'Wasn't That Special' Season Ten Clips Package
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Here are some of the materials we discuss throughout the Season Ten episode:
White Like Me
The best sketch of the season and and all-time classic.
Shades of the Chris Farley “Chippendales” sketch years later, in which the person most clearly qualified for a job squeaks through an audition.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus got to do her best sketch on the last episode of her SNL career. Where was more of this in her previous two years?
Nathan Thurm Defends the Tobacco Growers of America
60 Minutes: The Minkman Brothers
Willie and Frankie are Night Watchmen
Good Cop, Bad Cop
This stars one of Martin Short’s lesser-known characters, Lawrence Orbach, which he brought over from SCTV. Podcast host Scot notes that this is his favorite Short character.
A Couple of White Guys
We give you the good, the bad, and the indefensible. We will leave it up to you to decide which one this is.
Phil and Ricky
Two characters from Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest who are basically Willie and Frankie, but with insults. As you can see in the video, Guest pulls out a pornographic videotape and Crystal refuses to say the name of it on the air.
In this episode of the podcast, we discuss the heavy use of blackface this season, specifically by Billy Crystal. In this sketch, Crystal is in brown makeup for absolutely no reason.
Fernando’s Hideaway - Howard Cosell
In this Season Ten preview, the critic expresses skepticism SNL can ever be what it once was. He praises the show for dumping Robin Duke and Brad Hall, but criticizes it for bringing back Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Gary Kroeger, “who were even less funny than Duke and Hall.” He further says new cast member Pamela Stephenson, who lasted only one season, was “needed ever since Gilda Radner left.”
As mentioned above, on this episode of the podcast, we discuss Billy Crystal’s extensive use of blackface. Crystal defended himself in a 1985 interview in which he said using black makeup was okay because Jesse Jackson approved of it:
One of the running bits on the show this year is Rich Hall’s portrayal of Robert Latta, the man who was arrested for sneaking into the White House. Here’s the actual story of what happened, from the Shreveport Journal:
Season Ten had a lot of talented cast members, but it was Crystal who was the breakout star of the season. Here’s a full-page story about Crystal from the Washington Post. (Full page first, then more readable clips following.)