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6 Reasons Why ‘Saturday Night Live’ Is More Than ‘SNL’ Right Now (Again)

What do Jim Belushi, Eddie Murphy, Cheri Oteri, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Jane Curtain, Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell, Kristin Wiig, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Ana Gasteyer, Al Franken, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, Maya Rudolph and many, many, many more in common?

(And of course, Rest in Peace, Mr. Hartman, Mr. Farley, Ms. Hooks, Mr. Belushi and Ms. Radner). 

Besides being on a dream list of people we want to go on comedic vacation with, like, right now, their stars who helped shape and shake Saturday Night Live to where it is..in its monumental forty-second season. 

Which at just over halfway through, is quite a season as those sky-high ratings (last week’s Alec Baldwin owned episode served the brand its best in twenty-two years) are proving to be quite intergalactic. Of course, we all know why (right Alec and Melissa?), and since we love SNL when its more than just SNL–whether in its early hey day, the early ’90s (look those casts up..now), the ladies of the ’00s or the whole McCain/Palin fiasco–it’s always nice to show some love to the particular seasons that are giving it to all of us straight and fabulous. 

So, here’s six reasons why this current season is truly more than SNL once again, or perhaps maybe for the first time…ever. 

1.Because it’s taking higher learning to a whole new satirical level. No matter which side you’re on, you have to admit (that is…if you any inkling of a soul), that it’s a scary place out there for all of us right now. The writers of SNL are truly aware of this, and in fact, are taking those scary universal facts (no alternative bull shit here), and churning out the best satirical laced sketches that ever come across Lorne Michaels‘ approving glances. While oh, so, indeed, the murky material writes itself, there’s no denial that it’s based on the whole truth and nothing but the truth of what’s out there right now. 

At the end of the day, so help our scared shitless lives that we’ve got SNL to guide us through all for which it stands. And again, no alternative bull shit here, just a long-lasting sketch comedy/music show doing its very best to educate everyone through the power of satire. And if you think they’re not educating you, watch again and most of all…learn. 

2.No shade to Kate, but the cast feels like a cast and we really, really like that…and our wallets do, too. If there’s one thing that SNL truly succeeds in, it’s that keeps delivering comedians who blast off from Studio 8H and into a career in movies and/or late night talk shows. (see above list).

In fact, there’s been quite a few times during the show’s forty plus years run that we’ve placed our bets on who was going to leave that May (like you didn’t have a twenty on that year you knew Will Ferrell was going to leave), but this season, not so much, and it’s a good thing because our wallets certainly need a little break right now. 

Even twenty-five year veterans Keenan Thompson and Bobby Moynihan feel fresh against a glistening cast that includes Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett (hey, Mr. P), Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Pete Davidson, Sasheeer Zamata and Leslie Jones. By the way, pay attention to Colin Jost alongside the stellar Michael Che during a fresh Weekend Update…he’s sort of funny and cute. 

Of course, hats and everything off to Ms. McKinnon, who is the clear front-runner of it all (HRC and that Conway person for life), but she seems comfortable and ready to stick around for a bit longer. Because we simply do not know what we would do is she left us right now. But at least we can put our money away because this cast is giving plenty of new life with lots to keep serving up. Even Keenan and Bobby. 

3.Mr. Baldwin and Ms. McCarthy are their own god damn SNL brand. So, who would’ve fucking thought we the people would be getting two gifts that keep on serving it all kinds of way out–Mr. Baldwin as Him and Ms. McCarthy as Spicey. In fact, we can’t even talk about it…we just have to watch it all and pray that Michaels gives these two their own sitcom and/or brings on more funny ass A-listers as them all. Don’t speak it, just dream it and continue to watch..all of this

 

4.Your Dad is actually enjoying it again. Much like anything right now dealing in life/Beyonce, there’s two sides to every argument. SNL is no stranger to the great debate, but it’s coming from your Dad who lived for the show in its early daze and thinks the later material and cast “is fucking terrible” and “sucks.” And of course, there’s you who can’t stop watching the Real Housewives of Disney skit from 2011 with LiLo every damn day of your life. 

