Tina Fey hosts the 39th season premiere. Arcade Fire is the musical guest.
There are 6 new featured cast members, including DL favorite Beck Bennett aka The AT&T Guy. I hope he can do impressions.
Nobody cares, Lorne.
Call me when you get over yourself and invite Carol Burnett to host, LORNE!
Does Lorne have something personal against Carol, or is that just your assumption because she's never hosted? Whatever the case, sketch comedy is her thing and she should host if she's still working.
Carol preferred SCTV in the early 80s, she made a cameo appearance in one of their episodes.
I'm looking forward to the season premiere. Love for Tina Fey...She won an Emmy recently and said "...I want to thank the pope for just being cool about some stuff." I'm also finding the reruns of 30 Rock very clever. Considering the past few months of news, I imagine Seth Myers at Weekend Update will have plenty to say and these days I need a laugh.
[quote]Nobody cares, Lorne.
There's no such thing as 1000%, R6.
There is no such thing as a funny episode of SNL either, R7.
How clever you are, R8. I'd like to see you try it.
Bump for hilarious SNL premiere!
Will their be castes with stickers on them?
I can't wait for the fun!
I love Tina, but what will she do next? Her last film was a bomb. 30 ROCK was wonderful, but it was never the huge hit/$$$ cow it could have been. Will she go behind the scenes? Will she go on acting? What's next?
Ted Cruz wishes he looked like Taran Killam.
Well, the "Girls" sendup was kind of funny, and certainly on the nose.
The Girls skit was pretty funny.
Oh, wow, a game show sketch. How original.
Six new cast members:
Five whiter than white guys. One very white girl.
E meth was funny
Okay, the e-Blue meth pipe was funny.
Who's the guy with the knit cap on that the audience keeps screaming for?
I got distracted. Was there a skit between the Girls satire and the game show sketch?
The oversized carry on was a good gag
The skit surrounding it notsomuch
I want to like Arcade Fire but no.
Arcade Fire looks like an SNL parody band. The female singer is fucking ridiculous. They all look like Hipster douchebags and pretentious as hell. I guess they believe the hype.
Girls sketch was perfect:"you're only 15" "actually I'm 25"
Jesse from Breaking Bad. That's why he was in the Meth skit.
Cecily Strong needs to lose weight. She's too puffy, even behind the Weekend Update desk.
Oh, okay. Thanks, R29. I don't watch Breaking Bad, so had no idea.
R30, shut up, with your intolerant superficial crap. Sicko
Happy to see the Breakfast Club girl grew up and found a job.
Cecily Strong needs to lose weight but Beck Bennett doesn't?
BEST SNL SEASON OPENER EVER!!!!!!!!!!
Lorne has said that this show is geared to appealed to teens and that without fail, everyone says that their fave snl seasons line up with their high school years, So we can blame the Class of 2017 for this shotshow.
That woman in the band looks like a short Matt Damon with tits in a bad wig.
[quote]Cecily Strong needs to lose weight but Beck Bennett doesn't?
Yes. She was much thinner last year.
I know the first thing I'd do after learning I got a major promotion on national TV is gain 20 pounds.
I just don't think it's funny. There, I said it!
Has Tina had work done?
Beck Bennett easily needs to lose 20 pounds - you work your whole life to get a big break and then ruin your smart good looks by adding 20+ pounds?
That being said, while Cecily Strong needs to lose a few, they both pale in comparison to Kennan's HUGE weight gain
I LOVE Beck Bennett's thighs in the opening monologue. Damn! He's hot! I'm going to jerk off tonight with him in mind; fucking that ass while holding up those hot thighs.
If only we could encase the whole show in that crystal thing the woman in the band was standing in.
Jesus, when Kenan Thompson is your elder statesman/leading man, you are in fucking trouble.
Whatever r41! Beck Bennett looks fine to me. Body contact with him looks hot. A little fat is not bad, especially when you have nice big thighs like him.
Weekend Update was not very funny.
Oh, Keenan. Sigh.
Why does Lorne Michaels associate funny with fat? The brown haired female cast member from last year has gotten fatter. She's about four and a half feet tall and three feet wide. Beck Bennett is really cute but I had no idea he was so chunky. And Strong does look puffy. Is she pregnant? She isn't quirky or likable enough to carry the Weekend Update segment. McKinnon would have been better. Seth looks great. And Killiam looks alot thinner. I guess so he can do the Sudeikis and Hader roles. So far, no one really stands out. It really isn't a great season opener.
[quote]Has Tina had work done?
