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The one and only time I sat in the audience at a live SNL telecast? March 15, 2008. Jonah Hill hosted.

My favorite sketches from last week’s Lindsay Lohan episode. Who played the fourth Romney son?

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  • March 10, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Nowhere to go but up after last week

    by ChiTownsBest

    That episode was one of the worst I've ever seen on SNL. It's strange how it followed what was probably the best episode this year with Maya Rudolph hosting.

  • March 10, 2012, 4:34 a.m. CST

    The 4th Romney son...

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    is an SNL writer. He's been in a few sketches before. Basically, he's on camera when a sketch calls for more white male actors than there are in the cast.

  • March 10, 2012, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hill's gaining weight again

    by Titus05

  • March 10, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST

    The 4th son is Mike O'Brian ----

    by Arch_Stanton

    who has a really good interview series on youtube...

  • March 10, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    DAMMIT! Mike O'BRIEN! -Check out youtube link anyway

    by Arch_Stanton

  • March 10, 2012, 9 a.m. CST

    Jonah Hill is funny as a stomach pump

    by magazoid

  • Hill looks like he's gained 20 pounds since the Oscars. Maybe he's just decided he was funnier being fat

  • March 10, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    to be fair, stomach pumps can be quite hilarious

    by Tigger Tales

  • March 10, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    everyone loved the disney housewives sketch

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    even though it was fucking terrible.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Tosh had it right...

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    SNL has never been funny, it was just cool to stay up past midnight.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Thank Christ!

    by Mugato5150

    I haven't seen nor heard from Jonah Hill in like 16 hours. I thought he was dead or lost at sea. Was I just in a bad mood or was there absolutely nothing remotely funny about the 21 Jump Street trailer?

  • March 10, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Saturday Night Live WAS funny....

    by sundancekeed

    with the original cast of Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd, Radner, etc..... and for a brief period of time with Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo. But it hasn't been worth much in a long, long time. I stopped watching it regularly years ago. And on the occasional Saturday night when I'm channel surfing and pause on it for a moment, I'm reminded why. It's boring, self-conscious and sooooooo precious in it's desire to be trendy. I watched a little of it last week with Lindsey Lohan and I was almost embarrassed for whatever passes for a writing staff there. It was painfully bad.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    SNL was funny with Hartman, Carvey, Myers and that crew

    by Mugato5150

    The first season really wasn't as funny as people seem to remember it. The Land Shark? The Coneheads? The Samurai Chef? Chevy Chase falling down a lot? What was funny about any of that? The best episode ever was in 1986 with William Shatner. That episode was gold from start to finish.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    SNL has always been hit or miss. Even in its golden days.

    by Ingeld

    It is just human nature to think the past is so much better.

  • In that old skit, she didn't have to rely on cue cards or, at least, she made it look like she wasn't reading them.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:27 a.m. CST

    He stopped getting job offers so he is getting fat again

    by FrodoFraggins

  • March 10, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    To Bill Brasky!!!

    by thelordofhell

    There was this one time Brasky and I were ice fishing at the North Pole, and this big-as-fuck polar bear comes lumbering up, and this sonofabitch gets up on his back legs and roar all menacing-like. Well, ol' Brasky wasn't gonna take that kinda shit from a lousy penguin eater. He pulls this huge goddamn fish out of the hole with his bare hands, walks right up to this bear, and says, "You see this here? This is a fish. You like fish, don't ya!" The bear just keeps following the fish with his eyes, looking all hungry and shit. "You'd like it if I gave you this fish, wouldn't ya," he bellowed, and the bear just looked at him. So Brasky says, "I ain't giving you this fuckin' fish. Nosiree, you ain't getting this fucking fish. In fact, I'm gonna sit right here on the ice, and grill this smelly little fucker up, and eat the whole goddamn thing, and I'm gonna make sure you watch." So, Brasky starts a campfire with nothing but two sticks and some extra arch support insoles he had with him, and he sat there all night, staring that bear in the eye, and damned if he didn't eat the whole goddamn fish, and that bear just sat there, lookin' all forlorn, watching him eat it. Finally, this 2,000 pound polar bear starts weeping like a schoolgirl, and looks at him as if to say, "Mr. Brasky, I swear, I'll never eat another ice fisherman as long as I live." Finally, the bear lumbers off, sobbing. Brasky reaches back into his ice hole and pulls out a 12 foot white shark, and throws it to the bear. The bear just turns, wipes a tear away, picks up the shark in his gaping maw, and trundles off like a sad puppy. Brasky just turns to me and says, "It's all about respect!"

