With all the hype about Payton Manning’s appearance on Saturday Night Live last night, I decided it was time to drop in on SNL for the first time in a while.
That was a mistake.
I remember when SNL was funny. Tragically, it was when I was a teenager.
There was some hope last year with Tina Fey heading the writing staff — I would watch through to Weekend Update on live shows and know that Tina and Amy Poehler would usually have some good material to work with.
Last night, though? It convinced me that NBC needs to cancel 30 Rock and pay Tina Fey whatever it takes to get her back on SNL. When the best three segments of the show were the first three — Bush/Gonzales, Manning’s monologue, and the United Way/NFL parody — and then the show fell apart from there… it was a bad, bad, bad situation. And Weekend Update’s biggest laugh came on a “jack off” joke. For crying out loud, I don’t think even the worst standup comics are going there now…
…and I won’t even get into how they wasted a Dan Ackroyd cameo.
At some point, if SNL’s writing staff doesn’t get their heads out of their asses, we’ll wind up going forward to the past for “Best of the Tonight Show” on Saturdays at 11:30… yes, Carson reruns ran at 11:30 Saturdays pre-SNL.
I’ll end this with a final cheap shot. There were sketches last night that were so bad, Aaron Sorkin wouldn’t have used them on Studio 60.
Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.