Nothing to Show

In Flotsam and Jetsam

By Riverboat
Nov. 5, 2017 at 12:53 a.m.

The Peacock Network enticed me and most Houstonians to watch Saturday Night Live this evening, promising three Astros would be appearing. NBC was mum as to what kind of skit they would appear in or what capacity.

I have avoided watching SNL for over a year for a number of reasons. The fact that it relies on obscenity to amuse viewers certainly stands out. Another is the focus on Trump. Don’t get me wrong, Trump certainly writes his own material. But where were the writers when Hillary was writing HER material?

I didn’t have to change the channels after the news. ABC and CBS were still running college football games, so I was already tuned to channel 2, the local NBC affiliate. The show opened with a skit about Trump played by Alec Baldwin. He’s good at it, but I kept thinking it would be even funnier to watch a skit about Alec Baldwin promising to move to Canada if Trump – and Bush - were elected but staying anyway.

Larry David followed Baldwin, and delivered a 30-minute monologue. Okay, it was more like 10 minutes. It only seemed longer. David created the show Seinfeld, famously known as the “show about nothing.” In fairness, I never watched ten consecutive minutes of the show, so I don’t know much about it. But I have a pretty good idea from his monologue about nothing.

A commercial break allowed me to walk off the stupor. Another skit with Alec Baldwin followed. I chuckled at his impersonation of Tony Bennett. Hey, he’s good, but shouldn’t he be in Canada?

I stabbed the OFF button during a tasteless version of a press conference.  If there were any Astros on the show, I’ll just have to watch the excerpt on Facebook. – Patrick Hubbell/November 5, 2017



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