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This has got to be the funniest 90 minutes I spent in a long time. All Mike Myers' Great sketches are here-- Simon, Wayne, Dieter, Philip, Linda Richman, Middle-aged man & Kenneth Reese Evans. Also great is Hedley & Wyche, The british toothpaste & When Mike Played Mick Jagger & Mick Played Keith Richards. I was A fan of Mike Myers long before the Austin Powers craze. This is where it all began for him on "Saturday Night Live", so any fan thats just getting into the humor of this brilliant comic mind should check this out!
I'm only 15, and became a fan of Mike Myers after watching the first Austin Powers film! I have since watched most of his other films, building up my collection! To add to it, I bought myself the SNL dvd to see what he used to be like on there. The cover is different to the one in the picture on here. Anyway, i have never seen a show that is so funny in my life. It had me laughing from beginning to end, especially the monologue scene, and Dieter (my favourite character). I just hope that Myers keeps going for years, and can continue to cheer me up like he has for the last 2 or 3 years! Keep em coming! BUY THIS SNL SHOW! IT IS BRILLIANT!
It has been a few years since Mike Myers delivered something really
good to his audience and it made me rent this DVD compilation of his
time at SNL to remind me what it was about him that made him famous in
the first place. I say "remind" but really I'd never seen his SNL stuff
other than how it came to be his break into films; mainly I was just
curious to see how he used to be since I now see him potentially
falling into the camp of "established" stars who are ceasing to be
funny and are being pushed by those coming in below them. The weird
thing about this DVD compilation then is how most of the sketches are
reliant on others.
I watched the Will Ferrell compilation recently and it was a mix but mostly he either carried a sketch by himself or, where he was in a group, he did make himself the main part of the sketch. With Myers it is not quite that way because we have a lot of sketches with star guests ranging from Madonna, to Aerosmith, to Alec Baldwin and so on. This doesn't mean things are bad but just that the feel of the compilation is a bit weird because I didn't get the impression that it was about Meyers himself. Either way though, the compilation is still pretty funny. Personally I didn't find a lot of it to be hilarious so much as I did amusing, but it did still work for me across the whole DVD.
Myers has some good characters here, although his stock ones are recognisable for being used frequently in his films (the English ones are the most obvious). He works them pretty well and is funny but it is telling that he struggles any time the writing is less than great. Fans will disagree but I was a bit surprised by how many sketches and characters seemed to rely on catchphrases and the ones I was overly familiar with had dated badly and didn't make me laugh as much as the audience at the time did (Wayne's World being the most obvious example). The many stars involved all give good accounts of themselves, with even Madonna doing pretty well in the comedy stakes (on this occasion).
Overall this is a pretty solidly funny compilation even if it lacks a consistent air of hilarity. Myers himself has good timing and delivery but I didn't see as much strength and diversity as I would have expected looking back on someone who has gotten very rich and successful off the back of his career as showcased here. Fans will love it of course and the casual viewer should find it enjoyable if not brilliant.
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