Ripa / Outkast
November 1, 2003
Leafs: Good God. That performance
was an absolute disgrace tonight. I'm going to see them play
on Saturday and if they put on a performance closely resembling
that- I will be very pissed. The defence has just gone to hell
and it's a shame watching Eddie get no support like that. Luckily
the Eastern Conference is pretty weak at the moment so they can
afford to play like garbage every once in a while- but Leaf fans
don't deserve to have to have to watch that crap
Canucks: They've yet to lose
at home- at least one team knows how to reward its paying customers.
The Western Conference is a dog fight and the Canucks are doing
everything right to win it. I'm glad Todd Bertuzzi agreed to
resign in the middle of the season- That's a very nice thing
to do. I hope they can keep playing well- this team could go
The 2003 Stanley Cup Champion
New Jersey Devils: They're not off to the start that I would've
liked but at least they haven't played any games where they lost
7-1. Brodeuer's been on fire recently- and that's what I like
Saints: They were so close to
turning their season around but ended up blowing that game against
Carolina in typical New Orleans Saints fashion. I seriously think
they should play for a draft pick now. The season is a lost cause.
Lauren Lazarus writes-
My name's Lauren, and I read your reviews every week. They're
great, but the point of this e-mail is -- I'm a huge Red Sox
fan (I'm a Braves fan too, as I'm from Atlanta, but the Red Sox
are really my team). Last Thursday when I watched that heartbreaking
Game 7, my last coherent thought before hitting the sheets around
12:30 was, "At least we'll get a good Seth Meyers commentary
out of this." And then, as you said in your review -- HORATIO
SANZ??? And SUPER FANS??? I was so pissed I turned it off after
Weekend Update. I, like you, am in awe of the talent and humor
that is Seth Meyers, and when Horatio showed up on my screen
instead of Seth, I nearly blew a fuse. Anyways, just thought
I'd let you know there's someone else that's ticked off over
it. Have fun writing reviews, I know I have fun reading them.
A Braves and a Red Sox fan- I
half dig. The Red Sox are just so frustrating. Every year they
always have a chance to knock off the Yankees and every year-
they ALWAYS blow it. It's so maddeningwatching Boston. You want
them to win but in the end- but you know they're gonna blow it.
I applaud you for turning off that waste of salary. I would've
clicked over to Hockey Night in Canada but the Canucks weren't
playing. Which was more heartbreaking? Aaron Boone or Horatio
Sanz? Thank you for the kind words.
Chad Ruffner writes-
Raw was pretty good show tonight,
has been for about the last month or so. Did Vince
hire new writers or something? Nevertheless, I hope
this Is a long term trend and not something that will
disappear after Survivor Series. Hearing rumors that
Vince and Co. are actually planning out Matches for
Wrestle Mania 20 4 Months In advance, (rather than 4
weeks), restores a little bit of my lost confidence In
this Company. I said a little bit. What did you
Yea- RAW was quite okay. Long
term planning is what the company should do and it is what works
best. Summerslam 2002 is evidence of that. The big match was
booked months in advance and it was done perfectly. Too bad Survivor
Series looks like a major suckfest.
Considering how much I've spent
on Wrestlemania XX- that show better deliver.
Hey Bob it's jojo from the SNLMB.
In my Halle Berry review, I said that it was one of the worst,
if not the worst SNL show in the 21st century. Which epsiode
do you think was the worst from the 21st century so far?
I've said it before and I'll
say it again: Alan Cumming/Jennifer Lopez is the worst episode
I have ever seen. The show was so bad that I called NBC to complain
about it. I hope SNL never puts on a show that horrid again.
The show was so bad that the producers of Mad TV said "Damn-
that was bad."
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A Minute with Stan Hooper
As you guys know- I'm a HUGE
fan of Norm Macdonald and of course I'm very happy that he has
his new show 'A Minute with Stan Hooper.' Here is my review of
When I heard the plot of A Minute
with Stan Hooper- I was a little bit sceptical. I had trouble
seeing how Norm Macdonald could play his usual character under
the context of a TV newsman. Then when I found out that Norm
was playing someone completely different I began to have faith
in Stan Hooper. Artie Lange assured me that it was really funny.
