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Steve Martin On Saturday
Became The Lone Member
Of SNL's 15-Timers Club!!

I am – Hercules!!
I’m assured by the angry talkbackers that “Saturday Night Live” hasn’t been funny in years and, anyway, they’re not aware it’s still on! Perhaps that changes tonight! Previously:
10.23.76 Kinky Friedman 2.26.77 The Kinks 9.24.77 Jackson Browne 1.21.78 Randy Newman & The Dirt Band 4.22.78 The Blues Brothers 11.4.78 Van Morrison 10.13.79 Blondie 5.17.80 Paul McCartney & 3-D 12.6.86 Randy Newman 10.17.87 Sting 5.20.89 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 12.14.91 James Taylor 9.24.94 Eric Clapton 2.4.06 Prince 1.31.09 Jason Mraz Press release:
"SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" WELCOMES BACK VETERAN HOST STEVE MARTIN JANUARY 31, JASON MRAZ MAKES HIS DEBUT AS MUSICAL GUEST New York, NY – January 21, 2009 - Steve Martin will make his SNL record 15th appearance as host when he returns after three years to Studio 8H on January 31st. Martin is joined by singer Jason Mraz, making his debut alongside the legendary performer. Martin is one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today-actor, comedian, author, playwright and producer. The 2007 recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor, Martin will return in the role of Inspector Clouseau in "The Pink Panther 2," which opens February 6th. He has a score of film roles to his credit and received critical praise in the 2006 film "Shopgirl" (which he adapted from his novella), as well as in the hits "Cheaper By The Dozen" and "Bringing Down the House." Martin has starred in several comedy classics; "The Jerk," "All of Me" "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" "Father of the Bride," "Parenthood" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." Martin scripted and starred in the hit acclaimed comedies "Three Amigos," "Roxanne," "L.A. Story" and "Bowfinger;" and the drama "Grand Canyon." Additionally, Martin has won Grammy Awards for his comedy recordings and for his banjo work on Earl Scruggs' 75th Anniversary album. He has won raves for his essays in The New Yorker and the play "Picasso at the Lapin Agile;" as well as his books "Shopgirl" and "The Pleasure of My Company." Late last year, Martin had two books published: "The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!", and his autobiography, "Born Standing Up". Martin will also release his first full-length music album, "The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo" on January 27, 2009. The bluegrass-flavored album has been 45 years in the making, and will feature special vocal appearances by Mary Black, Vince Gill, Tim O'Brien, Dolly Parton and musicians Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick and Tony Trischka. Martin is joined by Grammy Award-nominated artist Jason Mraz. The San Diego-based tunesmith has been honored with a trio of Grammy Award nominations, including a prestigious "Song of the Year" nod for "I'm Yours." The song also was named in the "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance" category, while Mraz's acclaimed new album, "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things." was acknowledged for "Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical." "I'm Yours," the hit single off Mraz's third album, has reached number one at CHR/Top 40 radio outlets nationwide, as well as been awarded with a variety of certifications including double platinum and triple platinum status around the world. "We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things," debuted at number three on the SoundScan/ Billboard 200 album chart upon its release, and continues to climb the charts.
11:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC.

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  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Can Steve Even Look Himself In The Eye Anymore?

    by Hokeybutt

    I mean, Pink Panther 1 and 2???? Come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Crazy Shoes

    by mrfan

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Cat Handcuffs

    by Loosejerk

    Would love for Steve to do another comedy album.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Not Gonna Phone it In Tonight...

    by zacdilone SNL open. Ever.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:48 a.m. CST

    WIld and crazy guy?

    by Jubba

    I wonder....

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:11 a.m. CST


    by Don Lockwood this remind me that the Steve Martin we used to know, love and respect still exists deep down. <p> It's hard to believe that the last movie I really liked him in was 12 years ago and it was a dramatic role.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:21 a.m. CST

    We need THREE AMIGOS 2

    by Mike_D


  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Sorry...His credibility is z e r o

    by xannibal

    I can't let him or Cleese slide for Pink Panther 2 (or the first one, for that matter). I hope the $$$ was worth it.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:35 a.m. CST

    There was a time when Steve Martin

    by Juggernaut125

    was a comedy GOD. But now, I have my doubts about his comedic abilities, much like many others here, I'm sure. I think it was shortly after he did Parenthood and 'Father of the Bride' when he started to vear from his absurdist style of humour to a more family oriented approach. I miss the old Steve Martin. Steve, you're not Peter Sellers. You truly need to get back to your roots of comedy.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:41 a.m. CST

    I went to imdb

    by Bass Ackwards figureout what movie Don Lockwood was referring to (Novocaine?), and was suprisedto see he has a story credit for Traitor. That's a oil out of the blue. Now if he took that story idea of the traitor, but applied it to the ridiculous Pink Panther, that's a movie weirdlywacky enough that I might like to see.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Bleh, Jason Mraz

    by Flim Springfield

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:17 a.m. CST


    by Don Lockwood

    The Spanish Prisoner.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:25 a.m. CST

    Bass Ackwards

    by offensivename

    Novocaine was good though. As was Shop Girl.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by the podosphere

    Agreed. You can never have enough Amigos.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:33 a.m. CST

    He's pretty much admitted to doing...

    by Ravetin

    ...shit like Pink Panther and Cheaper by the dozen for the dough. So he can buy expensive paintings and such.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Regardless Steve is a pretty smart gentleman

    by Six Demon Bag

    yeah he takes on or two for the team and shills out...but he made LA Story baby!!!LA Story..

