Al Sharpton / Pink
December 6, 2003
Next week due to computer problems
and standby my review will probably be a bit late. Don't worry-
I'm still going to do one- it just may be later then usual.
Leafs- Two weeks ago they were
left for dead in the midst of a horrific road trip. Then they
became the first team to beat Vancouver at GM Place. Since then
they have not lost. They've defeated high caliber teams like
the Canucks, Bruins and the Wings. I hope they are for real and
this 8 game winning streak wasn't just a good stretch of games.
Canucks- They've played alright
but aren't on the torrid pace that they were at the beginning
of the year. Still they are not losing games so I should not
complain. But not being able to get a win in two games against
The 2003 Stanley Cup Champion
New Jersey Devils- Well the unbeaten streak had to end sometime.
Even though tonight's game against Ottawa was a big win- maybe
they can put together another big streak.
New Jersey Nets- They give the
ball to K-Mart and their losing streak ends. SHOCKING! Oh and
I hate Alonzo Mourning. What a worthless piece of garbage he
turned out to be. A comeback isn't really that courageous when
you retire after a few games. Oh and- GIVE BACK THE MONEY YOU
WORTHLESS PIECE OF TRASH. Sorry- I was against signing Alonzo
from the start and I'm not happy I turned out to be right.
New Orleans- Well this is the
biggest game of the year. Lose and the season is over. Win and
they keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They seem to have Tampa
Bay's number and since they're reeling- I really hope they can
Hey Bob, hows it going? I havent
been digging this season, and often i fall asleep after update.
Im just wondering if im the only one who thinks that. I love
Kenan Thompson, he was great on All That (i watched it religiously
when i was younger) I just wish they gave him something good
to work with.
PS what happened to www.snltv.com???
This season has had its ups and
downs. But honestly- did anyone expect Halle and Roddick to be
good? No. Ripa was disappointing I will admit- but all the episodes
have gone as expected.
Kenan's misuse has saddened me
and it seems like he has slipped into the role of 'Other Black
Guy' that Tracy Morgan created in 1996. Basically: One black
guy gets all the airtime, while the other plays Cop #2. The fact
that Tracy got a sitcom and a Best Of is pretty amazing to those
who remember him when he first started out. Somewhere- there's
a lesson to be learned there. Jerry Minor and Dean Edwards assumed
the role when Tim left and they were in a combined seven skits.
It looks like based on the first couple shows they are giving
Finesse a big role while Kenan gets to punch Wanda Sykes. I hope
they start giving Kenan more material- he's a sketch comedy veteran
and come on- Who DIDN'T love Good Burger?
PS: I believe you mean saturdaynightlive.tv.
That site went the way of the dodo bird and Al Roker's fat. I
think Hugh was just too busy to continue running the site.
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Simon and Garfunkel-
I had the awesome pleasure to
see Simon and Garfunkel at Air Canada Centre on November 30th.
I had seen Paul two times previous but never had the pleasure
of seeing Art Garfunkel. Even though you could tell they still
hate each other (Message to Paul: Doing banter on how you used
to hate each other is not funny when you still hate each other).
But who really cares- I came to see them play their hits and
they obliged. I won't bore with the full set list (They have
it up at www.simonandgarfunkel.com) but hearing them play 'Cecilia,
'Boxer', 'Bridge over Troubled Water' and 'Mrs. Robinson' was
a real treat. The Everly Brothers played 3 songs and were also
quite good. I hope they do a second tour or go back into the
studio because I would love to hear some more great work from
the greatest band of all time.
A Minute with Stan Hooper-
A Minute with Stan Hooper:
I'm thankful the show hasn't been cancelled yet
A Minute with Stan Hooper was
hilarious this past Wednesday. Even though the plot was basically
the same as episode 3 (Stan tries to blend in and something bad
happens) it's formula and the formula worked. The stuff with
them hunting was great and Fred Willard truly shined in this
I like that they kept Molly and Chelsea in their own subplot
so their suck wouldn't bring down the other good characters like
Stan and Fred. It was nothing special but wasn't unwatchable
anything so I didn't mind.
Why is the butler a complete and utter dick? I'm trying to like
the guy but they just make him so unlikeable that I have trouble
All in all the show was awesome and better then last weeks effort.
