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Goldberg74
02-24-07, 07:59 AM
http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/4377/rainnkg8.jpg

Maybe we'll get a cameo by some of "The Office" staff.

The next new episode is March 17th. No idea who the host will be.

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Season 32 so far...
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02/10/07 - (H) Forest Whitaker (H) Keith Urban (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=492108)
02/24/07 - (H) Rainn Wilson (M) Arcade Fire
03/17/07 - (H) TBA (M) TBA

Goldberg74
02-24-07, 08:00 AM
Holding this space for last week's grades.

LorenzoL
02-24-07, 08:04 AM
I'm looking forward to tonight's episode.

movieking
02-24-07, 09:53 AM
I am assuming we will get a Britney sketch this week. Wilson was wearing a Britney T-shirt in all of the promos that I have seen for this episode, but hopefully everything we see in the promo does not make it to air (I'm looking at you, Nunee).

Drexl
02-24-07, 09:59 AM
I'm looking forward to the musical guest more than the host/sketches.

Goldberg74
02-24-07, 10:48 AM
Arcade Fire's website is strange, but I like it.

http://www.arcadefire.com/

JPRaup
02-24-07, 02:34 PM
Arcade Fire is my number one band right now. I absolutely can not wait.

Gizmo
02-24-07, 04:05 PM
Dwigt! Can't wait!

tommyp007
02-24-07, 04:42 PM
I have to admit, I'm unfamiliar with both host and musical guest.

cdollaz
02-24-07, 04:49 PM
Will they attempt a The Office skit?

Goldberg74
02-24-07, 06:15 PM
Will they attempt a The Office skit?
If Angela, Kevin, or Jim show up I'll be giddy.

Goldberg74
02-24-07, 08:40 PM
Side Note: "The Best of Eddie Murphy" is on E! tonight (10e/9c).

ChiTownAbs, Inc
02-24-07, 10:27 PM
I am looking foward to this show.

Brent L
02-24-07, 10:41 PM
This monologue is fantastic so far.

Achtung
02-24-07, 10:41 PM
Will they attempt a The Office skit?

Apparently they will.

Achtung
02-24-07, 10:43 PM
I have to admit, I'm unfamiliar with both host and musical guest.

You are officially old. ;)

MFRONE
02-24-07, 10:49 PM
This has been pretty good so far

Brent L
02-24-07, 10:51 PM
"The guy's pee came out of my nose!!!"

So far, so good.

MFRONE
02-24-07, 10:52 PM
Another great digital short

TheStoicPaisano
02-24-07, 10:53 PM
Enh, another Nuuuuuuni sketch.

Brent L
02-24-07, 10:56 PM
Sprockets, that ain't.

skatefan20
02-24-07, 11:13 PM
So far,

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Rainn Wilson (Reminiscing over Kenny Loggins, Digital Short rotfl )
:thumbsup: Arcade Fire - first time I've heard of these people.

Brent L
02-24-07, 11:23 PM
:lol: @ this judge bit.

skatefan20
02-24-07, 11:42 PM
:lol: @ this judge bit.
http://i9.tinypic.com/34pnp15.jpg

rotfl

magiccmom
02-24-07, 11:50 PM
Rainn Wilson is a natural at this!~

cdollaz
02-24-07, 11:58 PM
You don't see hurdy gurdys in bands too often.

Patman
02-25-07, 12:00 AM
The last 30 minutes ran out of steam, but an overall okay episode.

Tommy Ceez
02-25-07, 12:03 AM
Say what you want about the individual episodes, but since Tina Fay is gone the skits have SOOOO much more edge to them

"Then we sell the baby and buy a pornography store...with the profits from the store, we pick up as much Meth as we can..."

Charlie Goose
02-25-07, 12:49 AM
Whole show gets a B-. I donít know Rainn Wilson from a hole in the ground. I have never been able to stomach more than 5 minutes at a time of The Office. Iím guessing he comes from an improv background, because he was a very good host and seemed right at home doing sketch comedy. He gets an A-

As for the band, I never include the musical guest in the grading. Iím not familiar with most of the acts that play on SNL, and usually donít even watch the performances. Tonight I watched. And what the fuck was that about? Is that what passes for music today? Bah, says I.

