- Feb 7, 2014
No, these are not the ones that were cut for Comedy Central and some of these cuts are DEEP. I have a few VHS tapes I recorded from the Comedy Central days and the cut skits/bits/monologues/etc do not match up.If it were a rights issue, wouldn't they need to cut all skits out with that actor too?
I believe many those are the syndicated versions that have been cut for time to fit within an hour block of television (with commercials). They usually edit out lesser skits, or time-sensitive stuff that might not make sense anymore. Often, even the ones with monologues you'll notice are cut dramatically so just a minute or less. Weekend Update is usually cut in half as well in these versions.
I used to watch reruns on Comedy Central in the 90s that were the syndicated versions. They also play one right before the live ones on NBC still I believe, no?
That explains many of them anyway, but it doesnt explain why some episodes are as short as 15 mins on Peacock. NBC really needs to get their stuff together lol.
There are also, as you mentioned, a few episodes under 20 minutes
My guess is that the guests contribute to the monologue, so having it involved in the process would require getting their approval. Why other skits are cut, I am not sure as many of the skits I know were cut had no topical humor (a Mr. Peepers skit being one casualty from the Grammar episode specifically as well as a noir skit where he ruminates on a burrito)
It's weird to say the least, and I don't understand the reasoning, but it seems the monologues are cut.
For what it is worth, so are all the musical performances.