I have a lot of opinons about Saturday Night Live. I don't think this is weird, because, well, everyone has a lot of opinions about Saturday Night Live. It's been a constant in my life since, like, middle school, when my parents were completely cool with me staying up late on a Saturday night, drinking Mt. Dew Orange and snacking on Bagel Bites while watching Will Farrell eat Cracklin Oat Flakes with Ecstasy (... Mom and Dad were usually asleep by then). Despite the moans and groans about the show's declining quality, it's still appointment television if I happen to be in front of a TV at 11:30 on a Saturday night.
To be completely honest, I never understand when people complain about SNL sucking. Fuck these people. Any show is going to have consistancy issues over 38 seasons, especially one where the cast and writing staff is constantly moving on to different career opportunities. It's unfair for audiences to think SNL is a static, fully-evolved organism when it's always been a fluid comedic reflection of the time it happens to exist in. Plus, what would you, the haters, rather have its place at 11:30 on a Saturday night? A shitty, boring-ass Brian Williams news magazine? The Voice re-runs? Part of why I've become such a rabid defender and fanboy of SNL over the years isn't just nostalgia for some long, lost time of Bill Murray/Chevy Chase/Steve Martin/Dan Aykroyd/John Belushi comedy, but because I'd rather live in a world where sketch comedy with high profile celebrities exists than one where it doesn't.
Plus, it's really not that bad, especially in the web era when you pick up your laptop and skip through the highlights while hungover on Sunday morning.
Today our BroBible buddiest at Uproxx ranked their The 10 Best (And 5 Worst) Sketches From ‘SNL’ This Season. Since Season 38 is now the bag and I've been unusually consistant with my BroBible SNL recaps on Sunday this year, I figured it was worth doing the same. Share your favorites in the comments as well.
Spoiler alert: "Maine Justice" isn't #1.
Justin Timberlake's Five-Timers Monologue -- March 9, 2013
With... Pretty much everyone. Except you, Ben Affleck. Admission into the five-timers club isn't all that cool after JT beat you to it.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Is ‘The Son of the Most Interesting Man in the World’ -- September 22, 2012
Look: You can't be the most interesting man in the world without a few bastard children.
Biden Bash -- January 26, 2013
Hey, the Dover Speedway in Delaware? I've been there. Fantastic place to drink 14 Busch Lights before 11:30 A.M.
Joe Biden is the man. He features in a dream I have a lot: On a Sunday this summer at Dewey Beach, Biden and I do a few beer bongs before heading down to the Starboard to crush DIY Bloody Marys and dance on picnic tables. That's livin', man.
Z-Shirt with Kevin Hart -- March 2, 2013
Allow me to repeat myself: "Man, this sketch was so dumb, yet I laughed at how it just kept going. Timing was perfect."
‘The Girl You Wish You Wouldn’t Have Started a Conversation with at a Party’ -- September 27, 2012
Cecily Strong's character is my favorite new addition to Weekend Update, which began during an election special in the fall. As I said at the time: "We all know that girl. We've all been stuck talking to her. She says dumb, annoyingly-obvious things about the state of the world. I.E.: 'It's so baaahd right now. We need to, like, do more thinnngs. That's why I'm, like, going to go teach English in, like, Spaaaain after graduation.' As an SNL caricature, it makes for high comedy."