EPISODE REVIEWS


Chris Farley / The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
October 25, 1997


[OPENING] Farley gets permission to host

Very funny. I liked how Tim Meadows was saying how Chris Farley was over his drinking days. For six weeks already! When Chris tried breaking Lorne's desk, that was funny too. Chris is still his same old self!

Grade: A

 

[MONOLOGUE] Chris Farley

I knew as soon as Don Pardo announced Chris he wasn't going to come out. Chris was in Ana's dressing room and when he said it used to be his, I liked Ana's disgusted "Ew." And her coaching was good too. Very good to have Chris Rock guest appear also.

Grade: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] Yum Bubble Genital Herpes Gum

The title is referenced only once in the commercial. Bad topic for a commercial too, but constitutes as "stupid funny."

Grade: C-

 

[SKETCH] Morning Latte

Very funny! I love Cheri's characters and this new one was very well played. She always asked questions that had already been answered. Chris' "Over the weekend, you stupid bitch!" was HILARIOUS! Kudos, writers.

Grade: A++

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher

This was okay. To see Chris dressed up as a young Catholic school boy was laugh number one. I expected to see more physical comedy (especially with Chris in this sketch), but didn't get it. I got laughs out of it though.

Grade: B+

 

[COMMERCIAL] Martha Stewart: Living promo

Ana Gasteyer does a great Martha Stewart (remember the Holiday Topless Special?), and this was no exception. It's funny seeing Martha talk about egging, toilet paper, and bags of cow doo. Great sketch.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker

I was always a big fan of this sketch, and was eagerly awaiting the sketch every commercial. As soon as Tim Meadows said, "He's been in the basement eating ..." I knew it was a Matt Foley sketch. Chris Farley was hilarious, and used all the original Foley lines, "La-Dee-Freakin-Da" and "Van Down By The River." Anyone notice in one shot the other camera was visible?

Grade: A++

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Norm MacDonald

The part with the liver was disgusting but funny.

Grade: B

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

"Impression That I Get" is a great song.

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] Goth Talk

Very funny. I'm a fan of Chris Kattan and love all his characters, especially "Asrielle Abyss." His brother and Chris Farley were hilarious as the Budweiser frogs. I love how Molly Shannon just sits there and lets everything happen.

Grade: A

 

[THE LOST DEEP THOUGHTS] by Jack Handey

This is one of my all-time favorites and I was disappointed when it was taken off the show line-up, but the writers were inevitably going to run out of ideas before they started getting stupid. It's funny too that I remembered that "Deep Thought" from a show a couple years ago.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] The Sally Show

All the greats were in this sketch: Cheri as the young mother, Ana as Sally, and Tim as the doctor. Three of my favorites. Chris Farley as the gigantic baby was HILARIOUS. Great idea, writers. I loved when Chris was all over Tim's face and he couldn't stop laughing, almost a repeat of last week's "Xena" sketch. When Chris ripped off Tim's arms and beat him with them, I laughed 'till it hurt! Great work, writers!

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] Hank Williams Jr. records Monday Night Football song

This was okay. When the recording guys started making fun of Chris I thought he'd come in and reek havoc like Matt Foley, but to no avail. Not really a funny sketch, but Chris Farley was in it!

Grade: C

 

[SKETCH] The Super Fans ... where are they now?

This was pretty funny. I liked how Chris kept having heart attacks and they had to deprogram the other guy. Chris's "Snack Hat" was cool too. "Da Bears" was always a good sketch and it lived up to its reputation in this one.

Grade: B+

 

[SKETCH] El Nino fights on The Weather Channel

VERY FUNNY! Chris in a wrestling outfit as a tropical storm is enough to make me laugh out loud. I liked the line, "For those of you who don't habla espanol, El Nino means: The ... Nino!" It's always funny to see Chris jumping around and getting excited.

Grade: A

 

OVERALL:

This show was a great combination of physical comedy, parodies of popular people in the media, and remakes of old sketches. And, come on, the host was CHRIS FARLEY! Even though the monologue seemed to drag on, Chris was still as "athletic" and excited as usual. Thanks to the writers for all the new sketches. Great show everyone!

Grade: A


Episode Review written by Joel Navaroli


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