  • March 10, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Bill Brasky is one of my favorite sketches

    by Mugato5150

    That's where they ripped off all that Chuck Norris horseshit.

  • March 10, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Love Bill Brasky!

    by KelVarnson

  • March 10, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    That Hunt's Diced Tomato sketch isn't funny at all.

    by tonagan

    Why do you keep posting that every week?

  • March 10, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I like the drug commercials with the murderous

    by KelVarnson

    side effects.

  • March 10, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    the most recent sweet spot on SNL

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    was about after Jimmy Fallon left and before Amy Poehler departing. it was pretty much the same cast, minus the newbies and had two important ingredients 1. Will Forte and 2. Darrell Hammond

  • March 10, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    The problem

    by Gidney

    is that Hill has, with good reason, been told he is funny. But somewhere betwixt all the pussy, money and personal trainers, he's come to believe that he's fucking hilarious. But he's just funny--not fucking hilarious.

  • March 10, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Bill Hader is Crazy Funny.

    by Crow3711

    So fuck all of you. He makes me laugh hysterically every single week. His Carville on weekend update was so funny last week, made wading through the whole average episode worthwhile. "if we all got the jobs we looked like we should have, I'd be KING OF THE SNAKES.".

  • March 10, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Darryl Hammond

    by KelVarnson

    Hammond is one of the all time greats. His Bill Clinton still rings in my head and makes me giggle.

  • March 10, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    You can't like Tosh.0 and say SNL isn't funny...

    by Andrew Coleman

    That makes no fucking sense. Tosh's show is for fucking high school kids at best. To then go on and say SNL hasn't been funny for a long time makes you look rather silly.

  • The pre-Ferrell, post-Carvey years in the mid 90's were pretty awful, but even those years produced 'Bathroom Monkey' which I consider the best SNL fake commercial ever. SNL throws a ton of stuff at the wall every week, and the stuff that sticks goes on the DVD sets and we say 'Need more Cowbell' to our friends for decades after. It's alternately awful and brilliant.

  • March 10, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by hst666

    I assume you meant to qualify that with "in the last two years" Or maybe you are too young to remember some of the earlier horrible seasons. While I agree that the last two Sandler years were among the worst (particularly the last season when they brought in Chris Eliot and Janeane Garofalo). However, the two worst seasons by far were the very first post-Lorne Michaels season and the very first Lorne-returns seasons, 80-81 and 85-86 respectively.

  • March 10, 2012, 9:23 p.m. CST

    SNL occasionally knocks it out of the park...

    by Tarijeno

    They take a really talented cast member, in this case Hader or Wiig, and they proceed to invent a really catch, funny character that brings the house down.... and then the writers say "Hey! Somebody in the audience laughed at that! Quick! Let's use that same character in every episode for the rest of the season!" Then they proceed to beat the shit out of that horse until the only thing left is a bloody stain.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Whoa! How has he put on like 25 pounds since the Oscars?

    by BadMrWonka

    Dangit, I thought he was gonna keep it off. Come on Jonah, you can do it.

  • God help me.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    by Boondog

    Opening sketch might have been funny if someone had actually put some thought into it.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Taran Killam needs to take over Jason Sudeikis's role

    by theBigE

    Taran's obviously the new alpha male of the cast. Guy does good impersonations - he's going to be in most of the skits this fall with Sudeikis leaving, right?

  • March 10, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig is so cute

    by Bobo_Vision

  • March 10, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Does Tom Hanks have patches of pubic hair glued to his head?

    by Bobo_Vision

    What's happened to his hair?

  • March 10, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Mr. Short Term Memory!

    by RueDBaga

  • March 10, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    the only laugh I got out of the opening skit

    by jim

    was the copy for Moist Books: "Who left these books out in the rain? We did!". Other than that it was downright forgettable.

  • March 10, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I think that sketch was called 'Jonah Hill reads cue cards'

    by Bobo_Vision

  • March 10, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I like the J-Pop skit just because I went to Michigan State

    by theBigE

    Go Spartans tomorrow!

  • March 10, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Oh great, it's THIS skit again

    by memento108

  • March 10, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Is Jonah Hill wearing Belushi's Samurai Costume?

    by thecomedian

  • March 10, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    You answered all in stickers

    by jim

    It may be basically the same skit every time, but it makes me laugh every time.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Seems theyre trained to 'bust up' when a skit starts to tank.

    by MST3KPIMP

  • March 10, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Shaun White or Bonnie Riatt?

    by theBigE

    The answer might surprise you!

  • March 10, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by memento108

  • March 10, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Who's playing Brutus?

    by theBigE

    Is that Fred Armisen? This is so wrong!

