Some Funny Stuff, and Some Not

The new "Acting School" is pretty funny. Guest appearance by Steven "Milton Waddams" Root.

The beginning (well, not the beginning, it's Adam Carolla, he takes a while to get there) of this podcast making fun of Tracy Chapman & other Coffee Shop rockers is pretty funny.

And in the category of Not Funny: I further explicated why Saturday Night Live is not funny and is furthermore also unfunny.

Posted by: Ace at 12:18 PM



Comments

1 Fist

Posted by: Barack Ovomit at February 12, 2013 12:21 PM (XvrTA)

2 SNL hasn't been "funny" since the late 70s early 80s. It is now at the stage of shit.

Posted by: Vic at February 12, 2013 12:21 PM (53z96)

3 Step 1: cut a hole in the box.

Posted by: EC at February 12, 2013 12:22 PM (GQ8sn)

4 I see Ace wrote a movie review about SNL.
Actually, a scathingly accurate review, but god help him, I gotta bust his chops on the length of it.
Ace's movie reviews are what legends are born from

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 12, 2013 12:24 PM (bTPOR)

5 Is this post supposed to amuse us? Like a clown?

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 12:26 PM (QupBk)

6
Steven Root is way too un-appreciated.

He's been a lot of great characters in a lot of stuff.

For instance the crazy boss on News Radio and Bill Dauterive on King of the Hill.

Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:26 PM (CXoSL)

7 SNL hasn't been "funny" since the late 70s80s early 80s90s.

FIFY. The Dana Carvey/Mike Meyers years were awesome. After that it was mostly downhill except for Celebrity Jeopardy.

Posted by: Ian S. at February 12, 2013 12:27 PM (B/VB5)

8 Stephen Root was his funniest on News Radio. Probably has made more money in his career though doing a voice on a popular animated series.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at February 12, 2013 12:27 PM (mQmzV)

9 Unfunny ronin

Posted by: Roland THTG at February 12, 2013 12:27 PM (QM5S2)

10
5
Is this post supposed to amuse us? Like a clown?

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 12:26 PM (QupBk)


Am I a fucking clown to you?!?!?

Posted by: BCochran1981 at February 12, 2013 12:27 PM (da5Wo)

11 Happy Fat Tuesday, or to you not on the coast, regular Tuesday.

Posted by: CSMBigBird at February 12, 2013 12:28 PM (6IKyK)

12 What was that awful looking shit they were drinking? Looks like rancid tea.

Posted by: Vic at February 12, 2013 12:28 PM (53z96)

13 For instance the crazy boss on News Radio and Bill Dauterive on King of the Hill.

He's great on Justified. I hope he makes an appearance again this season. Best moment: he's in bed with a hooker and gets bit by a snake. He makes the hooker suck the poison out of the bite until the paramedics get there.

Posted by: EC at February 12, 2013 12:29 PM (GQ8sn)

14 Bloomberg banned Fat Tuesday.

Posted by: Roland THTG at February 12, 2013 12:29 PM (QM5S2)

15 The show's real problem is that Lorne Michaels is still there, and still convinced he's really plugged into the young people's zeitgeist.

Newsflash for you Lorne, you stopped being cool in 1985.

Posted by: pep at February 12, 2013 12:29 PM (YXmuI)

16 Funny? You want funny? How about an Op-Ed on killing U.S. citizens with drones, by a very scholarly scholar. More than 660 words, and not one of the “Obama.”

Op-ed: The slippery slope of drone warfare

http://tinyurl.com/bxttzkg

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (9KqcB)

17 What's Justified about? My kid keeps bugging me to watch it. He was right about The Walking Dead being teh awesome though.

