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Old 09-20-2013, 02:17 AM   #76
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It's a shame, because more people need to see the Harry Shearer/Martin Short/Chris Guest Synchronized Swimming bit so I don't look like a loony every time I mention it as my favorite.
I know that feeling. The episode that Dana Carvey did as a returning host had this sketch in it where he resumed his role as GHWB and Ferrell played GWB. They go out hunting together and I just found it friggin' hilarious. Shame of it was, it wasn't on either of their Greatest Hits DVDs, not even Ferrell's 2nd volume, but a portion of it was on the blooper reel, which pissed me off.

Thanks to Netflix, though, I was finally able to show the skit to someone else, which made me quite happy.
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If a cast member is also a writer, that's often the case; generally the cast members develop relationships with writers who generate material (Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy & Robert Smigel are a good example, or Bill Hader & John Mulaney with the Stefon character).

I highly recommend checking out the SNL oral history book that came out around the tail end of the Ferrell run, around 2002.
OK, I guess from all of the stories I had heard, they were all supposed to write sketches. I specifically remember one anecdote from...someone, I don't recall who, talking about what a week working for SNL was like and most of it talked about writing sketches. Maybe that's not a normal job.

I know that Farley and Spade wrote sketches, at the very least, because David Spade talked about how they had to move his and Farley's desks next to each other, or they never got any work done.

I'll check that out, maybe not lately, but for most of it's run, I've found SNL fascinating.
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Under The Dome ended its first season last night. I felt the season was a hit or miss during its first half, but it got more interesting during the last half.

It's intriguing, and some of the characters stir a lot of anger and almost hatred in me, so something is being done right. I'm just wondering what sort of a message Stephen King is trying to say here, plus I'd love to see the two psychopaths (Big Jim and Junior) be destroyed.

So while its nothing stellar, it is entertaining. I'll be tuning in again next summer.
Although King's name is attached to the TV series, it bears only a little resemblence to the novel he wrote, other than the eponymous dome.

I forgot how much I hate that network-tv style of formulaic miniseries/series drama; they haven't moved an inch stylistically since the days of 'The Day After', except for better effects. Really poor stuff.
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Last night I was thinking "Oh boy, I can't wait for the finale of Broadchurch next week!" And then today I realized I could find it somewhere to watch early. Huzzah!
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I specifically remember one anecdote from...someone, I don't recall who, talking about what a week working for SNL was like and most of it talked about writing sketches. Maybe that's not a normal job. I know that Farley and Spade wrote sketches, at the very least, because David Spade talked about how they had to move his and Farley's desks next to each other, or they never got any work done. I'll check that out, maybe not lately, but for most of it's run, I've found SNL fascinating.
Spade started off as a writer before becoming a featured player, if memory serves.

Bill Hader had a great anecdote about Will Robinson, one of the featured players, bringing killer material to the table reads but rarely making it onto the show proper. Glad that he's transitioning to writing then.

Side note: Bob Odenkirk going from SNL to The Ben Stiller Show to Mr. Show marks a crazy stretch of amazing sketch work. I think part of the reason why SNL fell apart in the mid '90s was due to stacking too much talent without trained improv work to the top of the deck. Rock, Sandler, Spade, and Schneider were stand-ups, Farley was a force of nature performer but not a great straight man. Once Hartman left, that stabilizing professional spot departed as well. I bring up Odenkirk because the series whiffed on attracting the "alt" talent that defined comedy in that decade, though Kids in the Hall was also a Lorne production. Janeane Garafolo and Sarah Silverman's bits in that book speak to that, as well as the undercurrent of Northeastern male comedy writer unintentional misogyny & racism.
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I didn't know Odenkirk wrote for SNL or Ben Stiller. I've never seen a full episode of the later, but every sketch I've been linked to on Youtube has been hilarious...they've all also been about Bruce Springsteen, so maybe that has something to do with it.
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Mr. Show came about due to David Cross joining The Ben Stiller Show as a writer while Odenkirk was a performer.
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I have managed to never see Mr. Show, but I suspect that if I ever did, it would be one of my favorite things...ever.
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