Walken / Foo Fighters
February 22, 2003
2000/2001 (16) _ 2001/2002 (20) _ 2002/2003 (14)
TV Moment of the Week . Pre-Show Thoughts. The Review. The Rankings
. Insert Mark Polishuk Here. Goodbye with Connie Stinson. Next
Television Moment of the Week: Joe Millionaire & The Bacheorette
finales, great drama from The Shield & 24, the MJ footage
we were never meant to see, Simpsons 300th (302) Episode, Will
Ferrell on Conan O'Brien, Married with Children Reunion, were
all contenders. I actually didn't see the Wacko Jacko stuff.
But Bret Hart telling Landsberg that HHH is an asskiss who isn't
one of the boys was priceless. HBK will get his say on the matter
in about two weeks when he visits Off The Record.
(01) I've reviewed 49 shows, seen the
last 52 regular shows, plus the two Primetime Specials, the Presidential
Bash 2000, the Mother's Day Special and the Weekend Update
Halftime Special. Here is a list of one damn good show. Segments
spawning from when Darrell Hammond first mentioned "lockbox"
as Al Gore to to when Jennifer Garner worked in a giant Wal-Mart.
COLD OPENING: The Presidential Couple - Calista Flockhart
MONOLOUGE: Conan O'Brien's - Conan O'Brien 2001
COMMERICAL: Wade Blasingame - Val Kilmer 2000
SHOW: Palm Beach - Val Kilmer 2000
SKETCH: News Media - Jon Stewart
TV FUNHOUSE: Micheal Jackson - Gwyneth Paltrow 2001
SHOW: Celebrity Jeopardy! - Lucy Lui 2000
MUSIC: U2 performs "Beautiful Day" - Val Kilmer
WEEKEND UPDATE: Jimmy Fallon & Tina Fey - Katie Holmes
SHOW: Hardball with Chris Matthews - The Rock 2002
SKETCH: Centuar Job Interview - Christopher Walken 2001
MUSIC: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band perform
"Lonesome Day" - Matt Damon 2002
COMMERCIAL: Crackli! n' Oat Flakes - Calista Flockhart
SHOW: Inside the Actor's Studio - Billy Bob Thorton 2001
GOODNIGHTS: Winona Ryder's - Winona Ryder 2002
Breakdown: 15 segments, 2000-2001  2001-2002
 2002-2003 . Kilmer's show had a sketch, commerical
and music while Flockhart had a commerical and sketch. Of
course, there are a dozen more sketches that could've been put
(02) Greg recently asked why
I have the Insert Mark Polishuk feature. This is from Mark's
episode review from Reese Witherspoon. I got this idea a few weeks back to start
a campaign to get my name mentioned on SNL. If you support the
idea of having myself (and by proxy, the entire SNL on-line community),
then be sure to either e-mail SNL via their <http://www.nbc.com/snl>official
website and demand to hear Mark Polishuk's name on Saturday Night
Live. If you are a reviewer yourself, cut-and-paste the following
line in each of your reviews (preferably near the top): I WANT
TO HEAR THE NAME 'MARK POLISHUK' ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, SO IF
YOU ARE ASSOCIATED WITH NBC, MAKE IT HAPPEN! Together, we can
all make this happen! Go forth, my minions! E-mail, e-mail! Make
So I thought I would bring
some more light to the subject.
CS: Thoughts on the feature?
MP: I really enjoy
it, since it keeps my ego nice and inflated. Seriously, I'm really
flattered that someone still thinks me relevant enough to mention
my name every week.
CS: Any other plans to get your message across?
MP: There is always sky-writing.
CS: Have you given up?
MP: Give up? Are you kidding? I'll be like (Bob Barron
wrestling reference coming up) Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIII,
in enormous pain and with blood dripping down my face, yet still
refusing to give in. "Though I die, the revolution... lives...
on."-- The Mole, from "South Park: Bigger, Longer,
CS: Would you ever consider attending a live show and yelling
out your name during the monologue or when there is a pause?
