Hello, I'm Renee Epstein, and I am recovering from the flu.
Well, this past week has been hellish for me. On Wednesday I came home and was feeling crappy. Turns out I had a fever of over 100. I stayed home from school the next day. At 10:30 AM I took my temperature again, to find that it had risen up to 104.8. (Yes, that is very high, isn't it?) After a trip to the doctor, I found out that I have what everybody else seems to be getting around here: the flu (wow, bet you couldn't have guessed that, especially after reading the first sentence of this review). So I was out Friday as well. I've been coughing nonstop and it wasn't until yesterday (Sunday) that my fever finally went away. I'm still coughing, though.
Anyhoo, the point of that story wasn't to make you pity me (although if that's what you're doing right now I can't make you stop, now can I?). My point is that I watched SNL this week with a fever of about...um...I think it was at about 101.3 on Saturday night...yeah, so my impressions of the show may be slightly weird, seeing as I was watching it through a fog of Sudafed, Motrin IB, and Halls Mentho-Lyptus cough drops (man, those are nasty, and they don't work at all).
That's all I wanted to let you know.
So let's move on to this week's review:
Sean Hayes is cool. I don't watch Will & Grace, but I think Sean is really funny. I would watch Will & Grace if the woman who played Grace (Debra Messing) wasn't so damn annoying. She is gratingly irritating, and she gets on my nerves. However, I like the guy who plays Will (Eric McCormack), I like the woman who plays Karen (Megan Mullally) and I like the guy who plays Jack (the aforementioned Sean Hayes), so it really is a shame how one cast member can ruin an entire show for me. If the show were called Will & Karen & Jack, I'd probably watch it. So...yeah. And something tells me that Sean will probably be good at live TV. I just get that vibe from him.
As for Shaggy...well, I haven't really heard much about him, and I highly doubt I've heard any of his songs...so I've either been living under a rock, or SNL has gone and booked another obscure artist again.
Enough said, moving on.
[OPENING] An Address From Our Idiot-in-Chief George "Dubya"
This was pretty funny. I liked how he said that he did the airstrike on Iraq to divert attention from the latest Clinton scandal. "I did it for him, because he would have done it for him." Hee hee hee.
Nice. Funny. But this was a rather short opening, wasn't it?
[MONOLOGUE] Sean Hayes
This was kinda cool. Amusing.
The phone call went a bit long, though, and I started to get annoyed.
He is a pretty talented pianist, though. (Dammit, it pisses me off, cause I took lessons for almost eight years and I still suck...wait, that could be because I never practices...anyhoo, let's move on.)
Another short and sweet monologue. Always good in my book.
[SKETCH] The Delicious Dish
Ya know, I've never really been a big fan of this sketch. It's usually not that funny. The only time I've ever laughed at it was a few years back, when Alec Baldwin was hosting, and they did that brilliant "Shweddy Balls" segment? Anyone remember that? That was priceless.
Anyhoo, I was glad that this time they at least tried to do a twist on the usual premise. This actually was pretty funny...it's probably the most I've ever laughed at this sketch since "Shweddy Balls"...or maybe that was just the effect the Sudafed was having on me...(that "non-drowsy" Sudafed is really weird...)
Anyhoo, the best part was when Sean told Ana and Molly that they had just eaten Portabello mushrooms...heeheehee...that was great.
Ehhh...on the whole this wasn't that funny, though, so...
Grade: B+ (the + is for then trying to do something different from usual)
This was quite amusing, and the sad part is I know some parents who could probably use this stuff...
There's not much else I can say about this.
Hee hee hee.
[SKETCH] Hardball with Chris Matthews
Darrell does a pretty good Chris Matthews.
This was really funny...I love how Darrell is always yelling at the top of his lungs during these sketches. Funny stuff.
Chris Kattan looked so ridiculous...I got the hiccups laughing at him.
And Chris Parnell didn't do a bad Arlen Specter.
I was just thinking, doesn't this suck for the Republicans? Now they finally have this Mark Rich thing, something they can really nail Clinton with, and he's not even President anymore! Hee hee hee.
Although, I gotta say, of all the dumb things Clinton has done in the past, this is probably the worst...wow, what an idiot. My god. What the hell was he thinking?
[INTERLUDE] SNL Band
Oh! I just noticed that G.E. Smith is back! Yay! I love G.E.!
[SKETCH] Wow, These Guys Are Rude, Aren't They?
Okay, I have to do this, so let me apologize in advance: I'm sorry. Okay, now let me do this: I LOVE JIMMY!!!
This was kinda mediocre...the insults were kinda funny, but that was basically the only point of the sketch, and that kinda sucked...
I mean, I'm not sure I quite understood what the deal was with the two store guys...they were just snobby rude jackasses? That's not terribly inventive of the writers, now is it?
Although I completely died laughing when I saw Will in that getup. Wow, that was hilarious! Hee hee hee.