Monologue
Doing The Office shtick. Lorne Michaels had a pretty good joke at the end, but otherwise as insufferable as the show itself. C+

Kenny Loggins foursome
Funny & clever bit with the four guys telling increasingly creepy tales about their memories of the song.
By the way, if Rainnís feet were in the shopping bag in the bathroom stall, then the guyís pee wouldnít come out of his nose, it would be the other way around. Jesí sayiní. A-

Corporate HQ
I thought this was hilarious, all the weird characters around the conference table. A-

NOOney & NooNEY
Same old bit. This was a mildly funny idea that is very stale now. Funniest gag was cotton candy as
pubes. C-

The Peeper
RW as a peeper looking at a police lineup. It took me half the bit to realize that it wasnít Hader. Not much, but RW was good, and Rudolph & Poehler made out. Sweeeet. B-

Weekend Update
Lame joke about Denmark pulling its troops out of Iraq, then naming the one guy there. Heard the same joke at least twice this week. Armisen as Judge Seidlin was way too long. Aunt Linda was good as always. Samberg as Prince Harry, off to war, then vomiting copiously upon realizing the danger. So stupid, but why is spewing puke so funny to me? B

Co-Workers
Forte and Wiig play these characters well, but a little too dry. B-

White Possum Scream
This weekís WTF sketch. Same as Black Snake Moan, but with RW in chains. Terrible. D-

River Bliss
Arguing amongst the members of a new age band. Goofy. B-

JPRaup
02-25-07, 01:15 AM
I only watched for Arcade Fire really, they are one of my favorite bands. Those were alright performances on SNL, but you really need to see them live. They give amazing concerts. If you enjoyed their songs. I recommend their first album "The Funeral" (2004). Their newest album, "Neon Bible" comes out March 6th, some great stuff. Dwight was great, but damn SNL has gotten bad. That was the first full episode I have watched in forever. It was for the most part horrid.

Roto
02-25-07, 01:21 AM
I have never been able to stomach more than 5 minutes at a time of The Office.
Yet you still watch Saturday Night Live week after week. These SNL threads are like some kind of self torture experiment. By the end of the season that grading chart is going to correspond with the numbers on Lost somehow.

JPRaup
02-25-07, 01:29 AM
Yet you still watch Saturday Night Live week after week. These SNL threads are like some kind of self torture experiment. By the end of the season that grading chart is going to correspond with the numbers on Lost somehow.

I also thought that was ironic. Comparing the best example of comedy on tv right now (The Office) to the bottom of the barrel (SNL). Also criticizing one of the top rising critically acclaimed bands by only listening to two live songs. :/

BlackCapTen
02-25-07, 01:55 AM
I made sure to watch SNL tonight because of Dwight hosting and I generally enjoyed the episode.

Wasn't very aware of Arcade Fire (although the first song was familiar). They were pretty good.

Perkinsun Dzees
02-25-07, 02:05 AM
I thought the show was okay. The funniest bit was that parody trailer with Rainn Wilson for "The Last Mimzy" rotfl I thought that bit perfectly satirized all the cliches of kids adventure movies from the past five years (ie. Terabithia, Zathura) and the glut of "changing the past/future" films like Deja Vu, The Number 23 and Premonition.

wnyx1440
02-25-07, 03:25 AM
Actually, it looks like "The Last Mimzy" is an actual movie:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0768212/

Yeah, dunno about that one...

First episode I've watched all the way through for the past few years. But only because I'm a huge fan of both The Office and Arcade Fire. And as somebody mentioned before, The Arcade Fire are fantastic live. I saw them before I even heard much of their stuff and I was blown away...