MP: Since I don't want to get my ass kicked by NBC security,
I think I'll pass. Also, I'd like to see more of a "grassroots"
effort, rather than taking the bull by the horns myself. For
example, Sean Bradley recently got his FACE on SNL, so that inspires
me. I'm not really holding my breath, of course, since the odds
are kinda slim.
CS: What is your favourite curse word?
MP: ....Frosted nuts.
(03) Spoil me. Well and
I quote from Sean's site: a "Hardball" sketch,
with Darrell Hammond, a "Continental" sketch, with
Christopher Walken, a "Rialto Grande Show" sketch,
with Chris Kattan as a Vegas lounge singer joined by Christopher
Walken Possible Cameos: Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Britney
Spears. Don't kill Hardball guys. Christmas doesn't come
everyday. The Continental's appearence guarantees us hearing
Phil Hartman's voice which is great in my books. This only
happens when Walken hosts so it hasn't been killed, but have
they done all they can with the format? The Rialto Grande Show
is quite popular with Kattan fans. It was alright, I didn't
think it could become rercurring but if Walken shows up he might
bring some laughter as well. Will Ferrell appeared on
a great Late Night last night which included him streaking in
t! he hallways. It kinda looked like he was wearing a skin coloured
semi-see through thong, it was pixelled so you didn't see anything.
I'm sure he had his sack sock on like he mentioned when he appeared
on Leno. Also, Will didn't leave he stayed and sat while
Conan was offered food from the Devil and Jesus, he sat with
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jim Gaffigan's standup material.
Great show all around. So if Will didn't jet off to his hotel
did he stay around the studio to help out SNL? Could he appear
on Hardball? Could Steve Martin appear on Hardball? Martin
has the Oscars and Bringing Down the House. Britney Spears? And
I quote from Joey Gladstone's tombstone: "Cut
COLD OPENING: Hardball with
Chris Matthews [8.4/10]
Well Hardball is my current favourite
SNL sketch, but I don't like how they keep on airing it. What
makes it so great is it doesn't appear so often. Now granted
the Halftime Special was a shortened version, but lets not kill
it. Luckily unlike other sketches that are played too often these
are great. I wasn't expecting a cold open but finally the streak
of poor cold openings ends. Darrell really seemed to enjoy playing
Chris tonight. Ever notice that most Hardball's have Chris' in
them. Kattan, Parnell and Walken. Only a few didn't have any.
Unlike Celebrity Jeopardy! which relied on Burt Reynolds and
Sean Connery, they've been able to use other people and not miss
a step. Parnell was alright, he's usually better on Hardball
as Bob Barr. Suprised to see Walken in a opening but SNL has
given the LFNY baton to a lot of celebrities this year so why
give Walken the shaft? Perfectly played the anti-American Frenchman.
I read an article on how Amerians a! re having a all things French
boycott (as seen later in the night). Another fine political
sketch, missed a little something.
LADIES & GENTLEMEN: The
Crazy Mix-Em-Uping Christopher Walken [7.2/10]
No suprise here with Walken singing.
Only suprise might be that no castmembers joined him. When Walken
said he can do "crazy mix-em ups" that was great. Wasn't
excellent but like they said they had trouble coming up with
ideas and why try to top his earlier monos?
SHOW: Pranksters [8.5/10]
At first I was thinking how could
this sketch be first. Kattan and Seth weren't doing all that
great. Then when Kattan left I knew they would be setting up
Walken for something. But it was nothing like I was expecting.
Walken fit this role well and just the joy in his face would
make you laugh. Then they showed the clip of Parnell getting
pranked. Take that Stiffy Stifferson! This reminded me of the
other kids shows SNL has poked fun at with a 'what if?' scenario.
(Rachel's big boobs, Friendship Fred) Seth fit the role did well
here. First he's into the show and then he's in shock and wants
to end it. Could this sketch return? Well they already pranked
a person by killing him so what else can you do? Plus what can
top Walken's characer?
SKETCH: The Continental [8.3/10]
Everyone loves hearing Hartman's
voice. Does anyone know the camera man who always visits... The
Continental? Some political stuff slides in here with the boycott
of French stuff. Bugles with cream cheese, well I've never had
those. Walken should become that cheese product's spokesman.
