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The Village Voice profiles the "new" SNL

by Richard Keller, posted Nov 8th 2006 11:00AM

SNL CastThere has been plenty of press lately on the "new era", slimmed down, Tiny Fey-less Saturday Night Live. Some promising, others pretty dismal. On the somewhat positive (yet neutral) side we have Rachel Sklar's piece on SNL in a recent The Village Voice.

Rachel was pretty much given full access to rehearsals, two full shows, cast members, and Lorne Michaels himself for the piece. And, from what she sees, this cast is much different from ones that had previously graced the stage at Studio 8H. Gone are the days of booze, drugs and over-sized egos. In its place is a troupe of more responsible performers who want to sit back and catch up with each other rather than face-off on how much better they are. It's actually harder to do that these days because, as Sklar points out, everyone is being given more face time due to the loss of actors such as Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz.

Rachel doesn't go too much into whether or not the show is better or sucks as much as it did over the last few seasons. Any observations on the current season and its cast she leaves to executive producer Lorne Michaels, who says that this is a rebuilding cast and that turnover is needed to develop new talent. As for the loss of such players as Sanz, Parnell, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch, Michaels says it was hard to see them go, but they were leaving at a good point in their careers and that it actually helped in building the current cast.

On the negative side of the SNL coin is Nikki Finke, who writes for LA Weekly. Finke says that SNL stinks even worse this season than it has in the past (the title of her column is 'Why SNL Stinks Even Worse This Season', so there's no mistaking the writer's feelings). Nikki actually quotes Rachel's Village Voice piece and feels quite depressed about the whole thing. In fact, Finke thinks the entire season is 'a total turd' (her words, not mine).

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Michael C

Fred Armisen is the best of the group.

They should definitely use him more. He's a funny, funny man!!!

November 08 2006 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alan

SNL is considerably better this season do to their emphasis on shorter sketches. It means that the writers have to come up with twice as many, but gone are the days of suffering through 10 minutes of, "You lika da Juice?"

November 08 2006 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whoosh

one of the reasons Borat went over so big is because American comedy has gotten so BAD!

November 08 2006 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

It's a shame the only mention of Kristin Wiig in the article is to make a point about the cast members not being household names. I think she's great and has the potential to be even better.

November 08 2006 at 12:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J-Sim

Maybe its time to bring back the days of booze, drugs and over-sized egos if that's what it takes to be funny.

November 08 2006 at 12:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marthe

I love the Latin Character Fred does. He needs more on air time to display his talent. I like Keenan, but it seems he holds back. He should do more crazy, black female celebrities, Redd Foxx, Bill Crosby and other crazy black male celebrities in the news.

November 08 2006 at 12:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Danny Cohen

I tell you, give that Freddie Armisen more time in the SPOTLIGHT... he is great, subtle, masterful. he could be big

November 08 2006 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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