Digital Shorts have been crucial in keeping "SNL" in the cultural consciousness. Without them, would the show have been as vital? Absolutely not. A future without Digital Shorts seems like a risk at this point.
The Lonely Island typifies the birth of the internet sensation. The internet has been instrumental in the shift from a cultural economy that was grounded in the market to one that is seemingly limitless.
Here's ETP's recap of Saturday night's Live SNL stage show at the UCB, from host Michael Cera's monologue to musical guest Yo La Tengo to Will Forte's golden-sheathed codpiece to what Norah Jones and Fred Armisen's naked butt have in common.