Justin Timberlake
October 11, 2003

By JdW

Cold Opening
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"Hardball w/ Chris Matthews" (8/10)
PLAYERS: Darrel Hammond, Jeff Richards, Amy Poehler & Keenan Thompson
*This was a good Hardball, last year they did a lot of good Hardball sketches, I'm glad it still works. The coffee mug was hilarious with Gary Coleman, but whenever I see Keenan I can just see the Nickelodeon in him - I hope I get over it! I loved Amy here, great work.

Monologue
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"Justin Timberlake" (4/10)
PLAYERS: Justin Timberlake, and one of the writers.
*The ONLY reason this is getting four points is because of the middle-aged father gag - good stuff. Then he started singing and my head almost caved in. I haven't seen a host sing a real song during a monologue since Art Garfunkel in the late 70's.

Sketch
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"Punk'd" (9/10)
PLAYERS: Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, Finesse Mitchell, & Justin Timberlake
*OK, I was surprised - Justin did a GOOD Kutcher impression! I was like WHAA!? But in a good way ...this sketch was hilarious and well done. Plus it's always good to see Maya's Aguleira impression!

Sketch
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"Arnold Schwarzeneggar Press Conference" (8/10)
PLAYERS: Darrel Hammond
*Great premise, and Darrel's impression is brilliant of course. My only gripe is that it was just a little too long.

Sketch
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"Nick Leche and Jessica Simpson AKA SNL Rips a Hole in Jessica Simpson" (9.5/10)
PLAYERS: Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake
*Wow - oh my! If Jessica Simpson was watching this I kind of feel bad for her - but anyway! This was HILARIOUS! Justin makes a great woman (go figure) and the way the two played off each other was very good! This was so harsh, especially the end quote, "I have to go drop the kids off at the pool. By pool I mean toilet, and by kids I mean poop!"

Sketch
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Restaurant Mascot Showdown (7/10)
PLAYERS: Chris Parnell, Justin Timberlake
*Justin sings again - but it's OK because it was pretty funny. Nothing too awesome here, but it was good.

Commercial
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Direct TV: Gary Busey (10/10)
PLAYERS: Jeff Richards
*I am a huge fan of Jeff's Busey impression, and this was the best one yet! This was so very funny I loved it! Best commercial in years!

Sketch
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Sully & Denise Go to Dinner (6.5/10)
PLAYERS: Rachel Dratch, Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell, Seth Myers & Justin Timberlake
*This was OK, a little above average. Nothing special though.

Music
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"Justin Timberlake" (0/10)
*Well, SNL is off to a bad start with musical guests this season. Mayer and now this. Awful.

Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey (9.5/10)
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PLAYERS: Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon
*Hilarious, golden, Godly even! I took off half a point because it was too short and there were no guests, just Tina and Jimmy. But the jokes were dead on; my personal favorite was when they were talking in pseudo-Dutch. PS ...I am in love with Tina Fey.

Sketch
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"The Sharon Osbourne Show" (9/10)
PLAYERS: Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Horatio Sanz, & Justin Timberlake
* Damn, I didn't even know Sharon had her own show - not that I would be watching it. Amy and Horatio's Osbourne impressions are awesome but Fred stole the show as Quentin Tarantino! That impression was 100% dead on! Fred continues to impress me and he has quickly become one of my favorites. Great sketch.

Sketch
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Justin and Kermit (7/10)
PLAYERS: Will Forte, Justin Timberlake
*This started out as a tanker even though I happen to love the song they sang from The Muppet Movie . But once they started fighting and you saw it was Will it was great and made up for the slow start. The deuchebag ending was priceless - like a MasterCard.

Commercial
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Carl Weathers for Governor (7.5/10)
*I love Carl Weathers and was so happy to see him! It was funny until it got too long and he made one too many Predator plugs. But when they did the Danny Glover picture change colors as if he were evil, that was great!

Sketch
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The Girls Like Justin (8.5/10)
PLAYERS: Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake
*Amy stole this one she did so well! Great ending when she straddled a standing Justin and said, Let me do this.

Music 2
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"Justin Timberlake (0/10)
*Hard to type while vomiting

Sketch
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"The Barry Gibbs Talk Show" (9.5/10)
PLAYERS: Jimmy Fallon, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sanz, Jeff Richards & Justin Timberlake
*This was so rare! A hilarious sketch at the end! I was so happy and laughing my ass off! How Jimmy actually kept a straight face while doing that voice is a mystery, but he did it! Of course Justin lost it a few times but that's OK! Great solid end!

Final Thoughts
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Main Players: Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon
Favorite Sketches/Moments: Weekend Update, Punk'd and the Barry Gibbs Talk Show were my favorite sketches. My favorite one-liners were all in the Jessica Simpson bashing sketch, and my favorite over all moment was Fred Armisen as Quentin Tarentino
Worst Moments: Justin singing, and Justin singing again, and again, and one more time.
All in All: I was immensely impressed with Justin's performance in his sketches, I expected him to suck as much as he does when he sings. This was a great show my friends! Thanks for reading!