Shock video: SNL dumps on government workers

posted at 4:10 pm on April 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m tempted to call this something that the staff of “Reason” might have come up with, except that if “Reason” had written it, it might have been funny. No matter: Right-wing SNL sketches are a rare enough species that they’re worth displaying even when the quality’s as low as it is here. Mary Katharine and Ace are citing it as evidence that the culture’s finally cluing in to what’s responsible for state budget crises and the looming pension tsunami, but I’m not so sure. The infamous bailout sketch from a few years ago was supposed to portend the same thing and that went nowhere. A likelier explanation is that they needed to kill seven minutes of airtime and asked conservative-ish staff writer Jim Downey to whip something up quick. I’ll bet it took him less time than that to write this.

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I’m so old, I remember when SNL was actually funny.

kingsjester on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

It’s just not that funny. Like that Half Hour News Hour.

Abby Adams on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Hel lo is right

time for a lame sp skit from them

blatantblue on April 26, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Well they make a lot of fun about unions, they fail to mention that everybody who works in the entertainment industry also belongs to a union which negotiates the very same types of contracts.

Or at least they belong to the union if they expect to work.

Just A Grunt on April 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

All three finalists aided me in registering my vehicle in Chicago a few years ago. I say all three because it took three trips to the DMV for them to get all my information entered correctly.

Inanemergencydial on April 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Wow. You know how many sacred liberal cows are slaughtered in that piece? It doesn’t have to be laugh-out-loud funny to leave a mark, folks.

rockmom on April 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Well they make a lot of fun about unions, they fail to mention that everybody who works in the entertainment industry also belongs to a union which negotiates the very same types of contracts.

Or at least they belong to the union if they expect to work.

Just A Grunt on April 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I wonder what the screwballs ni the Entertainment industry would say if we told them we can pass Amnesty, but everyone is getting a SAG card too.

trubble on April 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Well they make a lot of fun about unions, they fail to mention that everybody who works in the entertainment industry also belongs to a union which negotiates the very same types of contracts.

Or at least they belong to the union if they expect to work.

Just A Grunt on April 26, 2010 at 4:17 PM

I don’t think the Screenwriters Guild causes NBC to pay incompetent people or no-show employees, or causes TV shows to all be lame and overpriced. Public sector unions have issues and cause problems that are unique to government.

rockmom on April 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Gabourey Sidibe was nominated for an Oscar? If that is the quality of acting required then I can understand why Al Gore got one.

Wolftech on April 26, 2010 at 4:22 PM

conservative-ish staff writer Jim Downey

Who, by the way, is uncle to Robert Downey Jr., who has also hinted at being conservative.

amerpundit on April 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Not funny at all. And it’s not like public sector employees aren’t easy targets.

Speaking of the DMV, I had to go there twice last year to renew my license. The first time I never received it in the mail because they messed up the picture. I don’t know how that happened, but that was their explanation.

Doughboy on April 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I believe SNL now stands for Seriously, No Laughs.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I don’t understand why this is labeled as:
1.”Shock”
2.”Right-Wing”

It was a horrible sketch that garnered a little nervous laughter from the live audience. It would be easier to laugh if we all knew that wasn’t our money being wasted at these gubmint’ jobs.

Inanemergencydial on April 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

A young person, African-American, Latino, woman and public employee union member walk into a bar…

(it would have been a better skit)

Seven Percent Solution on April 26, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Doughboy on April 26, 2010 at 4:24 PM

My DL still says I’m 5′ tall from mine when I was 16. And they put 5′ on there cuz of a typo. I’ve asked every renewal cycle to change that to 6′ tall, instead. But they never do. Even though each one says “I’ll change that.”

lorien1973 on April 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM

rockmom on April 26, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Yes, indeed. A purple mark. Even unfunny comedy directed at libs hurts.

chaswv on April 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

’m so old, I remember when SNL was actually funny.

kingsjester on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

If you’re that old, then you’re mind is playing tricks on you, because even during the so-called golden years, SNL churned out a lot of crap.

Kensington on April 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Wow. That was pretty bad.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

This isn’t really funny anymore, everyone knows anything government does quickly turns to crap while you are holding it.

tarpon on April 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Sub-lame.

Christien on April 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Public sector unions have issues and cause problems that are unique to government.

rockmom on April 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

You haven’t looked at a lot of union benefits, have you?

