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.
This weekend I did something a little crazy. Ok, a lottle crazy. In a recent issue of Entertainment Weekly there was an article written by Marc Snetiker on how to best prepare for the Emmys next Monday. Well, how to best prepare for the Emmys in only 24 hours and because I’m a weirdo, my first thought was, “I could do this. I should do this. I’m GOING to do this.” I honestly don’t watch a lot of the Emmy shows, especially in the Drama category, so I saw this as the perfect opportunity to get myself edumacated.
I prepared by making sure I had all of the recommended episodes or at least access to them and by placing an order with Amazon Fresh to make sure I had a cavalcade of themed snacks. As you should do for any binge.
Oh, and I live-tweeted the whole thing. And it turns out you can tweet a lot in 24 hours.
First show, first snack.
For Orange is the New Black, I watched “Lesbian Request Denied” and I have to say this is one of the viewings that made me want to watch more.
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Ding Dong the host is fired. Yep, Jay Leno is finally stepping down (deja vu?) and Jimmy Fallon is reportedly stepping in to take The Tonight Show in 2014.
13-year old me could not be more excited and present-day me is pretty excited, as well. When Jimmy Fallon was on SNL, my little heart beat so hard for him. He used to do a sketch called “Wake Up Wakefield”, where Maya Rudolph was a middle schooler who crushed on his Randy Goldman so hard that she had T-Shirts with his silk screened face. I wanted that shirt. I settled for the picture above taped to my wall.
Every time I watch him now, I am reminded of how twitterpated he made me with his dorky charm and “aw-shucks” vibe. He’s still got it and that’s why I love him.
Before “D**k in a Box”, before “Lazy Sunday”, and even before Andy Samberg showed up on SNL, my friend and I were college freshman who were obsessed with three guys who made random web videos about The ‘Bu, storks, sandwiches, and a “frazzy-haired Jew girl”.
When it comes to the guys known as the Lonely Island, I really CAN say that I knew them when they were nobodies and I have always loved that my boys are now getting to make their videos with a somewhat higher production value.
In case you haven’t already seen it, I give you “Yolo”, the song that knows that we really do only live once and we should be careful with that precious gift of life.
Considering that my previously mentioned college roommate and I would regularly argue over which of the Lonely Island boys was the cutest, we would have gone nuts for this video, because all of them are looking pretty fly in their acid-washed denim jackets.
Watch the video and see if your heart is also sent aflutter.