Wood / Jet
December 13, 2003
Let us begin.
Saddam is caught, Daily Show should rock more than usual on Monday.
01 Hardball with Chris Matthews
The Good: After a tease last week we get some HB! Great lines,
impressions all around were good with Parnell's as the highlight.
Hillary's Shadow Cabinet, black female ninja etc... Matthews'
The Bad: ?
Misc: Probably will see two-three more of these sketches
before the season ends.
02 A Hard Hobbit To Break
The Good: Gollum cameo, and then the sitcom clip, I liked
Denver as the location for the show. One of the best monos this
The Bad: Wood's angry alter ego at the end.
Misc: Loved the production values of the sitcom. Still
doesn't top 'The Presidential Odd Couple' as funniest sitcom
opening in SNL.
03 St.Paul's Boy Choir
The Good: Will 'freakin' Fore using his 'dog whistle, premise
was different, the banter between the three, punching of the
groin at the end. Fact that they're 20somethings singing since
normally they would appear to be the proper age in any other
school related sketch.
The Bad: Insults could've been better.
Misc: Kenan can't pull off older people unless they're
last name is Cosby.
04 Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
The Good: Santa selection, a few of there lines, his new
look and the Kathy Bates line. Great one. Dratch was right for
The Bad: Lagged a bit, Parnell and Armisen didn't do anything
Misc: Don't watch the show buy I assume Wood's character
is the weak-link of the show.
05 TV Funhouse: Fun With Real Audio from George W. Bush
The Good: Finally we something, I slightly groaned at first
since Real Audio isn't always that great but this collection
of all of Bush's speeches was great. The different costumes Bush
The Bad: The humping of the gorilla was predictable and
kinda plain since that's happened too many times in TV Funhouse.
Misc: X-Presidents in the future? Lets hope so.
06 Wake Up Wakefield
The Good: Sanz's bit is always a good. Votes for 'bands',
Woods' character that somehow turned Megan on. Megan's disturbing
love for Clay Aiken. Sheldon losing it at the end. Any mention
of Yo-Yo Ma.
The Bad: Beh. For a WUW it was okay.
Misc: This should quiet those WUW Lovers who were screaming
about the lack of sketch. Now was Sheldon against the
relationship bc he didn't want his two friends going out or he
had a thing for Megan.
07 Weekend Update
The Good: Tina's rant! Her previous attempts failed, but
this was great. Another 'suck it' geography joke. The Queen/WNBA
joke. Tina retains her title of best anchor. Houston and child
singing then giving the kid a shove while she eats chicken. Pacifier
joke and WU doing a over the counter contraceptive again. Arch
The Bad: John Mayer, Jimmy's What You Did bit, Bobby Brown
didn't add anything.
Misc: After seeing Tina's rant, can't wait for the 2nd
season of Real Time with Bill Maher Jan.'04
08 Versace,s Eggnog
The Good: Shorter than her usual, Rosie and Boy George done
well by Woods.
The Bad: Could've been stronger
Misc: Rosie has lost millions because of her
play Taboo even though it's gotten free advertising on SNL twice
already by mentioning it. Low ticket sales since it opened. Just
waiting for when the real Verasce appears on this sketch...
09 Howard Dean For America
The Good: Al Gore returns! One of my favourites of Darrell's.
Picking apart Dean and Al Gore. The jokes against the
Democrats have been much better than all of those Bush cold
The Bad: Lagged at times, Dean didn't say much.
Misc: Gore has lost some hair, 'can you say combover?'
time to update his look. Looking forward to more of 'these' political
10 Buddy Mills and the Rialto Grande
The Good: Wood's look, Mackey on drums, and of course Buddy
The Bad: Kind of takes away the specialness of the season
finale sketch with his father.
Misc: The first Rialto Grande sketch was also the final
sketch of the show. Way back on Jan.18 2003 when Ray Liotta hosted.
Misc: Jet is lonely at homebase, while the rest skate. Haven't
seen two black guys skate on ice since Donald Brahear and Peter
Worell played against each other. Howard Shore's music can also
be heard during the Return of he King music.
In summary and in conclusion.... Most enjoyable SNL this
season! Start to finish there were no duds, however Queer Eye
was borderline. Kattan made a second cameo this season which
was kinda expected, just hope that this doesn't continue throughout
the season when some Kattan character could be used based on
the host/sketch. If he comes back let him host..... Eljah Wood
hosted well enough to return. Thought Orlando Bloom was going
to host since he's the breakout star of 2003. Still has some
movies coming out. Darrell rebounds with Gore and Matthews and
apparently Geraldo Riveria would've appeared if a O'Reilly Factor
wasn't cut. Most sketches weren't great but they were good....
Elf has made $147 million good for no.7 for 2003 domestically.
Lost a good portion of my review due to a paste/undo error so
that's pretty much it.
Read @ SNL Transcripts:
Hardball, Mono, WU, Howard Dean For America, Rialto Grande, TV
Performers of the Night: Darrell Hammond, Elijah Wood
Sharpening Skates Mostly: Finesse Mitchell, Will Forte,
Jeff Richards, Seth Meyers (1 sketch)
Appeared on Late Night This Thursday
Consie (writer/host), Bob Odenkirk (writer), Tom Shales (co-author
of LFNY), Fred Armisen (in a DVD clip from Odenkirk's movie)
Appeared on Tough Crowd This Week
Al Franken (Monday), Will Ferrell (and told Quinn his Harry Carry
saved him on his first WU)
Happy Hoildays and Suck On It Comedy Central!
MadTV premieres in 2004, while CC sends of SNL with a marathon
1980-2000 SNL reruns will now be found on E!