Baldwin / Missy Elliot
November 15, 2003
First off- my birthday is in
two days- well one technically so using my parents account I
decided to set up an Amazon Wish List. So if you love my reviews
that much go here and buy me stuff-
Leafs- So far they've done okay
on their West Coast road trip going 0-1-2. That's the best you
can hope for when you suck on the road. Rallying from 4-1 down
shows heart and courage and all that good stuff.
Canucks- Ouch- what happened
to these guys? I'm not too broken up since they lost in overtime
in two of those games which means at least they got a point out
of them. They have a three game homestand coming up which should
help them get back on track.
The 2003 Stanley Cup Champion
New Jersey Devils- Brodeur is justice. Brodeur is rule. The guy
is superhuman. The Devils are just playing good ole fashioned
Devils hockey and shock of shocks- they don't lose.
New Jersey Nets- Just when the
season was on the verge of falling apart- K-Mart came back and
they start kicking ass again. Coincidence? No. He's the heart
and soul of that team and has proven it by being the team leader
in the two games they've won. I hope he doesn't act like a bitch
about getting max money so they can keep him.
New Orleans Saints- They had
a bye last week and if they don't beat the Falcons then that's
just pathetic. They can really start to turn the season around.
I was wondering if you knew the
names of the songs that Beck played on SNL in February. I was
looking for the songs and I found your address.
Beck performed "Lost Cause"
and "Guess I'm Doing Fine".
John Dupont writes-
Bob -- I'm 35 and have followed
SNL pretty consistently since the 70s.
then, it had its weak points. The 78-79 season was exceptionally
the same goes for most of the 79-80 season. SNL is a show that,
has endured meteoric peaks and valleys.
I feel the group that best rivaled the originals was the 86-90
Hartman had a lot to do with that), and the 95-98 seasons were
well. The show showed quite a bit of promise during the 2000
As for this season, well ... It's getting to a point when I'm
await a rerun week hoping to see a "Best of" show.
with this season.
First off, I wholeheartedly agree that athletes suck. With a
they're almost consistently bad. McEnroe himself, though, would've
much better host. He has this aura about him that makes him fit
the SNL mode. Much of that involves his reputation, his knack
spontaneity and an ingredient that has been woefully missing
this season: He was anti-establishment.
The problem with SNL at this point is that none of its cast members
'hungry'. Fey makes millions, nearly every cast member has already
movie, and those who don't already feel they've crossed the threshold
Ask Robin Duke and Joe Piscopo (who wasn't that bad) about that
What gets me worse is seeing both Fey and Fallon giggle and snicker
through Weekend Update. It was annoying when Red Skelton did
and the same applies today.
The show is also suffering from the losses of Ferrell, Gasteyer
miss her!), Kattan and Morgan. That's something that subsides
the rise of a few young upstarts.
But the show has been on a bad dry spell since after the fantastic
Christopher Walken show last year (one for the ages). Shows with
and especially Dan Aykroyd were huge disappointments -- particularly
latter, who didn't have the same electricity he had even in cameos
the last few years.
This group needs to quit congratulating itself and assuming they're
'chosen ones'. I'm getting my biggest laughs these days off "The
Show". Why? It employs the same principles that made SNL
lets the audience decide what was funny. Cast members know their
read cue cards properly. And most of all, they're inspired and
There are reasons to be hopeful. The show always picks up steam
Baldwin shows up, much the same way as it has done with John
Martin and Buck Henry.
Al Sharpton should be particularly good. Politicians are almost
on the show. Even in the Ebersol era, the show delivered strong
politicians -- George McGovern in April 1984 and particularly
Jackson edition in Oct. '84 (a true classic, one of the best
Maybe the show needs fewer prima donnas (both in terms of hosts
members) and people who really want to make a strong impression.
Lorne Michaels turn the show around enough times to know he can
I'm just hoping he doesn't wait too long to notice the red flags.
needs help. Fast.
Best Regards -- John Dupont, Baton Rouge, La.
Well there's no length restrictions
in the mailbag. I can't really comment on the 70s since I haven't
seen many complete episodes and of course the humor is always
going to be dated. 1986-1990 was one of my favourite casts as
was 95-98. I usually just say 95-97 since 97-98 was just not
as awesome as the other two years.
About this season- it seems like
whenever SNL has a couple of 'eh' shows- the dogs come out and
talk about how the show is dying etc. and Lorne needs to do all
this stuff. Give them a chance. They're gonna have bad shows,
they're gonna have good shows and sometimes they have these shows
consecutively. Last year they had a couple of ruts but ended
up finishing the season very strongly- so I'm not too concerned.
Except for when they have OMG AWESOME years- SNL is gonna have
some bad shows. It sucks but it happens.
McEnroe would've smoked Roddick.
