EPISODE REVIEWS


Chris Farley / The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
October 25, 1997


I never liked any of Chris Farley's movies or his last year-or-so on the show mostly because he laid on the comedy a little thick so I certainly had some misgivings about seeing him host. On the other hand, Farley's worked with a number of the cast and crew before (duh!) so he would be a more natural plug-in to the process than other first time hosts. At the very least I expected a responsive "SNL" audience who are apt to hail the conquering hero.

 

[OPENING] Farley gets permission to host

"Fatty falls down, ratings go up." *snicker* That was good. I like it when they portray the returning cast member as an unreliable, erratic prima donna.

Grade: B+

 

[MONOLOGUE] Chris Farley

A continuation of the above. On the downside, Chris Rock came on waaaaay too strong, as always, but the thought of Chris Farley schupting Ana Gasteyer makes up for it in spades.

Grade: B+

 

[COMMERCIAL] Yum Bubble Genital Herpes Gum

Finally, a gum for sufferers of genital herpes. Will America ever be the same?

Grade: C

 

[SKETCH] Morning Latte

This skit mocking the opening patter of morning talk show hosts ("Mike & Maty," "Crook & Chase," et al.) was too close to the way it really is, to be funny; it's actually more scary when you think about it. The stuff about the shooting was funny, though.

Grade: C+

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher

The sketch I most wanted to see. In fact, I kinda felt they held back. I mean, this could've been Pratfallers Anonymous. And whoever chose the backing music ("Wannabe," "How Bizarre," "Like A Virgin," "You Should Be Dancing," and "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me") deserves credit too.

Grade: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] Martha Stewart: Living promo

I must have missed this episode. Too bad she wasn't topless. =)

 

[SKETCH] Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker

I knew they were going to do it, I just knew it. Too bad the pay-off was negligible.

Grade: C

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Norm MacDonald

Damnit! They are getting shorter. And Norm rushed his jokes a bit tooooo much I felt. Finally, Tracy Morgan's bit wasn't as funny as the one Bill Murray did way back when, when he was perceived as Chevy Chase's replacement.

Grade: B-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I love the Mighty Mighty Bosstones but his vocal was kind of ragged. Ruined an otherwise certain "A."

Grade: B-

 

[SKETCH] Goth Talk

To similar to their previous outing and I'm still waiting for them to do something on Marilyn Manson.

Grade: C

 

[THE LOST DEEP THOUGHTS] by Jack Handey

Doesn't seem the same without Phil Hartman doing the introduction. Oh well.

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] The Sally Show

I always felt it was a good reflection on the fun a cast is having if you see the cast start to lose it. All in all, it was a pretty pedestrian sketch.

 

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

Why? Would've been funny ten years ago. Now? Feh.

Grade: D+

 

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

Another first rate outing in a dearly missed sketch. God help Bob Swerskie if the Saints ever play the Bears.

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] El Nino fights on The Weather Channel

Since when did Alex Trebek do the weather?

Grade: C-

 

OVERALL:

While I was disappointed to see the musical guest's second number cut for the third time this season, I have to admit this show was really done well.

Grade: B+


Episode Review written by Michael Keith Goodman


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