Sunday, October 31, 2004

Moshing Live and Out Of Sync



The elements of high humor and social commentary were brought to a boil on Saturday night's SNL with Eminem's live performance of Mosh, unfortunately, the show curdled. The beginning of the show showed once again that SNL can laugh at itself with an extended rip on lip-syncing. Intermediate and later skits were unfunny, stale & over-extended - except for an animated piece featuring John McCain's inability to fully endorse President Bush without self-flagellation, which is funnier than it sounds

Eminem ended with a 'Vote' Sign, but an otherwise unremarkable rendition of a song that's more effective in it's animated form. He rapped later on in the show - effectively and humorously. The selection of Mosh in this week's episode of SNL was evidently a matter of catching a wave at an appropriate moment, next week, this time, Mosh will be old news, irrelevant, or more scary, very relevant. The song itself is well-formed, well-written, and Eminem seems to have chosen his political voice, besides elevating his discourse from the inane & perverse.

Saturday Night Live's ability to skewer equally fairly left, right and sewer, builds on a tradition of liberal expression. Unfortunately, though, most of the comedic gems and sustained, night-long comedy is in the past of SNL - one has to bear current skits with a rictus rather than a grin

Varied contributors of improv shorts in the past have included Robert Altman, Andy Warhol & Tim Robbins. SNL today is neither consistently creative nor original, leaving the field open to it's more able competitor, The Daily Show. Even South Park does a far more effective job of humor and social-crit, ref their recent episode of the Douche and the Turd

Puffy: "Apparently you haven't heard of my 'Vote or Die' Campaign."

Stan: "Vote or Die? What the hell does that even mean?"

Puffy: (pulling gun) "What you think it means bitch?"

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