Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The David S. Pumpkins Anti-Proliferation Association

This past ween, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch called "Haunted Elevator" which utilized guest host Tom Hanks as David S. Pumpkins.

Watch it. Go ahead. I dare you.

I've been a critic of SNL for years now--I haven't found it particularly funny for years, if not decades. I say that knowing full well that everyone says this--when you first watch it, like from ages 12-16 or so, it's the greatest thing ever, then you still like it in your 20s, and then you age out of it and don't understand it. Like Mad Magazine, this isn't new. Sure, an iconic sketch here and there is clearly good and many hold up, but when you're eking out one or two sketches out of 90 minutes every week, that's not a very good track record.

And yet the reaction people have borders on insane. The David S. Pumpkins sketch is all over the place and all over the internet. I watched it, didn't find it funny at all, not even ironically as you're supposed to, and yet people keep talking about it seeing SNL at its peak. This was a third-rate skit at best.

Humor is subjective, of course, but I sometimes wonder what on earth is going on when I'm so obviously out of step with the zeitgeist. It happens, of course--there's plenty of iconic movies and TV shows and especially music that I don't appreciate at all--but it's sometimes weird to be the only guy in the room shrugging when everyone else is busting a gut. (see also: Bo Burnham, John Oliver, Will Ferrell.)

At the very least, we'll all get to see plenty of David S. Pumpkins costumes this year--or, better yet, slutty David S. Pumpkins costumes.

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