Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Night Live November 21st, 2009

Saturday Night Live
November 21th, 2009
Host: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Musical Guest: Dave Matthews Band

I missed the first half of the episode. Hope they upload the What Up With That sketch soon!

Weekend Update.
Seemed really short this week. Al Gore seemed even dryer than usual and certainly not very funny.

Thanksgiving Family.
Painful and confusing. I liked it better when they did it the first time (10 years ago?):

Woman to Woman.
Fred Armisen as a sexist jerk filling in on an advice show for women.
It mostly worked for me, even though it didn’t actually make me laugh.

Dave Matthews Band.
I kind of tuned out. But my wife commented that Dave Matthews still looks exactly the same as he did when he first started out.

Say Anything.
This felt like a Dane Cook stand-up routine turned into a sketch.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt needs to calm down before he turns into Mickey Dolenz.

I wish I cold watch that other Will Ferrell dinner sketch where he keeps tossing his plate and says "F$^K this, I'M LEAVING!"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Saturday Night Live November 14th, 2009

Saturday Night Live
November 14th, 2009
Host: January Jones
Musical Guest: Black Eyed Peas

Cold Open.
It’s kind of cool that Jason Sudeikis’ Joe Biden is more of a character than a straight-up impersonation. But it still only mildly amuses me.

Nice and short!

Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb.
Jenny Slate stepped in as Hoda, but didn’t add too much to the straight-woman role.
I was surprised to find out that that song Everyone Has a Story was not made up for this sketch! I think the real version is even funnier!

Rear Window.
One joke: Pretty girl farting. Jason Sudeikis’ Jimmy Stewart was pretty good, but it made me think of Dana Carvey. Bobby Moynihan was decent as Hitchcock.

WIIX/Michelle Dison
“I like it!” Kristen Wiig at her absolute best. Rare example of a one-joke character managing to milk a surprising amount of material. I laughed through the whole thing. When January Jones walked away, freaked out, I was disappointed there wasn’t a twist ending. But then the bee gag made up for it.

Crown Instructional Films: Dinner Party
Really nice use of color. And the bit got better as it went along.
Best line: “Cats are girls, and dogs are boys.”

Black Eyed Peas.
Probably the definition of “guilty pleasure.” The song is getting overplayed, but I’m not exactly tired of it just yet. Still a bit too catchy!

Weekend Update.
Nice of Daryl Hammond to stop by his own show!
My heart dies a little every time the Bon Jovi opposite band comes back.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.
An okay sketch that would have seemed clever 10-15 years earlier.

Digital Short.
Lot of bathroom humor in this episode. The visual ending made the sketch worthwhile.

First Date.
A simple, but very enjoyable sketch.

Third song by Black Eyed Peas.
Some of the lyrics are cheesy, but I love the beats on this one.

Closing thoughts.
January Jones was a solid host, but it seemed like she played a naive wife or girlfriend in every other sketch. There seemed to be no sight of Kenan Thompson, just his voice singing a song on Weekend Update.


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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Saturday Night Live November 7th, 2009

Saturday Night Live
November 7th, 2009
Host: Taylor Swift
Musical Guest: Taylor Swift

Cold Open.
Moderately funny jab at Fox News. Kristen Wiig’s Greta Van Susteren impression was perfect, but Jason Sudeikis’ Glenn Beck felt a bit light after Jon Stewarts extended riff on him earlier this week. Ironic since, Stewart’s definitely not known for impersonations.

I found this painful. Especially every time her voice cracked. Taylor Swift is no Laurie Berkner.

Commercial Parody: Swine Fever.
Even though I didn’t think much of the bit, I found Bobby Moynihan a bit more appealing than usual for some reason.

The View.
Jenny Slate stepping into the role of Barbara Walters (formerly played by Michaela Watkins) did a pretty good job. The mannerisms are perfect, but the voice seems too high pitch.
I feel guilty that every word Fred Armisen says as Joy Behar still makes me smile after all this time.

Digital Short.
Weak Twilight parody that seemed straight out of Cracked magazine.

Hollywood Dish.
Not really a funny enough idea to sustain a whole sketch. And what a twist ending!

This sketch made me fear the episode was intentionally written to appeal to the Disney Channel audience.

Taylor Swift.
I hate this song partially because I don’t hate it as much as my teenage self would want me to. It’s obvious and cheesy but a bit too catchy to be completely evil. Sigh.

Weekend Update.
I give them credit for not bringing Nicholas Fehn back till at least the 5th episode of the season. If any SNL character should get a movie—it’s this one! Just to see Fred Armisen rise to the challenge. I, too, am glad they banned Claymation in the 70’s.
Abby Elliot was pitch perfect as Sarah McLaclan talking about molested dogs.
Happiness every time Amy Poehler pops in.

Penelope at a wedding.
Still one of Kristen Wiig’s most consistently funny characters. This installment had quite a few laughs.

Scared Straight.
They’ve done this bit one too many times. And Taylor Swift added absolutely nothing.

There was something really old-timey, classic SNL about this sketch, without being funny to me.

Taylor Swift.
Her voice alternates between good and excruciating, like playing around with the knobs on a radio.

Bunny Business Soundtrack.
Decent excuse for hit-and-miss celebrity impressions.
Winner: Kristen Wiig as Natalie Merchant.