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post #1 of 284
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We have a good while before the season starts, but new cast members should be announced soon-ish.  New people are needed since Taran Killiam's contract wasn't renewed and Jay Pharoah isn't coming back either:

 

http://www.avclub.com/article/saturday-night-live-losing-taran-killam-and-jay-ph-240810

 

http://uproxx.com/tv/taran-killam-leaving-snl-interview/3/

 

Those are two rough losses.  Killiam was one of my favorite cast members in recent years, and Pharoah was easily one of the best impressionists the show ever had.

post #2 of 284

^ Killam got the axe?

 

Fuck.

post #3 of 284
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^ Killam got the axe?

 

Fuck.


​In that interview, he doesn't seem particularly thrilled about it, but he kept his smile on.

post #4 of 284
That ... that doesn't make a lick of sense.
post #5 of 284

Killiam and Pharaoh are two of the last people the show should be losing (after McKinnon and Moynihan).  This does not bode well for next season.

post #6 of 284
Pharaoh leaving actually kinda makes sense. From his perspective that is. It seems like his signature character was Obama. He was just stuck as the impression guy.
post #7 of 284

Please tell me Keenan is finally leaving.

 

Pharaoh kind of saved the show with his Obama.

 

<that sketch where the President turned into The Rock was one of the genius bits of the decade>

post #8 of 284

Pharaoh has an entire stable of killer impressions of black celebrities, it's just a lot of them are B to C List and the audience never seemed entirely sure what to make of them:

 

 

 

post #9 of 284

Killam, Pharaoh, and Rudnitsky all get cut from SNL. Meanwhile, Pete Davidson continues to walk the earth.

post #10 of 284
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Please tell me Keenan is finally leaving.

Pharaoh kind of saved the show with his Obama.

I'm sure with Pharaoh leaving Lorne will ask him to stick it out one more year.
post #11 of 284

Rudnitsky I get.  Pharaoh I get.  Obama's heading out, he's been underutilized beyond that, and half of his best impressions don't land with the SNL audience.  Killam, I don't get, as I felt he was one of the stronger players.  Is Lorne just pissed that he went and made a movie with Schwarzenegger and some other cast members, and  he didn't get a bs producer credit?

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Please tell me Keenan is finally leaving.

 

I doubt it. I'm starting to feel like Kenan has always been there. Like, if you go back to episodes from 1975, you'll see him there.

post #13 of 284
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Rudnitsky I get.  Pharaoh I get.  Obama's heading out, he's been underutilized beyond that, and half of his best impressions don't land with the SNL audience.  Killam, I don't get, as I felt he was one of the stronger players.  Is Lorne just pissed that he went and made a movie with Schwarzenegger and some other cast members, and  he didn't get a bs producer credit?
What makes you think it was Lorne's decision for Killam to leave? He's made a name for himself and it's time to leave the nest.
post #14 of 284

That he seemed to be surprised they're ending his contract early in the articles linked.  He said he'd be working concurrently on post, but was still up for SNL.  I dunno what his demands were, but it sounds like they don't like that sort of thing over there.  Basically, he wasn't planning on leaving the nest just yet, but they tossed him over the side anyways.

 

ETA: And I brought up Lorne because he has a track record of having a hand in other cast members' projects, however symbolic, leaving said nest.  Myers and Carvey with Wayne's World.  Spade and Farley with Tommy Boy.  Ferrell and Kattan with Roxbury (bad example.)  Fey with Mean Girls, and obviously 30 Rock.  Just thinking that Killam leaving him out of the loop here might have had something to do with it.


Edited by ScottieFerguson - 8/9/16 at 12:42pm
post #15 of 284

All in all a funny premiere. I'm glad I was unspoiled about Baldwin as Trump. I've come around to McKinnon as a genius. Good Lord was my reaction at Kenan being back for a 14th Season(!).

post #16 of 284

Yeah, not a true stinker in the bunch, and even the political material wasn't terribly lame (Baldwin's Trump is killer, in part because you can feel his utter loathing of the man oozing out of every pore).  The sketch with the reporters confusion at Margot's dopey husband was a basic concept that scored some big laughs anyway from the delivery.

post #17 of 284

What was the point of having Baldwin as Trump, instead of having Hammond continue to do it? I mean, Baldwin's impression was...fine? It's weird that he's the third guy to do it.

post #18 of 284

Baldwin's Trump was 1000 x funnier than Hammond's.

post #19 of 284
Baldwin nailed Trump perfectly. And as to not why Hammond-Baldwin is a bigger draw. They promoted the hell out of it.
post #20 of 284
The Scooby Doo rip off thing was a mess and so was Update. But the rest was pretty well done.
post #21 of 284

Scooby Doo had one belly laugh when Robbie called Kyle Mooney a pussy, but yeah it was a lot of effort for a little return.  Still, the debate, the sinkhole report, McKinnon's roundtable weirdo, even Family Feud got a couple good laughs from Putin and the creepy Trump boys.  Good show overall.

post #22 of 284

I think Update is as funny as it's been since Norm. It's found its stride.

