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Old 04/29/2003, 3:21 AM
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Default Deterioration of Recurring Characters

I was just watching the "This N That" Rusty segment with Mandy Moore from last weeks episode and i looked at Rusty and thought it looked too much like Michael McDonald. This was quite evident with most of the characters i mean i look back over the years especially at the first appearances of certain characters and they are so much different than what they later become. Kenny Rogers is a prime example, i mean that Kenny Rogers Jackass Part 2 sketch proved that to me, all i could see was Will Sasso in a grey beard and at one point he just talks in his normal voice. It might just be me blowing things outta proportion, but what do you guys think?

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Old 04/29/2003, 2:04 PM
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What do you mean "Rusty looks too much like Michael McDonald"?? It WAS Michael McDonald!

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Old 04/29/2003, 4:36 PM
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There's one rule in sketch comedy that applies to SNL is that you always have to be able to tell who's playing a specific character or doing a celebrity impression. One problem with the Family Feud sketches was that people couldn't tell that Will Sasso was playing Louie Anderson and they recieved many complaints about that...on the other hand SNL's make up jobs sometimes makes the people look NOTHING like the real person (Molly Shannon's Courtney Love ) and that didn't blow over too well with fans. So they have to find somewhere inbetween. MADtv does this very well and has one many Guild Awards to justify that!

Back to topic: I feel when you "get" a character's premise and it gets tired and they can't liven it up again, the character should be an annual character (one sketch per year) or retired completely. Many of Michael's characters are getting too old now. Bunifa has good sketches for people who are new to Bunifa but Bunifa is old to me and, i get how everything bad is because she's black...stale! Reality Check can be the same way...I want something new! Put old sketches to rest while they can leave a good impression on people! Trina has gotten too weird for me now too. Here's a list of characters and what i think:

-Stuart: very stale
-Rusty: very, very stale
-Fightin' Ron: not as stale but getting there
-Marvin: Because the humour is in what he says, I think he should stay!
-Mickey: even with an annual sketch; he is stale
-Happy Folger: not stale at all, probably the best character on now!
-Tow Truck Man: stale
-Bible Dude: stale already
-Trina: stale
-Lorraine: physical humour never gets stale, keep her for sure!
-Bambi: definitly keep for now
-Bunifa: very stale
-Cloret: keep for sure!
-Reality Check: stale, this black humour should be folded into Real Mother******* Talk Show
-Real ****ing Talk: keep for now
-Angela: keep for sure
-Mrs. Campbell: keep for sure
-Vera Mangus: annual appearance would be great!
-Dot: if some revisions were made then she should be kept
-Dr. Kylie Johnson: I don't think she could go as far, maybe an annual appearance
-Drama Queen: maybe an annual appearance, not that funny to me...but that's just me
-Sorority Row: Keep this for sure

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Old 04/29/2003, 6:47 PM
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I think Oprah is starting to get stale.

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Old 04/29/2003, 7:13 PM
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-Stuart: very stale
-Rusty: very, very stale
-Fightin' Ron: not as stale but getting there
-Marvin: Because the humour is in what he says, I think he should stay!
-Mickey: even with an annual sketch; he is stale
-Happy Folger: not stale at all, probably the best character on now!
-Tow Truck Man: stale
-Bible Dude: stale already
-Trina: stale
-Lorraine: physical humour never gets stale, keep her for sure!
-Bambi: definitly keep for now
-Bunifa: very stale
-Cloret: keep for sure!
-Reality Check: stale, this black humour should be folded into Real Mother******* Talk Show
-Real ****ing Talk: keep for now
-Angela: keep for sure
-Mrs. Campbell: keep for sure
-Vera Mangus: annual appearance would be great!
-Dot: if some revisions were made then she should be kept
-Dr. Kylie Johnson: I don't think she could go as far, maybe an annual appearance
-Drama Queen: maybe an annual appearance, not that funny to me...but that's just me
-Sorority Row: Keep this for sure

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I'll have to agree with all of these. I have a feeling this is the last year Michael will be on MADtv because he's finally revealing Stuart's father this Saturday. You won't have to worry about his annoying characters no longer

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What do you mean "Rusty looks too much like Michael McDonald"?? It WAS Michael McDonald!
Yeah i know Rusty is Michael McDonald!! i meant like when i watched it i wasnt getting that same character feeling like in his earlier sketches maybe its just been a while since ive seen a proper episode, well actually it has

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I'll have to agree with all of these. I have a feeling this is the last year Michael will be on MADtv because he's finally revealing Stuart's father this Saturday. You won't have to worry about his annoying characters no longer
I actually think the annoyingness of most of his characters is quite funny like Mickey,Rusty and Stuart there annoying natures are what pulls a sketch, but there is only so much you can do with one character.

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stuart is so boring now. i liked him in the past but he's so predictible now.
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Bunifa has good sketches for people who are new to Bunifa but Bunifa is old...
Don't speak for all of us. I am NOT new to MADtv. I've been a Bunifa fan for a long time and she is still my favorite recurring character on the show. She has had some very funny sketches this season.

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Don't speak for all of us. I am NOT new to MADtv. I've been a Bunifa fan for a long time and she is still my favorite recurring character on the show. I think that she has had some very funny sketches this season.
I would have to agree. I love Bunifa, I don't there's ever been a Bunifa sketch I disliked. She always manages to cause a scene and make me laugh with her gestures & sayings...

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I would have to agree. I love Bunifa, I don't there's ever been a Bunifa sketch I disliked. She always manages to cause a scene and make me laugh with her gestures & sayings...
I have to agree too. I've never really disliked a Bunifa sketch. Although, I think Bunifa took a dip in those Season 6 holdover episodes as well as Season 7, but she has definitely rebounded Season 8.

So far my 3 favorite Bunifa sketches:
1) Trading Spaces
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OMG I LOVE BUNIFA!! GO BUNIFA GO BUNIFA ITS UR BIRTHDAY! ok i'll stop.. also I love the Laker girl one where shes doin that funny dance like those black ppl do and the trading spaces one of course.. I also like The One where she goes wit that white guy to the movies!!! Also, were there 3 Glamazon huntreses A.D sketches? I think i remember Kathryn being Makayla.. But Then Jill was her and then that other person was Makayla when Jill left. but they were all still funny.. The same for SOrority Row (Kappa kappa Kappa) Were there only 3? cuz i have 3 starting witht he one with Cookie Nakamura.. ?

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