Tuesday, January 09, 2007

How did I go two weeks without hearing about this?

Somehow I completely missed this until the increasingly indispensible Countdown with Keith Olbermann covered it and the resultant internet hooplah on last night's show. It's pretty amazing — pretty much the only time SNL is worth watching the last couple years is when JT hosts -- that guy is funny as hell. He's good in the new film, Alpha Dog too by the way.


Blogger jesse said...

This is nitpicky and probably besides the point, but I have to take exception with the idea that SNL has only been funny in the past few years when Timerblake has hosted. And it's not just you -- this idea has definitely taken hold in the media; even before his newest episode aired, there were fond recollections of his previous hosting gig in the "what to watch" sections. But:

(a.) the first time he hosted, it was awful! Has anyone watched this episode all the way through? How can critics talk about how SNL is going through a super-lame period but speak fondly of the sketch where Timberlake dresses up as an omelet? It was a really dumb sketch with stiff execution. I'll grant that his recent episode, including "D*** in a Box," was a lot funnier. But...

(b.) ... that episode was in no way significantly funnier than recent ones hosted by Alec Baldwin or Matthew Fox or John C. Reilly.

I'm just a bit defensive because I actually watch SNL regularly, and I see a lot more up-and-down than the uniform lameness everyone talks about lately (especially with those first-season DVDs out). There have been some bad ones this season and last, definitely; I'd say they've been alternating mediocre with decent pretty regularly. So granted, the show is not at full power (though when is it ever? Once or twice a decade?). But to say that Timberlake's two gigs over the past three or four seasons were shining highlights shows real contempt for the show existing at all.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

I have to say I was a big fan of the Timberlake omelet sketch. And I am someone who watches the show week in and week out too. Generally I would agree with you: the criticism about SNL is that it is always terrible and that it's never as good as it was, and in a lot of times that's a load of b.s.

BUT...I genuinely believe especially since Tina Fey left the show that it's gotten almost unwatchable. I used to look forward to the show, and now I don't. But that's just my opinion, and therefore, the media's opinion. :)

12:49 PM  
Blogger poorpete said...

I don't watch SNL, so why to I bother leaving a comment? Because I know a lot of my friends who hate or refuse to watch The Simpsons anymore, but the show is getting back on track. I think I rolled my eyes only once during the last episode. :-)

To me SNL became less fun as I grew up and staying up late on Saturday lost its thrill.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

You're gonna put your rep on the line for The Simpsons bro? If I watch it this week and it sucks what do you do for me?

11:46 PM  
Blogger jesse said...

I think they started out the season on shaky, Tina-less ground, but since then they've regained some footing, starting to really play around and experiment more with stranger/more imaginative sketches (it helps that a lot of the people who played their recurring characters, even good ones, are now gone). I'm thinking of the carpool bit with Alec Baldwin and Kristin Wiig, or the "math whiz versus history buff" bit with Samberg and Forte (and Matthew Fox). And as much as I love Tina Fey, the show wasn't so hot last year, so I don't think there's been a big dip since her absence (well, maybe Weekend Update isn't as good). But, I do admit that I'm a bit of an SNL apologist.

11:32 AM  
Blogger poorpete said...

The next new Simpsons won't be for the few weeks. Right now someone put Sunday's new show i liked so much on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvSYBLHq390

1:43 PM  
Blogger Matt Singer said...

Gotta love the YouTube.

4:09 PM  

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