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Saturday, March 04, 2006

"That's all," states Stan.

Tonight's Robert Smigel cartoon on SNL was a real hoot. Introduced in live action by Dennis Haysbert, it was actually three little snippets, a supposed history of black characters in Saturday morning animation:


  • "The Token Gang," a superhero group composed of the token black characters from "Peanuts," "Josie and the Pussycats" and "Ghostbusters";

  • "The Hoke and Daisy Show," a Saturday morning adaptation of "Driving Miss Daisy" featuring a flying car; and

  • "Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Space," which speaks for itself.

The only real hitch was that Haysbert stumbled over the cue cards and started to crack a smile. And he wasn't the first person to do so during the show. Seth Myers started to break up for no reason during a forgettable sketch about a smoothie bar, and it didn't help that he was standing next to Horatio Sanz, who is sloppy about breaking character to the point of being unprofessional.

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