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12-04-2010: Robert DeNiro & Diddy Dirty Money

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).


On a purely production level, there was a lot of cut & paste on this one, as I didn’t use space as economically as I maybe should have, so some panels (Blizzard Man and Winny Vedeci) were manipulated, size-wise, for space – nothing anyone would notice or care about. Even so, that third tier is wider than I’d like. Live TV-based comics, right? Also the repeated “hair replacement” commercial was a cut & paste job from it’s earlier appearance this season.

Other thoughts and notes:

For the first time in a while, the cold open was pretty solid. I was worried at first that we’d get another Obama-at-a-desk/podium thing, but thankfully, not the case. Also, I put the actual “TMZ footage” in the wrong order…the Karzai bit was in the middle, not first.

Apologies as I’m sure I misspelled a name or two here or there.

There was no way I could possibly communicate all the thoughts and opinions I had towards the Diddy Dirty Money performances, most especially the second go-round, in a single panel. I’m certain other actual audiophiles and those versed in music and hip hop will speak to this better than I could.

Since you can’t tell in stick-figure form, Ben Stiller plays the “creepy extra guy” in the Mullin’s Bar sketch…and in the good nights, that’s Diddy kissing DeNiro on the cheek…a move I can only imagine the huggable, lovey-dovey Robert DeNiro loved.

And finally, recently the web site The Comics Comic did a piece of how SNL’s different without Will Forte. As a fan of Forte I’m hard pressed to disagree with his sentiments, but it was even more clear during the Vinny Vedeci sketch, when where in the past we’d see Forte shoveling spaghetti into his mouth non-stop, instead we saw Paul Britain twirling spaghetti in his fork. It’s a minor thing, sure, but there was something very funny to me about the shoveling of those forkfuls of spaghetti…