Author Topic: Is/Was SNL funny?  (Read 895 times)

Offline Hydra009

Is/Was SNL funny?
« on: May 17, 2021, 06:52:37 PM »
So, my brother sent me this, challenging me to endure the whole video without wincing or turning it off.  I failed.  You try.



I'll be honest with you guys, if I was a TV exec and this was the pitch, I would immediately cancel and then demand that the writers commit seppuku.  Possibly the audience as well, though out of mercy rather than atonement.

I feel kinda weird slamming a show like this because everyone I've ever met has liked this show very much, so I feel like I'm attacking some national treasure.  I too have fond memories of Celebrity Jeopardy and Jinglehiemer Junction and living in a van down by the river and even Kylo Ren strangling people, so there's some recent stuff that has landed as well.  And they show this stuff to a live audience and the audience laughs (do they give them drugs?), so am I just a humorless curmudgeon?  I won't be offended if your answer is yes, I will simply emigrate to Germany to finally live among my own kind.  :P

My question to you:  is SNL funny?  If so, what do you currently like about it?  If not, when did it stop being funny and why?  No wrong answers, just let me know what you think.

Because right now, I feel like I've been taking crazy pills.
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Offline Draconic Aiur

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2021, 06:59:42 PM »
Apparently you don't understand dry or dark humor.

Offline Hydra009

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2021, 07:10:10 PM »
Apparently you don't understand dry or dark humor.
I get dark humor.  I breathe dark humor.



Dry humor isn't my cup of tea at all, and that seems to be a fairly common trait.

My thing with humor is what are you trying to say with the joke?  Point out injustice?  Make fun of the seemingly normal but actually strange unwritten rules of society?  Laugh at the horribleness and absurdity of life?  Or just a mean-spirited smear of a younger (and kinda beleaguered) generation?  Not just punching down, but the same joke over and over.

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2021, 07:22:38 PM »
Two things struck me.  1--Not a single laugh for me.  2--WTF were they saying???
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Offline Shiranu

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2021, 07:38:47 PM »
Apparently you don't understand dry or dark humor.

My humor in real life is about as deadpan and dry as it comes; this is just garbage.

SNL has been consistently garbage for my life anyways; that's not to say they don't have some amazing skits, but for every good skit they air 10 just garbage ones.

It goes under the category of Big Bang Theory, The Office or Jersey Shore of, "Shit I don't understand how it's possibly thought to be funny other than a few laughs." but here we are.
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Offline Shiranu

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2021, 07:41:42 PM »
I got to exactly 1 minute, btw.

I am not sure if this was written by a 60 year old, or someone making fun of how a 60 year old would think 20 year olds talk. if it's the latter I guess I can find a little humor in it, but it's so convincingly bad I don't know.
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Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2021, 07:42:52 PM »
I didn't make it to the end.

That was a big fail but in my opinion SNL has always been very hit and miss, with WAY more misses than hits. I don't watch it regularly and use YouTube to curate the good skits. If a skit has over 10 million views and an interesting premise I might check it out.

Offline Hydra009

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2021, 08:52:20 PM »
My brother says the perceived decline is from two things:
1) competition from internet comedy videos (Youtube, College Humor, etc) - they cut out SNL's legs from under them by doing the wacky skits SNL did but better
2) the loss of irreplaceable talent - Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Chris Ka...err... Seth Meyers

Still, that doesn't explain a crowded writers' room greenlighting utter garbage.  These people have more degrees than a Mississippi summer and their go-to was "Zoomers talk funny" like it was some gut-buster.  What were they thinking??

Offline Sorginak

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2021, 09:01:02 PM »
I remember it being funny. Haven't seen it in years, though.

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2021, 12:08:05 AM »
Downward slide lately...however beside the favorite best classic skits, it was a chance to see film actors/guests like Christopher Walken work a live audience. And I enjoy the really funny breaks out-of-character such as this Debbie Downer skit.
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Online aitm

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2021, 07:50:15 AM »
I don’t watch the show but I do watch the clips from “Weekend Update” which I think is 95% a hoot.
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Offline SGOS

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2021, 09:54:53 AM »
I watched that show on Hulu the day after it aired, and that particular show was one of their worst.  Elon Musk is a genius, no question, but acting and comedy is not something he has any talent for at all.  I'll give him credit for trying, but he should never attempt it again.

Having said that, SNL is not as good as it used to be, and early on, it was spectacularly funny.  Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Akeroid, Bulushi, Dana Carvey, Gilda Radner, Father Guido Sarducci, Steve Martin, Mike Meyers, Julia Sweeny, and Al Franken to name a few were gifted.

SNL has not been able or willing to score the best talent out there, or maybe the talent isn't out there.  Many of their comedians are simply not funny.  The show has been in a downward slide for years, and is living only on it's former reputation.

Offline trdsf

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2021, 01:12:10 AM »
The original 'Not Ready for Prime Time Players' have yet to be matched: Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase, Curtin, Morris, Murray, Newman and Radner.  They had a few flickers of brilliance after them, but I have to say it's probably been 30 years since I last sat down to watch SNL, when in the 70s and early 80s I'd watch it every Saturday night.
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2021, 11:50:25 AM »
I've been thinking, I love 90s SNL, but when I watch 90s SNL it's clear that there was a lot wrong with it even then.



Some poor fool made a movie out of this.  smh

Also, are we sure that drugs weren't given to the audience?  I won't narc, I just want to know the truth.



IIRC, suicide rates really shot up that year.

Maybe I have this all wrong.  Maybe there was no decline.  Maybe they just threw stuff at the wall and the hits were remembered and the duds forgotten.
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Re: Is/Was SNL funny?
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2021, 02:31:55 PM »
I won't be offended if your answer is yes, I will simply emigrate to Germany to finally live among my own kind.  :P

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