Posted by: Jaimo at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (9U1OG)

18 He what? Guess no 32oz Moon Pies then?

Posted by: CSMBigBird at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (6IKyK)

19
For instance the crazy boss on News Radio and Bill Dauterive on King of the Hill.



Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:26 PM (CXoSL)

Woah. I never realized the latter. *head explodes*

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (xAtAj)

20 If we're going to list the ways SNL is unfunny it will be a list lasting about 15 years...

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (LRFds)

21 I always get Steven Root and Barry Corbin mixed up, even they they don't look at all alike.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (QupBk)

22 Is someone getting the bullshit bingo cards ready for this evening's SOTU event?

Posted by: Jaimo at February 12, 2013 12:31 PM (9U1OG)

23
re: the latest on GIRLS

It turns out now we learn how really cool Brian Williams is for being so open with his idiot daughter.

ZOMG, they actuall watch all the episodes together including Allison Williams' sex scenes!!

Isn't that cool??

Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:31 PM (eHNxr)

24 Posted by: Jaimo at February 12, 2013 12:30 PM (9U1OG)


Justifies is an acquires taste, but once acquired, it is hard to quit!

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 12, 2013 12:31 PM (Cnqmv)

25 17 Jaimo,

Justified is about a deputy US Marshal going home to Harlan KY after retiring a gun runner for the Miami Narcotrafficantes.

Good show based on an Elmore Leonard series...

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (LRFds)

26 Are you Doobie Keebler?

Posted by: Pug Mahon-Assault CAD Monkey at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (K+mtQ)

27 ZOMG, they actuall watch all the episodes together including Allison Williams' sex scenes!!



Isn't that cool??





Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:31 PM (eHNxr)

He visits the set. While filming sex scenes.
*shudder*

Posted by: HoboJerky, now with 45% more DOOM! at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (xAtAj)

28 What's Justified about? My kid keeps bugging me to watch it. He was right about The Walking Dead being teh awesome though.

A show about a US marshal set in Kentucky. The character is based on the Elmore Leonard novels.

Posted by: EC at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (GQ8sn)

29 I think the last time I watched SNL at all was during the 2000 presidential race. Darrell Hammond's Al Gore and Will Ferrell's Dubya were damn funny. Everything since then has sucked.

I still think this is one of the funniest moments from an SNL skit EVER. It still cracks me up, and it's just as relevant today as ever.

Oct 7, 2000: First Presidential Debate sketch
(http://snltranscripts.jt.org/00/00adebate.phtml)

"Jim Lehrer: Which beings us to our final question. Governor Bush, both you and the Vice-President have offered plans to provide prescription drugs for the elderly. What makes your plan superior?


Al Gore: Jim, I'd like to interrupt here and answer that question as if it were my turn to speak. Jim, let me tell about a friend of mine. [ holds up a picture of an elderly woman ] Her name is Etta Munsen. She's 94, she's a widow living on Social Security in Sparta, Tennessee. Etta was born with only one kidney. She also suffers from poilo, spinal menengitis, lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer, an enlarged heart, diabetes, and a rare form of styctic acne. Now, several recent strokes, along with an unfortunate shark attack, have left her paralyzed and missing her right leg under the knee. Just last week she woke from a coma to find that, due to a hospital mix-up, her left arm had been amputated, infected with syphillis, and then reattached.


Jim Lehrer: Mr. Vice-President, we are short of time...


Al Gore: As you can imagine, Jim.. Etta's prescription drug bills are staaaaaggering. They run to nearly $113 million a day! And she tells me that some weeks she has to choose between eating and treating her Lyme Disease. Now, under my plan, Etta's prescription drugs would be covered. Under my opponent's plan, her house would be burned to the ground. And that is wrong. That is just wrong! "

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (4df7R)

30 SNL just proves the old adage, nothing lasts forever. Its why I laugh at people who just assume the NFL will rule the sports landscape indefinitely. Well nothing lasts forever. We could probably point to this reason or that reason, all of which play a factor, but none of which is dispositive. Particularly for TV shows. SNL really had a great run. There were several casts, each bringing something new, and each great casts kind of fit in with the times. But now the show has simply run its course. In the end, nothing lasts forever.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (gmeXX)

31 28 EC,

OR it is a series about the psychosis of coal town women and the idiots who love them...