Giantrobo
02-25-07, 04:56 AM
I didn't see the whole show but for some reason when that guy lifted his shirt and there was cotton candy in his pants, I fell out laughing. :lol:

movieking
02-25-07, 06:51 AM
I absolutely cracked up laughing at the Kenny Loggins sketch, especially the first part about the uncle. It's the funniest thing that I have seen on SNL in ages.

thebunk
02-25-07, 06:58 AM
As for the band, I never include the musical guest in the grading. Iím not familiar with most of the acts that play on SNL, and usually donít even watch the performances. Tonight I watched. And what the fuck was that about? Is that what passes for music today? Bah, says I.


LOL!!! Some of you oldsters are so hilarious!

SNL has always been about showcasing young, up and coming talent. Like it or not, Arcade Fire are one of the best bands out there today. Yuo shouldn't slag a band just because you are so out of touch with today's music.

Giantrobo
02-25-07, 07:19 AM
LOL!!! Some of you oldsters are so hilarious!

SNL has always been about showcasing young, up and coming talent.

That's doesn't always mean the music is good.

Like it or not, Arcade Fire are one of the best bands out there today.

If you say so....

Yuo[sic] shouldn't slag a band just because you are so out of touch with today's music.

Point taken. But don't assume everyone agrees with your taste in "music".

Charlie Goose
02-25-07, 08:05 AM
LOL!!! Some of you oldsters are so hilarious!

SNL has always been about showcasing young, up and coming talent. Like it or not, Arcade Fire are one of the best bands out there today. Yuo shouldn't slag a band just because you are so out of touch with today's music.
*shrugs* It has nothing to do with age. I was listening to Johnny Mathis and doo wop when I was 12. And I still hate The Office. And youth. Now get off my lawn before I call a cop.

GuessWho
02-25-07, 08:46 AM
Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna! Anna!

Applejack
02-25-07, 08:49 AM
I also watched it just because I like Rainn Wilson and the Arcade Fire... but I ended up turning it off after Weekend Update.

I will just watch the Arcade Fire performances from SNL.com or something, because I couldn't take much more of the episode.

The monologue was funny, the memories of kenny loggins was funny (though it was funnier when Adam Sandler did it on the skit "Memory Lane" from the "What the Hell Happened to Me?" CD and the office meeting with the budget cuts was really funny.

The Noonee thing was painful to sit through (The uncomfortable couple sketch was much funnier when it was Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch) and I didn't really care for the Peeper thing either.

The Arcade Fire was great, as I had expected.

This show is really on life support. I am surprised at how many people think it is even passable sometimes.

Snowmaker
02-25-07, 08:57 AM
As much as I wanted to see this episode, by the time the musical act came on, I was out like a light.

I thought Wiig and Sudeikis did good Pam and Jim impressions.

LorenzoL
02-25-07, 09:02 AM
I thought it started really well but it fell flat after WU. The opening sketch and the Kenny Loggins bit were the best.

I could care less about the musical guest.

cdollaz
02-25-07, 09:25 AM
I thought Arcade Fire was weak also. No melody.

Grimfarrow
02-25-07, 10:42 AM
Arcade Fire > you & me

Jack Straw
02-25-07, 10:51 AM
I thought it was one of the strongest episodes this season, but I'm definitely biased as I'm a big Office fan. As someone else said, I also thought Rainn is a natural at sketch improv comedy.

I thought the best line of WU was when the showed the pic of Howard K. Stern and said paraphrasing "Who woulda thought this man would be the one shaming the name Howard Stern..."

Gizmo
02-25-07, 11:38 AM
Rainn was good, Aracade lame was just, well, LAME.

bub2000
02-25-07, 12:47 PM
http://hardcutting.blogspot.com/2007/02/5-of-11-snl-castmembers-love-arcade.html

Sunday, February 25, 2007
5 of 11 "SNL" Castmembers Love Arcade Fire

Reporting from 30 Rockerfeller Center: Want to to know why Arcade Fire ran off the stage during the closing credits of "Saturday Night Live" last night?

