Our Top Story Tonight: 4 Minute Review of 40 Years of SNL
I quite honestly don’t know where to begin. I suppose first off, you must all understand that nothing about this post will be neutral. It is coming from a place of biased love and obsession. It will be ranty, unorganized, nonsensical, and to be frank, I don’t care.
Saturday Night Live 40 did everything right, except for the one thing they did wrong.
The first right thing was Betty White. Let’s be real, SNL could have had a 3.5 hour live show with Betty White and her tiny adorable self sitting in a living room chair smiling, giggling, talking about puppy dogs and the 23.1 million viewership would’ve been greater. Side note-she was not the lucky one in The Californians. Bradley Cooper has reached the height of his career with his solid 60-second make out session with the comedic queen. He is #Blessed.
Ugh, I just want to watch it again.
Next up, the remakes. It was amazing for those of us who haven’t seen some of the most famous characters and sketches live before, to watch them come to life during this episode. I’m talking Debbie Downer, Mary Katherine Gallagher, the Bass-o-Matic, Wayne’s World, ESPN Classic, Opera Man, Blues Brothers (Jim Belushi in for his brother), Marty and Bobbi Culp, and so many others. It just gave me chills. I mean Sean Connery? I’m so happy to have another way to offend Alex Trebek.
Subsequently, it was amazing to watch more recent SNL players and guests performing as former characters in past sketches. The most heartwarming impressions were from Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy as Roseanne Rosannadanna and Matt Foley, respectively. Yesterday would have been Chris Farley’s 51st birthday. Oh! Something that positively cannot be left out; the Jimmy/Justin Cold Open! There were so, so, so, many references that you’d probably have to watch at least two more times to understand them all. You would, not me.
Jane Curtin, a.k.a. the original ignorant slut, and her bitches that get stuff done; Amy and Tina had a perfect mini Weekend Update moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
Moving right along, there was just the right amount of flashback content. They showed all of the right montages of classic sketches and funny moments and – OMG THE AUDITIONS! From Gilda Radner to Chevy Chase, Keenan Thompson to Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Darrell Hammond, and Jim Carrey – BY THE WAY, Jim Carrey totally beat Matt Lauer on the red carpet. Lauer backed Carrey into a corner asking about not making it onto SNL because of Al Franken, which was exceedingly inappropriate and childish. SO Jim Carrey totally retaliated by asking Lauer where he was hiding Brian Williams, and it was beautiful how uncomfortable he became.
So you’re probably wondering what was done Wrong. “Yes, I am.” Well the answer is Kanye West. Every reference, joke, performance was utterly disgusting. Stop inflating the ego and notion that he is anything relevant or desired.
But just so we don’t end on a bad note, here is a piece of perfection.
There is so much more I have to say, but I know a lot of you have already left the page at this point. If you want to fan girl with me or tell me my opinion is wrong, please hesitate or don’t hesitate to contact me.