YMMV

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:33 PM (LRFds)

32 HoboJerky, how are your eyeballs?

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:33 PM (96M6e)

33
from what I gather, GIRLS would be better titled as DOUCHE BAGS

Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:34 PM (CXoSL)

34 23
re: the latest on GIRLS

It turns out now we learn how really cool Brian Williams is for being so open with his idiot daughter.

ZOMG, they actuall watch all the episodes together including Allison Williams' sex scenes!!

Isn't that cool??

Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:31 PM (eHNxr)


That actually sums up the issues addressed regarding gen-X in the last thread. Including the question "can they really be that stupid?".

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 12, 2013 12:34 PM (Qxe/p)

35 Yeah I can get more laughing done spending 15 minutes in /r/funny with the iPad/iTV mirror turned on than I can watching a whole episode of SNL. Rank amateurs with a modern incarnation of a bbs is funnier than watching SNL. That's how low they've sunk.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:34 PM (0q2P7)

36 SNL hasn't been "funny" since the late 70s/80s/early 80s/90s.

NBC just ran a special on SNL of the 1980s. The horrrible cast that had to replace the original gang, without Lorne Michaels. The new producer apparently knew nothing about comedy.

Gilbert Godfriedwas in that cast. He said "She's the kind of woman who would watch a Marx Brothers movie and say, 'I like Margaret Dumont, but who are those men running around?'"

I loved the 90s cast. Where have you gone Massive Headwound Harry?

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (9KqcB)

37 Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (LRFds)

Never appreciated Elmore Leonard, until I scored about 30 of his paperbacks at a yard sale. Most were dated (no cell phones), but covered a vast range of characters and locales, all had very good to great plot twists and turns, and almost all were very hard to put down. Unfortunately, I have never read the "Fire in the Hole" which I think was the basis for Raylan.

Posted by: Hrothgar at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (Cnqmv)

38 34 jwb760,

My understanding is Lena Dunham is a Gen Y Millenial Tweener....

Most 40 year olds I know are not that fucking retarded.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (LRFds)

39 Actually season 5 was the last good year for SNL, season 6 turned to shit and it never recovered.

Posted by: Vic at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (53z96)

40 MWR - The 2000 election may be where SNL jumped the shark. Not because those skits were stupid, far from it. They actually had an effect on the election, in that they may have had an effect on debate performances. It was kind of the high water mark in their political humor. As a result, I think they thought they could do anything and actually affect politics. In essence, they became arrogant about it.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (gmeXX)

41 Elmore Leonard hasn't been funny since Cuba Libre.

Posted by: Roland THTG at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (QM5S2)

42
After hearing about Brian Williams today I am absolutely convinced he is a secret homo.

Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (CXoSL)

43 ~ tap tap tap tap tap ~

... of course Hadji is a fan of NewsRadio, with the Jimmy Johns and the Phil Hartmann .. and the Maura Tierney? What is not to like? Except for the David Foley, Andy Dick, and that whore Kathy Griffin? Wait, what? This microphone? It is on? Yes?

Well, Kathy Griffin? She smells as a unwashed strumpet who was washed with another dirtier unwashed whore.

And, as Hadji say, "Fuck Dane Cook"

And so.

So, anyway, Ace of Spades, Adam Carolla, Kathy Griffin, and Margaret Cho go to a comedy place to find out if women can be the funny.

Ace of Spades - he bring the funny.
Adam Carolla - he bring the funny.
Margaret Cho - she bring herpes - and not the good kind of herpes - which is not funny
Kathy Griffin - she brings the Hepatitis C - which is only funny when Kathy Griffin has Hepatitis C.

So, yes, women can bring the funny.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Remember that the veal has been killed ritually in the abattoir which is free of the infidel - the cook? He kill it a second time, but did so also ritually.

