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.