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Molly Shannon - a Female John Belushi?

Old 05-24-03, 01:44 PM
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Molly Shannon - a Female John Belushi?

Just watching an old episode of SNL and caught a sketch of Molly Shannon playing Courtney Love. She was stumbling around, lip-slamming Norm McDonald, slurring her lines and absolutely going balls to the wall.

Now, I'm not saying that Molly Shannon has the comedic talent overall that John Belushi had. It's just rare when a female comedienne is willing to totally throw themselves into physical comedy the way that John Belushi or Chris Farrel did, with no holds barred.

Can anyone else think of a female comic on par with Belushi?
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Old 05-24-03, 01:51 PM
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Chris Farrel? You mean Will Farley?

Debra Wilson is as physically intense as Molly Shannon, but she has the added benefit of also being funny.

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God no. that unfunny piece of junk is no female john belushi. I find none of her character even remotely funny.
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Old 05-24-03, 04:07 PM
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Originally posted by das Monkey
Chris Farrel? You mean Will Farley?
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No, I mean Chevy Murray, ty.
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Old 05-24-03, 04:57 PM
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I don't think Shannon comes close to Belushi when he was doing his best work. Or at least the best work we have video evidence of. If you believe his friends and castmates, some of Belushi's best work happened in Chicago on the stage at Second City before he was well known.
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man....i thought this thread was going to say that she was found dead of an overdose.....
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man....i thought this thread was going to say that she was found dead of an overdose.....
I thought the same thing...
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Originally posted by brizz
man....i thought this thread was going to say that she was found dead of an overdose.....
Funny, that's exactly what I thought too...
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Originally posted by brizz
man....i thought this thread was going to say that she was found dead of an overdose.....
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I thought the same thing...
Originally posted by bboisvert
Funny, that's exactly what I thought too...
Confession time. Which of you wanted to replace "thought" with "hoped" in your posts?

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man....i thought this thread was going to say that she was found dead of an overdose.....
Hmm, I have David Spade in the SNL Death Pool.
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Hmm, I have David Spade in the SNL Death Pool.
Sure, I'll put in a five. He's just annoying.
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Molly Shannon sucked, never liked her.
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Old 05-27-03, 10:56 AM
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No comic is on par with John Belushi.
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Old 05-27-03, 11:38 AM
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Re: Molly Shannon - a Female John Belushi?

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Can anyone else think of a female comic on par with Belushi?
Yes...and her name was Gilda Radner. She was and is the only female SNL member who even came close to those heights.

Don't get me wrong...I liked Jane Curtain , but Curtain always seemed more like sitcom material (as proved by "Kate and Ally" and "Third Rock"). Not sure what the Newman appeal was, though I still can see her saying the classic line, "That's great bass!"

And no one since has even come close to the originals.
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Originally posted by madcougar
Hmm, I have David Spade in the SNL Death Pool.
Reminds me of the Bill the Cat plan for God to call Oral Roberts, et. al., home if he receives $5,000,000 by Sunday...

How much would we need to raise for God to call David Spade home? Actually, I'd give that much just to do away with Jeff Richards...
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Obviously you meant to say Jim Belushi.
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Obviously you meant to say Jim Belushi.





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Old 05-27-03, 03:36 PM
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OK, the point is not that Molly Shannon has the comedic gifts that John Belushi had -- the kind of cutting edge way of looking at the world, the ability to caricature almost any human being on earth, his amazing gift for characterization... etc., etc.

The point is that Molly Shannon has the same "balls to the wall" approach to comedy that Belushi had in his heydey. Same as Chris Farley had -- and no, I don't think we should compare Chris Farley to John Belushi, either. No one will ever be the next John Belushi, just like no one will ever be the next Michael Jordan.

There are several other male performers who'd go all-out to get a laugh, like Andy Kaufman, Dana Carvey, John Cleese, etc. None of these comics, mind you, could possibly be compared stylistically to each other, and yet they all had the same "anything for a laugh" gusto and demeanor that seperated them from more technically able competitors: Dan Akroyd, Phil Hartman, etc. To me, I like some of the female comics out there, but there is something different about Molly Shannon.

Stack her up to Debra Wilson or Ana Gasteyer, or Jane Curtin or even Gilda Radner... all of these women have amazing comedic gifts, but Molly Shannon (IMO) is the only one in this group who really goes 110% to sell a scene.

(OK, I think I might be wrong about Gilda Radner. She had some pretty incredible range, and a lot of her characters really pushed her comedy to the limits. Hmm.)

(OK, I change my mind about Gilda. She was A-OK. )
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I believe you're also wrong about Debra Wilson. While she didn't repeatedly dive into break-away tables in an obvious display of physical comedy, she goes all out like no female performer I can think of since Radner. On the "balls to the wall" scale, I'd compare some of her Oprah-rage sketches to anything Molly's ever done. The difference between these performers and Shannon IMO is that this style of comedy was just a piece in a much larger repertoire. They could let everything hang out, or they could give a multi-layered impression. Shannon, while giving us a couple of decent characters, really had nothing else other than diving around the stage and falling over. In that respect, she's really not that much better than Kattan. Yes, at times it was funny, but I think it's far from what we got from Belushi, and only makes her stand out more as a one-trick-Molly.

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Shannon may throw herself into her roles, but like it's already been said before, she's not funny at all.
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