But with this season, something is changing with your Dad (whether he drinks Budweiser or Yuengling Lager), he’s actually enjoying SNL right now and…gasp…saying it’s actually funny again. Better yet, he’s actually having a conversation with you about it (well..maybe a step above that), and you just can’t fucking believe it. But, hey, this season is definitely doing it

Then of course, there’s Mom in her certified Mom Jeans, who would never argue with SNL‘s past or present antics and just says things like, “I really like that Melissa McKinnon…and that Alex Baldwin is good, too.” Further proving that there’s nobody better than Mom, or this season of SNL.

5.The musical guests also feel fresh and new…because they are. Of course, Saturday Night Live just wouldn’t be SNL without its endless roster of special musical guests, in which, well every single one of our favorite music stars have graced the side live music stage in Studio 8H at one time or another during the show’s run. 

Although this season, SNL has done a fine job of featuring more of those more  “buzzworthy” artists in which Big Sean, The xx, Marin Morris, Sturgill Simpson, Chance the Rapper, Alessia Cara and Shawn Mendes have all brilliantly owned a piece of that stage giving us another reason to bask in the glow of season forty-two and reminding us that were miles away from those whole Lana Del Ray/Ashlee Simpson messes from years back. Thank God for that because SNL musical guests are life right now. 

6.It’s proving that it will really last way past our lifetimes. Not that we ever had any doubt in SNL going to a hundredth season, since the current season feels almost like a Netflix reboot, it’s safe to say that a two hundredth season will most likely be in the comedic cards. Scratch that, it will. 

And lastly, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night Live.” Yes, it is. Perhaps now more than ever. 

See you on March 4th, Ms. Octavia Spencer

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5 Reasons Why You Should Always Pay Your Dance Music Respects to Robyn

With already served out sets from the late, great David Bowie, The xx and The Flaming Lips tickling our headphones, and with new albums from Katy Perry, Lorde and u2 on the way, 2017 is looking to be quite a tasty year in music. 

But more importantly, it’s looking to have something for everybody, which we always love and appreciate. 

Overseas dance sorceress Robyn is already serving it out for every disco dude and diva in the place, as evident in her pulsating collaboration with fellow beat guru, Mr. Tophat

And just in case there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know who the f#$k Robyn is, get ready to pay your dance music respects and get your 5 Reasons Why all the way on. 

Let’s dance. 

1.Because she’s a beast on the Billboard Dance Charts…. Okay, let’s get this fact shit out of the way first and state this–Robyn takes the Billboard Dance Charts and makes them her bitch.

Ever since she transformed from a Swedish pop princess (calm down, girlfriend, we’re getting to all of it), into a straight up Swedish disco diva, Ms. Robyn has served us with close to a dozen Billboard dance destroyers including “Love Is Free,” “Handle Me,” “Hang With Me,” “Do It Again” (co-starring Royskopp) “With Every Heartbeat,” “Dancing on My Own,” and of course, “Call Your Girlfriend,” which still has us dialin’ up the dance floor of life whenever it gallops on. 

Oh, and Body Talk Parts 1-2 all damn disco day. 

2.”Dancing on My Own,” though… There’s nothing worse than a nasty breakup from that guy, that girl, queen! that bitch! But when we have a sweet, yet stalker-ish track (take a seat, Ms. Loeb) that’s backed by a blinding beat, well it makes that f#$king pain just a little easier to get through and proves that we have to do is dance it out and all will be alright in the morning, 

Well, besides watching out for our lives on those wobbly stilettos and dangerous broken bottles, of course. Sigh…

3.Her latest with Mr. Tophat is short, sweet and betta werk… Just listen. 

4.This little throwback right here….will change your fucking dance music life.  A decade back (2005’s self-titled set, anyone?), Mizz Robyn threw out “Handle Me,” a smooth, silky plugged in banger in which the singer musically shouted out to that guy, “Bitch, you ain’t gettin’ with this.”

Lucky for us, Soul Seekerz took the original and did all kinds of wonderful stuff to it, and coincidentally, it is what’re you going to feel once you dive in and try to handle this shimmering Robyn refire. Go. 

 

5.She gave us “Do You Know,” (heeey, Mr, Max Martin) “Show Me Love” and “Do You Really Want Me” for God’s sakes… Do you really need any more reasons than that fine tuned trio of ’90s pop tunes? Now, get down and pay your dance music respects to Ms. Robyn…for life. 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons Why We’re Ready for a Katy Perry 2017 Takeover

Oh, Ms. Katy Perry. Let us count the many, many ways she has taken over our lives since the release of her sophomore set, One of the Boys. (Katy Hudson was her first…wherever she is now).

