Black / John Mayer
October 4, 2003
Coming into this show, all I
knew of was the new set built to be like Grand Central Station,
Kenan Thompson and Finesse Mitchell new featured members of SNL,
and new opening credits and theme. At first I thought Finesse
Mitchell was a girl. Then, it turned out he wasn't. This episode
also proved that featured players coming into the show don't
always stay featured players for two years. Will Forte was made
regular cast member, which I didn't know of. Fred Armisen stayed
where he was, though. Plus, IU didn't know if Darrell Hammond
was still a cast member or not. He was still there, surprisingly. This
is my review:
A Message from Arnold Schwartzenegger- I thought this was okay,
but Darrell's done better Arnold. This sketch gets a B-.
Opening Theme/Monologue- Great theme song and opening credits.
This revealed that Will Forte, Jeff Richards, and Seth Meyers
were promoted and that SNL doesn't have a 2-year system for featured
players. This also showed that Finesse Mitchell wasn't a girl
after all, and showed that Kenan Thompson has lost much weight
indeed. Great to see him, I loved him on All That. As for
the Monologue, this is the only funny dancing routine Jack Black's
ever done. It was also funny to see a cameo by Will Ferrell.
They should have done a Celebrity Jeopardy with Kenan playing
Bill Cosby, which he does later on, Darrell Hammond playing Sean
Connery, and Jimmy Fallon playing a new impression. Anyway, the
Monologue and Opening Theme was good, and I give it an A-.
Huggies Thongs- What a weird and awkward sketch, and I could
leave it or take it. I thought it was okay, and I give it a C.
Queer Eye for the Straight Gal- "Kill this sketch"
is what I thought during this one. F.
The Wade Robson Project- At last, rappers get made fun of on
SNL. Finesse Mitchell's character represents how many black people
act. I liked it. Jack Black's Sparkle character was funny, and
that T-Shirt "Jesus is My Homeboy" killed me! I give
it a B-, even though it was what I was waiting for.
Italian Cooking Class- Take it or leave it. The Fred Armisen
character was pretty much the highlight of this one. D.
TV Funhouse- Yankee Superheroes- Man, the magic has been gone
from TV Funhouse and will never come back, but that crack about
Mariah Carey's scream was hilarious. C.
John Mayer- Don't care about musical guests, they're all crap
Weekend Update- Man, another year of this crap. How much longer
can this go on?! This had better be the last year of this madness,
for they only preserve the memory of Colin Quinn, the worst of
the bunch. When did the magic of Norm die away? He is King of
W.U. I watched it to see what other stuff was there, and I got
to see Kenan's first recurring character, Bill Cosby. He does
a good Bill Cosby. Otherwise, nothing is great about this one.
However, I liked the crack about what Bush Can't Find. D-.
Father, Son, and Shelley Long- Hmm...no comment...D.
John Mayer- Like I said, don't care, it's crap now.
Wine Critic- Funny the first time I saw it, but it got old after
a while. C.
Telemarketers Mourn- I thought this one was pretty good. However,
it could have been better. C-.
This whole episode gets a 7/10. Great to see Kenan, but I feel
another bad season like last year is afoot.
And that's the way it is! Good night!