Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ready for Primetime

So I'm watching the SNL Season 1 that I got for Christmas, and so far I'm only about halfway through the first episode. It's abundantly clear they're still finding their feet, of course, and the Muppet sketch is absolutely abominal. But interestingly, there's a commercial sketch for the "TripleTrac" razor, which is supposed to be totally absurd and off-the-wall with it's THREE blades, though it's completely weird watching it now. Weird also that as razors got more complicated, SNL just updated the number of blades and came out with what was basically the same ad with the Platinum Mach 14. Not the most original observation, but it's fascinating watching this SNL DVD as a time capsule of sorts. Other thoughts:

- the cast is absolutely not the star, George Carlin hosts and he seems genuinely in charge of the proceedings
- most of the sketches are very low-key, on similar-looking sets, and a good 50-60% are commercials of some sort
- again, the muppets, oh man, insufferable
- way toooooo much music -- two guests, two songs each, sweet jesus. Who's Janis Ian?

This is fun to watch though.


Ted said...

Just wait until you get to episode II: Attack Of The Paul Simon.

It is, quite simply, a Paul Simon concert with a weekend update and about 1 minute of the rest of the cast.

You have my permission to skip it.

And to those that still think that the original cast was the're wrong. You just are.

Andrew Missel said...

Couldn't agree more. Those early years were mediocre, at best, and the most revered sketches from then just seem dated or simply not funny now. I've never understood the reverence for that period in SNL's history. I think there are two great time periods in SNL's history: that weird season (1984?) where Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer were on and Lorne Michaels was (I think) gone; and the late 80s/early 90s period SNL with Phil Hartman, etc.

Biz and/or Jordi said...

I agree with you and you and also, I think we're in a great SNL moment NOW. This season so far has knocked my socks off and it's made me giddy.

UpchuckBaby said...

Sure it's nothing groundbreaking now, but I think if you consider the context of American TV sketch comedy in the mid-70s (The Carol Burnett Show) you can at least see why people might have fond memories of the early years of SNL. (That, and all the drugs and sex they were doing at the time...)

Patti said...

i did so much sex in the 70's, it was unreal

UpchuckBaby said...

I really have no idea what sex is.