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    Another thing that I really loved about the Alabama Shakes performance (along with discovering how good they were like many of you!) was the way the cast responded to them. Several of them tweeted the next day how wowed they had been by AS, how they were still listening to their music, etc. I know that SNL took pride in the past for breaking hot new artists. It seems like they really nailed it when the booked that group. Even the people involved with the show didn't realize how fortunate they were until the show was done!

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    Over all, I thought last night's show was pretty lousy.
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    I thought it was pretty good. There weren't any sketches that will go down as snl classics but none were so bad I wanted to fast forward. And Taran Killam's McConahey was just brilliant! I like that he tapped into the nonsensical free thought that he does instead of relying just on "alright, alright, alright"
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    Let's just say I slept well. I've seen much better.
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    I didn't even know who the host was. I remember the McConaughey (sp?) bit and thought it was good, but I kept thinking about losing an hour of sleep and apparently my body responded by falling asleep throughout the show.

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    I will say it was certainly a show that relied on viewers having seen quite a few things for the sketches to fully make sense. The cold open wouldn't make full sense to anyone who hasn't seen the Taken movies. The monologue and bible sketch wouldn't make as much sense without seeing Girls. And the Scandal sketch made a lot more sense for people who know the characters on the show. That's a lot of time to put in one show to requiring that much background info.

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    SNL has always required some additional knowledge, whether it be of pop culture or political events.

    I thought this week's episode was pretty good and, although I'm not a huge Lena Dunham fan (or maybe I just don't like Girls, and like her just fine), I thought she did a good job. The Scandal sketch was hilarious. I wondered if Lena's writing background helped her this week. Apparently, Lena is a big Scandal fan, so I wonder if she helped write it.

    OTOH, as much as I like Jim Parsons, I thought his episode last week was embarrassingly bad. His monologue made this big point about how he isn't Sheldon, but then most of the characters he played in the episode were variations on Sheldon. Not all his fault, but it was still nearly unwatchable. The writers clearly didn't know what to do with him.

    I read an article the other day about how people always want to harken back to the early days of SNL and how much better it was when, really, it wasn't. We all just remember the great sketches. In reality, there were also bad sketches and ones that were just "meh," just like now. I think this season's biggest problem is an unwieldy cast. They need to get rid of some of the random white guys who all sort of blend together.
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    Of course the show has always required some additional knowledge! My point was that it was quite a few sketches for one show to need other references. Sketches like Drunk Uncle, Girlfriends Talkshow, the porn star commercial auditions, or the jewelry party sketch do not require additional knowledge. There are plenty like that. When they do a take off of a tv show, or even an impression of someone not widely known like Katt Williams, they are limiting the laughs based on familiarity. They do those things, but usually not a ton in the same episode. Last night they were very heavy in that type of sketch.

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    I have "additional knowledge" and I still didn't enjoy it. There was barely a chuckle. I was just looking forward to it being over.
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    I'm not familiar with Taran Killam outside of SNL. He's been the best part of the show for several episodes now. I look forward to seeing more comedy from him!
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