The day Saturday Night Live stops making raunchy jokes is the day I stop watching. Innuendo and crassness were the solid foundation upon which SNL was built. But can we agree that there is a line? That there are jokes that, while totally acceptable on a un-rated stand-up special, have no place on network TV. Well, Pete Davidson’s SNL debut during the 40th season premiere went there and made itself at home.
I’m not saying that I didn’t find the “Talk Business” bit completely hilarious, because I did. It just wasn’t appropriate for SNL. If you’re thinking, “but Whitney, inappropriate is where SNL lives!” you would be right. But there’s a difference between clever, subversive humor and being gross for laughs.
More than anything, this tells me that there are probably just not enough chicks in the SNL writer’s room. Because you know that if someone had tried to get away with something like this during the Tina Fey years her response would have been…
I’m pretty sure she would have laughed first, but after the lizzing had subsided, Bossypants would have told the guy to fix it or nix it. Sadly, these are not the Tina Fey Years. Most of TV’s funniest women have taken their act elsewhere, leaving audiences with sorta funny, way too explicit Weekend Update segments about what today’s youth are willing to do for a million dollars. I guess that’s what happens when over 80% of your writing staff is made up of sweaty, y-chromosome-bearing comedy dorks. Which begs the question: where are all the sex jokes coming from anyway? I thought writers were supposed to write what they know.