McConaughey / Dixie Chicks
February 8, 2003
From Jordan Maze <email@example.com>
Hey. I just wanted to say
that I really like your review. I agreed a lot of
it. I didn't see the episode, so thanks for filling me in. U
also made some
good points. Haha.
From Jeunesse LaFrance <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hello, I was curious, what
do you have against Chris Kattan. Seems like
have a lot of anger towards him. You know, he is talented, that's
on the show. He usually gets a laugh. I do notice he has been
season and is said to leave at the end of this season. I was
why you hated him so much. I know comics are deeply opinionated,
know. I know if someone said they thought Will Ferrell wasn't
think differently because I know he is talented.
I don't completely hate Chris
Kattan. I agree that he is talented and I actually used to like
him before, but I've soured on him for staying on the show too
long past his prime, bringing back annoying characters, and rarely
showing any more originality.
Thanks for all the feedback.
Also, to clear up some confusion
that was caused last time, when I list something under "Additional
Notes" in my reviews, it has nothing to do with what I think
is the "Highlight" or "Lowlight" of that
sketch. It's just an additional comment I have to make about
something in the sketch that I don't think adds or takes away
from it. I'm saying this because some people thought that "Additional
Notes" I made in my last review about Rachel playing an
old lady in The Hangman sketch and Jimmy's slight character break
in the Top O' The Mornin' sketch were lowlights for those sketches,
which they were not.
(COLD OPENING) United Nations
- Some funny lines.
- Kattan's facial expressions cracked me up.
- As much as it pains me to criticize Darrell, his Colin
Powell impression was actually weak, and he didn't seem to be
trying very hard. He was basically playing Cheney with a tan.
- Dragged on too long and I started getting bored halfway through.
- They had almost the entire cast in this sketch, except
for Tina, Tracy, and Jeff.
- Weird how all the times Maya said LFNY so far, she played a
translator (Winona Ryder episode, Jeff Gordon episode, and now
- The dress rehearsal promo tonight showed a clip of Parnell
as Bush and Darrell as Cheney, which I assume was going to be
the original cold opening. Looks like Parnell got screwed out
of a Bush sketch again
(MONOLOGUE) Matthew McConaughey
gets high backstage
- The sequence backstage
was funny and reminded me of the pot humor from the classic 70's
- Matthew's joke at the beginning was dull and dragged on
before he got to the punchline. I almost thought this would turn
out to be the whole monologue.
- Who were all those people in the pot smoke-filled dressing
room? I only recognized Tracy (of course), Amy, and I think Parnell
(funny seeing him, of all castmembers, getting high).
(SKETCH) Bad Guesser
- A nice simple sketch
with a good premise. Matthew was hilariously dumb, and Rachel's
pissed-off reactions were good.
(COMMERCIAL) Nutri-Quick Meal-on-the-Go
A repeat from the Matt
(SKETCH) Jarret's Room
- Matthew's character
was pretty funny.
- The return of Jeff's character! I was wondering why they haven't
used him in the last few JRs. His parts in these are always hilarious.
- Can you say "overused sketch", anyone? 3 JR sketches
in only 6 episodes is too much. Where are Sully & Denise
and Nick Burns? Plus, those are consistently funnier than JR.
- Horatio usually gets some good laughs out of me with these,
but his lines were lame this time.
- The Dixie Chicks cameo was pointless.
(NEXT WEEK) February 15, 2003:
I have her on my Guess
the Hosts list so she's immediately on my good side now. I think
she'll be a good host.
(SKETCH) Anti-War Protesters
- Matthew was very good
as the lead protester.
- Jimmy and Fred as the gays.
- Parnell's "legalize porn" line.
- Good ending.
- I thought the whole sketch was going to be centered on
Jimmy and Fred's characters at first.
- Jimmy's hair in this reminded me of how he looked in the Jeffrey's
(WEEKEND UPDATE) Fallon &
Fey, Joseph Jackson, Patrick & Gunther Kelly
- Tina's Michael Jackson
- Jimmy's Nicolas Cage joke.
- Tina's Vagisil joke.
- Fred and Forte's bit was random but hilarious. Also nice and
rare to see them starring in a sketch together.
- Why was Tina laughing at Jimmy's Lara Flynn Boyle joke
harder than the studio audience?
- Tracy's bit was pretty funny and he cracked me up like he always
does, but I can't BELIEVE they missed out a perfect opportunity
to finally use Dean's Michael Jackson impression! I mean, what
the hell, man? Why would you give Michael Jackson's FATHER more
screen-time than Michael himself?
- Tonight's Update ends with an extra dressed up as a waiter,
taking Jimmy's pencil away in a menu. Are these random cameos
which have now become a running gag at the end of Update made
by the same bit player? I swear, this looked like the same person
who played the burglar from the Ray Liotta Update.
(SKETCH) Club Traxx
- Fred's voice and singing
- Matthew was hilarious.