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 6:11 a.m. CST

    here is a fun fact....

    by emeraldboy

    Steve Martin has just recorded his first album. as a musician. he has recorded a duet with mary black. He turned up in a dublin pub called the cobblestone. by all accounts he is a very accomplished musician.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Pink Panther was the funniest shit...

    by theycallmemrglass

    ...Steve Martin made in years. He was fucking hilarious. The man is fucking multi-talented, can do art comedy, wacky comedy, romantic comedy, and whatever fucking comedy he chooses to make. Fuck those who just want to see "the old Steve Martin"!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Fuck Three Amigos

    by InActionMan

    What we really need is a sequel to "The Jerk".

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    15x in a lifetime. Kudos Mr. Martin.

    by chrismata

    Still not going to watch.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    This could be incredibly good...

    by DanielKurland

    But I've learned, as of late, that low expectations are a lot safer to have.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 7:50 a.m. CST

    Steve Martin always far outshines the current cast.

    by jimmy rabbitte

    He makes them all look like no talent amateurs... even the ones that aren't.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    We got a sequel to The Jerk in '84

    by HypeEndsHere

    "The Jerk Too" with Mark Blankfield. Woof! Also, Steve's new album came out on Tuesday(?) . it's called The Crow.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Never been able to sit through his movies

    by GeorgieBoy

    I think the only ones I saw all the way through was The Jerk and Father of the Bride. The rest of them made me want to change the channel.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig, Will Forte and Bill Hader

    by smackfu

    The only reason I still watch SNL is for the moments of DXM inspired deranged surrealism that they occasionally are allowed to inject into the show. Effed. Up. Leprechaun situations.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST


    by Gunslinger1919

    Remembering the days of The Great Flydni.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Is Martin bringing his Botoxed face with him?

    by Nosferatu Jones

    This man is abnormally free of wrinkles.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:11 a.m. CST

    When's the last time Steve Martin has been funny?

    by JKrow21


  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Steve Martin is a Legend

    by scottishnutjob

    Steve Martin is a legend. Three Amigos, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and many more are brilliant comedies. Father of the Bride is timeless and will still be funny in 10 or even 20 years. His films are great, and looking in the rental store today there arne't any funny family films any more. Plenty of kids love his Pink Panther film especially the hamburger line. And there's nothing wrong with being family friendly. It's not selling out. It's fulfilling a vital and underrated need in society. When did a good horror movie come out last? I'm sure you can tell me plenty. When was the last good family friendly comedy flick? No credibility? Fuck off. His box office is huge for one reason only, he is a funny guy who makes everyone laugh. If you want to argue with his box office you might as well be pissing in the wind. If you think you can do better, be my guest.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Martin's Clouseau

    by Hikaru Ichijo

    is a return to the ridiculous performances that made this guy a legend. I'm not saying it's perfect, or altogether too funny for that matter, but it is nice to see this guy clowning again.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Martin's Clouseau?

    by jocutus

    I always thought it was Sellers' Clouseau. If he wants to "return to ridiculous performances" that's fine - just think up something original. If he's really as talented ad everyone says it shouldn't be so hard. Instead his "paycheck" type movies tend toward remakes and sequels: Father of the Bride, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Pink Panther. There's a rumor he's working on a remake of Topper for cryin out loud.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos? Really?

    by Blanket-Man

    I'm a huge Steve fan - I was in his Fan Club in the 70s, for the luvapete - but Three Amigos is one of the least funny comedies ever made. The Jerk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Roxanne, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles... All make Amigos look like Norbit by comparison. Please name one funny scene in Amigos - I'm at a loss. Here's hoping SNL (and PP 2) are at least moderately amusing...

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 12:30 p.m. CST

    "Angry Talkbackers" is redundant

    by JumpinJehosaphat

    Just "Talkbackers" will suffice, Herc."

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Both Martin and SNL have devolved into unfunny

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Sad really. Now just shit.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    JumpinJehosaphat, opposed to suckass talkbackers

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I would say more are handjob fanboy suckass talkbackers that angry ones. Only those with any sense are angry.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    JKrow21, Cruel Shoes?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    Don't forget his serious acting phase. That failed now back to comedy.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy, never watched him pick the Banjo eh?

    by EvilWizardGlick

    You just now realized he was "an accomplished musician". Where the fuck you been?

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Hey, Blanket Man!

    by daggor

    Do you know what a plethora is?

