SNL 10/8/11 Ben Stiller; Foster the People

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  1. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

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    So what do they do during rehearsals?
     
  2. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    Really? I thought it was a particularly weak episode. The monologue was the lamest I think I've ever seen. The cold open was barely amusing. Most of the skits didn't work for me. The Lincoln Financial commercials were probably the best part but that's damning with faint praise. Even the weekend update this week was not very good: there was only one good joke there IIRC. Nan Washington was not funny, and even Stefon was mediocre compared to his usual stuff--part of this might have been that I was hoping for really funny when Zoolander showed up, but it fizzled.

    Good stuff: Lincoln Financial, Hugh Jackman (the sketch was all over the place but Bill Hader and Hugh Jackman were funny); the Underground Rock Festival had a number of funny lines, and Foster the People sounded surprisingly good. Tinyballs wasn't too bad.

    I think maybe my thing is I just didn't like Ben Stiller. I do like to watch his movies and I think he's funny there but he did nothing for me here and I felt like he brought down just about every sketch he was in. Weird. Maybe I just don't like him live: he was good in Tinyballs (his appearance in Lincoln Financial was very quick, but fine).
     
  3. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

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    Completely different jokes, from what I've read. (That is, Stephan reads a totally different script.)

    I'm guessing he works out the club names in rehearsals (since many of them are simply "noises" that would be essentially impossible to spell on a teleprompter), and then the club descriptions are new to him on air.

    I've heard that the Garth and Kat bits are skipped COMPLETELY in all rehearsals including dress, since for that joke to work they must be completely un-rehearsed.
     
  4. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    Yeah, there were a couple of times last season where it really looked like Bill was getting the punchline delivered to him via cue card at the very last second.

    Like the setup is on the first card, and then they whip out the card with the punchline right before he has to say it.
     
  5. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

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    They should skip it in the final performance as well, just to be consistent. :)

    That joke works??? :D
     
  6. YCantAngieRead

    YCantAngieRead Not Entirely Current

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    Okay, so if it's all off the cards at the last minute, how on EARTH did they write that noise he made for the second bar? That was so hilarious, even my toddler laughed at it.

    Ooops. Fish Man addressed that. :eek:
     
  7. Sparty99

    Sparty99 Well-Known Member

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    Totally agree. I hate those two.
     
  8. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Did anyone else pause their DVR and frame by frame scroll through the Fox and Friends corrections? That was one of the funniest parts of the show for me, some of those lines were hilarious.

    Count me as the minority who doesn't like the Stefon bits. I think it is because Stefon reminds me of many of the weird people I used to work with back in college radio.

    Foster the People wasn't actually that bad, very catchy tunes. Although they sort of look like some fraternity that decided to start a band. That super-energetic percussion guy cracked me up.
     
  9. Fish Man

    Fish Man Phish Food

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    That was a standard noise that my father used to make when I was a kid to get laughs out of little kids. Partly because of that nostalgia, and also because it is really funny, I laughed good and hard at that too.

    I'm pretty good and making that sound myself...
     
  10. ElJay

    ElJay Active Member

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    Yeah I loved that. It was also a great display on how much my local NBC affiliate over-compresses the video. I was quite amused when Sudekis came out later and sang his "Are you ready for commercials?"

    I really liked this episode. The only part that really crashed and burned from my POV was the "hot coworker" Halloween party. That character needs to be retired, just like almost all of Wiig's other characters. (The Lawrence Welk Forehead Woman can stay.)
     
  11. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    gross, I think the lawrence welk woman is the one who should go the most.
     

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