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The SNL Theory

One thing that I have observed about those who watch Saturday Night Live on a regular basis is an overwhelming amount of bitching about the current state of the sketch comedy show. Viewers frequently talk about “when SNL was good” like it was some yester-year that is definitely not in place now.

I have heard countless statements and read many an article claiming that “SNL was better back then“. Strangely, the ratings have never reflected this. For example, the Sarah Palin sketches featuring Tina Fey as the charasmatic vice-president hopefull garnished SNL’s best ratings in 14 years. This has led me to a theory that those who watch SNL are forever doomed to complain about SNL’s current crop of comedians.

The current claim is “SNL isn’t as good as it was with Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tracey Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, etc”. Well, guess what. During that era of SNL (late 90’s to early 2000’s) people complained then, too. What was shouted then was “SNL just isn’t as good now as it was when Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, etc were on”. During that time, people were complaining that SNL had lost its edge from when comedians like Mike Myers, Kevin Nealon, and Dana Carvey were on. Looking back on it, all those casts brought some pretty memorable moments, no?

My point is, SNL has produced a pretty impressive crop of comedians over its time. You can look back to the very beginning of SNL and find people like Chevy Chase. Then you can look back to just a few years ago and find Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler. So either all these people underperformed on SNL or maybe the complaints that the “good ole days of SNL” are behind us aren’t valid.

In a few years time when The Lonely Island gang is long gone from SNL, I have little doubt that people will look back to now and complain about the lack of those great “SNL Digital Shorts”.

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