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SNL: Surviving without Wiig and Samberg

Written by Karma Chesnut on . Posted in TV

Saturday Night Live lost two prominent cast members in 2012 when Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg both left to pursue other projects. Before these two joined the cast (Wiig in 2006 and Samberg in 2005), the show was in a downward spiral. I certainly didn’t watch SNL and no one I knew did either.  It wasn’t just that  the sketches weren’t funny, they were borderline tedious. Then Wiig and Samberg came on the show, breathing new life into the sketches. These two were fresh and, more importantly, funny. So when Wiig and Samberg both left the show within two months of each other, my first thought was, “Well, I guess I won’t be watching SNL anymore.” Yet here we are almost a year later and I am pleased to say that SNL is still just as hilarious.

When I say that Wiig and Samberg saved SNL, please believe that I honestly mean it. Lets start with Wiig. Tina Fey first introduced the world of comedy to the idea that women are funnier than men in drag, an idea for which we as an audience are very grateful. Wiig further proves that Fey is right. Having seen Wiig’s work on SNL (her Drew Barrymore impression will leave you crying with happiness) as well as her movie Bridesmaids, which she also co-wrote, I am convinced that she is one of the funniest women currently in show business. Her fresh style and laugh-at-herself attitude brought a level of light-hearted fun to SNL that had been missing on the show since the days of Will Ferrel.

The Social Network

Review: The Social Network

Written by Jordan Petersen on . Posted in Film

Most people don’t pay much attention to screenwriters. I don’t know why. There is no better indication of whether you’ll love or hate a film than who wrote it. It’s not foolproof, of course, since maybe it’s the writer’s first feature. And sometimes a good writer can write a not-so-good script. Even so, everyone ought to spend more time looking into writers, because here’s a fact: you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script. And almost as fundamental is the notion that a good script almost never gets made into a really bad film.

Why is all this important? It’s probably obvious I’m about to tell you that Aaron Sorkin is one of the finest screenwriters alive. He has a knack for bone-breakingly brilliant dialog and dizzyingly complex characters. His previous work is spare but indisputably significant. You’ve certainly heard of A Few Good Men (“You can’t handle the truth!”), and perhaps you’re at least somewhat familiar with the critical sycophancy that followed all seven seasons of The West Wing. This man can write in a way that few mortals can.