This is probably an indicator that I am old and didn't get out much when I was younger, but Saturday Night Live is a big deal to me. Yes, when I had a DVR and watched episodes on Sunday at some point waiting for something funny to happen, I was generally let down (I don't stay home on Saturdays to watch new episodes at least, which is at least a somewhat positive sign) and now I generally skim through the highlights on Hulu (if there are any).
But, on numerous occasions, something will remind me of an older sketch and I'll run to Hulu and/or YouTube to see that clip again. An example, the Russell and Tate law firm sketch above, which is seemingly unavailable in any form other than a likely-illegal video hosted on Tinypic. Not the greatest sketch, but when you want to see something in this hyper-digital age, you want to see it now.
So, I was really excited to see that Yahoo (which still exists for purposes other than for fantasy sports, apparently) and the SNL powers that be are teaming up to put the entire digital archive online. Some sketches will likely still be lost to time due to rights issues, but I feel better knowing that in the near future when I want to figure out whether "Jackie Rogers Jr.'s $100,000 Jackpot Wad" was as hilarious as I once thought, I won't have to rely on a choppy Dailymotion clip.
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