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  • 29Sep

    A dismall season premiere for Saturday Night Live

    From NPR
    Unevenness is such a staple of Saturday Night Live — and, in fact, always has been, even during the good years — that it can’t possibly be considered news that last night’s season premiere had long stretches where the material was painfully unfunny.

    But on last night’s show, hosted by actress Megan Fox, there was hardly anything that was funny, and what was unfunny was extra-unfunny.

    And as if that weren’t enough, one of the new cast members accidentally dropped one of George Carlin’s seven dirty words.

    Anatomy of a disaster, after the jump…

    The biggest headline will be that slip-up from new featured player Jenny Slate (who, remember, was brought in as part of the switching out of female cast members we recently discussed). She was participating in a dumb sketch called “Biker Chick Chat,” in which the main joke was that all the leather-clad women on it said “frickin’” several times per sentence.

    In other words, on her first night of live television in her new job, Slate was asked to go out and barely not swear, over and over and over again. This is what you might call “tempting fate,” and they paid the price when Slate clearly and unequivocally said, instead of “frickin’,” the other thing. And then, she made a horrified, pained, miserable face, puffing out her cheeks as if perhaps the word was still in her mouth and if she created a tight seal, it wouldn’t actually go out live to millions of people.

    Too late.

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