So yesterday they had a two hour special on SNL on NBC. Some great stuff in there that I didn't know about. Like what kind of stuff they had trouble getting past the censors. And how much trouble the show was in when Dana Carvey came on. He thought he'd be on the last season when the show finally ended, but instead, he was part of the reason for saving the show because it became popular again that season.
The special also kept away from my least favorite seasons for the most part, though they did mention Norm McDonald and just how different his take on Weekend Update was compared to everyone else who did it. Chevy Chase thought Norm McDonald was the first and only one after Chevy himself to do a comedy sketch essentially during weekend update, to approach it as such I guess. I personally hated that whole era of SNL: the stupid cheerleaders (including Will Ferrell), Mango, Norm McDonald, none of it was ever funny except for rare exceptions, like when Alec Baldwin came back to host.
They did mention Cris Catan and his Mango character, but they did it while mentioning how it was hard to come up with new material for old characters and how some characters got really stale. Ha! Take that Chris Catan, however you spell your name.
Also, I saw the Dana Carvey sketch where he's singing "Choppin' Broccoli". Great stuff. I'm kind of split on what's my favorite era of SNL. On the one hand, I absolutely loved the show in the early 90s when I first started watching: Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, David Spade, Kevin Nealon, Adam Sandler singing during Weekend Update, etc. They were so good. But then they had another peak during the Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon Weekend Update era. There were a couple of seasons there before Jimmy Fallon's last season when I thought the show was funnier than it had ever been before. Jimmy Fallon's actual last season suffered a bit because it seemed like word had gotten out that you could make him laugh and everyone on the cast was trying to get him to break down laughing, and sadly they succeeded more often than not.
Anyway, I'm also enjoying this current season a lot, so the show is pretty good again. I like the new additions to the cast. I especially love the girl who plays Miley Cirus. I can't get her out of my head for days after she does that sketch.
My only complaint with the current season is that they haven't done "What's up with that?" in a few weeks. I miss it. I can't get enough What's Up With That.