Because, in something that is apparently rarely done at Studio 8H, they played a mini-concert for the audience. Making up the front row of the 3-song set was Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg, all looking absolutely transfixed by this band. The Fire has some high-powered fans, for sure, and converted a good chunk of the audience last night as well.

It's odd that my highlight of the show happened off-camera-- at the end of their three-song set, they played "Wake Up", off the stage and in the audience. Amazing. The cameras were rolling, I'm hoping this appears somewhere.

Also a funny tidbit: Five seconds before the show went back live for Arcade Fire's second song, Rainn Wilson looked at lead singer Win Butler and, in a very deadpan voice, asked what happened to his guitar (he had smashed it during their first song). Ha.

El Scorcho
02-25-07, 12:49 PM
The most amusing thing about Arcade Fire is all the fanboys that rush to their defense if anyone dare say anything negative about them.

At any rate, I thought the episode was decent but really tailed off at the end. The Noooooooney sketch needs to never return. And the dry office co-workers just isn't funny to me. First half of the episode got a B+ from me, 2nd half gets a D+.

rocketsauce
02-25-07, 01:33 PM
Wow that band sucks. And I'm not old. I feel like I need to be wearing Chuck Taylors and an ironic tshirt to like these guys. And for everyone trying to defend these talent vacuums by saying you need to see them play live, isn't that essentially what they're doing on saturday night live. I know im personally not in the studio, but i don't see a difference.

Jack Straw
02-25-07, 02:00 PM
Before SNL, I knew less than nothing about this band. Having said that, the lead singer/guitar player did not look like he was into the songs or the performance thereof (very wooden). Maybe that's part of their appeal, I don't know. And I had a WTF moment at the end of song #1 when he smashed his acoustic guitar. In addition to be beyond "cliche", was that some sort of statement? What was written on the guitar?

Sex Fiend
02-25-07, 02:06 PM
*shrugs* It has nothing to do with age. I was listening to Johnny Mathis and doo wop when I was 12. And I still hate The Office. And youth. Now get off my lawn before I call a cop.

:lol: Hey everybody, let's teepee Old Man Goose's house!

Well, I am also probably a relative old-timer around here, and likewise generally hate most of what passes for music these days. But I liked Arcade Fire (although I was completely unfamiliar with them beforehand), enough so to want to check out some of their recordings. And for the record, I also really like doo-wop and The Office.

Overall, I thought the show was okay. Rainn Wilson was clearly in his element: if one watches any of the outtakes on The Office DVD sets, it's apparent that he improvises large bits of his character on that show.

JasonF
02-25-07, 03:29 PM
I had heard of (but not heard) Arcade Fire before SNL, and liked their performance enough that I'm planning to pick up their first album.

slop101
02-25-07, 03:31 PM
Arcade Fire is good... lullaby music... zzzzzzzzzzzz...

You guys have it backwards - they acutally sound (and perform) like music for old people.

DrRingDing
02-25-07, 04:50 PM
The most amusing thing about Arcade Fire is all the fanboys that rush to their defense if anyone dare say anything negative about them.

:lol: I <i>am</i> a hardcore Arcade Fire fanboy, but I absolutely, hands-down agree with you on this point. It's funny how this thread has almost derailed completely because of 1/10th of the show - the band.

For those of you who were intrigued by their performance, check out their first album <i>Funeral</i>. For those of you who didn't like it, the more power to you! I could understand not liking them and a lot of what has been said - Win Butler does look absolutely wooden - but a fanboy I shall remain! :D

Didn't see the show, but hopefully my general middle ground position will put an end to all the talk about Arcade Fire and produce more opinions of the skits and the show as a whole...
-ringding-

JPRaup
02-25-07, 05:32 PM
I agree with you on Arcade Fire. I am a hardcore Arcade Fire fanboy, and I would rush to their defense in any case, but most fanboys for anything would. I just can't stand when utter shit fills up the radio and cd sales and Arcade Fire gets bashed. With this SNL spot and Neon Bible coming out I hope they get some more recognition. But then again, I am a fanboy.

