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 114: Lily Tomlin/James Taylor (Sept. 18, 1976)
Hot damn, we're BACK, baby! It's the premiere of the seventh season of That Week and this time we're hitting up the first episode of the second season of SNL for what turns out to be an important episode in a number of fashions. You get the final Land of Gorch sketch, a greasy Dan Aykroyd, the origins of the Antler Dance, three, count 'em, THREE James Taylor performances and hell, even Taylor Mead too. The gangs all here, man. Let's go!
Off Week 51: Ken Shapiro and The Groove Tube (Part 2)
We rejoin our podcast already in progress as we break down the last half of The Groove Tube, discuss the final part of Ken's Hollywood career and how it intersects with SNL and William lays down an explanation for one of the strangest moments in the show's first season.
Off Week 50: Ken Shapiro and The Groove Tube (Part 1)
Join us for part one of two scholarly deep dives into the man that was Ken Shapiro and what he meant to the early 70s underground sketch comedy movement. Here we discuss Ken's earliest showbiz days, the Channel One Theater and the first half of the film it was all leading up to: 1974's The Groove Tube.
Off Week 49: SCTV (Janitor's Strike/CBC - Syndicated Edit)
When you've got something as strange as two syndicated episodes of SCTV that aired in Pittsburgh, PA that pull together two-thirds of the S5 premiere from NBC, you know you gotta call in the big guns. That's why William Ham is back again to explore this wild night of sketch comedy, which includes some of SCTV's finest work and also some of the most harrowing local commercials we've ever seen.
A Conversation With Jason Klamm, author of We're Not Worthy
Today we're chatting with Jason Klamm, author of the new upcoming book (Sept. 12th to be exact) all about sketch comedy in the 90s, We're Not Worthy! We discuss the hardships of putting the book together, various bombshells dropped during the making of it and more!
Off Week 48: The New Show Episode 3
We're kicking off our Summer Off Week episodes with what we thought would be a mellow, easy way to get into the swing of things. But then the New Show decided we were idiots for not understanding their bizarre cast lineup and delivered us some of the most insipid sketch material we've seen and it was then that we knew...it doesn't get any easier, kids.
(Originally published Jun. 3, 2022)
Dey dem Chemistry Boyz
One thing many new podcasts try to generate is chemistry that comes across (or acrosst) natural, whereas this AWESOME and EPIC display of friendship, does just that on this pod!
Love these guys, and love how conflicted they are usual by the time the rate the ep.
Been listening from the start, took a few years off and now I’m BACK binging; do yourself a favor, (if you love sketch comedy and friendship), give ‘em a shot!
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….😂