I keed.

And tip the waitresses such that their children can attend a good madrassa.

.

Posted by: Hadji the Muslim Comic at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (RuUvx)

44 Rank amateurs with a modern incarnation of a bbs is funnier than watching SNL. That's how low they've sunk.
Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:34 PM (0q2P7)


I'M funnier than SNL. If that's not a measure of how far they've fallen nothing is.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (4df7R)

45 Okay, yes, “Almost Pizza” was in fact funny.

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (QF8uk)

46 The only humor I get these days is gallows humor.

I'm actually getting offended when the talking heads get to laughing a skylarking while the average citizen loses rights and any kind of economic success. Maybe I need a break.

Posted by: Invictus at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (OQpzc)

47 How-to stuff on YouTube is devouring all my video watching time. I like that you can watch experts, and fools, do anything you want. The latter is often as instructive and the former.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (QupBk)

48 37 hrothgar,

Well it is the basis for justified and even it is different...

Leonard is a good/great writer.

The Character of Raylan first appeared in 'pronto" and the literary Raylan is a little older, and prone to wind up with strippers as galpals....

I like the Literary raylan a little more but Olyphant nails enough of it the show is a joy.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (LRFds)

49 For instance the crazy boss on News Radio and Bill Dauterive on King of the Hill.

Who is also the poor fat slob in Office Space.

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (9KqcB)

50 Has anyone noticed on 30 rock* the only funny one on the whole show is Alec Baldwin the serious actor. All the so called comedians can't deliver teh funny.



(I only have about combined 15 minutes of watching this program so please correct me if mistaken.)

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (0q2P7)

51
I wandered past comedy central/Jon Stewart the other day.
Stewart is also stale. His whole show is dedicated to mocking Glen Beck.
Boring.

Posted by: Fresh at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (O7ksG)

52 How-to stuff on YouTube…

Making a fire from ice (and black powder):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thbSSuo1Z00

Posted by: Stephen Price Blair at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (QF8uk)

53 And tip the waitresses such that their children can attend a good madrassa. .
Posted by: Hadji the Muslim Comic at February 12, 2013 12:36 PM (RuUvx)

Convert early. Beat the rush of our thought leaders and business elites.

Posted by: Invictus at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (OQpzc)

54 When was Kathy Griffin on Newsradio?

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (gmeXX)

55 29 Vic,

Eh mostly...I have smatterings of memories of season 2 and on....I'd argue the Eddie Murhpy years were 'good enough"....Phil hatman had is moments but the ship had sailed by '96

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (LRFds)

56 >>>I'M funnier than SNL. If that's not a measure of how far they've fallen nothing is.

I'm pretty sure the average HQ riff thread is funnier than SNL.

Hey ace new riff thread? Things funnier than SNL?

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (0q2P7)

57 Some female co-workers I've talked to have now begun a backlash against "Girls". They feel that the only hook to the show was how often and how fast the girls' clothes came off. It was a gimmick in the first season to hook the audience, but now that the fact that the girls are utter whores has been established, they keep on doing it and the women I know who watch it feel it's gone past the point of being overdone. Yes, the nasty slag chick likes to take her top off at the drop of a hat. We get it. What else is there to the show?

Posted by: EC at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (GQ8sn)

58 My understanding is Lena Dunham is a Gen Y Millenial Tweener....

Most 40 year olds I know are not that fucking retarded.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:35 PM (LRFds)


I freely admit not knowing where the delineation is between (among?) the gen-letters.

Is there a style guide?
My kids were born in '75, '78, and '81. All were "unplanned".

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (Qxe/p)

59 soothy.
I think Pedo might be more accurate.
Is it not his daughter he is watching in a less then modest setting?

Now, if he and Harry Reid were watching together, well, that would be different.