I think that Norm himself is worried about alienating his fanbase
with the show.
Well one episode in and I'm already
sold. I enjoyed the show's style of humour- it wasn't cute one
liner after one cute liner- the jokes seemed to work for the
most part and I'm already enjoying some of the characters. A
show like Stan Hooper takes a bit of time to find its comedic
peak. With an ensemble piece like that it's hard for every character
to find their voice in one episode. The show did a great job
of establishing everyone and giving the audience a peak to their
comedic potential. The only one I'm not feeling so far is Chelsea.
Norm was perfect in his role.
I liked how he just watched the action unfold and filled in the
blanks with his comments. It's a different Norm then what we're
used to but he was just fine as Stan Hooper. Watching him react
to the actions of the small town will be a lot of fun to watch
in the coming weeks. I admire Norm for taking on something different
instead of playing a sarcastic idiot.
Penelope Ann Miller didn't really have much to do but she played
the wife just fine. She seems to be Stan's conscious and moral
centre. I'd like to see her get more funny lines but I'm enjoying
her interactions with the butler.
I'm really enjoying Eric Lively
so far. Having him get to share a lot of his scenes with Fred
Willard and Norm should really help him go places. His character
had the down home small town thing down pat.
Daniel Roebuck is fantastic and
was the best non-Norm or Fred part. I loved his voice, his mannerisms-
everything about him had me laughing my ass off. This character
could really be the breakout of the show.
Garrett Dillahunt was very funny
but too underused. His character has a lot of potential and I'm
very interested to see how the show plays up the gay thing.
Brian Howe just screams breakout
potential and Norm knows this. I just hope he isn't overused
and shoved down our throats like other sitcoms will be. He needs
to be used sparingly- whenever you just need a scene of laughter-
use the butler. If he's used too much he'll just wear thin.
Fred Willard was terrific. I'm
disappointed that he's only a guest star since the show is immediately
lifted by his presence. I think Norm didn't think the father-son
conflict would work for 22 episodes so having him there sparingly
to lighten up the mood a bit.
I liked how the show got right
to the point. Most sitcoms would stretch out Norm wanting to
leave New York and live in a small town- but like the premiere
of Ed- it got right to the point. No meandering bullshit- the
synopsis of the show was done in 15 seconds.
I loved the premiere episode
and a show like this can only get better. It takes a long time
to flesh out and establish all the characters so Stan Hooper
will take some time before it finds it comedic peak.
I look forward to seeing where
the storylines flesh out and what happens next.
Thumbs Way Up
Cast- Darrell Hammond
Thoughts- What has happened to Darrell? Last year he was flat
out awesome and one of my favourite performers- and this year
he's been awful. He didn't even do an impression of George Bush.
Parnell may have been pretty bad but at least he TRIED something.
Note to Darrell: George W. Bush does not have the same voice
as you. It's a shame that SNL has found nobody to replace Ferrell's
Bush because it was nice having guaranteed good cold openings.
Darrell had some funny lines but the impression was just atrocious
and really killed the skit. *
Cast- Kelly Ripa, Rachel Dratch, James Downey
Thoughts- I don't know which made me mark out harder- Jim Downey
or Kelly Ripa's boobs. Well one did make me harder. Sorry- it
was too easy. Seeing Jim Downey is always a huge highlight though.
They haven't done questions from the audience in a long time
and it was nice to see it brought back. I wonder why they decided
to have writers play the audience members- Poor Kenan was in
nothing this week. This was a fun monologue and unlike last week-
it didn't tease a kiss and not deliver. ***
Thoughts- One thing I don't get about those Kelly Ripa hair commercials-
when it looks like she's struggling with her hair- it doesn't
look that bad. So it always puzzles me when she's frustrated.
