Some brief thoughts on last night's special Thursday edition of "Saturday Night Live" coming up just as soon as I give up on being a Cubs fan...
Even in a half-hour format, "SNL" winds up being uneven. (Like Lorne says, that word's going to be on the show's tombstone.)
There were some very funny bits in the debate sketch (McCain wandering in circles during Obama's answers and blocking the camera, Bill Murray pleading for a solution to the Cubs' misery) but the time limit joke was played out well before we got to the end. I recognize that this was, to most people, an incredibly boring debate that might have been harder to satirize, but the larger problem is that they still don't know what to do with Obama and only somewhat know what to do with McCain. It was an improvement on the first presidential debate sketch, but it was no "I can't believe I'm losing to this guy!"
Weekend Update, on the other hand, was terrific. "Really? with Seth and Amy" is always one of my favorite recurring Update bits -- again, Update is much funnier when the anchors are injecting their personalities into it instead of just rattling off one-liners -- and I liked that the AIG retreat forced them to take it up another notch with "Oh My God, Are You Serious?"
I believe this is the only one of the Thursday specials that's going to air in a week when the Saturday show is dark; I wonder how they're going to decide what goes where over the next few weeks.
What did everybody else think?