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 87: John Madden/Jennifer Holliday (Jan. 30, 1982)
Everyone's favorite coach/commentator/screamy-man John Madden takes to the SNL stages for another typically atypical Ebersol era episode! Moments of intrigue include what is quite possibly the weirdest Andy Kaufman appearance on the show, a chill train trip with John and one of the best musical performances on the show ever.
Off Week 31: Red Heat (1988)
Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Russian Cop. Jim Belushi as a slovenly Chicago detective. Walter Hill directing. It's the 80's, it's action. What could go wrong? Turns out, so much more than we ever could have bargained for.
Episode 86: Al Gore/Phish (Dec. 14, 2002)
Two years after it all went down, Al Gore arrives on the SNL stage to exorcise the demons of the 2000 election. The mighty Ian Abramson returns to help us uncover the many mysteries of this strange Holiday episode!
Episode 85: George Foreman/Hole (Dec. 17, 1994)
We're finally tackling the last of the Five Infamous Episodes of S20: the Christmas show with ol' George Foreman! Get ready for a very normal conversation about a very normal episode of SNL!
Episode 84: Bernadette Peters/The Go-Go's & Billy Joel (Nov. 14, 1981)
This week, Arthur Meyer drops by the show once again to help us untangle the glorious derangement that is THIS episode. It's simultaneously the most Mr. Mike of the Ebersol era, the most musical of any era and the most unsettling sketch comedy has possibly ever been. God, it's beautiful.
Episode 83: Brian Williams/Feist (Nov. 3, 2007)
Our ol' pal Jon Schneider of the SNL Network returns to break down an entry from his favorite era of the show. It's the last episode before the 2007 writer's strike went down, the last episode for Maya Rudolph in the cast and it's even got a famous cameo from Barack Obama...and Horatio Sanz. And that's not even getting into Brian.
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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.
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A casual but informative podcast that makes you wish you could just hang out with these guys and talk about Robin Duke and Peter Ackroyd for hours and hours. I love this show.
These guys are awesome!
As someone who has been obsessed with the history of SNL since the 90s, I loved coming across this podcast a couple of years ago.
I became a Patreon supporter of theirs when I discovered they were covering the infamous 1980-1981 season...which led to them interviewing the truly underrated Gail Matthius. Anything that sheds light on that crazy era of SNL piques my interest immensely.
I am sure it would be a blast to chat with them on an episode because they often bring humor to some of the harshest episodes in the show’s history.