Sunday, May 20, 2007

Poor Ess Enn Ell. You've gone straight to Hell.


That Saturday Night Live has sucked for the past 12 years is an understatement.

And last week's season's finale firmly places that formerly great comedy skit show in the Hoover and Juno categories.
No, not the awards.
Vacuum cleaners.

I watched the entire show hoping Kristin Wiig would return with her Simpering one-up-Penelope routine, but all we got was a maddened, menopausal movie reviewer, and for once, Kristin wasn't all that funny, neither was Maroon 5's music all that great.

The promo looked good:

For the Season Finale on May 19, SNL welcomes Zach Braff. Braff makes his SNL debut and has distinguished himself not only as an actor, but as a writer-director as well with his feature writing and directing debut "Garden State." The film, in which he starred opposite Natalie Portman and Peter Sarsgaard was a sensation at The Sundance Film Festival and went on to become one of the sleeper hits of 2004, garnering numerous awards including a WGA nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature as well as the distinction of "Best Directorial Debut" by the National Board of Review. In addition, the soundtrack handpicked by Braff won a Grammy and went on to sell a million copies. Braff can currently be seen opposite Jason Bateman, Amanda Peet and SNLers Amy Poehler and Fred Armisen in the comedy "The Ex" and is currently co-writing an adaptation of the children's book "Andrew Henry's Meadow" with his brother. Previous film credits include Woody Allen's "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "The Last Kiss" as well as starring as the voice of the title character in Disney's "Chicken Little." In addition to his film work, Braff is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for his work on NBC's long-running, critically praised comedy "Scrubs."
Returning to SNL with Braff is musical guest Maroon 5. The Grammy-winning pop quartet recently made history with their new single "Makes Me Wonder" which just hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, making the largest leap in chart history, rocketing from No. 64 to No. 1 in a week. The single's currently topping the iTunes singles chart and pre-sales of their eagerly awaited sophomore record "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" also hit No. 1 on the download site. The record is the follow-up to Maroon 5's Grammy winning "Songs About Jane" which was released in 2002 and sold more than 10 million copies.

Zach Braff and his tiresom New Joisey jokes.

Maroon 5 and its irritating falsettoes.

Maybe it's just me.
I maxed out two credit cards this weekend and may soon join the panhandlers that Josie writes so well about in her blog.

SNL's Season's Finale really sucked last night.

And my banker tells me that I too am a lot like Herbert Hoover.

Ivan

16 comments:

Donnetta Lee said...

I wouldn't know. I stopped watching it a long time ago. I miss Belushi and the Samuri(sp?)skits. I miss Gilda as Rosanna Rosannadanna. And Bahbah Wahwah. Hamburger, hamburger, cheeseburger! Now, those were the good old days!

We may have to form a new group called Panhandlers Anonymous. What with the rising costs of everything!

Donnetta

Josie said...

Donnetta's right. SNL hasn't been funny since Steve Martin did his cruel shoes routine. Or King Tut:

King Tut
Now if I'd known,
They'd line up just to see him,
King Tut
I'd've taken all my money,
And bought me a museum.
King Tut
Buried with a donkey,
Funky Tut
He's my favorite honkey.

Born in Arizona,
Moved to Babylonia,
King Tut

islandgrovepress said...

Donnetta,
Ah yes, the Samurai Deli.
Splitting the sandwich with this huge Samurai sword, accompanied by a loud "Shi!";
and then when the customer didn't like the sandwich, going into Hara-Kiri over it all.
Those were indeed the days.
And remember the marriage counsellor (Buck Henry?):

Samurai Man and Samurai woman feuding. Both raising swords, getting into Kung-Fu stances and on the verge of killing each other. Counsellor tries to mediate and almost loses his head. It was hilarious.
Too bad John came to such a bad end. He was a wonder.

Baba WaWa. Yes...Or should that be
"Wes"?

Those were indeed the good old days, especially with Jane Curtin, mock-arguing with Dan Ackroyd about climate change, and Ackroyd coming out with that politically incorrect, absolutely hilarious line when he tries to correct her flower-child attitudes: "Jane, you ignorant slut!"
Try using that line today.

Good old days indeed. I'm sure the video is out somewhere.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Ah Steve Martin. Yes!

The shell game pickpocket routine, the banjo playing (excellent!), and of course, King Tut.

Ivan

Donnetta Lee said...

Wes. Losing John was quite a loss. And losing Gilda. Remember Steve as the foreigner in the tight pants? Who was it who did the "affirmations?" Remember, "And, yes, I'm worth it." Was that how it went? I used to laugh at that, too.
Donnetta

islandgrovepress said...

Oh yeah.
The two Czechoslovakian guys trying to be hip.
"Foxy chicks. Gotta get."

The Affirmations. Wildly funny.


Ivan

Donnetta Lee said...

OH! Don't forget Church Lady. My favorite character. Living in the Bible Belt, I've met many a "church lady." Would love to see that character again.
Donnetta

islandgrovepress said...

You got me thinking again of Daily Affirmations, the mock self-help skit.

Stewart Smalley, the sexually ambiguous self-improvement guy:

"I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!"


Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Not sure if Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did the Church Lady--they were both great.
I believe it was Dana Carvey.Fun-
niest man in the world!

Ivan

Donnetta Lee said...

It was Dana Carvey, and he did a terrific job. Makes me smile just to think about it.
Donnetta

Anonymous said...

Yes, Dana Carvey!

And he was so good at doing George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

Ivan

Josie said...

The wild and crazy guys... Of course. Who could forget them?

The Church Lady was exactly like my sister-in-law. My daughter and I used to giggle when she came on.

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,
Wasn't that the funniest skit?

And so a' propos.

I lived in Keswick, Ontario for a while. They're out there, but so are the no-goodnicks!
They need church ladies in Keswick, I tell ya. Our own version of Dogpatch (Oh-oh. I just got beaned by a Keswickian).

Ivan

EA Monroe said...

SNL! I haven't watched it in years either -- not since Eddie Murphy and Dana Carvey, although I did catch a few Will Ferrell skits as a cheerleader. Chevy Chase belongs in there with the "originals."

islandgrovepress said...

Yes, Liz,

I have watched some of the Will Farrel and Rona Gastmyer skits on them as typical piano bar singers (don't you know people like that?), Dana Carvey and Eddie Murphy.
And wasn't Chevy Chase a real fall-down guy?

Ivan

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