Hello, My name is Michael Cykowski. This is my first review of the season.
Pre show thoughts: I have never heard of Kate Hudson. I really
what to expect. This reminds me of last year when Toby Maguire hosted. I
hadn't heard of him either. He did a solid job so I'm looking forward to
some good stuff.
Opening sketch: This was slightly better than episode one's
but nothing to write home about. I'm not a big fan of these debate parodies
and I think this would fail miserably without the talents of Will Ferrell
and Darrell Hammond. Will has really worked on his George Bush Jr.
impersonation and it shows. But I've seen better ways to start the show.
Monologue: It was creative to use the old laugh in characters
monologue. It would have helped to be alive when "Laugh In" was hot so I
could understand whom they were impersonating. I guess I have to watch a
little more Nick at Night. Overall amusing and much better than Rob Lowe's
monologue. Note to writing staff: The questions from the audience thing
has really got to stop.
"Return from college" sketch: This was a good idea.
It made me laugh but I
'm not sure it was first sketch material. Maybe when Sarah Michelle Gellar
hosts again she can do something like this. J
"X Presidents" cartoon: Very Funny. Much better
than anything Smigel did
last season. I'm tired of the "fun with real audio" cartoons and this was a
nice change of pace.
"Inside the Actors Studio" sketch: Will Ferrell
is quite a character. I
haven't been a real big fan of this sketch in the past mostly due to poor
impersonations (Clint Eastwood). But this time Kate Hudson was perfect as
Drew Barrymore. She had a couple of quality one liners and it worked. As
long as the hosts are good this sketch will work.
"Sully and Denise" sketch: Probably the best "Sully
and Denise" of the
series. Horatio was hilarious as always. There is a lot of chemistry
between Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch. I had no idea who Nomar was, but he
did well for an athlete. A very funny sketch. Let's see some more!
"Weekend Update" segment Bill Clinton: Darrell Hammond's
Bill Clinton started to get a little stale last season but something about
tonight make it work. It's probably all of the political jargon running
around as the election is just around the corner. It made me laugh which is
more than I can say most of the President Clintons appearances on WU last
Radiohead's musical performance: I don't know a great deal
other than the fact that they perform the song "creep." They seem very
creative but there music is not really my style. Overall I enjoyed their
performance. Did their lead singer have an allergic reaction to a bee
sting? What was with his eyes? Maybe I will download some of their stuff
off of Napster. Overall, pretty cool.
Radiohead's second performance: Solid.
"Woodrow" sketch: I found this sketch very irritating
when Britney Spears
hosted but for some reason it was much better this time around. Good work
Tracy! This sketch should have been aired earlier in the show.
"Meet the Press" sketch: Darrell Hammond was very
good in this sketch. I
don't think SNL does enough with Hilary and Rick Lazio. But maybe it's to
easy? I don't know. I wouldn't mind seeing Tim Russert come back again
"Japanese Laverne and Shirley" sketch: I thought
it was the funniest sketch
of the night. Where do the writers come up with this stuff? Jimmy and
Chris deserve a blue ribbon for just looking hilarious. Kate and Maya very
excellent also. I don't think anybody expected this one.
"Voting Under the Influence" fake commercial: A
good closer. I was happy
to see the show go out on a high note.
Overall: Although I could have used a little more Will Ferrell,
this was a
great show. A hell of a lot better than last week. Tina and Jimmy were on
fire behind the desk and the writing staff really had their act together
this week. Kate Hudson was definitely a sleeper and I hope she comes back
again next year. I can't wait until next week!
Player of the Night: Jimmy Fallon
Honorable Mention: Darrell Hammond
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