Well I predicted that SNL would go back to the Parnell/Samberg comedy rap video well after the viral success of Lazy Sunday, and that’s just what they did.
Their second attempt, featuring Natalie Portman as an angry drink-driving rapper, didn’t have anything like the same magic as Lazy Sunday, but it was pretty fun. For some reason Samberg appearing as a viking was what made it for me.
Don’t expect this one to have the same Internet meme factor as the last one though. The problem with SNL is that they continue to believe that lightning in a bottle can be captured over and over again. This is what led to the comedic demise of Debbie Downer and, I suspect, will be the undoing of these digital shorts.
The Needlers is still funny, though.
I have a friend who worked there as a writer for five years, and from what I can tell the “lightning in a bottle” thing is what they’re constantly striving for.
SNL taking one funny idea and running it into the ground by repeating it until you can’t stand it any more? UNPOSSIBLE! :)
I thought last night’s episode was really funny, and while I think the digital shorts will grow old, I got a few laughs out of Portman’s “99 Problems”-esque video.
The Lonely Island guys have been doing those digital shorts all year, so it’s not like the Narnia thing was a one-off they’re trying to copy. Some have been good (Narnia, the Chuck Norris one, Natalie Portman), some awful (the close talking one). Better chance of the digital shorts being funny than the average sketch, though.
Hell, I don’t care if they do 50 Lazy Sunday rap ripp-offs if just a few of them are half as funny as that one. Natalie Portman’s was funny in parts. Something is funny, why not try to duplicate it a couple of times. The only reason I can see to bitch about it is if you were simply waiting around for another rap video spoof on SNL so you could come here and bitch about them going to the well too often.
Wow. She really can’t act to save her life can she?
I don’t get it - why do people still watch SNL?
Aw, come on. That’s some pretty impressive gangsta rapping coming from a petite, privileged, and intelligent Harvard graduate.
Spoofychop’s range of acceptable cultural expressions is still limited.
Well that’s true, although I would sooner listen to a weeks worth of gangsta rap than watch a non Star Wars Natalie Portman movie.
V for Vendetta doesn’t look that bad.
And The Professional is waaay more worth watching than any thousand hours of rap.
My point being: the artistic merits of rapping notwithstanding, she did a fine impersonation of it.
I’d say 10 seconds of rap. But that’s just me.
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Looks like you can supposedly watch it on NBC.com, though I can’t get it to play for me.
Spoofy, shouldn’t you be posting all this hate in the “Am I getting older or turning into a wimp” thread?
Dude, this thread actually has her name in the thread title! You’re just lucky I’m not highjacking every other thread with NP scorn.