Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday Night Live Returns with Bin Laden and Tina Fey Doing Sarah Palin – Video

SNL returned last night with its first new show of the season, and it was … just okay.

You just knew that with the death of Osama Bin Laden, and the blabbering mouth of Donald Trump in the news, that there would be some golden nuggets of comedy.

But there really wasn’t.

A pregnant Tina Fey hosted with musical guest Ellie Goulding, and things got off to a mild start with a cold open parody of Osama Bin Laden reading his last will and testament.

Watch Osama Bin Laden Read his Will on SNL

The best part of the evening was Tina Fey’s return as Sarah Palin during a sketch about the 2012 Undeclared Candidates GOP Debate. Palin appreciated FOX News hosting the debate since the both paid her and showed her the all the questions ahead of time.

The debate also featured big mouth and bad haired Donald Trump and was the best sketch of the night.

Watch Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin and Donald Trump on SNL Debate

I have to say, Saturday Night Live has really lost their edge over the last ten years. They seem to get so close to greatness but always fall flat.

Between the death of Osama Bin Laden and Donald Trump running his mouth, there were so many fantastic opportunities for some great cutting edge comedy that 90 minutes should not have been enough time to cover it all.

Take the Osama reading his will sketch – writers really had time to make it epic but it just never pulled the laughs. It’s almost like if they get the set, costume, and impersonation down then whatever they say is funny.

And then there was the musical guest Ellie Goulding. She covered Elton Johns “Your Song” and was quite uninspiring. Maybe it’s her voice or the fact that she stood perfectly still during her performances.

If this was American Idol, Ellie Goulding never would have made it through the initial screening. She was bad.

Saturday Night Live has fallen flat and last night was no exception. So many great possibilities but so many lame jokes and sketched.

Weekend Update used to be parody about the week’s top news, but today it’s just a chance to profile weird characters that have nothing to do with the day’s current events. Loose the characters and get back to your roots of spoofing the news.

Sorry Lorne Michaels, but I’m glad I have a DVR.

But maybe I have just fallen out of the shows demographic. I like saying that rather then I’m getting old.

Related: Osama Bin Laden's Last Facebook Post

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  1. You mean Osama not Obama readind his will. That's a big misprint!

  2. Thanks. We have corrected the typo :)


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