I remember when I used to look forward to Saturday nights for something other than a drunken binge at the pub or a pop-in to the local cinema to see the latest Wesley Snipes feature. Saturday Night Live has been a part of my life for a very long time, sadly. I say "sadly" because it has spent far more years seriously lacking in the funny than actually bringing it.
Besides the brilliant impersonation of our possible future VP by Tina Fey in the intro sketch (seriously, did you think they were gonna get anyone else to play her?), the funniest moment in the entire show happened when musical guest Li'l Wayne rocked a guitar solo at the end of one of his forgettable numbers. That was awesomely awful.
Michael Phelps, as the host, proved that he should stay in the water...and never speak in public again. Andy Samberg's hit-or-miss weekly digital short was a huge miss this week. And the newest cast member is this guy from the latest ESPN radio commercial. Guess they felt they needed a Seth Rogan-ish/Jonah Hill-ish character to round out the tribe. He didn't bring the funny either. Especially in the skit which had him playing an annoying ethnic waiter at Pizzeria Uno.
To bring insult to injury, the political season heats up and they have no one on the cast capable of decently playing either John McCain or Barack Obama. So we get Palin and Hillary in the opening act. Bleh! So what has been comedy gold in past presidential elections looks to be an empty mine shaft this time around.
Its only gonna get worse, I'm afraid. Amy Poehler is leaving the cast shortly to join the cast of The Office spin-off. She has been hit or miss with me, but you can generally see that she has talent.
Remember when SNL was relevant and funny?
PS - Saw Burn After Reading this weekend and it was really good. Very different from the trailer. A bit darker and not quite as madcap as they would let you believe. But brilliant acting + absurd situations + The Coen Brothers = wonderful. In my book, at least.