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Saturday Night Live - Season 44
#1
Adam Driver and Kanye West kicked off the season tonight.

I thought it was a pretty solid episode with Driver quickly becoming one of my favorite, recent hosts.  He felt a bit underutilized, but he took the oil baron sketch to another level and the Confederacy/Vermont sketch was stretched out just enough.

West had Kid Cudi come out for "Ghost Town" during the end credits, which was cool.

Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh was pretty good too, I thought.
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#2
god Damon.

Show really rose to it with whole Kavanaugh horror show. Props due.

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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#3
Damon was great but damn that cold open was what, 12-15 minutes long?

I liked the frat house movie parody too.

The rest stunk. Kanye in his bottle costume very much included
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#4
Love the fact they got the bad guy from prep school drama SCHOOL TIES to play an actual prep school villain.

Also, apparently Kanye was back on his Trump bullshit during the credits. Adam Driver walked off once he started.
home taping is killing music
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#5
DO I GOT BAD DIRT?
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#6
The funniest thing in the whole show was Keenan doing Jim Browns inner monologue during the cold open. The rest was pretty terrible.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#7
I mean it seems to me that there is rarely, if ever, anything worth watching other than the cold open.

I will say that this was the first time that I can remember that they had a musical guest that I, A. Had heard of or B. would actually watch perform.
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#8
Abraham Parnassis was not a cold open. Nor was this weeks filmed piece about the horror of taking to a film student.
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#9
Just a terrible episode aside from Keenan’s David Ortiz during update. The “spokes” bit was especially funny.

Gotta wonder what the original cold open was before Baldwin’s arrest. I mean, right before the mid-terms they went relatively light politically.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#10
Lots of outrage online over Davidson's Dan Crenshaw comments:

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/41476...-in-combat

Quote:"Saturday Night Live" comic Pete Davidson on Saturday night's show mocked Texas congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw ® for wearing an eye patch after losing his eye in combat while serving in Afghanistan, prompting swift backlash on social media from conservatives defending the former Navy SEAL.

The comment from Davidson came during a segment on the show's mock newscast, "Weekend Update."

"This guy is kind of cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said while showing a photo of Crenshaw wearing an eye patch.

"You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie," Davidson added.

"I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war — or whatever," he added, to laughter from the live studio audience.

"Whatever," Davidson chuckled after the audience response died down.

Crenshaw is running in Texas's 2nd Congressional District and was in the U.S. Navy from 2006 to 2016, serving as a Navy SEAL and lieutenant commander. He lost his right eye in an improvised explosive device blast in 2012 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Crenshaw went on to deploy twice more in the Middle East and South Korea before retiring in 2016.

The 34-year-old announced his intention to run for Congress in November 2017. 

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) released a statement on Sunday condemning Davidson and NBC and demanding an immediate apology.
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#11
Eh who cares.

I'm over this "all the troops are heroes" garbage. So he lost his eye after willingly signing up to preserve American hegemony.

*fart noise*
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#12
The Democratic "confident" video was good. The rest was not.
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#13
I liked the HuckaPM ad for Bryant's brutal pratfalls, but AV Club has a point about SNL's weird compulsion to portray female members of the Trump administration as tortured and conflicted when there's no evidence that they're anything but remorseless true believers.

Also, "Teacher Fell Down" was nice and low-key weird, but would have played better at 10 to 1.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#14
(11-04-2018, 08:45 PM)hammerhead Wrote: I liked the HuckaPM ad for Bryant's brutal pratfalls, but AV Club has a point about SNL's weird compulsion to portray female members of the Trump administration as tortured and conflicted when there's no evidence that they're anything but remorseless true believers.

Also, "Teacher Fell Down" was nice and low-key weird, but would have played better at 10 to 1.

The teacher bit was a nice concept, and the writing was good enough but the staging was just a bit off somehow.  Like Kate needed to zero in on the camera with a little more intensity or something.  The timing all felt just a little out of whack.

Is there something about the Trump distortion effect that his enablers are so cartoonishly awful that you have to make them more human to satirize them?
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#15
I took the HuckaPM sketch as Huckabee willingly and fully drinking the Trump kool-aid.

And Davidson said the guy looks like a hit man in a porno. It's not that serious and almost secretly a compliment.
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#16
I've never really understood Davidson's appeal. He has no range as a performer and he spends 75% of his airtime talking about himself. He's not unfunny exactly, but a sketch troupe seems like entirely misplacing his talents.
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#17
(11-04-2018, 10:45 PM)schwartz Wrote: I've never really understood Davidson's appeal.  He has no range as a performer and he spends 75% of his airtime talking about himself.  He's not unfunny exactly, but a sketch troupe seems like entirely misplacing his talents.

Could not agree more.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#18
(11-04-2018, 02:15 AM)Paul755 Wrote: Just a terrible episode aside from Keenan’s David Ortiz during update. The “spokes” bit was especially funny.

Gotta wonder what the original cold open was before Baldwin’s arrest. I mean, right before the mid-terms they went relatively light politically.

