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Old 04-16-2012, 09:37 AM   #31
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That was an above average episode. Good writing, entirely listenable musical guest. I actually make it through the musical guest's performances without hitting FF on perhaps 20% of the SNL's, this was one of them.

I really liked the WU segment "What are you doing?". I can see them applying that to news pieces on a regular basis, like "Really??!!" ("We're not going to invade you. You have no oil and we're good with khakis." )

I loved how, in the form of a sketch, they showed how Piers Morgan can actually take an extremely divisive, emotional, hot button issue and make it seem bland and boring.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:12 PM   #32
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I really liked the WU segment "What are you doing?". I can see them applying that to news pieces on a regular basis, like "Really??!!" ("We're not going to invade you. You have no oil and we're good with khakis." )
To me, "What are you doing?" was a one-person stand-in for "Really?!?" I guess Amy Pohler wasn't available....which is weird because Parks & Rec comes back this week and NBC usually likes to cross promote.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:10 PM   #33
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To me, "What are you doing?" was a one-person stand-in for "Really?!?" I guess Amy Pohler wasn't available....which is weird because Parks & Rec comes back this week and NBC usually likes to cross promote.
They've had Seth Meyer's do "Really??!!" by himself a couple of times. But, you're correct, of course, that "Really??!!" is much better with two people playing off one-another.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:37 PM   #34
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Am I the only one who thinks "Goatse" when I hear his name?
I think "Game of the Year Edition".
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:32 PM   #35
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I'd never heard of Gotye before this. I hated the first song, loved the second, and then ordered the album...

I thought most of Californians was really funny, though like any other SNL sketch it went on too long. I've always been amused at the way people in California use "The" to describe roads.

Everything else felt pretty average.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:24 PM   #36
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I thought most of Californians was really funny, though like any other SNL sketch it went on too long. I've always been amused at the way people in California use "The" to describe roads.
BUZZ, WRONG.. NO..

Only *Southern* Californians stupidly put "the" in front of freeway numbers.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #37
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They do it in NY and FL too.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:44 AM   #39
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They do it in NY and FL too.
Only Californians visiting NY and FL do that unless they're referring to a bridge.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #40
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I hated the first song, loved the second
Same.
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When I was living there I heard "The A1A" quite a bit.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:01 AM   #43
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Heh, it's funny I didn't even notice the "The 405" thing at all until you guys mentioned it, and I never thought of it as a regional thing.

So I went through the highways around me and the only one that gets a "The" is the Mass Pike, but then, that's not a number, no one says "The 90." So yeah, I didn't notice it at all during the sketch, it all sounded very natural, but now that I'm thinking about it, it is interesting how some highways get a "The."
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Almost every major road around NYC has a name that it is referred to rather than its number, so the "the" isn't really an affectation.

The FDR, the West Side Highway, the Henry Hudson, the Grand Central, the LIE, the Major Deegan, the Hutch, the Cross-Bronx, the Sprain, etc...



On the infrequent occasions that we refer to them by number (like 495 for the LIE), we don't use "the".
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #45
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The FDR, the West Side Highway, the Henry Hudson, the Grand Central, the LIE, the Major Deegan, the Hutch, the Cross-Bronx, the Sprain, etc...
Exactly. And in Florida you have "The Turnpike." I-95, A1A, etc. don't have lengthier official names (that I am aware of) and thus don't require shortening. Although when I was a kid we used to refer to I-95 as The Highway of Death because there were so many fatal accidents.

In L.A. we could call it The San Diego Freeway, The Hollywood Freeway, The Santa Monica Freeway, but those names are rather long and kind of useless (most people don't know the official names and the names only make sense going in one direction), so we keep "The," drop the official name, and add the official number. So much less confusing, especially when you have to give directions and use multiple freeways.
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Exactly. And in Florida you have "The Turnpike." I-95, A1A, etc. don't have lengthier official names (that I am aware of) and thus don't require shortening. Although when I was a kid we used to refer to I-95 as The Highway of Death because there were so many fatal accidents.
The Turnpike doesn't count, because it's a proper name. In Florida there is no "the" in front of numbers like there is in SoCal. No one says "the I-95" like people in SoCal say "The 405".

And I've never heard "The A1A" or "The US-1".

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Almost every major road around NYC has a name that it is referred to rather than its number, so the "the" isn't really an affectation.