"They cheese your hunger away!" This edition wasn't
the best one, but still entertaining. Few hosts have sketches
where they're the only characters and the sketch itself is popular.
SKETCH: Lifeboat Elections
They have a Best of Steve Martin.
They should have The Best of Chris Walken and this sketch should
find it's way on it. Walken plays the worst capatain and the
worst person in the world to be lost in a raft. Like Tim Calhoun,
he did cocaine. All the terrible stuff he did just kept on rolling
and just wouldn't stop. He was just a ass. Will, Fred and Seth
were also great in this. Another Walken sketch for the night.
SHOW: History Channel Remembers
Dean is actually seen on TV and
Tracy only appears in pictures. Damn, I stepped in The Twilight
Zone again. Amusing brief segment. Is Dean finally finding his
way onto the show in major roles for sketches?
SKETCH: Colonel Angus [7.8/10]
At first I went '...?... Oh!'
Naughty SNL. Could only been done in The American Civil War in
the deep south. Rachel plays an old woman, she doesn't have a
recurring character who is old but I would wager a good portion
of her roles are older ladies. Amy, Parnell, Walken, and Rachel
do well with the dirty lingo. Wasn't expecting this type of sketch.
Jeff's only appearence, but he was funny.
WEEKEND UPDATE: with Jimmy
Fallon & Tina Fey [8.8/10]
Why a high grade? The WU guests.
Christina, plus one of the greatest SNL hosts, one of the greatest
SNL castmembers and one of many terrible SNL hosts. It's so sad
to see Tina's jokes bomb. Especially when Jimmy seems have been
given the better jokes, but they still weren't great. Remember
Tina's rant of Hef's girlfriends. The audience loved it. Her
latest rant this one on Ready.org got no laughs at the end. It
was like watching a bad episode of Late Night when she had the
pictures. The Donahue and Billy Joel jokes were wretched.
Okay kinda harsh. Steve Martin is the King of SNL Hosts he can
do whatever he wants. Pointless cameo? Well it was damn funny
and his question of if it was good was priceless. Perhaps next
season he'll host. Will should've mentioned he did his movie
'Old School' and that was it he's done with Hollywood since we've
all seen him promote the movie. Liked the Colin Farrell/Will
F! errell joke. Doesn't Britney watch all the jokes
Tina makes about her? Well Christina did. Maya - delightful impression. SO,
if the cameos didn't appear who would've shown up? I don't
know but what I do know is this had huge potential to be
the worst WU and best WU ever. Had the guests not shown
up and if Christina bombed it would get the label of Crappiest Update
Ever. Had the jokes this week be hillarious and the cameos
were how they ended up it would have the honour of
being the Update of the Century. (remember we just started
a new one.) Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears should've
done something instead. "Just regular cameo length. Just
a few more seconds, and... there we go."
SKETCH: The Lovahs with Walter
Walter? Lover? Uh-oh. Well not
really. Will could've done a dozen things if he was going to
appear in a sketch. I'm not alone when I type this, I've read
other reviews. But anywho this was one of the better Virgina
And Roger sketches. I liked that they brought back Walken's character.
So how long was this planned having Will do a sketch? Him having
no ride was a nice nod to Walken's last show. They could've had
Virgina have the bad back or something since we've seen Rachel
get angry ("who the balls wrote Felix Mendelson?")
and let her toss Roger. Still, something else could've been done.
Will Ferrell: (annoying yell) "Me and Dratch are selfish!"
SKETCH: Rialto Grande Show
"I just want to put it in!"
Chris Walken with his pants down, once again he does stuff you
don't see coming. Fred Armisen's character wasn't relied on as
the previous sketch but it's good to see him as the pathetic
drummer. Some more lame dirty jokes. Chris and Chris actually
did better than the first sketch. One of the better last sketches
of the season. Possibly best. The waitresses are a nice touch.
OVERALL SHOW RATING: 81.4/100
Well for a Walken show it was
in a way a disapointment. As a show in the 2002-2003 Season it's
the highlight. The cameos did help. Steve is Steve. Which host
is often thought to be a castmember from the 70s?
