Quick thoughts on last night's Thursday "Saturday Night Live" primetime thingee (or whatever it's called) coming up just as soon as I say hi to my imaginary friend...
Not too good, I thought. In fairness, having the debate on Wednesday and a show on Thursday meant they had less than 24 hours to turn around virtually all their material, which is tight even by "SNL" standards. But they still don't really know what to do with either Obama or McCain, and at this point it seems like they're doing debate sketches just because they're expected to, and not because someone had a particularly inspired take on each debate. If they were going to center the whole thing around Joe the Plumber, I would have much rather seen them try to do some kind of sketch from his POV, either showing him during or immediately after the debate as he briefly became the most famous plumber in the world.
And while I like Seth and Amy, putting Weekend Update in such close proximity to "The Daily Show" -- especially in this DVR age where someone might watch Jon Stewart first, then "SNL" -- does the old warhorse no favors. Stewart's breakdown of the debate and, especially, John Oliver's breakdown of the media obsession with Joe were both much sharper than anything we got during the extended Update segment.
This is a brutal stretch for the "SNL" gang, as they've now presumably used up all their election material for the week and have to start over from scratch for Saturday night's show with Josh Brolin. But even factoring in degree of difficulty, last night's show was a disappointment.
What did everybody else think?