Monday, September 28, 2009


My response to the first SNL of this season is the same as always--why was this episode so weak? For some reason, SNL premiers are rarely the best the show has to offer. You'd think the writers could do better with a whole summer to come up with great sketches. (The staff is now so big if just one in three had something good, the show would be amazing.)

There's a minor controversy. In one of the weaker sketches (which takes some doing) one of the actors (a new one, replacing the perfectly acceptable old ones) said the F-word. Has any cast member ever been fired after one show?

It looks like a mistake--the sketch was premised on the women saying "frickin'" over and over, after all. I certainly hope this doesn't blow up into some sort of Janet Jackson scandal where people are claiming the republic is threatened. I doubt it will on a late-night show that's meant to be edgy, but you never know.

According to the article I linked, "Other SNL castmembers to swear on-air include Norm MacDonald, who received a verbal warning for saying the F-word on-air, and Charles Rocket, who dropped the F-bomb in 1981."

They're leaving out the original F-bomb from Paul Shaffer in 1980. It was a similar circumstance to the present-day case. In the Shaffer sketch, they were parodying an obscure underground tape of the Zombies in the recording studio, except they set it in olden days, and everyone was saying "floggin'" all the time.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course this comes on the heels of last week's local NYC anchor telling the weatherman "to keep f*cking that chicken" during the idiotic small talk that newsreaders undertake to seem human- His explanation was that he meant to say "keep plucking that chicken" and just slipped. That would make some sense except that doing any of those things to a chicken doesn't really seem to have much to do with the weather.

We will see how much the FCC feels they need to protect from such foul threats to the republic

3:22 AM, September 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Anastos of Fox-NY

1:39 PM, September 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he was just quoting Pink Flamingos.

2:37 PM, September 28, 2009  

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