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Monday, February 16, 2015

Just a couple of quick thoughts about SNL on the occasion of the 40th anniversary show. First, catch phrases aren't comedy, but SNL was much more than catch phrases. For that reason I thought the clip montages were disappointing. It would have been better, I think, if they had, instead, done more revisiting, as they did with the Jeopardy! sketch, and Akroyd's Bass-O-Matic bit. Second, I'd have been okay with a lot more music. As someone who goes all the way back to the first show, one of the things that always made Saturday Night Live work for me was that is was a showcase for an amazing amount of great music. Nobody who saw Devo on SNL will ever forget it. Elvis Costello performing "Radio, Radio", Paul Simon and George Harrison singing "Here Comes the Sun"-- every week you were pretty sure to see something amazing.

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