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Saturday Night Live - Phelps

SallyBR1's picture

not sure how many here are fans of SNL - but tonight's host is Phelps

I hope he does a good job, I am always a little worried when non-actors host the show, but some of the sports guys have been quite amazing!

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50869, reply #1 of 38)

I think Obama is on tonight's show as well, with, possibly Tina Fey doing a stint as Palin. I plan to record the show, and will happily report back after I watch it tomorrow.





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suz's picture

(post #50869, reply #2 of 38)

I believe I heard that Obama cancelled due to Hurricane Ike.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50869, reply #3 of 38)

Thanks. I may record it anyway, just to cover all bases.






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suz's picture

(post #50869, reply #4 of 38)

Yes, record it.  What if I'm wrong?!

Gretchen's picture

(post #50869, reply #5 of 38)

That's what I heard also.

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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #50869, reply #6 of 38)

Actually, you're right, but I'm also hoping Tina Fey does show up.  






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Heather's picture

(post #50869, reply #7 of 38)

She's got to do it--she is perfect for the part!

CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #50869, reply #8 of 38)

Sooooooo perfect!  Can't wait, if I don't stay awake will record also.


I'm also hoping Phelps does a good job, some inexperienced performers stumble and make fools of themselves, that would be sad, he's seems like such a great young man.


 


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Gretchen's picture

(post #50869, reply #9 of 38)

Oh geeze. Tina Fey. Palin!! I may have to set a clock!!

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msm-s's picture

(post #50869, reply #10 of 38)

I called it the day McCain's announcement came out: Tina Fey had to do Palin. The first photos of Palin just screamed "Yo Tina, come and get it!"

msm-s's picture

(post #50869, reply #11 of 38)

YEE Haw! The Hillary/Sarah opening was hilarious; let the games begin!


Edited 9/13/2008 11:39 pm ET by msm-s

evelyn's picture

(post #50869, reply #12 of 38)

OK, ignorant Greek here.  Who is this Tina Fey?  And is the Hillary/Sarah thing on youtube yet?

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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #50869, reply #13 of 38)

Evelyn, I'm in the same boat as you, living out of the loop and not knowing who these folks are.  The video of Tina Fey and the other lady playing Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton is available to see on the Saturday Night Live website (easy to find via Goggle search).  Tina Fey is indeed really terrific as Palin - couldn't say the same for the person portraying Hillary or for the writing.  Oh, well.  My absentee ballot came yesterday - boy am I looking forward to voting, though my prediction is that McCain will win, scarily putting Palin in line for the White House in 2012, if not sooner....the reason being, as I see it, is that America is anti-intellectual in general, and Americans sadly just aren't interested in intelligent discussions or intelligent presidents in these days...ergo McCain and Palin.


cheers, Bonnie

Gretchen's picture

(post #50869, reply #14 of 38)

Bonnie, I don't want to start another  political thread, but I don't think that particular assessment is fair to  Americans (of which you are obviously one). You have basically called people "dumb" for voting a different way than you.  I  take offense at that description. I am sorry. 


Tina Fey is well known to MANY, probably younger than I, and has just sort of come onto my radar as a fabulous comedian and comic personality.  She has a couple of commercials that are equally hilarious. 


Gretchen


Edited 9/14/2008 8:23 am ET by Gretchen

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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #50869, reply #15 of 38)

Gretchen, nope, don't agree.  I am not calling Americans stupid - hey, I'm American - nor am I saying that folks have to think or vote like me.  Not what democracy is about, right?  What it is about, however, is having an in-depth discussion on ideas and issues.  But, hey, folks are talking about being hockey moms or this and that, and not really talking about the nitty-gritty of what to do about real problems - there's no 'reasoning'.  You can be a hockey mom, or whatever, and talk about issues, don't you think?  I ain't hearing it.  Folks turn off when the nitty-gritty is talked about, responding mostly to sound bites like 'he's going to give tax breaks to the rich' or 'he's going to raise the taxes of the average American'.  Do you see what I mean?  But, in any case, I do think that Americans in general (not everyone, of course) have an anti-intellectual streak, suspicious of overtly 'smart' people and 'smart' talk...I am not the only one to think so.  I'll refer you to Richard Hofstadter's (1963?) book, Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize and which is still discussed today.  Also The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby.  cheers, Bonnie


Edited 9/14/2008 8:51 am ET by BonnieinHolland

mer's picture

(post #50869, reply #16 of 38)

Bonnie does have a point. THere is a general distrust of academia and scientific exploration. I think that there are a lot of people who voted for Bush because they could relate to him, imagine having a beer with him and wouldn't be intimidated by him. Frankly, they just liked him. He was not interested in complex conversations or solutions to complex problems. He is not an intellectual. I think the same thing is going on with Palin.

Deepak Chopra wrote a very interesting article on Palin. It is short and a very interesting read. http://www.chopra.com/node/1064

Gretchen's picture

(post #50869, reply #17 of 38)

Deepak Chopra--the poster boy for "simplistic" in my opinion.


I quit.
I hate it when one side, which a number of very fine people here espouse, is called "dumb". It has been going on for all of the elections, and is just not fair. There are other ways of saying something in a positive light--or not ascribing it to "EVERYONE".


