EPISODE REVIEWS


Sylvester Stallone / Jamiroquai
September 27, 1997


[OPENING] Oprah's Book Club

I missed it due to unforeseen circumstances. But Norm as Marv sounds hilarious. "YES! Thank you sir, May I, Have, another!"

 

[MONOLOGUE] Sylvester Stallone

Not bad. Better than most.

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

[COMMERCIAL] Assjet Xerox

It took them this long to think this skit up? I liked it, but using Will in all these commercials is starting to hark back to shades of Kevin Nealon-dom.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Rita Delvechio

Probably the "best" (that's used loosely), but Sly brought much to this. "Frank." "Sinatra?" "No, Stallone."

Rating: 7 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Car accident victim bad-mouths Stallone movies

Predictable, but nevertheless including Norm in the sketch saved it. I was on the floor when Norm stopped reading the cue cards and was merely doing that "and uh, uh," thing he does. Sarcastically read lines rule! It's nice to see a big star poke fun at himself.

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Roxbury Guys

Kicked ass. My favorite of the night. "Me? Who? Him? Me?" Kattan and Ferrell are the Carvey/Myers of today. I guess that's good.

Rating: 9 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Janet Reno decides whether or not to investigate Clinton

Will's mush-mouth Janet. You gotta love it. Richard Jewell kicking her ass was "SNL" edginess. Nice to see it back.

Rating: 9 out of 10

 

[TV FUNHOUSE] Fun With Real Audio: Casablanca Outtakes

Juvenile, but I still laughed. Why don't they have a "TV Funhouse" where the AGD team up with the Ex-Presidents??? That would really be great. They could have Ford trip and end up on top of Gary in a weirdly homoerotic situation. Reagan could find Patti Davis in bed, or, even more twisted, Nancy with BOTH Ace and Gary. Carter could have lust in his heart for the AGD or another President. Add the Washington Monument, and it would make a great phallic laced episode.

Rating: 7 out of 10

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Norm MacDonald

Not that great (but still good). Another funny punchline about George Harrison's haggardness was great. Now Norm blames the "paparazzi" for all the world's problems. Ana was terrific and has blossomed into a great full-time cast member. She can sing well, and finds good sketches to be in. (Bring back Joe Blow: "How about dat beer Norm?") Richard Jewell can't act. The only thing that bothered me was that Norm didn't include Frank Stallone's name in anything. Why didn't Frank Stallone show up and kick Norm's ass? I guess it just couldn't happen. (Norm also needs to bring his " ... Or so the Germans would have us believe" schtick back)

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Jamiroquai

Okay, but I'm not into him.

Rating: 6 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Computer Store

I liked it. "That one's for gays." Stallone did a great job.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

[THE LOST DEEP THOUGHTS] by Jack Handey

Nice to hear Jack's back.

Rating: 9 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Planet Hollywood

Good for the final half-hour sketch.

Rating: 7 out of 10

 

[SKETCH] Lou's Lovely Daughters

Funny. The girls did a nice job.

Rating: 8 out of 10

 

[COMMERCIAL] Elton John's Tributes to Other Dead Celebrities

Could have been really good had it not been cut off.

Rating: ? out of 10

 

OVERALL

Well done. Will the Matthew Perry episode fare better, I wouldn't count on it (unless Noel and Liam do something stupid).

Rating: 7.7 out of 10


Episode Review written by J. Sorens


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