A (not so)cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
Forty years ago, I was up late on a Saturday night. Well it was late for my wife who was fast asleep. A new show came on and it was mesmerizing, “Saturday Night Live.” I laughter so loud I woke up my wife.
“What the heck is so darn funny?”
“I can’t explain it, you have to see it.”
The bit that had me in hysterics was the “Show me your guns” bit. It was a take-off on a cigarette commercial (cigarette commercial, that’s how long ago this was), “Show Us Your Larks.”
In the “Larks” commercial, a truck drives through town with a big sign saying show us your Larks, and person after person pulls out a pack of Larks and waves it at the camera. In the SNL version the sign says “Show us your guns” and person after person pulled out their guns and waved them to the camera. They waved pistols, rifles and sub-machine guns, all while grinning and jumping up and down excitedly.
Why did that have me in hysterics? I can’t explain it, you have to see it.
I don’t believe my wife and I missed a SNL show for another ten years. Monday mornings at work were always spent rehashing the funniest bits on that weeks show.
I seldom watch now. There are so many choices on TV today. On the few occasions when I do watch it is still very funny. Some sketches are not funny too me, they probably go over my old not-hip head, but many are still funny.
My favorite bits? Off the top of my head…
Commercial for “Puppy Uppers”/ Land Shark/ Anything with John Beluchi / Bill Murray, Lounge Lizard / Rosanne Rossannadanna/ “Jane you ignorant slut” / Eddie Murphy “I’m Gumby Dammit” and “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” / “The Church Lady” / Two Wild and Crazy Guys / “No Coke, PEPSI!”/ Imitations of any President and or Presidential candidate / The Cheerleaders / Armpit smelling / Lisa Loopner and Todd/ The Scotch Tape Store / Hans and Franz /
And many, many more.
Oh, Dana Carvey’s “A Grumpy Old Man!”
Happy 50th to the (and here is this week’s Cranky Opinion) FUNNIEST TV SHOW EVER!!
And Happy Valentine’s Day to Mrs. Cranky…love you!