Everyone watches that show for Regis anyway. This was really
funny and it was good to see Ripa be able to make fun of herself
like that. Really good stuff here. ***3/4
Regis and Kelly
Cast- Chris Kattan, Ripa, Hammond, Amy Poehler, Meyers
Thoughts- I guess three shows was just too long to go without
the presence of Chris Kattan. It should be noted that on his
first show back- Kattan portrayed a gay man. I'm just saying.
One thing Darrell can do well is an impression of Regis Philbin
and it was the usual good stuff. It's a shame Regis didn't cameo
tonight. He's the man (even if he did screw Norm out of a million
dollars) and any appearance by him would've totally rocked the
Kasbah. Kelly did a pretty good Angelina Jolie- I was impressed.
The Beyond Borders clip was funny stuff. This was the usual solid
Regis and Kelly- it's a shame this is probably the last we'll
see it. ***1/4
Cast- Ripa, Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon
Thoughts- Since this skit was about Renee Zelwegger- I strongly
recommend all of you check out the latest Premiere Magazine.
Renee is starting to pack on the pounds for Bridget Jones 2 and
she looks AMAZING. I think it's disgusting that Weight Watchers
is offering her money to lose the weight after Bridget is done.
First of all: SHE ISN'T FAT WHEN SHE IS BRIDGET JONES. She's
just healthy. And I'm no doctor- but I don't think a yoyo diet
is very healthy. So Jack White- if you're reading this- tell
Renee to say no to Weight Watchers. And to eat more hamburgers.
Kelly Ripa got Renee's extreme
squinting down but other then that her Renee was sub par. As
someone pointed out- You can't do a proper Renee impression without
her saying 'I know' 1,000 times. My hatred for Horatio Sanz grows
everyday. I know SNL needs a fat guy but Kenan Thompson is a
bit pudgy and even though I didn't Boat Trip- I have a feeling
Good Burger was a lot funnier. Jimmy's Pat O'Brien doesn't really
do it for me. Horatio was just beyond bad here and aside from
a couple of chuckles- this skit had nothing. _*
Thoughts- I remember the last time Outkast was the musical guest-
one of the guys looked like Ric Flair. I was disappointed that
the Nature Boy was not represented this time around. Oh and SNL-
for the love of God please change the train sign. This was pretty
good stuff and I enjoyed the energy that Andre (I think it was
him) brought. ***
Cast- Fey, Fallon, Sanz, Richards
Thoughts- I don't like to curse in my reviews. One of the advantages
of this is that when I DO decide to curse- I think it means something.
So here it goes:
Fuck Horatio Sanz.
Seriously- Despite Drunk Girl
this WU was headed towards the amazing category. And then we
had to endure Horatio Sanz's garbage that killed any momentum
this GREAT Weekend Update was building. The stuff with P.Diddy,
The Rod Roddy jokes, and all of Tina's material was tremendous
and reminiscent of Updates that I had given 5* to. My heart sank
when I saw Jeff trot out Drunk Girl (Impressions Jeff- not characters)
but even that wasn't THAT bad and I still felt we could see a
highly rated Update. It's also quite sad that Tina's Arnold was
much better then Darrell's. Thus proving my theory: Everyone
can do a better Arnold impression then Darrell Hammond. And then
we got the endless crap of Horatio's horrible Jimmy Buffett that
just seemed to drag on forever. I think time stood still during
it. I know Jimmy and Horatio like to have fun and laugh and that's
fine- if they keep it in dress rehearsal where it belongs. It's
disgusting watching it on the live show. It's a slap in the face
to every person who aspires to be on Saturday Night Live and
has to sit there watching someone else live their dream and spit
on it. There's a time to have fun (That's called dress rehearsal)
and there's a time to be professional. (We call that the live
show) It's disheartening just watching Weekend Update go to hell
in a handbasket when the name Horatio Sanz is uttered. I know
I pimp him endlessly but Seth Meyers has been on WU 0 times this
season. Horatio Sanz has been on WU 2 times this season. That
is not right at all considering he's done nothing but bring down
the quality of Weekend Update and spit in the face of the hard
work that Jimmy and Tina do to put this Update together. And
no- I'm not blaming Jimmy here. He looked really disinterested
at Horatio's antics at first and only seemed to start losing
it when Horatio had already lost it. Why does the viewer want
to sit there and watch two people giggle like idiots? I don't
know about you but if I had the choice between a funny commentary
about baseball and a man giggling- I'd pick the funny commentary.
