Over the last 32 years I have moved back and forth as a fan of Saturday Night Live. Over time the show has been both brilliant and horrendous.
We’ve re-entered the horrendous stage.
Last night’s SNL was virtually laugh free. That’s bad, because along with canning some of the on-air staff, there have been changes to the writers as well, including Tina Fey, the head writer, gone to “30 Rock.”
Funny situations were confused with funny dialog. That’s a beginner’s mistake. If the setup is inherently funny by you go nowhere, you’ve failed.
For me, it started with Dane Cook’s monologue. Stef said it was material she hadn’t seen before – laudable. But it wasn’t funny. Mostly it was forced, as if he were saying, “This is where you’re supposed to laugh,” nervously.
I will give the show some more time. I hope it finds its footing, but this is not encouraging in any sense. I didn’t see any spark.
In this day of cost conscious networks, there’s no tolerance for the type of slide that took place during the Jean Doumainon era – not by the public, not by the network.
Here are some of the most recent topics from NBC’s Saturday Night Live discussion board. Talk about being hoisted by one’s own petard:
I love SNL BUT …
People actually get paid to write this stuff???
Why can’t SNL be funny?
Dane Cook was right.
The HORRIBLE SNL Premier