As a live sketch comedy show, SNL is defined by its charming set of recurring characters and its ability to turn topical humor into something timeless. By bringing out Dana Carvey, SNL showed us this week that those two things aren't actually all that different from each other. That is, most characters are defined by their time, and as Carvey points out to us in his monologue, his characters' (and his) time was from '86-'93. During that period, it was easy to enjoy Wayne's World or Church Lady. Public access channels were something anyone with a TV had a vague idea of. However, today, in the era of YouTube, these characters felt out of place even if they were talking about current stories. Of course, acting like 2011 didn't do very much to help most of the other sketches this week.