The Web’s Brand Of Comedy

Andrew Sullivan —  May 26 2012 @ 9:04pm

Luke Epplin wants to see SNL get over its "preferred target" – television. He points out that "of the 152 live sketches aired this season, a whopping 58 percent (88 sketches) were television parodies of some sort": 

For all the talk-show parodies aired on SNL this season, none matched the caustic wit of Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns, a chat fest that ridicules both the lo-fi production values of many web series and the empty questions often lobbed at celebrities in televised interviews.

The aggressively amateur, self-aware vibe of Between Two Ferns feels more in-step with today's wired, do-it-yourself culture than the polished, mechanized nature of SNL sketches. After all, despite the playfulness of "Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel," the host remains trapped within the decidedly unquirky and restricted confines of daytime television, all but guaranteeing that recurring episodes of the show will deliver more of the same. It would make more sense for a pixie like Deschanel, who values handmade crafts and vintage artifacts, to pop up in a homespun, free-form web series broadcast from strange locations—say, a tree house or an igloo. 

See that sorta funny skit here. Little surprise that the most hilarious things to come out of SNL over the past several years are the viral Digital Shorts by Andy Samberg and the rest of the Lonely Island crew, who got their start online.