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (bTPOR)

60 [iHey ace new riff thread? Things funnier than SNL?
Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (0q2P7)

OOH, yes! I second this!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (4df7R)

61 Since all roads eventually lead to Idiocracy, don't forget Root was in that, too.

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (96M6e)

62 When was Kathy Griffin on Newsradio?

AKA Tranny Bonaduce?

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:39 PM (9KqcB)

63 Sad thing is. With the current bunch of incompetent assholes in/around the current administration, they have a lot to work with. But because they are lefties, they are untouchable.

Posted by: CSMBigBird at February 12, 2013 12:39 PM (6IKyK)

64 Judge BMW.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 12:39 PM (QupBk)

65 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (Dedicated Tenther) Channelling Breitbart at February 12, 2013 12:39 PM (8y9MW)

66 I stopped watching 30 Rock after two seaons. I thought it was incredibly funny, but just stopped watching for some reason. Yes, Alec Baldwin, as much as I wanted to hate him, was the best actor.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:40 PM (gmeXX)

67 According to The Fourth Turning, GenX is 1961–1981. Both Mrs. Jakeman and I are squarely in there, i.e., scrood.

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (96M6e)

68 58 JWB7605,

http://legalcareers.about.com/od/practicetips/a/GenerationX.htm

There's wiggle room...

65-80 is the most common...

I am dead in the middle....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (LRFds)

69 SNL is like a bunch of friends who are aren't particularly funny hanging out trying to be funny.

Somebody invariably starts doing a southern accent. And then "gay guy" routine.

And then.......southern accent and then.....gay guy routine.

Bascially that's all they got.

MadTV was infinitely more creative.

Posted by: eleven at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (KXm42)

70 Ace, I didn't know you had your own line of "marital aids."

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (+z4pE)

71 When was Kathy Griffin on Newsradio?
Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (gmeXX)



Methinks Hadji is getting Kathy Griffin mixed up with Vicki Lewis.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (4df7R)

72 60 [iHey ace new riff thread? Things funnier than SNL?
Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (0q2P7)

OOH, yes! I second this!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (4df7R)


That would be newsworthy!

Posted by: Les Nessman at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (Qxe/p)

73 Stewart is also stale. His whole show is dedicated to mocking Glen Beck.Boring.
Posted by: Fresh at February 12, 2013 12:37 PM (O7ksG)

Most of his shtick is finding out of context sound bites. Kind of how it is easy to sift through a video until you find a frame that looks goofy. Yeah, that's deep. Humans are pathetic.

Posted by: Invictus at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (OQpzc)

74
None of us here are prudes. We've all been around the block a few times.

We know that people have sex. A lot. Heck, some of us even did it on occasion.

But on TV they want to keep up this farce of "groundbreaking" material. Like it's all new and unexplored territory. Gimme a break.

It's base. All it is stuff that everyone does but we never talked about Because Everyone Does It And Everyone Knows Everyone Else Does It.


Posted by: soothsayer at February 12, 2013 12:42 PM (uff2W)

75
"The show's real problem is that Lorne Michaels is still there, and still convinced he's really plugged into the young people's zeitgeist.

Newsflash for you Lorne, you stopped being cool in 1985. "

This fact is completely lost on LM as he gobbles his own knob on national TV.
Apparentlyyou've never been so bored you decided to sit through the "Best of SNL" filler episodes NBC airs in dead time slots. You know the ones that look for all intents and purposes like VH1's "I Love the _____" shows?

Awful with a side of Al Franken.

Posted by: Jaws at February 12, 2013 12:42 PM (4I3Uo)

76 There's wiggle room...

The reason I like The Fourth Turning's '61-'81 is they actually have some reasoning and research rather than arbitrary dates. Though, admittedly, it's not an exact science.

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:42 PM (96M6e)

77 My kids were born in '75, '78, and '81. All were "unplanned".
---

First two yes, third arguablly not depending on how you include Gen X. I would argue that while the latter two might technically be classified as part of that generation, they culturally grew up in a different generation . Like how late Boomers are different from early boomers.

