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SNL Cast Changes

ZOË RICE: Although I will miss Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg when they leave SNL, the show itself will probably only really miss one of them. Continue reading

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SNL: Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding

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ZOË RICE: So, Osama didn’t want to be buried at sea. That’s the joke? And that he’s poor? Oh…kay… This was some kinda wasted opportunity.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Astonishingly poor. Another reminder that even with a full week to come up with something definitive, The Daily Show is where CV of humor is now set. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry

ZOË RICE: There was potential here–alas unrealized. I guess the gag is that Christine Cornell actually masturbates and has other hidden skeletons in her closet? Like dog fighting? I enjoyed the final beat, with Kristin Wiig donning hat and broom. Otherwise…


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My biggest problem here is that Wiig doesn’t even appear to have bothered with a character. It’s the stock Wiig, and it drags because they give her nothing to work with, dialogue-wise. I expected more after a whole summer to recharge, but this was the case throughout the episode. Continue reading

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Worse Gaffe: Brewer or Palin

HOWARD MEGDAL: While Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric may live on in the national consciousness for longer, due to it being a national campaign combined with an SNL immortalizing, I believe Jan Brewer’s freeze-up last week in the Arizona gubernatorial debate is a far worse overall gaffe.

ALLISON REILLY: Brewer explained her mishap the following day telling the FOX affiliate in Phoenix: I’m human, and I just blanked out. Brewer went silent for nine seconds as she searched for words, but, did manage to wrap up her opening statement quite nicely without letting her mistake bring her down. Palin, however, did not demonstrate such recovery in her eight minute interview with Katie Couric. Continue reading

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SNL: Betty White/Jay-Z

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HOWARD MEGDAL: There are certain pleasures to Fred Armisen’s Lawrence Welk- but I’ll be honest. With a week, news-wise, like we just had, this was…

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SNL: Tina Fey/Justin Bieber

HOWARD MEGDAL: Nicely executed right-wing fantasy of what the Census is. And is there anything funnier than watching Michelle Bachmann and company realize, Wile E. Coyote-style, that making their base paranoid about the government will result in representation losses via census count?

ZOË RICE: Indeed this one was a chuckler. I looked forward to what each next inappropriate census question would be, and I was not disappointed. Finally they’ve gotten the Obama-vs.-right-wing tone and material just right. 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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Are Women Funny?

STEVE MURPHY: I’m pretty sure everyone (or at least all men) can agree that there are more funny men than funny women. Certainly there are more male comics and comedic actors than there are female, but even in everyday life the funniest person you know is just statistically more likely to have a penis.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I think there’s a fundamental difference between a pair of questions. In one, are there as many female comedians as male comedians? The answer seems to be, clearly no. But are there as many funny women as funny men? Are those funny women as funny as men? The answer to that, to my mind, is clearly yes.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: None of the women stranded on Gilligan’s Island had decent comic timing; Smurfette was dull as dishwater. But to me, the lesson there was still not ‘girls in general aren’t as funny as boys’—it was ‘those girls aren’t funny’. Continue reading

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