Monday, January 11, 2010


Why isn't SNL very good? The writing the writing the writing.
here is a recent SNL sketch:

it, is like most of their current stuff, is okay. What's so disappointing is that it seems obvious there were a lot of ways they could went with this. In their version a kid with a terminal disease gets to play game announcer via a wish foundation kind of thing. The kid says "nothing but the bottom of the net" like 20 times, and it wears thin very fast, SNL often suffers from this and it's one of the many reason the why the bad sketches suck. They seemed to be ruled by the rule of three. I don't know wether they just do it to fill time or they really believe the ad nauseam repetition is funny. A good example is a sketch from not that long ago where a game show host kept taking contestants wives backstage to have sex. The first time it was funny, the second time it was still a little funny, but by the third time they did it the joke was dead already, you could see it from a mile away and there was no spin/evloution or any difference to keep it interesting, for instance if the third time he actually invited the husband backstage it might have been funny.

But back this sport announcing sketch. What if "Danny" had a real macabre sense of humor and said things like "Wow a rim-rattingling dunk by Lewis, that was louder than my death rattle's gonna be" or "wow with the Magic down 20 these fans look more upset then my family and friends are going to be at my own funeral". Or they could have gone a sexual route and have the kid say things like "A powerful dunk by Howard, he's one sexy beast, makes you wanna just tear his clothes off" either of these two directions would have been weirder and more interesting and I believe more funny. Charles and the other guy are basically playing straight men, but they are doing it against a G rated character, boring! Am I the only one who thinks it's funny when adults playing kids go out of their way to say ridiculous things instead of just acting like a believable kid? Lastly the OCD bit wasn't too bad but they seemed to miss an obvious laugh, don't we want to know what "overwhelming corpse disease" is? How bout the kid explains it (in a cheerful manner of course" as something really horrible like "yeah, basically it's like my skeleton is trying to escape from within my body"

I know it's easy to play Monday (of Sunday) morning quarter back
, but that's not it, here's an old sketch along similar lines, it has a few different little twists, and yes Ray does repeat "sweet sassy molassy" a few times but it's funny as a both a parody of the sports center sayings, and for it's possible racial undertones. Not to mention it's weird. It's a lot more interesting and funnier than "the bottom of the net"

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