Gordon / Avril Lavigne
January 11, 2003
Before we get started, here's
a couple of e-mails I got about my last review.
Your totally right. Jimmy
just doesn't seem to care anymore. Did you see how
he so obviously set his pencil downon the side of the desk? It
dispespectful. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Jimmy Fallon but
he needs to
get his priorities in order.
I was just writing to say
THANKS for the SNL reviews. I always read yours! I
agree with you on many points, such as the more questionable
hosts being by far
the most entertaining, and I agree about Darrell and Chris being
Really agree with you on the Gore, SMG, and DeNiro episodes.
On the things that I disagree
about, such as not liking Jarrets room and liking
Sully and Denise, at least I sort of get a glimmer of why you
Thanks, and I'll keep reading.
But it's bugging me that you don't have a better
name than Stooge. Maybe your real name is better (hope Stooge
was not given to
you by your mom at birth!)
Thanks for the comments. As for
my name, even before I was born, my parents thought that I wouldn't
grow up to be very smart, hence the name. Looks like they were
Odd how I made a joke
in my last review about someone like Carrot-Top hosting the first
January show, and then Jeff Gordon ends up hosting it. He isn't
exactly Carrot-Top, but c'mon, it's close enough. I'm actually
kind of looking forward to Gordon hosting, though; the best episodes
this season were hosted by people who many thought would do bad
(Nia Vardalos, Al Gore, and John McCain), so maybe this episode
Looking at the dress rehearsal
promo, it looks like we're getting a sketch with Jimmy and Horatio
as AAA workers, Parnell and Rachel in the studio audience, Brian
Fellow (ugh!), and the DeMarco Bros (I had a feeling they'd do
those characters this week).
(COLD OPENING) A Message from
Kim Jong Il
- The "Sweet Home
- Some pretty funny lines.
- Dead in a lot of spots.
- This was similar to the opening to the Winona Ryder episode,
and Maya played the translator in that one, too.
(MONOLOGUE) Jeff Gordon speaks
to NASCAR fans in the audience
- Parnell and Rachel
were pretty funny, especially when they revealed who they really
- I don't follow NASCAR, so I didn't really care for this.
(COMMERCIAL) Joe Hetero
- A short, clever, and
hilarious Joe Millionaire parody.
(SKETCH) Brian Fellow's Safari
- I admit, some of this
made me laugh.
- I'm really getting tired of this sketch. It hit its peak
in The Rock episode, and hasn't been very funny since. I'd rather
take Horatio's Vasquez character over this.
- I don't think the sheep was supposed to eat those plants,
since Horatio looked surprised by it, and started breaking character
- Why was Horatio in this again? Wasn't he a guest in the last
Brian Fellow sketch?
(SKETCH) Access Hollywood
- Maya as Diana Ross.
- Jimmy as Pat O'Brien. Hard to believe that this is his first
impression all season.
- This was a little too short; I felt some more could've
been done with this.
(COMMERCIAL) Joe Caucasian
- Even funnier than the
- Tracy's make-up and his one-liner.
(SKETCH) Career Day
- When it was revealed
that Seth was the fat kid's father
- The rest of the sketch dragged.
- Did Amy really screw up her "I might like a pair"
line? If so, then she made a good ad-lib afterwards.
(NEXT WEEK) January 18, 2003
Should be good. Hope
this doesn't turn out to be disappointing like DeNiro, Damon,
McCormack, or SMG. Also, it will be the 10th episode of the season,
so I'll be doing my list of best/worst sketches, best/worst episodes,
etc. of the season so far.
(SKETCH) Star Dates
- Jeff Richards' Gary
Busey impression was hilarious. I had heard about his impression
before, and it was good to finally see it.
- The studio audience response could've been better. I feel
sorry for Jeff, because the audience never seems to respond well
to his sketches, even when they're really funny like this one.
(COMMERCIAL) Joe Not-a-Rapist
- Again, very funny.
- The sleazy look on Parnell's face.
(WEEKEND UPDATE) Fallon &
Fey, Crazy Clone People, Gay Hollywood Hitler
- Rachel's return as
the messed-up baby.
- Jimmy's Star Jones joke.
- Jimmy's Brad Bitt joke.
- Tina's "Sex and the City" joke.
- The Amy/Kattan segment dragged before Rachel came in.
