[OPENING] Bush Addresses the Nation
With: Will Ferrell
Good opening sketch, I'm actually quite surprised they brought Will Ferrell's George W. Bush back this soon after the incidents. But this was quite good, and better than alot of the Bush openings we got last season. It was short and to the point, seemed to find just the right tone, gently mocking Bush without holding back too much or going too far, and it managed to get a lot of good material in without it being inappropriate or tacky. Speaking the truth and giving the ability to crack me up at the same time. There were many funny lines and Will was great as usual. I liked the wheres waldo, scrabble and beard off lines the most. Even the now overused "Don't mess with Texas" line made me laugh since it just came out of nowhere.
Funny lines: "I'm sorry I wasn't there to see your face, when you went to the Kabul ATM to get some quick cash. I'll bet it said Insufficient Funds. Thats right, we froze your assets, it probably ate your card too." .. "I'm gonna make you my own personal Where's Waldo. And unlike those frustrating books, I'm gonna find you." .. "You just violated rule numero uno.. You messed with Texas." -- Will Ferrell
[MONOLOGUE] Seann William Scott
With: Seann William Scott, Horatio Sanz, Ana Gasteyer.
Not a bad monologue, it was pretty funny the first time applying the American Pie scene to a silent movie, after that it became pretty predictable, but still not too bad. But this was basically a one joke thing that went on way too long. But I did laugh at some of the stuff, so thats whats important, and the 40's film-noir and 50's musical videos were pretty well done, and it was much better than last weeks monologue with Reese Witherspoon.
[COMMERCIAL] Law and Order: Parking Violations Unit
With: Rachel Dratch, Seann William Scott, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, Darrell Hammond, Horatio Sanz, Amy Poehler, Tracy Morgan.
Wow, were on quite a streak here, 3 funny sketches in a row. Theres nothing quite so enjoyable as when SNL gets its hands on something that
is just begging to be parodied, and does it just right. The serious tone they took with this was what made it so good. Rachel was especially good in this. Her over-dramatized conversation with Seann William Scott was without a doubt the funniest moment. That and Tracy Morgan's handicapped walk were the highlights for me. Darrell's Steven Hill impression was also quite good, he got his general cadence down, and more to the point, pretty much recited the same lines Hill says in just about every Law and Order episode. So far the commercial parodies this season have been quite good.
Funny lines: "Where does it end Kurt? Today a guys got one minute. Tomorrow what is it, two, three? WHERE DOES IT END?" -- Rachel Dratch
With: Jimmy Fallon, Seann William Scott, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell.
This sketch really never changed since the first time they did this with Sean Hayes last season. Horatio's really milking it in most of his sketches lately, though I still enjoy the exchange between him and the Jeffries employees, if only they'd change it alittle. But I still love when he defends his jackets in the most indignant manner possible and his "OHH REALLLY?" still manages to make me laugh, Horatio is really the only reason to watch this sketch. Seann William Scott was particularly weak during this sketch, but still alittle better than Pierce Brosnan, only for the fact that I could understand what Seann was saying. Will's appearance at the end of the sketch, though still visually amusing, just didn't have the impact that the previous ones did. Even though I did laugh afew times, I think this bit needs to be retired.
Funny lines: "Are you kidding? Big is the new small." -- Will Ferrell
[SKETCH] Pre-Emmys Show
With: Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell, Rachel Dratch, Jeff Richards, Maya Rudolph, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, Chris Kattan, Seann William Scott, Horatio Sanz, Darrell Hammond.
This was a pretty good sketch, although it was pretty much a parade of impressions from most of the cast, but I usually enjoy those types of sketches anyway. It's always a good sign when a sketch starts off with a hilarious moment, in this case, Joan Rivers knocking Steve Kmetko out with the blow dart. Ana does this role so well, it's a shame we don't see her do it more often. She has Joan Rivers' level of obnoxiousness right on the dot. Good impressions all around. Good to see the return of Rachel's Calista Flockhart, Tracy's Della Reese and Horatio's Camryn Manheim. Chris and Amy's parts were also quite funny as Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock. And I enjoyed seeing Jeff Richards' Garry Shandling impression which I saw him do on Late Friday being written into this sketch. The tear duct bit towards the end was pretty funny too, and Darrell did a good Walter Cronkite impression at the end, but it kinda sounded like his Jack Perkins.
Funny lines: "Theres less cleavage here than at an Amish funeral." -- Ana Gasteyer as Joan Rivers
[SKETCH] Jarret's Room
With: Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Seann William Scott, Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards, Rachel Dratch.
I wasn't really a big fan of this sketch last season, but I actually laughed quite alot during this one, especially at Horatio's antics. His burnout sidekick character in this sketch is always the highlight. So what if he hams it up like hell during this sketch, he still cracked me up. He did the stoner role pretty damn believable tonight, am I sensing some method acting there? Seth and Jeff were good additions to this sketch too, and the yearbook photos were also quite funny. Was it me or did Seann William Scott kind of sound like Chris Farley in this sketch? Probably just me.
