While hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live, British 'funnyman' Russell Brand has accomplished something show creator Lorne Michaels has been doing slowly over the last 30-odd years: Ruining Saturday Night Live.
"Oh my God, this guy is terrible," said Michaels. "Release the hounds."
It never stops amusing me; whenever a Brit is the target of some friendly barbs, the '1 thumb' Brigade prosecutes an attack. Rate it low because the humour is middling, not because the subject is one of the Queen's subjects, you big babies.
"I didn't think anyone could remove all of the funny from this show," said Brian L. Roberts, CEO of entertainment monopoly Comcast, who recently absorbed NBC-Universal, Saturday Night Live's parent company. "This is something even Bill Hader and Kenan Thompson couldn't accomplish, despite their best efforts."
Russell Brand's opening monologue was especially heinous: After being introduced, Brand launched into his "I'm much more famous in England" routine from his 2008 Conedy Central special.
"It wasn't funny then, it isn't funny now," said Roberts, "but it sure gave him the opportunity to remind everyone that he was able to trick Katy Perry into marrying him."
The monologue was followed by the launch of the trailer for the final nail in Brand's comedy casket, his remake of the Dudley Moore classic, "Arthur."
"God, does that look like a gigantic piece of sh-t," said Roberts.
Interestingly, it may very well be that the company that brought Brand to the tens of people who watch NBC on saturday night will sound Brand's death knell.
"As long as I am the CEO of the company that owns Comcast Cable Communications,Xfinity, AT&T Broadband, Susquehanna Communications, Adelphia Communications, Patriot Media, Commuter Cable, CN8, SportsNet New York, MLB Network, E! Entertainment, Style Network, G4, The Golf Channel, AZN Television, ExerciseTV, FEARnet, NHL Network, Spectacor, TV One, TVWorks, GuideWorks and PBS Kids Sprout, Arthur will never be seen in the United States."
'Arthur' will defile the medium beginning March 1, 2011.