The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly with Saturday Night Live.
I’ve been watching Saturday Night Live for about 10 years and I was fortunate enough to see some of the funniest people in entertainment today including Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Jimmy Fallon get their start on the show. SNL has always been known for being somewhat inconsistent with the quality of their sketches, but I’ve kept watching because when the sketches were good, they were really good. The show has gotten noticeably weaker in the last couple of seasons but it’s showing small signs of getting better. Here is what’s good, bad, and ugly about the current state of Saturday Night Live.
The Good: The Cast
Despite my feelings toward current SNL’s sketches(I’ll get to that later), the one thing I can’t argue with is the amount of talented cast members the show has right now. Bobby Moynihan, Kate Mckinnon, and Ceciley Strong are constant scene-stealers and all have memorable sketches and characters. Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam provide excellent impressions while Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer have also had their moments to shine as well.
Even the newest members like Bennett, Mooney, and Davidson show signs of promise and the ability to provide something the other members can’t. Half of the reason I continue to watch and support Saturday Night Live is because no matter who leaves the show, SNL will always find talent to replace them.
The Bad: The Hosts (Most of Them)
I personally feel that the show should just get rid of celebrity guest hosts. I know that may be foolish to say being that the celebrities are the biggest draw but the majority of the time, the host aren’t providing anything more than a boost in ratings. Don’t get me wrong, there have been many celebrity hosts who’ve done an excellent job such as Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, and Justin Timberlake, but those are usually a rare occasion.
A lot of people would agree that some of the best episodes of the latest seasons have come from when a previous cast member has hosted such as Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig. SNL should try out a couple of episodes with just the cast. The show would be better off if they would get rid of celebrity hosts and just have previous cast members host or no one at all.
The Ugly: The Sketches
Even if you have a talented cast and a qualified host, if the choices for sketches are bad, then you’re doomed from the start. Most of the sketches these days just aren’t that funny due to boring premises or predictable jokes . Even when the show does produce a great sketch, those usually get done to death and causes the show to get stale because of it. I honestly don’t know how this can get fixed, but hopefully they’ll figure it out soon.
Being that I’m a long time fan, I’ll definitely keep watching Saturday Night Live, but it’s getting really hard to find a reason to.