In any event, here is my very genearlized notion of who is a GenXr. Did they spend any time in HS in the 80's.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:43 PM (gmeXX)

78 ~ tap tap tap tap tap ~

Alas, Hadji, as he was heading to his next gig, realized that Hadji confused Vicki Lewis with Kathy Griffin - these, as you call them, Gingerbreads all appear the same to Hadji.

Hadji would put Vicki Lewis in a tent and sew himself in - if you are aware of my meaning, and I believe that you are.

Hadji meant to say 'Suddenly Susan' which Hadji disliked with a passion normally reserved for American hegemony.

Hadji on to next gig now. The drink minimum is two.

Posted by: Hadji the Muslim Comic at February 12, 2013 12:43 PM (RuUvx)

79 Did they spend any time in HS in the 80's.

More accurately...if you recognize yourself in Hot Tub Time Machine, which I do.

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:45 PM (96M6e)

80 68 58 JWB7605,

http://legalcareers.about.com/od/practicetips/a/GenerationX.htm

There's wiggle room...

65-80 is the most common...

I am dead in the middle....

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:41 PM (LRFds)


Very informative. Thank you! And the "work ethic" assessment fits the bill, too.

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 12, 2013 12:45 PM (Qxe/p)

81 Regarding Girls, there was a scene in Sex in teh City that I remember from one of the earlier episodes(don't ask why i saw it) where all the girls were discussing how many abortions they had. Very weird.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:45 PM (gmeXX)

82 Stewart is also stale.

Awful.

Wish he was on our side.

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:47 PM (9KqcB)

83 Awful with a side of Al Franken.

It kills me to say it, but the best years were when Franken was head writer.

Posted by: CJ at February 12, 2013 12:48 PM (9KqcB)

84 76 There's wiggle room...

The reason I like The Fourth Turning's '61-'81 is they actually have some reasoning and research rather than arbitrary dates. Though, admittedly, it's not an exact science.

Posted by: jakeman, Assault V2.0 at February 12, 2013 12:42 PM (96M6e)


(1948, here.) My reaction to people born in '60 as being a "Baby Boomer" was "no shit? Well, I guess that's statistically possible ..."

Posted by: jwb7605 (Let It Burn) at February 12, 2013 12:49 PM (Qxe/p)

85 Are flying squid still funny, or not?

Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 12, 2013 12:50 PM (zF6Iw)

86 I like that you can watch experts, and fools, do anything you want.

I watched an 8 minute YT video of a chef showing you how to cut carrots. 8 minutes. I kept watching just out of sheer amazement.

Posted by: pep at February 12, 2013 12:51 PM (YXmuI)

87
Stephen Root w/ Coen bros.:
blind radio station guy in O Brother Where Art Thou
corporate-type drughoncho in No Country For Old Men

Posted by: Bat Chain Puller at February 12, 2013 12:52 PM (SCcgT)

88 Gen Y - 1981+
Gen X - 1965/68 - 1980
Baby Boomer - 45/49-65/68

Demographers typically argue about the dates but this is a good guide.

Posted by: Winston at February 12, 2013 12:53 PM (FggW0)

89 Sven, I keep having this belief that Gen X will save America. My theory is basically this. We are the latch key generation that really saw the full result of the liberalization of America with a high divorce rate. We are a small generation sandwhiced between two huge generations. As I have stated, we will be screwed out of the social programs simply because we don't have the votes to keep it for ourselves. Some generation will have to make the sacrafice to right the ship. It will be us. But we will also be the wise elder generation leading the younger one. Our generation will produce the leaders (Ryan, Cruz, Walker) that will actually win the war, like Patton, Marshall and Eisenhower, but the generation behind us will get the credit, like the Greatest Generation.

