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SNL: Katy Perry/Robyn

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ZOË RICE: Ok, so the Trump debate is a good, timely topic to spoof. But relying on Darrrell Hammond’s impression wasn’t enough. We’ve seen countless Trump impressions before, and none are as buffoonish as the real thing. I think a version of the actual debate (adding some extras, maybe Palin? Some clever hypothetical candidate-replacements? ) would have worked better.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Poor Darrell Hammond: they bring him back, and don’t bother to write his part. Based on what I heard on Fresh Air, he’s been through enough abuse already. Continue reading

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SNL Alec Baldwin/Radiohead

ZOË RICE: I don’t love myself for laughing at Taran Killam’s Huntsman-does-Chinese-restaurant gag, but I did, and more than “little bit.” Entertaining opener to the season, with Wiig starting her year off strong as Bachmann.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Across the board, this really captured the essence of the GOP debates. Well done here. Continue reading

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CT-Senate Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL: With the news of Senator Joe Lieberman’s retirement, it is time for Democrats to dream. Sure, Chris Murphy looks to be the early leader. But a Senate seat with Ted Kennedy Jr., Keith Olbermann or even Alec Baldwin would feel like karmic payback for the nonsense liberals put up with from Joe Lieberman lo these past few decades. Continue reading

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SNL: Alec Baldwin/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

ZOË RICE: I like the topical choice of subject, even if the Daily Show’s bit on the oil spill is hard to beat. I especially enjoyed Armisen in this sketch. I would have liked to see a couple more “plans” but that’s a good sign if I want more, no?

STEVE MURPHY: I’m just elated that didn’t have a politician in it! I enjoyed the plans (particularly the ‘Back Up Plan’), and I agree with Zoe, SNL has never been very good at leaving you wanting more, typically opting for “repeat it till it dies and then keep repeating it.” A moderately good start!

HOWARD MEGDAL: Exactly- it was the pacing that made this work. Way too many openings drag. Continue reading

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30 Rock Premiere

HOWARD MEGDAL:30 Rock opened Season 4 with a fair amount of self-awareness, a battle between two of the strongest-willed characters, and a reminder of why this show is watched by so devoted a following. Unfortunately, the worry often is that a show becomes too insular, and there were some red flags.

ZOË RICE: I missed you 30 Rock! Only after its return did I realize how sad it was to go so many months without the situational comedy that writes dialogue like no other. A sit-com, because really in essence, it is–that continues to surprise. What a rare little creature that is, and one to be nurtured and preserved. Continue reading

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Annotated SNL in Review: Alec Baldwin / The Jonas Brothers

STEVE MURPHY: I really enjoyed last week’s episode, let’s see if Alec Baldwin can keep the funny ball in the air!  (spoiler alert:  No, no he can’t.)

HOWARD MEGDAL: While I feel Alec Baldwin is a bit overrated, I certainly…

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