Ha. Her massive crow's feet suggest otherwise.
I thought Keenan looked like he lost weight. The man was fat as a kid. And it's part of his schtick. He is never going to be skinny.
I thought Myers left the show
r48 has food issues
So is Beck Bennett gay?
On a separate note, he sure seemed to like swiveling his hips in that opening bit.
What is this unfunny "byeee" thing that has popped up a couple times?
Beck is hot! I love a stocky man. You can see his big thighs even in those AT&T ads. Even a suit can't cover them up.
Brooks Whelan is HOT AS HELL.
He seemed queeny in the opening, but his online clips read straight.
Is it weird that I can't tell the real commercials from the show? Discount double check and booking.com looked completely like really bad skits.
I'm loving the tall new guy with the banging body.
R57, I concur. I think that Gap ad with the pretentious bad musician was a legit skit with one of the new cast members.
Tina is a good soldier for NBC. She'd probably wants another sitcom.
Arcad Fire are really bad Talking Heads wannabes. Those outfits look like something you would see on The Grand Old Opry stage. How ironic!
The guy in the Gap ad is Dhani Harrison. He's George Harrison's son. That is not a parody ad. There is also one with Alexis Joel. Although, with the new nose, it is hard to tell who she is. The tip off is that she is singing Just the Way You Are.
Will Cecily be on the WU desk alone after Seth leaves in February? Or will they get someone else to sit in with her?
Cecily Strong looks like Amanda from BIG BROTHER 15.
"You'll feel like you're drinking lobster straight out of the sink!"
This show sucks. I miss MAD tv.
None of these people believe in working out. Look at the gut on the one in the pink dress.
Rape jokes. Thanks Lorne.
Cecily Strong at Weekend Update is a big mistake. She's a big meh.
They should have pulled in the cute John Mulaney in to do it, as was rumored. Guess he had a tantrum after his Lorne-produced NBC sitcom pilot wasn't picked up.
OK why is NBC now showing an Arcade Fire dance party?
All these people are repulsive. Somebody better re-establish the show's cocaine connections to get some fat-burning going on.
When Tina Fey looks like Kate Moss next to all your female cast members, there are ISSUES.
Bono and Ben Stiller and Michael Cera cameos? And was that James Franco at the beginning?
Did I accidentally smoke a blu e-Meth pipe?
Yep r66, MadTV, late '98 thru '03 or so, that's some classic comedy. It was dominated by the female cast, about 5 really funny women. The early seasons are painfully bad, but it improved immensely. Hope some network starts showing the reruns again, I haven't seen them for nearly a decade.
When you think about the greatness of the early years, especially the first cast, when they only needed 7 or 8 players to make great television, WHY do they need so many cast members nowadays?
What am I missing here? What's up with this Arcade? WHY are they getting this much attention? What am I missing here?
MAD tv did really funny impressions and current event parodies that SNL would never touch. The sweating, frantic, squatting Whitney Houston. John Ramsey standing around with creepy bug eyes. The kidnapped Elizabeth Smart girl playing a harp. Hilarious stuff at the time. And the cross eyed, sloppy Kenny Rogers eating fried chicken was crazy.
Bill and Zach? WTF?
Arcade Fire, if you show your concert audience doing choreography in unison, the TV audience might think you hired actors instead of actual fans.
Hipsters, you have a lot to answer for.
R76, it was also taped, not live, which made it easier to do polished comedy. Similar to how SCTV was arguably better than SNL at the time, even though the SCTV cast wasn't really any better than the original SNL cast. MadTV was actually using SCTV's director during its peak years, too.
Cera plus Galifinakis plus Franco plus Aziz! Douche chills for the 2013 time capsule. The first pop culture joke to mock in VH1's "I Love the Teens."
How long til Justin Timberfake shows up?
Oh God r82! Can we just have one season without that little fake fucker!
I thought that dumb ass miley cyrus was supposed to be on tonight
Did I blink and miss Wayne Coyne? Sarah Silverman? The guys from Tim and Eric Good Job???
R62, Dhani and Alexa Ray are singing their parent's songs in the ads for charity
[quote] When you think about the greatness of the early years, especially the first cast, when they only needed 7 or 8 players to make great television, WHY do they need so many cast members nowadays?
Well, as usual Lorne will end up hating a couple of those people and they will hardly be on the show
Well, at least Dhani and Alexa Rae have established careers as musicians and aren't trying to ride their parents' coattails to national exposure...
I feel like I'm getting running commentary on this show from the Olsen twins and LeeAnn Rimes. These performers are not that fat, unless you have huge dysmorphia issues.
