Rev. Al Sharpton / Pink
December 6, 2003

By Eric G.

Message from NBC: Jimmy was great in this. I liked the joke about NBC trying to get more black viewers. I can't remember the last time Jimmy got to say "Live From New York....".
Grade: A+

Monologue: Great to see Tracy again. I was worried the monologue would turn stupid, but it wasn't bad.
Grade: A

Micheal Jackson's Rollercoaster: I was wondering how they were going to do a sketch on Micheal. Rachel was great as Liz Taylor flipping out in the back seat.
Grade: A+

Brian Fellows: I'm glad they had Al playing Brian's brother and not some guest with an animal. It at least made what had become a tired sketch last year somewhat different. I was shocked when Tina Fey appeared in the sketch. 
Grade: A+

Three Wise Men: This was a clever sketch. Jimmy waving the torch around like a flashlight was funny.
Grade: A+

Weekend Update: Great WU! Tina's joke about Micheal surprised me because they avoided directly taking sides in the Rollercoaster sketch, and then Tina came right out with her Micheal joke to start Update. The Jimmy and Paris Hilton interview was good.
Grade: A+

Black Stereotype Sketch: This was ok, but they already dealt with something stereotypical with the Three Wise Men sketch. The two sketches seemed too close together. I guess this went on just to put Finesse in something.
Grade: B

Al's Sushi: Other than Horatio as Harvey Firestein, this was pretty bad. But at least it kind of made more sense by leading directly to Joe Lieberman watching it on TV.....

Joe Lieberman's House: Finally, a really good political sketch. They at least got a bunch of the guys that were underused in this show in, like Seth, Will, and Jeff. Will was funny as Edwards serving the food. Nice to see Darrell in an ensemble sketch for once.
Grade: A+

The Latoya Jackson Show: Glad to see a sketch centering around Maya after she barely appeared in the Alec Baldwin episode. Kenan was hilarious as Chaka Khan trying to catch her breath. This could be a recurring sketch.
Grade: A+

Vasquez: I was really hoping Gabe, Ruth, and Tracy's character that he used to do with them were going to show up at some point. This had some funny lines, but the audience didn't seem to go with it. If it was Ruth or Gabe driving the car, then the sketch could have gone somewhere.
Grade: C+

Johnny Cash: This was pretty bad. At least Darrell was in something other than a political sketch, but this sucked.
Grade: F

Overall: It was ok, but it kind of fell apart towards the end. I can't believe Hardball and Wake Up Wakefield got cut. I was really looking forward to these two sketches.
Grade: B