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10/15/2011: Anna Faris & Drake

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).


Anyone else surprised to see “The Manuel Ortiz Show” so early in the show? Though I’m not sure what I’d have put in its place. The GOP debate was perhaps too similar to last week’s debate sketch…actually, I really liked the “Tell Him” musical sketch and think that would have fared really well in the top half of the show.

Speaking of music, as much I thought the big screens with big lyrics was a neat bit of showmanship, Drake might not be my cup of tea. Also, it’s really tricky to translate rap lyrics into a single panel comic…oh so many words.

Not so much by way of Halloween for a “Halloween episode”, right? And not for nothing, that Jay Pharoah/Drake rap doesn’t hold a candle to Will Forte’s amazing Halloween song from 2004. It’s so great. Watch it!

Meanwhile, I’m semi-curious if, when this episode gets a repeat run (if it gets one), whether the GOP debate sketch with swap out for the dress rehearsal version, as there were some lines tripped over…and if the good nights will be swapped out because of the random woman screaming for Anna Faris coming out of commercial.

Speaking of cue cards, I couldn’t help but think, in the “Ferrari Calendar” sketch, why not just put the lines INSIDE the calendar? We never see the actual images, and it’d look far more natural for them to read it that way than to have to look over/past the calendar at the cue cards. It’s like the “No Complaints” sketch from last week where Paul Brittain, “reading” a note in his hand, is facing the audience instead of those he’s reading the note to. A minor quibble to be sure, and evidence I’m maybe paying attention to the wrong things, but I couldn’t help but notice.

Two weeks off…see you in November…