Monday, September 15, 2008

There were three reasons that Saturday Night Live had its best ratings since 2001 on the weekend; one – the all but infallible Michael Phelps and two – the fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler still work on the show and three - the fact that Tina Fey looks astonishingly like Sarah Palin.

Michael Phelps was always going to be essentially unfunny – there’s no doubt about that. But ultimately, everyone knew and so we all took our comedy Novocain just to ensure that we really didn’t experience the pain of fully gauging how naturally unsuited to talking on television he really is.

I would warrant that he was completely forgiven by the American people anyway. I mean, despite the fact that it really wasn’t self deprecating humour at least he can laugh at himself, they’ll all say. He won all those gold medals and he can still laugh at himself. TMZ reports that he bombed but he actually didn’t. He just endeared himself to Americans more.

Here are two sketches from Saturday night that prove just how much everyone knew that all he would really need to do is read the cue cards and not take up too much time on air. He’s actually a bit like Travis Fimmel was when he went on the Sharon Osbourne show. He was promoting his appalling show Tarzan and all he did was sit there while the middle aged women fawned over him. His work was done by just showing up.

To the complete and utter contrary though, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler knocked it out of the park with this sketch.


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