While I disagree, the conventional wisdom has concluded that Obama blew the debate, phoning it in instead of engaging his opponent. But no matter: the reaction and aftermath are much more instructive about the distinct differences between liberals and conservatives.
As host of Saturday Night Live, Daniel Craig seemed raring to go -- he was practically screaming, "I want to prove to you that I am funny! No, really, I am!" Unfortunately, for the most part, the material just wasn't there.
"Saturday Night Live" is all about sketch comedy. Nobody does sketch comedy better than Carol Burnett and Tim Conway. Nobody.
Jimmy Kimmel began the week recovering from his Emmy hosting gig, in which he landed some killer jokes about Mitt Romney, but still lost to Jon Stewart. Meanwhile, the presidential race actually took a back seat to the NFL replacement refs controversy for a good portion of the week, with The Daily Show bringing in more talented correspondents to replace their "striking" staff.
In 2008, these specials brought out guests like Bill Murray and Will Ferrell. In other words: It truly felt like an event. This year? It really felt no different than anything that aired on the Saturday night show.
The airtime wealth was spread around so much in Week 2 (well, except for Aidy Bryant who, two weeks in, has still only had one short scene) that there wasn't a clear, dominating cast member. Which, yes, is refreshing.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt did an admirable job with what he was given, but it's painfully obvious that the Thursday night primetime special took a lot of the political punch out of the show -- a political punch that was sorely needed.
It didn't take long this week for the political media (and the late night shows) to shift away from Libya and Egypt and towards Mitt Romney's leaked f...
It was perfect timing for "SNL" to have a chance to weigh in on the Mitt Romney "47 percent" scandal while it is still very much in the news cycle and the "SNL" seized the opportunity to kick off the Thursday installment.
It won't surprise you that I blame the media for this reality. What will probably shock you is that I fault the conservative media more than any other entity.
New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser is mad that you're fat. And she's mad that he's fat and that she's fat, oh, and you too. If you are fat or even chubby, Andrea Peyser is mad about it.
Always following in the footsteps of "SNL" Scorecard, the "SNL" Relevancy Poll now kicks off its season as well. Remember, the Relevancy Poll is less about pure performance as it is a combination of buzz and airtime from Saturday night's show -- an opening show that featured three brand new cast members and, somehow, nobody got shut out. It also featured a casting decision that will change the balance of power on the show for one recently promoted repertory player, at least for a good part of the season.
Seth MacFarlane hosted the first "SNL" since 2010 to feature new cast members at the start of the season -- Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong (Kate McKinnon joined the cast late last season) -- and he was ... fairly excellent. The last time "SNL" premiered after the Olympics we were unfortunate enough to get Michael Phelps as host.
Monday, September 17th marks the the one year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street's launch in 2011. While the movement has faded from view over the last...
What's most endearing about Sandler, both as a comedian and musician, is his ability to encapsulate what it's like to be a child again. Incidentally, this also is what a lot of people hate about him.
With the election just around the corner, comedy will rightly continue to provide entertaining and insightful analyses of political failings, but we should keep in mind that once the laughs are in, there's still more to know and question.