. I left it for about 5 min and see it’s that same unfunny drivel with really bad ‘comedians’ as usual.
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what I've been thinking, how does anyone watch SNL
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It has its moments. I enjoy watching Alec Baldwin doing Trump who is probably one of the most talented actors of his generation. And Kate McKinnon can make anything into something funny to watch. The guy doing Putin is also very funny as well. But the rest is kind of meh...
Something telling they are not allowed to do things they really want to do. It's like there is a political guidelines they have to adhere to at the expense of creativity. I mean the black and white guys doing the update bits is sort of too obvious. Why not have two black guys? Or at least having two black guys once in awhile. That would be funny to watch. It's like SNL is a vehicle for some lordy guy to carry out his agenda.
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How is this show still on the air? I guess I'm getting old, because I don't find this show anywhere near as funny as it was back in the Belushi/Akroyd/Curtain/Chase/Morris/Radna days. Even Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were better. Tonight's first three segments were seriously lame. We turned it off 30 minutes into the show.
You are/as will I, forgetting a ton of great actors that have been on that show. Murphy, Prior, Farley, Spade, Sandler, Hammond, Brewer, Carvey, Fay, Poehler, Ferrel, Myers, Wiig, Hartman, Curtis, Crystal, Luvitz, Nealson, Meadows, Fallon, Meyers, Rock, Crystal, Sudeikis, Rudolph, Armison, Murray, Short, Miller, MacDonald and on and on.

Anyway, especially with McKinnon, Jones and Thompson, I think they are still very relevant and doing just fine. Guest stars, Damon, Baldwin and McCarthy are doing what SNL does best, skewering US politics etc in a funny relatable way.

They aren’t always funny, but the run and actors they’ve had on that show for decades is unreal.

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Haven't watched that show in years since probably the Will Ferrell days......abd you knew it was doomed then.

God....all the talent that came across/got their start there.

One guy that we both felt that was made to be on there was Justin Timberlake. Funny, perfect timing. But that singing thing got in the way.
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Weed and coke with a side of heroin really spark the creativity, will miss the comedy from the 70ís.
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I remember Mr. Bill.....damn funny stuff. I'm old, that was then and now it just doesn't hold up. Not for my liking anyway.

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^ That made me laugh.
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Chance the Rapper hockey skit a few years back was funny - redoing it for the video gaming playoffs was good as well.





That Kate McKinnon needs to go...she's not funny in any skit, or any movie she's been in. Her crying about Clinton losing was just painful to watch...and didn't need to be on SNL.

Keenan Thompson is funny...but since he's the only good one, they overplay him.
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It has its moments. I enjoy watching Alec Baldwin doing Trump who is probably one of the most talented actors of his generation. And Kate McKinnon can make anything into something funny to watch. The guy doing Putin is also very funny as well. But the rest is kind of meh...
Something telling they are not allowed to do things they really want to do. It's like there is a political guidelines they have to adhere to at the expense of creativity. I mean the black and white guys doing the update bits is sort of too obvious. Why not have two black guys? Or at least having two black guys once in awhile. That would be funny to watch. It's like SNL is a vehicle for some lordy guy to carry out his agenda.
Alec Baldwin one of the most talented actors of his generation? Now that is funnier than any snl skit.
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Something to think about-

IMHO the Chappelle show is one of the funniest shows to ever hit TV... it didn't hold anything back and just about everyone loved it... It went on to become one of the top rated comedy central shows ever...this was about 13 years ago. It had every stereotype, racial insensitivity and held nothing back on politics.

This year, Chappelle released a special with a very similar formula and was attacked by every community in this country.... just about everyone was offended... and guess what? We allowed this to happen... freedom of speech no longer exists and if it does; certainly not in the way we used to know it... as far as SNL; its beyond terrible, I can't think of drier humor... but then again; you just have to logon to Instagram to see why this bullshit sells.
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Something to think about-

IMHO the Chappelle show is one of the funniest shows to ever hit TV... it didn't hold anything back and just about everyone loved it... It went on to become one of the top rated comedy central shows ever...this was about 13 years ago. It had every stereotype, racial insensitivity and held nothing back on politics.

This year, Chappelle released a special with a very similar formula and was attacked by every community in this country.... just about everyone was offended... and guess what? We allowed this to happen... freedom of speech no longer exists and if it does; certainly not in the way we used to know it... as far as SNL; its beyond terrible, I can't think of drier humor... but then again; you just have to logon to Instagram to see why this bullshit sells.
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Haven't watched that show in years since probably the Will Ferrell days......abd you knew it was doomed then.

