The New Adventures of Old Christine S02E17 – Strange Bedfellows

21 03 2007

The only positive thing to come out out of my Saturday Night Live crap-o-rama was their constant reminders that I should watch Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ new-ish show, The New Adventures of Old Christine. The program itself is a bog standard laugh-track sitcom, I much preferred Julia in the first season of the ‘doomed from the outset’ Watching Ellie.

But in last night’s ep there was a joke that made me chuckle slightly. It involved Christine’s ex-husband trying to prise her from the couch to go to a polling station and vote, while Christine was watching the latter stages of American Idol at home. And of the top of my head, it went a little something…like this.

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Saturday Night Live S32E15

20 03 2007

I’ve often wondered why no channel regularly picks up Saturday Night Live in the UK, sporadic appearances on Paramount Comedy Channel being the shows only outlet as far as I am aware. I watched this particular episode because Julia Louis-Dreyfuss was presenting and in 50+ minutes I may have laughed out loud once, and that was at robot sex.

Chris Rock opened the show, and I was sorely disappointed to note he recycled a couple of jokes that he had used “spontaneously” earlier in the week on Conan. And they weren’t that funny then. The weekend update was so weak it was embarrassing, the sketches looked like they had been knocked together on the night, and some of the cast just lack comic timing. Shouting doesn’t make punchline any funnier people!

Overall, I’m amazed that I really enjoy two shows based on this program, but the program itself is falling well short at the moment.