Originally Posted by Guttenberg Fan Club
There have certainly been years where they've come close, but in the past when that's happened, they've put together a great cast which has saved it. They haven't brought on anyone this year. It's the same shit with a couple fewer peanuts.
Sometimes you add by subtracting. I'm really glad to see Sanz, Parnell, Dratch, and Fey gone finally. The younger cast members who didn't get a lot of screentime last year will have a chance to spread their wings a bit.
As for Saturday's show goes, I honestly thought it was one of the funnier SNLs in a while. Whatever you think of Dane Cook, at least they got an actor/comedian instead of a sports star/political figure to host - those shows are almost always terrible. A few of his monologue jokes hit with me. It did go on too long though.
While I like Forte a lot, his Bush impression is still DOA - it's just not absurd enough.
The airport security sketch hit. The Hugo Chavez sketch was lame. I hated the Oteri-Shannon-Kattan years on the show specifically for sketches like these - spastic, mugging performers jumping around on stage, like fifth graders at a talent show trying desperately to impress their parents. And that's what Armisen and Poehler were doing. I'd much rather hear a well-told fart joke or heaven forbid, an actual moment of wit.
The Cubicle Fight short was good. Pacino was funny albeit overlong - Hader deserves a lot more screentime this season, and hopefully he'll get it. Update was not bad at all - there were a few decent punchlines in there, and Sudekis' and Samberg's bits hit for me, even if they lacked a certain edge. I really wish they would do something different with the format though. When they started the two anchor format, I'd really been hoping that we would see a return to the Curtin-Murray-Aykroyd days of actually satirizing the news, instead of the boring stand up routine that it became and continues to be. Beyond that, having two anchors more or less prohibits a cast member from putting his own unique stamp on the segment, like Miller and Macdonald and some of the other anchors did. Meyers-Poehler isn't much different than Fey-Fallon.
The water bottle sketch hit, I thought, even if it again went on too long (and that they acknowleged that fact wasn't funny or clever). The Geico parody at the end was also not bad. Given SNL's decade-long trend of 1-2 sketches a show that I actually laugh at, I think this was an improvement.