From Stan's hunting outfit, to the car ride to Fred shooting
the duck- the show was hilarious throughout.
And now the episode review.
Cast- Jimmy Fallon
Thoughts- Good to see Jimmy getting a chance to do some impressions
which I always thought were his Will forte. Not a lot of people
know how Jeff Zucker acts so I'm glad Jimmy was able to get the
crowd into it just by being funny. I thought a lot of the mock
TV show stuff really worked and who didn't mark for the Carol
Mosely Braun reference. I also enjoyed the enthusiasm Jimmy
showed for saying 'LFNYISN'- that's always a very nice thing
to see. ***1/2
Cast- Al Sharpton, Tracy Morgan
Thoughts- I thought for sure when Al mentioned past mistakes
we were going to get Tawana Brawley jokes and I would admire
Al Sharpton for being willing to make fun of his past. But it
turned out to be Tracy Morgan making his long awaited and anticipated
return after being away for 6 long shows. Well Kattan was back
after 3- at least Will waited until February. While this skit
wasn't very funny I loved seeing Al Sharpton getting funky like
a monkey and dancing to some James Brown. Could Howard Dean do
that? Well if he thought all the cool kids were doing it he would
try but that's neither here nor there. Okay monologue helped
by the dancing Al. **1/2
Cast- Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Chris
Thoughts- Haven't seen Tina in a commercial in a long time. I
assume this joke was aimed at the female demographic but I still
was laughing along with the rest of the women in the audience.
Good commercial parody here. ***1/2
Jacko on a Rollercoaster
Cast- Sharpton, Parnell, Poehler, Dratch, Horatio Sanz
Thoughts- I really miss Dean Edwards. Not because SNL has had
a decrease in skits with cops in the background- but his Michael
Jackson was just fantastic. I love Amy Poehler but her Michael
Jackson sucks and isn't it very funny. They brought back Parnell
and since Jacko will be in the news for a long time- bring back
Dean! This skit just never got off the ground and just died.
Al Sharpton didn't even try to be like Johnnie Cochran. I did
laugh at the part about Horatio being a stranger on the roller
coaster. They gave Amy a shot at Jackson in the Garner episode
and it died then- time to put this one out to pasture. _*
Brian Fellows' Safari Planet
Cast- Morgan, Sharpton, Parnell, Fey
Thoughts- What is with the obsession of cast members coming back
and deciding to perform their most awful recurring characters?
Will did it with the Lovers and Tracy is doing it with Brian
Fellows. I don't condone them coming back and hogging airtime
but if Tracy is gonna do it- couldn't he grace us with some Astronaut
Jones? At least that was actually funny. God bless Tina Fey.
She turned what was looking to be the usual sucktacular Brian
Fellows into something quite okay. I especially loved the stuff
about her gender and her interplay with the Fellows Brothers.
The clubbing stuff was cute and Al's 'I like the ladies' line
grew on me. So while this wasn't a great or even good Brian Fellows-
it was better then the usual junk we get- so bully I guess. **1/4
Three Wise Men
Cast- Morgan, Sharpton, Thompson, Fallon
Thoughts- I believe this is the third time where Kenan has been
the subject of racial humour in some way, shape, or form. Amanda
Bynes never made fun of him for being black. This skit had a
ton of potential and seemed to be living up to it. Then in the
middle it just kind of died off and the laughs just stopped coming
which is a shame since I was really hoping this skit would've
been great. Kenan's performance here was very funny and I really
hope he gets more airtime next week. I just wish the skit had
kept its momentum that it started out with cause I hate giving
it only ***. ***
Thoughts- Despite my numerous complaints and my call to Senator
John Edwards to make it a campaign promise- SNL still has not
changed the train sign. It's driving me crazy. This was an alright
song helped out by Pink pulling an Avril by wearing her pants
very low. Now I'm always a sucker for gratuitous T&A so I
have to up the star rating just a bit. **1/2
Cast- Paris Hilton, Fallon, Fey
Thoughts- After being the first person to ever make fun of her
(and having no one care) Tina must've felt quite vindicated seeing
Paris Hilton get big applause when she showed up at the Update
desk. David Letterman must be PISSED after Paris bailed on his
show only to show up on Saturday Night Live. Also- if Paris Hilton