[quote]Will Cecily be on the WU desk alone after Seth leaves in February? Or will they get someone else to sit in with her?
latest rumor is that Seth will finish out the season on SNL
not sure if that means his show will premiere after Feb or if he will do both shows for a few months.
I thought the airport sketch was stupid but funny.
the ONLY funny thing was the GIRLS spoof.
R82 R83 Whether you two like it or not, Justin has been one of the only consistently funny performers on SNL for several years now. Unless, of course, you [italic]like[/italic] those skits in which they repeat a bad joke three to seven times (I'll bet that's it).
The show has been running on fumes for years. It's the only game in town for late-night comedy, so they can get away with being mediocre.
Next week: Alec Baldwin
Coming soon: Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Justin Timberlake.
Did Jay Pharoah blow the Aaron Paul portion of the opening by introducing him as someone from MEXICO and not New Mexico?
The show needs to go away. The showrunners seem out of touch and it is still shockingly “white bread”. But, as others have said, it’s the only late nite comedy skit show left. You’d think “Comedy Central” would think up a cool series and finally give NBC some competition.
Jay Pharoah sucks as Obama. I actually thought Fred Armisen was better at it.
Not at all entertaining to me.
Cecily Strong is not fat.
E meth really wasn't funny. It could have been. Who are the lame writers?
Tina Fey needs to hang it up. Bye, racist mean girl bitch.
R105 - How is she racist?
I thought Lorne's line "Is it the black guy?" was pretty funny/
I gather there was a sketch with the AT&T guy as Alan Thicke that got cut.
I still don't get the push for Cecily Strong. She's ok, funny in the porn star sketches with Vanessa Bayer, but not strong enough to be an anchor on WU. It should have been poor Nasim Pedrad, who basically only got a cameo last night.
Kate McKinnon is very talented and deserves more.
What more than this gig do you think McKinnon deserves because she's pretty much still an unknown actor at the start of her career? A lead in a major motion picture? Her own sitcom?
The entire episode was painfully unfunny...what the fuck was up with that Manolo Blahnik skit?
Elder gay here and you have to remember that even during SNL's glory days (i.e. Radner, Chase, Belushi), on each episode there was maybe one really good sketch, a couple of iffys and several bombs. The last half hour of the show was almost always draggy and boring.
The show simply continues that trend, although there's very seldomly a really good sketch.
I always have enjoyed this show. Maybe I am just used to it. I grew up watching it in the 80s, and through the 90s and up until today. My earliest memories as a kid was watching Mr. Bill. This show, in my opinion, has been the best it's ever been in the last 10 years or so. The 90s had great sketch comedians but now there were some really embarrassing and unfunny things going on.
This past episode, there was nothing embarrassing and several times I laughed out loud. When Kennan said, "Just the ass or the whole thing," line, I had to rewind. And momma's white shuba shuba. And the new cast member's TIGHT lean body and big feet in the meth had was worth going slow-mo for.
Having watched the show for so long, the only consistent thing is how people feel the need to hate on it.
r113 is absolutely right - try watching an entire episode from 1978 and see how far you get.
"I gave my babies to the well." That line was funny as well as the one about undergoing shock treatment to "change my thoughts."
But yeah, yet another lame game show parody.
Why do they still do the game show parodies? Game shows are pretty much extinct, and SNL's core audience isn't exactly watching Wheel of Fortune.
Don't you just love having to sit through a 30-second commercial to watch a fucking 60-second clip?
SNL does not need to change the set for game show parodies.
Cecily Strong is NOT FUNNY cannot imagine why they are giving her the Update platform Kate McKinnon is genuinely funny and could break out (ala Krisitn Wiig) if theyd give her more to do
rest of the new cast is rather unattractive-Tina fey did a lot of heavy lifting on the premiere. Arcade Fire-I thought it was a parody
Jeez, I guess I'm not feeling the Kate McKinnon fever that everyone else is.
R109, I read somewhere that Pedrad had good moments in two sketches that got cut after the dress rehearsal.
The opening Obama sketch was awful and ran way too long. Pharaoh needs to brush up on his Obama - he was decent last season but it sounds like he hasn't practiced him in awhile.
I actually felt like Tina Fey didn't get to do much on the show, aside from be Tina Fey. I guess that was the point of her "I have no recurring characters" bit in the monoglogue.
Where were Michael Cera and Ben Stiller?
I thought Fey was terrific in the Girls spoof and in the 1940s movies spoof.