Monday, October 02, 2006

The night SNL died.

Tonight while watching my new favorite show, Studio 60, it hit me: I think they killed SNL. During a little montage segment they had more funny sketch premises than I've seen in the last two years on SNL. That doesn't look good.

I managed to catch the tail end of SNL on Saturday and it was dreadful as usual, sadly. I caught the cold opening on YouTube and it was crap as usual.

Worst of all, they missed a golden opportunity with the whole Representative Foley thing. Here's how it should have played out:

OPEN IN A SUBURBAN HOUSE'S KITCHEN LIKE DATELINE'S "TO CATCH A PREDATOR". REPRESENTATIVE FOLEY COMES IN THE DOOR CARRYING A BOTTLE OF WINE AND WEARING CASUAL WEAR.

FOLEY: Hello? You here?

HE IS TOLD TO "HANG OUT" FOR A SECOND BY A YOUNG BOY'S OFF-CAMERA VOICE. THEN OUT OF A SIDE ROOM COMES CHRIS HANSON.

CHRIS: Wanna have a seat?

REPRESENTATIVE FOLEY LOOKS SHOCKED AND THEN CONFUSED.

FOLEY: Uhh, ok. I was just...

CHRIS: What brings you all the way out here tonight?

FOLEY: Nothing.

CHRIS: Well, it seems kind of odd to come all the way here from Florida in the middle of the night. Can I ask what line of work you're in?

FOLEY: I'm a US Representative. From Florida.

CHRIS: Well, I've got a copy here of some of your instant messages you sent. Mind if I read a few?

FOLEY: I guess not—I just came to talk to him for a bit, I swear.

CHRIS READS FROM THE TRANSCRIPT:

Maf54: What ya wearing?
Teen: tshirt and shorts
Maf54: Love to slip them off of you.

And there's more,

Maf54: Do I make you a little horny?
Teen: A little.
Maf54: Cool.

CHRIS: Congressman, that's pretty racy stuff to say to a 16 year old. What do you have to say?

FOLEY GETS MORE AND MORE AGITATED BEFORE FINALLY SNAPPING

FOLEY: Ok, fine! I came here to get it on with one of my underage pages. Can I go now? Please.

CHRIS: You're free to go anytime you want. But Congressman, there's just one more thing.

FOLEY PUTS HIS HEAD IN HIS HANDS, NEAR TEARS.

FOLEY: Oh god, what? This isn't on national TV is it?

CHRIS: Actually, yes. In fact, live from New York, it's Saturday Night!

And, scene.


How did they miss that? It was right there.

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