McConaughey / Dixie Chicks
February 8, 2003
**** - Outstanding
*** - Good
** - Mediocre
* - Poor
ZERO STARS - Run for your lives
* Since I'm not
a big fan of shows hosted by
non-actors/entertainers (the Al Gore show being an
exception), I sort of looked forward to this one. My,
was I in for a rude awakening.
* Can someone
explain something to me? Last year, Amy
Poehler was a featured player. They used her a lot.
She was good. Now, she is a cast member. Last year,
Seth Meyers (and the year before too, I believe?) was
a featured player. They used him a lot. He was good.
Now, he...is still a featured player? What gives?
Can someone tell me?
* I don't know
why they cut it, but I'm pretty sure I
wold have enjoyed "Talk show wars" (see the spoilers
section) more than any skit they aired last night.
* Dean, I've
noticed, has quite a cult following among
the reviewers, so I'm sure many were happy to see
plenty of him this week.
Onto the show...
Let's see, how
many ways can we express that the UN is
abusive with money? The only funny part was Rachel's
If I could make
one rule for SNL it would be: Unless
you are a comedian, you are not permitted to write one
sentence of your monologue. That story about
McConaughey's dad was, I'm sure, as true as it was
boring and unfunny. It got a lot better once they
introduced the pothead element into the monologue. I
loved Chris being facinated with his Funyuns.
part of this skit was the only unexpected
part. I was expecting McConaughey's portrait of
Rachel to be unflattering, so I laughed when it was
instead very childlike. Not bad.
Still funny the
second time around.
Above all, I
was happy to see Gobi acting very high
again(he seemed almost straight in the AL Gore
episode). I wish it was "Gobi's room," because,
although this may seem like a scandalous assertion,
Jarrett himself doesn't have much personality for a
recurring character. Matthew's parts weren't funny
This skit produced
my two favorite lines of the
babies to the whales!"
kind of porn *I* like!"
the best sketch of the night, which
isn't saying much.
They seem like
they are getting back on track. I
loved "Happy Orange alert" and the tax song.
No wait, THIS
was the best skit of the night. It was
a) McConaughey's best character of the show, as what I
call the German Joey Lawrence, and b) I'm starting to
become a big Fred Armisen fan, especially since they
are now letting him play non-hispanic stereotype
roles. He stole this skit.
Blah. You *knew*
Kattan's character was going to get
fired by the end of this skit. No laughs.
SECOND TIME AROUND:
I like it when
Maya plays these old, indignant,
slighly dim black lady characters. This skit was
clearly written to showcase her, and I don't think we
can really call her "underrated" anymore. Still,
while Maya was a treat, the didn't write much for her.
Good god. Please
tell me McConaughey wrote this
himself, and insisted it be included.. Please don't
tell me soneone getting paid a salary by SNL is
ripping off Blazing Saddles. Not only was this not
funny, and too stupid for even MAD TV, it wasn't even
original. I'm stunned.
A pretty disappointing
show. Not enough bright spots.
Too much McConaughey in various stages of undress.