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It Certainly Does Zuck: Jesse Eisenberg Meets His Maker On ‘SNL’

This past weekend’s SNL could have been the funniest of the season and it probably wouldn’t have mattered.  That it wasn’t the funniest of the season also will not matter years from now.  No, what this episode is being talked about for, the reason that it will ultimately be remembered, is that it featured the first public meeting between Jesse Eisenberg and the social network magnate he portrayed to the tune of a Best Oscar nomination.  It was a worlds colliding, fabric of the universe fraying, I’m seeing double (four Zuckerbergs!), moment (although Andy Samberg’s presence as a tertiary Zuckerberg carried much less weight and meta-significance).  It was awkward, sure, but that was by design, as the two ‘bergs, Eisen and Zucker, seemed rather comfortable with each other, indeed, giving the sense that they may, in fact, be bros.  The tone was less confrontational and more self-congratulatory, as if Eisenberg and Zuckerberg had successfully pulled the wool over our eyes, that the real Zuckerberg is not an unnaturally focused, perennially scowling, monotone misanthrope, but a laid back, dorky, goofball visionary, and that perhaps Zuckerberg was in the on the joke the whole time.  Now, that’s not the case, but if there’s any sense of animosity between the two ‘bergs, then Zuckerberg is a far greater actor than anyone is giving him credit for (and by all accounts he’s a terrible, terrible actor).

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But, more importantly, what does this mean for SNL? And for Mark Zuckerberg? And WAS anything funny?

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‘Saved by the Bell’ Season 1

Season 1, Disc 1, Episode 1: “Dancing to the Max.

1:03pm: And we’re off!!!

Here we go. No turning back now…

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‘The Inbetweeners:’ It’s like ‘Skins’ Meets ‘Torchwood’ Meets ‘The Office’ Meets ‘Mr. Bean’ Meets Other BBC Programmes

Okay, so above the comparisons were mostly lies, but, as already been oft-said, British import The Inbetweeners is a like a sitcom version of Skins.  It’s to Skins as Undeclared was to Freaks & Geeks.  Which means it’s good, if a little lacking on dramatic depth.  The quick cuts and camera work also evoke shades of Arrested Development, if Arrested Development took place in the UK, featured teenage boys, and dispensed with the self-referential gags and cutaway jokes.  So, basically in no way like Arrested Development other than that it’s a one camera, handheld comedy.  Oh, and it has a narrator.

The first two episodes aired Monday night on BBC America and they were fit!  Below is my favorite scene from either show (stolen from PopCandy)

As my roommate so astutely pointed out, doesn’t series star Simon Bird look just like a young John Oliver.  Uncanny!

Catch a new episode tonight in its regular 9:30pm time slot on whatever channel BBC America is on your cable provider.  Don’t ask me to look it up for you.  You have the internet.

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