Matthew McConaughey / Dixie Chicks
February 8, 2003

By K. M. B.

**** - Outstanding sketch
*** - Good
** - Mediocre
* - Poor
ZERO STARS - Run for your lives

PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS:

* 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...

COLD OPENING:

Let's see, how many ways can we express that the UN is
abusive with money? The only funny part was Rachel's
Russian.

*

OPENING MONOLOGUE:

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.

** 1/2

THE RESTAURANT:

The funniest 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.

** 1/2

NUTRI-QUICK:

Still funny the second time around.

***

JARRETT'S ROOM:

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
either.

**

PROTEST:

This skit produced my two favorite lines of the
night,"

"Feed the babies to the whales!"

"Not the kind of porn *I* like!"

Overall, probably the best sketch of the night, which
isn't saying much.

***

WEEKEND UPDATE:

They seem like they are getting back on track. I
loved "Happy Orange alert" and the tax song.

***

CLUB TRAXX:

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.

*** 1/2

OFFICE ROLE-PLAYING:

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.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY'S TEXAS CHILI:

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.

ZERO STARS

OVERALL:

A pretty disappointing show. Not enough bright spots.
Too much McConaughey in various stages of undress.

* 1/2