05/07/2011: Tina Fey & Ellie Goulding

Stick Figure Night Live! is a series of stick figure comic “recreations” of episodes of Saturday Night Live. Just as the show itself is performed live, the comics are drawn “live” while watching the show (with the occasional assist from DVR or some digital clean-up post scanning).

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With a cast as large as the SNL cast is these days, it still kind of amazes me how often cast members don’t get screen time or how that time is assigned/divvied up. I’m not even talking about when past cast members stop by (a practice that seems far more regular over the past five years than in the years prior), but more like in how there was just a pair of extras in the “Birthing Class” sketch instead of cast members…or how Vanessa Bayer played one of Quaddafi’s childhood friends instead of the one actual cast member whose origins are actually Middle Eastern.

That’s the kind of thing I think about when I’m watching SNL. I recognize in advance I might be in the minority.

Also interesting that Ellie Goulding’s second performance was a cover song…a rendition which was fine, but I can’t seem to recall too many covers on SNL, especially from what I’m guessing is a fairly “new” artist (at least I’ve never heard of her – which might not be saying much).

Points to the “Little Mermaid” sketch for finding a unique take on the death of Bin Laden (you know, rather than a talk show or someone behind a desk/podium). And despite knowing it was coming, and regardless of the actual impression, the actual things Tina Fey says AS Sarah Palin are pretty great. Though it seems mental that in May 2011 we’re getting 2012 election sketches, right?

Ed Helms is up next week. Will we see him and Paul Simon perform a musical number of some kind next week? Will Bradley Cooper or Zach Galafianakis pop in? Which will come first, if at all, a reference/parody of The Office or The Hangover? I guess we’ll find out next Saturday night…

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