Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Quick Note About SNL

Like professional wrestling, Saturday Night Live is currently in the midst of a major cyclical downturn. It'll get good again for sure, in a few years. Anyone who doesn't think so should look back at the mid-90s at the Ellen Cleghorne and Melanie Hustell-led, Jeneane Garofalo and Chris Elliott-supported garbage that preceded the hilarious Ferrell-Kattan-Oteri triumvirate.

But if you caught this past week's episode with 13-time host Alec Baldwin, you'd know how much of a difference a host makes. Baldwin turned that show upside down this Saturday, forcing more than a few audible guffaws out of my laughhole. In addition to great cameos from Steve Martin, Martin Short and Paul "Simon" McCartney, the show was more than watchable -- it was genuinely funny.

Of course NBC takes down all the SNL YouTubes so I can't show by example, but did anyone see the skit with that midly annoying chick cast member and Alec Baldwin in the carpool? The premise was great: two hesitant colleagues exchange strange (and hysterical) personal horror stories after the other makes a seemingly innocuous remark that's somehow offensive.

For example, she puts on a Celine Dion CD, he makes a nasty comment about it, she responds with a story about how she was kidnapped at 17 and held captive for a long time, and when she was given a pen and paper she wrote to Celine Dion to come and rescue her and she actually did. I can't do that justice here, but you're gonna have to trust me that it was truly ridiculous.

The punchline, well, I'm doing a slow clap over here. She tries to smooth things over and says, "Don't worry, be happy, right?" And Baldwin, with his excellent comedic timing and all, fires back instantaneously with "Bobby McFerrin raped my grandmother."

You may have already seen it on some hipster's T-shirt or heard a co-worker say it around the fax machine, but that is definitely the Chronicles of Narnia rap moment of this season (although I thought the Glengarry Elves skit was even better than that last year). But for some strange reason, in typical NBC fashion, I can't find this carpool sketch anywhere on the Internets. Any help, fuckers?

A helpful commenter found it on YouTube, but it'll be taken down shortly I'm sure. Quick, WATCH IT NOW before the bastards get us.

Slack Link of the Day: You remember South Africa, the country that made the hellishly racist policy of apartheid a global phenomenon? Well, the South African parliament has passed a bill making gay marriages legal, despite the fact that homosexuality is still largely a taboo in the country. So if you're counting at home, put historically racist South Africa on the list of nations more culturally advanced than the United States. Awesome.

Slack Video of the Day: I'm not trying to win the title of greatest self- and cross-promoter in blog history, but I just put nine great videos up on Hidden Track, and I think youse need to see them all. So get on over there and check out what's cookin'.

Slack Song of the Day: Who's ready to funk it up a bit this morning? I guess you've got no choice, so best prepare yourself for the onslaught of awesomeness that is the Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Pass the Peas (kinda) > Dead Dog in the Street > Use Me.

Ah, fuck it, this 10/9/06 show is so dyn-o-mite I'm throwing up the link for youse to stream the whole thing.


At 11:47 AM, Blogger coach said...

here's an interview with a dude named louis klein who has seen over 500 tapings of SNL, including the very first. he says he has only missed 36 shows in the last 27 years.


At 12:42 PM, Blogger Lozo said...

yeah, chris kattan was awesome. a real leader in comedy. like that one character where he was the coach and no one knew what he was saying? super. or that monkey mango thing he did. he was nearly naked! hilarious!

next thing you know you'll be telling me tina fey is funny.

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the show this week, and I will agree that it was the best of the new season so far. Bobby McFerrin raped my grandmother is a great line. Didn't she also say that she was metal from the waistdown?

At 1:23 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Uh oh, we got one of them there easy-to-impress fellers...you don't think Tina Fey is funny? Blasphemy.

Ha, she did, she totally said and then demonstrated that she was metal from the waist down. Classic.

Thanks for the interview coach, but it got cut off. Send me the link, I'll paste it in HTML style.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Coach's SNL Interview Thingy

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Lozo said...

what is tina fey's defining skit? does she even do a character?

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Mr. Underhill said...

FYI - The picture of Mr. SNL and his wife alone is well worth the effort of clicking on the link above. I'd have to say that the human being Mrs. SNL most resembles is Roboito (Roberto in a cajun accent), the Waterboy's estranged father.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

Tina Fey's defining skit? How about the news? Week in and week out she delivered. Even when the rest of the show was pretty bad, you could count on her and Jimmy Fallon or her and Amy Poehler(sp?) to give the goods. Plus she's hot in that nerdy, intellectual, wearing glasses way...
Oh yeah, Ellen Cleghorne's best (and maybe only funny) line: "Who came up with that name? Europe?"

At 7:17 PM, Blogger A.Guss said...

i wish i had another blog so i could slut out my music one.....but hidden track is worth slutting out...really enjoy it...

At 7:50 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Thanks, Guss...much appreciated. You're more than welcome to contribute any time you like. I know I'm supposed to be an asshole, but I mean that.

At 4:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alec Baldwin could actually make a living as an SNL host.

Here's the carpool sketch:



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