Adam Driver / Kanye West, S44-E1

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John and Steve discuss player pronunciation mea culpas, cheap site-gag setups, Adam Driver's impressive comedic chops, when rehashed sketches surpass the original, Kanye West's media whore-ery, Pete Davidson revelling in his recent good fortune, and the latest obnoxious Kanye non-controversy.

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Notes

  • Best moment: Brett Kavanaugh's reading-face & Che questions Republicans' choice

  • Best sketch: Career Day

  • MVP: Micheal Che & Kate McKinnon

  • Rating: 8 (great)

Season 44 Preseason Extravaganza!

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John and Steve—along with Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza of the SNL Funhouse podcast—discuss unregulated SNL podcast-conglomerate mergers, Adam Driver sophomore hosting expectations, season 44 cast and writer changes, and high hopes for Ego Nwodim and Bowen Yang.

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  • Special Announcement: Mike Bloom and Mario Lanza will be joining our show to provide "off-week" coverage of each of SNL's monthly episode-runs throughout season 44. Expect to see their ongoing discussions drop in our main podcast feed each time SNL goes on break.

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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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Notes

  • 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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