I know I’m excited.
I can Skype live with someone in China for free, but Time Warner Cable’s DVR can’t shift forward to record all of “Saturday Night Live” when football coverage runs long?
This week’s show, hosted by Charles Barkley with musical guest Alicia Keys, was going along swimmingly. I don’t know when I have laughed as consistently and as hard since — well, since Justin Timberlake or Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year.
And then, dead air. The “Would you like to Save, Delete, or Restart?” buttons appeared. And there was at least another 30 minutes to go in the show.
Now, I know I have many options available to me to catch the sketches that I missed. NBC.com. Hulu.com. Any number of web blogs that will attempt to link to the sketches — and be successful for a few days — until NBC pulls them for copyright infringement.
But it’s the principle of the thing. If my DVR is high-tech enough to know when the TV show is playing in the first place, it should be savvy enough to know the show has been pushed back because the Cowboys game ran long.
So, I’ve had this theory for a while.
I think episodes of “Saturday Night Live” tend to be funnier when the guest host is a male celebrity in his mid-20’s to early 30’s. The SNL writing staff is predominantly male and around this age (at least in their minds) and just writes better stuff for a host that is more like themselves.
Case in point: Justin Timberlake. Zac Efron. Neil Patrick Harris. Paul Ruud. Anna Faris. (She counts as a guy.) Shia LaBeouf. Jake Gyllenhaal. They have all had incredible shows — really funny stuff.
Of course, even I look at that list and think — that’s a pretty impressive group of talent. But we’ve seen really funny people appear on SNL and suck wind. So, that’s not always a given.
And then someone like Taylor Swift appears on SNL as both the musical guest and the host. Now, I personally felt this was a huge risk. Obviously, she can sing. But who thought Taylor Swift was going to be able to hold her own as host? Has she done any kind of acting up to this point?
But she did. I thought Saturday’s show was hilarious. But a big part of that was the writing.
Taylor got the writers on her side. And she’s not a male celebrity of the appropriate age. She falls outside my hypothesis. How did she do it?
Here’s my new theory: Taylor let ’em ‘have at her.’ Gave them her personal life and let them play. No topics were off limit. And it worked.
So, then I went back and looked at the other shows that I liked from the past. Zac Efron poked fun at his own success on “High School Musical.” Neil Patrick Harris did an inspired salute to “Doogie Howser.” Jake Gyllenhaal did his opening monologue in drag.
Maybe they all were successful for the same reason: no holds barred comedy. I just didn’t notice until Saturday.
Go bunny business!
Justin Timberlake and the Grammy Awards producers certainly have a high opinion of his prowess on stage. But I just don’t get it.
When I look at Justin Timberlake, I see a thin, geeky guy with bad hair and an unfortunate nose. Looks aren’t everything, I know…but then he opens his mouth and speaks. His voice is a disturbingly high, female tone to my ear, and paired with his overall look, it does not convince me that sexy is back.
Now, I have seen Justin on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and I agree that he is funny. Very funny even. He does great schtick. I wish he was a regular cast member. I love his SNL Shorts with Andy Samberg. (You know, they stole ‘Dick in a Box’ from a card I did for Hallmark, but I chose not to prosecute.)
But Justin Timberlake ‘the mega-watt singer’ just doesn’t compute for me. I do not understand why audiences fill stadiums to see him…and scream. And Jessica Biel dates him. Wow.
So, ‘justin’ case I’m missing something here…the floor is yours.