Mar 192011
 
Live from New York... 1x09: Elliott Gould

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Elliott Gould :: 10 January 1976 Cold Open: The Dead String Quartet (Aykroyd, Newman, Morris, Chase) perform. Slowly, as they are all dead. A domino reaction topples them, knocking the cellist (Chevy) off the stage. Live from New York… It’s a nice change from what’s become the typical President Ford cold open. […]

Feb 262011
 
Live from New York... 1x08: Candice Bergen

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Candice Bergen :: 20 December 1975 Cold Open: Christmas Eve at the White House. President Ford (Chevy Chase) plays music from a wrong season, doesn’t remember his personal staff, tries to trim the tree with a comb and scissors, starts his address to the nation too early, hangs stockings upside down, and […]

Feb 072011
 
Live from New York... 1x07: Richard Pryor

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Richard Pryor :: 13 December 1975 Cold Open: A man and woman (Dan Akyroyd and Jane Curtin) are having dinner. They call for the check and waiter Garrett Morris enters. A moment later, waiter Chevy Chase also enters. Chevy and Garrett begin to argue about who should open the show. Garrett says […]

Jan 202011
 
Live from New York... 1x06: Lily Tomlin

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Lily Tomlin :: 22 November 1975 Cold Open: President Ford (Chevy Chase) speaks directly to the nation on a few important points. During his speech he never quite manages to get past point #1, sneezes into his tie, answers a glass of water, and falls over his desk. “Live from New York…” […]

Jan 192011
 
Live from New York... 1x05: Robert Klein

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Robert Klein :: 15 November 1975 Cold Open: Beauty pageant winner Sherry Pan-Norwak (Laraine Newman) is supposed to give her acceptance speech and walk down the runway, but she proclaims the whole thing sexist and refuses. She removes all her trappings, foisting them on the announcer (Chevy Chase), who must instead take […]

Jan 182011
 
Live from New York... 1x04: Candice Bergen

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Candice Bergen :: 8 November 1975 Cold Open: President Ford (Chevy Chase) gives a series of rambling and highly confused announcements before tripping over some chairs. “Live from New York…” This is Chevy’s first Ford impression, and would also go on to become a staple of the show. Chevy’s Ford is pure […]

Jan 142011
 
Live from New York... 1x03: Rob Reiner

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Rob Reiner :: 25 October 1975 Cold Open: Nurse Jane Curtin brings wheelchair-bound Chevy Chase into a room and departs. He drops his lighter and walks across the room to pick it up then returns to the chair. A few moments later he realizes what he did and blinks in surprise. He […]

Jan 132011
 
Live from New York... 1x02: Paul Simon

All the SNL reviews have been listed together in a burst of fine over-organization, which you can see here if that’s your thing. Paul Simon :: 18 October 1975 Cold Open: Paul Simon sings “Still Crazy After All These Years”. After the song, Chevy walks on stage with an acoustic guitar, trips over some chairs, and says “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” The Cold Open sets the tone for the show, not so […]

Jan 122011
 
Live from New York… 1×01: George Carlin

For Christmas, one of the things Mike gave me was the 4th season DVD set of Saturday Night Live. As I’ve mentioned in The Greatest Day posts, we’ve picked up watching where we left off in the middle of the second season. I’m a huge, huge fan of Saturday Night Live – at least the Not Ready for Prime Time Players and the SNL renaissance period when Lorne Michaels returned to the show in the […]

May 272010
 
LOST: Final Thoughts.

I gave myself a day to ponder on the show as a totality, as the sum of all its parts which I’ve picked on and needled and enjoyed and appreciated and hated and dogged and questioned quite extensively for the past six weeks. Here’s my final conclusion: It just wasn’t a good story. It had its moments, absolutely. Stripping it down to the bone, Jack had a fully realized and ultimately satisfying character arc. He […]