EPISODE REVIEWS


Chris Farley / The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
October 25, 1997


[OPENING] Farley gets permission to host

Good idea for an opening. "Breaking reality skits" are always some of the best in "SNL." It was appropriate for Chris Farley. Lorne Michaels came across rather uncomfortable on camera and the skit was not really funny, but overall it was watchable and it made sense.

Grade: C

 

[MONOLOGUE] Chris Farley

Interesting monologue. I liked the beginning part where Farley was still in his dressing room. Again, not overwhelmingly funny, but a good attempt. I was expecting Farley to be more wild, though.

Grade: C

 

[COMMERCIAL] Yum Bubble Genital Herpes Gum

A sophomoric and unfunny skit. I didn't get the correlation between genital herpes and bubble gum. Not funny, to say the least.

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] Morning Latte

What was the point of this? Was it making fun of "Regis and Kathy Lee" or was it just to fill time? Considering Chris Farley was the host, the "SNL" writers should have come up with more funnier ideas than this one.

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher

This was the worst Mary Katherine Gallagher skit to date. The dance between Farley and Shannon was somewhat amusing.

Grade: D-

 

[COMMERCIAL] Martha Stewart: Living promo

Probably Gasteyer's best character (which doesn't say much for her). It was amusing but there was a lot of other things that could have been done with the idea.

Grade: C-

 

[SKETCH] Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker

Usually Matt Foley is funny, but this skit came across rather weak. It wasn't horrible, but Farley has lost some of his comedic genius (he is hardly one of the best in "SNL" history, but he's better than what "SNL" has now).

Grade: D+

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Norm MacDonald

This segment should be renamed "Weekend Upchuck." There were a few funny jokes this time, and Tracy Morgan's bit was reminiscent of an Eddie Murphy commentary done about 16 years ago. Overall, it was the best one of the season, but Norm still sucks.

Grade: C-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Grade: B-

 

[SKETCH] Goth Talk

Why is this a recurring skit? This sucks worse than the cheerleaders. There is nothing funny about a bunch of satanists. You have to be retarded to find this funny!

Grade: F

 

[THE LOST DEEP THOUGHTS] by Jack Handey

This was okay. Jack Handey still hasn't lost his bizarre sense of humor.

Grade: B-

 

[SKETCH] The Sally Show

This skit was not that bad actually. It wasn't funny and the Sally impression done was not as good as Jan Hooks', but it was watchable. The topic should have involved Chris Farley's wild party life. That would have been a good recurring theme.

Grade: C-

 

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

Farley's impression was okay, but this skit dragged on too long. Not Funny, but amusing.

Grade: D+

 

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

It was good to see this skit again. It was an entertaining idea for a skit and Mike Ditka's cameo was funny. Not the best Super Fans ever but not bad.

Grade: C+

 

[SKETCH] El Nino fights on The Weather Channel

Huh? I got the joke and Farley was funny, but this was kind of a dumb premise for a skit. However, it did produce a few chuckles now and then.

Grade: C-

 

OVERALL:

A very disappointing show, especially since Chris Farley was the host. I was expecting a lot more Farley jokes and recurring characters than what occurred. It is a sad commentary on the state of "SNL" when even Chris Farley comes across rather dull. There was no standout sketch and this will be another forgotten episode in "SNL's" forgettable history since 1994.

WHERE'S Darrell Hammond? There should be more skits surrounding him. He by far is the only one with substantial talent on the show. I agree that he is one of the best impressionists they ever had. He should be featured more often. On the whole, this episode lacked a lot of spunk and energy, at least on the surface. Needless to say, this was the best show of the season to date, which means the other shows were just plain pathetic. I wonder how bad Jon Lovitz, who was funny, will look in a few weeks?

Grade: D+ / C-


Episode Review written by Maddog


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