And I am very confident that instead of "opinion" of Palin, there will be enough real evidence of her abilities. I believe the NYTimes has begun that today.


A LONG time ago I read an essay about conflict and conflict resolution. One of the final statements was "when the discussion devolves to 'I don't know how you can think/say that'. the discussion is over."


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mer's picture

(post #50869, reply #18 of 38)

I think there is a difference between being anti-intellectual and dumb. That wasn't what I or the other poster meant. Neither one of us used the word "dumb". Palin is so new on the national scene that there is bound to be lots of discussion of her, both opinion and fact.

Heather's picture

(post #50869, reply #19 of 38)

Although this anti-intellectual issue is being discussed here in terms of the current election, I don't see it as a left/right, Dem/Rep issue. I don't think anyone here is saying that one side or the other is "dumb."

I really believe that it is a valid topic of study for this country and probably others and it transcends political parties. There are a lot of people on both sides who are distrustful of education, intellectualism, inclusiveness, "otherness."

MadMom's picture

(post #50869, reply #20 of 38)

I have to agree with you.  It is amazing to me that we want to select some "ordinary" guy or gal as our leader.  I don't want someone just like me to be my president.  I want someone who makes my intellect and reasoning look small in comparison.  I don't want someone I would feel comfortable having a beer with.  I want someone I am in awe of.  It seems more and more like I'm in the minority, though, with both sides trying to appear to be one of the "common" herd, and with accusations of elitism thrown around.  Do I care if McCain is married to a beer heiress?  Do I care if he is the son and grandson of admirals?  Do I care if Obama was the product of an interracial marriage and was raised by a single mother?  Absolutely no to all of the above. 


What I care about, and what is discussed so little, are their policies and how those policies will affect me.  I understand that the same policy can affect different people differently.  I would love to see a tax increase on those making above $250,000/yr; Napie probably wouldn't.  I would love to see our troops come home from Iraq, although others might disagree.  I would like to see some form of universal health care which at least includes preventive health care, although I'm already covered by three insurance policies.  I am in favor of a woman's right to choose, although I respect those who might choose differently than I would.  I am in favor of a ban on assault weapons, although I believe strongly in a citizen's right to "keep and bear arms."  I am in favor of freedom of religion, even though that should, IMO, include the freedom to have no religion at all.  These are the issues I want to see discussed, and these are the issues which I believe should decide the campaign, not mud-slinging and character attacks. 




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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #50869, reply #21 of 38)

Well said, MM.  I have said elsewhere that I want someone who is smarter than me, who has vision, not afraid to follow that vision, and not afraid to show that they have either intelligence or vision.  You make me laugh...about the beer (which is so true, of course)...as Gretchen knows, wine is my thing....yeah, if I want to pick someone who I am comfortable drinking wine with...well, that's just sad, isn't it, if we're talking in terms of leading a pretty important country?  cheers to you, Bonnie

MadMom's picture

(post #50869, reply #22 of 38)

Thanks, Bonnie, and I'm not a beer drinker, either.  Wine is my alcohol of choice, so if you ever get to NC, we'll have a glass together.  Promise I won't run for president, though!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

TracyK's picture

(post #50869, reply #23 of 38)

Tina Fey is probably about 38 or 39, graduated with a degree in Drama from the University of Virginia (where I had the pleasure of seeing her perform the lead role in Cabaret, as a visiting prospective student), got a job writing for Saturday Night Live shortly after, and then joined the cast. Now she stars on "30 Rock" on NBC. :-)

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Gretchen's picture

(post #50869, reply #29 of 38)

And doesn't she write or direct some of it too? I was afraid to add that. She is really sump'n!!


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Regality's picture

(post #50869, reply #24 of 38)

How was Phelps as a host?

 


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SallyBR1's picture

(post #50869, reply #25 of 38)

We watched it this morning, I could not stay awake for it last night - I think he did ok, a few stumbling in words, but overall not bad at all, considering he is a swimmer, not an actor

I was a bit disappointed with the whole SNL, though. Some of the stuff was marginally funny (to my taste, of course) - I expected more from the opening of the new series.

However, I have to say "Palin" was simply PERFECT. At first I thought it was really her in person!

I also liked the "ad" for T-mobile - the "family thing" - hilarious.

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
Heather's picture

(post #50869, reply #26 of 38)

SNL is a mere shadow of its old self. The skits aren't funny for the most part. The Palin piece was definitely the funniest part of the show.

Phelps was fine even though he had to survive some very stupid writing.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #50869, reply #27 of 38)

True.

remember the days with Steve Martin and King Tut? My gosh, that stuff was first class! We have a tape of it somewhere

Belushi! Remember him?

"Her green thumb was so black, she couldn't even grow zucchini"



(Glenys, August 2008).
Heather's picture

(post #50869, reply #32 of 38)

We loved John Belushi and Steve Martin. Oh, and Gilda Radner and Chevy Chase. But they had talented writers, not like today.

kathymcmo's picture

(post #50869, reply #33 of 38)

Oh how I miss Gilda. She had a true comic gift. Belushi too, but just loved Gilda.