- The bit with Jimmy's inner thoughts went on for WAY too long.
- Gay Hollywood Hitler. And did we need to see Kattan twice in
the same Update?
- That guy sitting in the audience behind Forte was distracting
with his mugging to the camera.
- Was the bit at the end with Jimmy putting his pencil into that
box supposed to be an inside joke? I think it's obvious now that
something happened backstage that supposedly "banned"
Jimmy from throwing the pencil at the camera like he used to.
And who was that guy in the Shakespeare outfit anyway?
(SKETCH) Gary's Fish Tanks
- Damn, this sucked! The writing was awful to begin with
(looked like a 1994-95 leftover with Farley and Sandler), but
I knew this was doomed as soon as Jimmy and Horatio showed up.
Their overacting and character breaking together ceased being
funny long ago; they should be banned from being in sketches
together except for Jarret's Room. Not even Fred going crazy
at the end could save this.
- Phil Hartman Award of the night goes to Fred for keeping
a straight face during Horatio and Jimmy's laughing.
(SKETCH) Charlie Rose
- Jeff Richards with
another great impression. He and Jimmy are both returning to
their impersonation roots tonight, which is great (though Jimmy
still has a long way to go). Jeff played Charlie Rose before
in the Mango sketch with Ellen DeGeneres, and since then, I was
hoping he'd get a chance to showcase the impression in his own
- Darrell's only appearance of the night, and he should've
been given a bigger role.
(COMMERCIAL) Joe Dude
- Tina in a sketch!
- These Joe Millionaire parodies are starting to lose its
bite. They should've ended it after the 3rd one.
(SKETCH) The Terrye Funck
- Good to see Parnell
in a role different from the usual voice-over or straight-man
roles that he constantly gets typecast into.
- Jeff Gordon's only notable performance of the night (which
is STILL not saying much).
- The sketch itself was pretty lame. Why does almost every
new character done nowadays have to be in the tired "public
access show" format?
(SKETCH) Stripper Pole
- Dean with a big role!!!!!!!!!
Has hell frozen over?!?
- Typical weak last 5 minute sketch. Dean, Amy, and even
the usually reliable Tracy couldn't save it.
- Studio audience was again dead, but this time, I don't blame
Well, so much for my
prediction about this episode turning out to be surprisingly
good. I don't think this episode surprised anyone. This was really
bad and rivals the Eric McCormack episode as the worst of the
season. Jeff Gordon was absolutely bland as the host, and even
his best performance of the night (in the Terrye Funck sketch)
was still pretty lame and not much of a stretch for him. He didn't
play himself in any sketches, though, so I'll at least give him
credit there. What happened to the DeMarco Bros.? I know a lot
of people can't stand those characters, but I sure as hell would
rather see that than the Gary's Fish Tank fiasco.
Overall Highlights of Tonight's
- The Joe Millionaire
parodies. The last one could've been scrapped, but for the most
part, they remained solid. This season, they seem to be doing
a lot of recurring commercial parodies throughout an episode,
and these and the NRA ads from the premiere have been the only
good ones so far.
- Star Dates.
- Charlie Rose.
- Jimmy's Pat O'Brien and Maya's Diana Ross impressions in the
Access Hollywood sketch.
- Most of the Weekend Update jokes.
Overall Lowlights of Tonight's
- Gary's Fish Tanks.
Take a typical 94-95 sketch, mix it with The Leather Man and
Jimmy and Horatio's unfunny mugging and laughing, and you get
this mess. Only second to the Subway Fred sketches (at least
the Fish Tank sketch has somewhat of a comedic premise) as the
worst of the season.
- Jeff Gordon as the host. Not in the Charles Barkley/George
Foreman/Nancy Kerrigan territory of bad, but he was bad in the
manner that his performances all night were bland, the writers
gave him no good material to work with, and he seemed to be missing
from every other sketch.
- The studio audience. Not as dead as the 10.12.02 episode, mind
you, but they didn't laugh too much during some of the actual
funny moments (Jeff Richards' two sketches in particular), yet
they laughed at Jimmy and Horatio's 12,342,354th character break
together (which will just encourage Lorne to put on more bad
sketches with those two). The audience must've been filled with
idiots like that guy who kept making goofy faces behind Will
Forte during Update.
- Gay Hollywood Hitler.
