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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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The Steve Martin Fiasco

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m just going to put this out there: I would probably pay $50.00 to watch Steve Martin sit on a stool and look up quiche recipes on his blackberry for ninety minutes. Because I’m pretty sure it would be fairly entertaining. Not fantastically entertaining; it’s not that I idolize Martin because he happens to be a great writer, actor and comedian, or that I think he’s exponentially much more interesting than your average person. It’s just that I’m pretty sure that throughout my life, I’ve paid more for less. For example, thanks to a vigilant NYC traffic cop, I once spent $175.00 to double-park on 3rd Avenue for ten minutes.

ZOË RICE: In 2003 when Steve Martin’s Bringing Down the House came out, I remember thinking, “Aha! Another pay check for the art collection.” Martin’s passion for art is well-known, and I’ve always pictured him accepting a mediocre script in return for a new de Kooning or David Hockney. Also, the man can write. He’s a New Yorker “Shouts and Murmurs” darling, and his plays and novellas are no bits of vanity publishing. I would in fact love to read An Object of Beauty, the novel Martin and Deborah Solomon now infamously discussed at the 92nd Street Y. But what’s more, I’d much rather hear Martin talk about art and writing than I would about comedy. His insights about collecting would be far more valuable than an anecdote about those crazy kids in Cheaper By The Dozen.
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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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Annotated SNL In Review: Steve Martin / Jason Mraz

HOWARD MEGDAL: As a lifelong Saturday Night Live fan, the level of the current season has been a source of joy to me. Though many of my contemporaries have given up on the show after some recent seasons, those who…

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