SNL - Seasons 1 & 2

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  1. Diogenes1

    Diogenes1 VIP Extreme Gold

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    I found each of these sets for $14.99 at Target.

    Anyhow, watching the first six shows, I noticed how horribly unfunny, some of these comedians were. Was this the gold standard of comedy in the mid-70s?

    This includes:
    Robert Klein
    John Belushi
    Dan Ackroyd
    Albert Brooks
    Andy Kaufman


    What am I missing here that everybody thought was so brilliant?

    Consistently brilliant on the very first show was George Carlin.
     
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    Schmoopy Shit Mult Hunter

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    Pity post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:tadah::sd:
     
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    agree on Robert Klein


    Otherwise, eat dicks :hw:
     
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    explain please. . . it must be over my head.
     
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    RIP SNL
     
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    FatKidSullivan Smoking Cigars

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    Remember when you pretended to a be a teenage girl for years?

    Gross.
     
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    Diogenes1 VIP Extreme Gold

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    ah yes, the good ole days...
     
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    been saying this shit for years.

    nobody listens
     
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    This Fucker An Outsider looking in Gold

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    They were called SNL with Chevy Chase
     
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    i agree with you then... nary a chuckle to be had
     
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    It was funny at the time. I remember those muppet things as being hilarious. They are unwatchable now. They did lots of weird semi-dramatic stuff that was supposed to be artsy but was just a fail. Even the samurai guy really isn't funny at all now but it was a gut buster at the time. Like you said, some of it was good.

    It was really ground breaking at the time, live TV and skit comedy almost improvised. People were probably more likely to laugh because it was so different.

    The current shows are so PC and pander to so many groups that it is really bad. I bet it's frustrating for the writers to write something really good only to be told that the show won't touch it.
     
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    Diogenes1 VIP Extreme Gold

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    that's plausible

    but most of Monty Python in the first 3 seasons or so remains funny, and not dated by pop culture name drops.

    SNL, which it seems to emulate (like Jane Curtain interviewing Belushi who was attacked by a shark, but he is really hiding an arm and sitting on his leg).

    I didn't think belushi was funny ever... the rest seems UNpainfully funny but some of the music performances save the show.
     
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    You're talking about comedy/comedians on a show that began nearly 40 years ago... What was topical, cutting edge, & risqué then is "old hat" now...
     
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    That first season is very awkward.
     
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    which parts were cutting edge? chevy falling off the stage? belushi playing a bee? Ackroyd's bad moustache? Garret morris gets a nod for evoking humor in a vaudeville huckster sort of way . . . I'll keep you posted when something funny happens.

    right now Belushi is playing Sam Peckinpah, and the punchline was Robert Klein punching him back. Was that cutting edge?
     
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    not to bring monty python back, and I'm not even a big fan, but their show started a few years longer than that, and they just had a reunion show with the same skits... and they were funny?

    I can't see the same thing happening for these guys.
     
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    Belushi and Klein playing cockroach exterminators in army camouflage gear

    cutting edge?

    stay tuned.....
     
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    aaaaaaaaaaaand . . . . . . .no.
     
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    Gilda Radner as a fireman . . . .

    i think I'm sleepy.
     
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    muppets . . . . not working.