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By Dustin Rowles | Lists | November 25, 2008 |

After being on the air now for 33 years, “SNL” has had a lot of ebb and flow, though mostly it’s been ebb since the original cast left. What’s been sort of amusing, however, is that few people ever appreciate the existing cast of the show. It’s almost always on a downturn, but a few years removed from a previous cast, and they start looking good to you by comparison (the 1985 Robert Downey, Jr. season and the 1995 season which had Kevin Nealon hosting “Weekend Update,” notwithstanding). It probably has a little something to do with the reruns of the show, which are abridged, and have the effect of making previous seasons look a little better. Or just because it’s fun to hate on the current cast, especially when it’s warranted (the Jimmy Fallon/Horatio Sanz years.)

But now, everyone is talking about the resurgence of “SNL,” but as someone who is married, with child, and who falls asleep in front of “SNL” more times than should be mentioned, it’s still pretty goddamn hit and miss, even if the hits are slightly more frequent than the misses (many of the latter which will be edited out in reruns). The election had a lot to do with the resurgence. But a few years ago, Adam Samberg actually managed to make the show somewhat relevant again with his Digital Shorts, even though Samberg is otherwise a complete waste of space. Everyone on the show, Keenan Thompson included, deserves to live more than he does. Samberg makes me miss Fallon sometimes. That said, there have been some pretty decent Digital Shorts, though not so much lately (is it just me, or have they been pushed farther back into the last half hour of the show?).

Here are the best five, not including the two everyone has already seen four million times, “Lazy Sunday” and “Dick in a Box.”

5. The Japanese Office

4. Iran So Far

3. Lettuce

2. Andy’s Dad

1.Natalie Raps

A Seriously Random List XXVIII / Dustin Rowles

Lists | November 25, 2008 |

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