One of the things I enjoy about my current work schedule is having my Saturdays off for family time, wrapping things up with some old-school comic book Retro Review goodness and Saturday Night Live.  Cynics will tell you that the show isn’t funny anymore, but as we approach the 40th anniversary, I still find a lot of entertainment in the last remnants of live television broadcasting.  Having been a regular viewer since the days of Gilbert Gottfried and Denny Dillon (not a season you ever want to seek out, by the way), I still remember Gumby, Dennis Miller, Wayne’s world, even that halcyon time when every successful sketch was turned into a movie, regardless of whether it made any sense.  These days, my favorite sketch is probably the “former porn starlets trying to get free stuff” series, which has the advantage of not being beaten entirely into the ground yet, and being really pretty funny, which leads us into today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still misses the days when Smigel would do ‘Saturday TV Funhouse’, some of the best superhero parodies of all time, asking: What’s YOUR favorite Saturday Night Live bit, past or present?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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4 Comments

  1. Stark's Scraps
    April 13, 2014 at 11:30 am — Reply

    The New Kids on the Block on the Arsenio Hall Show! Y-O-U spells girl!

  2. April 13, 2014 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Old Belushi bits like Little Chocolate Donuts, Samurai delicatessen, and the Beethoven bits. the Chris Farley hidden camera bit was awesome as well. It is hard to pick just one. The era of the SNL digital shorts produced some amazing music as well.

    I think in each era there have been ups and downs. There is always something funny going on, it just depends on your style of humour.

  3. Hannah Jones
    April 13, 2014 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    Once upon a time, Frank Zappa and Don Pardo sang a duet. It was the best thing ever.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWA-TXJmeQo

    I also really enjoyed a number of Mike Myers sketches, I think Coffee Talk may be my favourite of those.. and of course, The Barry Gibb Talk Show.

  4. April 13, 2014 at 2:53 pm — Reply

    More cowbell!

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