There I said it.
Hot take alert! Salsa isn’t the biggest fan of SNL. I don’t hate it by any means, I’ll watch it if it’s there and i have nothing better to do, but I’d never go out of my way to watch it. On the rare occasion they produce a sketch worth watching, I’ll catch it on youtube the next day.
Last night was the 40th anniversary show and the internet collectively sucked SNL’s dick for a solid 4 hours. Was the show last night cool? Absolutely yes. You get that many old stars and talented people together and it’s going to make for great television, but the whole episode was mostly just one long trip down memory lane for young and old folks alike. Although it was admittedly entertaining, I just didn’t find it that funny. Maybe I’m becoming a curmudgeon?
In any event, I think the internet has jaded me. In today’s world the internet usually churns out 5-10 things that are legitimately hysterical on a day to day basis. Fair or not, that’s really affected the “funny factor” of SNL. Ratings don’t lie. Personally, I no longer think sketch comedy is funny, and I am 1000% more cynical than i used to be thanks to reading all the comments on social media which has given the idiots a platform to voice their dumb ass opinions more than ever before. People like me, bitching and moaning that they don’t like SNL, giving you reasons to doubt your preconceived notions. The whole thing has me in a pretzel.
For some reason, SNL reminds me of the super soaker 50 that came out in like 1995. At the time, that squirt gun was a game changer and if you think back on it today you’d probably say “man those things were cool as shit back in the day.” In reality, they were a piece of shit that barely worked most of the time, leaked everywhere, and broke almost as soon as you got it out the box. My point, is that the passage of time makes everything seem better. People always look back on things through rose colored glasses, and that’s exactly what we had going on with SNL last night. They brought back some of their most popular skits and characters, but they really weren’t that funny to begin with. I’ll post a few links at the bottom of this blog, so you can rewatch the highlights from last night and see if you find them funny yourself.
Over the years I feel like SNL has been a stepping stone for comedians and actors alike to launch their next career. They’ve had a ton of talent come through, but it never sticks around for very long. I’m with a majority of people who believe that the mid 90’s were the golden era of SNL. That was the time before we had the internet to make us laugh, so we needed a live sketch comedy show to give us funny stuff to talk about. Back in that time, SNL was able to get the best comedic talent available and it made for a hell of a show. Nowadays, I can barely recognize any of the names on the show, and the ratings have been in the toilet. The best things to come out of SNL the past few years were the digital shorts from Sandberg as well as all the Timberlake stuff.
I know that this is an EXTREMELY controversial opinion, but it’s authentic. I won’t (and don’t) laugh at things other people tell me to laugh at. I find humor in things that are funny to me. This collective dick sucking over SNL 40 has got me worried though. Do people actually find this funny or do they just like it for nostalgic reasons. I really don’t know. Personally, I watched every minute of the show last night and didn’t really chuckle out loud but 1 or 2 times during the entire thing. Am I losing my sense of humor? I’m actually worried now. I used to pride myself on being able to find humor in almost anything, but now I’m not so sure. This whole ordeal has me rethinking everything. Is this what’s funny in today’s world? Am I that out of touch with reality? Am I the only one on earth who didn’t/doesn’t enjoy SNL? Am I a psychopath for enjoying the NBA All-Star game more than the SNL special? Apparently yes. I am NOT okay with that. I pride myself on being in touch with everything in the world, but this does not bode well for me. The future is about as bleak as it’s ever been if I’m this out of touch with the general consensus. Bummer. Welcome to the land of Scotch, population: Salsa.
I know that I’m going to get ridiculed and raked over the coals for this stance, and I most likely deserve it, but I have to be honest with you because that’s what we do here with our readers. We speak. You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to respect it, all I ask is that you hear it- and then formulate your own opinion accordingly. I’m actually curious to hear if there’s anyone out there that agrees with me on this matter. Sure there’s the 99% of you reading this thinking, “you’re a fucking idiot, SNL is one of the funniest/greatest shows of all time”. You’re certainly entitled to your opinion. Shoot me a line on twitter @Salsastoolie
PS- I have a theory that SNL will not be around in another 10 years, because it will be a show that is produced and published solely on the internet. It’s likely going to be some sort of simulcast that they do with some of the radio shows in production today. Just you wait and see.
Double PS- People will say this is a troll blog. it’s not. I”m not trying to be controversial, and I’m not trying to go against the grain just to be edgy. Simply put, I just don’t enjoy the “forced comedy” of SNL. As I’ve said multiple times already in this blog, it’s not that I hate SNL, I just don’t particularly care for it. I’ll watch it, I may laugh once or twice, but I’m not hanging on every word and quoting it for the next week. Furthermore, the biggest laughs in the show usually come from the times when the actors break character during a sketch, and start laughing uncontrollably.
Triple PS- for putting up with that, here are the “Highlights” from last night.
Quad PS: after running through those clips again I think i just have a black heart.