Robert DeNiro / Norah Jones
December 7, 2002

By Nick Mayhew

Well folks, this review is probably gonna be the shortest in the history of, well, me writing reviews. I left everything out cause I hate getting my reviews in late. My school had our big dance this weekend so I was out for that and didn't get much sleep plus had a ton of homework and worked 20 hours this past weekend too. So, the normal review will return next week.

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[COLD OPENING] Tom Ridge announces new White House members

Great to see Darrell back doing Tom Ridge. Then Robert "Freakin" DeNiro jumps in. This defines coolness. I think I just about rolled over on every name he said. And he says LFNY which makes it even better

RATING: 9/10

[MONOLOGUE] Robert DeNiro

A real monologue! These are few and far between. I figured it would be a solo mono cause DeNiro would want some spotlight by himself for one sketch. Short, but funny nonetheless.

RATING: 7.5/10

[COMMERCIAL] Big-N-Tasty

A great commercial targeting those fat wastes of lives that are known as me who eat at McD's each weekend on my lunch break. And Downey doing the voiceover which is nice.

RATING: 9/10

[SKETCH] Thomas Jefferson

See, no one in the audience got any of these jokes- but all of them were hilarious! And in history right now, coincidentally, were talking about what a man whore Jefferson was. The best part had to be Tracy though- I was laughing for awhile.

RATING: 8.5/10

[SKETCH] Peter Pan

Wow. This skit was really awesome; and DeNiro style. His best work of the night so far. A great sketch.

RATING: 9.5/10

[SKETCH] Santa Claus

Maya plays the slut again. Excellent. Skit was decent but kinda had one too many loose ends.

RATING: 7/10

[COMMERCIAL] UN Weapons Inspectors

Punchline came at the end but it was well played and hilarious.

RATING: 9/10

[SKETCH] Judge Horace

Wow. Tracy once again proves he's totally awesome on the show. Skit had me rocking and rolling. 

RATING: 8/10

[MUSIC] Norah Jones

Fast forward: this is one of the advantages of watching the show on tape

RATING: N/A

[WEEKEND UPDATE] With Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey

We had Tracy again as Bobby Brown this time and him sweating had to be the funniest thing all night. The Kattan/Dratch thing I think had a hint of recurring written on it, but I'm not sure. Most of the jokes were good, but no Jacko joke?!?!?

RATING: 9/10

[SKETCH] Versace

Wow. This was a waste of my time. Kudos to the Keitel cameo though.

RATING: 2/10

[SKETCH] Buy a Car

Kinda like the cold open- the same joke over and over again but still humorous. Very well done.

RATING: 7/10

[SKETCH] Dad tells his kid a story

Kattan playing the little dude again. He was funny in this too. DeNiro had great lines too.

RATING: 7/10

[MUSIC] Norah Jones

No comment.

[SKETCH] Radioactive Bear

Did someone let Will Ferrell into 30 Rock and let him write this sketch. It kinda had Ferrell written on the side of it a little bit, but sort of faded out too by someone wiping it. Skit was funny. Fred plays the bear, but, wait; DEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????? Does he play the other?

RATING: 8/10

 

SKETCH OF THE NIGHT: Peter Pan

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT: Jimmy Fallon

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT Jim Downey as the spokesman for McDonalds, "Scientific studies suggest that excessive consumption of food may cause weight gain. In other words, if you stuff your greasy pie hole nonstop, you're probably going to pork up."

 

OVERALL EPISODE RATING: 70/100

We had some highs, we had some lows. We had mediocrity. It pains me to write such a short review for Mr. DeNiro but fear not, I shall return in full force next week. That's because the man who more Americans wanted to be president is hosting next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The future President of 2004-2012 is hosting SNL!!!!!!! And Phish too!!

Guess what folks? That's the news and I am outta here