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JK Simmons hosted tonight. Wore a Tigers hat at the close. And pointed to it.

Saw "Whiplash"last night. A hell of a movie. Simmons was very impressive.

And I like SNL but SCTV was my favorite.

EDIT: and Yoda's mention of Larry David made me remember how much I miss "Curb".

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SNL and SCTV are different types of shows though. SCTV was taped. Martin Short said they would write for a few weeks then shoot a few weeks and then edit. You didnt have to worry about always being funny. SNL for the most part is week to week.

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SNL was made for YouTube. Most of their skits are unfunny so I don't want to watch the whole show, but there is usually one per show worth watching. It's always been that way

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I haven't watched it live in years. On the dvr, you can knock it out in about 45 minutes, give or take depending on interest in the musical act.

There are no unfunny sketches. Only misunderstood sketches that are funny for how badly they miss the mark.

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I have 113 episodes on my DVR. Add to that about 8 hours of HD. I can't believe how much less standard def takes up over high def. I can delete a 2 hour show in HD and the % goes down 4. One thing I've noticed is a lot of repeat hosts in years 30-40.

These shows are great because they're only an hour so they already weed out the bad ones. I skip the music and most of the news.

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I am up to 190 episodes. One thing I really enjoy about watching all of these is seeing big stars before they hit it big. Seeing Jimmy Fallon and Mike Myers and Jason Sudekis and Kristin Wiig as relative nobodies and proving their jobs is exciting.

Tom Hanks was a great host but he hasn't hosted since 2006 I think.... whenever Da Vinci Code came out. In that monologue Jason Sudekis was in the audience in that QA bit they sometimes do and he wasn't yet a full cast member... Hanks says something like "Sudekis, right? Yeah let's see if you are still around in September". Hanks was a very good host in terms of fitting in with the cast, you'd almost think he was a regular cast member. He didn't dominate the sketches like Baldwin or Walken.

Interesting to note that now they are reaching the Ebersol/Eddie Murphy years and the episodes are cut down to a half hour.

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Steffon is one of my favorite characters in the history of that show.

This. When I read the story of the character it became even funnier. The guy he co-wrote the bits with would change the cue cards at the last minute so many of his lines were seen by him for the first time as he delivered them.

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Yes.... once he put Gay Liotta and he lost it. Became an attempt to make him break on air. Samberg would just stare at him.

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Chevy got old... Of course my wife has a game at 9 so I have to watch it on the DVR when we get back

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I enjoyed parts of it. Basically any point with a old member was worth watching. The newer stuff and music was pretty mediocre. But Eddie Murphy's appearance was the biggest letdown...much like the past 20 years of his career.

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I watched the opening with Falon and Timberlake (okay) and the Steve Martin opening bit (decent), but then when they went into the rapid fire of clips it got boring. I sure some of those clips were very funny and if you remember them you probably laughed, but if you didn't remember or never saw the clip originally it was hard to find the humor in a 5-10 second clip with a catch phrase thrown in.

Stopped watching at that point because it was Walking Dead time.

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The Jeopardy segment was hilarious. The Seinfeld Q & A was terrific. "Maybe I'm Amazed" was amazing. Bill Murray put a surprising amount of youthful energy into the Nick Winters lounge singer bit.

Aykroyd's bass-o-matic fell flat. The Samberg/Sandler video about breaking was so-so, but entertaining if you're the type who likes to be in on inside jokes. The opening number between Fallon and Timberlanke was OK, not especially memorable.

The Steve Martin monologue when the various past SNL icons appeared on the stage with him was pretty good, especially the "singers named Paul" part. Miley Cyrus played it straightforward on her musical number and was quite good which surprised some, but not me. What the hell was Kanye West trying to do?

Despite the extreme ***-kissing intro, Eddie Murphy looked lost. So did Chevy Chase. I thought the clips of the auditions was interesting, especially of the ones they did NOT hire, like Colbert and Carrey. The Weekend Update with Fey, Poehler and Curtin was meh, particularly when Melissa McCarthy came out as Matt Foley, which I assume was supposed to be the highlight.

The Californians was as freaking awful as it ever was on the show. I simply do not understand who outside of the show likes that bit, and thank god it's done. I never liked the lounge act that Farrell and Ana Gasteyer did and I didn't like it here, either. I hated being reminded of the post-9/11 show. What an awful time that was, in general.

All in all, as a retrospective, I liked it just fine. It's not meant to be the same cutting edge product that the Saturday Night show tries to be. It was supposed to be a self-congratulatory pat on their own backs, and in those terms, it was very good. I liked it. I give it a B.

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When I came of age... mid 80's, the two biggest things were Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson. This is like 83-85 era... Michael Jackson got nuts around 1990 or so and been dead literally and figuratively for awhile now. Eddie's done the Nutty Professor movies and Shrek so I know he's got the talent in him still to perform. Maybe he needs to be dressed up or hidden behind a mic but it would have been nice to see him do one character... guess he didn't want to mess up his suit and makeup. I had thought maybe he'd do Gumby as part of a ensemble piece. That was my guess going in.

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Not that impressed with 20 minutes to go. Some OK/Funny stuff, lots of stuff that could have been cut. C/C+ maybe...

That sounds like every SNL from any era. One sketch out of five is hilarious and the other four I don't get.

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That sounds like every SNL from any era. One sketch out of five is hilarious and the other four I don't get.

Yep... and then when you talk about the era from the show you just watched 3 years from now it will be thought of as so much better. One of the writers said the show's ratings are on a 2 or 3 year delay, meaning the ratings it does get reflect quality from 2 to 3 years prior. Word of mouth has to spread.

That's what happens on a live show that's week to week.

I noticed this when I would watch old Monty Python episodes. Lots of crap mixed in with some great sketches. Can't be funny all the time or humor is so subjective.

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When I came of age... mid 80's, the two biggest things were Eddie Murphy and Michael Jackson. This is like 83-85 era... Michael Jackson got nuts around 1990 or so and been dead literally and figuratively for awhile now. Eddie's done the Nutty Professor movies and Shrek so I know he's got the talent in him still to perform. Maybe he needs to be dressed up or hidden behind a mic but it would have been nice to see him do one character... guess he didn't want to mess up his suit and makeup. I had thought maybe he'd do Gumby as part of a ensemble piece. That was my guess going in.

Yea, I remember owning all of Eddie's stand up routines on cassette. I believe he was the first stadium level comedian ever. He got upset with Lorne because the show mocked the movies he had been making in one of David Spade's Hollywood minute skits. That was why he skipped the 25th show. Maybe he's still a little pissed and just showed up.

It's weird how he went from being so hip to a square from the 80's to the 90's. The first sign something was off with him was "Party All the Time".

As for the show last night the Tony Bennett impersonation by Alec Baldwin was hilarious.

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While I did not watch the show, a funny synopsis was on Fallon with Ed Norton. Seems there was a post production party that Fallon vaguely recalls even though he ended up as emcee.

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Yep... and then when you talk about the era from the show you just watched 3 years from now it will be thought of as so much better. One of the writers said the show's ratings are on a 2 or 3 year delay, meaning the ratings it does get reflect quality from 2 to 3 years prior. Word of mouth has to spread.

That's what happens on a live show that's week to week.

I noticed this when I would watch old Monty Python episodes. Lots of crap mixed in with some great sketches. Can't be funny all the time or humor is so subjective.

OMG. There is so much MP crap that the great sketches are like undigested kernels of corn.

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