Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by acemachine26, Dec 28, 2017.
The original SNL Belushi led cast was great but, Chappelle by miles.
Unfair comparison. Chappelle Show took a LOT longer to make than the other two. That certainly gave them more time to polish sketches and ensure everything is as perfect as can be prior to broadcasting it on TV.
SNL had a ton of great moments over the years, but Chappelles Show packed such a punch in the short time it was on.
This was during my high school years, so it was very impactful on me.
When MADtv debuted, I stopped watching SNL, and haven’t had any desire to watch it since.
Wasn't Jim Carrey's Fire Marshall Bill on IN LIVING COLOR?
Another great sketch show was the short-lived BEN STILLER SHOW.
However, as a 50-something, I am required to inform everyone that the greatest skit show ever was actually SCTV . . .
Yes, this was already established like a page ago.
chapelle, key and peele , madtv and in living color were all better than SNL taken as a whole
SCTV better than all of them
Yes! SCTV was hilarious - much better than any of the other skit shows imo.
Glad it ended when it did though. Rather have a small finite well produced sketches than burning out with nothing left to give.
None of those 3.
Chappelle's Show, no question- simply based on the "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories" segments alone!
Well, yes, including the always hilarious SCTV alters the conversation. They were one of the best comedy ensembles ever!!!
...Oh, what’s that you say...?
Monty Python ....?!?!
Martin Short was the funniest on SNL (imo) - Interestingly, he did not approve a "best of" dvd collection of his skits from SNL,
as most of the other cast members did.
maybe he felt being on there for such a short time didn't warrant a best of dvd
SNL should be 60 mins. Keep the two musical segments and weekend update in full but trim rid themselves of the last 5 or 6 sketches.
IIRC, when SNL was at it’s best with a talented, seasoned, creative cast, it seemed like the last 15 to 20 minutes of the show would reveal skits that would be an interesting mix of spontaneous, underrehearsed, surrealistic, bizarre creativity that was refreshing, if not funny.
My choices in order, with some qualifiers, is this.
Chappelle Show: usually funny for most of the show, sometimes the whole show. Always pushing the limits and finding new ways to do so successfully.
Mad TV: Pretty funny most of the time, with some really great skits here and there.
SNL: But only the first 5 or so years. After that it is here and there at best, with a downward spiral and a mushroom cloud at the bottom.
A good show, but not on your list, "Kids in the Hall". Quite a lot like Mad TV, mixed with old SNL.
You are correct, if I could amend my comment, I would drop the word *last. But still drop about 5 sketches
To amend my comment -
When the SNL cast is - ahem - less than stellar, obviously painfully not improv-seasoned talents, then many of the skits betray those flaws, and the jokes just fall flat, without any redeeming qualities, without even evoking a chuckle.
More so a wince.
For CONSISTENT laughs? Like barely a boring moment? Chappelle hands down for me.
The thing about SNL is that it's been incredibly inconsistent ever since its launch. No doubt that the original cast was brilliant, but the memories of those shows are often much better than the reality. I've spent years trying to get through all of the episodes from the first 5 seasons all the way through...I just can't get through more than one or two at a time without being largely bored to death. Those compilations make the show seem so much better.
Could be a dvd just on his "Ed Grimley" character.
Stuart was funny the first couple of times.....then they drove the skit into the ground.
But I still say "Look what I can do!" whenever I do something stupid.
It's really not fair to compare 42 years of SNL (with over an hour of live content in every episode) to 2 1/2 seasons of Chappelle (which had just 22 minutes of mostly pre-recorded content in each show).
I must have watched a different MAD-TV than many here. It was pretty mediocre most of the time, sorta like the older FRIDAYS. And like FRIDAYS, I would watch it because nothing else was on.
IN LIVING COLOR and BEN STILLER SHOW were much better, on the same network. Can't recall if they were all running concurrently, though.
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