Vintage: Andrew Dice Clay / The Spanic Boys & Julee Cruise, S15-E19

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John and special crossover-cast collaborator Andrew Dick—That Week in SNL—discuss "Diceman" as satire, Dunn-fostered media circuses, the Lovitz/Dunn kerfuffle, the folly of "bleeping" sketch-reliant innuendo, greaser-guido-goomba overload, and It's A Wonderful Life-esque speculative SNL fan-fiction.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Frank Zappa rants & Annoying Man pops a zit

  • Best sketch: Guardian Devil

  • MVP: Jon Lovitz

  • Rating: 5 (weak/decent)

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Vintage: Pierce Brosnan / Destiny's Child, S26-E18

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John and his guest, Dave Buckman, discuss post-911 comedic tone shifts, Beyoncé's inevitable superstardom, missed recurring-sketch opportunities, Horatio Sanz' sketch saving abilities, Tracy Morgan in his prime, optimally-funny trident stabs, and the fearlessness of Tina Fey.

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  • Best moment: Scott Jergensen challenges Mr. Tarkanian & Tatiana makes a balloon animal

  • Best sketch: Evil Boss

  • MVP: Horatio Sanz

  • Rating: 10 (classic)

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Vintage: Richard Pryor / Gil Scott-Heron, S1-E7

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John and his guest, Steve Finn, discuss Richard Pryor's masterful stand-up, Futaba's origin story, the spiritual predecessor of "White Like Me", inspired commercial parodies, the enduring relevance of "Word Association", and Weekend Update's long tradition of mad libs features.

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  • Best moment: Chevy's racial epithet

  • Best sketch: Spud Beer & Samurai Hotel

  • MVP: Richard Pryor

  • Rating: 6 (typical)

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