McCormack / Jay-Z
November 2, 2002
So you want some pre-review self-indulgent
Ok, here we go.
Favorite sports team: Edmonton Oilers
Most recent CD purchase: The Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
Last Movie I saw: Jackass
Everyone happy? Good. Now on to why we are all here...
COLD OPENING - Darrell Hammond, Chris Parnell, Seth Meyers, Will
Hammond's Giuliani is a welcome surprise and I like that this
cold opening seems like an actual scene instead of the TV show
format. The bit about Heinrich Hemler was super funny, most people
I watched this with didn't get the joke, but I loved how Giuliani
called Heinrich Hemler his hero. The gag with the soundbites
was funny, too. It made for an interesting yet, unfortunately,
not very enthusiastic "Live from New York..." The jokes
mentioned were great while the other jokes were more lacking.
Hit and miss, but this skit was mostly hit. And when it did hit
it, hit pretty hard.
MONOLOGUE - Eric McCormick, Chris Kattan
Everyone complains that none of the hosts have done a "real"
monologue this season, but since when has this been anything
new. This edition was the standard "question and answer"
format and was definately reminiscent of the Lucy Lawless episode.
The joke that has these flaming homosexuals denounced their homosexuality
was pretty funny. Having Kattan come out was a pretty nice touch,
too. I don't think that there is any question as of Chris Kattan's
sexuality. What's in question is whether or not he is an actual
comedian or not. Eric's song was funny, but certaintly did not
do anything to denounce his homosexuality. All in all, a funny,
yet standard, monologue, that gave me a definite feeling of "haven't
I seen this kind of monologue a zillion times before?" It's
a relatively sure fire premise, but I'm sure the writers can
do better than this.
THE BACHELOR - Rachel Dratch, Eric McCormick, Maya Rudolph, Amy
Poehler, Chris Kattan
Of course, Amy Poehler's One-legged Amber character. The character
who actually sounds really funny on paper, but always seems lame
and severely forced on camera. The rankness of the character
is funny, as is the fact that she is always appearing on these
stupid reality TV shows. Unfortunately, the writers could only
come up with a funny premise for a character and a funny situation
to put her in. What's missing is funny and well-written dialogue
(granted, I did smile at the "at least I have two self-respects"
line). The skit is only in its third incarnation and it already
smacks of staleness. Only Maya Rudolph's typical bimbo character,
Eric's pornographer look and a dash of Chris Kattan could muster
anything considered to be comedy. Also, the farts seem a little
unnecessary. The character is so repulsive that I think the writers
could come up with a few new grotesque things to work with. Luckily,
the ad for ABC's new sitcoms was hysterical. I actually hear
that "Life With Bonnie" is really funny. Who knows.
When your living in dorms you really don't get to see much TV.
Despite, the lameness of the character, this skit did a good
job of parodying the overdramatization of these silly shows.
ACTOR GAME - Eric McCormick, Rachel Dractch, Amy Poehler, Maya
Rudolph, Will Forte, Seth Meyers
Wow, the writers must have watched the entire 98-99 season as
inspiration for this show. This skit certaintly brought back
memories of a similar skit with Bill Murray and Molly Shannon
a couple years back. Oh well, this one was actually funnier.
