Old 02-19-2003, 05:20 AM
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SNL vs Mad TV

Which is better?
I personally prefer MadTV.
Old 02-19-2003, 05:26 AM
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right now, MadTV is way funnier than SNL.

but before when MadTV was starting out SNL was way funnier.

I just dont seem to enjoy any of the SNL cast members, Jimmy Fallon is THE WORST of the SNL crew. SO FUCKING ANNOYING.

Where as MadTV have hilarious sketches and cast members.

But again it's just my opinion
Old 02-19-2003, 05:37 AM
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SNL seems to just be a mish-mash of stupid ideas, hoping that the randomness will be funny. Although, the celebrity jeopardy is hilarious. I do hate bunifa, and most of the recurring characters because of the over kill. The first season of Mad was the best out of them, it's too bad they got rid of most of their main players from that season.
I preffered it when Mad had musical guests.
Old 02-19-2003, 05:49 AM
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I prefer Snl cause at least when the jokes bomb you aren't forced to listen to a laugh track. (Yeah I know madtv is in front of an audience but their laughter sounds very faux-it's gotta be enhanced).
Old 02-19-2003, 09:01 AM
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Both shows occasionally make my jaw drop -- "You can't do that on TV!"
Old 02-19-2003, 09:55 AM
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I think Mad TV is funnier and they don't beat characters to death week after week after week after week after etc.
Old 02-19-2003, 09:59 AM
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Even on its worst days, SNL is funnier than MadTV on its best. SNL on its best blows MadTV out of the water.
Old 02-19-2003, 10:02 AM
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MadTV used to rock, then it became about as good as SNL, and then it just sucked, and it kept on sucking and hasn't stopped. But, SNL has been pretty mediocre, though it would vary depending on the guest. Some days may be awesome, some days may be stinkaroos.
Old 02-19-2003, 10:03 AM
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Am I the only one turned off by how obvious the SNL actors are when they read from the teleprompters? I HATE that!

But Jimmy Fallon's cool in my book.
Old 02-19-2003, 10:48 AM
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Neither of 'em. Hardcore TV forever!
Old 02-19-2003, 11:03 AM
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I prefer MadTV - but I'm so lame I switch back and forth between them. God I need a life.
Old 02-19-2003, 02:56 PM
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Yeah, I usually watch MadTV until 11:30, then switch over and watch SNL on and off until the WU.

I do like the fact that SNL has musical guests, so that and WU give it a slight edge over Mad. Mad is usually a little more consistantly funny, though.

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Mad TV used to be brilliant. I especially enjoyed those skits where they'd combine two movies into one, like Gump Fiction or Apolloe the 13th. Do they still do those?

I ask because its been a long time since I tuned in, because it's been a long time since Mad TV was funny. At least with SNL I know that even if the rest of the show sucks, I can tune in to Weekend Update and get a few laughs, though WU does seem more and more like a sad second-ran in the years since Jon Stewart took over the Daily Show.
Old 02-19-2003, 03:07 PM
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Its been a while since I saw either. I only ever saw a glimpse of humor in either one of them. Sometimes SNL does something that I think is clever, but not too often.
Old 02-19-2003, 03:08 PM
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I also switch back and forth when I do watch at that time. Can't say I prefer one over the other, but some of the SNL guests, like Al Gore, make it interesting/amusing.
Old 02-19-2003, 03:31 PM
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Sure SNL attracts a high caliber of guest host, but that isn't always to its advantage.

For one thing the guest only has a week to work with the ensemble, so it isn't always going to be as good as when you have an experienced group of sketch comics who've been working together for some time and know each other very well.

Sure, there are those host who you know are going to fit in well, like Steve Martin, and some who surprise you, but then sometimes you get someone like Nancy Kerrigan. Remember when she hosted? I wouldn't blame you if you didn't people often block out traumatic experiences as a defense mechanism.

Shows that just have an experienced cast and don't need guest stars being shoehorned into the middle of their well-oiled comic machine (Like SCTV, Monty Python, Mr. Show or Kids in the Hall, to give a few examples.) will to me always be superior to SNL.
Old 02-19-2003, 03:35 PM
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The thing that makes those shows seem more polished, also, is the fact that none of them were live, so it's not quite a fair comparison.

SNL does hit and miss, but the energy that being live brings to it is worth it, IMO.

Having said that, I do wish that at least the regulars could look away from the teleprompters every once in a while.
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Not an avid viewer of either show, but I do remeber a few stand-out sketches from Mad TV and none from SNL. Seems to me that most players now see SNL as little more than a launching pad to a B-list movie career.
Old 02-19-2003, 04:14 PM
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Lately I'd say Mad TV by far. SNL is so bad right now it's unbelievable, whereas MAD TV can pull off some good sketches in every episode.
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Old 02-19-2003, 07:16 PM
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Originally posted by madmonk28
I think Mad TV is funnier and they don't beat characters to death week after week after week after week after etc.
Are you watching the same show I am? I don't catch Mad TV every week, but every time I do I see a sketch with Stewie. Same with Ms. Swan before Alex Borstein left. And I can't stand either of them.

That said, SNL definitely relies too heavily on recurring characters as well.
Old 02-19-2003, 11:56 PM
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I can't remember the last time I laughed at a sketch outside the news segments in SNL. The jokes are all pretty lame, and rarely clever. MadTV is a lot funnier--there are usually a few funny parts in every episode. I loved the Vancome lady and Ms Swan, and that shopping lady who picks up items and says "isn't that cuute?? AUGGHHH" but never actually makes up her mind to purchase the item. I usually watch MadTV and switch to SNL every once in a while.
Old 02-20-2003, 12:19 AM
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I don't know how people get any satisfaction or laughs out of SNL. I hate that show. The kids in my neighbourhood could put on a better show!

On the other hand, Mad is great. I am sick of some of the recurring characters, though (like Ms Swan and Bunifa Latifa Whatever Whatever Jackson.)
Old 02-20-2003, 02:35 PM
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Hmm....well, on one hand, Mad TV usually has funnier sketchs...on the other hand, SNL has Tina Fey.......but on the other hand, it usually only has Tina for about 10 minutes an episode, but I still gotta watch to see if she'll make a rare outside-of-WU appearance. I think that Mad TV is funnier, but SNL is better. I do what probably most of America does - watches Mad TV for the first half hour and then switch over to SNL. I should really stop doing that, when I watch reruns on TNN I find Mad TV to be very funny, even during the 2nd half hour when nobody's watching.
Old 02-20-2003, 02:58 PM
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I also have to keep flipping over to ABC after Weekend Update, which has started showing The Larry Sanders Show in Chicago. I can't quite figure out the start time, though. Sometime after 11 CST.

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