Aguilera / Maroon 5
February 21, 2004
[Hardball with Chris Matthews]
What can I say, Darell Hammond as Chris Matthews has to be the
best "show opener" in recent memory, and one of the
few recurring sketches I don't mind seeing. The whole deal with
Hammond playing off his own taped Schwarzenegger was funny but
came off as rather stilted. Bonus points for the sketch being
short and snappy, and it was funny to notice Hammond nearly breaking
out in laughter at several points.
Boooring. If the host is a singer, why not just let 'em be the
musical guest as well? That's how it's often worked in the past.
In any case, the whole Christina taking Jimmy Fallon to task
for making fun of her on Weekend Update was mildly funny, but
for the most part, "eh". A few points for some of
the throwaway lines: "I'm just a pawn in Tina Fey's sick
game!" and "We hired a guy named Finesse?".
[Sex and the City]
Perhaps "Sex and the City" is an easy target, but with
all the hoopla over the final episode, I was glad to see it getting
skewered. Surprisingly, Christina Aguilera as Kim Cattrall was
the scene stealer in this sketch -- "that's right, I'm a
[Do You Know Who My Dad Is?]
Chris Parnell, in addition to being a great utility player in
general, has to be the perfect fake generic game show host.
As per usual, Will Forte made this sketch, with Seth Myers also
doing fairly well as the German rich kid. Anyway, great concept
for a sketch with above average execution.
[TV Funhouse - Fun With Real
This was...weird. My girlfriend pointed out as we watched that
it was almost tragic. Poor (Lord Epstein-Carlisle) Pat O'Brien.
Nice to see the Smeigel cartoon making a return, in any case.
[History Channel: Celebration
of Women Week]
Below average. Christina got a bit preachy here and there, and
it was really a one joke sketch that wasn't that funny to begin
So the first time in ages SNL books a musical act with guitars
and it's these guys? Blah.
Merely average and *very short*. Only saving grace -- Jesus
[Venice Beach dance-off]
Dig the sort-of retro costumes and Keenan's terrible dancing.
Average sketch overall, though Will Forte's wimpy balladeer
was bizarre yet welcome.
[Celebrities visit Christina
I don't even remember seeing this bit, I must've been in the
kitchen getting a snack or something.
[Besos Y Lagrimas]
Another easy target, but still well done. Especially worthwhile
was Fred Armisen and his big, fake mustache. Also nice to see
Chris Parnell wearing an eye patch.
[Huggies Thong commercial]
Note to SNL: tape new fake commercials. This is a funny spot
but it has to be like the fifth or six week in a row using it.
[Incompetent employee gets fired]
More Will Forte goodness, and even more of Chris Parnell in top
form. Not sure what it was about those two but for my money,
they dominated this show. Also, this sketch continued in the
evening's theme of "short and snappy".
[Rude pharmacy employee]
Only very mildly funny, mostly for Mya Rudolph's old lady character.
A typical half-baked last sketch of the night.
All in all, this was a much better
episode than I had it cut out for. While I don't particularly
care for Christina Aguilera's music, for the most part she turned
in a professional acting performance. More strong than weak
sketches, and it was nice to see lots of Will Forte and Chris
Parnell, though I could've done with a stronger Weekend Update.