McConaughey / Dixie Chicks
February 8, 2003
Did you ever notice how The Beatles
used terms like "day tripper" and "paper back
writer?" What do these terms mean? Are they strictly English
or can I, as an American, use them also? -just something to think
about. I hope everyone had a great first week of February, I
bet you were cold, huh?
Anecdote- I can't think of anything particularly
spectacular that has happened lately, so I'll just tell a little
story that demonstrates my superior cleverness. (I'm a very humble
person): So, we've all heard of a Sadie Hawkins dance, but at
my school they've decided, for unknown reasons, to call it "Ladies
Night." It's the same principle (girls ask guys) just a
different name. And since every dance must have a gimmick, at
Ladies Night you and your date either wear the same shirt or
shirts with a theme. Now, I know what you're thinking-"as
if Kate could actually get a date to this, yea right!" Think
again buddy, I took not a fellow freshman, nor
a rather sophomoric sophomore. Nay! I took a junior by the awesome
name of Eric WALDO! Is that not the best name in the world? And
if you think we didn't take advantage of it for the shirts, you're
sorely mistaken. We decided to make our shirts, but had no idea
what to put on them. Then, in a sudden flash of genius, I suggested
that I wear a shirt that says "Where's Waldo?" and
he wear a shirt that says "I'm right here!" Oh yes,
it was an awesome idea and earned me the respect as a comic genius
that I deserve. They were well received at the dance, and Eric
and I didn't even have to dance (thankfully, for neither of us
could dance to save our lives) we just stood around and showed
off our awesome shirts.
CD of the Week- Something Corporate is an incredibly
complex, and entertaining band. It's hard to describe their style,
but the one thing that sets them apart is the piano. Crafting
catchy, but complex rock songs, they
weave a piano into the mix in
innovative and often ingenious ways. Their full-length debut,
"Leaving Through the Window," is a mixture of harder,
more punk-influenced songs like "Punk Rock Princess,"
"Hurricane," and "iF U C Jordan," and softer,
more piano driven songs like "Cavanaugh Park," "Straw
Dog," and "Globes and Maps." I highly recommend
this CD for emo fans, or anyone who is interested in really good
Mail- Now, I don't receive a great amount of mail, but
one person who consistently supports my reviews is my dear Uncle
David. A fellow SNL fan, he's been watching since the 70's and
offers good insight and conversation on the show. Here's a particularly
nice email I received from him:
A most excellent review!
Either you are the best reviewer
or we share some humor DNA, but your reviews always seem
way better than anybody else's.
As usual, the pre review stories
are the best.
There are many things in this
world I don't understand;
Why a negative number times
a negative number is a positive number'
Why people adore George W Bush,
But I really don't understand
Tim Calhoun. And the skit just keeps on going. It's like
trying to start a fire with donuts, you keep using more but it'll
never start. That is how I feel about Tim Calhoun the more he
talks the funnier he ain't.
Personally I thought WU was pretty
good, and we've switched on Tracy Morgan this week. I thought
this bit was darn good.
Straight Talk is incredibly funny
to anybody who has a 401K. You see your "nest egg"
cracking and running into the pockets of the brokers. This guy
is what you suspect they really think. Powerful stuff. "It's
funny 'cause it's true!" of course it would be funnier if
it wasn't me.
Anyway, that's how I sees it.
Take care, be good, etc...
Thanks Uncle David! See-someone
likes my reviews-ha!
Special Thanks- Before I get to the review, I have to
give a special thanks to Jess of <http://www.fallonfey.com/>www.fallonfey.com
for helping me get the clip of Tina Fey on Letterman that I missed
because I was doing what any healthy person should be doing at
11:00 p.m.-sleeping! Anyway, thank you!
And now for something completely
Pre-Show Thoughts- Yee-haw! We've got an all-Texan show
on our hands tonight. Both Matthew McConaughey and the Dixie
Chicks are former residents of the lone star state. "Mac"
(as I will be calling him throughout the rest of the review)
is a decent actor. He's no doubt just hosting the show in order
to hawk his latest piece of processed romance-"How to Loose
a Guy in 10 Days," which is ok I guess, I'm not worried
about his ability to host the show, he'll be decent. I'm thinking
that they may do a parody of Colin Powel's address to the U.N.
or at least a George W. opening. The Dixie Chicks, or as my dad
likes to call them-The Chixie Dicks, are only slightly annoying,
and they will most likely play "Landslide," which is
a good song. Alright, enough of my inane babble, onto the show.
Cold Opening: U.N. Lunch Break- Har har, this was a funny concept. SNL
has effectively reduced an important global discussion about
the possibility of war into a "Seinfeldian" chat about
where to eat lunch, not that I'm complaining, it was funny. I
liked how they were discussing various ways to cost the U.N.
lots of money. Parnell was, as always, excellent, and Dean Edwards
was funny too. 7.5/10
Monologue- I don't think the story about his sandals
had a point at all, but I kind of liked it because it sounds
like something my grandfather (who was born and raised in Texas)
would have done. The part in the dressing room was mildly amusing;
the best line was when Amy Poehler said "I just took an
Amy Poehler-oid with my mind!" now that was funny. Mac reminds
me of Woody Haralson. (Or however you spell it) Meh, this was
ok, not anything outstanding though. 7/10
Blind Date- This was-um-not so funny. The concept
was okay, but it just kind of fell flat. The only time I laughed
was when he guessed her weight as "two hundo." Although,
I did think that Rachel and Mac turned in good performances.