- This looked like a Sprockets knock-off, and was nowhere
near as funny as that. I would've preferred to see the show "Butt
Spankers" to this, myself
(SKETCH) Office Story
- Kattan wasn't too bad
in most of this.
- Seeing Tracy as a business boss was funny in itself (how often
do we see him in that role?).
- Kattan's yelling; that's when he started to get annoying.
- Matthew overacted too much and it kind of brought down the
sketch for me.
- Was there something wrong with Matthew's microphone at
the beginning? He seemed to be stalling for a long time before
he delivered his first line.
(SKETCH) Second Time Around
- I like the Glenda Goodwin
character and I'm glad they're putting her in different settings.
- This wasn't as good as the first Glenda Goodwin sketch
and definitely felt like a post-Update sketch.
- This sketch further proves my point that SNL's new recurring
characters always have to be in the overdone talk show/public
Red Hot Texas Chili
- Like the Robert DeNiro
cold opening, this was sophomoric and low-brow, but still got
me laughing and Matthew's performance helped. A decent closing
- Was going for cheap laughs, and this really shouldn't have
Matthew shirtless again
Well, I'm sure the ladies are happy tonight.
Overall Highlights of the
- Matthew's performance.
With the exception of the Office Story sketch, he was a hilarious
host, and a lot better than what I originally expected from him.
- The second half of the monologue.
- Bad Guesser.
- Jeff in Jarret's Room.
- Anti-War Protesters.
- Fred and Forte's Weekend Update segment.
Overall Lowlights of the Episode:
- Darrell's Colin Powell
- The first half of the monologue.
- Club Traxx.
- Matthew in Office Story.
- These don't really belong here since they didn't make it on
the air, but: No Michael Jackson sketch, and cutting out Parnell's
Bush impression (which needs more exposure so it can improve
and become more popular with viewers) and a potentially great-sounding
Leno vs. Letterman sketch (which I was anxiously awaiting ever
since I read the spoilers).
Funniest Single Moment:
- Fred Armisen and Will
Forte's song during Weekend Update.
- Jimmy Fallon as delegate
from France: "Since the U.N. is paying for it, I wanted
to bring my wife and two of my mistresses. Also my son, who is
visiting from boarding school, and his mistress. Plus, my drug
dealer and his girlfriend, a prostitute."
- Horatio Sanz as delegate from Syria: "I would like to
propose that after lunch, we all head to Cartier for an afternoon
- Rachel Dratch as Jolie: "So you went to Morehouse College?"
Matthew McConaughey as Martin: "No, that's a black college.
I went to Grambling."
- Chris Parnell as anti-war protester: "Legalize porn!"
Matthew McConaughey as lead protester: "Sir, it already
is legal, okay?"
Chris Parnell as anti-war protester: "Not the kind I
- Tina Fey: "In a documentary that aired on 20/20
this week, Michael Jackson discusses his fondness for kids, saying
'I have slept in a bed with many children. I am Peter Pan in
my heart -- and Pinocchio in my pants.'"
- Tina Fey: "A man named Russell Cialis is suing a drug
company to stop them from naming their impotency drug Sialis.
I just hope he has better luck than Doug and Edna Vagisil."
CASTMEMBER COUNT DOWN
DRATCH: 4 sketches (United
Nations Security Council; Bad Guesser; Anti-War Protesters; Second
FALLON: 5 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Jarret's
Room; Anti-War Protesters; Weekend Update; Office Story)
FEY: 1 sketch (Weekend Update)
HAMMOND: 1 sketch (United Nations Security Council)
KATTAN: 4 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Monologue;
Anti-War Protesters; Office Story)
MORGAN: 4 sketches (Monologue; Anti-War Protesters; Weekend Update;
PARNELL: 4 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Monologue
[?]; Nutri-Quick Meal-on-the-Go; Anti-War Protesters)
POEHLER: 3 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Monologue;
RUDOLPH: 5 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Anti-War
Protesters; Club Traxx; Office Story; Second Time Around)
SANZ: 4 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Jarret's Room;
Anti-War Protesters; Office Story)
ARMISEN: 4 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Anti-War
Protesters; Weekend Update; Club Traxx)
EDWARDS: 3 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Nutri-Quick
Meal-on-the-Go; Anti-War Protesters)
FORTE: 2 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Weekend Update)
MEYERS: 4 sketches (United Nations Security Council; Nutri-Quick
Meal-on-the-Go; Jarret's Room; Club Traxx)
RICHARDS: 2 sketches (Nutri-Quick Meal-on-the-Go; Jarret's Room)
After being wasted a lot this
season, I'm happy that Fred was given a lot of good stuff to
do tonight. They've been letting the featured players shine recently
(Jeff Richards in the Jeff Gordon episode, Will Forte in the
Ray Liotta episode, and Fred in this episode). Can we expect
next week to be Dean's show??????????? Nah
That is all for now. Thanks for
reading. BONNE NUIT.