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  1. Pete Martell

    SNL Cast Discussion

    This was probably already posted years ago, but it's a 2016 Norm Macdonald podcast with Bill Hader as a guest (there's also a version of this on Youtube with video but it's sort of blurry due to copyright). They talk a lot about not just the usual SNL tales, but also their experiences with Jim Downey and Don Pardo. It rambles at times but I thought it was worth the listen.
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    SNL in the Media

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/saturday-night-live-accused-plagiarizing-1203163172/
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    SNL in the Media

    This just makes me want to see all the old cast photos and also reminds me of how annoying it is that I can't find the opening credits for each season. Seeing the 90-91 group was oddly emotional.
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    One Day At A Time (2017)

    I'm not surprised, but I'm still disappointed. I have very, very few reasons why I keep Netflix at this point, and I just lost one of the biggest. I am more and more wary of Netflix and the dangerous messages of the shows they are prioritizing. I think in their heart they probably knew this was the end - the last episode felt like a finale and the woman who brought the show back even had the large guest appearance as Victor's new wife - but it still feels like we never got the goodbye we deserved. I'm most disappointed because the last season wasted so much time with Penelope. I don't understand why there was so much focus on her dating a boring guy, an uninteresting and repetitive storyline that just sort of petered out. The finale had her finally moving on from her past relationships, but it still felt like something we'd already seen, and it left her on a frustratingly incomplete note. Anyway, Rita Moreno is breaking my heart:
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    SNL in the Media

    Never really sure where anything goes in which thread but here's the cast photo for this season:
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    SNL Cast Discussion

    There's a very long New Yorker profile of Bill Hader that came out yesterday. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/18/bill-hader-kills There are big Barry spoilers - not just for last season, but for which the season that has yet to air. Big as in I've seen a number of fans say they really regret reading the article for that reason. It's a very poignant read as they talk a lot about his self-doubt and struggles, but I shouldn't just focus on that aspect as there are lots of interesting parts to go through. The SNL portions you've probably already seen before in one article or another, but there are some good quotes from Lorne, Kristen Wiig, John Mulaney, Seth Meyers, etc.
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    Shameless in the Media

    https://www.complex.com/life/2019/03/feds-bust-up-massive-college-entrance-exam-cheating-scheme
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    S44.E14: John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett

    There's a very good new interview out with John Mulaney, and, happily, they ask him a number of questions about his last SNL hosting gig. He also mentions who wrote the Cha Cha Slide sketch (Brian Tucker and Sam Jay). I loved that sketch - it was like the SNL that made me a fan all those years ago - so seeing him single it out was a nice moment. https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/interview-john-mulaney-on-snl-broadway-dave-becky.html This also made me laugh: I only noticed there were two toilet sketches on Wednesday when they were both in the read-through. I mean, you know, they’ve shown us multiple sketches about Trump every week, and toilets make people far happier than Donald Trump ever did.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I think the audience was in a dead space most of the night, which didn't help, but in this case I felt like the sketch was unfocused and probably didn't have the big laugh lines.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I wonder if it may have been his choice to not be sexualized, since that already happens quite a bit.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I tried to watch most of the show (I skipped WU outside of the guests) for the first time in a while after enjoying it last week - is the audience always this dead? The WNBA and Rudolpho sketches were real dead zones. It didn't help that the Rudolpho and "friend got an acting job" sketches had the whiff of the Jean Doumanian era. Completely incoherent and amateurish. I did enjoy the Sky Sports sketch. Mikey Day's accent helped, but it was also just a clear, silly, fun idea with some good lines (I laughed when Idris kept talking about all the women he'd bang, then praised his wife for being faithful...and when he said the player had a big knob for a white guy). Gwyneth Paltrow popping in for some damage control on her Goop controversies was very modern SNL (sadly), but if she'd been funnier I wouldn't have minded. Heidi Gardner was much better - very reminiscent of Victoria Jackson in these types of WU pieces. I wish they'd just let her do the piece herself. It was hard for me to laugh at Leslie Jones talking about her funeral when she's spoken so much about her depression - the Fantasia lines were good though. Other than being perpetually uneasy with his love life being SNL fodder I liked Pete Davidson's spot more than I thought I would - he seems to have become more confident in his delivery, which was long overdue, and helped me to ignore the whole "all artists are awful people...how dare you get upset" routine that is often used to excuse abuse. I actually agree with the idea of the Can I Play That? sketch as I hate cancel culture, but it just went on too long and lost its focus. The Powerpoint sketch also went on too long as they veered between the joke about older people not knowing how to work computers and grossout humor, but I did enjoy it. Aidy Bryant is just great in these types of pieces. The Impossible Hulk film was yet another that could have easily lost at least one segment and would have been stronger, although Cecily Strong was great. The mono/bok bok film was the one that was best paced, as it only ran a minute and a half and that was all the time needed.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    You have to laugh at the irony (and if this was done deliberately then I will laugh even more).
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    Oh. I wasn't really watching much in those years so my memories of this are minimal. I think I remember it now. Sorry. Yeah that makes sense. How anyone could ever be mad at Andy Samberg makes no sense to me.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I guess that's Hollywood for you - so many support predators in one way or another. I will admit I'm very biased about Will Ferrell, especially since he's repeatedly been in movies or sketches that tell us how hilarious it is if men are raped. Oh I don't mind him defending her. I just feel like SNL zeroes in so much on his personal life and I don't think it's a very healthy idea in the long run.
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