Sunday, August 7, 2011

Live, from New York, It's Saturday night!!!

Thanks.  It's really great to be here in New York, the greatest city in the world.  What a great week it's been.  The cast are great and a little bit crazy....

Ok, I'm actually writing this on a Sunday afternoon in a coffee shop in Northampton, MA.  But this blog will explore the recurring characters of SNL and sort out if any of them can fit in the TVCU or are they all stuck in Skitlandia.

I'm going to abandon my normal timeline for this one, and cover each recurring character one at a time.

So we have a great blog for you.  The The Hong Kong Cavaliers are here.  So stick around.  We'll be right back.








1975–1976


SNL WEEKEND UPDATE--SNL Weekend Update is in.  Here is a list of all the Weekeend Update recurring characters.   

  • Of those listed, note that Father Guido Sarducci is in the TVCU through appearances on other shows and movies.  One example is Casper, which also featured Ray Stanz of the Ghostbusters.  His connection to Weekend Update brings Weekend Update into the TVCU, and all the other characters.  
  • Note some of Update's characters would also appear during the monologue or other parts of the show that are meant to be real, thus all the bits of the "real" parts of the show are in the TVCU and any sketches these Update characters may show up in.  
  • Nathan Thurm is another example.  Thurm has been on SCTV (which brings that whole show in, since the concept of that show is that the sketches are all interconnected), and the Earth Day Special.  (See my Bugs Bunny blog for more on that.)  Some of these characters also end up having their own sketches, and those bits should also be part of the TVCU.  
  • Note that Jan Brady is one of these recurring characters.  This should be considered the present day incarnation of the original Jan Brady.
  • Note the Gay Hitler who appears may be an imposter.

MR. MIKE--This was a bit on the show that just featured some weird videos.  It branched off into Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, a feature film that featured the Not Ready for Prime Time Players.  I'm not sure how to classify it.  I think this falls into the Reality Television Universe.

THE MR. BILL SHOW--Because Chevy Chase as himself hosting the show ran into (or rather stepped on) a talking Mr. Bill, Mr. Bill is in the TVCU, but not as a real person, but rather as a talking clay figure.


1976–1977

CONEHEADS--These guys exist in the CONEHEADS UNIVERSE.  The total canon of that universe is the SNL sketches, a song, a cartoon, a comic, and a movie.


1977–1978

BLUES BROTHERS--The Blues Brothers are in the TVCU.  Their canon includes two movies and the SNL sketches.  (Also some appearances on talk shows and award shows, and some live concerts.)

FATHER GUIDO SARDUCCI--Besides his appearances on SNL, he has appeared on GILDA LIVE, BECOME AN ARTIST, SQUARE PEGS, ON LOCATION:  THE COMEDY STORE'S 11TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW, JOAN RIVERS AND FRIENDS SALUTE HEIDI ABROMOWITZ, FATHER GUIDO SARDUCCI GOES TO COLLEGE, NOT NECCESSARILY THE NEWS, IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW, GREAT PERFORMANCES, TALES OF THE CITY, BLOSSOM, THE GORDON ELLIOT SHOW, CASPER, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, HO HO NOOOOOOO!!!! IT'S MR. BILL'S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER, MAKING TUTTI, SIN CITY SPECTACULAR, THE COLBERT REPORT, and THE RALLY TO RESTORE SANITY AND/OR FEAR.


1984–1985

ED GRIMLEY--Has been featured in SNL sketches, other sketches on Martin Short shows, and had his own Saturday morning cartoon.  Thus he exists in the ED GRIMLEY UNIVERSE.


BUDDY YOUNG, JR.--This character became the star of the film MR. SATURDAY NIGHT, thus has his own universe.

NATHAN THURM--is in the TVCU.  He has appeared on SNL and some Martin Short specials, but what brings him in is his appearance in the Earth Day Special.

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1985–1986

MESTISTOPHOLES--The version played by Jon Lovitz is not the devil of the TVCU, but he is one of his agents.  He has appeared on SNL and on the Daily Show.



