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Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2015, 09:34:24 PM »

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Chevy Chase didn't look right on the Red Carpet or in that short segment where he spoke.

Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2015, 09:42:19 PM »

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Trying to watch it now.    Trying

Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2015, 09:55:21 PM »

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Imagine that afterparty.......
I think my head just exploded...

Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2015, 03:29:48 AM »

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Hah you guys are harsh.  I thought it was great.  The Celebrity Jeopardy bit was fantastic.  The musical montage was fun.   I wish Eddie Murphy was less of a primadonna, but at least he crawled out of his castle and actually showed up. 

We had people over and we all enjoyed it.  My girlfriend made some SNL-themed snacks:




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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2015, 04:15:45 AM »

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read the article - no clue how this guy came up with his rankings.  would have a completely different ranking personally

It looks like: cast members he loved, then cast members he liked, then cast members he was indifferent about, the cast members he could make a joke about not being that good or being wasted, then cast members he actively loathed.

My top ten, in no particular order, would probably look something like:
Phil Hartman, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Dana Carvey, Darrell Hammond, Jan Hooks, Dan Ackroyd, Jane Curtin.

If you asked me a month from now, I'd probably give eight of those names and two others, but I may be the only person who would consistently leave John Belushi out of the top ten.
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2015, 09:44:28 AM »

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I thought the special was real hit or miss.   

For the love of God, I don't understand the fascination with "The Californians".  Just have never found that skit funny.  The ending with Bradley Cooper & Betty White making out was pretty funny, though.

I thought the Weekend Update was good.  Nice to see them bring back Jane Curtin.  Didn't like the idea of celebrities imitating famous SNL characters, though.  The Emma Stone one was cringe-worthy, IMO given the fact that Gilda Radner is dead. 

The musical number with Martin Short/Maya Rudolph was pretty good, though.  Nice to see them bring back all those musical characters.  Bill  Murray as Nick Ocean was fantastic.  Great to see Joe Piscopo bring back his Frank Sinatra. 

Seeing Wayne's World again was awesome.  I was a pre-teen back when they were running those sketches.  Sentimental.

The Eddie Murphy thing was really disappointing.  Chris Rock did a helluva job setting things up with an introduction for the ages and then Eddie comes out and......falls completely flat.  He was set up to totally kill it and he just stood there & did nothing.  It took 30 years to bring him back and that was the result?  Extremely disappointing. 



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Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2015, 10:05:10 AM »

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I thought the special was real hit or miss.   

For the love of God, I don't understand the fascination with "The Californians".  Just have never found that skit funny.  The ending with Bradley Cooper & Betty White making out was pretty funny, though.

I thought it was great to have kind of a meta-tribute to the show by having a one-joke sketch that went on 5 minutes too long.

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I thought the Weekend Update was good.  Nice to see them bring back Jane Curtin.  Didn't like the idea of celebrities imitating famous SNL characters, though.  The Emma Stone one was cringe-worthy, IMO given the fact that Gilda Radner is dead. 

Yeah, especially since the punchline didn't feel like one.  Melissa McCarthy as Matt Foley was also embarrassing; I do a better Matt Foley than that for Pete's sake.  But Ed Norton was legit hilarious as Stefon.  And having Dick Cheney come out as Chevy Chase earlier was amazing.

EDIT: I loved that after all the musical characters Bill Murray just slew the crowd by the end of the first word.

I also agree that Eddie Murphy was pointless, it just seemed like bland ego-stroking that was completely separate from everything else.  They should've had Spade come out to make fun of him again so he could stay away for another 25 years.

The whole thing was fun in a nostalgia kind of way, but way too self-congratulatory and relying on "remember the time this funny thing happened?  Well it's kinda funny to do it again I guess."  But worth the watch overall.
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« Reply #22 on: February 16, 2015, 12:11:06 PM »

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Loved celebrity jeopardy but everything else was meh.  Some good points .mixed with not so good.  Was hoping for something from cheri oteri but nada.  The Eddie Murphy piece was truly pointless.  Piscopo still does a great Sinatra. 

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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2015, 01:10:19 PM »

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The Seinfeld bit where he was taking questions from the audience was one of the highlight segments, IMO.  Thought he slayed there.


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Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2015, 07:44:04 AM »

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Imagine that afterparty.......
It would be like an average summer weekend on Martha's Vineyard! 

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« Reply #25 on: February 18, 2015, 08:40:01 AM »

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I tried to watch, I really did.  Although I loved SNL...this was like being an outsider at a family reunion...only interesting to family members, no so much to outside observers.
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Re: SNL 40th Anniversary Special
« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2015, 01:18:28 AM »

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This sheds some light on one reason why Eddie Murphy didn't have much of a role on SNL40.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/18/eddie-murphy-bill-cosby_n_6710034.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000024

Via twitter, Norm says at the behest of the writers he tried to convince Murphy to play the Bill Cosby part in Celebrity Jeopardy. They all knew (including Murphy) that it would have killed but Eddie didn't want to kick Cosby while he was down, despite their differences. It's understandable.

Why he wasn't in any other skit, I don't know.

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« Reply #27 on: February 19, 2015, 01:32:24 AM »

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TP Nerf.  Also found this opinion piece that suggest Eddie has stage fright:  http://screenrant.com/snl-40th-anniversary-eddie-murphy-stand-up-comedy-2015/

Really anything he could have done would be seen as a disappointment by some.  But it seems he's lost the drive to really do anything funny.  Trophy girlfriend, zillions of dollars... dude took 5 years off from even doing movies after "Tower Heist".  It doesn't seem like he's interested in entertaining people anymore.