Everybody knows someone who has an extremely short fuse in games
like this, so it was nice to see SNL do really hyperbolic version
of it. I found Rachel's extended tirade to be hysterical. I didn't
find it to be "tacked on" at all. It just went way,
way over the top. A lot of people don't find Rachel Dratch to
be terribly convincing, but I feel that given the right role
she can be quite hilarious. Her anger in this skit was a nice
juxtaposition to her slight frame. Had it been a guy in her role
(with the exception of Ferrel, of course)the joke would not have
been quite as ridiculous. McCormick's acting kind of sucked here
and the skit seemed really slow at first but those are only minor
quibbles. Actually, this is one of those rare skits that ends
exactly when it's supposed to. Extra props to the audience who
picked up their cue to applaud. "Who the balls put Felix
CAMPAIGN ADS 1, 2 and 3
I decided to review all the ads together. These started out subtle,
but funny. I don't think the audience got the joke in the first
installment. These are actually great ads to watch again on tape
because I can read the newspaper headlines. I don't think the
audience was given enough time to read them, but they were actually
hysterical. Unfortunately the next two ads veered into sitcom
territory. You know, where describing what exactly is happening
becomes so convoluted that it must be inherently funny to hear
("phone her to tell her to stop telling us to phone him"
cue laugh track). Fortunately, the newspaper headlines got more
and more ridiculous and kept this simple little premise afloat.
AMERICAN MORNING - Tina Fey, Eric McCormick, Rachel Dratch, Amy
Poehler, Chris Parnell
A well-intentioned parody of how news programs have increasingly
strayed from news and have resorted to innocuous chit-chat and
establishing a "rapport" or "chemistry".
It's a pretty fair thing to parody, but unfortunately this skit
was both redundant AND repetitive. I get what the joke is, but
you don't have to beat me over the head. Like most overlong sketches,
this started quite promisingly, with Tina's out of no where "are
we in love?", to the breaking news that flashed at the bottom
of the screen. This skit could have been mildly improved upon
if the characters had gotten engaged and married, had kids, had
an affair, went to counseling, gotten divorced and had hooked
up with someone else all within the course of one show. But,
alas, no. The writers can't go THAT far. Pussies.
WEEKEND UPDATE - Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Jeff Richards
Man, fuck Weekend Update. This segment has absolutely gone to
hell. At best, the jokes are mildly amusing, but nothing new.
It's nothing I haven't heard before. Britney's has this, Christina
has this, but way skankier. Hasbeen actors suck. Famous guy who
is notorious for "blank" does something, anchor refers
to said guy's notorious "blank". It's a format and
I'm getting bored with it. And it's obvious that Norm Macdonald
has been writing Jimmy's jokes for him. Unfortunately, they were
fresh when Norm was delivering them and Norm delivered them better.
I started to laugh again when Horatio came out as Gene Shalit.
Sadly, my "this is so funny" laugh progressed into
my "this sucks and is falling apart" laugh. The end
of the piece was just sad. And update never recovered after that.
At least before that the jokes were innocuous and it appeared
to be just another tame and lame Weekend Update, but after Horatio
all the ryhthm was gone. Then that fucking Rapping Baby K by
Jeff Richards came out and took a shit in my mouth. This was
a new frontier in awfulness. Jeff, I like you, but if you keep
doing ass like this, your going to fucking blow it. Jimmy and
Tina, I like you, but if you guys don't get your asses together
by next week, Ohlmeyer better get ready to make some more cuts.
But this time it will be merited.
BULL HORN COURT - Chris Parnell, Amy Poehler, Eric McCormick,
Will Forte, Seth Meyers, Horatio Sanz
Repetitive? Yes. Stupid? Yes. Funny? Well, yeah, actually it
was kinda funny. In fact, this one had me giggling the hardest
of anything tonight. If weeks one and two were a showcase for
Fred Armisen, then shows 3 and 4 are certaintly giving Will Forte
a chance to catch up. His voice cracks me up. Actually, the bull
horn wasn't what made this skit so funny, it was all Forte (Ok,
so maybe Eric's facial expression cracked me up a bit, too).
When he thanked McCormick for blowing his bull horn for a shorter
period a was busting up. I think that Forte has the ability to
make me laugh the same way Tracy Morgan makes me laugh. Through
the intonation of his voice. Either guy could say something not
funny, but their voice alone makes me chuckle. This skit, actually,
wasn't that wonderful, it was one joke that went too long and,
thusly, lost steam. The fact that Forte let McCormick off because
he "liked the cut of his jib" was hilarious. Forte
and Armisen have proved them to be the funniest featured players
since...well, it's been a while, anyways.
