Damon / Bruce Springsteen
October 5, 2002
It's short, but will be longer
in upcoming weeks.
NBC Special Report-
This was a short, but sweet skit. B
Not very funny, but Amy was good. B-
Short, but was a little funny. B
Can we please kill off this character? D-
Funnier than the first. Seth as Carrot Top was good. B+
Sully and Denise-
Surprisingly fresh, and definitely hilarious. A-
A surprise commercial, with a great one-joke premise. B+
Hannibal at College
Original, and amusing. Damon's impersonation was shaky, but acceptable.
Will Forte's only mentionable appearance is here too. B
Funny stuff. Some great news jokes, along with the return of
Seth's Boston fan, and the debut of the offbeat Latin character,
whose name I cannot remember. Tina looks better than ever. B+
The Real Matt Damon
This idea (guy tries to get ahead, but falls behind) is old,
but Parnell does good here, especially with the cancer bit in
the end. B-
Not very funny, but seeing Maya was good. Who played Axel Rose?
I'm guessing Matt, but who knows? Lorne Michaels does. C
The Smurfette Show
This was very funny, and definitely a great parody of Anna Nicole.
Hopefully we'll see more of Robert Smigel's TV Funhouse this
year, especially if they're this funny! B+
Ah yes, one of the last sketches of the night. It had only two
or three laughs, which is above average for sketches that air
after the second musical act. C+
Does Jeff finally have an actual impersonation? Probably not,
but this was pretty good, and definitely the truth that Phil
needs. Damn him! Unfortunately, the audience didn't seem interested.
A slow Springsteen song, and bad sketch is hard to follow. B-
War on Iraq
Another commercial?! Oh well, at least it had a laugh or not.
Too short, and really wasn't funny. C+
Overall: B This was not the best season premiere, and certainly
could've used stronger writing, and less cast members. Do we
need this many?? Well, the post Will-era got off to a lackluster
start, but hopefully will improve with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Strongest Players: Matt Damon and Amy Poehler
Weakest Links: Dean Edwards and Chris Kattan
Best Sketches: Sully and Denise, Weekend Update
Worst Sketch: Brian Fellows
Hardest Workers (including commercials): Horatio Sanz and Seth
Meyers (5), Jimmy Fallon, Chris Parnell and Amy Poehler (4)
Well, They Tried: Fred Armisen and Rachel Dratch (1)
Be sure to watch Sarah Michelle Gellar next week!