Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday Night Live Due For A Change
With Amy Poehler (left) going on maternity leave, Tina Fey (center) already gone to 30 Rock, and other cast members starting to camp out for too long, SNL could be in need of a change.
Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco
There was a bit on Saturday Night Live last season..actually it was the first monologue after the writer's strike...with Tina Fey hosting and Steve Martin doing a cameo that was kind of symbolic. In the sketch, Martin literally tries slapping some sense into Fey with a faux slap to her face not once, not twice but three times. By the third time Tina is wondering what the third slap is for. Martin deadpans, "The Comedy Rule of Three".
After watching the first two shows of season 34 of SNL the past two weekends, I have concluded that producer Lorne Michaels needs to follow Martin's advice. As in three seasons for cast members on the show and then it's time to move on.
That's because most of the SNL cast has been on the show for five years or more. Darrell Hammonds is now starting his 13th season.
I don't want to take away anything from the wonderful cast members. There is a lot of talent there. But one of the things that has always been good about SNL, that when it's good it's edgy, when it's not so good...not so edgy. And unfortunately now, familiarity equals boring. I, and I am sure many viewers of the show are not laughing at most of the skits right now.
So my recommendation is to keep Kristen Whig, Andy Samberg and Bill Hader (three people who have been there less than three years), bring on board some new fresh faces and let the rest go.
There are a lot of talented improvisational comediens performing in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. It's time to give them the spot light and at the same time keep the show fresh.
And one other thing...why does the show always have to be done in New York? Why not rotate it between the other comedy hot spots...Chicago and Los Angeles. In other words, break the mold...try something different.
Saturday Night Live is on every Saturday night on NBC starting at 11:30 PM
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