RADIO SHOW - Jimmy Fallon, Eric McCormick
Basically this was a skit for Jimmy Fallon to strut his stuff.
A nice parody of those super lame radio Shock Jocks. You just
know those guys are sitting in the studio by themselves. Honestly,
Jimmy was quite good here. He did a great job of imitating the
perverted yet extremely lame yammering of radio shows. I especially
enjoyed his super cheesy East Indian impression. Although this
was a great display of Fallon's actual talent, it wasn't actually
the funniest skit. In fact, it was about as funny as those actual
drive by radio shows. The premise wasn't strong enough for the
skit to have any chance at being a classic. It's aim was low
so, therefore, it was a success. This skit was "funny-smile"
not "funny-laugh". Props to Jimmy Fallon, though for
actually recovering after an embarassing "Update"
JOHN HANCOCK - Eric McCormick, Rachel Dratch
Honestly, I forgot that this was even in the show. It was just
so...blah. Ok, let's see. Insurance companies like to scare people
into buying the policies, but...I don't know, it just kind of
sucked. It wasn't so awful that I refused to watch and it was
certaintly short. It just never made any impression at all to
me. Innocuous usually means average, but in my mind, it's a bad
JACKASS: THE MUSICAL - Eric McCormick, Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards,
Darrell Hammond, Rachel Dratch
Such a great premise, but a bit of a let down. It was obvious
that whoever wrote this had watched the movie because they were
referencing many things specific to the movie. As for the movie,
it my not be worthy of calling "film" but it certaintly
was entertaining, disgusting and hilarious. As for this skit,
well, it may not be entertaining, disgusting or hilarious, but
it certaintly can be called a "skit". I laughed at
Jeff Richards impression of Chris "Party Boy" Pontius,
and the premise was strong enough to hold a skit that was only
mildly amusing at best. But, jeez, does Seth Meyers have a bad
voice. Instead of Jackass I would reccomend CKY. Much dirtier.
REGGIE'S TELLING STORIES - Tracy Morgan, Maya Rudolph
What the fuck? I love you, Tracy, but...man. The Subway Fred
skit last year might have been interesting but it certaintly
wasn't comedy. At least the skit with Tracy and Maya from the
Sarah Michelle Gellar episode had some semblence of a punckline.
Maybe these skits are sweet or something, but, I don't know,
they just seem to stop the show dead in its tracks. Obviously,
these are not meant to be piss your pants hilarious, but I don't
even think they succeed on the level of the "scratch your
soul patch and smile wryly" style comedy. At least Tracy
talks funny. I can always count on that.
Skit Average - 4.9
The first absolute stinker of an episode (Even the Sarah Michelle
Gellar episode had some exceptional pieces). Nothing here was
really deserving of repeat viewings. Even the best skits dragged
at certain points. Eric McCormick was a pretty standard host,
not great, but not George Foreman either. What the real problem
this week was writing. Too many times does the show squander
a strong premise. There was too much wasted potential tonight.
By the way, Jay-Z was pretty good tonight, although I can't stand
Lenny Kravitz. I think that J-Hova may be the best mainstream
rapper behind only Eminem and Outkast.
MVP: Will Forte
I would have chosen Rachel Dratch, but Forte had a better track
record. He was only featured prominantly once and he rocked.
Rachel was all over the show, meaning that she was involved with
too much crap.
Worst Performer: Amy Poehler
Dammit, I actually like Amy Poehler, but she was not bringing
the funny tonight. That Amber character is pretty played out
and and she was a drag to watch in already bad skits like American
Morning. Tina Fey's track record was worse, but her stuff suffered
more from writing. I know they were in the same skit but Tina
didn't suck in it. She was average in a skit that sucked, wheras
Amy sucked in a skit that sucked.
Anyways, that's how you write a review. You better recognize.