Reactions about ''Key & Peele,'' ''The State,'' and ''Lost'''s 10th anniversary
Thank you for featuring Key and Peele in EW. I’ve been watching their sketch show from the start, and have loved them since MADtv. Their biting commentaries on everything from race to dubstep (I’m still obsessed with that song!) are always timely and hilarious.
As a longtime subscriber, I was a bit disappointed to get this EW. Apparently Key and Peele are rock stars in your world. The funny thing is, your magazine is the only way I’ve ever heard of them. Comedy Central, okay…cool, I get it. Mainstream and worthy of a whole issue, no.
I started squealing when I saw The State(Binge!) in the issue. When I was in college, it was an excellent way for me to determine if I wanted to be your friend. If you understood my obscure State references about Doug, origami, and $240 worth of pudding, then I knew you were worth my time. Doing a binge watch is a great idea from Key and Peele, and I will take them up on it…as soon as I finish singing all of ”Porcupine Racetrack” to my husband.
Land of the Losties
In response to ”Lost and Found” (News and Notes), I too wonder how to remember the show. Although I also watched The X-Files and Twin Peaks, neither captured my fascination and inspired mental calisthenics like Lost. I spent endless hours theorizing after each episode and eagerly awaited Doc Jensen’s online analysis. I hate to hear him say ”I am sorry” for ”The overthinking. The projections. The emotional enmeshment.” We loved it. If Lost had come to a more satisfying conclusion, he might still be writing about his theories — and I’d still be reading them. Thanks for sharing in the madness.
Given the years of frenzied online speculation, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were in a no-win situation; no matter how they ended the show, someone would not be happy. Any serialized program’s finale is subject to scorn, from M*A*S*H to The Sopranos. I am one fan who enjoyed the ending of Lost — as well as every episode before it. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.
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The Best of Saturday Night Live
Now that SNL has made it to middle age, EW.com has handpicked the choicest bits from its 40-season history. You talked amongst yourselves online and came up with your own wild and crazy moments.
The Nerds: Broken Fridge 1978
One of my all-time favorites had Bill Murray and Gilda Radner as Todd and Lisa Loopner, Jane Curtin as the mom, and Dan Aykroyd as the refrigerator repairman. The entire sketch was mostly Dan squatting in front of the fridge with his butt crack showing. It was the ’70s, I was a teenager, and it was hysterical. SNL ain’t what it used to be. —Kathy Shealy
Brenda the Waitress 1990
It featured Alec Baldwin as a studly dude going into a diner and trading rapid-fire flirtatious double entendres with the waitress (Jan Hooks). ”I’ll take the Wagon Master…but I like my eggs on top of my toast.” ”I just bet you do.” My college roommates and I had that on tape and rewatched it endlessly. —ABC
The Sinatra Group 1991
Lots of great lines, and everybody in it — from Phil Hartman and Jan Hooks to Chris Rock and Sting — played off each other so well. —Gena
That was hysterical. Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra to Sting’s Billy Idol: ”I’ve got chunks of guys like you in my stool!” —David
Spartan Cheerleaders 1995-99
I know many people who started tuning back in to SNL at that time to see Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri become those pathetic yet energetic idiots. — SaraJ
No, it wasn’t a typo. When eagle-eyed readers unfamiliar with Key & Peele’s ”Valet” sketches saw ”Liam Neesons” on our cover, they were compelled to comment. Here’s one example (though we’ve since made up).
”I literally just opened my mailbox and pulled out the Comedy Issue, which touted the names Tina Fey, Richard Pryor, and…Liam Neesons? Who the hell is Liam Neesons? I know Liam Neeson, no s on the end, the respected and versatile actor. Liam Neesons? Not so much. Come on, guys. Proofread. Especially your covers. How embarrassing.”
”Okay, okay, I rescind. I get it now. I just watched the Key & Peele sketch referencing Liam Neesons. Sorry. That’s what I get for taking a day’s aggravation out on my favorite magazine. Mea culpa. Keep up the great work.”
Corrections: Jay Martel is an executive producer of Key & Peele. Director John Ridley (Jimi: All Is by My Side) made his feature directorial debut in 1997’s Cold Around the Heart (Movies).