Saturday Night Live
20 years after first appearing on Saturday Night Live --most memorably as pumped-up muscle-head Franz (of Hans and Franz), Kevin Nealon is now getting in touch with his inner girly-man -- or should we see granny-man? He’s changing diapers and pushing a stroller at the ripe old age of 54.
The Fleet Foxes have had quite a year. We knew they were something else when the hype machine made it near impossible to score tickets to their Bottom of the Hill show last Spring (maybe one of the most amazing shows of last year). Then they played the Treasure Island Music Festival, drawing Jack White out from his trailer to watch the magic. They’ve secured the coveted number 1 spot on Pitchfork’s Best Albums of 2008, and this Saturday, will join the short list of indie label bands to perform on SNL. They’ll be performing “Blue Ridge Mountains,” (which Pitchfork crowned the
San Francisco Sketchfest, the annual Bay Area comedy festival, doesn’t limit itself to showcasing local-grown talent. Nationally-known comedians, -- especially a brigade of Late Great comics (not dead, just no longer eligible for prime time) are here to answer the burning question, where are they now? In past years, celebrated but sorta superannuated icons such as Paul Ruebens, Gene Wilder and Jonathan (AKA Dr.) Katz have all been showcased at the festival.
Among, you know, other things, 2008 will be remembered as the year that Saturday Night Live became relevant (and funny) again. Ms. Tina Fey, obviously, has been coronated as the savior (just see January's Vanity Fair cover). Her spot-on impersonations of Sarah Palin may very well go down as the apex of SNL political satire. But Palin, of course, was the comedic gift that just kept on giving.
Gleefully referencing her appearance on the infamous “Sarah Palin episode” of Saturday Night Live, Adele giggled to Shanghai 1930’s packed room, “I guess it didn’t work out so well for her, but it certainly worked out for me!” Indeed it did. An established hit-maker in her native UK, Adele had yet to break into the American music scene by late 2008. That is, until she scored the musical spot on SNL’s October 18 episode, was seen by an estimated 14 million viewers, and topped the iTunes charts the very next day.