October 11, 2003
Well it's finally the new season.
This is my first review this season. I missed the first hour
of last weeks Jack Black episode (shame on me!). But I heard
and read that it wasn't the greatest show. I did enjoy the winery
sketch though. I was kind of bummed to hear that Dean Edwards
decided to leave. I gave him props last year saying he would
eventually shine as a regular cast member, but oh well. I hope
he becomes successful at whatever he decides to do next. Congratulations
to Jeff Richards, Seth Meyers, and Will Forte for making the
cut. But why did they not upgrade Fred Armisen too. I guess that
would be too many cast members. Keenan Thompson! I remember him
from Nickelodeon's All That show. He seems pretty funny. They
should hire his brother Kel too. I think this will be a great
season. I said a year ago that last season would be Darrell's
final season, but I think THIS will! be his last year. Not that
I want him to leave or anything. I just think it's just that
time, ya' know? I think this is the year Jeff Richards will break
out becoming one of the main performers they use on the show.
He deserves it. He's gonna' take over for Darrell. The cast is
now set and the review is underway:
Cold Opening - Hardball w/ Chris Matthews
Darrell is at his best when given
hilarious one liners when he plays Matthews. He shines in this
opener. Amy Poehler was also great here as that annoying bitch
Ann Coulter regularly seen on Bill Maher's show Real Time on
HBO. For those that don't know, she's a Republican thinks everyone
commits treason in this country. Amy did a fantastic impersonation
of her. Jeff Richards was good, but he hardly had any funny lines.
Keenan Thompson got to show of his impression skills as Gary
Coleman, which was hilarious. This was a great way to open the
Darrell as Chris Matthews: "Also
joining us, author of the book Slander & Treason, a woman
full of more bile than Nick Nolte's liver."
Amy's response, as Ann Coulter:
"Typical slander from the liberal media."
Darrell: "That wasn't slander.
Now if I said you looked like a kneecap with hair, that would
Keenan Thompson as Gary Coleman:
"People have been asking me all week, why should I vote
for you, Webster?"
Opening Montage -
I like the slick new look. It's
cool when they have the cast walk around and doing things instead
of just using still photos. Why wasn't the SNL band mentioned?
Monologue/Performance - Justin Timberlake
This was pretty funny. I never
thought Timberlake could be funny. But he has potential to be
an actor if his music career ever falls flat. That dude who played
his fan was pretty funny. Probably a writer of the show. The
song performance was pretty decent too. I heard his solo album
ain't too bad. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna' buy it though.
It was a funny monologue. Not too long either.
Sketch - Punk'd: Barely Legal
This was a sketch that had to
be done. Justin Timberlake does a great impression of Ashton
Kutcher ("I'm so awesome!) He deserves to be lampooned for
acting like a jackass all the time. Jeff Richards was funny as
Fred Durst. Finesse Mitchell was hilarious as 50 Cent. But Timberlake
stole the show as Kutcher.
Timberlake as Ashton Kutcher:
"Call me Kutch!"
Jeff Richards as Fred Durst:
"Please don't hurt my beautiful face. I'll touch your wiener."
Timberlake: "Why am I so
kickass? Is it because I'm dating Demi Moore? You got it!"
Finesse Mitchell as 50 Cent:
"Yo, I'm not going in there! There's a vampire in the bathroom!"
Sketch - CNN Press Conference w/ Arnold Schwarzenegger
This was another great job by
Darrell Hammond as Ahhhnuld. He did much better this time with
his impression. I hope they continue to make fun of him throughout
the season, which I'm sure they will. I'm still in shock that
Arnold is my new governor (I live in Southern California). It
will be interesting to see what he does.
"One thing is clear. I have
no idea what I'm doing in this job. Oh yeah, and I am way in
over my head."
Sketch - A Message from Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson
Justin Timberlake is on a roll
here with a hilarious impersonation of Jessica Simpson. Jimmy
Fallon was great as Lachey. The writing here was very well done.
Justin has proved to me that he can be funny and isn't just another
stupid kid from a boy band. I wonder what the other band members
are doing right now. Hmmmmmm.
Fallon as Lachey: "I wouldn't
trust her to cure a ham."
Timberlake as Simpson: "Aaaaawwwww.
The ham is sick?"
Fallon: "After we got married,
it was awesome. Then it became not so awesome. Then it became
awesome again from a different angle if you know what I mean."