  • March 10, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    Definitely Fred as Brutus.

    by cookepuss

  • March 10, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    This oddly reminds me of something I've seen before

    by Bobo_Vision

    A weird mutant being sexually abused. I know I've seen this in a film before. I feel like I saw it in a Mel Brooks film. Young Frankenstein?

  • March 10, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Wiig's even hot as Liza

    by Bobo_Vision

  • March 10, 2012, 11:43 p.m. CST

    That was weird

    by jim

    but not in an enjoyable way

  • March 10, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Skit cut at the last second?

    by jim

    Or two more minutes needed to get ready?

  • March 10, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I wish I was laughing as much as the cast.

    by Garbageman33

    They're all channeling Horatio Sanz.

  • Dug the first song. This one seems.... old.

  • March 10, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Coolio...this is a good jam

    by Bobo_Vision

    I'll see you when you get there......see you when you get there....

  • March 10, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Ok I like this...Jonah has some

    by memento108

  • March 11, 2012, 12:01 a.m. CST

    don't forget to put your clocks ahead one hour before bed

    by jim

    or you'll be late for everything tomorrow

  • March 11, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Coolio was arrested today wasn't he?

    by memento108

    Seems like a last minute skit addition. Pretty good.

  • Ain't technology grand? =)

  • March 11, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Brutus the ape sketch was hilarious!

    by Eyegore

    But the Sara Palin impersonation was terrible.

  • Embrace the largeness! It works! $$$$ Lose weight and get healthy when you have 10-million in the bank and can retire or do VO work.

  • March 11, 2012, 3:43 a.m. CST

    Who played Brutus the ape?

    by Hercules

    That was dang funny!

  • March 11, 2012, 3:55 a.m. CST

    I wondered the same about the ape...

    by MisterManReturns

    but would never say "dang".

  • March 11, 2012, 4:07 a.m. CST

    I'm pretty sure the ape was Fred

    by Kirbymanly

    Going off of speech patterns and the eyes.

  • March 11, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Show was painfully unfunny tonight...

    by bass

    Every time I tune in lately, which is about 2-3 times a year, there's a skit in either the second or third slot that feels like something that should be on at 12:50. And then it gets worse from there. The kid doing schtick at Benihana had a few chuckles but Jonah was bad...Jpop was weird but occasionally funny...Brutus was so baaaad...Update was funny when Seth was solo, but all the walk-ons were terrible, and the Liza thing made me switch over to Willy Wonka, never to return. Shins were at least good.

  • March 11, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Missing ESPN skit

    by theBigE

    What happened to the ESPN skit they were setting up for, but we never saw? They skipped right to the Shins.

  • March 11, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Last couple shows have been bad

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Though this was a little better than last week. Honestly I don't know why I watch SNL. It has a lot to do with DVR, that's for sure. I guess it's fun even when it's not funny. I think it's insane to think the show was ever great though. And right now it has one of the best casts I've ever seen.

  • March 11, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    I'm thinking the ape was Jorma Taccone

    by Garbageman33

    Remember, he played Chaka in Land of the Lost and is a writer on the show. And the height seemed about right. Fred is much taller than that.

  • March 11, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Fred played the ape

    by professorjack

    end of discussion

  • March 11, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    These writers are terrible

    by thelordofhell

    SNL went from drugged out Second City to Harvard Lampoon to Tina Fey to...............crap. They need to get more improv writers in there. Same with the actors.....notice I say actors and not improv comedians. A real improv comedian doesn't bust out laughing like an idiot if a skit goes wrong.......they handle it and make it even more funny. None of the current cast can do this....even "overacting=comedy" Kristen Wiig. When a J-Pop America Fun Time sketch is the funniest thing you can pull off in the show, it's time to fire everyone except the people in that sketch and start over. Lorne.....are you listening, or are you drunk on wine...........again.

  • March 11, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Kristen Wiig is the only talented female on the show

    by Bobo_Vision

    Seems Lorne has decided to hire pretty girls instead of funny girls, yet Wiig is still hotter than all of them because the rest of the girls come off as a bunch of annoying airheads.

  • March 11, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Armisen = Brutus

    by Michael

    Yeah, it was obvious. He does that (annoying) thing with his eyes where he opens them up as far as he can, and he also does the "lean in toward the mic" thing...Brutus did both of those things. The skit was funny, I have to admit. The only other things that made me chuckle were Stefon (be careful he doesn't get overused though) and the Jpop skit (see above).

