HE SAID: SNL (and a little Karate Kid)

May 6, 2009

kenanthompson_performs_in_saturdaynightlive_on_nbc_2007This is not groundbreaking news – but Saturday Night Live, for all intents and purposes, has become possibly the worst television show that is not aired on the UPN.  It is rare that I am actually home on a Saturday evening, which is great, because it means I get to DVR SNL, so I can fast forward all the bad skits.  Well, guess what, I’m done wasting that precious space on my DVR (as you know, Soap reruns of BH 90210 take up somewhat of a decent sized volume), because it has gotten to the point where I’m fast forwarding just about every fucking skit.  With the exception of Mark Wahlberg talking to animals and dick-in-a-box, I can’t come up with another skit that forced more than a chuckle out of my mouth.

I really don’t know how it’s become this bad.  My parent’s generation would say that SNL has been awful since the 80’s when people like Eddie Murphy were still on it.  I mean, I agree that the 90’s with Farley/Spade/McDonald/Sandler were not as good, but they were still watchable, and extremely funny much of the time.  But the cliff SNL has fallen off the last decade is almost unprecedented.  I say ‘almost’ because it has happened.  The Karate Kid Franchise has followed much of the same path as SNL.

karate3_iThink about it…Karate Kid 1 was like the 70s – just about flawless.  Karate Kid 2 (where Daniel San and his gay older lover, er, karate instructor, Mr. Miyagi go to Okinawa) was still very entertaining, as was SNL in the 80’s, but it wasn’t quite up to the standards of the original.  Karate Kid 3 and the 90’s of SNL had their moments (John Kreese faking his death, the ‘van down by the river’ skit to name a couple), yet you could tell it was on a road to nowhere good.  Then Karate Kid 4 came along, where Miyagi became a bisexual instructor and took on Hilary Swank, who by the way, went on to star in 90210 and of course, win an oscar.  This, much like SNL the past decade, was a complete and total disaster.

The only thing that could make either worse would be to continue.  It would not surprise me to see SNL continue, because it still does fairly well ratings wise considering its time slot.  But there is no way Karate Kid will continue, right? I mean, Will Smith would never produce a remake with his 11-year old son playing the part of Daniel or Jackie Chan as Miyagi, right?

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SHE SAID: SNL (and no Karate Kid)

May 6, 2009

I’m going to challenge you on your worst television show line.  The “Real Housewives…” series makes me want to rip my fingernails off and there are even fewer redeeming moments than SNL.

Given your busy internet dating schedule, I’m glad you’re able to keep up with the skits on SNL.  I don’t know if you were able to catch any of the skits from about August to November of 2008, but they were hysterical and also not in the 70’s.  In fact, there is a belief that this skit was the turning point in Palin’s tryst with the American public. More people viewed the skit of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler doing their rendition of the Katie Couric interview than the actual interview.  At times, I was pretty sure the Republican party had nominated Palin to the ticket to provide more comedic material for Lorne Michaels et al.  He had to create a Thursday night show for Weekend Edition because they had that much material!  SNL has had such an impact on not only this past election, but politics in general that a phrase was coined: The SNL Effect.

After the 2008 election, I’m going to agree with you that the show tanked, or at the very least, lost Tina Fey and quickly resumed mostly stinking.  However, I think it’s still worth watching, only because with a revolving cast and it’s sometimes witty and comedic commentary on current events, it’s worthy of the DVR slot.  Or, just random hilarity, as evidenced by current cast members like Andy Samberg’s music videos and Kristen Wiig’s physical comedy.

I can’t really respond to the whole Karate Kid bit only because I have never watched any of those movies.  Sounds like I should have watched the first one instead of the first hour of Forrest Gump.  But I will steal a line from Reality Bites and say that SNL is like pizza and sex: even when it’s bad, it’s still good.