God....all the talent that came across/got their start there.

One guy that we both felt that was made to be on there was Justin Timberlake. Funny, perfect timing. But that singing thing got in the way.
My parents would never let me stay up late enough to watch it when it first came on the air in the mid '70s. So I faked going to sleep and snuck out of bet and watched it with headphones, with the brightness turned way down so they wouldn't wake up and bust me.
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what I've been thinking, how does anyone watch SNL
TiVo is the only way that me and my 20-minute attention span can watch SNL. Being able to fast-forward through the filler crap to find the 15 minutes of watchable skits makes it bearable. (I just finished watching last night's recorded episode a few minutes ago.)

I did like the "does diabetes count?" Chinese iPhone factory workers skit from a few years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJJ353epH3o


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TiVo is the only way that me and my 20-minute attention span can watch SNL. Being able to fast-forward through the filler crap to find the 15 minutes of watchable skits makes it bearable. (I just finished watching last night's recorded episode a few minutes ago.)

I did like the "does diabetes count?" Chinese iPhone factory workers skit from a few years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJJ353epH3o


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That was great !!!


This is good also
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Alec Baldwin one of the most talented actors of his generation? Now that is funnier than any snl skit.
OK, name a few that better than him? We then compare. How's that.
You probably had Tom Cruise in mind?
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OK, name a few that better than him? We then compare. How's that.
You probably had Tom Cruise in mind?
I think it would be a fairly good list but perhaps start with Tom Hanks, Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington off the top of my head if we are talking ballpark ages and focusing just on actors not actresses.
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I think it would be a fairly good list but perhaps start with Tom Hanks, Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington off the top of my head if we are talking ballpark ages and focusing just on actors not actresses.
I would add those names to the list with Alec Baldwin as one of the best. Tom Hanks probably would be on top or close to the top. Most people are somehow impressed with over-wrought dramatic acting and equate that as "talent".

Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't quite have the range of Alec Baldwin (Have you seen Glengarry Glen Ross?). Other than My Left Foot, there's not much I want to see. He seems to be doing artsy movies over and over again. I would put DDL in the same category as DiCaprio who seem to be stuck playing the same type of character without much variations. Again, Denzel Washington is a good actor but does not have the same range as Alec Baldwin. It's very difficult to play both dramatic roles and comedic roles. Of those name you mentioned, only Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks can do that effortlessly.

The problem with Alec Baldwin is he has a bad boy image and difficult to work with so he usually does not have the same opportunities as others more politically correct actors. To be honest, one of the reason I watch SNL cold open is because of Baldwin doing Trump and Kate McKinnon.
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I would add those names to the list with Alec Baldwin as one of the best. Tom Hanks probably would be on top or close to the top. Most people are somehow impressed with over-wrought dramatic acting and equate that as "talent".

Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't quite have the range of Alec Baldwin (Have you seen Glengarry Glen Ross?). Other than My Left Foot, there's not much I want to see. He seems to be doing artsy movies over and over again. I would put DDL in the same category as DiCaprio who seem to be stuck playing the same type of character without much variations. Again, Denzel Washington is a good actor but does not have the same range as Alec Baldwin. It's very difficult to play both dramatic roles and comedic roles. Of those name you mentioned, only Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks can do that effortlessly.

The problem with Alec Baldwin is he has a bad boy image and difficult to work with so he usually does not have the same opportunities as others more politically correct actors. To be honest, one of the reason I watch SNL cold open is because of Baldwin doing Trump and Kate McKinnon.
I donít really see Baldwin as someone with great range, as I donít really consider comedy as comparable to dramatic acting. There are many actors who never take on comedic roles and I wouldnít consider Baldwin a better actor just because he has been in sitcoms and SNL. I think he has spent much of his career playing the role of an asshole, often in supporting roles. Sometimes comedic, sometimes not, as in Glengarry Glen Ross. To me, I expected his career to go a lot differently after Hunt for a Red October than it actually did.
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How is this show still on the air? I guess I'm getting old, because I don't find this show anywhere near as funny as it was back in the Belushi/Akroyd/Curtain/Chase/Morris/Radna days. Even Mike Myers and Dana Carvey were better. Tonight's first three segments were seriously lame. We turned it off 30 minutes into the show.
It's been varying degrees of lame for the last 30 years, since the Murphy/Piscopo/Short years. The writing just isn't there. The material is just flat-out not funny.
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...Baldwin doing Trump and Kate McKinnon.
Pictures or it didn't happen!!!!!
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