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Steve will always be a comedy god to me...

    by kaylum

    for "King Tut" and his scenes in Little Shop of Horrors

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    notasfunnyasitusedtobe for almost 35 years

    by zacUpquark

    And I never miss it.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Orin Scrivello, DDS

    by Gorgomel

    I am your dentist and I enjoy the career that I picked. I am your dentist and I get off on the pain I inflict. I thrill when I drill a bicuspid. It's swell though they tell me I'm maladjusted...And though it may cause my patients distress, I know that somewhere, somewhere up in Heaven above me, I know that my mama is very proud of me. Oh, mama! 'Cause I'm a dentist and a success!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Yes, thank goodness people remember his

    by skimn

    role in Little Shop Of Horrors. The scene with Bill Murray as the masochist is classic. When will someone cast Murray and Martin together in a film?<p>And too bad he was so good in Parenthood. Since then he's been cast in so many "Dad" roles, in safe, slapsticky fare. Ironic, since he himself has no children.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Oh, and his last appearance on SNL was

    by skimn

    embarassingly bad. Hope he rebounds. If not, they better get Baldwin before the seasons out.<p>And for reruns they should just replay Jon Hamm's show. Every. Time.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I'll betcha since Angels And Demons

    by skimn

    or whatever is coming out, Tom Hanks shows up before the years out.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    I just wish that Steve

    by myspoonistoobig

    who I am sure has it in him, would write and star in one more really incisive, funny, R-rated comedy. Then he can go back to doing whatever the hell he wants and we'll at least have a sendoff for the great Steve Martin.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin, Martin Short, Chevy Chase

    by mr dark

    The Three Now Painfully Unfunny Amigos..I will watch for Steve Martins banjo playing before I watch for the funny banter..

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Steve Still Has It In Him To Be Funny...

    by ericinwisconsin

    ...Too bad he's not. <br /><br /> Better than I will ever be able to do in my life, but not up to what he CAN do. We expect better out of Steve because we know he is.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Did everyone really dislike Bowfinger?

    by TheMark

    I remember enjoying that quite a bit...but then again, I guess it was what, like 10 years ago now? Jesus.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Mr. Dark's pretty right on...

    by TheMark

    Particularly about Chase and Short. Chevy Chase stopped being funny post-blow. This is an important lesson to teach the kids...if you want to stay funny when you're older, rail a few lines.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    "I want a fucking car, right. fucking. now."

    by SkinJob69

    "Do you have your rental agreement?"<p> "I threw it away."<p> And you know the rest.<p> The "fucking monologue" from Planes, Trains and Automobiles has to be one of Martin's best.<p> Agree with above on LA Story- brilliantly funny film.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Bowfinger was great

    by Mr. Zeddemore


  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Think I'll actually watch SNL again...

    by morGoth

    ...if Steve is going to host.<p>Gas sucking dentist in Little Shop...absolutely hilarious! "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and "The Man With Two Brains" are also some of his funniest. I'll go with kudo's for "LA Story" too.<p>Now when I die don't think I'm a nut. Don't want no fancy funeral, just wanna go King Tut!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah...

    by morGoth can I forget "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." He and John Candy were comedy gods in that movie. Thank'ee kindly for the reminder.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    after marryting and then later divorcing...

    by emeraldboy

    Victoria tennant. Martin later married anne heche. That Marriage started great but ended badly. it dissolved as quickly as anne heche;s acting career. She shacked up with Ellen. How did steve get his own back. you remember the actress in Bowfinger the one who sleeps with the cast and crew. played by heather Graham. that chracter is based on ANNE Heche. ouch. great film. It was the only movie where Eddie Murphy made me laugh very hard. what a superb performance. My top three Martin Films are planes, trains. and that film he did with David Mamet. That quote was from Mary Black. The legendary Irish folk singer and one time member of Irish Folk legends the Black family. I have never seen Martin in a better than in the film he did Mamet. That is and by along way martins best non-comedic performance. twist of fate comes in a very strong second though. I loved those films with JOhn Candy. When he died he took comedy with him. although Wagon east wasnt a great way to go out.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin was last funny in Bowfinger

    by pokadoo

    It was the last time Eddie Murphy was funny too. They both need Bowfinger 2, or a similar project.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Martin hopefully will take the paycheck and...

    by filmfanatic1

    Do a dream project with the wit of ROXANNE; otherwise, these Clouseau movies will be his legacy.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:38 p.m. CST

    "Do you want to kiss me on the veranda?"

    by pokadoo

    "No...lips would be fine!" Ok, it's a Chevy line, but it's a funnt bit from Three Amigos! One of many!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST

    So, are the Pink Panther films actually good?

    by pokadoo

    I just remembered Steve remade Sgt Bilko in the 90's. It's not perfect, but it did make me laugh. But then, I also liked Pootie Tang.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was great too!