I'd be okay with Lorne Michaels using Baldwin's arrest as a reason to go in a different direction with Trump, but I don't see it happening.
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#19
The sketch where Mackinnon plays the woman who was abducted by an alien or whatever kills me every time, tonight was no different. Her demonstrating the upper decker was fantastic. Cold open was good too and I liked the “I hate” digital short. The rest was meh but still a better effort than last week.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#20
"Between you me and a coconut tree, it's a jungle down there.  I don't have a landing strip so much as an abandoned airfield.  Hey, an experienced pilot can land anywhere, right?"  Not as strong as the previous ones, but not without it's charm.

Quite liked the little details in the fighting brothers sketch, from the 90s looney toons tees, to the way they ran back upstairs, to Cecily trying really hard not to break.
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#21
(11-04-2018, 10:45 PM)schwartz Wrote: I've never really understood Davidson's appeal.  He has no range as a performer and he spends 75% of his airtime talking about himself.  He's not unfunny exactly, but a sketch troupe seems like entirely misplacing his talents.

Ever since Sandler, Lorne has been looking for a new Sandler that preferably has even less range. Davidson is the culmination of this search: A boyish-acting white dude who I'm not convinced actually has talent. But, he smiles a lot.
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#22
(11-12-2018, 09:06 AM)Mangy Wrote:
(11-04-2018, 10:45 PM)schwartz Wrote: I've never really understood Davidson's appeal.  He has no range as a performer and he spends 75% of his airtime talking about himself.  He's not unfunny exactly, but a sketch troupe seems like entirely misplacing his talents.

Ever since Sandler, Lorne has been looking for a new Sandler that preferably has even less range. Davidson is the culmination of this search: A boyish-acting white dude who I'm not convinced actually has talent. But, he smiles a lot.

I think it's the "talking about himself" part that gets me. It feels like his entire role on the show is to talk about how weird and hard it is to be part of the cast of SNL, but he's never really been part of the cast outside of that.  It just put me off that I didn't know who he was the first time he showed up on Update to low-key complain about how hard it is for him to be famous. 

It's like, if being in the spotlight is really so hard on you, but the only thing putting you in the spotlight is publicly groaning about being in the spotlight, this doesn't seem like such a tough nut to crack.
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#23
Davidson's a child of the Tough Crowd/Comedy Central Roast stand-ups. He's an odd fit for SNL, but he also has that same "goofy frat boy" trait that Sandler, Fallon and Samberg had during their tenures, so it's not a surprise why Michaels casted him.
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#24
Dan Crenshaw has been thoroughly milkshake ducked:

https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/0...ies/221153
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#25
milkshake ducked?
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#26
(11-13-2018, 05:26 PM)schwartz Wrote: milkshake ducked?

https://www.vox.com/culture/2017/12/13/1...shake-duck

To sum up, it comes from a tweet that basically riffs on this idea that we love to tear down viral celebrities almost as much as we love to create them, or that viral celebrities have routinely turned out to be kind of gross, sexist, racist, what have you. So for someone to have been "milkshake ducked," it means that they've gone viral for something cool/funny/admirable, and then exposed as...not those things.

Now, granted, we all knew this about Dan Crenshaw seconds after Davidson made a crack about him, but he got a lot of positive attention after Saturday, and so it's a reminder that he is pretty much in the tank for Trump and those policies.
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#27
Hence the problem with internet fame.
If you're happy, you're not paying attention.

Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny: 
Glad that you guys worked that out amongst yourselves.

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#28
(11-04-2018, 04:03 PM)Amos Wrote: Eh who cares.

I'm over this "all the troops are heroes" garbage. So he lost his eye after willingly signing up to preserve American hegemony.

*fart noise*

I know right? I’m so sick of hearing about Tammy Duckworth losing both legs when she crashed her helicopter in Iraq.

I mean get over it already.

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#29
The NASA Tv sketch destroyed me. Especially the faceless cat and all of Leslie Jones’s reactions. The weird Thanksgiving song sketch was kinda fun too.

The rest meh. They did too much of Carrell playing “the dad”.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#30
How much money did Bezos give SNL?
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#31
Pretty forgettable episode. Although the over the topness of the Willy Wonka sketch and the “real” Family Matters part of the Netflix sketch both cracked me up something fierce.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#32
Most of the sketches were solid enough. They just suffered more than usual from the old SNL curse of not having an ending.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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#33
Watch the Christmas special. Too much stuff from the past 5 years but damn, Dick in a Box is still the goods.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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#34
Dick In A Box and Steve Martin's Christmas Wishes will never not be funny. I'm also of the opinion that the deadpan shuffle that Tracy Morgan does during that dumbass Christmas song with Sanz and Kattan is the funniest thing he ever did on the show (give or take the Former Porn Stars sketch), and Girl you Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party is one of the most underrated Update characters. Surprised but not disappointed they included her over a Drunk Uncle.
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#35
Yeah, she is/was a great character. Always love seeing the old toy executive sketch with Dan Aykroyd and Candice Bergen, “Bag o’ Glass” gets me every time.
"Every romantic comedy should just be called "Tryin' to Fuck" - Patton Oswalt
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