  • March 11, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Wiig Hogs the Stage Again

    by Michael

    And another completely wasted night for Abby Elliot and Nasim Pedrad. If I were them, I'd seek employment elsewhere, because this show is NOT giving their talents (and yes, they are talented) nearly enough airtime.

  • March 11, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    There were a lot more misses than hits last night.

    by Ingeld

    I am starting to think that when a skit is about to crash, the cast automatically gets the giggles. The audience responds with laughter and the perception is that the skit is funny when it is not.

  • March 11, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    hey, Andrea Martin.....

    by Loosejerk

    Was topless in Club Paradise. If only we'd get so lucky with Nasim.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    You guys might be right about Nasim....

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...since last night was my first time watching SNL all the way through in many years, so I wouldn't know.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Tom Hanks the ape?

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    Just sayin'. It looked more like Tom Hanks than like Armisen to me.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:20 p.m. CST

    There is no Dartmouth University

    by Ingeld

    Dartmouth College, yes. I'm just saying.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    “What's a human roomba?”

    by ObnoxiousCamper

    “It's that thing of when you put a midget on a skateboard and it slides around on your floor eating garbage” That seriously cracked me up.

  • March 11, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Jonah Hill cracked up when announcing the band!

    by MooseMalloy

    Surely another sign of the end of the world.

  • March 11, 2012, 3:44 p.m. CST

    The Shins


    I saw "The Shins" on SNL last night, it looks like a bunch of music critics from "Rolling Stone" started a band.

  • March 11, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    My Theory on Last Night's SNL...

    by bass

    Jonah Hill showed up with some super-strong Cali pot and they were all stupendously baked. They had been laughing it up all week, stoned out of their minds, and decided to do the show that way, because they were so 'funny' to each other. Would explain the bad line readings and incessant cracking up at shit that just wasn't that funny.

  • March 11, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Worst Cold Open in years

    by tailhook

    Seriously, just atrocious. I don't mind them going off on right-wingers, Jon Stewart does it quite well. But it helps to actually be funny while doing it. 3-4 minutes of the same joke that fell flat the first time followed by Live from NY does not a Cold Open make. Seriously, that was just painful to watch.

  • March 12, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Breitbart site...

    by BizarroJerry

    Um, I may agree that SNL is often very liberal, but the two sketches they choose here? A toothless Limbaugh sketch that just barely makes fun of the guy, focusing instead on silly sponsors, followed by a Sarah Palin bit that was making fun of the show itself more than Palin. Personally, I think the question of SNL's relevance compared to past years became obvious to me when "Really??" with Seth and Amy commented on the abortion/healthcare debate and laughed at the idea that "life begins at conception." Slightly surprised there was no angry response to that.

  • That basically explains fully the nature of you joyless, a-hole buffoons who continually flop your stinking-of-your-own-ass appendages on your keyboards to gleefully report how "unfunny" and "painful" SNL has become. The Limbaugh open was solid. Unlike the stools of you pieces of pomped-out jackassery. And Hill was hilarious. I've only seen the show through Weekend Update so far, but his voice alone on the Japanese sketch was freaking hilarious. SNL is occasionally terrible. More often than not, it is worth some genuinely creative moments and a few big laughs. Occasionally, it is awesome. But it's always worth watching and I hope it never goes off the air. A continually evolving live comedy show that's part of American tradition. You fucking communist bastards who continually shart on it. I despise you all with the burning, white-hot heat of a thousand suns. Go live in a Syrian spider-hold and, in the words of Gandalf, "rid us all of your stupidity." Heprechauns. Leprachauns with Hep-C. Now that is some funny shit that I'll be laughing about all day, which makes the investment I made in this week's SNL more than worth it. Again, fuck you. Good day.

  • March 12, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Funny or not...

    by Santien

    You have to respect that Jonah Hill put in a decent effort unlike Lindsay JOKEhan from last week.

  • March 12, 2012, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Wait..... Is he fat or not? He keeps pulsating in size..

    by Onin Solstice

    Maybe he can fatten and defatten at will?

  • March 12, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    SNL is, was and always be hit or miss.

    by v3d

    To be fair, a lot of that has to do with the process. A new host meets the writers and has only six days to come up with enough material to fill a 90 minute time slot. I'm old enough to watched it in high school when in premiered in 1976. It's always been hit or miss. Even the legendary John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Bill Murray could be painfully unfunny in poorly written sketches. During the first round of syndication Broadway video even cut the show from 90 to 60 minute episodes to trim the fat(bad sketches and 1 musical number). When it's funny, it can be side splittingly hilarious. When it bombs, it's just bad.

  • March 12, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    What an ODD superpower, Solstice!

    by bass