Anal Suppositories- I don't remember which episode this
was from, but I liked it then, and I still do. Sure, it's kind
of gross, but idea is very original and I liked when Jeff Richards
said "Let's just say I stuck my lunch up my butt."
Jarret's Room- This has been done way too many times
this year. Fortunately though, this one provided more laughs
than any of the other ones. I have a feeling that Mac specifically
requested this sketch, he was really into his character. As always,
Gobi provided some sort of addictive substance play on words-"Happy
Balantine's Day!" My favorite part was Jeff's video valentine
to his girlfriend, and the stoner insight of Mac's character-"He
may be a bonehead, but you can tell he means it." Dixie
Chicks made an appearance also, nice touch. I think that if this
is the last Jarret's room this year, I will be perfectly happy
with the character. 8/10
Divided We Protest- Now this was a funny non-recurring-character
sketch. Mac did a nice job as the frustrated protest leader,
and Jimmy Fallon shined as the gay rights activist. The concept
was funny, and all of the comments were great. "You know,
they use hemp to make rope!" "Don't send the whales
to Iraq!" 8.5/10
Weekend Update- Perhaps the first update this year that
was up to par with last season's. The "Happy Orange Alert"
thing was great; it reminded me of "Oh snap!" Tina's
"Michael Jackson photo compilation" was awesome, and
the closest thing she's had to a rant all year. BTW, the Michael
Jackson interview thing on Thursday was deeply disturbing, but
I digress. I found all the jokes to be sufficiently funny, but
the highlight was most definitely Tracy Morgan as Joseph Jackson.
I lost it when he said "reducolous," because I've actually
seen an interview with Joseph Jackson when he said that. Tina
flubbed a joke again, but it was very minor, and the joke was
most excellent. The H&R Block singers were kind of weird,
but it worked. Will's voice is very strange, and he put it to
good use. I was pleased by this update, and that's all that matters.
Club Traxx- A noble attempt at mocking crazy European
people that just fell kind of flat. Before I get to what was
wrong with this sketch, I'll say that Fred Armison was totally
awesome. The voice and the American wanna-be attitude were dead
on. Maya was also good, for some reason I found it incredibly
funny when she said "You're like a black man from the ghetto."
Now, what went wrong? The answer: Chrome. I found this character
to be more disturbing than funny. The voice was just way too
annoying. I dunno, I just didn't get it. The cooky European teens
in the audience who both protested war and requested bad pop
songs were a nice touch, but not enough to salvage the sketch
for me. 5/10
Office Storytellers- This was much like the very first sketch
of the night. There were some funny parts, like when the boss
would walk in at exactly the wrong moment. But, on the whole,
I just didn't laugh very much. 4.5/10
Second Time Around- I predict that much like the "Terrye
Funke Hour" from the Jeff Gordon episode, I will be one
of the only people who likes this sketch. If I recall correctly,
Glenda Goodwin appeared in the Nia Vardalos episode as a lawyer.
I like her better in this setting. There were lots of little
nuances to this sketch, like the harp that Rachel's character
strummed; what was that all about? I don't know, but I liked
it. Also, the mispronunciation of "Hyundai." Crispin
was a funny character, the pyramid thing was good. My favorite
line in this was when Maya said "At my house, we call that
Porky Piggin' it." 7.5/10
McConaughey's Red Hot Texas
Chili- Can you say filler?
This was very broad humor, but you know what? Farts are always
funny. The audience laughed, and I bet you laughed too, so I
can't completely trash this. Props to Mac for keeping a straight
This show scored: 78/110 or
Post-Show Thoughts- This show was very acceptable. It was
nothing outstanding, but there was enough good stuff to leave
me with a good impression. I really liked Weekend Update, the
protest sketch, and "Second Time Around." McConaughey
was a very energetic host, and he did a great job of not looking
like he was reading cue-cards. Darrel Hammond was nowhere to
be found, what's that all about? The Dixie Chicks sounded really
good live. I'm not into country music, but I definitely respect
their talent. Overall, an enjoyable episode.
Next Week- I've never watched "Alias,"
but I've heard that Jennifer Garner is a pretty good actress.
I'm hoping for either a Sully and Denise sketch, or a Wakeup
Wakefield. I secretly hope for those two every week. I don't
think I'll ever be a completely jaded fan; I still like the recurring
characters. Beck is really cool, I'm definitely looking forward
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Well, that's it for me. It's
late, I'm going to bed. This is Kate saying goodnight and have
a pleasant tomorrow.