Since I was negative about Saturday Night Live in a post last week, I will do a 150 (not quite a 180, but close) and say that I actually like the “Gilly” sketches. Well, like may be too strong a word. I just don’t hate them like most people do. Kristen Wiig in the, er, wig is not all that funny, and “what?” and “sorry” are lame catchphrases even by Lorne’s standards, but I just enjoy seeing a piss-take on the kind of character who has always been ubiquitous in kids’ entertainment: the lovable troublemaker. These sketches portray the adorable school scamp as a scary-looking, just-plain-scary psychopath who lives only to kill and maim. It’s not a new idea, but at least it’s an idea that can sustain a sketch, and that’s more than I can say for many other SNL sketches.
Generally, I tend to hate the same SNL characters that everybody else hates, but there are exceptions, and this is one of them. Anybody have their own guilty pleasures among bad catchprhase-spouting SNL sketches?