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When Did You Stop Watching SNL?

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The grandaddy of late-night comedy shows, Saturday Night Live, got a boost when Emmy awards went to Tina Fey‘s priceless Sarah Palin impression and Justin Timberlake‘s equally riotous impersonation of a host.

And they just got even bigger buzz when a new cast member dropped the f bomb and Madonna shticked it up on the air with Lady Gaga (a twosome I predicted on my May 27 blog, thank you).

But for a lot of old-time viewers, being dragged back to the set for this show has been a long and arduous process. A lot of people I know stopped watching some time ago, preferring to either aimlessly wander the streets or watch Jean Harlow movies and eat trail mix.

The last time I was a faithful viewer was in the late ’90s, when the amazing cast included Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer. But nowadays I usually forget to watch, often only remembering when it’s too late.

When did you stop? When Chevy left?

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 12, 2009

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