is so rich- why is she so disgusting to look at? You would think
with mummy and daddy's money she could get a lot of work done
and not look like a walking piece of disgust. The jokes were
a bit below what they had usually been but there was still a
lot of funny stuff to be had. I enjoyed the knocks at Bush, the
bit where Tina called Jimmy an idiot and when there they yelled
at the places that wouldn't carry SNL. This was the usual good
stuff but I was hoping for a bit more. The Paris-Jimmy was really
funny though despite Paris' awkward delivery. Maybe Pink is a
Weekend Update curse. ***1/2
Racism and Sexism
Cast- Morgan, Sharpton, Fallon, Sanz, Rudolph, Will Forte, Finesse
Thoughts- This skit was a lot of fun to watch. When I saw Maya
I got nervous but then I looked at the clock and realized it
wasn't 12:30. The skit built to its climactic punchline at the
end which was very funny. And I loved Will Forte's cameo at the
end. I'm glad Sharpton was kind of able to poke fun at his image
for one skit. His mockery of Maya was quite funny as well. ***3/4
Cast- Sharpton, Poehler, Rudolph, Forte, Thompson
Thoughts- This reminded me of the Derek Jeter show where Jeter
advertised his taco restaurant. Al Sharpton was quite good at
playing himself- much better then Andy Roddick although that
is not saying much. Amy Poehler was quite good here- I thought
she was really funny singing the fish song. This was absurd,
had a funny song and Al Sharpton made me laugh- I enjoyed this
quite a bit. ***1/2
Fun with the Dems
Cast- Fallon, Parnell, Richards, Forte, Seth Meyers, Darrell
Thoughts- I hope John Kerry becomes president just because Seth's
impression of him was awesome. I'm disappointed that Franken
didn't give Seth more to work with. I'm going to assume that
this was the skit that Al Franken wrote since well duh. I wonder
what Franken has against John Edwards since based on the debates
he's become my favourite. Parnell did his usual excellent Joe
Lieberman while Hammond did an okay Dick Gephardt. I wasn't really
feeling Richards' Howard Dean though. Forte's Edwards got a bit
old towards the end. John Kerry has a lot to work with and a
lot to mock so I was really disappointed they didn't give Seth
the ball and let him run with it- especially since this was his
only skit. ***1/2
Thoughts- I liked this song better then the first one- it was
a fun song to listen to and Pink looked like she was having a
good time out there and I enjoy her music a lot. Hope to see
her back again. ***
Cast- Sharpton, Rudolph, Thompson, Fred Armisen
Thoughts- The after 12:30 rule applies here as usual in the case
of Maya Rudolph. Al and Fred were nothing special. Kenan's Chaka
Kahn was quite funny and he saved the skit from the bowels of
suckdom. So please- Give Kenan more airtime! The guy did a movie
with Abe Vigoda AND Sinbad. This was nothing special and only
partially saved by Kenan. *1/4
Cast- Sharpton, Sanz, Rudolph, Armisen
Thoughts- Vasquez is nothing without Gabe Fisher damnit! This
was Sharpton's third crack at playing himself and once again
he was better then Andy Roddick. Some of Vasquez's lines were
funny but the skit often dragged. The ending really sucked and
Fred's role was definitely not needed and really ended the skit
on a very sour note. *1/2
Cast- Chris Parnell, Poehler, Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards
Thoughts- It took them way too long to get the joke of the skit.
Amy's lactose intolerant line was pretty funny and there were
a couple chuckles to be had but for the most part the humour
fell flat. And it took them too long to make the Ted Williams
Thoughts- This skit just died. It was funny to watch in a sick
sense just because Darrell was getting nothing from the crowd.
It was kind of sad but quite funny. If you ever want to see a
skit die before your very eyes- watch the rerun. This is the
skit to see. Darrell continues his season slump with this horrible
skit. They cut Hardball and putthis? Really makes you think.
The Bottom Line- Avg. skit was
**.3 making this is a thumbs in the middle show. The show was
very hit and miss and built up some momentum after WU. But the
last 4 skits just killed the show and really brought down which
is a shame. Al Sharpton was pretty good even though he didn't
mock himself as much as he should've. The writers worked hard
to make sure he had good material to work with- so I commend
everyone not making sure he didn't pull a Roddick. It was a good
show until it hit 12:30- then it just died and couldn't recover.
Thumbs in the Middle