Mena Suvari / Lenny Kravitz
January 20, 2001


Hey, I'm the Chugman. And we're approaching one of the biggest sporting events of the year and this year it's as unpredictable as ever. It's really up for grabs and I, personally, have no idea what's going to happen. But, when it's all said and done, you can bet the fans will get their money's worth and everyone will walk away happy. Yes, I am, of course, talking about the WWF Royal Rumble. 30 man, over-the-top-rope, elimination match. The best event in the WWF calendar year. If I had to venture a guess, the Rock or Austin takes this one to counter-balance the heel vs. heel title match.

Oh yeah, and Baltimore over the Giants, by oh, let's say 3.

And, now the show. Tonight's host is Mena Suvari. She's purty. And she can act. Which is a good talent to have when you're an actress... I'm just taking up space. Lenny Kravitz is the musical guest. He's good... at singing and playing guitar... Let's get on with it.

The Show

A fish called Billy
I figured this episode would be Clinton-riffic. He certainly has helped out SNL, it's the least they could do. Bush's cracks about being President for "a whole year" and buying the talking fish for a thousand dollars were great. I don't think SNL's got anything to worry about for the next 4 years.
Rating: B+

(Monologue) It might be American, but that sure ain't beauty
Yeah, American Beauty was pretty much the only thing they had to parody with Suvari. Besides "Loser", I can't name another movie she's been in. So, that's why Lorne and Tracy always hang out together. But, if Lorne has a crush on Morgan, why doesn't he put him in more sketches?
Rating: B

Because sometimes, the best way to tell someone, "I love you" is to dump a sports drink on their head
The Gatorade Love Bucket, great for weddings, birthdays, and school plays. That got a chuckle.
Rating: B-

If I put up a fight, can I get out of this sketch
I actually didn't mind this sketch that much. But it has annoying recurring character written all over it. Minor's line, "This isn't you, this man has on a red shirt" was great. The rest was kind of middling.
Rating: C+

Jennifer Lopez is YOUR next host/musical guest. That should be interesting.

Oh, you didn't know, IT'S RENO TIME
I actually have not seen one Janet Reno dance party in all my SNL watching. The clips were amusing as was the premise of offering the kids beer to dance in her basement. I was kind of wondering why bring back an older sketch like this. Of course, all my questions were answered when our former Attorney General "broke the wall down" and busted on to the set. That's enough to make this a memorable and hilarious sketch.
Rating: A+

In my day, they made mustache glue that worked, damnit!
Rap street is fast becoming one of my favorite sketches. And I have actually seen Aaron Carter's video while flipping through channels, and I'm glad SNL realized the opportunity for absurdity. I actually believe a line in the song goes, "It's a party, some one broke a lamp, but it's ok." Perhaps you need his pre-pubescent voice singing it to fully appreciate the hilarity. And, Horatio's mustache kept falling off. I remember Kattan had a similar problem in an episode hosted by John Goodman.
Rating: A-

Nice to see TV Funhouse can take a little break from the bestiality.
I believe a fellow reviewer brought up the need for this sketch on the Charlie Sheen review. And, it was a fine one. If Smigel could stay away from the CONSTANT bestiality jokes on TV Funhouse, it might be a decent show. The skits in between are pretty consistently funny. But, regardless...
Rating: A

It's like "The other side of darkness" meets "Sleepless in Seattle" 4 stars!!
Wake up little Suzie is the touching emotional tale of a love that cannot be... because she's in a coma.
Rating: B+

20 Minute Live SNL every Thursday! DAMNIT, I wanted to watch Survivor. Screw you counter-programming, and everything you stand for!

(Weekend Update) If the condom broke, your career will croak.
I loves the Weekend Update. Tina's kind-of getting that Colin-esque make fun of the joke quality. Jimmy's still funny, but it seems like we're seeing less of him in sketches which is a shame since he's a great impressionist. Jacob Silj is back. Does this guy get a new job every month. Still, he's always entertaining. Jackson and Sharpton were great too. Minor is really showing a lot of talent.
Grade: A-

(Musical Guest) I got my hair cut today, and when I asked for the "Lenny Kravitz", they just laughed
Lenny's a great musician. Good choice, SNL!
Rating: N/A

It's like if Sprockets was really, really bad
This sketch seems like a lot of filler. Why was Kattan even there? Ferrell's hair looked real. Parnell is one of the funniest things in the sketch. These are all observations a person makes when they're really bored.
Rating: C-

I want to fly away
I don't normally enjoy these audition sketches, but this one wasn't that bad. With the oil and the rubbing, it's disturbing, but at least it's more over-the-top than these normally bland sketches. Kravitz did well.
Rating: B

(Musical Guest) I like music
Good song.
Rating: N/A

Synopsis
Fine show. Nothing outright sucked and the Reno cameo was classic.

Show GPA
3.18, Down from the Sheen episode, but that one's a classic and hard to measure up to.

Until next time, I'm the Chugman and I'm living it up at the Hotel California.


Episode Review written by Chugman


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