On the whole, though, not too great.
[MUSICAL PERFORMANCE] Shaggy
This was pretty catchy. It was stuck in my head for a while.
Um...that's all I really have to say.
[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey
Here we go again: JIMMY!!! I love Jimmy!!!
I enjoyed the crack about how the news that the Sesame Street workers were being fired was brought to them by the letters "F" and "U". Hee hee hee...that was really funny.
Sean Hayes wasn't bad as the kid from Billy Elliot...which incidentally was a really really good movie, so everyone should see it, all right?
Not a bad Update, but they've done better.
[SKETCH] Hello Dolly
This sketch usually has a few pretty good jokes, but never has me on the floor laughing hysterically. So this was about the same as it usually is: mildly amusing.
Wow, Sean sure does like fake mustaches, doesn't he?
[SKETCH] Sally O'Malley Tries To Model
Oh god help us all.
I hate this character so much it's not even funny!
Okay, you know what? I know several people who are fifty, and they behave in no way like this! They behave like normal human beings! NO ONE, FIFTY OR OLDER, BEHAVES NEARLY AS WEIRD AS SALLY O'MALLEY DOES!!!
I KNOW it's Molly Shannon's last show, but puh-lease, couldn't they have given her a sketch with a significantly less annoying character?
THIS WASN'T FUNNY!!! IT'S NEVER FUNNY!!!
[MUSICAL PERFORMANCE] Shaggy
This was nice, and fairly catchy as well. I liked it.
[SKETCH] Action News 4
This wasn't that great.
In fact, it was kinda stupid.
I only cracked a smile once, and it was when Sean told Ana in response to her question about whether there were any sad clowns in the car, "At this point they're all sad clowns."
Well, I don't know if I got that quote exactly right, but it was something to that effect and it was the only thing that amused me.
And Sean sure does like those fake mustaches...
[INTERLUDE] Mary Katherine Gallagher Says Farewell
Yep, it's Molly Shannon's last show.
And I know this is mean of me, but I'm glad.
Seriously, the only thing she consistently did on SNL was create annoying characters and break character by cracking up on camera. It was downright irritating.
It's not nice of me to say this, but hell, it's true.
Now, finally, at long last, there isn't a single cast member on SNL that I actively dislike. I used the be annoyed by Will Ferrell, but he's redeemed himself quite a bit with his Bush impression, so I'm not so eager to see him go anymore.
Last year I immensely disliked Cheri Oteri and then she left.
This year I transferred all of my Cheri-dislike onto Molly...and now she's going.
I like everybody else.
Now I just hope more people don't leave...
(I won't grade this 'cause it's not really a sketch.)
[SKETCH] Brian Fellow's Safari Planet
Um...this was really really dumb.
But it's only to be expected. After all, it was the last sketch of the night.
And the bunny and the minks were really cute, so...
Yeah, okay, that's a really stupid reason to like a sketch.
[COMMERCIAL] Corn Chip Nail Tips
This is the third time they've played this this season.
I wasn't wild about it the first time around.
I thought it was funny the second time around.
But now I'm just getting sick of it.
[COMMERCIAL] Talkin' 'Bout 'Ginas
This was a really funny concept.
And the impressions weren't that bad.
Kattan as Farrah Fawcett was hilarious!
Anyhoo, this was pretty good.
And that's the show.
It started off strong, then slowly got worse and worse...
Anyhoo, it wasn't terribly painful to watch, but it's far from being one of the best shows this season.
Sean didn't do a bad job at all, though.
Oh! Oh! I just thought of a few wonderful glorious things that will come from Molly Shannon not being on SNL anymore:
-No more Sally O'Malley
-No more Helen Madden (shudder)
-No more Mary Katherine Gallagher (thank god)
-No more idiotic Veronica & Co. sketches
-No more stupid-ass Dog Show sketches
-No more constant character-breaking
Okay, that was really really mean of me, wasn't it?
I'm sorry. That was uncalled for.
(But it's all true!)
Next week the host is gonna be Katie Holmes with the Dave Matthews Band as the musical guest. My guess is that the show isn't going to be too great, because whenever they try to do three live shows in a row, the third one is always TERRIBLE because everyone is so tired.
Anyhoo, my only request is that I need to see more Jimmy. Yeah, I know, I'm guaranteed to see him at least once a week behind the Weekend Update desk, but DAMMIT I want to see him in some more sketches! He was only in ONE other sketch this week! Last week he wasn't in ANY besides Update!
I love Jimmy!
And I want to see more of him!
Okee, that's enough. Because it just struck me how unhealthy (and how horribly obsessive) that tirade just sounded...
All right, that's all for this week, because clearly I need
to go lie down.
I can't stop coughing. I think I'm gonna pass out. Damn flu.
Now if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna go take some cough syrup and go to sleep...
Until next week, y'all.
THAT'S IT!!! THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!! GOOD-NIGHT!!!
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