Join us as we explore vintage episodes of SNL, analyzing the show and the bizarre pop culture ephemera that surrounded it. Tangents are had. Jokes are made.
Episode 98: Sigourney Weaver/No Musical Guest (Oct. 11, 1986)
We're kicking off our sixth season of the show with special guest Tim Barnes to explore the beginning of the show's Silver Age, Lorne's second attempt to reboot the show after returning. It's the first episode for Phil, Dana, Jan, Kevin and Victoria and somehow, with no REAL credited musical guest, also manages to pack in four musical segments. It's got some bangers. It's got some clangers. It's got a format the show wouldn't ever really try again. SNL. It's back, baby.
Off Week 39: The New Show Episode 2
We return to the New Show, possibly for the last time. Seemingly nothing has defeated us as much as this episode did, which mostly squanders the talents of John Candy, Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon. We do finally get to talk about Roy's Food Repair...but at what cost?
Off Week 38: Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)
It's 1995. We've got Eddie Murphy right before the Nutty Professor. We've got Wes Craven right before the Scream films. We've got them coming together to make a modern vampire horror-comedy. That all doesn't matter though because John Witherspoon and Kadeem Hardison are the real stars of the show.
Off Week 37: The New Show Episode 1
Before his return to SNL, Lorne Michaels made a small, rather inauspicious sketch comedy pit stop with 1984's The New Show. Lasting only a scant 9 weeks as one of the lowest rated shows of the season, the show nevertheless pointed towards the future of SNL itself, though no one knew it at the time. We dig into the first episode.
Episode 97: Kris Kristofferson/Rita Coolidge (July 31, 1976)
Jon Schneider is back again to help us knock out the *other* Summer '76 episode of SNL! This one is hosted by a clearly boozy Kris Kristofferson so we try our best to get on his level as we muse on if he tanks the episode or not and debate the satirical worth of one of the show's most damning take on the cops.
Off Week 36: Things We Did Last Summer
Back in the early days of S4, during an off week for the show, a very peculiar special aired in the SNL time slot. It was Things We Did Last Summer, a nearly feature-length mockumentary following the exploits of the SNL cast over the summer and while it was eventually released on video/DVD, large chunks were cut due to music rights and other issues. We break down the whole shebang from it's original airing.
Ride or Die SNL fans may find some of the critiques to be harsh; but these guys take a thoughtful and respectful approach to de-constructing your favorite sketches and cast members. It’s very Norm of them, to continue castigating Norm, at a time when it’s in very poor taste ;-)
Great to relive the shows, however, these guys to often don’t get the jokes, and that comedy in its self. For instance, in one skit, they couldn’t figure out why Dana Carvey, as Jimmy Stewart was reading a poem about his dog. All the while, the skit was poking fun at Jimmy Stewart really doing this on the Johnny Carson show in the 70’s. Still a good podcast though.
These clowns also complain about an episode, talk how stupid skits were, how they didn’t understand any of them, complain how offensive skits were, then give the show a 4.5 out of 5 rating….😂
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Great show, fellas. Going back through the older episodes now and loving it! Random observation, I think the Cat Fancy plagerism skit with Peter Sarsgaard/The Strokes episode is a reference to Shattered Glass, a Sarsgaard vehicle from three years prior to the episode where he was a New Republic magazine exec investigating journalist Hayden Christensen for plagerism. Just throwing that out there as a nerd.
Also, say iteration as many times as you like. I’m on the iteration train.