Sunday, May 05, 2013
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND THE END OF SHOW CONCEPT SKETCH
Most Saturdays it seems like Saturday Night Live top loads the show and then gives up after Weekend Update. Every once and a while, if you are persistent and can sweat out the throwaways, you are rewarded with a sketch that is so weird and left of center that it makes staying up until a stupid hour of the day completely worth it.
My previous end of night favorite was one that featured Will Forte as a psychotic HR person that is hiring astronauts for NASA. He's also obsessed with potato chips.
Last Night, there was an end of night skit that had a surprisingly elaborate setup, and when the payoff came at 11:55, it was TOTALLY worth it. The sketch featured Zach Galifianakis as the host of a public access show called Darrell's House. The concept of the show is that we are seeing the first time anybody gets invited over to Darrell's House, and as Zach does the show he is constantly giving editing direction to his producer about where cuts will be made and where there should be added effects. As a skit it felt like a failure. It seemed like it required intimate knowledge of both public access programming and how they are made. Basically, when it aired at 11:30, it seemed like the beginning of the "let's pad out the show" skits.
The payoff came at the end of the show. It's moments like this that make me keep watching SNL