Saturday Night Live
“What happened to SNL? Didn't it used to be funny?”
Saturday Night Live, or SNL (Still Not Laughing), is a washed-up comedy show created by washed-up comedy boss Lorne Michaels that is remembered for its washed-up mediocre comedy. The show, as well as its title, is based on lies since the majority of the show airs on Sunday morning, way after midnight in some time zones.
Today, it is nothing but a rusty old trophy of a show that NBC has yet to retire. In fact, if it weren't for the guest celebrities and lip-syncing recording artists, then the show would almost certainly be canceled. And if it weren't for the quality nose candy that SNL provides at their show afterparties, the guest celebrities and recording artists would cancel their appearances on this show. The low quality and low cultural value of SNL nearly matches the worst-of-the-worst rock bottom of comedy, the dreadful Uncyclopedia, but not entirely, as Andy Kaufman once had a sketch on SNL long ago.
It's common knowledge that the mainstream genre of Lukewarm Comedy (1982–present) began when John Belushi died; therefore, SNL has no hope. How about a legion of Donald Trump impersonators? Michael Che saying the n-word? Well, I guess if you really wanted to watch something funny, you would change the channel to Comedy Central instead of watching the only late show on Saturday nights, a wishy-washy, whitewashed unfunny post-Belushi SNL, which gets less real laughs than CNN.
In the era of Donald Trump, the show mainly consists of unfunny sketches of Trump impersonators, and failed U.S. presidential candidate Hillary "Pokémon Go to the Polls" Clinton singing Leonard Cohen. Now, realizing they can't rely on Trump forever, the show is once again starting to run out of ideas for sketches. But nonetheless, SNL has plenty of original sketches like Weekend Update, right? Oh yeah, I just remembered if I wanted news-as-comedy I would watch Stephen Colbert or John Oliver. The Sean Connery/Celebrity Jeopardy days have ended, and now there's shit. But the Trump thing, that's original, right? Clinton too, right? RIGHT? No! The joke is on you now! They lied! But it's still running because celebrities like pretending they're funny.
Premiere and run
Sat-"turd"-day Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975 from Canadian producer Lorne Michaels's imperial palace (known only as 30 Rockefeller Center, 30 Rock, The Tina Fey Show, etc.) and became a success from the beginning, mainly due to the infighting that created sketches (such as Chevy Chase's blatant anti-Semitism, Garrett Morris's freebasing accident, and Laraine Newman's brief stint cross-dressing as King Henry VIII of England). The Bee Gees, a barbershop-singing trio that reinvented disco music, made numerous appearances. The first host was comedian George Carlin, a man who thought he was the next Lenny Bruce.
Beginning with the second episode, fans began complaining that Saturday Night Live wasn't as funny as the last one. This was the beginning of a slow decline (marked by Chevy Chase's attempted suicide in leaving the show, probably because he wasn't really that funny), due primarily to Michaels's paranoia that his 30 Rock Imperial Castle would be demolished (and an affair with a Carrot Top — kind of boytoy, which led to a considerable exodus of talent on his roster).
To counter this, Michaels started to book more obscure celebrities in an attempt to have more free will to make fun of them. This led to Buck Henry holding the record for Most Times Hosting (thirty-seven times, though only two were actually considered "funny"). Michaels also convinced the cast to start joining him in drug binges. However, this backfired as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi (after a good LSD trip) saw the light and (with the help of "Snake" Pliskin) escaped from New York and moved to Hollywood, where they formed The Blues Brothers (whose success predated the fall of SNL, without the help of Michaels).
In May 1980, as the show finished its fifth season, the drug use by the cast made it open to attack at any time by the American media. It was at this point that Harry Shearer led a coup d'état upon the offices of 30 Rock, helped by other, even less funny comics such as Gilbert Gottfried, Charles Rocket, and Joe Piscopo. The coup was successful, as the previous entire cast was killed by NBC guillotine.
However, the "new cast", as they called themselves, were revealed to be humorless after putting out only one episode. The group committed mass suicide in June 1980, and the show was disbanded. Inexplicably, knitting needles had been run through the eye(s) of all cast and crew. The NBC peacock developed alopecia and lost its feathers, and a new genre called "Oscar Wilde humor" took over NYC comedy clubs.
Today, the remains of Lorne Michaels's palace lie in ruins in Manhattan, and memory of Saturday Night Live is ignored by today's generation. SNL did have a spin-off called Saturday Night Dead that debuted in 1980 after Saturday Night Live ended, and is supposedly still on TV, but no one really knows because no one has ever actually watched it, possibly because it isn't funny. In a parallel universe, SNL's evil twin Mad TV is closing in on its twentieth straight season.
- I mean seriously, how drunk do you have to be to laugh at this 9th grade, Theater 101 stupidity? I'd say "rolling around on the floor" drunk is of no use whatsoever. I know, I tried. Seriously man, passing out is more fun than watching this excuse for a comedy.
- CNN is more (unintentionally) humorous than an entire SNL Death Star monstrosity. Where do SNL and NBC Studios get off hiring a thousand writers on staff? Does it take that long to execute a one-minute sketch now because 1,000 writers have to write it, and several bush-league performers can't do shit? Where are all these Kool-Aid-drinking idiots going to fit in the building? And when it's finally on-air, why isn't anyone talking about SNL more than the Kardashian sisters? Seems to me that SNL must suck.
- For every legendary "Dick in the Box", there's always some idiot executive at NBC Universal who wants to get into Hillary Clinton's panties a thousand more times. "Get Tina Fey to do Hillary! That's right! She's funny."
- (Laughing) Oh that's funny. Get it? "Turd?" Sat-"turd"-day? It's like a flock of pigeons bring their Turd Army, and fly over 30 Rockefeller Center to... never mind. Come to think of it, that one-liner is worth about ten episodes of SNL's entire season
- It wasn't perfect, but it was a good start.
- Except for Blizzard Man — that's funny.