***Next Week - Halle Berry and Britney Spears
Two sexy ladies are coming to
town. I can't wait to see them makeout. Or at least I hope they
do. Tee hee!
Sketch - Benny's Vs. Omeletville
This was an okay sketch. Timberlake
had all the funny lines, while Parnell just played the character
that's annoyed by the other guy. But it was decent. That's all.
Commercial - DirecTV w/ Gary Busey
This was my favorite thing on
this episode! Jeff Richards does the funniest impersonation of
Gary Busey I've ever seen. He's got all his idiosyncrasies down
to a tee. I hope the real Gary Busey saw this. I want to hear
his comments on it. Jeff Richards is the man! I bet the people
from Mad TV are kicking themselves for letting him go. It serves
"There are so many booby
channels that I often find myself running from room to room with
my pants around my ankles. It's a gas!"
Sketch - Sully & Denise at a Restaurant
This is always a hilarious sketch.
I like the fact that they made some last minute re-writes to
include references to the Red Sox game played earlier in the
day. That's what's cool about live television. Horatio mad me
laugh so hard at the end. But then again, he always does.
Jimmy Fallon: "I will take
you down like Don Zimmer!"
Musical Guest - Justin Timberlake
Did not see it.
Weekend Update - With Tina Fey & Jimmy Fallon
I thought that this one was way
short. They didn't even have any commentators or guests. That
was strange. But at least it was funny. Such as:
Tina Fey: "In his first
press conference after being elected governor of California,
Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to clean house in Sacramento.
He also threatened to molest the energy crisis and date rape
Jimmy Fallon: For the first time,
the annual Gay Day, in which homosexuals gather at Disneyland,
was held at Euro Disney in Paris. It was the largest gathering
of gay men in Paris since the day before."
Sketch - The Sharon Osbourne Show
Amy Poehler does a pretty good
impersonation of Sharon Osbourne. I really enjoyed Fred Armisen
as Quentin Tarantino. It reminded me of when Norm MacDonald portrayed
him back in 1997. I wish he had more lines though. Horatio's
Ozzy impersonation is always funny. Timberlake as Michael Bolton
was alright. That picture of the kid with his old long hair was
hilarious! It was a fairly decent sketch.
Miscellaneous - Justin Timberlake Sings With Kermit
I thought this was an odd choice
for a filler. Will Forte does a good Kermit the Frog voice.
Forte, singing: "Öthe
lover's, the deuschbags, and meeeeee."
Commercial - Carl Weathers For Governor
I liked this one. I always wondered
what happened to Carl Weathers. And I still don't know. He was
here playing himself running for governor of any state, I guess.
I laughed pretty hard at this one. 2 great commercials in one
"I know what you're thinking.
Wasn't Danny Glover the black guy from ëPredator'? And shouldn't
he, therefore, be your next governor? No! That was ëPredator
2'. Doesn't America deserve better than the star of "Predator
Miscellaneous - Amy Poehler Rehearses With Justin
This was another strange filler
sketch. But Amy was funny as Justin's secret admirer. I'd sure
let her hang on me, like she did to Justin. She's so sassy! (Like
Phil Hartman would say.)
Musical Guest - Justin Timberlake
Missed this one too.
Sketch - The Barry Gibb Talk Show
I enjoyed this a lot. Jimmy Fallon
needs to do more impressions. He killed here as Barry Gibb. Timberlake
kept crackin' up at Jimmy's singing. I would have liked to see
more of Jeff Richards's Al Franken impression. Jimmy was the
highlight of this one for sure. I hope they keep this as a recurring
Barry Gibb (Fallon), to Arriana
Huffington (Dratch): "Everytime you speak, it sounds like
someone dropping a car battery on my sack!"
Goodnights - I could barely see any of the cast
members because Justin Timberlake has too many damn band members.
The new set looks cool though. It's weird, because they usually
wait until the even numbered years to change sets or the opening
Overall Episode Review -
This episode impressed me a lot.
So did Justin Timberlake. He is welcome to come back and host
anytime, if you ask me. I don't care much for his music, but
he can sure sing. It was cool to see some new faces and to see
familiar ones too. I think this cast will do well this season.
I have high hopes for Jeff Richards, Seth Meyers, Will Forte
and Fred Armisen. I'm surprised they didn't add any female featured
players. From what I heard about the Jack Black episode, they
sure bounced back quickly from a not so great show. I'm looking
forward to seeing Halle Berry next time. Until next time, take
Overall Episode Grade: A