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Celebrating the Christmas spirit of SNL
Chip_douglas from Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands
25 December 2003
Broadway video brings us another compilation of Saturday Night Live
sketches, spanning from Christmas 1975 to 1998. It is edited like a
episode, with a cold opening featuring Chevy Chase doing his famous
prat-fall, followed by Bill Murray's monologue from a show performed a few
Christmases later. Every different era is featured, even though all the
sketches from the seventies seem to come from one episode hosted by
Bergen and as usual the early eighties are represented by a single skit
featuring Eddie Murphy.
We get reacquainted with all the former castmembers, half of whom became
household names, while the other half seem to have disappeared completely.
Occasionally even a guest star pops up, like Steve Martin, Sally Field and
Bill Shatner. Still it must have been difficult to compile this
being restricted to Christmas while having to include appearances by all
most famous alumni. In fact, it is funny to see future stars playing
banana to other players who did not turn out to be moviestar material.
Mike Myers franticly portraying a little boy, while Jon Lovitz and Phil
Hartman steal the show in `The Night Hanukkah Harry Saved Christmas'.
Likewise, Adam Sandler was only funny on SNL when appearing on Weekend
Update, as he does here singing one of his Hanukkah Songs.
Of the recent castmembers, only the females are represented. Molly Shannon
and Ana Gasteyer appear in the infamous Shweady Balls sketch (with Alec
Baldwin) and Cheri Oteri is featured in a clip from a show hosted by Rosie
O'Donnel and Penny Marshal (why?). I guess Jim Breuer, Chris Kattan and
Ferrell had to wait for the next Christmas show, produced in
A Jolly 7 out of 10
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