    by Gorgomel

    in fact, every film he made with Frank oz was hilarious!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin is a genius

    by Itchy

    I mean, adapting Shopgirl just so he could film a scene where he got to pound Claire Danes was brilliant. I tried to convince Lacey Chabert I was a producer casting for a film called Tittyfuck 2: Spooge's Revenge. It didn't work.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Martin was great

    by Napoleon Park

    as a writer on the Smothers Comedy Brothers Hour and as a regular on the Ray Stevens summer replacement show that filled in the Andy Williams slot. His work in the Sgt. Pepper movie was a bit too broad for my tastes, though. Last week I tried to watch the remake of Out Of Towners and just couldn't stand it. Boffinger, as I prefer to pronounce it, was good though.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:26 p.m. CST

    the spanish trourist..

    by emeraldboy

    That was the best non comedic performance that Martin has done by a country mile. Dirty Rotten scoudrels is my favorite steve martin film. that planes trains and automobiles.. I remember when he got a lot of slack for the scenes with ruprecht. but that made me want to piss my pants it was so funny. Regardless of the fact i have a mild learning disability. funny is funny. and that scene is hysterical. caine has never been better. that was a great film. I love the scene where caine whacks him in the legs. but that stuff with ruprecht is comedy legend.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST


    by mr dark

    Yes Bowfinger was the last funny movie Steve Martin was in..But Mr. Martins real talents are now in writng and music..The latest dreck "The Panther" remakes are lackluster at best. To even try to breath life into a role that Sellers and his audience eventually got tired of is just Hollowood lazyness. Its just not funny when you can see the actors arent having any fun with it anymore.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:32 p.m. CST

    this is a controversial choice...

    by emeraldboy

    but housesitter with Goldie hawn wasnt to bad. ummm dana delany. she was hot. back in the eighties. Sir Micheal Caine was once asked why did you terrible films like jaws 4 and swarm. Caine replied well my mum needed a new house. Actors do have to bread on the table and earn a living. and they will star in any old crap. that would be the same Micheal Caine that starred what starred in Goldmember.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I like a few

    by papabendi

    of his earlier films; The Jerk, The man With two Brains, All of Me, Planes, Trains, even The Three Amigos and Roxanne. Somewhere it all goes horribly wrong with vanity projects like LA Story etc... He doesn't mind shitting on the memeory of the work of others either; Bilko and Pink Panther is nothing more than mugging and phing it in for the cheque. he should be ashamed to piss on the memory of Sellers and Silvers work like that.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I read an interview with steve Martin once...

    by emeraldboy

    and he struck me as being quite boring. actually. very quiet. despite all the wealth he had accrued. he didnt seem that interested in fame or celebrity. that part doesnt interest him at all. I havent read his biography. If tomorrow morning he left the acting world. I dont think he would really care. more time to devote to writing and music.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I dont think steve Martin gives...

    by emeraldboy

    a shit. if you look carefully at bowfinger there are elements of what martin thinks of showbusiness scattered through the movie. He really tore into his ex-wife anne heche.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:50 p.m. CST

    in fact...

    by emeraldboy

    I think that Bowfinger was Martins big fuck U to hollywood. He didnt work for a while after that.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Bar all of me and the man with two brains..My blue heaven.

    by emeraldboy

    I have seen all steve martins films.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I think what happened to steve martin...

    by emeraldboy

    Happened to Whoopy and Robin WIlliams. They tried to escape their comedy roots. their careers went nowhere. Williams was very funny on the birtday gala for princes trust. Martin proved with a simple twist of fate the spanish prisoner that he had the acting chops. He hates comedy and he wants out. Steven Martins two divorces must have been steep. When you consider the crap he has been in lately.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 6:45 p.m. CST

    Napoleon- never EVER mention the Sgt. Pepper movie...

    by Flim Springfield

    A chill ran up my spine.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 8 p.m. CST

    King "Fucking" Tut or GTFO...

    by Gus Van Rant

    Fuck the Pink Panther!!!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    I remember seeing THREE AMIGOS in the theater...

    by Nosferatu Jones

    ...on its opening weekend. Good-sized crowd, and I remember actually liking the movie, but the rest of the audience was deathly still. Felt oddly embarrassed whenever I laughed out loud (which, granted, was maybe twice).

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 9:08 p.m. CST

    Yeah I remember 3 amigos in the theater too

    by mr dark

    It was one of the first times I had to ask myself ...How the fuck can they pay these three guys to be so fucking unfunny..I went in with high expectations (probabley the first mistake on my part).. but I couldn't figure out how Hollow-wood could take three very funny guys,put a shitload of money into it , shake it up and have it come out to be utter tripe. I actually felt bad for all three comedians after witnessing the film.. but low and behold they all went on to even worse screen misfires..yeah being funny isn't hard ..It's staying funny that is the real bitch..

