Friday Flashback: 18 Years of More Cowbell on SNL
Scrolling Facebook, a friend had posted it's been eighteen years since the famous "cowbell" sketch debuted on SNL. Starring Christopher Walken and Will Farrell. Here watch and start your Labor Day weekend with a laugh. I'll get to my point on the other end of the clip.
There is a lot made in the media about how political SNL has gotten (see Vice: SNL is Unfunny, Elitist, Liberal Propaganda and SNL Alum Rob Schneider: Politics is Ruining the Show). Mainly because the politics validate the left's worldview. Hence the media hearts it so much. Every Sunday, the political sites write about how a sketch from SNL totally owned the Trump administration and ZOMG THIS WAS SO FUNNY!11!!!!1!!1
Here's my question: how much has SNL done lately is going to be remembered in 18 years? Or any comedy, for the matter? Every time a comedian repeats their political opinions back to them comedically, leftists download in their shorts. You won't because you wear ranger panties. But are any of these bits going to be quoted regularly by people twenty years from now? The way people still quote classic SNL bits? Or from the Kids in the Hall? Or classic George Carlin lines?
When comedy focuses on being funny, it's timeless. When it focuses on politics, it'll be forgotten. Think on it.