Al Sharpton / Pink
December 6, 2003
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....".
Monologue: Great to see Tracy
again. I was worried the monologue would turn stupid, but it
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.
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.
Three Wise Men: This was a clever
sketch. Jimmy waving the torch around like a flashlight was funny.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johnny Cash: This was pretty
bad. At least Darrell was in something other than a political
sketch, but this sucked.
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