I remember one from broadway that said the people who were originally intended to put the sets up don’t have to, you know, put the sets up. It’s handled by a private company. They just supervise it.

lorien1973 on April 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Should the awards be named the “PETYs” or the “Vogons”

forest on April 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Allahpundit could write a skit 10 times better than this.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I once called the NJ Dept of Environmental Protection to inquire on behalf of my client about how much longer it would be before he would receive approval to remove and underground storgae tank? I was exceedingly courteous mind you, etc etc. He snapped back – “That’s it! Your application is going on the bottom of the pile.” Mind you, my client was attempting to clean up the environment, taking an abandoned property and turining it back into a useful tax paying use. And this was the thanks he got. Slugs.

sbvft contributor on April 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

If you’re that old, then you’re mind is playing tricks on you, because even during the so-called golden years, SNL churned out a lot of crap.
Kensington on April 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Actually, I always felt SCTV was much more consistently funny and well done.
SNL has always tried to be too self consciously ‘hip’ and topical.
I’ll take Count Floyd,Perini Scleroso and Billy Sol Hurok and Big Jim McBob any day.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Coming from New York, this was like deja vu to me, not satire.
Anyway, was that the Surgeon General or Andy Stern’s moll? Seriously, who was that creature? She needs a tongue reduction. Was she stung by killer bees? Not trying to be funny. She could choke.

Western_Civ on April 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM

lorien1973 on April 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Here it is….

“It is a sad day for Broadway, but we must remain committed to achieving a fair contract,” said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the League of American Theatres and Producers. “Our goal is simple: to pay for workers we need and for work that is actually performed.”

Wiki has more…

* Loosening load-in rules: The load-in period may last several weeks and cost $1 million or more. Current work rules require producers to determine ahead of time how many stagehands are needed on each given day. These numbers cannot change once load-in begins, requiring produers to pay salaries even if no work occurs. The rule ensures that workers will not be on call (and unpaid for it) during the load-in period. The producers proposed essentially eliminating the rule. The union agreed to loosen the rule, but sought to keep a minimum number of stagehands at work each day.
* Overtime: The existing contract stated that if any stagehand is required to work overtime during a load-in, all workers must stay and be paid overtime. The producers proposed loosening the rule so that producers determined how many stagehands would stay and earn overtime. The union agreed to discuss modifying the contract, but only if the League agreed to strengthen other parts of the contract.
* Performance and continuity calls: The existing contract stated that stagehands could only perform work related to the performance during a performance call. If the producer wishes the stagehand to perform other duties, the producer must issue a one-hour “continuity call,” even if the stagehand has no more work to do. If the one-hour continuity call is not long enough, producers are required to pay for a four-hour shift. Producers call the rule wasteful, but the union claimed the rule discouraged theaters from forcing employees to work past midnight. The union also noted that many stagehands supplement their income with daytime jobs, and late nights significantly interfere with these arrangements.[1] Producers proposed widening the tasks stagehands may perform during performance calls and reducing the required four hours of pay. The union had agreed to discuss reducing the required four hours of pay in exchange for improving other benefits.

It’s a laugher, it really is.

lorien1973 on April 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

If you’re that old, then you’re mind is playing tricks on you, because even during the so-called golden years, SNL churned out a lot of crap.

Kensington on April 26, 2010 at 4:31 PM

If there’s one thing SNL did very well for most of its first 25 years, it was political humor. The early-to-mid 80′s sucked for the most part, but that’s because the entire show as bad during that era.

Doughboy on April 26, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Maybe someone with HDTV can confirm, but are those porn DVDs in the breakroom that “Dennis Cosgrove” is reading the paper in? Come on, now that’s funny.

Holy geez, that big girl’s arms scare me.

smfic on April 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Actually, I always felt SCTV was much more consistently funny and well done.

Your mind is playing tricks on you. SCTV isn’t as funny as you remember it, and doesn’t hold up particularly well.

YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I blame Tina Fey for the horrible skits at SNL……she really set the bar low.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM

If there’s one thing SNL did very well for most of its first 25 years, it was political humor. The early-to-mid 80’s sucked for the most part, but that’s because the entire show as bad during that era.

Actually, that’s not quite true. Saturday Night Live largely stayed out of politics through most of the 1980s. Quick: who was SNL’s Reagan? Exactly.

Outside of Weekend Update, they didn’t really start doing politics again until around the time of the 1988 campaign.

YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Allahpundit could write a skit 10 times better than this.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Wipe you chin and fix your make-up, you look nasty.

thomasaur on April 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM

thomasaur on April 26, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Meow.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

The school custodian material happens to be closer to reality than you might think. The real ones weren’t living in Florida, but they were spending all day at the Marina, working on their boats, after putting in a short appearance at school.

RBMN on April 26, 2010 at 4:53 PM

I’m tempted to call this something that the staff of “Reason” might have come up with, except that if “Reason” had written it, it might have been funny.

Beggars can’t be choosers…

ninjapirate on April 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Sometimes satire goes awry and just becomes anger because the situation being satirized is just so goddamn maddening. This skit is one of those times.

They weren’t satirizing government jobs; they were just telling the truth about government jobs. That’s not funny. It’s true, just not funny.

Rational Thought on April 26, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Actually, that’s not quite true. Saturday Night Live largely stayed out of politics through most of the 1980s. Quick: who was SNL’s Reagan? Exactly.

Outside of Weekend Update, they didn’t really start doing politics again until around the time of the 1988 campaign.

YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Well in SNL’s defense, what was there to cover politically in the mid 80′s? Iran Contra was about it. And their cast member who portrayed Reagan was Phil Hartman, and he did lots of sketches. One of the best ones was where Reagan pretends to be a kindly old man in front of the press while acting like a power-hungry tyrant behind the scenes.

Doughboy on April 26, 2010 at 4:55 PM

As a government worker since 1968, I say well done SNL!

gbear on April 26, 2010 at 4:56 PM

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM

You Lie!

Abby Adams on April 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM

You Lie!

Abby Adams on April 26, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Sorry but Tina Fey was a horrible head writer at SNL.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Lame, but the silence of the liberal studio audience made up for it. They definitely saw a sacred cow slaughtered before their eyes.

joe_doufu on April 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

The material was spot-on. The delivery was actually not that bad. The nervous and often absent laughter from an audience that doesn’t want to admit that these conditions are absurd and a detriment to our government was the primary problem.

MadisonConservative on April 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Hartman as Reagan.

Inanemergencydial on April 26, 2010 at 5:02 PM

They were supposed to have a postal clerk in the competition, but he slipped and fell in the lobby, and hurt his back.
When he fell, his pistol struck the floor and discharged 13 times. The Postal Workers Union said he had a valid conceal/carry permit, and will be filing a grievance, EEO complaint, formal complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Veterans with Disabilities Act, and a federal law suit.
He was heard to be telling his attorney, while chasing his ambulance, that he thought it was a “Hate Crime”.

Cybergeezer on April 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I’m so old, I remember when SNL was actually funny.

kingsjester on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Yea; Me too. But, today, it’s politically incorrect to laugh at yourself!

Cybergeezer on April 26, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Your mind is playing tricks on you. SCTV isn’t as funny as you remember it, and doesn’t hold up particularly well.
YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 4:45 PM

My mind ain’t playing tricks on me ,dude.
Here’s a few old SCTV sketches for folks to check out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bda_eIX3J2Y (Farm Film Celebrity Blow Up)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USRfZluplJA (The “Babe Ruth Story ” part)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yWrKnj-F1Q (Bobby Bittman does “On the Waterfront”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87WgmGHz9U4&feature=related
(Dr. Tongue’s 3D House of Stewardesses.)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM

zzz…

Johnson on April 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM

One of the best ones was where Reagan pretends to be a kindly old man in front of the press while acting like a power-hungry tyrant behind the scenes.

I went to the Google, and checked. Reagan was played by Harry Shearer, Charles Rocket, Joe Piscopo, Randy Quaid and Phil Hartman.

And yet, despite all that, the only sketch anyone remembers is that one. But it is fair to say that Reagan and Obama have been the only Presidents for whom SNL hasn’t been able to create a memorable character.

YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM

The school custodian material happens to be closer to reality than you might think. The real ones weren’t living in Florida, but they were spending all day at the Marina, working on their boats, after putting in a short appearance at school.

Man, not in our district–our custodians work their hineys off on their increasing nightly workload and its our classrooms that suffer. I think they’re allowed about 7 minutes per classroom per night.

Bob's Kid on April 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM

But it is fair to say that Reagan and Obama have been the only Presidents for whom SNL hasn’t been able to create a memorable character.

