Been a few weeks guys, so I thought I'd try to get something on the page for you guys! Just figured I'd spill out what's currently on my mind.
SNL has decided to drastically shuffle the deck here in preparation for it's 40th anniversary season, and I have to say that every time I think they have it figured out, it just spins in a completely different direction.
The first puzzling move of the season, for me at least, was the firing of Brooks Wheelan. Now of course I may be a little biased, because I've known Brooks since I started in comedy, and the homer in me loves to root for the guy I know, but bias aside, he was responsible for the FUNNIEST thing that SNL has done in 30 years (Michael Che as well). If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here.
Those kinds of sketches were what I always felt made SNL great: taking something from real life, and exploiting how awkward it may have, could have been, or should have been. That to me, is the essence of a truly great sketch. For some reason, they opted to go in a different direction.
So maybe SNL isn't focused on "Point of View?" I get it, maybe they would rather go for silly and non-sequetor vs. statement driven comedy. But in that case, they'd probably also cut Michael Che, who is definitely their strongest point of view comedian, a tremendous standup, and writer, right? Wrong. Instead, they put him on weekend update.
That's perfect! That makes sense! He's replacing Colin Jost right?! Because Colin's a great writer, but felt out of touch with the sarcasm in the delivery. Oh wait, he's staying, and Cecily is leaving? What the fuck is happening right now?
I didn't like Cecily in the beginning, but I have to admit, she definitely grew on me, and harkened us back to the original weekend update days, like here. I liked it. I like Colin as well, just not as an update anchor. I actually think he'd be better playing the straight man in sketches.
But maybe SNL wants to get back to doing great impressions! Maybe that's it? They have two of the most phenomenal impressionists in Kate McKinnon and Jay Pharaoh, so maybe we'll get to see more of them? We didn't last season. Arguably, they were perhaps the most underutilized cast members on the show.
Look, I don't know what's happening over there, why the constant state of change over the last few years. I don't know what happens behind the scenes that drives these decisions, and what makes it go. I DO know that SNL is the most iconic franchise in comedy, and particularly sketch comedy, and that I'd rather watch youtube sketches on most Saturday Nights.
With ALL of the GREAT content that's out there, shouldn't SNL be hitting home runs every weekend? I want the show to inspire me to make great sketches, not make me feel complacent or out of touch with what's funny. If I feel that way, then I definitely think audiences feel that way.
This isn't an attempt to shit on SNL. I'm just pleading that you make it good again, Lorne. It wasn't broken. Please stop trying to fix it. The wheel doesn't need to be re-invented every year. I think the talent on the show can get it done. Let them run with it.