December 13th, 2006

Damiel Wings of Desire

I Feel So Old

So as a Pre-Christmas treat to myself, I picked up the Saturday Night Live 1st Season DVD set, and I'm having a bit of fun watching stuff I haven't seen in yeeeeeears: killer bees, Belushi as Joe Cocker, Land Shark, Andy Kaufman lip-syncing Might Mouse... good times, good times.

Gotta say though, much like every episode of SNL ever, you can toss about 30 minutes to 45 minutes of each installment right down the toilet and not feel like you've missed anything of value. There was some really, really dull crap back then as well.

Wait, I should make a clarification there: much like every episode of Saturday Night Live up until about ten or twelve years ago, you can toss out 30 to 45 minutes. After that, you can just toss the entire program into the sewer and not look back.

Don't anyone ever try to tell me that Saturday Night Live is funny again, because I'm not falling for that one anymore!

P.S.--Episode Two of the series should more accurately be called "The Paul Simon Show," because other than a short appearance by the killer bees, a news segment with Chevy Chase, the muppets (yes, there were muppets on SNL in the beginning) and a couple of short films, there's nothing with Belushi, Radner, etc. It's really quite an odd approach, I thought, to establishing yourself as a new program by not having any of your major talent actually on the show the second time out. Did they run out of material the very first week out or what?

And you know what? I remember when this stuff aired the first time (even though I was only six years old at the time).

I am old, man.
Daniel Lanois


For those of you who had no idea what I was talking about when I mentioned The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, you'll probably have no idea about this one either, but:

Fred "Rerun" Berry from What's Happening is in a dance number on episode three of SNL.

You'll have to do the wikipedia-ing all on your own here, people. I can't do all the work.
Mr. Mike

You're Welcome

Because I love you all, and now I'm in a Michael O'Donaghue mood, here you go: a selection of his stuff that appeared when he briefly had a column in Spin magazine.

Is Spin even around anymore?

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