The FDR, the West Side Highway, the Henry Hudson, the Grand Central, the LIE, the Major Deegan, the Hutch, the Cross-Bronx, the Sprain, etc...



On the infrequent occasions that we refer to them by number (like 495 for the LIE), we don't use "the".
This is correct!

And I STILL can't get that stupid Goyte song out of my head.

SO annoying!!!
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And I STILL can't get that stupid Goyte song out of my head.

SO annoying!!!
I've had the single and the remix version on infinite rotation on my laptop while I work for the last couple of days.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:16 PM   #49
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And I STILL can't get that stupid Goyte song out of my head.

SO annoying!!!
I'm suffering from the same thing, but I made the mistake of telling a coworker at lunch yesterday that I've had this earworm since saturday night.

So he calls me at my desk yesterday afternoon. I answer and immediately hear the beginning notes of the song coming from the phone. Aarrrgh!

I'm home last night and the phone rings. I answer it and guess what? Aarrrrgh!

Today he emailed me a tiny url link asking me to investigate a web page for him. Uh uh. Not this time!
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I'm suffering from the same thing, but I made the mistake of telling a coworker at lunch yesterday that I've had this earworm since saturday night.

So he calls me at my desk yesterday afternoon. I answer and immediately hear the beginning notes of the song coming from the phone. Aarrrgh!

I'm home last night and the phone rings. I answer it and guess what? Aarrrrgh!

Today he emailed me a tiny url link asking me to investigate a web page for him. Uh uh. Not this time!
Ooh...you need to think of a way to get back at him!
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Ooh...you need to think of a way to get back at him!
Try sending him this link: youtu.be/8UVNT4wvIGY?t=1m34s
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:53 PM   #52
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I've had the single and the remix version on infinite rotation on my laptop while I work for the last couple of days.
I hear the FatCat Remix version a few weeks ago. Too techno/dance for my taste but it got me curious enough to look up Gotye on youtube and pick up Making Mirrors. Count me in as one who read the name as "Got-Ya".

Guess I'm a sucker for obsession and abuse in songs. Eyes Wide open is a MUCH more accessable song.

Loved the SNL version of both and the short was great
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The Turnpike doesn't count, because it's a proper name. In Florida there is no "the" in front of numbers like there is in SoCal. No one says "the I-95" like people in SoCal say "The 405".

And I've never heard "The A1A" or "The US-1".
Its official name is Florida's Turnpike, but everyone calls it The Turnpike.

Our highways are called freeways. But we have so many, and you often need to take several to get where you are going. Some are interstate highways and some are state highways.

Take the freeway.

Which one?

The San Diego Freeway.

But I'm not going to San Diego, I'm going north.

The 405 freeway. Same thing.

Oh, the 405, got it.
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Its official name is Florida's Turnpike, but everyone calls it The Turnpike.

Our highways are called freeways. But we have so many, and you often need to take several to get where you are going. Some are interstate highways and some are state highways.

Take the freeway.

Which one?

The San Diego Freeway.

But I'm not going to San Diego, I'm going north.

The 405 freeway. Same thing.

Oh, the 405, got it.
in Sac you go on 99,5, or 80. (and business loop 80 if you're old like me, it's been renamed), no "the" for us.
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Other than the bridges around here, which are referred to by name despite what road they are on (the Howard Frankland, the Gandy, the Courtney Campbell, etc.), the only out-of-the-ordinary designation (to me, anyway) is I-4. None of the other highways are referred to with the "I" except for I-4. I guess because just saying "4" is strange so the "I" is a substitute for "the."
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I thought it was a pretty good episode, but certainly not because of the host. He wasn't really used in any way that any other host couldn't have been used.

"America's Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist" meant nothing to me as I've never heard of the song or any parodies of it.

But Gotye was really good (I kept thinking "Got ya!", not Goatse ). I had never heard of him, or heard his music before. But I was really intrigued - so much so that after the end of the episode I want back and listened to the first number again. I think I will buy the album. Oh, and the sound mix was unusually good for SNL.
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Just got around to watching this today. Loved the Game of Thrones digital short.

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BUZZ, WRONG.. NO..

Only *Southern* Californians stupidly put "the" in front of freeway numbers.
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We do it in Arizona, too (the 10, the 17, the 101, the 202, the 60, etc.).
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OK, but my point is that it is known as "a California thing" but is really a N vs S distinction.

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