Roddick is just a bland tennis player who happens to be poking
Mandy Moore. McEnroe has this cocky assholeish persona that I
think would translate well to comedy. I wouldn't say McEnroe
is anti-establishment. Aside from screaming 'You cannot be serious'
there's nothing punk about him. He's about as punk and anti-establishment
as Avril Lavigne.
On SNLers being famous: Jimmy
and Tina are the only "famous" ones. No one knows who
Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards, Finesse Mitchell, Fred Armisen and
Will Forte are. Darrell is famous just for his longevity. Parnell
got some press for doing Bush but that's it. Maya's got some
press but no big movies or anything. Horatio had two movies that
rivaled a Norm movie for box office. Amy and Kenan are probably
right behind Jimmy and Tina in terms of notoriety. At one point
last year Tina got bad about laughing at her jokes but has since
improved. And when he's not with Horatio Jimmy is fine. For the
most part they keep a straight face and do a great job.
Ana Gasteyer and Kattan aren't
really missed too much. Ferrell's absence has hurt since a sure
fire ***-***1/2 cold opening is no more and now the colds suck.
And no skits have really been built around any of the black SNLers-probably
because of Tracy's departure.
I disagree with you on Bernie
and Aykroyd. Bernie was a good show with consistently funny skits
throughout. The Aykroyd show was awesome. Almost nothing sucked
and it was a great way to end the season.
I don't watch the Daily Show.
It airs at midnight here and that coincides with Letterman and
Kimmell. I've always find it to be quite overrated whenever I
watch. It's good and all but I don't see what all the hype is
Politicians are good because
they try real hard and always have a lot of fire- since they
don't want to look stiff and wooden in front of voters. Plus
clips of the episode are always on the news and you want to look
like you can have fun and laugh. Al Sharpton should be real good-
he's a charismatic guy and I think he'll have fun poking fun
at himself and others.
There are some castmembers who
do need to go but Lorne has a lot of talent to work with- he
just has to use it wisely.
Who do you think is the most
overrated wrestler in the WWE? I think it's Christian. Even though
he has a good character, he has a limited offense. He had some
great tag matches with Edge, but to me is not a good singles
wrestler. He had a series of subpar matches with Booker T and
with the exception of the ladder match with RVD on RAW a few
months ago, he has had crappy matches with RVD.
People still think Christian
is a good worker? Ouch. I'd say Taker is also overrated. Aside
from a fantastic match with Angle- I haven't been too impressed
with his PPV outings against Cena, A-Train and Lesnar.
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A Minute with Stan Hooper-
A Minute with Stan Hooper:
Pete, Lou and Stan: Comedy Gold
It seems like we've found a found a footing for Stan Hooper in
who is funny and who is not. The butler, whom Norm pushed on
us in the pilot seems to be more in the background. And Pete
and Lou seem to be the people that Norm plans on using the most.
The 3rd episode followed the
theme of the 2nd and what will be the 4th episode. Stan does
something and ends up riling up the hometown. Then we watch what
happens. It's formula but there's a lot of things you could do
with it. Considering that Stan has still just arrived in town-
it makes sense that he would keep accidentally pissing off the
I like how this episode focused on Pete and Lou- With Fred Willard
not really being in much Pete has started to won me over. Daniel
Roebuck just seems to put everything into his character. His
facials are brilliant and his aw shucks attitude is perfect for
his role. We also got a taste of Lou tonight and I found him
to be quite funny as well. One thing that's interesting about
Stan Hooper is how Norm hasn't really played up the fact that
they're gay at all- nor does anyone seem to mind. Aside from
Cockburn he hasn't really used it for a punchline at all.
The whole thing where Pete and Lou kept running up their debt
to Stan reminded me of an episode of NewsRadio where because
Matthew is the worst gambler in the world- he ends up owing Joe
more and more money. The episode also paid homage to Cheers and
Dirty Work- you KNOW I marked out.
I was surprised at the way the pool game turned out. The fact
that they both sucked at pool was a nice deviation from the norm.
The constant ways that Pete and Lou ran up their debt was funnier
I know a lot of people are hating on Molly but I just can't dislike
her. She's supposed to be like Eva Gabor from Green Acres. She's
the one who ends up adapting to small town life and not minding
all the intricacies (except for the voting) and she's just there
as Stan's conscious- the one who tries to help him make sense
of it all. She's not supposed to be funny- she's just there.
