Barbara Lippert's Critique

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New York mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared onstage for the season opener of Saturday Night Live. Flanked by police and fire fighters, he announced that the city is “open for business.” Later, producer Lorne Michaels, speaking for all of us and acting as hesitant straight man, asked, “Can we be funny?”

After waiting a beat, Giuliani dead panned, “Why start now?”

Indeed, this is the time we’re supposed to be achieving some equilibrium, going back to schools and jobs and lives and shopping and, um, having some fun again.

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