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My girlfriend was sick this weekend, and we stayed in and watched the season premiere of SNL. It's television, and I should know what to expect from the medium, but dammit if that's 90 minutes of my life that I'n never, ever getting back. Please bear in mind, too, that I've spent entire years doing drugs and causing trouble, wasting time, working shit-pay jobs. Still, that's a memorable 90 minutes that I shaved off of the inside of my life and will have trouble explaining when my worldly audit comes.
posted by item at 1:35 PM on October 1, 2007


that's an aphex twin sample, of all surprises.
posted by ambulance blues at 1:39 PM on October 1, 2007


Wait, he's not dating Natalie Portman anymore?
posted by OmieWise at 1:43 PM on October 1, 2007


SNL is going through one of its "shitty" periods. I caught the one with Rainn Wilson expecting comedy gold, and got comedy lead instead.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:44 PM on October 1, 2007


This was very funny, but the best news is that now if something actually funny happens on SNL, I don't need to watch SNL to find out. For example, I didn't even know that the new season had started, but thanks to a combination of YouTube & the meritocracy of social networking I can be reasonably sure anything of value makes its way to me.
posted by jonson at 1:44 PM on October 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


The original link kind of stuttered for me. Here's an alternative.
posted by desjardins at 1:47 PM on October 1, 2007


Wait, he was dating Natalie Portman?
posted by Brainy at 1:50 PM on October 1, 2007


SNL is going through one of its "shitty" periods.

Eh. Too easy.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:51 PM on October 1, 2007


Does Smigel still contribute shorts to SNL?
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:53 PM on October 1, 2007


Hang on, SNL is back on?
posted by Artw at 2:07 PM on October 1, 2007


Meccasexual. ouch.

Loved that mischief. Sitting here grinning. Naughty fun. That Andy Samberg is cute.

Thanks for the alternative link to the video.

Always liked the Hindi (and I think in Farsi also) word for beloved, meh-boob.
posted by nickyskye at 2:18 PM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


This joke was kind of funny when it was George Takei talking about Tim Hardaway.
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:19 PM on October 1, 2007 [3 favorites]


Does Smigel still contribute shorts to SNL?

Yes, there was a new Ace & Gary in the premiere.
posted by mrnutty at 2:20 PM on October 1, 2007


That Andy Samberg is cute.

And Akiva and Jorma!
posted by WolfDaddy at 2:22 PM on October 1, 2007



My name's Akiva, the brains of the group!
If you've got a problem, I can solve it for you!

My name's Andy, and I like sandwiches,
If you like sandwiches come hang with me!

My name's Jorma, motherfucker, the sensitive one.
I'll break your motherfucking teeth out with the butt of my gun!
Rip off yo arms and break your legs with em,
Spread your buttcheeks and stick my dick in em!
posted by mrnutty at 2:33 PM on October 1, 2007 [4 favorites]


It is like SNL is the smart kid in class writing in jokes for a speech. He knows what should be funny, he makes jokes that have the structure and form of a good jokes, if you read through the joke it is reasonably funny, but it really isn't funny.

Norm MacDonald's departure did not depict the end of SNL, but it does depict SNL's status in the industry. The show itself doesn't need to be groundbreaking or particularly funny. It just needs to stay relevant, and maintain respectability to continue to bring in top outside talent. It relies on maximizing the integral of network exposure and ad revenue without regard to whether this integration correlates with quality programming. Youtube and its ilk cut out all these inefficiencies and deliver more gratification at a cheaper cost. This is a good thing, but that doesn't mean that companies currently profiting from artificial inefficiencies (e.g., some or most intellectual property laws) will do anything to maintain their higher rate of return dominance.
posted by geoff. at 2:37 PM on October 1, 2007


that's an aphex twin sample, of all surprises.

You mean this Aphex Twin sample?
posted by jonp72 at 2:50 PM on October 1, 2007


That Andy Samberg is cute.

And Akiva and Jorma!



STORK PA-TROOOOLLLL
posted by stifford at 2:57 PM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


You know I love you all and most days I come to MetaFilter to see what the 99th percentile have on their minds about this and that. But there are some subjects that never fail to make me feel like this is just one more rush-hour subway car I'm stuck on, with the air-conditioning broken and a baby crying and a bunch of loud jerks talking about something they read in the POST.

Seriously. What compels people to strike such convoluted and authoritative poses on this subject?

Apparently my next play is going to have to be THE EPIC BATTLE OVER WHETHER SNL IS FUNNY OR NOT. It will end with a realistic blood-mist hanging in the air and all the audience members will be invited to reach under their seats where one lucky person will find an autographed photo of Cheri Oteri and all the others will find a letter informing them their family has been murdered.
posted by hermitosis at 3:26 PM on October 1, 2007 [6 favorites]


Jorma motherfucker,
Yeah I play Brett
Blast your motherfuckin' brains, leave your walls all wet
Chop off your head
Watch your body thrash
Throw you over a bench, and stick my dick in your ass
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 3:33 PM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


jonp72: You mean this Aphex Twin sample ?

And some random internet guy playing it absolutely beautifully on an acoustic guitar.
posted by afx237vi at 3:37 PM on October 1, 2007


Apparently my next play is going to have to be THE EPIC BATTLE OVER WHETHER SNL IS FUNNY OR NOT.