Chelsea does need to die and fast. She adds nothing to the show
and is holding Ryan down. Ryan has two easy plotlines to deal
with that haven't been explored. I am the only one who remembers
that Ryan lives with Stan Hooper? I know they mentioned it for
a brief second tonight but I just think that the issue of someone
living in Stan's house should be explored a bit more. Also- Ryan
and Mr. Hawkins are still on the outs and again- they only explored
it for a bit second. Maybe their saving plotlines for a rainy
day but damn- let Ryan do something. And send Chelsea far far
The episode took a bit too long to build up tonight but once
we got the main plot it was really good. Pete is awesome, Lou
kept up with him and it's amazing watching Norm slip so easily
into the straight man role. The bare knuckle boxing scene was
A good show but the show needs some minor tweaking that's holding
it back from true greatness.
And now the review.
Cast- Darrell Hammond
Thoughts- I guess they decided to give Darrell another chance
or something- and again it was awful. Why? Because he's not doing
an impression. He's speaking in his own voice, wearing makeup
and saying idiotic statements. Not even Parnell was this bad.
Why not give Jeff Richards a shot? If he sucks then just don't
do Bush for a while. I just don't see the point of sending Darrell
out there if he's just going to speak in his normal voice. It
really is a shame since Darrell was amazing last year and had
a career year- and this year he is just stinking up the joint
and doing horrible impressions. At least he gave Tina Fey to
Arnold. Enough with Darrell's Bush please. It's just embarrassing.
Cast- Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz
Thoughts- The monologue started out really poorly thanks to you
know who but seeing Mike Myers again was awesome and he was hilarious.
I loved how Myers would change from his accent to regular Mike
voice when plugging The Cat in the Hat. I just wish he could've
done a skit or two as well. Jimmy and Horatio's characters reminded
me of the black guy in the SNL Band who always seems to be laughing
his ass off during every monologue. This was headed down a bad
path but things picked up once Mike showed up. **1/2
Cast- Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch
Thoughts- They could've delved into the problems created by Maya
doing a black man but since this is just a time filler commercial-
there was sadly not enough time to devote to the potential problems
among close minded friends and family. And that's a damn shame.
Cast- Baldwin, Amy Poehler
Thoughts- I guess one of the perks of getting to host 10+ times
is the chance to grope Amy Poehler's breasts. Steve Martin should
really come back and host if that is the case. Baldwin was really
good here as the sleazy doctor. I loved how Amy kept saying she
was only taking so many jokes before she left. And come on- do
you think I'm gonna not like a skit where Amy Poehler's breasts
are the centrepiece? ***1/2
Cast- Chris Parnell, Fred Armisen
Thoughts- While it was no Homicil- this was pretty funny. Fred
does look kind of gay (sorry Fred- but it's true) so he played
a very good gay man. Solid funny stuff here. ***
Zing v. Burn
Cast- Baldwin, Parnell, Rudolph, Seth Meyers
Thoughts- He hasn't really done much this year and I was beginning
to wonder whether Seth Meyers was still my comedy lord and saviour.
Well as Zing v. Burn proves- Seth Meyers has still got it. I
know others will find this to be incredibly annoying and hard
to sit through but that was part of its charm. Seth and Alec's
over-exaggerated after every burning and zinging were hilarious.
My one complaint was that the winning zing was gayer then a Brian
Kinney sex tape. I loved the stuff with the imaginary coffee
cup and Seth's 4 point play owned. Some of the burns/zings were
quite lame and like I said- the last zing just wasn't up to par.
Still there was some great stuff here. ***3/4
Cast- Baldwin, Sanz, Armisen
Thoughts- I'll freely admit it- I found Horatio Sanz to be hilarious.
Alec Baldwin also did a great Tony Bennett impression. Even though
I didn't really know Robert Durst too well but I loved Fred's
portrayal of him- all three of these guys just really clicked
here. The bit where Tony called Richie Sambora was hilarious.
I also enjoyed Sanz's aborted jokes and how creepy Fred was.
Just great stuff all around and I'd like to see this brought
back when/if Alec Baldwin hosts again. ****
Cast- Baldwin, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, Armisen
Thoughts- Poor poor Kenan. This guy just can't catch a break.
He's done nothing in the last couple shows. I just don't understand
why SNL would not use a guy with years of sketch comedy experience.
And he's the only current SNLer to have ever done a movie with
Abe Vigoda. I usually hate the Falconer but this wasn't too bad.
The stuff with the falcon and Alec Baldwin was so absurd but
I couldn't help but laugh and the beginning interplay between
the Falconer and the Falcon was also funny. The rest of the skit
was the usual crappy Falconer junk. Forte can do good stuff-
this was not it. **
Thoughts- This reminded me of 50 Cent last May meaning that I
couldn't understand a word she was saying. They also filmed it
so I couldn't get a good look at the train sign so this week
you're spared my bitching about how it never changes. I also
hate when the musical guest feels the need to plug their album.
Isn't doing SNL enough? It just reeks of insecurity. You're supposed
to be so good that the viewer will sit at home and go: Wow- that
Missy Elliot song was great- I'm gonna go buy her new CD now!