Steve Martin. Quite a bit of cameos. Jim Carrey found his
way into The Foo Fighters' second performance. You would think
he would appear in a sketch if anything. Will Ferrell did a WU
bit and then brought back a old character. Now Will appears in
the best episode of the season. Does that mean the show is only
great with Will? No. Ian McKellan and Jon Stewart's shows from
last season didn't have Will at all and two of the best from
last season and McKellan's were my favourite. Sure the cameos
could've been utilized much better, but they came out pretty
good. If only Will and Darrell could appear together in a
sketch one more time.
Walken had another great performance.
He also has his great delievery. SNL should get some more Oscar
nominated (and winners) instead of more Jeff Gordons or Britany
Murphys. Where was Haratio Sanz? Dean has a decent sketch
and Sanz stuff is cut? Most of the cast had one sketch with a
major role, which is good.
Back in the first review of the
season I selected who I wish would host this season. In the second
review I added Nia Vardalos to the list. So two wishes came true
this season, Walken and Vardalos. Why do I bring this up? Steve
Martin and Jim Carrey were also on the list.
TONIGHT'S THREE MALE STARS_________________________________________
are brought to you by Christopher Walken for Skittles
01 - Christopher Walken (Another five star performance. Mr.Walken
brought back The Continental and got another recurring character
in Walter the carless lover. All his roles were kooky and only
he could deliever the line "Stiffy Stifferson." Best
hosting performance of the season, sorry Mrs.Vardalos.
02 - Chris Parnell (Well really hard to pick the other
male stars of the night. Ferrell and Hammond could've found themeseleves
here but I went this way tonight. Hardball appearence, just seeing
him get killed and his Colonel Agnus' friend.)
03 - Seth Meyers (Pranksters host and then the 'food'
on the lifeboat.)
TONIGHT'S THREE FEMALE STARS__________________________________
are brought to you by Colonel Belmont's Old Fashioned Horse
01 - Rachel Dratch (old southerner, Virgina, waitress)
02 - Maya Rudolph (Christina, Walter's ride, waitress)
03 - Amy Poehler (daughter, Tina bombed in WU, waitress)
MOST ENJOYABLE THREE
IMPRESSIVE IMPRESSIONS: Darrell as Chris Matthews, Maya as Christina
[Insert Mark Polishuk Here]
Wow. Little known fact: Mark's father was kicked out of the Canadian
Navy for a very similar incident. Plus Mark takes craps where
ever he feels like and Mark is never to far away from a flare
gun. He has a anal bum cover so he doesn't hurt himself.
See that's why Connery invented it.
The Rankings includes Halftime
01] (8.9) Gore......DEC 14 02] (8.4) Murphy......NOV 16
03] (8.3) Damon.....OCT 05 04] (7.5) Vardalos....NOV 09
05] (7.5) Liotta....JAN 18 06] (7.5) McConaughey.FEB 08
07] (7.4) DeNiro....DEC 07 08] (7.2) Walken......FEB 22
09] (7.0) McCormack.NOV 02 10] (6.8) Garner......FEB 15
11] (6.4) McCain....OCT 19 12] (5.4) Gellar......OCT 12
13] (5.0) Gordon....JAN 11
TOP TEN COMMERICALS:
01] (8.4) NRA Happy Hunting..........[Damon OCT 05]
02] (8.3) NRA Reminds You............[Damon OCT 05]
03] (8.0) NutriQuick.................[Damon OCT 05]
04] (8.0) Welcome Back, Potter.......[Murphy NOV 16]
05] (8.0) Straight Talk..............[Liotta JAN 18]
06] (7.9) Big N'Tasty................[DeNiro DEC 07]
07] (7.5) Drop the LBs with Missy E..[Vardalos NOV 09]
08] (7.4) John Handcock Insurance....[McCormack NOV 02]
09] (7.4) Pier 1.....................[Vardalos NOV 09]
