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It Was Funnier Than SNL, But Then...

Nov 10, 2000
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Pros:It used to be cool.

Cons:Now, it blows!

Granted, the first 15 years of Saturday Night Live had some of the funniest stuff ever ran on NBC. But, recently, SNL has had a little bit of a slump. With stupid characters like the "Roxbury Boys" and "The Mango" ruining a Saturday night legend, the age of late night sketch comedy is dead. That when MadTV came in.

The first few seasons were just hysterical. They had the same upbeat feel of an issue of Mad Magazine (thus the title), but had the style of "In Living Color." The reason for this was MadTV head writer Fax Baur, who was on the writing crew for "Color". Every sketch was different, funny, and a helluva lot better than the [censored] dished out by the losers at SNL.

But, that was the past. Now, after losing numorous cast members, writers (including Fax Baur), nd overall funniness, this show has been another victim of "Pop-itis," a disease in TV shows that causes them to forget all that they were for and sell out to make a bunch of friggin teenie-boppers happy.

But, there are still some cool characters and sketches in the mix. Oldies like the Vancome Lady, The UBS Guy, and Desperation Lee (The Funky Walker Dirty Talker), as well as some newbies like Stan The Java Man and The Reading Caboose still make the show tolerable, to a point.

Then, characters like Ms. Swan, Stuart, Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson, and Reality Check make me sick. These are some of the stupidest things ever to grace a TV screen.

Some of the worst comes from Stuart. Stuart is this 30+ year old man who acts like he's 4. His mother doesn't make this any better. She babies this little piece of human fecal matter and repetedly says how cute he is. When in actuality, he's nothing more than an annoying pain in the ass who should have been a victim of partial birth abortion. It doesn't matter if he's trying out for little league or going to a family reunion, Stuart always has to be the center of attention and makes everyone who views this just mortified to believe that a once great show like MadTV would actually waste their time with it.

The other person responsible for the sudden surge in sewage polluting MadTV is Ms. Swan. She is the stereotypical Asian (ya know, does whatever it takes to tick off everyone in sight). Now, I haven't seen any Asians like this in real life, except on stupidass shows like MadTV. Ms. Swan first appeared in a sketch where she was working at a nail solon that was recently robbed. When the police asked her to describe the robber, all this dope could say was, "He a looka like a man."

That's how she said it. After repeating this same damn line over a period of about 6 minutes, they finally killed the sketch.

Overall, loyal reader, if you get a chance to see the older episodes of MadTV, watch them. but, if anyone offers to show you any of the newer stuff, avoid if at all possible.

Trust me on this one. You'll thank me later.




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