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos is brilliant

    by Lane_myers111

    Cant believe the Three Amigos hate. Loads of funny scenes and amazingly a very unique story. How can you not love the singing bush,The shooting of the invisible cowboy, The scene when they do that buttercup show tune in the rough cowboy bar,the scene at the beginning where One of the amigos is trying to get the attention of the others from the top of the wall. The scene where Steve Martin is pulling those weights to try and reach the keys. The terrible make up on the old film the boy watches at the beginning of the film. Chevy chase pretending to be part of the mexican gang. The Amigo swinging down for the rescue and just landing on the ground. I watched it in a cinema and the audience loved it. Steve Martin is a naturally funny guy. Love LA Story,Planes Trains,The Jerk,Roxanne,Man With Two brains,Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,all his stand up and of course 3 amigos. Anything since LA story has been average at best. Thats a long time to go without a good movie but for all those great movies hes made hell always be a legend.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:30 p.m. CST


    by Lane_myers111

    Father of the Bride 1 and 2 great but also his guest appearance on the Simpsons as The Sanitation Commisioner is one of the best guest appearances on the show. His exchanges with Homer in his office and at the end are comedy gold.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Armisen's not even doing an impression anymore

    by Thrillho77

    His impression was serviceable, if not uninspiring. It was the writing that was bad for the Obama sketches. But now he's not even really trying.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    All partisanship aside, it looks like Lorne isn't actually going to make fun of Obama so much as use Obama to make fun of the last 8 years.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Oh hell....

    by Rob in WI

    I enjoy MacGruber.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Was that a commercial or a skit?

    by ProzacMorris


  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    It finally happened- MacGruber vs. MacGyver.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Wow...McGuyver has not aged well

    by Thrillho77

    That was a weird sketch placement. Real commercial...MacGruber...more commercials.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    Richard Dean has NOT aged well

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    MacGruber For Pepsi

    by SarcasticHorse

    that was fucking weird. weirder though was macgyver looks like charles grodin

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    by TheNozzle

    wow that was some intense fake commercial- real commercial - short skit - real commercial action that faked me out

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:44 p.m. CST

    A Pepsi ad disguised as a fake SNL commercial...

    by SifoDyasJr.

    I just jizzed in my pants

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Was that the superbowl pepsi commercial?

    by TheDoctor73

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos!!!

    by TheDoctor73

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    Balls this is sucking

    by Itchy

    shocker. Another horrible SNL episode. Even the Digital Short is cringe inducing.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    I thought I'd enjoy watching Kenan die a terrible death... not so much. This short is terrible.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Abby Elliott is a fox

    by Thrillho77

    I don't even care if she's funny or not. ^_^

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Christ this is bad

    by chimpjnr

    Maybe it's just me, but I didn't understand any of the latter half of that sketch at the bar before the break. On a different note, I just got back from seeing Will Ferrell on Broadway. Fucking funny, it has to be said.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Bradley Cooper? I know who he is, but...

    by Thrillho77

    SNL is really scraping the bottom of the barrel!!!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Is this a commercial or not?

    by TheDoctor73

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Has MacGruber jumped the shark?

    by ProzacMorris

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11 p.m. CST


    by TheNozzle

    It was a commercial all along. Nice.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Phoning It In.

    by monolithik

    This has been... hard to watch, even for SNL's standards. After taking a few weeks off, you'd think they'd have at least SOME decent material stored up.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    wow... commercial is better than the show

    by br1947

    even that was pretty bad. RDA looks pretty bad since he left Stargate, must b hurtin for money to be in that. MacGyver GOTTA EAT!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:06 p.m. CST

    I feel cheated tonight

    by TheDoctor73

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Steve is always great...

    by TheDoctor73

    even with bad material, Steve's great. But the material is lacking.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Like Wayne Jarvis, Steve Martin is a professional

    by Thrillho77

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:08 p.m. CST

    The girls sketch

    by TheNozzle

    was great. I want to see more of the 2 girls and also the 1 semi-new one.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:09 p.m. CST

    NICE! MacGiver was in MacGruber

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I don't understand...

    by mr_macphisto

    ...are those MacGruber things actual Pepsi commercials?...the hell?

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see more of Abby Elliot

    by Thrillho77

    And I'd also like to see her in more sketches! Ha ha! Get it?!

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos is hilarious

    by p5mmr9

    this SNL episode - however - is not. wow...

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    Opening monologue sucked, first routine was grating, etc. Could tonight's show possibly compete with last week's disaster as "the worst ever"? One prophetic note: Biden will replace Bush as the perpetual loser. The Obama sketches are hopeless; in regard to satiric content, it always registers as empty.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Jason Mraz...

    by Thrillho77

    Remember, you can be a scrawny, weird looking dude, but women will want you if you can write a sappy tune for them.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:15 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    Don't forget the dopey hat... chicks dig the scrawny weird looking dude if he sings a sappy tune for them while wearing a dopey hat. Fact.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:18 p.m. CST

    no one wants Mraz

    by jccalhoun

    The night I saw him no one was digging Mraz. He was opening for Sheryl Crow and he tried to do a call and response and the only thing responding was crickets. It was sad.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Rob in WI

    by Thrillho77

    Thank you, I forgot to mention that. If it has a feather, then you're golden.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Abby Elliott dressed as Angelina Jolie

    by Thrillho77

    It's like someone at SNL has access to my fantasies....