10] (7.3) Glenda Goodwin Attorney....[Vardalos NOV 09]
TOP TEN SKETCHES:
01] (9.5) JAN 26] SHOW: Hardball with Chris Matthews
02] (9.3) JAN 26] CO: American Idol 2 Credits
03] (9.0) NOV 09] SKETCH: Day Spa *tied 3rd*
04] (9.0) DEC 07] CO: Tom Ridge's Briefing *tied 3rd*
05] (9.0) DEC 14] CO: Al and Tipper Makeout *tied 3rd*
06] (8.8) NOV 02] SKETCH: The Celebrity Game *tied 6th*
07] (8.8) NOV 09] CO: Bush Does Math *tied 6th*
08] (8.5) NOV 09] SHOW:CBS News Election 2002 Coverage *tied
09] (8.5) OCT 05] CO: Cheney's Ride *tied 8th*
10] (8.5) NOV 16] CO: Adam Sandler Returns *tied 8th*
11] (8.5) DEC 07] SKETCH: Peter Pan *tied 8th*
12] (8.5) FEB 22] SHOW: Pranksters *tied 8th*
01] (9.1) WU Special.JAN 26 02] (9.0) Garner......FEB 15
03] (8.9) McCain.....OCT 19 04] (8.8) Damon.......OCT 05
05] (8.8) Walken.....FEB 22 05] (8.7) Vardalos....NOV 09
07] (8.2) Gore.......DEC 14 08] (8.2) Liotta......JAN 18
09] (7.9) McCormack..NOV 02 10] (7.9) McConaughey.FEB 08
11] (7.6) Gellar.....OCT 12 12] (7.4) Gordon......JAN 11
13] (7.3) Murphy.....NOV 16 14] (7.1) DeNiro......DEC 08
EPISODE RANKINGS [average]
01] (81.4) Walken...FEB 22 02] (78.8) Gore........DEC 14
03] (78.5) Vardalos.NOV 09 04] (77.6) McCain......OCT 19
05] (76.3) Damon....OCT 05 06] (75.8) WU Special..JAN 26
07] (74.8) DeNiro...DEC 07 08] (72.5) Liotta......JAN 18
09] (71.3) Garner...FEB 15 10] (67.3) McConaughey.FEB 08
11] (65.3) Murphy...NOV 16 12] (63.8) McCormack...NOV 02
13] (63.4) Gellar...OCT 12 14] (56.4) Gordon......JAN 11
We Have An Opinion with Greg
and Shifty - 4th Edition as seen in Greg's Review
Topic 01: The cast member
who made the biggest mistake leaving?
Shifty: Was Mark McKinney let go or did he leave on his
own? Jon Lovitz admitted he made a mistake and that would be
my pick. Facts aren't solid in my head but, the deal was he had
a choice of filming a movie but he would miss the first two weeks
of SNL. Lorne said you can do the movie but don't expect to be
on the show. So Lovitz decieded he would do the movie and leave
his job at SNL. His movie carreer still hasn't taken off so that's
my pick. Runner up would be Chevy Chase. He left over a woman
and that relationship ended pretty quick.
Greg: Well leaving and gettting fired are 2 different
things. The cast member who made the smartest move leaving is
probably Eddie Murphy. He was just about to get huge and he's
hanging with Joe Piscopo. Smart move leaving for him. Also Dana
Carvey might be the dumbest move for a cast member ever. Leaving
and doing absoulutely nothing is what he's done the past 10 years.
You could also say Chevy Chase after 1 season, Jan Hooks even,
and of course from the past few seasons we've seen 2 very talented
cast members leave and do absoutely shit. The first is Colin
Quinn, oh wait, I forgot he has a show at like 3 in the morning,
yeah thats going somewhere. And who could forget the Gilda Radner
of the 90's Cheri Oteri. She said she was doing a show on CBS.
3 years later nothing, that was a very dumb move on her part,
she was at the peak of her comedy on the show t! oo.
Shifty: Well Dana did have his ABC show and he did have
huge heart problems.
Topic 02: Which host that made his/her hosting debut over
the past 3 years, who is most likely to make another hosting
Shifty: Conan O'Brien since he works in the same building.
Plus Lorne is the executive producer of Late Night and SNL. That's
my view. The way SNL is booked now it might not happen. Sarah
Michelle Gellar and Chris Walken have hosted prior to this season
and all the rest were new.
