Writer’s Workshop: Riffing On “Change”

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Whenever someone says "I’ve changed my mind" to me, I always reply, "Thank heaven! Does this one work any better?"

One of those weird word things: if I buy something that costs $3.59 and use a $5 bill, my change is $1.41. I’ll probably get a $1 bill, a penny, a nickel, a dime, and a quarter back from the cashier. You know what the coins are called? Change. For that matter, any amount of loose coins is change. One of those "pick up the right meaning from the context" things.

One of the funniest things I ever saw on Saturday Night Live was their "commercials" for First CityWide Change Bank.

Nowadays, the only time you see "funny" and Saturday Night Live in the same sentence is "Saturday Night Live used to be funny." I guess that’s what happens over time with change. Another thing I’ve noticed is that the number of cast members has exploded: where the show started with six cast members, now it has about 20, plus around half a dozen extra members. Before long, the montage of cast members at the beginning of the show will be so long, they won’t have time for the show.

There were some other things Ithought I’d write about, but I changed my mind…

11 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Riffing On “Change”

  1. Did the show really only have 6 cast members!? I think we all think the cast from our “prime” was the best cast. For me it was the Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, David Spade group. Nothing is as funny as them! Although I do think there have been lots of funny comedians before and after them…just not as strong of a core group!


    1. Seven: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner. Bill Murray replaced Chevy Chase after the first season.

      Was that the cast with Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn, Jon Lovitz, and Phil Hartmann? Or were they the “class” before? I’ll have to check Wikipedia, which might or might not have it broken down that way…


  2. I have not watch SNL is a few decades. I have seen the odd skit now and then but that’s about it. I can give you a twoonie, a loonie, a quarter, dime and nickel but no pennies any longer.


    1. I think it was 1990 or 1991 that I went to Canada and ccame home with $14 in Canadian currency. Between then and the next time I went, they had introduced the Loonie and phased out the $1 bill. Did I ever get some funny looks at McDonalds when I tried to use my $1’s to buy breakfast…

      SNL used to have some pretty inspired comedy. This bunch…. I dunno… I’m usually in bed before it comes on these days.


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