So at this point it's pretty clear that this was the best sketch revival from Sunday. It was really the perfect throwback episode: Will Ferrell being hilarious as Trebek, Sean Connery making the best "your mother jokes" of all time and pronouncing categories awesomely wrong, Turd Ferguson, McConaughey's voice over, even the super awkward Bill Cosby ending was funny in retrospect (at the time it was a little "wait what?"-ish). The whole show really was pretty awesome, some down parts but overall great, and if nothing else the massive output of celebrities that showed up for this thing just shows how important SNL has been in our culture for the past 4 decades. Which made me start thinking of how much it would suck to be born in this modern era, like born in the 2000's I mean.
SNL just isn't that funny these days. It's not being a hater, it's just a fact. Don't get me wrong, when they hit with a sketch I'm the first one to say it's great, like the Bushwick/Wire sketch they just did with Kevin Hart, or the McConaughey parody, Boy Dance Party, etc. But overall, it's tough to stick through an entire episode. It's not all their fault, what with attention spans being at an all time low, but nonetheless the lack of consistent material makes the show sorta shitty. And that sucks because today's generation won't understand just how much of an impact this show made. I mean can you imagine growing up without knowing the joys of hearing Sean Connery call Alex Trebek's mother a whore? Or seeing Chris Farley dance his ass off against Swayze, or living in a van down by the river? An upbringing devoid of hearing the sweet sweet words of Leon Phelps' poetry? It would be miserable.
Which is why SNL needs to figure it out. If that show on Sunday proved anything it's that SNL has, in the past, always stayed ahead of the comedy curve. Well these days that's just not the case. All the different mediums through which people can receive comedy (or anything really) has made the show's current form and content continue to grow more and more stale, and they gotta get it together. What's the answer? I don't fucking know, I didn't say I could fix it. I just said they need to, and they need to do it fast because if the legacy of the show and it's cultural impact want to survive in the next generation then they need to find their way back to the top of the innovation mountain*. Doable? Maybe not, but sorta necessary? For sure, so get on it, Lorne.
Either way, though, that was a pretty crazy and enjoyable night of TV. Hope they do it again in 10 years.
* See? I definitely don't have an answer for how to fix their comedic inconsistency. Innovation mountain? What the fuck is that? I'm just a raise problems guy, never offer solutions. That's for the suits in Washington.