Posted by: SH at February 12, 2013 12:53 PM (gmeXX)

90 89 SH,

I dream of that, and I wish for it but I think our younger siblings, "kids" in the older part of the generation have been so brain washed we're doomed...

the Boomers will hold on as long as they can and keep us from cleaning house while importing foreigners to jedi hand wave citizens to destroy the republic as a dying 'fuck you" to the founding....

we'll see

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:56 PM (LRFds)

91 Sarah Palin at al Jazeerah, they have a problem with.

Al Gore? Nada.

Posted by: zsasz at February 12, 2013 12:59 PM (MMC8r)

92 Are flying squid still funny, or not?
Posted by: Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing at February 12, 2013 12:50 PM (zF6Iw)
------------------------------------------------------
Yes. Those crazy invertebrates shooting liquid out of their assholes. HI LAR IOUS!

Posted by: Truck Monkey at February 12, 2013 01:01 PM (jucos)

93 59 ---"I think Pedo might be more accurate.
Is it not his daughter he is watching in a less than modest setting?"

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at February 12, 2013 12:38 PM (bTPOR)

It's not pedophilia since she is well past puberty and indeed past the age of consent. So it's just incest.

And really, who are we to say there is something "wrong" with it? All people have a Right to Love.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 12, 2013 01:02 PM (C8mVl)

94 Bat Chain Puller, #87:

"Stephen Root w/ Coen bros.:
blind radio station guy in O Brother Where Art Thou"

Oh holy cow, you're right. Never realized that but I can picture him now.

Posted by: JPS at February 12, 2013 01:04 PM (3Xj9e)

95 btw, in case no one has mentioned it, new Suzi Parker post up.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Assault Hobbit at February 12, 2013 01:04 PM (4df7R)

96 Suzi Parker

Spidergal?

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 12, 2013 01:08 PM (QupBk)

97 90 --- "....the Boomers will hold on as long as they can and keep us from cleaning house..."

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 12:56 PM (LRFds)

Just look at the voting demographics from 2008 and 2012. What age group did NOT vote for Obama?

If it had been left to the Boomers, Obama would never have been president. ALL of the younger generations fell for him.

The hope that everything will be fine as soon as those damn Boomers die off is sadly misplaced.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at February 12, 2013 01:13 PM (C8mVl)

98 97 Margarita DeVille,

The late boomers I know are drifting leftward as they age...

look nothing personal but I suspect they will go full bore Grey panther when it is their turn at the trough....

we'll see...

education and income level seemed to be the great divider in pro/con Choom king...

I just think a lot of folks think they are duty bound to fuck up the economy forever....

I won't do it, I aim to die on my couch or in my bed....

not gonna demand the state give me whatever I want either....

I sometimes wish the world wars had never happened because I think if ww2 had not occurred none of this would be possible.

Posted by: sven10077 at February 12, 2013 01:17 PM (LRFds)

99 And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year, and I used to be over by the window, and I could see the squirrels, and they were married, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much, and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and it's not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...

Posted by: Jimmie at February 12, 2013 02:02 PM (Vk3+v)

100 Actually, it's Stephen Root. Not Steven.

Posted by: Michael at February 12, 2013 02:26 PM (dHgMz)

101 28
What's Justified about? My kid keeps bugging me to watch it. He was right about The Walking Dead being teh awesome though.

A show about a US marshal set in Kentucky. The character is based on the Elmore Leonard novels.


Posted by: EC at February 12, 2013 12:32 PM (GQ8sn)

And its required you drink bourbon while you watch it.

Posted by: Long Island at February 12, 2013 04:00 PM (hl8SI)

102 I can find countless youtube videos that are funnier than SNL. Just regular people putting up clips about their everyday lives is far more humorous than SNL has been for 20 years.

I enjoy the Soup. I suppose it helps to up on pop culture a bit to get the jokes.

Posted by: Long Island at February 12, 2013 04:09 PM (hl8SI)






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