Category: Saturday Night Live

  • SNL’s Seinfeld Crime Scene
    SNL’s Seinfeld Crime Scene

    I’m not sure that this sketch starts well, but as it goes on, it grows on me, and the moment when they corpse is lovely. I’m irked of course, by the lack of fidelity the set has to the real Seinfeld set. It sort of feels right, but it’s also completely wrong. It’s too wide,…

  • Prolonging The Festivities
    Prolonging The Festivities

    The frost and snow this morning make me want more Christmas for once.

  • A Closer Look At Papyrus
    A Closer Look At Papyrus

    Sometimes a sketch has a life after broadcast. Sometimes it transcends its intent. And sometimes, a sketch just sticks with you in spite of everything. I often think about this one, written by Julio Torres for Saturday Night Live. It’s beautifully shot (in one single night by Dave McCary), well written (it holds off on…

  • Kate McKinnon’s Commercials
    Kate McKinnon’s Commercials

    Here’s a series of adverts Kate McKinnon made to launch the 2015 Ford Focus. And here’s one for Suddenlink (whatever that is), made before SNL I think. A run for Stride Gum (though I have no idea if this is real or parody tbh). Pretty sure these are real though.

  • Roy’s Food Repair
    Roy’s Food Repair

    I’m just as fascinated by the shows that Lorne Michaels produced that failed, than the huge successes. Here’s a great sketch, featuring John Candy and Carrie Fisher, from the short-lived The New Show. The New Show aired on NBC for nine episodes in the spring of 1984. It featured appearances from a host of SNL…

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  • Proctology: A Bottom Examination
    Proctology: A Bottom Examination

    For a long time now I’ve been wanting to write an old-fashioned programme guide. One you can hold in your hand and thumb through, make notes on, spill coffee on. So I did. Proctology: A Bottom Examination is my deep dive into Bottom, the hit BBC Two sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. That’s…

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  • Re-Casting Keanu
    Re-Casting Keanu

    Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him eight years older than Clive Dunn was when he was first cast in Dad’s Army. But don’t panic, Clive Dunn was always playing much older characters than his own age. Keanu Reeves is 56. That makes him seven years older than Stephanie Cole was when she was first…

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