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:26 p.m. CST


    by flickchick85

    Just for the record, this chick does not dig THAT at all. I was annoyed by him within the 1st 5 seconds of that song. Ew. And this show's pretty bad, too. The Jolie bit was amusing, though, and Steve Martin's great as always. Just wish he had better material.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    Abby Elliott as Angelina Jolie was a win. That is almost enough to make this night a win. I really like Armisen's Gov. Paterson too.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Amigo Hatin'

    by Lazyboy42

    I don't understand how often people go out of their way to say how bad Amigos is. I remember when they put out the AFI list of funny movies, there were tons of people saying it didn't belong. I personally think it's about the funniest movie ever, and I've watched it a 1/2 dozen times this year alone. Super quotable, and Chevy Chase's constant blank stare is awesome. My personal favorite part is when they're outside of the cantina and the plane flies by, and Ned tells everyone it's a mail plane, and Dusty asks how he knows, Ned responds "Didn't you notice it's little balls", as Dusty stares blankly. Awesome. Oh, and when Dusty's girl told him he could kiss her on the veranda, and he responds "lips would be fine". Ugh, I don't get how people could go out of their way to say how bad it is --

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Gov. Patterson = Comic Gold

    by p5mmr9

    even if it's wrong on so many levels.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Three Amigos is awesome

    by Thrillho77

    Not among my very top favorites, but it is a good'n.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:29 p.m. CST

    What Armisen lacks in the Obama dept.

    by SifoDyasJr.

    he makes up for in David Patterson dept.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Mraz is a tool

    by S-Mart shopper

    i swear it on my dead relatives and those that aren't feeling too good

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Wow....this sketch is a dead parrot

    by Thrillho77

    Like an actual parrot, and not the hilarious Monty Python sketch.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:39 p.m. CST

    "Please don't tell anyone about this" "I have a feeling I will"

    by Flim Springfield

    Those lines probably apply to Steve's thoughts on tonight's show, as well.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:41 p.m. CST


    by Rob in WI

    when was the last time there was a banjo player on SNL?

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    I guess they didn't want Jason Mraz back

    by TheDoctor73

    Steve's better anyways

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    "Steve! We're bombing! Help us!"

    by Larry of Arabia

    "Well... I could play the banjo..."

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    The Nozzle is callibrating

    by TheNozzle

    I know Steve did it on one of his opening sketches before. I was amazed how good he is. He's no fluke on the banjo, his 'singing' though... yeah.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:43 p.m. CST

    All kidding aside

    by Larry of Arabia

    He's a fine, fine banjo player.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:44 p.m. CST

    What... the fuck... is Martin... singing???

    by Nosferatu Jones

    Jesus Christ, make it stop. Can anyone say, "Catering to the Host's Vanity?"

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    That was a great song for kids in 1954.

    by Flim Springfield

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I play the banjo.

    by TheNozzle

    He's sick. He should have done a sick banjo solo. He is qualified for bluegrass albums, his singing is qualified for fans-only. That bit was pretty much a heads up that his banjo album is full of his singing and to stay away.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:49 p.m. CST

    superbowl sunday starts at 9am? wow

    by jccalhoun

    I can't believe the commercial trying to get people to start tuning in to NBC at 9am. wow.

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:52 p.m. CST

    HAhA, 'THE GUN' skit is pretty funny.

    by mistergreen

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Did Steve Martin have a stroke?

    by p5mmr9

    ... :\

  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:55 p.m. CST

    btw, i want to kick mraz in the nads

    by p5mmr9


  • Jan. 31, 2009, 11:57 p.m. CST

    That Gun sketch...

    by mr_macphisto

    ...was easily the best of the night. Easily the best of an awful, awful night.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, midnight CST


    by Rob in WI

    What a good host can do... that was a terrible show, but Martin saved it as best he could.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by Larry of Arabia

    I saw him play with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He held his own, and they didn't hold back. Not in their league, of course, but who is? Didn't he pick up the idea of playing banjo from watching the Golden Horseshoe Revue at Disneyland? I know he got a little of his dance moves, balloon animals, and some of his timing and absurdity by studying Wally Boag. (Wally Boag is THE man, by the way.)

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:05 a.m. CST

    Martin looked miserable in the show's final bow...

    by thegreatwhatzit

    He realized that SNL laid another ostrich egg. His line ("I hope that you enjoyed tonight's show") was delivered sans conviction; looks like he had his sights set on the Exit door.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    SNL, Where Art Thou?

    by Bartok1001

    When is funny, unfunny? Sketches about a legally blind gov. who makes jokes about New Jersey. Uh, sorry to tell the writers on SNL but these type of jokes suck. They are not funny and a poor waste of time. McGruber with MacGyver is a dumb parody. Ok, maybe once it is funny. Twice, staid. Ten times, hey lets make it into a movie. They then try a post modern sketch called LaserCats. Ok, I get that Steve Martin helped punch it up with his King Lear citation and his "executive producer" joke, but the skit was plan dumb. So lets see, instead of picking NYC comics who give you brilliant stuff like the Flight of the Concords (pick anyone from UCB), they get crap from Seth Meyer and the rejects from the Northwestern School of Drama.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:07 a.m. CST