Brent L
02-25-07, 07:13 PM
Would you like to be disgusted just a bit:

http://img128.imageshack.us/img128/4834/snlrainndwightmoangt2.gif

:lol:

ChiTownAbs, Inc
02-25-07, 09:10 PM
Noony skit has got to go.

jjcool
02-25-07, 09:46 PM
Just watched the epsiode. Huge fan of the Office and I thought Rainn wasn't bad. Sudeikis and wiig had spot on impressions of jim and pam from the office. Tough to tell what was worse though, the noonee sketch or the band. The sketch gets points for samberg having cotton candy pubes. Whats the deal with singers having to destroy their instruments? Was he trying to wake the audience up after that performance? It just seems so cliched and already done by now that it is jsut boring.

lordwow
02-25-07, 11:14 PM
The Kenny Loggins skit was funny, but it was no Yacht Rock...

MechanicalMan
02-26-07, 06:07 AM
The most amusing thing about Arcade Fire is all the fanboys that rush to their defense if anyone dare say anything negative about them.
Yeah, look at the positive comments that a handful of people have made about Arcade Fire. They must be a bunch of defensive "fanboys." But I wonder, what is the term for people like you?

Chew
02-26-07, 06:41 AM
Being a big Office fan, I loved how the SNL actors got all the characters just right. Great cameo placement too. :lol:

dcswirl
02-26-07, 07:46 AM
First SNL I've watched in a really long time, because of Rainn hosting. He does seem like a natural for the show. I totally agree with an earlier post about the show starting strong and getting progressively weaker. I thought the band was terrible.

Strafe
02-26-07, 08:32 AM
I love Noony! It and the Office skit were the only things worthwhile on this show.

cornflakeguy
02-26-07, 09:22 AM
When was the last time the Guest Host participated in the pre-monologue opening sketch?

Athough it wasn't that great, I came to the conclusion that with all the lines that Rainns reporter character had, Rainn was the only one that could pull it off.

DVD Josh
02-26-07, 12:14 PM
The writing, as usual, was terrible. The most impressive thing about this episode was how natural Rainn was on stage. He's a real talent.

Honestly, this show doesn't need better performers. It needs better material.

Fanboy
02-26-07, 12:25 PM
I love Noony!

Oh, you're the one.

El Scorcho
02-26-07, 12:30 PM
Yeah, look at the positive comments that a handful of people have made about Arcade Fire. They must be a bunch of defensive "fanboys." But I wonder, what is the term for people like you?

I guess the term for me would be "Realist who doesn't give two shits what people think about the music I like to listen to and therefore, won't act like you just shit on my mother's grave if you talk down about my favorite band".

It's kind of a long-winded term but I think it's got staying power.

El Scorcho
02-26-07, 12:35 PM
I just can't stand when utter shit fills up the radio and cd sales and Arcade Fire gets bashed.

With the advent of personal music players and how mainstream iTunes and mp3s in general are, why does this even matter? None of my favorite bands have been played (much) on the radio at all and I've managed to get along just fine. In fact, the bands that stay off the radio remain truer to themselves and don't change themselves for the radio/mainstream, typically.

Arcade Fire didn't do much for me at all. The best parts of their songs (to me) were when there was no singing at all. Full band sounded just fine. Combine that with the lead singer looking completely pedophile-at-the-end-of-the-street-in-the-gray-house scary, and it just didn't do anything for me.

But like I said, I couldn't give two shits if all of you liked them or not. :lol:

El Scorcho
02-26-07, 12:38 PM
At any rate, I made my girlfriend watch the show last night on DVR (since she loves the Office and Rainn) and outside of the Office impressions and a few quips on Weekend Update, she was complaining the entire time of how painful the show is to watch these days.

She hasn't watched much SNL at all the last 10 years and her immediate complaint was one that is echoed here ad nauseum: They make their jokes/sketches last entirely too long.

DRG
02-26-07, 02:19 PM
I thought Rainn did a great job even though he wasn't given a lot to work with. The Peeper character could've been great, but the skit itself wasn't the best use of the character IMO. I love The Office bit but I can understand how it would be pointless if you weren't a fan of the show.

