SNL at 40

Despite being on 4 hours earlier than normal, I still dozed off half-way through Sunday night’s Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. It was such a dud, even by SNL standards.

It’s something of a cliché to say the show sucks. Sure, the stakes are higher if watching TV at 11:30 on Saturday night is your best possible option. But even the lamest casts have had at least 4 to 5 hilarious moments a season. That’s more than most comedies on TV. I’ve just learned to appreciate the show for what it is, good enough television for it’s time slot.

At the very least, I was expecting this special to be another best-of where they focused on the recurring bits. Instead, it was mostly the worst stuff like celebrity  drop-ins, run-on sketches, and Jimmy Fallon.

My ideal would have been a distilled version of the absolute best sketches and jokes of the past 40 years. That’s what they did for the 5th anniversary of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.