Charlize Theron / Paul Simon
November 4, 2000


Hello everyone. My name is Michael Cykowski. I am a student at Michigan
State University. I can be reached at cykowski@msu.edu. Here is my review:

Cold opening: I found this to be very appropriate as I am very worried
about George Bush becoming president. Will Ferrell was funny as usual and I
don't think they could do anything other a political satire this close to
the election.

Grade: B+

Monologue: I'm not a big fan of questions from the audience or having a
cast member heckle the host in the monologue unless they have something
really funny to say. How does this work anyway? If the host can't think of
anything funny do they just refer to the audience during the monologue for
laughs? Ummm anyway, Tracy was kind of funny but it was nothing spectacular.

Grade: C

TRL (sketch): This is one of those sketches that has to be done as MTV's
TRL is quite possibly the most worthless show on television. Need I mention
the fact that Carson Daly is a "massive tool" and he probably does "wear
glasses just to look smart?" Also, I know that I'm not the only one that is
sick of Destiny's Child and I'm really glad the ladies of SNL decided to
tear them apart like that. With regard to Jimmy Fallon, he did (as always)
an excellent job mimicking Carson Daly and his ridiculous "yaal's" and
"peace outs." How could someone with so little personality get that job?
All in all, a very funny sketch.

Grade: A

Glimpse Into the Future With President Al Gore (sketch): Darrell Hammond
does a great impersonation of Al Gore and tonight was no exception. Bill
Clinton cameo was a nice touch. The glimpse into the future was a good
idea.

Grade: B

Blair Witch 2 (sketch): This sketch was well written and I have always been
a big fan of Chris Kattan and Molly Shannon's characters in Goth Talk. What
I really found amusing was the fact that the Blair Witch 2 is undoubtedly
going to suck more than the first one as it is just being made to try and
cash in on the fluke success of "The Blair Witch Project."

Grade: A-

Mr. T (TV Funhouse): Although this was sort of a low blow on MR. T it was
still the best part of the show tonight. Robert Smigel is very talented and
I hope he stays with SNL for years to come.

Grade: A

Monroe/Dimaggio (sketch): I didn't especially care for this bit. The list
at the end was funny as was Horatio and Will but overall, this one didn't
cut it.

Grade: C+

Paul Simon's Musical Performances: I really enjoyed his performances and it
's nice to see him back on the show. It has been a few years for him. He
is a rock/SNL legend and he has nothing to prove.

Grade: B+

Weekend Update: Jimmy and Tina work very well together. Jimmy is funny
even when he screws up (as was Norm). I found Tina's attack on George Bush
amusing and Rachel Dratch's appearance to be a nice touch. I didn't really
care for Hugh Fink's Jewish Perspective; perhaps he should stick to work in
the writer's room.

Grade: B

Mr. Peepers (sketch): Am I the only one who thinks that Mr. Peepers will
never stop being funny? This is a funny sketch no matter who hosts and
Chris Kattan is always good for a laugh.

Grade: B+

Glimpse Into the Future With President Ralph Nader (sketch): The flying
pigs and the frozen devils were very appropriate. I guess nobody is
untouchable when SNL is concerned.

Grade: B

The Dimarco Brothers (sketch): This sketch was over before it started. The
premise is a very old, (although I was happy to see Paul Simon) and the
sketch just flat out sucked.

Grade: D-

Robert Goulet Raps (sketch): Will Ferrell was hilarious during this sketch.
Anybody else and this one would not have worked. This show definitely
lacked in Will Ferrell content. Why was this on so late in the show?

Grade: A-

Cuban Band (sketch): This was not a bad sketch to close the show. Horatio
and Tracy were both funny as well as Will's utility character.

Grade: B

 

SNL'er of the Night: Robert Smigel

Honorable Mention: Will Ferrell

Overall: The episode was funny, not quite as good as Kate Hudson but
Charlize can hold her own. Hopefully we see her back sometime soon.

Grade: B


Episode Review written by Michael Cykowski


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