1986–1987

BOB ROBERTS--One sketch turned into a film.  So this becomes the Bob Roberts Universe.


1988–1989

WAYNE'S WORLD--I've chosen to place it into the TVCU.  I believe the Terminator that ran into Wayne on the highway between Chicago and Milwaukee was later stepped on and destroyed by the T-Rex in the park, thus causing a second one to arrive, this time landing more accurately in L.A.  So that means the SNL sketches and both movies are in.  Also they made an appearance at the Oscars, if I recall correctly.



1990–1991

PAT--He...um, or she...was a popular recurring sketch that got her...um, his(?) own movie, and his, her, it's own universe.

DAILY AFFIRMATIONS WITH STUART SMALLEY--These sketches branched off into a movie, so he gets his own universe (then the actor became a U.S. Senator!!!!) because he's good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it, people like him.


1993–1994

OFFICE SPACE--A bunch of SNL cartoons and a movie are brought into the TVCU.

Ladies and gentlemen, once again, the Hong Kong Cavalier...







1995–1996

SUPERSTAR--This is the SUPERSTAR UNIVERSE, featuring the movie, and the SNL Mary Catherine Ghallager sketches.

A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY--This has it's own universe that includes the movie and the SNL sketches.


1997–1998

LADIES MAN--This is the universe that includes the Leon Phelps sketches and the film LADIES MAN.


2006–2007

MACGRUBER--This is in the TVCU.  MacGruber has been the star of many SNL sketches, some commercials, a movie, and is son of MacGyver.  

So everything else not mentioned falls into Toby O'Brien's Skitlandia for now.

So I'd like to thank the Hong Kong Cavaliers.  Thank you to Toby O'Brien.  It was a great blog.  Good night!!!  I love you Jess and Connor!!!!!!




Saturday, August 6, 2011

YOU CAN DO IT!!! THE ADAM SANDLER UNIVERSE

This blog will be different than any I've done before.  I'm going to focus on one actor's works, and create timelines for each reality they occur in.  Let's see how it works out.  Most of Sandler's works occur in one main universe, which isn't the TVCU.  I dub it the Adam Sandler Universe aka the You Can Do It Universe.  It's a universe where most of his works are connected due to cameos of secondary characters from his other films.

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ADAM SANDLER UNIVERSE:



1996--HAPPY GILMORE--This is the first of the films that take place in the Adam Sandler Universe, though it actually doesn't come in until later.  This is the first of Adam Sandler's films that would introduce a recurring character that would appear in later films.  Adam Sandler, though just for fun, has actually established his own shared universe based on recurring characters.  In this case, the recurring character is golf pro Chubbs, who would return in Little Nicky.





1998--THE WATER BOY--The original first appearance of the Townie (You can do it!!!) and Farmer Fran.









1999--DEUCE BIGALOW, MALE GIGOLO--There's a man who appears twice in the film who shouts "That's a huge bitch!"  He will later appear at the airport in the Animal.  Deuce Bigalow has a sequel, European Gigolo.

 

2000--LITTLE NICKY--The second appearance of Chubbs, who is now in heaven, having died in Happy Gilmore.  Also we see the Townie "You can do it!!!" guy, originally seen in the Water Boy.  And in this reality, Lucifer is actually the father of Satan, Satan having been born at the same time as Christ.  Satan has three children, one of whom is half-angel.





2001--JOE DIRT--The only of the series that Adam Sandler actually doesn't appear in, though he is executive producer.  This one has the second and last appearance of Farmer Fran.







2001--THE ANIMAL--The Townie has returned home to Louisiana after having gone to New York for the end of the world.  I should point out that normally Rob Schneider plays the townie in Adam Sandler films, but this time Sandler is playing the townie in a Schneider film.  Also, in the Animal, at the airport, the same guy from Deuce Bigalow who yells "That's a huge bitch!" is present and shouts it again, thus bringing in both Deuce Bigalow movies.






2005--DEUCE BIGALOW:  EUROPEAN GIGALO--Sandler only appears in this one, as Javier Sandooski, but the first film has a cross with the Animal, which crosses with Happy Gilmore.



