Saturday Night Live skit about some of us


It's about TI, but the message comes across.

SNL Calculator skit


Quote: "...the clip you selected isn't available from your location." Holds for Germany at least.


No access from the UK either.


Sorry.... It was a skit about two nerdy twins demanding a calculator for Christmas from their parents and then being in ecstasy about getting a TI calculator.

A lot funnier than my description though.


Quote: "...the clip you selected isn't available from your location." Holds for Germany at least.

umm, use a public vpn


Thanks for the link. But what bothers me more: what's the link to the subject you chose??


Yep .. I saw that and told my wife (who was watching too) "Not funny!"

The nerdy guys in the skit were thrilled about a piece of trash desktop TI calculators.



Typical Ti calculator fanatics!!!! Math skills, etc. Nothing need more be said!!!

Edited: 25 Jan 2009, 10:04 p.m.


I could be wrong, but I think many here may miss the point of the skit.

There have been a number of viral videos floating around cyberspace with children receiving Wii video game console systems and acting like the idiots depicted in the skit. Also note that the kid that got the Wii acted like a well behaved grateful kid.

IMHO, the point of the skit was show us all how stupid these (Wii) kids are. Many (not here) will agree that a calculator is mundane and people can easily see how ridiculous this is. I'm sure the writers took the first thing they found when wandering around the office--a big desktop calculator.

Edited: 26 Jan 2009, 12:48 a.m.


Hi Egan,

I think this just shows how far off in nerd field we are...


Hi Bill,

In the context of Wii kid bashing, I found no humor. It just reminded me of the original viral videos and how annoyed I was watching them.

Not the worst I've seen:

Out of context (i.e. calculator nerd bashing), I found it quiet funny. Especially because I got a calculator for Christmas and then proceeded to write a Gamma function for it. Details here:


I have to agree with Namir. There is a difference between humorous satire and offensive ridicule, and over the years, the writers at SNL often haven't understood that, or lacked the talent. The long-running comedy show's popularity has been spotty largely because of that mediocre writing, which never measured up to that of In Living Color, for example. (Here is a clip.)

I'd say that most of us real enthusiasts appreciate the unification of excellent electrical engineering, mathematics, software engineering, mechanical engineering, and product design in these tools that we used in our collegiate programs, and oftentimes on the job. That's why we mostly favor the premium models from Hewlett-Packard, from the 1970's through the early 1990's.

-- KS

Edited: 26 Jan 2009, 12:52 a.m. after one or more responses were posted


It's still funny though.


For those of us outside the US of A...

Jeff Kearns


Priceless! Thanks for the ex-USA link.

OT: Jim Carrey is a great physical comedian.


I honestly thought I'd post this for a laugh. I did not wish to upset anyone!

Anyway, maybe this should be looked at as making fun of TI enthusiasts? And to any TI enthusiasts out there reading this, I am not trying to upset you either.

Edited: 26 Jan 2009, 7:33 a.m.


Karl, do you consider this skit to be "offensive ridicule"? I really have to disagree with that.

There were no racial, gender, religious, ethnic, or even sexual orientation overtones to it at all. Nothing pornographic or violent at all. It did not even insult any specific person (they've done that to many politicians.) How could it be "offensive ridicule"?

In fact, that Living Color link you posted ridiculed hard the captain of the Valdez (Hazelwood?).

Edited: 26 Jan 2009, 10:15 a.m.

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