BravesMG
02-26-07, 03:01 PM
I like the new term El Scorcho, I need to find a way to work that into daily conversation.

DamingR
02-26-07, 03:11 PM
The Arcade Fire was the best live act on SNL in about 3 years. It's not pop music, though, so I wouldn't expect people to like it immediately, and I thought the vocals were way too low in the mix.

And to call anyone who defends the band fanboys is pretty over the top. They are one of the most well-received bands out right now. See their 90 on metacritic.

http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/arcadefire/funeral?q=arcade%20fire

Ayre
02-26-07, 03:14 PM
I like the new term El Scorcho, I need to find a way to work that into daily conversation.
You could say:

Hey, Did you ever listen to Weezer's Pinkerton CD? It has a great song on it call El Scorcho.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Scorcho

BravesMG
02-26-07, 03:19 PM
I guess the term for me would be "Realist who doesn't give two shits what people think about the music I like to listen to and therefore, won't act like you just shit on my mother's grave if you talk down about my favorite band".

It's kind of a long-winded term but I think it's got staying power.:) El Scorcho itself would be pretty cool to work in, but I need to pull a quote out like the one above even more when I'm around some assholes I know (not speaking to anyone in here at all).

El Scorcho
02-26-07, 03:31 PM
And to call anyone who defends the band fanboys is pretty over the top. They are one of the most well-received bands out right now. See their 90 on metacritic.

http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/arcadefire/funeral?q=arcade%20fire


I often believe that in the hipster music industry, many reviewers become victim of the "mob mentality" when it comes to reviewing albums. That is, a couple times a year there seems to be a certain "media darling" album/band that a handful of reviewers jerk themselves off over. In turn, other reviewers catch wind of it and listen to it with a significantly positive bias and also jerk themselves off over it. The whirlwind continues and pretty soon it's critically acclaimed by everyone in the industry despite very few people ever listening to the record without any sort of bias beforehand.

In turn, the casual music listener will read all these reviews and fall in love with bands like Arcade Fire simply because everyone else says they should.

As stated, Arcade Fire (for me) is simply okay but definitely not spank-worthy.

By the way, it's no surprise whatsoever that at your metacritic.com link you posted, you can look at their All-time Best/Worst lists and note that a very large portion of the "Worst" list are mainstream acts.

starman9000
02-26-07, 03:34 PM
In turn, the casual music listener will read all these reviews and fall in love with bands like Arcade Fire simply because everyone else says they should.



I know that is why I like them.

El Scorcho
02-26-07, 03:38 PM
You're nothing if not honest. :lol:

Holysmoker
02-26-07, 03:59 PM
I've seen bands smash their instruments before. It never really made sense to me. But after Arcade Fire, I wanted to smash his guitar too. BTW, are they really a 10-piece band?

Mopower
02-26-07, 04:04 PM
The best skit of the night was the Boardroom Meeting.

"Gigantic turkey sub!"

"We should put mustard on it!"

"Gigantic turkey sub this is no time for jokes!"

Bill Needle
02-26-07, 06:31 PM
I thought this episode was better than most, though that's not saying much. The highlight was the monologue and the Digital Short, and about the time of the peeper sketch it went in the toilet. Nooni was awful as well. I had never heard of the band before, and they didn't do much for me except make me want to get my David Bowie albums out.

andicus
02-26-07, 11:39 PM
Nothing different to add. I thought Rainn did a great job. A lot of the sketches were very weak. The Office stuff at the beginning was well done. Never heard of the band before, but I thought they were interesting.

One thing that bugs me about SNL is how blatantly they read off cue cards. Do they get some of these sketches dropped on them at the last minute? Or is there some other reason they're unable to learn their lines during the week?

big whoppa
02-27-07, 04:00 AM
I had never heard of Rainn or the band. At least, they could have used a bigger name talent such as Steve Carrell.