    The Gun skit was amusing, but overall worst show in awhile.

    by Flim Springfield

    At least I'm usually entertained by the musical guest, but not in this case. And while I'm sure Will Forte was trying to be ironic by having MacGyver show up but not use him, it was still wasted potential.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:11 a.m. CST

    how could it be funny...when martin is now reduced

    by bacci40

    to taking roles in remakes that should never be made

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Mraz = best SNL performance in a LONG time

    by thebearovingian

    Give the man some credit. He's very talented vocally/guitar and CAN ACTUALLY SING live. And well. Sounds as good as on the album. Remember Kanye and Coldplay and Lil' Wayne and David Cook and Taylor Swift, etc.? Kings of Leon and Adele were both excellent, too, but nowhere near as clean and polished as J Mraz. I honestly expected some TBers to rave about his performance, especially considering the "comedy" SNL threw out there tonight. Chicks like sappy love songs. Write some. Hell, write one.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:15 a.m. CST

    if i was running snl

    by bacci40

    i would fire the entire cast, sit myself and a bunch of assistants down at youtube, and start contacting the funniest people on that site...there is stuff that is 100 times more cutting edge on youtube than on snl....first thing, i would hire the guys who do retarded policeman and the guy that does alphacat (best obama impersonation i have ever seen, and he does lots more)<p> but i have no say...and that show will continue to suck until nbc puts it out of our misery

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:16 a.m. CST

    BTW, Governor Paterson rules!

    by thebearovingian

    "The last time I got so many dirty looks was at an archery class." "New Jersey..."<p>Yes, I do have exceptional taste. And I know it.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Fleet Foxes, Kings of Leon, & Adele=Best SNL performances...

    by flickchick85

    ...this season. Mraz? I don't know what his album sounds like so I can't compare. But his whole vibe just annoyed the hell outta me.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Make that "Best recent SNL performances"

    by flickchick85

    can't remember which season KoL and Adele were, but I know they were relatively recent.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:20 a.m. CST

    So I guess Yoko was wrong

    by Series7

    Steve Martin's banjo cd. The song was so lame I had to convince my friends that it was real and not just a skit.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST

    "Clean and polished" doesn't equal "good". It often equals "blan

    by Flim Springfield

    Which is exactly how I'd describe Mraz.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:22 a.m. CST


    by Flim Springfield

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:23 a.m. CST

    EDIT: Gov. Paterson

    by thebearovingian

    I checked the DVR and he actually said, "The last time I had so many People screaming at me was when I took that archery class."

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Was the only good skit. Why didn't that old actor host? And really from Steve to whats his name from Wedding Crashers? Seriously I was like its the guy from Wedding Crasher, and my friends were like who's that? Then the thing said he was hosting next and I was like THAT GUY! We were talking about that stupid Just Not that Into you Movie.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:43 a.m. CST


    by Wrecks

    How the hell is this show still on?

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST

    Wrecks to not watch SNL,

    by Rinse

    becoming one of many, many members in the "is SNL still on" club.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Is SNL still on?

    by Orionsangels

    Sorry, no one had said it yet. It's tradition at SNL Talkbacks.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    by MorbidObesity

    by emeraldboy

    thanks for clearing that one. what did anne heche do to steve martin to get that treatment. harsh.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 5:05 a.m. CST

    was it really ness for them...

    by LeviDTinker

    to make a laser cats video game. i mean the skit wasnt even that funny yet, they make have a cheapo flash videogame for laser cats on the snl site

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 5:38 a.m. CST

    After last nights perfromance from Steve Martin on SNL....

    by Gus Van Rant

    He is dead to me.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 9:15 a.m. CST

    SNL is like an old buddy...

    by mrfan

    who has been in a coma for 20 years. I would visit occassionaly hoping that there is a change in his condition. Sometimes I would get a glimmer of hope. I don't want the plug pulled. Yet, I don't want to see him continue in his state. I wish for a miracle.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Gus Van Rant

    by mr dark

    Yes I feel your pain..I hoped for the best and got delivered a steaming pile.. Like I said ..It's easy to be funny. It's harder to stay funny ..I was actually looking forward to the banjo playing which I knew was coming..and even that sucked hard.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 12:09 p.m. CST

    even worse than usual

    by BrowncoatJedi

    fire all the writers!

