2405, 2023

That Show - Two Words: "More Cowbell"

On April 8th 2000, an unsuspecting world experienced what would go down in history as one of the funniest skecthes in "Saturday Night Live" history. Simply known now as "More Cowbell," this absurd and ridiculous sketch, featuring host Christopher Walken and cast members Will Farrell, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Chris Parnell and Horatio Sanz, was about the recording of a classic rock song by Blue Oyster Cult. Known for the over-enthusiastic cowbell playing by Farrell, the otherworldly reactions of Walken, and the entire cast breaking on stage, this sketch has become almost mythic in reputation. In this episode, you will learn the origin of the sketch, the backstory of how it got on the air, how a wardrobe change put it over the top, and how, incredibly, it almost became a movie. You'll hear from Farrell, Fallon, Parnell and Walken, telling stories about how, 23 years later, "More Cowbell" still haunts them, and you will find out how the members of Blue Oyster Cult feel about the whole thing (including the man who REALLY played the cowbell on the track). But, as hilarious and classic as "More Cowbell" is, it was NOT the funniest sketch of that night. What was the funniest sketch of the night? Well, you gotta listen to this episode of "That Show Hasn't Been Funny in Years" to find out. [EP20]

1705, 2023

That Show - Live From New York It's... Catchphrases!

You've heard them a million times. You've probably said them a million times too. You may even have a hat, or a T-shirt, emblazoned with them: They are the most famous catchphrases in "Saturday Night Live" history. In this episode, Nick plays back 20 of the most popular and legendary SNL catchphrases of all time. He analyzes them, talks about their origins and impact, why they became so popular, and more. From the very beginning, catchphrases have been a big part of the show, in fact every single episode opens with the most famous SNL catchphrase of all time: "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" From the early days when Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and John Belushi would rattle them off weekly, to the years of Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey creating a new catchphrase on almost every show, to the modern days, when they still happen regularly, but much more organically. What makes a good catchphrase? What makes a bad one? Sometimes the quality doesn't matter, as long as they are repeated by the general public (both online and in the real world), become part of the zeitgeist, and most importantly, sell a lot of merchandise. Live from New York it's.... Catchphrases! [EP19]