"Solomon and Pudge" (Laid Off)
Michael Che, writer, 2013-present/"Weekend Update" co-anchor, 2014-present: In "Solomon and Pudge," Joe Piscopo plays a piano player at this divey piano bar, and Eddie Murphy plays this old man that's always at the bar with this giant mustache. His life is terrible; he's got real bad luck; his wife leaves him. But he keeps telling jokes from a real place.
In this episode, he's talking about how he's on welfare now and people are asking him how is he doing, and he goes, "Well, fair." And it's just silly jokes like that. So it kills for the first two minutes and then it goes into this real sweet part where Piscopo makes him take some money, but Eddie won't take it because he's too proud. So he gives it back when Piscopo's not looking.
I think that's something that is missing from a lot of comedy these days: the sweet relatableness. There's no point that's political. There's no political agenda, no social agenda. It's just a slice of life.
I once spoke to Piscopo about it and he laughed that I would even know that sketch, because when you think of Eddie Murphy and Joe Piscopo and Saturday Night Live, you think of Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra. There's a thousand things that they've done that are more famous, that everybody can quote. This one's a deep cut.