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Steve Martin Wishes He Were Bill Murray

    by LaserPants

    Bill Murray was able to transform into a kind of indie superstar with all kinds of cred. Steve Martin tried to do the same thing and failed. He's great and all, but you know he's torn to shreads with jealousy in regards to Murray's seemingly effortless transition to respected indie darling actor guy.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The Banjo Bit Was Cringe-Inducing

    by LaserPants

    I was embarrassed for humanity. Was it supposed to be children's music? I honestly couldn't believe how awful that was.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by lopan

    I realize that you take it personally and get your undies all bunched up when people criticize SNL, but I can't imagine even the staunchest fan standing up for last night's beyond-cringe-inducing, laugh-free dead zone of an episode. Holy christ, what a trainwreck! Proof positive of why TBers trot out the old saws every week: it isn't fucking funny anymore.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    I stopped watching after the second PEPSI AD!

    by daggor

    Armisen's Obama is horrible - make fun of the guy for Chrissakes. Making all three MacGruber sketches ads for Pepsi was insulting - you can't make product placement funny. The first time they mentioned Priceline w/Shatner in the audience was cute, but now that I know that it's pure ad revenue, it's just sad. I went online and watched the "highlight clips" and the ESPN gun sketch was funny, but fell flat - the rest was garbage, with Abby's Angelina Jolie bit saved by being short. Steve Martin hosting should produce at least one winner, but we got next to nothing. He didn't even seem to be trying - and he has the audience on his side. I grinned when he had the "Ruprecht" look on his face, and smiled when he used the voice, but there was nothing funny for him to say.

  • Feb. 1, 2009, 7:55 p.m. CST

    by darthschneider67

    I quit watching just after the 3rd MacGruber...each one was the same thing just saying Pepsi more often, they had Richard Dean Anderson in the skits and they could have done something other than the same exact made me remember why I haven't watched it in years. The yuppies in the bar, eating ecstasy, wow that fell flat...flatter than a prepubescent girl. Sll the female cast wanting to orgy with Steve was funny...that was about it...Steve with man tits,was funny, but another skit that says "we have a funny premise,and no F-ing clue where to go with it.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 12:02 a.m. CST


    by LeviDTinker

    You know you want to go pick up his new cd "New songs for the five string banjo" that just came out this last tuesday sorry couldnt resist.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Not having access till now,

    by skimn

    I can't believe how many people thought the MacGruber spots were skits and not actual commercials. Bravo to Pepsi. I admit the first one threw me because of the placement and the random addition of Pepsi. But then I got it. When Forte just repeated, "Pepsi, pepsi, pepsi, pepsi ... pepsi", I thought it was great. And was the funniest part of the whole 90 minutes, outside of Armesien's gov.<p>And Mraz sang like he suffered a stroke earlier in the evening, singing out of half of his mouth.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    SNL is dead

    by slone13

    It's only fitting Martin hammer the last few nails into its coffin.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Single worst SNL of all time

    by houndog

    Did anyone see the sports related clip show on earlier? The stuff from 30 years ago was gold. Chico Esquela at Mets spring training. Awesome. Writers and performers need to realize that parody of themselves doesn't entertain US, maybe themselves.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    just a Wiig comment...

    by BizarroJerry

    Early on, I thought the girl had potential. She pulled off some funny skits and funny impressions. But now she "creates" character with silly voices who repeat things again and again. This last character was possibly the worst, since she was basically playing a person with mental problems.<p>So, that Callait chick singing was a bit of hotness, huh?

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    what a complete piece of shit this episode was

    by exie

    Seriously. How do you waste Steve Martin? Without Fey and Poehler this series in serious trouble. Wil Forte must have pictures of Lorne smoking pole because there is no other reason why that unfunny bastard is getting the time he gets. Hader is the funniest guy on the show but it doesn't matter since the writing is so poor right now.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Wasted momentum

    by BizarroJerry

    Unfortunately, the show has wasted the momentum it had going with Fey as Palin. Her very funny impression of a sudden celebrity/political oddity carried the show for weeks. I think Lorne ought to go to Obama and ask him to please develop some facial ticks, goofy laughs or dumb catchphrases so that we can more easily mock you. Great speaker, but not very easy to ridicule as a character. Maybe that won't last. Sudekis' Biden is kinda funny, but it'd be better if he would actually develop an accurate impression instead of just using his "loud guy" character. C'mon, Obama. Do something really stupid but not damaging to the country. SNL needs you!

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Patterson section was the highlight for me

    by drewlicious

    That takes a lot of guts to make fun of a guys handicap.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    for the 9000th time Poehler sucks

    by JackDonkey

    I thought politics was the only thing that made me want to slap people but people who say Poehler is funny and Forte is not just got added to the list. Also Wiig sucks, this show needs a full purge because when Wiig first started she was funny and now she's just trying to imitate Poehler, who never makes me laugh.

  • Feb. 2, 2009, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Forte isn't funny

    by exie

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by Ironthorman

    Not gonna get liquored up tonight. Not gonna have a drink tonight. I'm not gonna drink. Till Update is through. That's a promise to you the viewer! Yes after the show. I'll drink till I spew. But for now I'm clearheaded for you!

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Alas Farley

    by TimBenzedrine

    If only Farley had followed through on that promise. I miss him. As for multiple guest hosts that always turn in a decent show, nobody beats Chris Walken.

  • Feb. 3, 2009, 6:24 p.m. CST


    by mojoman69

    SOrry but Steve Martin stopped being funny after LA Story. I refuse to watch the Pink Panther remakes and anyone who loves Sellers should as well. Embarassing and not worth the time