2005--THE LONGEST YARD--Apparently the townie is now in prison.

2007--I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY--Two firefighters pose as homosexuals in order for one to maintain benefits for his children and accidentally start an activist movement.

Fall 2008--THE HOUSE BUNNY--The police officer who pulls over and arrests Shelley is the same officer who was among those who chased and arrested Paul Crewe in the Longest Yard, and was also seen as a New York City cop in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.



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ADAM SANDLER'S OTHER SHARED REALITY:



1999--BIG DADDY--This reality is glued together by the recurrence of the delivery guy who appears in this film and then again in Mr. Deeds.  Thus those two universes are in a shared reality.





2002--MR. DEEDS--See my comments for Big Daddy.



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ADAM SANDLER SHARED REALITY 3:



2002--PUNCH DRUNK LOVE--Barry Egan is a small business owner with seven sisters whose abuse has kept him alone and unable to fall in love. When a harmonium and a mysterious woman enter his life, his romantic journey begins. Written by <djblau@aol.com>






2003--BLOSSOMS & BLOOD--Another appearance of Barry Egan.


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CINEVERSE:  (Note that none of these have any connections, and each could exist in their own separate realities.)



1989--GOING OVERBOARD--Schecky Moskowitz is a stand-up comic on a cruise ship.



1991--SHAKES THE CLOWN--Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even more, and his boss threatens him with unemployment if he can't get his act under control. When someone murders Shakes' boss and makes it look like Shakes did it, he goes undercover, posing as a hated mime, and tries to find information that will clear his name. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>




1994--AIRHEADS--Three wannabee rock stars hold the employees of a radio station hostage until their song is played.




1994--MIXED NUTS--Despite the fact two of my all-time favorite comedians are in this (Steve Martin and Adam Sandler), I've never seen this.  Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky... Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time.Written by Tim McSmythurs <Tim.McSmythurs@swindon.ericsson.se>




1995--BILLY MADISON--A guy whose father paid off his teachers to pass him must return to school and pass every grade over again in 24 weeks in order to get his father's company.




1996--BULLETPROOF--An undercover police officer named Rock Keats befriends a drug dealer and car thief named Archie Moses in a bid to catch the villainous drug lord Frank Coltan. But the only problem is that Keats is a cop, his real name is Jack Carter, and he is working undercover with the LAPD to bust Moses and Colton at a sting operation the LAPD has set up.Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>




1998--DIRTY WORK--Two guys go into the revenge business.




2002--THE HOT CHICK--A spell causes a stuck up high school cheerleader to change bodies with a sleazy male criminal.




2003--ANGER MANAGEMENT--Despite the fact that mayor of New York shouts out "You can do it", this is not a crossover.  Likely, he is a fan of Adam Sandler movies.




2004--50 FIRST DATES--A man falls in love with a woman who loses her memory every night.




2004--SPANGLISH--The story of a housekeeper and her daughter who move in with the family she works for.




2006--CLICK--A man gets a remote control that can control reality.  Though the film's events go well into the year 2046, those events are all negated at the end, returning back to the present.




2007--REIGN OVER ME--A man who lost his family during the 9/11 attack stuggles to keep his sanity, but is aided by an old college roommate.




2008--YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN--An Israeli spy fakes his death and moves to America to follow his dream of being a hair dresser.




2008--BEDTIME STORIES--A man discovers that all of his bedtime stories come true.



2009--FUNNY PEOPLE--George Simmons finds out he's dying.  He takes an up and coming comic under his wing as his assistant and tries to get back with his ex.




2011--JUST GO WITH IT--In order to get a girl, a man has to pretend to be married to another girl.  




2011--ZOOKEEPER--A man learns that he can talk to animals, or rather, that they can talk to him.




2011--JACK AND JILL--A man is visited by his sister, who then won't leave.




2012--THAT'S MY BOY--As a man is preparing to get married, his father suddenly moves in with him.


