Sunday, July 23, 2006

It Will Be OK!

For anyone that knows me at all, you know I’m a huge fan of SNL. Yep, I even watch through the crappy years, which many idiots will say were ALL years since the original cast members left the show. However, SNL has given us many talented people throughout the years and every season has had its endearing cast members no matter how unfunny the show got (hello, Brad Hall).

Now, after 9 seasons, Tina Fey is leaving the show. Fey has been head writer since ’99 and even anchored the fake news for many years. She’s leaving to write, executive produce and lead her own sitcom called “30 Rock.” The show, which is also stealing SNL Alum Rachel Dratch, is basically a behind-the-scenes look at a show like, well, SNL. Kinda like Larry Sanders for network TV.

Although Fey and Dratch are brilliant and really HELP with SNL, the show will go on and simply get better. How do I know this? Because I watch it, and the new talent (AKA the “Featured Players” from last season) is ready to roll. In fact, many of them ran the last few episodes! It was as if Lorne Michaels was coaching a football team that was up by 35 in the fourth quarter so he threw in the rookies to see how they handled the big league. They excelled.

Bill Hader is kind of creepy and does an irrelevant impression of Vincent Price that is completely wasted on the audience, but is actually pretty damn funny for people older than 35. Hader also does a great Al Pacino, which some people actually get. He was able to carry a skit as the season wound down.

Jason Sudeikis has been a decent character player throughout the season, and plays one of my favorite characters on the show (see Kristin Wiig bio below). He also killed with a timely impression of American Idol Taylor Hicks.

Andy Samberg has teamed with Chris Parnell to create some brilliant digital shorts every week. You may recall the Chronicles of Narnia rap that was all over the Internet? Anyway, he’s a dopey looking guy who is incredibly goofy, kind of like Adam Sandler, and he’s my wife’s current favorite cast member.

Kristen Wiig (pictured above) is by far the most talented person on the cast! Not only does she do spot-on impressions (Megan Mullally is incredible, as well as Drew Berrymore and Felicity Huffman), but her characters that she has created are brilliant as well. Even though it’s hard for her to top the Target lady character, her other half of 2 A-Holes (along with Sudeikis) makes me laugh out loud every time! She is a star, I tell you! It may only be July, but come November when you start hearing people talk about Kristen Wiig around the water cooler, just remember where you heard about her first.

So, Tina, your writing will be missed. Please keep writing movies, because I really did enjoy your sick twists in Mean Girls. But remember, SNL is moving on, and this season will be solid. Well, as long as Lorne doesn’t invite another retarded Simpson sister on the show!

Oh, and since Feed Blitz missed my last update, y’all better go check out the last video I uploaded HERE!


Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I have not watched SNL in years. Wished I was able to catch it from time to time.

Bill Purdy said...

Ya know I've wanted to -- I've even taken a few stabs now and again -- I just can't seem to "get into" SNL, and haven't in, sheesh, at least 25 years. It's not that talent's lacking on the show. I agree with you, Tina Fey is both a great writer and a great comic performer (in that order, probably). It has much more to do with the frighteningly vascillating quality of the show. More often than not, SNL is so bad it's impossible (for me) to enjoy.

I don't understand why Lorne Michaels insists on assembling a weekly 90-minute sketch show that, invariably, includes 10 minutes of brilliant comedy, 10 minutes of passably amusing comedy, 10 minutes of musical performance, and 60 minutes of unwatchable dreck (that includes ads). And he's been doing it for 30 years now.

Why not save those brilliant and amusing bits for a bi-weekly, hour-long show? Wouldn't that make more sense?

There isn't an excuse, really. Especially in an era when The Daily Show basically expands SNL's Weekend Update bit into a near-brilliant 20 minutes of comedy (out of 23 total) every single day of the week.

And now an open letter to Tina Fey:

Good luck to you, Tina Fey. SNL has been a launchpad for so many wonderful comedy careers over the years, and I hope you, too, make the most of it.

Plus, you're hot.



Pat Angello said...

The cutie above is Ms. Wiig. Tina is kind of cute, but Wiig is a little cuter.

BP, I know you hate the show, and I agree with some of your comments. I have a theory that you get to see it on it's lamest nights, which they seem to have about 3 times a season.

DVR it and skip through the crap!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Pat Angello - sorry!