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Scooby Doo had one belly laugh when Robbie called Kyle Mooney a pussy, but yeah it was a lot of effort for a little return.  Still, the debate, the sinkhole report, McKinnon's roundtable weirdo, even Family Feud got a couple good laughs from Putin and the creepy Trump boys.  Good show overall.
Oh yeah, it's maybe the most complete show they've done in a few years. The Librarian short was very well done.
post #24 of 284

I hope Michael Che doesn't get fired over that dumb shit. I watched the episode and it didn't even register.

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I hope Michael Che doesn't get fired over that dumb shit. I watched the episode and it didn't even register.
Huh?
post #26 of 284

His joke about Bill Cosby. Claire Huxtable says "that ni**a made me rich." 

I guess that's something you're not allowed to say on SNL.

post #27 of 284

Worked well enough for Chevy Chase.

post #28 of 284
Wow. Didn't even notice.
post #29 of 284

Is he actually in trouble or is this just speculation? I haven't seen any stories.

post #30 of 284

It would be great if SNL went for the KO tonite.

post #31 of 284
Last night it felt like the writers finally grasped that you end a sketch before it stops being funny, not after.
post #32 of 284
Nothing outside of the political stuff really hit for me. And the Fey/Fallon bit during update was mid numbingly bad.

The Melania memories sketches are fantastic.
post #33 of 284
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Nothing outside of the political stuff really hit for me. And the Fey/Fallon bit during update was mid numbingly bad.

The Melania memories sketches are fantastic.

 

Fey/ Fallen was cringeworthy.  The campfire sketch should've been funnier than it was.

 

I didn't realize there was more than 1 Melania memories sketch.

 

Lin-Manuel Miranda was a fantastic host. I hope he does it again.

post #34 of 284

Someone remind me why Fallon gets to be famous?

post #35 of 284

I've been asking that question for YEARS!

post #36 of 284

He was atrocious, as usual.  But unleashing on Trump is so impossibly cathartic at this point that nothing much can detract from it.

post #37 of 284

On This Day In 1975 ...

 

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The first Season is so unique. It's really its own animal. I LOVE the Albert Brooks short films. And the Bees!
post #38 of 284

I can't remember the last time SNL got off to such a solid start. No great highs, but there's a consistency, and the writing is sharper. It feels a bit more adventurous.  It's an enjoyable hang out again.

 

Next week Hanks!

post #39 of 284

Everything about the Short Film Festival sketch was painfully and hilariously true.

post #40 of 284
Again, outside of the political stuff nothing really hit for me. The clothing store commercial was chuckle worthy but otherwise...meh.
post #41 of 284
The CHONK commercial gave me a massive laughing fit even if I admit it's pretty silly. This show seemed like it was really sloppily put together though.

Also, Bruno Mars FTW. Guy is such a damn star. He was awesome.
post #42 of 284
Yeah, Bruno Mars is fantastic. His hosting gig a few years ago was a bright spot.
post #43 of 284

I loved The Sink, but the escort skit and "Melania-ade went by without a chuckle, and the film festival peaked hard with the initial reveal.  Update may have been the best part, which I haven't been able to say in recent memory.

post #44 of 284

Hanks episode was allright, but if Lovitz had shown up for a new "Girl Watchers" sketch I would've done back-flips and somersaults across my living room like Belushi in THE BLUES BROTHERS.

post #45 of 284
The debate sketch was great...no shocker there. But Hanks on Black Jeopardy stole the damn show.

The haunted elevator ride sketch was pretty solid too.
post #46 of 284

The "America's Dad" monologue was some fine writing.

 

And yes, brilliant job finding a new gear for "Black Jeopardy".

post #47 of 284

Hanks always gives good monologue.  I still chuckle thinking about Abraham Lincoln calling him an incredible pussy. 

 

The debate pretty much writes itself, but Black Jeopardy was great and I loved the sad-sack "comedy" trailer.  I was just tinkering with a blog post talking about all the comedies that can't be bothered to be funny, so it felt especially timely to me.

post #48 of 284
I think this is easily the best string of episodes SNL has done in years. Not everything is perfect but enough of the show is. I think they are learning to end skits on a dime is helping.
post #49 of 284

Yeah, this season has been the best at least since Hader and Wiig left.

post #50 of 284

I tend to only watch individual SNL skits after the show has aired, and the only one I've watched from this one so far is the David S. Pumpkins one, and I loved it. I miss silly Hanks.

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