Maybe we should be grateful there were no Appalachian, Bear, or Gays in Space sketches.

If I were to grade the episode, I'd give it a C. Not awful and not great. That can be said for most episodes of the season.

DVDJay
02-27-07, 09:15 AM
I often believe that in the hipster music industry, many reviewers become victim of the "mob mentality" when it comes to reviewing albums. That is, a couple times a year there seems to be a certain "media darling" album/band that a handful of reviewers jerk themselves off over. In turn, other reviewers catch wind of it and listen to it with a significantly positive bias and also jerk themselves off over it. The whirlwind continues and pretty soon it's critically acclaimed by everyone in the industry despite very few people ever listening to the record without any sort of bias beforehand.

In turn, the casual music listener will read all these reviews and fall in love with bands like Arcade Fire simply because everyone else says they should.

I don't think this is an inaccurate statement, but I think there might be some better examples of this than Arcade Fire. If you don't like them, you don't like them. But I think AF seems to have enough staying power (at least so far) and enough of a following that I don't think it's fair to attribute their popularity simply to "indie hype." Just from my own viewpoint, it takes more than indie hype for a band to stick around (see: Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys). I'm not saying you're wrong, but I'm just saying maybe attributing their popularity to simply indie cred might be a bit of an overgeneralization. And FWIW, I feel the way about TV on the Radio that you do about Arcade Fire. I don't get it, but maybe it's just me. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Now this was the first ep of SNL I've seen in about a year and a half, and I only made time to watch it because of Arcade Fire. I thought they were good. I'm looking forward to hearing the album (prior to SNL, "Black Mirror" was the only other track I'd heard and I really like it).

And at this point, it's simply a natural formula:
Maya Rudolph + fake foreign accent = Terrible Unfunny

Mopower
02-27-07, 10:24 AM
Maya Rudolph = Terrible Unfunny

Fixed.

LorenzoL
03-02-07, 01:57 AM
SI is reporting that Peyton Manning will be hosting SNL on March 24th.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/01/bc.fbn.manning.snlhost.ap/index.html

DVD Josh
03-02-07, 06:51 AM
SI is reporting that Peyton Manning will be hosting SNL on March 24th.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/01/bc.fbn.manning.snlhost.ap/index.html

Might be the most unfunny SNL of all time.

GuessWho
03-02-07, 07:04 AM
Do they get some of these sketches dropped on them at the last minute? Many things are rewritten after the dress rehearsal, so the cast has maybe a 1-hour advance notice, if that much.

LorenzoL
03-02-07, 09:33 AM
Might be the most unfunny SNL of all time.
I don't know, the Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky episodes are hard to top.

andicus
03-02-07, 10:02 AM
Many things are rewritten after the dress rehearsal, so the cast has maybe a 1-hour advance notice, if that much.
OK. Fair enough.

DVDJay
03-02-07, 10:05 AM
SI is reporting that Peyton Manning will be hosting SNL on March 24th.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/01/bc.fbn.manning.snlhost.ap/index.html
Damn. I knew it might happen, but didn't mention it to anyone because I thought it was a stretch.

Now I'm wishing I'd said something cuz I'd look smart.

Or maybe not.............

cleaver
03-02-07, 10:11 AM
SI is reporting that Peyton Manning will be hosting SNL on March 24th.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/01/bc.fbn.manning.snlhost.ap/index.html
I predict there will be >= 2 Frankenstein skits.

LorenzoL
03-14-07, 12:35 PM
SI is reporting that Peyton Manning will be hosting SNL on March 24th.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/football/nfl/03/01/bc.fbn.manning.snlhost.ap/index.html
The musical guest will be Carrie Underwood.

http://www.countryweekly.com/scoop/2265

freedexter
04-01-07, 04:18 AM
So in the sketch in the bar, they bleeped out (rather poorly) "downs syndrome". Hmmm...

movieking
04-01-07, 04:21 AM
I noticed the same thing. It wasn't even really beeped out like it was censored. It was mangled with a kind of buzzing noise. Very odd.