Greg: I agree with Shifty in Conan O'Brien to make another
appearance, that show was great from 2001. Also Sean William
Scott from 2001 too made a great hosting debut, and I feel should
be asked to host again. Also this shows going way back to when
I did my first review back in 2000, the infamous Kate Hudson
show. I thought that was a great show and maybe if that new movie
shes in does good she should be asked again.
Topic 03: Favourite
Shifty: Tough call. Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin returning
in the last Roxbury Guys sketch. The Festrunk Brothers aka Two
Wild and Crazy Guys cameo was just a great way to show SNL's
past and SNL's present [at the time]. Having Dan ask Cameron
Diaz if she wants to go look at porn on the internet, was great
since that's what those two would be doing right now. Steve and
Dan hadn't hosted SNL either for awhile and they still haven't
hosted SNL since then. Plus they take the Roxbury Guys' woman
away. There would've been a huge ovation if they brought
the Roxbury Guys sketch one last time for Will's last show but
alas it didn't happen.
Greg: I agree once again with Shifty on the last Roxbury
shit with Steve Martin and Dan Akroyd making cameos, but some
others I liked as well were Kid Rock/David Spade going on Update
in 2001, pl! us who could forget Robert DeNiro makind 2 cameos,
one in 2000 with a great conversation with Jimmy Fallon and an
appearance on the Joe Pesci show with Jim Bruer with of all people
Joe Pesci in 1997. The fact I;m writing this late to Shifty makes
it possible for me to include tonights show when Jim Carey joined
Dave Grohl and the Foo's for Times Like These. Never saw that
Topic 04: which featured player
should be dropped by the end of the season?
Shifty: No question Seth Meyers. Honestly, I would say
Dean. Bring out Exhibit A, which would be Jerry Minor and
Exhibit B which would be the tape of all his sketches he appeared
in Exhibit C which would be the tape which contained all of Dean's
sketches. Jerry's would be longer and funnier. Mr.Minor was also
listed as a writer in the credits. So logic would say Dean but
he managed to stay on for an extra year. Tracy is leaving so
does Dean automatically become the head black castmember? Which
would put him in a lot more sketches since when Tim was around
he had his share of sketches [later in his carrer], and when
Tim left Tracy found himself in a lot more sketches. Case closed.
Greg: I sort of agree with Shifty here with Seth Meyers,
many forget that he was used a lot last season, but this year
nothing. If he doesn;t do much of anything by season's end they
should drop him.
Shifty: I was joking about Seth.
Topic 05: Best SNL Movie?
Greg: Wayne's World 1 and 2 was great comedy. I liked
Blue's Brothers with Dan and Belushi, not sure of the 2000 one
either. The worst SNL movies I've heard are Stuart Saves his
family and It's Pat.
Shifty: It's Pat is regarded as the worst one but I haven't
seen Blues Brothers 2000 or A Night at the Roxbury. Can't go
wrong with Wayne's World. Took a popular sketch, made it into
a movie and was able to make it a satisfying film. It also made
a huge amount of money which pretty much let any popular SNL
recurring sketch to get a movie. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey showed
the chracters can be funny outside Wayne's basement.
Topic 06: Amy or Dean
the better Wacko Jacko impression?
Shifty: Give Amy some facial hair and you have
yourself a body double for Jacko. Amy has the looks
but Dean had the voice down. Now none of them sang
and that would be the true test. So I'll go with Dean here.
Greg: Amy by far. She had the whole white face that Jackson
is sporting now, and that was a key. Dean could never pull that
off, on that note, I'm out of here for this week, thanks for
___________And So Now
Its Time To Say Goodbye______________________.
Connie Stinson: Guys, guys... wait a minute... wait,
wait... We're at the end of the show. I think this audience is
trying to tell you, 'Look past the mounds of gross, fat hog flesh,
and see the beauty within.' Folks, that's our show. As Baudelaire
said, 'Beauty is for those who only see. Real beauty is for those
who feel.' Now... if you're a fat piece of stinking hog, you
should like that one. Join me tomorrow for more idiots and freaks.
NEXT TIME: Queen Latifah Her movie looks good, perhaps a better
choice. Hard to top this episode, and I don't think she will.
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