And everyone knows that anyone being a musical guest on SNL usually
has a new CD coming out or a CD that just came out anyway. I
remember it really bothered me when Eve did it back in April
of 2001 and it again bothered me when Missy Elliot did it. This
song was awful and did not make me want to buy her new album
that hits stores November 25th. _*
Cast- Fey, Fallon, Forte, Armisen
Thoughts- I would first off like to thank Jimmy, Tina, Lorne-
whomever for the fact that Horatio Sanz was not on Weekend Update.
Will Forte was awesome here- that Sex Tape was one of the funniest
things I've seen on Update. The guy's off the wall humour sometimes
is a miss but then there are times when it's just a joy to watch-
and this was one of them. I've noticed that Will Forte seems
to be turning into another Seth Meyers meaning that he always
is awesome on Update. Whether it be Tim Calhoun, a sex tape or
his bits with Armisen- the guy's forte is Weekend Update. The
jokes here were like the Ripa Update and that almost all of them
were hilarious. I enjoyed seeing them bring back OH SNAP and
Tina's Ahnuld impression once again should've made Darrell Hammond
cry with shame. The bit with Christian Slater-Jack Nicholson
and Tina was so stupid that it had me cracking up. Kudos to Jimmy
for the good impressions. A couple of iffy jokes here mean it
can't reach the magic five level but this was awesome. Tina and
Jimmy have really stepped up this season and it's a shame I've
had to consistently give the Updates poor rankings (for them)
thanks to crappy commentaries. I'm glad they had a mix of awesome
jokes and hilarious commentaries and I can give them the high
rating that they've deserved since the Horatio Sanz debacle.
Prince Charles Conference
Cast- Baldwin, Poehler, Sanz, Meyers, Armisen
Thoughts- This skit had more homoeroticism then a very special
episode of Queer as Folk. I always enjoy seeing the cast try
out British accents and for the most part they did a very good
job. I enjoyed the homosexual innuendo and the general joke of
the skit. Horatio does need to work on his British accent though.
There's not much more I can really add to this- funny jokes,
funny premise= funny skit. It's a simple formula. ***3/4
Cast- Baldwin, Poehler, Meyers, Dratch, Jeff Richards, Thompson,
Thoughts- Alec Baldwin and Amy Poehler really do have good chemistry
together. It's a shame the Devil and Daniel Webster is probably
never going to see the light of day since it'd be interesting
to see them interact in that film. At first I thought this skit
was going to head towards the path of the skit with Will Ferrell
and Ray Romano from 1999 but it proved me wrong and did its own
thing. Seth was really funny at the beginning and the bickering
between Amy and Alec was pretty funny in its own right. I wasn't
really expecting much going in but this skit pleasantly surprised
me and the continued the good streak the show had built up.
Cast- Baldwin, Richards, Poehler
Thoughts- The skit had its moments (especially with the blood
squirting all over poor Amy Poehler) but it was just too predictable.
You knew that when Roy got back on stage he was going to get
mauled and destroyed by the tiger or whatever animal he was using.
And making fun of Siegfried and Roy is so last month. Come on
SNL- get with the times. People are making fun of- well- they
did the Prince Charles scandal so I guess people aren't really
making fun of anything these days. A couple of funny moments
and I'm always a mark for when SNL has squirting blood and other
unnecessary gore. **
Thoughts- It was interesting that Missy decided to play an old
favourite rather then a new song off her album. It reminded me
when Moby played 'South Side' during the Winona Ryder episode.
I'm not complaining mind you since I think Work It is a pretty
good song even though the lyrics are a bit out there. And I know
I sound like a broken record but I love it when the song or the
musician brings some sort of energy to the table at 12:45 am.
It's nice to be able to stay awake and catch the last skit. **1/2
Cast- Baldwin, Meyers, Dratch, Armisen
Thoughts- I know I've seen this before but I can't remember the
episode. It may have gotten cut from one of the dress rehearsals
that I attended. Seth's exasperation (We passed on Lord of the
Rings. LORD OF THE RINGS!) was funny stuff and easily the highlight
of the skit. Rachel and Alec were okay here but it's the last
skit. I wasn't expecting much and I got what I expected. *1/2
The Bottom Line- The avg. skit
was **.6 making this the first thumbs up since the Justin Timberlake
show. Aside from a couple of clunkers this show had a lot of
just solid funny skits. Alec Baldwin was a great host and I'm
sure his experience made the show easier to put together then
say putting together a show for a tennis player. Horatio Sanz
really improved from the previous two shows and was restrained
and got some laughs from me as a result. It was also good seeing
Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen get a lot of airtime as they deserved
it and were funny throughout the show. Good stuff tonight and
I look forward to the Rev. Al Sharpton.