Wood / Jet
December 13, 2003
I was in the audience for the
dress rehearsal. I'll go through the dress rehearsal order of
Hardball: I was glad to see
this open the show after it got cut the week before. Amy's Hillary
impression was pretty good. She looks more like her than Ana
Monologue: So far all 4 episodes
I was in the audience for this year, a former cast member made
a surprise appearance. Chris was great in this. In the dress
version though, when Gollum was promoting the sitcom, he stood
up waving a cigar around in his hand. I don't know why that
would have been cut.
Wake Up Wakefield: Also glad
to see this after it got cut the week before. The Clay Aiken
stuff with Megan was funny.
Celebrity Poker(cut): This sketch
was absolutely hilarious! Tina played Meghan Mullaley, Seth
was Carrot Top, Elijah was Jack Osbourne, Amy was Sharon Osbourne,
and Jeff was Gary Busey who was under the misunderstanding that
they were playing strip poker. This should have been in the
show. Tina fans would have flipped over her playing Meghan,
and Seth doubters would have seen him be hilarious in this.
Choir: This was one of those
sketches that Jimmy laughed his way through in the dress rehearsal,
but he actually managed to keep it together for the live show.
Elijah didn't quite hit that last high note as well as he did
in the dress rehearsal. It was a decent sketch though.
Gore And Dean: This was allright,
but there was another sketch involving them later in the show
that I thought was better.
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy:
Jimmy was great as Carson Kressley. Seth's characters's part
with telling Santa to get rid of the beard was pretty good.
The kid topped it all off with the Kathy Bates line.
TV Funhouse: One of the better
ones, but I think it's a shame that a cartoon makes it on over
a live sketch.
Weekend Update: The dress rehearsal
version of Update was really uneven. Tina and Jimmy had quite
a few jokes bomb. Tina screwed up reading a couple jokes, and
Jimmy was already telling the audience which jokes of his he
was going to cut for the live show. I didn't think the John
Mayer bit was good. Maya, Kenan, and Finesse saved Update as
Whitney, Bobby, and Bobbi Christina.
Grade: A(live version) B(dress version)
Versace Egg Nog: This sketch
went on right in front of me. I loved the way Donatella came
down the chimney, and when she was screaming at Boy George.
Scrooge(cut): This sketch was
absolutely brilliant. Seth played Scrooge, and it was a twist
on the story. In it, Tiny Tim's family had really been rich and
was stealing from Scrooge, and they try to cover it up when Scrooge
pays a surprise visit. If this had made the live show, it would
have been one of those classic sketches that would have been
repeated for years on the annual "Best Of SNL Christmas
Past" specials. I hope they give this sketch another try
next year, or at least put it in the next Christmas special.
This sketch centered around Fred playing some nerdy guy that
couldn't fix microphone problems for some kind of benefit concert.
It was the only so/so sketch of the night.
Bumb Blonde(cut): Elijah played
a guy bringing his dumb fiancee home to meet his family, and
the family goes berserk. Rachel played this same character in
the Alec Baldwin dress rehearsal, but both times it has been
Gore and Dean #2(cut): This
was a pre-recorded bit where Al is going around NYC telling people
he is endorsing Dean, but no one pays attention to him, not even
Tipper when they are in bed at night.
O' Reilly Factor(cut): This
had Jeff as Bill O' Reilly with the debate on his show being
whether or not Santa exists. Amy was on Ann Coulter, and they
had a little kid in the sketch that Bill was yelling at. The
kid messed up a bit and started to say one line too early. It
was a decent sketch though.
New Hannukah Commercial(cut):
Chris played a spokesperson for a new wild and crazy 8 nights.
Buddy Mills: This was pretty
good, but I really don't need to see any more of these. Elijah
was funny as the young comic.
Overall: This was without a
doubt, the best dress rehearsal I've seen, and I think it would
up being the best live show of this season. There was so much
more extra material than usual that they could have aired part
2 to this episode the next week.