We could start by counting up and gettin’ down to the eight number one singles (you know them, you love love them, you own them) she’s served the charts and all of us with starting with “I Kissed a Girl,” aka..the one that started it all. 

Or, maybe we could count up all of the boys, boys, all types of boys she’s linked up with and dangled in front of us, including ex hubbie Russell Brand (wherever he is), John Mayer, and her recent boo thing, Mr. Orlando Bloom and that picture of his bloom that we still can’t stop staring at. 

Oh, and that time that she tried to go all Sister Act and tried to buy a nuns convent so she could turn it into her Kitty Kat Krib and they told her to take a church seat? Priceless.

What all this means is that our lives have been a little more pop music cheeky and, like, a little more funner since she came along with her cherry Chap Stic in pocket and one way ticket to Vegas in hand.  But if one things for sure, it’s that it’s been way too long since we lived a complete Katy Perry year-and-a-like and lucky for us (and Ms. Swift, I presume), she’s looking and aiming to make 2017 her bitch. 

And in a year that’s looking to be filled with more bullshit than last year (as we’ll soon see..it’s possible), a Katy Komeback couldn’t be coming at a better time for all of us. 

And here’s 5 reasons why. 

1.Because let’s face it, Prism was a tad bit basic…  It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been almost four years since Kitty Purry, err, Katy Perry served us with her follow-up to her 2010 blockbuster, Teenage Dream. And while it tried to match up to the pop music wonderdom that was laced all up in Dream, with the exception of “Dark Horse,” “Walking on Air,” “Roar,” and maybe “This is How We Do,” the rest of the album ended up being stuck in beginner’s yoga class and couldn’t even come close to matching the one, two, five Billboard #1 singles punch of its monstrous predecessor. 

And with the recent announcement that Ms. Diva has linked up with Max Martin’s music bestie, Shellback, for the first time on her upcoming romp, it’s a good sign that she’s stepping away from the Dream and taking us into a brand new Perry music place. Perhaps a little deep house action as well? Judging from the way the overlooked overseas genre is nowhere to be found on stateside radio, it would be fabulous if someone could give it the respect it truly deserves. Maybe that someone will be Ms. Katy. There’s only way to find out…give us that album, boo. 

And when it comes to “Rise,’ Ms. Perry’s 2016 Summer Olympics anthem? Despite those killer remixes that made us dance for our lives (thank you, Mr. Barry Harris), the original didn’t even have us reaching for the Gold or a dumbbell, for that matter. All meaning…we’re ready.

2.Because we’re about to relive that Left Shark life again soon….and it’s still so lovely. In less than a month, that sports game that Beyoncé continues to own (“Formation” from last year, anyone?) that also features those two teams, aka, the Super Bowl, will be taking over our lives once again. Of course, besides all of those commercials will come a Mary J. Blige style reminisce sesh of all of the halftime performances that rocked our worlds, including Ms. Perry’s 2015 live opus which was blessed with dancing palm trees and everyone’s favorite plushie bestie, Mr. Left Shark.

Now, in a year that’s looking to be oh, so serious (keep it light and frothy this year at halftime, Gaga…please), it’s nice to be reminded on how groovy and goofy Perry’s performance was and just how much we’re going to need something like that from the “California Gurls” songstress to keep us from this, that and the other thang.

How about…right now? Yas. 

3.Because a big ol’ flashy Katy Perry world tour is just what we need this year… Speaking of all of those delightfully bat shit crazy live stage antics provided by Katy, it looks she already has a big ol’ tour in the werks for this album, whenever it shall be served to us. And if you don’t believe the hype, peep her Twitter account and then patiently wait for her latest live music spectacle to come and take us away from the pain of like, life and stuff. Because it will and it’s coming, Dust off and gird those whipped cream bikinis, kids. 

4. Because Taylor Swift is also releasing her new album this year.. Really, what could be better than having shade throwing besties Ms. Perry and Ms. Swift both releasing their big “comeback” albums this year? Absolutely nothing. Pass the sunglasses, now, to block it all. Because it looks like we’re going to need them plus a few backup pairs. 

5. Because it’s just plain f@#king time.. Enough said.