Hey you! I know you!

Is SNL funny right now? I honestly have no idea. Mainly because our TV habits are now so bizarre, a mishmash of movies, Netflix and picking up shows after the fact online. We don’t even have cable. At all. I know. Poor Declan.

You know what is fun? Watching Declan watch TV. When we do bother to watch it live, which is, as I mentioned, never, he stops DEAD when the commercials come on. Because Declan NEVER SEES THEM. That thing *we* try so hard to fast forward through that we invented DVRs? My kid’s generation is actually interested in. “WAIT. STOP. I *love* this one.” And that’s like some random truck driving up a hill in a sunset, even. Not the stock broker babies. Or the sock puppet. Or anything I would think he would find remotely interesting. I suppose it’s just interesting because he rarely sees them.

But back to SNL. Remember watching that show as a kid? Well, maybe you don’t because I am officially old (41), but so many of their skits remain part of my daily language. Everything from the first crew through my college years in the early 90’s. It’s like the soundtrack of my life, from a humor perspective.

Harry Shearer, Martin Short & Christopher Guest in Synchronized Swimming Skit

And now I can’t wait to show Declan the Bass-o-matic commercial.
Or Happy Fun Ball.
Or Bad Idea Jeans.
Or…

This article has 9 comments

  1. alejna

    I remember that skit! It’s one of my favorites. My best friend from high school and I still sometimes make reference to it, and exactly that “I know you,” bit, too.

    My kids also don’t get much TV. We don’t have cable either. We sometimes watch some DVDs, and some streaming Netflix shows, so like you, we aren’t really subjected to commercials. When we visit my in-laws, they sometimes have the TV on, and I swear the kids get zombie eyes during the commercials. It’s a bit freaky.

    Speaking of SNL and commercials, do you remember the Compulsion commercial? (It was a parody of the Obsession ones.) It was from around the same era. It seems not to be available online, but I have thought of it often.

  2. zipper

    I have never seen that. HILARIOUS.

  3. Magpie

    It’s a floor wax! It’s a dessert topping!

  4. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    COMPULSION!!! Hilarious. And Maggie – TOTALLY.

  5. mayberry

    I say “bad idea jeans” ALL THE TIME. Because I am an old granny like you.

  6. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    OMG, yes! I may have to show Ice Cream to Dex!

  7. Stephanie

    Not SNL, but last week I shared Eddie Murphy’s Ice Cream with my kids. Yes, there’s bad language… but there is nothing funnier than watching your 11 year old walk around singin, I got some IIIICCCE -CREAM

  8. Suburban Turmoil

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  9. Meghann

    SNL is “meh” these days, although it’s usually pretty good when Justin Timberlake hosts. He actually has a pretty good knack for comedy.

    Another clip to share with Dex-Gilda Radner’s bit about stupid people with Candice Bergen. (It’s on Hulu if you haven’t seen it.) One of my favorite moments ever on SNL. “We can’t all be brainy like FERN here.”

    I’m a lot younger but have fond memories getting to stay up late on Saturday night to watch SNL. When I was young it was Mike Meyers et al. on. My dad made sure we were well versed in the early skits, though. ūüôā

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