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?
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.
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!
How did they miss that? It was right there.