- Brian Fellow.
- Career Day.
- The Terrye Funck Hour.
- Stripper Pole.
Funniest Single Moment:
- I'm having a hard time
deciding between Jeff Richards' Gary Busey impression (every
thing he did in that sketch cracked me up, even just the way
he looked) and Tracy Morgan as Joe Caucasian (with his poorly
put-on white make-up and his hilarious one-liner). Since I always
seem to pick Tracy moments for the "Funniest Single Moment
of the show" and Jeff hasn't really done much this season,
I'll go with Jeff as Busey this time.
- Horatio Sanz as Kim
Jong Il / Maya Rudolph as translator: "I was a chronic bed-wetter.
Not only my own, but the beds of others."
- Horatio Sanz as Kim Jong Il / Maya Rudolph as translator: "[Reese]
Witherspoon finds genuine emotion hidden under a blandly familiar
plot, and I'd like to kidnap her and sodomize her."
- Jimmy Fallon as Pat O'Brien: "Good evening, I'm Pat O'Brien
and I don't breathe through my nose ever."
- Tracy Morgan as Joe Caucasian: "I'm gonna get all these
white chicks pregnant."
- Jimmy Fallon: "The February issue of Playboy Magazine
features a nude pictorial of Allison Eastwood, daughter of actor
Clint Eastwood. Early word on pictures: Dirty Hairy."
- Jimmy Fallon: "Star Jones was rushed to the hospital on
Christmas Day after suffering from altitude sickness. Let's just
hope that during future holidays, Star learns not to pile the
ham so high that it becomes dangerous."
- Jimmy Fallon: "New York City hasn't seen this much public
wood since the last time Brad Pitt walked through Greenwich Village."
- Tina Fey: "HBO announced Tuesday that the upcoming season
of "Sex and the City" will be the last. HBO executives
said that the girls have simply run out of holes."
CAST MEMBER COUNT DOWN
DRATCH: 8 sketches (Monologue;
Joe Hetero; Joe Caucasian; Star Dates; Joe Not-a-Rapist; Weekend
Update; Joe Dude; Stripper Pole)
FALLON: 3 sketches (Access Hollywood; Weekend Update; Gary's
FEY: 2 sketches (Weekend Update; Joe Dude)
HAMMOND: 1 sketch (Charlie Rose)
KATTAN: 1 sketch (Weekend Update)
MORGAN: 3 sketches (Brian Fellow's Safari Planet; Joe Caucasian;
PARNELL: 8 sketches (Monologue; Joe Hetero; Access Hollywood;
Joe Caucasian; Joe Not-a-Rapist; Joe Dude; The Terrye Funck Hour;
POEHLER: 7 sketches (Joe Hetero; Joe Caucasian; Career Day; Weekend
Update; Gary's Fish Tanks; Joe Dude; Stripper Pole)
RUDOLPH: 7 sketches (A Message from Kim Jong Il; Joe Hetero;
Access Hollywood; Joe Caucasian; Joe Not-a-Rapist; Gary's Fish
Tanks; Joe Dude)
SANZ: 3 sketches (A Message from Kim Jong Il; Brian Fellow's
Safari Planet; Gary's Fish Tanks)
ARMISEN: 1 sketch (Gary's Fish Tanks)
EDWARDS: 2 sketches (Star Dates; Stripper Pole)
FORTE: 3 sketches (Weekend Update; Gary's Fish Tanks; Stripper
MEYERS: 5 sketches (Joe Hetero; Access Hollywood; Career Day;
Gary's Fish Tanks; Stripper Pole)
RICHARDS: 2 sketches (Star Dates; Charlie Rose)
Parnell and Rachel were both
given an incredible amount of sketches tonight. I bitch a lot
about how they're constantly underused, so I was pleased to see
this, and they were funny in most of their appearances. Amy also
had a lot to do. Kattan had his two bad roles in Update. Darrell
barely got anything again. We got another rare "Tina in
a sketch" sighting. Seth was given a lot of sketches for
a featured player. Jeff had two impersonation showcases and did
great in both of them, which shows that they need to let him
do impressions more often (as well as Jimmy). Fred tried to make
the best out of his 1 appearance of the night, but still couldn't
save that sketch. And Dean got to co-star in a sketch!
Thanks for reading. ADIOS.