Well, it's Molly Shannon's last show. I have always thought that Molly was a pretty good cast member. Dont get me wrong, I have done my share of ripping her apart over the years. However, she has been pretty solid for the most part. If she had a downfall, it would be that in just above every thing she does, she starts to laugh. If I was ever on SNL, which i wont be, I would leave in the middle of a season too, so I could get attention for it being my last show. If you leave after a season, you dont really get a going away party.
I was watching a little SNL on Comedy Central today, and the one Phil Hartman hosted came on. I have decided to take up some space and just say that I never really appreciated Phil Hartman until was too late. I dont know how many of you like the show NewsRadio, but it is hilarious. Phil Hartman is just a funny guy, and it showed in that show. NewsRadio has a solid cast, with Dave Foley, Maura Tierney, Andy Dick, Stephen Root and Hartman. NewsRadio runs every weekday on A&E at 12:30 and 6:30. I would check it out if you are unfamilliar with this show.
OVERVIEW - I think that tonight should be a great show. One reason is that they better because last week was horrible. Another reason is Sean Hayes. Sean Hayes is the on the NBC show, Will and Grace. I think his style of comedy will fit this show well, unlike Tom Green earlier this year. I hope my assumptions are right.
COLD OPENING - After a week off from a political opening, Bush
was back to start this show. And the way last week's cold opening
went, maybe it is better this way. This was a pretty good shot
at Clinton, as thats what he did when the Lewinsky thing first
came up, he bombed Iraq. Maybe it was just me, but Will's impression
seemed a bit off tonight. I liked at the end how Will had a couple
of fake "Live From New York's." Hey, dont mess with
Texas. Average opening in a year that has seen some good ones.
Live From New York......It's Will Ferrell
(I have to remember to start doing that, I always forget)
MONOLOGUE - I didnt know where this was going when they started
it, with him dancing, but it was original. Good idea with the
cell phone. I hate cell phones; they are annoying. They would
be nice to have on occasion I would conceed. This monologue was
short, and there didnt seem like there was a point to it. I still
found it amusing though.
NPR DELICIOUS DISH - Never been a big fan of this sketch (and
that wont be the first time I say that in this review). Sean
Hayes seems like a perfect host to be in this though. This one
had a nice little drug twist to it. That was pretty decent.
This one was much better than when they did it earlier in the
year when Dana Carvey hosted.
COMMERCIAL HOMOCIL - This was funny. Best commercial I have
seen in a long time. Will Ferrell and Chris Parnell seem to be
the best actors in the SNL commercials. Will's face when he was
in the bleachers was priceless. Good idea for a commercial.
HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS - As previoulsy noted, I watch
Hardball a couple of times a week, and I really like Chris Matthews.
But again,if you dont know who he is or follow politics, you
would most likely be lost here. Darrell goes a good job impersonating
him. One flaw.. something was wrong with the background for Darrell.
You could tell it was fake. Chris Kattan was good as Paul Begala,
who I hate. It looked like Darrell was about to lose it a few
times here also. The whole thing with Arlen Specter was weak.
That was the lone downside of this. Good sketch.
Katie Holmes next week.....my second correct guess in a row for the "Guest The Hosts Contest."
JEFFEREY'S - Sean Hayes is a good sport for playing that role,
because I think he is gay in real life. Horatio was poor here,
but the joke about his jacket and the Joey Buttafucco garage sale
was good. Man did Will look hilarious. It looked like he was
about to laugh too. This was pretty funny.
MUSICAL GUEST SHAGGY - I am not a fan of rap, but I dont know
if this is typical rap. This song, "It Wasnt Me," is
WEEKEND UPDATE - Why does Jimmy always bang that pencil of
his? I thought the jokes were just average this week. I would
like to hear over to the studios and wipe that smirk off Tina
Fey's face that is there after every joke though. As far as the
kid from Billy Elliot goes, I didnt see the movie and I doubt
I ever will. I remember the previews though, and Sean looked
alot like him if I recall correctly. Update was fairly short
tonight. Maybe it is better that way.
HELLO DOLLY - I have always hated this sketch. Just like in
the Delicious Dish sketch, Sean Hayes was a good fit here though.
