The episode was clunky, devoid of laughs, and painful to watch. It was a far cry away from the quality that the show enjoyed in the 90’s. The early-to-mid 90’s had a budding superstar cast that included Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, David Spade, Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, and Kevin Neilon. The mid-to-late 90’s cast was my favorite (97-98 being the best seasons), and included comic heavyweights Norm MacDonald, Tim Meadows, Kids In The Hall’s Mark McKinney, Chris Kattan, Jim Breuer, Cheri Oteri, Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Anna Gasteyer, and Rob Lowe.
It’s been all downhill since then. Only a handful of funny comics have come and gone since the 90’s ended. Rachel Dratsch and Horatio Sanchez (known for their hilarious characters Debbie Downer and Carol, respectively) have been the only talents worth paying any attention to. Tina Fey lucked out with her Sarah Palin character, which was handed to her on a silver platter. Seth Meyers and Jimmy Fallon have somehow scored their own late night comedy shows despite being atrocious comedians (Fallon ripped off Adam Sandler’s guitar schtick). Seth Meyers is an unfunny Glenn Howerton.
What happened? Even the musical guests have gotten crappy. The 90’s gave us blisteringly edgy performances from bands like Faith No More, Rollins Band, and Nirvana. Now it’s just garbage acts like Katy Perry and Madonna rip-off artist Lady Gaga. Part of the problem is that American culture has gone hyper liberal since the 21st century started. In a hyper liberal culture, nothing can be perceived as “rebellious”. The reason why Sinead O’Connor burning a picture of Pope John Paul II on SNL is an edgy act of rebellion is because America was much more conservative in the early 90’s. Today, doing such a thing would be fairly ho-hum because we are no longer a conservative culture.
This brings me to the present day incarnation of Saturday Night Live, a watered-down show that rarely elicits a chuckle and more resembles the crappy MAD TV sketch comedy show of the late 90’s. SNL has become a favorite destination for flavor-of-the-week agenda comedians like Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy and Sarah Silverman. Likewise, the show has been used as a revolving door for former cast members to host, such as the talentless Kirsten Wiig and Tina Fey. Washed-up Alec Baldwin is on his knees thanking the heavens that Lorne Michaels has tapped him (instead of the much funnier Darryl Hammond) to schlep out his awful impression of Donald Trump.
Norm MacDonald hit the nail on the head when he recently called SNL “agenda comedy”. Steven Baldwin, a real life redemption story that epitomizes the success of 12 Steps, called his brother Alec Baldwin’s impression “not funny”. No argument here. But a recent rash of tasteless incidents have put SNL on the hot seat. Furthermore, the media, which fawns over every unfunny thing Kate McKinnon does (and goes into hysterics with every anti-SNL Trump tweet) is giving SNL a pass on their nastiness.
One such example is Melissa Villasenor, SNL’s first Latina cast member. All the mainstream outlets fawned over how progressive and groundbreaking SNL was for hiring their first Latina, but I can’t find a single mainstream source reporting on all the racist tweets she was caught deleting. In her deleted tweets, she made disparaging remarks about black people and asian people. What a scumbag. Huffington Post covered it, but nothing from New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, or Rolling Stone.
Another example is SNL noob Pete Davidson recently saying “F*ck you b*tch” to President-Elect Donald Trump. I fail to see the humor. I fail to see the wittiness. I fail to see the edginess. All I see is a butthurt 23-year old snob on an unfunny show spewing hatred and filth. AND NOBODY COVERED IT. Sure, Breitbart and a few independent outlets covered it, but all the mainstream outlets and even Huffington Post left this one alone. For all we keep hearing from the left about how divided America is, SNL appears to be an agitator-in-chief, only interested in encouraging viewers to share in their caustic bile. Where’s the laughs?
Or how about that nauseating “cold open” where comedic hack Kate McKinnon (in her Hillary costume) sang the recently departed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” after Hillary was flattened by Trump in the General Election? Nothing funny about that. My guess is that Kate McKinnon is royally butthurt that she just lost 4 years of guaranteed “work”. Good riddance, I say. McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton impression was awful, Rachel Dratsch would have been funnier for the role of Hillary. Yet, the press just fawns over how touching a moment it was. Agenda Comedy…but then again, there was no actual comedy.
Clean house. The writers are and have been garbage for over a decade now. Keenan Thompson has been on the show for over a decade, butchering the show with every sketch he appears in. His Don King impression and his Bill Cosby impressions are a trainwreck in motion. His writing obviously sucks. Kate McKinnon of floptastic Ghostbusters fame needs to go, too. Richard Roeper accused her of “butcher(ing) her performance” in his refreshingly honest review of the Ghostbusters movie, her Hillary Clinton impression is miles off the target, and whatever sketches she’s writing are obviously terrible. The bar is really low for Emmy’s. But no matter how awful Kate McKinnon or Keenan are, the media always gives them a pass and insists the show is hilarious…the same media that insisted Ghostbusters was hilarious…
My last point is that the show hit all-time low ratings last week, and I think the show is probably going to tank in ratings from here on out. The media, naturally, ignored this massive dip in ratings, instead, as usual, insisted the show is the funniest thing since Charlie Chaplin. It’s time for the media to take off the kid gloves with this terrible tv show. It sucks and everyone knows it. Especially those of us that still yearn for SNL to release the 1990’s seasons on dvd. Of course, if they did that, then people would remember how funny and edgy the show used to be. And if they did that, they’d see how truly terrible the show has become.