YYZ on April 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Putting those two names in the same paragraph is as bad as painting a picture of Muhammed.

Cybergeezer on April 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Sorry but Tina Fey was a horrible head writer at SNL.

terryannonline on April 26, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I’m not sure if there’s a way of knowing which exact sketches she wrote, and yes, some weren’t great, but there were plenty of very funny sketches during her HW time 1999-2006.

Unless you’re old… then maybe not so much.

Abby Adams on April 26, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Jane, you ignorant slut.

John the Libertarian on April 26, 2010 at 5:59 PM

This probably makes me an evil racist biggot ‘winger but I don’t get Kenan Thompson. His delivery stinks and he’s genuinely not funny to me at all.

That said, the meat of the skit is great.

Onus on April 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM

(Dr. Tongue’s 3D House of Stewardesses.)

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on April 26, 2010 at 5:11 PM

I LOVED that show. Dr. Tongu’s 3D House of Representatives was one of the best, along with the 3D House of Pancakes.

Daggett on April 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I can see funny from my house…..and it’s not SNL

PatriotRider on April 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

The material was spot-on. The delivery was actually not that bad. The nervous and often absent laughter from an audience that doesn’t want to admit that these conditions are absurd and a detriment to our government was the primary problem.

MadisonConservative on April 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Yup.

I have first hand anecdotes that would make your freckles explode.

The Race Card on April 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

that was sad

Mo2Do on April 26, 2010 at 8:30 PM

I’m so old, I remember when SNL was actually funny.

kingsjester on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

.
“No hamburger. Cheeseburger.”
“No fries. Cheeps.”
“No Coke. Pepsi.”

mrt721 on April 26, 2010 at 8:58 PM

I don’t think the Screenwriters Guild causes NBC to pay incompetent people

SNL Writers anyone…

or no-show employees,

Bathtub Boy

cobrakai99 on April 26, 2010 at 9:02 PM

It was tough but the lady should have won.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Conversations between people waiting in line at the department of motor vehicles are strictly prohibited. In addition, customers waiting in line are not permitted to pass the time by daydreaming or fondly recalling happier moments from their lives.

That’s actually pretty funny, if you’ve ever been to the DMV in southern California.

Gabourey Sidibe was on the radio here, a few weeks before Precious came out (and I had no idea who she was), and she was utterly charming. Very funny and sweet and yes, that’s acting. Her natural speaking voice is cheerful, erudite valley girl.

Tanya on April 26, 2010 at 10:12 PM

I thought the skit was hilarious. And I is a gov’t employee.

itsnotaboutme on April 26, 2010 at 10:18 PM

I’m so old, I remember when SNL was actually funny.

kingsjester on April 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

This skit was too true to be funny. Maybe they should move SNL from NYC to Flyover Country…where people still recognize a joke when they see one. I’m old too – I remember a lot of guys dressed as Yortuk & Georg – 2 Wild and Crazy Guys – at our college Halloween parties. My roommate and her boyfriend went as Lisa Leubner & Todd. Funny stuff. Good times.

redwhiteblue on April 26, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Government employees needing a union. How freaking stupid is that?

ButterflyDragon on April 26, 2010 at 11:21 PM

And the award for least funny person in the history of SNL goes to….Kenan Thompson. Dude is so not funny. The only reason he’s on the show is to play all the black chicks in skits.

metric on April 27, 2010 at 12:21 AM

Even by the standards of the DMV, that is outstanding!

bitsy on April 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Speaking of the DMV, one of the funniest bits I have ever heard is actually form Glenn Beck, back when he was funny, and his travails with the CT DMV. The only place I found the piece is on Glenn Becks Insider site which requires you to be a member. It is from a number of years ago but I remember catching it on the radio at work and several times caught myself laughing out loud and getting some funny looks from my co workers.

Anyway if you are a Glenn Beck Insider here is your link. Just scroll down the list of segments to find it. It is rather lengthy but it is pure comedy gold. I wish the old rodeo clown Glenn would come back.

Just A Grunt on April 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Heh: They had ‘drag races’ in Key West on April 17th; Drag queens, racing shopping carts, baby buggies, and a tire obstacle course that had to be negotiated in high heels.

Cybergeezer on April 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Key West Drag Races video HERE.

Cybergeezer on April 27, 2010 at 3:25 PM

For some reason I feel the need to take a nap after watching this clip.

mizflame98 on April 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM