If I had to choose a relationship status for how I watch Saturday Night Live, it would have to be “It’s Complicated”. I worshiped the show growing up. And I had it good. Before I was really old enough to go out on Saturday nights I had the amazing 90s cast of Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Phil Hartman, Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey… I know I’m leaving a lot of people out, but c’mon, their cast is a revolving door. There are skits that I still quote to this day which age me horribly because no one seems to get them aside from a select few friends of a certain age.
But then came the early 2000s and the show took a bit of a dive (sorry, Parnell & Samberg, but it’s true). With any show that’s been on for 40 years there are going to be ups and downs. For a while there it seemed like the downs were lasting way too long and that good skits were too few and far between. But I still watched. Maybe a little less religiously, but I still defended its virtues and enjoyed its political satire.
SNL seems to be back on track. And they’ve had a lot of say about the political climate in the US of late. And I really like the Weekend Update team of Jost & Che. Weekend Update has always been the show’s anchor for me. But now, I DVR SNL when I’m out on the town (or more realistically, asleep) and watch it at my leisure.
One of the aspects I enjoy most about the show after the comedy are the musical performances. Yes, some are terrible, but that’s why I record it, so I can skip the lame if I’m not feelin’ it. I enjoy that show’s ability and obvious desire to give the spotlight to newcomers and the occasional appearance of an established superstar.
This week my Canadian pride is swelling. Alessia Cara is the musical guest. Even if you’re not into her music or her fearless feminism; she funny. Check her out on Fallon from this past week. Coincidentally The Tonight Show was where she made her first TV appearance in 2015.