Saturday Night Live - Best of Alec Baldwin
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The opening sketch with the press conference about Prince Charles is priceless. And what could be more demented than "Canteen Boy." Baldwin is so over-the-top in that that what is a really, really sick joke is actually funny.
But the home runs come with three of the funniest sketches of all time: The Tony Bennet Show (I was seizing during this one), The Joe Pesci Show (with Baldwin doing DeNiro) and the "Zinger" sketch, which just got funnier as it went along. Even better was the voicemail sketch where he keep re-recording his greeting, only to listen back to it and hear a gay man.
There are a couple of clunkers: "Planet Truth" was just not that funny and maybe two others didn't need to be here. Including one so-so opening monologue that probably was only included because it included Paul McCartney.
The bonus features include one great sketch that never made it on-air, and a great audio track by Baldwin and the Producer of SNL which provides lots of really, really entertaining stories about the cast and the sketches themselves.
For me, they didn't stand up to repeat viewing, in other words, surprise was a big element in the comic experience. Although it is still plain how VERY talented and versatile Baldwin is, how clever the skits are, I didn't find many of them funny, the second time around. I'm not sure why, everybody's different of course. In my case, I've seen This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind, The Bird Cage, The Wedding Singer, A New Leaf, and certain other movies dozens of times and found them funny, even funnier, each time. Ditto with certain shows/skits/bits- Taxi, Carol Burnett, In Living Color, Seinfeld, Roseanne, the King of Queens, the Big Bang Theory, etc.
NOTE: SPOILERS FOLLOW [In fact, I talk about how these spoilers ruin the comic effect, so...] Upon reflection, it might be that most of Baldwin's skits here involve slightly shocking, "randy" elements, for example, the one about Prince Charles being gay, the one about the would-be child molesting scoutmaster, etc. I conclude that the initial surprise over that which was VERY close to the bone, fueled the humor, and didn't work (for me anyway) the second time around, absent that element of surprise.
I wasn't analytical while watching the DVD, just watched it. But in retrospect I realize, that how funny I found each skit did tend to be related to how dirty (initially surprising) they were. For example, I enjoyed the Tony Bennett sketch the most, the Prince Charles and scoutmaster ones the least.Read more ›
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very very funny. who knew Alec Baldwin was so funny. Better than most of the SNL dvds by farPublished 5 months ago by Filbert
One of my favorite hosts!! So funny! Love their skits! Bought a few different ones great condition! Quickly shipped and arrival! Thank you.Published 6 months ago by MAC
One of the absolute best SNL host's top skips captured in one dvd. Great fun!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Alec Baldwin. He is so funny. He can do anything, comedy, drama, romance. He is a triple threat. great video 5 stars.Published 16 months ago by Concetta Goldhahn
Still handsome after all these years. A great collection of a great guest star. I could have done without all the cursing in his Commentary section, however.Published 16 months ago by T M Gray
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