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Saturday Night LiveHaving jettisoned some of the funnier cast members in a budget slash (goodbye, clever Chris Parnell; so long, Horatio Sanz — your stolid presence...Saturday Night LiveComedy10/11/1975Having jettisoned some of the funnier cast members in a budget slash (goodbye, clever Chris Parnell; so long, Horatio Sanz — your stolid presence...2006-10-11Don Pardo
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Saturday Night Live

Genre: Comedy; Lead Performer: Fred Armisen, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, John Belushi, Jim Breuer, A. Whitney Brown, Dana Carvey, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Jane Curtin, Joan Cusack, Danitra Vance, Dennis Miller, Robert Downey Jr., Brian Doyle-Murray, Rachel Dratch, Robin Duke, Nora Dunn, Dean Edwards, Ellen Cleghorne, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Al Franken, Janeane Garofalo, Ana Gasteyer, Gilbert Gottfried, Mary Gross, Christopher Guest, Anthony Michael Hall, Brad Hall, Darrell Hammond, Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks, Victoria Jackson, Chris Kattan, Tim Kazurinsky, Kevin Nealon, Gary Kroeger, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jon Lovitz, Norm Macdonald, Mark McKinney, Tim Meadows, Kevin Meaney, Laurie Metcalf, Seth Meyers, Jerry Minor, Jay Mohr, Tracy Morgan, Garrett Morris, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Laraine Newman, Don Novello, Michael O'Donoghue, Cheri Oteri, Chris Parnell, Joe Piscopo, Amy Poehler, Randy Quaid, Colin Quinn, Gilda Radner, Jeff Richards, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Adam Sandler, Horatio Sanz, Tom Schiller, Rob Schneider, Paul Shaffer, Molly Shannon, Harry Shearer, Martin Short, Sarah Silverman, Robert Smigel, David Spade, Ben Stiller, Julia Sweeney, Tom Davis, Damon Wayans; Performers: Don Pardo; Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller, Lorne Michaels, Dave Wilson; Producer (person): Lorne Michaels; Run Dates: 10/11/1975; Broadcaster: NBC; Status: In Season

Having jettisoned some of the funnier cast members in a budget slash (goodbye, clever Chris Parnell; so long, Horatio Sanz — your stolid presence in Amy Poehler’s great ”Rick! Rick! Rick!” sketches will be missed), the 32nd season of Saturday Night Live is playing out like a MADtv parody of SNL, with blandos like Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader sucking the air out of nearly every sketch.

The MVPs are Poehler (who did a thorough evisceration of Nancy Grace on Oct. 7, all the more impressive given the fact that not one of her lines was funny) and, more surprisingly, Fred Armisen, who’d spent last season looking wistful whenever he wasn’t doing his exhausted Prince impersonation. But Poehler and Armisen were fantastic in a series of taped ”New York City Stories” on Oct. 7, with dead-on impressions of odd couplings like Martin Scorsese (Armisen) and Rosie Perez (Poehler), and Yoko Ono (Poehler) and Fran Lebowitz (Armisen), talking to the camera about what makes Manhattan great. Too bad none of their characters could have included SNL in that category.

Originally posted October 11 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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