Matthew Gilbert Intervention

I yield to no man in my admiration of Boston Globe television critic Matthew Gilbert, whose reviews I have disagreed with exactly once – when he called the British version of “Life on Mars” protagonist Sam Tyler, as I recall, “weasely.”

(Can’t find the link – search for yourself.)

But Gilbert’s review of this past weekend’s Betty White episode of “Saturday Night Live” has me very concerned.


The weekend’s “Saturday Night Live’’ was the most consistently good episode of the series in years. Ooh, what a little Betty White can do. And guest visits from Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, and Molly Shannon didn’t hurt, either. Every sketch was funny and had forward momentum — qualities that are generally missing on the show these days. I can’t remember the last time I didn’t want an episode of “SNL’’ to end.

Outside of White’s monologue, the SNL show struck me as crude and puerile, especially the “muffin” skit, which was absolutely toe-curling, as my former colleague Emily Rooney might say.

Matthew, I beg you, get some help.

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1 Response to Matthew Gilbert Intervention

  1. Bill S says:

    Yes, it was painful and completely unfunny, as are most SNL (and other so-called comedy) pieces. You’re supposed to laugh because you are told it is funny, a sort of group-think (group-laugh?). It’s just another manifestation of the old “no soap, radio” gag.
    Way too much of today’s alleged “comedy” is primarily smirky, or keyed to news, events, or people–and thus will be completely unfunny, irrelavent, and meaningless in just a few months.
    Compare this to timeless comedy such these slits from Monty Python: the Redundancy skit, Dead Parrot skit, Cheese Shop skit, Wink-wink/nudge-nudge skit, or Argument school skit, just to name a few (there are so many more)–still quite funny and relevant after all these years.

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