I'm thinking a stark, Huis Clos-like treatment could work.
posted by psmealey at 3:56 PM on October 1, 2007


I get the impression that most of SNLs funneh was diverted into 30 Rock.
posted by Artw at 4:36 PM on October 1, 2007


amdy samberg?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:56 PM on October 1, 2007


OK, I have to say I am horrified that "Avril 14th" is about to go "Internet" as a result of the SNL skit. The acoustic version afx237vi points to is fine if you like Richard D. James's original composition horribly mangled and crassly simplified.

The next thing you know Bank of America will take the opening of "Girl/Boy song" and put it into a commercial.

And please, please, please leave "Fingerbib" the hell alone.
posted by mistersquid at 5:15 PM on October 1, 2007


I think the Aphex Twin sample is actually from Alarm Will Sound - Acoustica, the symphonic Aphex Twin cover album, for I heard not the clickity clacks.
posted by _aa_ at 5:51 PM on October 1, 2007


Wow, he's a babe.
posted by the_bone at 7:06 PM on October 1, 2007


(boy-on-boyzone?)
posted by the_bone at 7:06 PM on October 1, 2007


Topical humour, hehe, I see what you're doing.
posted by furtive at 7:28 PM on October 1, 2007


Garcin!
posted by Wolof at 7:29 PM on October 1, 2007


I've always thought Ahmadinejad was hot. This just legitimizes my beliefs.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 7:37 PM on October 1, 2007


The Jake Gyllenhall line was pretty priceless, you gotta admit.
posted by papakwanz at 8:10 PM on October 1, 2007


Wait, he was dating Natalie Portman?

That was a rumor, although no pics of them together ever surfaced, AFAIK.

Meanwhile, I have a feeling that in typical SNL fashion, what was funny once (Andy Samberg! With a pop star! singing a silly song! like it's serious!) will be beaten into the ground until we can no longer take it anymore. But it'll keep right on going...
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:47 PM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


And what was the Jake Gyllenhall line? I missed it.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:49 PM on October 1, 2007 [1 favorite]


_aa_: "I think the Aphex Twin sample is actually from Alarm Will Sound - Acoustica, the symphonic Aphex Twin cover album, for I heard not the clickity clacks."

It sounds like it's sampled from Drukqs to me (1:25 into the song is my best guess), mainly because it's apparently miked very closed to the piano, producing a rich, bassy sound. From my recollection, The Alarm Will Sound version was miked further away and had more mid-frqiuencies, but I can't compare since I got rid of that album.

I'm a bit sorry that whoever at SNL didn't play with the song a bit more (the added beats are lame), but if it's intended as a pastiche of lazy hip-hop sampling, then job well-done. I like the children at the end, and the chorus isn't too bad either.

mistersquid: "OK, I have to say I am horrified that "Avril 14th" is about to go "Internet" as a result of the SNL skit. The acoustic version afx237vi points to is fine if you like Richard D. James's original composition horribly mangled and crassly simplified.

The next thing you know Bank of America will take the opening of "Girl/Boy song" and put it into a commercial.

And please, please, please leave "Fingerbib" the hell alone.
"

I felt the same way when I first heard Sofia Coppola was taking Avril 14th and another Druqks piano song into Marie-Antoinette. Hopefully, no one will catch on to The Tuss. Alspacka is ace.
posted by jchgf at 9:17 PM on October 1, 2007




only on metafilter can a meh andy samberg link turn into an aphex twin discussion.
i share the same sentiment as mistersquid. however, people trying to kick aphex twin and the like further mainstream seem to take their mainstream-friendlier songs like avril 14th, and leave their meatier catalog alone. sofia coppola used a minute-and-change-long gentle ambient loop in lost in translation and was then able to boast squarepusher on her soundtrack. it's kinda disingenuous, if you ask me.
oh, you weren't asking? okay.
posted by ambulance blues at 11:12 PM on October 1, 2007




UPDATE: Chrysalis Music, Aphex Twin’s publisher, confirmed that NBC was not required to get clearance for Saturday’s broadcast, and until they intend to air the show again, copyright law allows for ”ephemeral use.”

Translation: NBC can afford more money for lawyers than Chrysalis Music.
posted by jonp72 at 11:55 AM on October 2, 2007


How SNL's "I Ran" Was Put Together

The NYT goes behind-the-scenes on SNL's digital short "I Ran":

"By yesterday afternoon, just four days after its network premiere, the various versions of the video posted on YouTube had been viewed nearly 300,000 times, according to tallies posted on the site. For Mr. Samberg and his main collaborators — Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone — 'I Ran' is something of a sequel. Last year, NBC posted an uncensored version of a boy-band video the group made — the cleaned-up title was 'Special Treat in a Box' — in which Justin Timberlake and Mr. Samberg each appeared to be making a gift of their male anatomy. Thus far, that film has been seen more than 29 million times on YouTube, and last month it won an Emmy...While the cast’s main goal was to have fun, Mr. Samberg said, the film has a political undertone. 'No one around here,' he said, 'is super fired-up about a guy who is denying the Holocaust and saying there are no homosexuals in his country.'"posted by ericb at 9:12 AM on October 4, 2007


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