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CONEHEADS UNIVERSE:




1962 to 1979--CONEHEADS--The story of an alien family stranded on Earth and trying to hide in plain sight by adapting to their surroundings.


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GROWN UPS UNIVERSE:  This is the reality of the two Grown Ups films.



Summer 2010--GROWN UPS--Lenny Feder returns home with his family for a funeral, and reunites with his old high school friends.

Grown Ups 2

2013--After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, schizo bus drivers, drunk cops on skis, and 400 costumed party crashers sometimes crazy follows you. 

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SKITLANDIA:

1990 to 2002--SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE--Adam Sandler plays these characters, none of whom have had any crossovers (to my knowledge) to bring them into the TVCU except for Weekend Update, which straddles the line between the TVCU and Skitlandia as TVCU connected characters have appeared on Update.
1998--Late Night with Conan O'Brien: 5th Anniversary Special--Adam plays a crank caller.

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TELEVISION CROSSOVER UNIVERSE:

1984 to 1992--THE COSBY SHOW--Hudson University has appeared on this show, and on Castle.




1985--THE WEDDING SINGER--The Three Stooges are present at a wedding in Ridgefield, NJ, where they witness the meltdown of wedding singer Robbie Hart, who recently had his heart broken.

September 8, 1993--LARRY SANDERS SHOW--"Hank's Wedding"--Adam Sandler appears.  Larry Sanders has also had Jerry Seinfeld on


April 2007--KING OF QUEENS--"Mild Bunch"--Doug is having his high school reunion, where he meets Jeff "The Beast" Sussmann, who was a dysfunctional student now on the straight and narrow, and has become vice principal of their old high school. With some prompting from Doug, they plan revenge on principal Nagel that gets out of hand. Meanwhile Carrie and Arthur try to watch a movie together at home with tragic consequences. Written by Simon Vidiot

November 2007--MOONLIGHT--"12:04"--Producer Jerry Drake has a picture of himself with Adam Sandler.


2012--HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA--A Dracula soul clone operates a hotel hidden from mortals and only visible to people of the supernatural world.  He has a teenage daughter.  A human boy discovers the hotel, and Dracula's daughter.  The two teens fall for each other, much to Dracula's dislike.
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TOOBWORLD:  (Note that other TV entries in this blog have parallels in Toobworld as well, but only those that aren't listed elsewhere are listed here.)


May 1990--MARSHALL CHRONICLES--"Brightman SATyricon"--Marshall is a young high school kid who breaks the fourth wall and tell us about his life just like if he was sitting with us in our living room. Mostly the show revolves around him in love with the most beautiful girl in school who he has known since childhood but who is dating the school bully.(who of course makes Marshall life miserable) Written by Bertrand Hebert


October 1990--ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS--"Testing Dirty"--A kid who never used drugs tests dirty.  The drug dealer in this story resembles the Usher from the Marshall Chronicles.  

November 2001--UNDECLARED--"The Assistant"--Adam Sandler stops by the campus to perform, and the whole group goes to see him, including Steven's dad, Hal, who was invited by Lloyd. Perry invites Adam Sandler and his entourage to stop by their dorm afterward. Sandler doesn't stay long because Hal makes him uncomfortable, but takes Lizzie with him back to his hotel. Lizzie ends up having sex with him. Sandler's assistant, Jonathan Loughran, ends up falling in love with Rachel and decides to stay behind after Sandler leaves town, and stays on campus living in Rachel's room wreaking havoc in her life. Lloyd convinces Hal that they should go experience the real world for a while, and Hal has some "extra curricular" activities in mind.


2003--COUCH--A man (Sandler) goes shopping for a new couch.

June 2010--CUBED--All of the stars of GROWN UPS appear as themselves.


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TOONIVERSE:


December 2002--EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS--A man whose parents died when he was a kid has become the town drunk and is happy to be the most hated man in town until the love and support of a handful of people, some deer, and the mascots of the major store outlets in the mall change his life.




So hey, give me feedback on this format.  Personally I don't like it for normal blogs, but think it worked for this particular subject.