[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey
With: Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Chevy Chase.
Pretty solid Weekend Update this week, alot of very funny jokes were in here, but there was also a good number of predictable jokes. The landshark was a pleasant surprise, and best of all, we didn't have to watch Jimmy play with his hair again. Tracy's segment was quite good too, mainly because of the charisma he displays when playing himself, although I think the satire of it will go over some heads and lead some people to believe that racial profiling is a good thing. The Visceral Editorial was pretty lame, but thankfully short. Inside Schwartz, Weakest Link, and Jennifer Lopez jokes were the my favorites. I have mixed feeling about the joke-off bit, but overall, a pretty funny Update this week, Chevy's cameo at the end was probably the highlight for me, and it was good to hear him close the news again.
[SKETCH] Dale shows his Patriotism
With: Will Ferrell, Seann William Scott, Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers.
Whats with all the ass shots this season? Did Joan Rivers blow dart the NBC censors tonight as well? Anyway, this sketch had a reasonable shock gag, but they could have done way more with this than they did. It's usually good having over the top Ferrell, reminding me of the Terrence Maddox sketches he used to do, although those were much funnier. But the premise of a really crude officer worker using patriotism as an excuse to wear thong underwear was quite funny, you just know a role like that would be written with Ferrell in mind. The looks on all the co-workers faces were a good touch, and it looked like Horatio Sanz was about to lose it after awhile, thank god Jimmy Fallon wasn't in this, because you know the type of chain reaction you'd get if Fallon caught a glance of Sanz cracking up. Speaking of Horatio, what was with the strange way he delivered his lines throughout this sketch? Anyone else notice this? Anyway, an okay sketch, not the most sophisticated satire, but it wasn't really intended to be.
Funny lines: "I'm sorry you had to see my ass cheeks. And my nugget pouch. And my bulge. I guess what it all comes down to is that the angle of dangle is inversely proportionate to heat of my meat." -- Will Ferrell
[SKETCH] The How do you Say? Ah Yes Show
With: Chris Kattan, Amy Poehler, Jimmy Fallon, Darrell Hammond, John Zonars.
I don't really know what made Chris Kattan bring back this sketch. The last time this was done was with Drew Barrymore in 1999, kinda weird they brought it back a week before she hosts again. Kattan really relies way too much on recurring stuff, but I'd much rather see this than another tired Mango or Mr. Peepers sketch, so I won't complain too much. Jimmy Fallon was okay, but I still thought Horatio fit better into that part. Amy Poehler was good and made the most out of the material and it was good to see her get a part with more than one line, but this was too much like the previous Antonio Banderas sketches but I did laugh afew times, so it wasn't all that bad. And the fact that this was supposed to be his toned down show was quite funny, that and him confusing Bin Laden with the Dalai Lama. And whats this? Two Corey Feldman references in one episode? Thats gotta be some kind of record. While they're recycling old characters, why not bring back Terrence Maddox or the Bill Brasky guys at least one last time.
Funny lines: "With all this crazy stuff going around and trying to catch the evil, evil Dalai Lama." -- Chris Kattan as Antonio Banderas
[MISC] MY BIG THICK NOVEL by Jack Handy
Cool to have Jack Handy contributing to the show again, though not as good as the stuff he did on the show in the early to mid 90s, it wasn't completely awful. It's never a good sign when the title gives away the joke though. For the most part, this was basically a throwaway segment of virtually no interest.
[SKETCH] The Approval Center
With: Horatio Sanz, Ana Gasteyer, Seann William Scott, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan.
Not too bad for the simple fact that it nailed the subject matter. It was great in that it was a typical ad of this kind and we didn't know what they were being approved for. That premise really propelled the ad satire through the material. I've seen these types of commercials tons of times and they perfectly lampooned them. Funny and a bit strange. Probably Seann's best performance of the night, the mullet was a good touch too. The intentional bad acting was quite funny too.
[SKETCH] Date with a Porn Star
With: Amy Poehler, Seann William Scott, Tracy Morgan, Seth Meyers.
This was pretty funny for the last sketch in the show. Amy was great in the show tonight, and already showed that shes not fit to be a featured player. I liked it, it almost seemed like the type of sketch you'd see on UCB, with all the porn references and all. I'm glad to see shes already subverting the same type of humor you'd see on UCB into her sketches. I liked it because it knew when to end, and Amy is always able to make seemingly unfunny lines work well. I can't wait for her to start playing the weird type of characters you'd see her do on UCB.
Funny lines: "I am not a porn star...yet." -- Amy Poehler
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with tonight's episode. I wasn't expecting it to be very good at all really. Seann William Scott wasn't a bad host, even if he relied alittle too much on the cue cards. Lots of very funny sketches, with basically the Jeffries sketch as the weakest one. Next weeks episode will be hosted by Drew Barrymore, I don't really have too many problems with that, her last episode wasn't too bad, its okay with me as long as Tom Green doesn't make any appearances, but I have a bad feeling he will.
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