EPISODE REVIEWS


Samuel L. Jackson / Ben Folds Five
January 10, 1998


[OPENING] President Clinton's $40 billion movie project

I like Bill Clinton openings and all but its getting a little old. But hell its still funny!!! Darrell Hammond is the best Clinton impressioner there is ... without a doubt. I also enjoyed Will Ferrell's Al Gore. His in and out performance on this skit cracked me up. The idea of this skit was well thought of as well. "After spending 3 hours talking to my dog Buddy, I found out ... that dogs can't talk."

Grade: B+

 

[MONOLOGUE] Samuel L. Jackson

Not one of the better monologues of the season. I didn't really like it. But I liked some of his New Year's resolutions like "Continue to kick ass!!" Doesn't Mr. Jackson kinda' look like a monkey with his head shaved like that?

Grade: C+

 

[COMMERCIAL] Lemon Glow Floor Cleaner

Seen it. Liked it the first time but not the 6th time. Thank you.

Grade: D

 

[SKETCH] Publisher's Clearing House Giveaway

Good skit to put on the beginning of the show. Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer were entertaining as the Publisher Clearing House people. But the skit stealer was Tracy Morgan (in his first of five appearances on this show!!! ­ that must be a record) as the joyous mom. I also liked the part when the dog started attacking Ferrell.

Grade: B+

 

[SKETCH] Bravo's Interview with Quentin Tarentino

BEST SKIT OF THE SHOW!! Norm MacDonald was so believable as Quentin Taratino. I laughed so hard when he first did his impression. (But Norm, take my advice ... at the end of this season I suggest leaving "SNL." Anyway, back to the review.) Everything on this skit was great. Ana Gasteyer's impression as Alice, Darrell Hammond's Walter Cronkite as the gimp, and to top it off MacDonald's Burt Reynolds was great. "Hey Quentin!! This entire movie about burgers??"

Grade: A+

 

[SKETCH] PBS's Jazzterpieces

Worst skit of the show. It's sad they put this after the best one. Gasteyer was funny but I didn't buy Samuel L. Jackson's blind character.

Grade: D-

 

[SKETCH] Judge Judy

The second best skit of the night. Cheri Oteri was awesome as Judge Judy and Tracy Morgan (appearance number 2) was well picked as the guard. Jackson was entertaining as the plaintiff but the only thing I wasn't happy with was they picked Ana Gasteyer to play the defendant. I think Molly Shannon would have been a better pick, but still a good skit.

Grade: A-

 

[TV FUNHOUSE] George Clooney

Probably the worst "TV Funhouse" I've seen since I started watching this show.

Grade: F

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

What the hell?? Where's Norm?? Oh, that's right, some dumb-ass fired him. But Colin Quinn did a good job for his first show. At least they had Harry Caray on here. Ferrell can crack me up with any character he does. I also liked the Tony Danza joke about how his show was canceled and him losing all his furniture.

Grade: B

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Ben Folds Five (performing 'Brick')

Not really a fan of Ben Folds Five.

 

[SKETCH] Titanic's evacuation

Good skit. They should have put this earlier in the show instead of the disasterous 'Jazzterpieces'. Jackson and Morgan (appearance #3) were nicely put as the two fifth class people who are not put onto the lifeboats until all the unimportant stuff went before them, and, yet again, Ferrell was very funny.

Grade: B+

 

[SKETCH] Mango breaks another heart

I definetly do not like this skit. I think this was only an excuse to put Chris Kattan on the show.

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] The Learning Annex

Missed it.

 

[SKETCH] The Playboy Channel

Nice skit to put at the end of the show. Kattan was funnier than he was in the Mango skit. Oteri and Shannon were nicely casted as the two playboy bunnies. But do you realize that Jackson's only line was "Let's get it on!!!!!"

Grade: B-

 

OVERALL

Nice show. But it wasn't good enough for the first show of the new year. I can't wait until next week. With host Sarah Michelle Gellar and Portishead. AW YEAH.


Episode Review written by Jon Ferrara


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