John McCain / The White Stripes
October 19, 2002
Cold Opening- Decision 2002
Is Parnell now the official political
replacement for Will? Guess so. I knew they would spoof this
news story tonight. It seems like they are running out of material
for the show, so now it is all political spoofs. As far as Maya
being in the sketch, that is another turn off. I don't know what
it is, I just really do not dig Maya that much. I just don't
think she adds much to the cast. She doesn't have that much variety.
She always sounds the same. I am boredCould we just get to the
monologue please? Oh man, Horatio cracks me up! Just looking
at him makes me laugh.
Monologue- John McCain
I think that most people might
find John McCain hosting confusing, as well as boring. Who knows!
Lets just hope that the show ends up better than they have been
for the past few times. I don't think John hosting will really
grab the younger demographic watching tonight, guess they will
have to switch over to MAD TV. Oh man, I cannot stand that night
club comedian. Is it just me, or is the only thing that we have
seen Fred Armisen do? I didn't think this night club idiot would
be a re-occurring character. This is SNL, not Telemundo! Well,
I thought this would be good, then this guy came out, and I already
have a bad feeling and would much rather be sleeping!
I have missed this sketch! There
hasn't been enough Darrell Hammond in this new SNL season, same
goes for other cast members we have yet to see a lot of, Fallon,
Poehler, just to name a few. John McCain as John Ashcroft, pretty
fitting. McCain actually isn't half bad. He beats Sarah Michele
Gellar by a long shot, and she gets paid to act. The best part
of this sketch would have to be Tracy and his one zingers as
Belafonte. Pikachu as the slavemaster, for example
Sketch- Lifetime Movie
Okaythis needs to pick up a bit.
Starting off slow. John McCain is creepy! Shall I loofah your
back? This is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. "Girlfriend"
I think that is being overdone a bit. I am just not sure if this
sketch really had any direction in the first place. It would
appear to me that SNL is running out of material, or just cannot
think of anything that is even close to being funny. This season
is seriously lacking. Can we say TIME LIMIT? I think it would
help in situations like these, where the sketches SUCK and are
not getting any laughs! If this was the Gong Show, they would
have been gonged a looooong time ago!
Sketch- Wake Up Wakefield
Since this sketch is usually
good, and a highlight of the episode for me, lets hope that it
is at least mildly entertaining, I mean, can you ruin a good
regular sketch? Hopefully not. I love Sheldon. Dratch captures
the awkwardness of a teenage boy well. John McCain is pretty
good in this sketch! Oh my god! He got her name right! YESSS!
Yeah Randy!! Wow, we have hardly gotten a glimpse of Jimmy tonight,
and for me, that is NOT good!
Cartoon-Ambiguously Gay Duo
Yes! I cannot get enough of these
guys. Probably Smigel's best cartoon series. This one wasn't
as good as the other ones I have seen, but it was okay. What
is going on with this show? Last season was really good, but
I have yet to be impressed. I haven't gotten a good laugh from
this show in a long time, and that cannot be a good sign.
Sketch- Meet The Press
Too many political sketches.
Is this the only kind of material they have? I know we are on
the brink of war, but on a Saturday night, you want to watch
SNL to laugh, not to be reminded of what is to come. John McCain
as himself, interesting. This is pretty goodI like the question
reversal. McCain looks pretty entertained by Hammond in this
sketch. This could be the best sketch all night, and that really
isn't saying a lot.
Performance- The White Stripes
I really like The White Stripes.
I like their garage sound, sort of muffled. They are pretty damn
good live. 2 people and they sound really good, impressive. I
do think Jack was acting a little weird throughout some parts
of the song
As I anticipate the starting
of Weekend Update, I sit here crossing my fingers chanting to
myself, please be better than last week, please be better than
last week!!! Will Forte speaks! He is boring the crap out of
meI think this makes time for a good snack break, and I am having
a hard time not wanting to change the channel. The best joke
of Update would have to be about Pamela Lee and Kid Rock getting
married and being registered at the local CDC.
Sketch- John McCain Sings Streisand
Is this a joke? This makes me
long for the days of Will Ferrell playing Neil Diamond. This
just seemed out of place, like it was done for time suckage in
order to fill the void of the show.
My Big Thick Novel Chapter 619
All I am going to say is, I miss
Sketch- Top Of The Morning
This reminds me of the old Mike
Meyers stuffNot a very fresh idea. It's like, Hey! Let's take
something Mike Meyers did and do it now, and act like no one
will catch on! Well I am sure die hard SNL fans will! It wasn't
a bad sketch, but it isn't like it is new material.
Performance 2- The White Stripes
A very short performance, not
to mention a softer song. Quite a change from their last song,
but I did enjoy it.
My Overall Review
I was majorly let down, again.
I keep hoping week after week that it will get better, but it
has yet to instill hope that it will. I don't see much glimmer
for SNL's future this season. The episode seemed shorter, not
very many sketches, and some seemed like they were drawn out
in order to help the show fill its time slot. I didn't laugh
at all really at this episode. If we have a politician hosting
does that mean that we cannot be funny? Maybe we need to give
SNL a chance to get warmed up this season, I don't knowWhat I
do know is this- something is missing, and has been ever since
the season started. I don't know if it is the writing, the cast,
or what. On this episode I noticed that the SNL band played longer
in outros and intros, perhaps in order to take up extra time
because there just wasn't much material in this episode. Maybe
there wasn't a sketch shortage, but I feel like there just wasn't
a lot substance to this episodeI am going to give SNL a few more
episodes to lure me back in, but unless that happens, I might
have to retire watching for the remainder of this season.