So fuck Horatio Sanz and I hope Lorne gets his head out of his
ass and starts putting on people on Update who can do funny commentaries
instead of people whose only talent seems to be to know how to
Now I know I'm coming off negative
here and it really sucks that Horatio has to take away from the
greatness that Tina and Jimmy produced this week. They were both
feeling it this week and it's a shame that WU wasn't a ****1/2
classic- blame Horatio Sanz. ***1/2
Cast- Ripa, Will Forte, Fred Armisen
Thoughts- Even though this skit sucked- I do have something positive
to say. When I say a cow's ass producing fart and Will Forte
right there- I had a feeling that he would be able to make this
be really funny. That shows how good the guy can be when he is
given quirky or stupid material to work with. This was pretty
bad and it had a lot of potential but it just decided to use
something cheap and juvenile to get its punchline across and
I think the skit suffered as a whole. And what is with SNL and
the skit turns out to be a commercial thing? They've done it
now three times this year- I don't get it. _*
Cast- Ripa, Maya Rudolph, Sanz, Poehler
Thoughts- Well we had an hour of zero Maya but all good things
come to an end. Some things never change: The Boston Red Sox
will always choke, fallonfey.com will still be the best place
for info on WU's hottest duo (well only duo) and a skit featuring
Maya Rudolph after 12:30 will suck. Thanfully this was her only
skit of the night and it was one of those skits where you think
'Darn- the Canucks aren't on.' The usual drek from Maya. DUD
Thoughts- I don't remember these guys impressing me when they
were on the Jonny Mosely show. A quick look back reveals I gave
them *1/2 and **1/2, But they were really good tonight and I
thought this song was great and a lot of fun to listen to. All
I ask for is high energy at 12:40 am and they brought it in spades.
The wacky dancing was also quite funny. I'll be downloading some
Outkast after tonight. ***3/4
Cast- Ripa, Meyers, Poehler, Fallon
Thoughts- Woo-hoo- Seth and Amy in a skit! This was very cute
and Jimmy's Pat O'Brien impression was really good here as it
was so out of place that it was hilarious. You don't have to
do much to impress me late at night. This gave me a few hearty
chuckles and put on a smile on my face. **1/2
Adopt a Pet
Cast- Ripa, Chris Parnell
Thoughts- Poor Chris Parnell. The guy gets fired, gets an impression
taken away and then has only one skit- and it's the last of the
night. Ouch. At least he can say he did a funny movie with Renee
Zelwegger. I know I've slagged on him a lot but he was fine form
here and this was a very funny skit that did not deserve to be
the last skit of the time. I feel sorry for that poor dog though.
Parnell was great here and this skit had a lot of good lines
and was great considering it was the last skit of the night.
Thoughts- The avg. skit was **.37
making this show a thumbs in the middle and with Andy Roddick
next week I don't expect the non-thumbs up streak to end. This
just suffered from way too many clunkers and people like Darrell
Hammond and Horatio Sanz are seriously starting to piss me off
with Darrell's awful impressions and Horatio acting like an unprofessional
jackass and ruining my favourite segment of SNL. There are still
bright spots to be had but I hope Lorne gets a clue. I never
want to see Horatio Sanz on Weekend Update AGAIN. Kelly did a
fine job and looked hot doing it so no complaints here. And I'll
try to end on a positive note and give Tina and Jimmy major props
for their amazing performance on Weekend Update.
Thumbs in the Middle