I just dont like any sketch based on the premise of dolls.
SALLEY O MALLEY - This is certainly one Molly Shannon sketch
I will not miss. I hate this this character. Sean Hayes was
real funny here. This was the best Sally O Malley sketch yet,
but it still wasnt that great. Ill be lenient though since it
is Molly's last show. I liked how Sean told no one to take pictures
of her because she wasnt part of the show. Of course, Molly started
laughing as usual. Hasnt "Sally" turned 51 yet? This
sketch saved by the great acting of Sean Hayes. If you dont watch
Will and Grace, check that out too because it is a great show.
MUSICAL GUEST SHAGGY - I think this was the first single off
his cd. This song is okay as well. Shaggy was a better musical
guest than I thought he would be. Lose the red leather pants,
NO NAME NEWS SKETCH - At first, I thought this was going in
the direction of the news skit from when Jerry Seinfeld hosted
last years season preimere. I didnt think the whole thing with
clowns was all that funny. It got better as it went along, with
the Billy the Basses, the prison bus and the race for breast cancer.
This just seemed to sort of drag a little. Chris Kattan was
a funny news anchor, and Ana Gasteyer has gotten alot of airtime
tongiht. Random observation.
MARY KATHERINE GALLAGHER - No real point, except for Molly
to announce to those who didnt know that last night was her last
BRIAN FELLOWS SAFARI PLANET - The best part here was the disclaimer
before the skit about the fact that he wasnt trained in any animal
or science field. This was sort of like something they did when
Sarah Michelle Gellar hosted two years ago. Sean Hayes was solid
in this sketch yet again. The thing with the mink winking was
funny. I dont usually find Tracy Morgan very humorous, but he
was good here.
COMMERCIAL CORN CHIP NAIL TIPS - What the hell? This is the
third time they have run this awful travesty of a commercial this
season. They just ran it like 2 shows ago or something like that.
It wasnt funny then or the first time either. I usually dont
re-grade commercials, but I feel I would be doing myself a great
injustice if I didnt get upset upon seeing the same bad commercial
for the third time 12 shows into a subpar season. At this pace,
we will proabably see it 2 more times before June.
GRADE F again and F if they run it anymore times
TALKIN BOUT GINA'S - This is something they could only run
at 12:50. There is Ana Gasteyer again. Chris Kattan did a honorable
Farrah Fawcett. Ahh...I thought maybe we could get through the
whole show without Rachael Dratch. I'll settle for this though.
Molly's last charcter ever played will be Anna Nicole Smith.
Will was hilarious as Chyna. He has been great tonight in the
small roles he has been in.
Chris Parnell seemed pretty pissed off during the credits. Sean Hayes was a great host as I thought he would be. I didnt give out alot of high grades tonight, but the show was fairly decent. Maybe I am just pleased after last week's bomb and I am partial to Sean Hayes. Either way, I was pleased with this installment.
Next week I hope for another good show, because Katie Holmes is one of my favorite actresses. Next week will be the third live show in a row, and thats not even including the Thursday night specials. That could spell doom for next week, but we will have to wait a week to find out. I think the appearance by Dave Matthews Band should bring in a few more viewers, so hopefully SNL can put on a decent performance.
Also, I would be remiss if I didnt express my deep dissapoinment that on ER this week, Carter and Abby didnt get together. I am getting sick and tired of her toying around with the "Clooney Impersonator," Dr. Kovach. I got mad last year when he thought he could get Juliana Marguiles and he better not get Maura Tierney now. NOTE : SHE SHOULD HOST THE SHOW THIS YEAR. I think Carter and Abby will be together eventually, but I am growing impatient. I will keep everyone updated on this developing situation. I doubt there will be any activity on this week's show because it is ER's 150th show, and the previews havent shown any thing about that subplot.
SKETCH OF THE NIGHT: Homocil Commercial, Hardball
WORST SKETCH OF THE NIGHT: Doll Show
ACTOR OF THE NIGHT: Not really, but Ill give it to Molly Shannon in my own little tribute.
OVERALL GRADE: B-
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