EPISODE REVIEWS


Gwyneth Paltrow / Barenaked Ladies
February 6, 1999


[OPENING] Clinton won't gloat

I liked this. I was kind of hoping they wouldn't do another Clinton opening since I'm getting sick of them, but this was was pretty funny. At first when they all started laughing I wasn't sure if it was intentional or if they were all screwing up. Anyway.

grade: A

 

[MONOLOGUE] Gwyneth Paltrow

This was kind of stupid. I find it hard to believe that some people think she's British. The Ben Affleck cameo saved this. I don't really like the monologues where the audience asks questions.

grade: C

 

[SKETCH] E!'s impeachment coverage

A good place for lots of impressions. Cheri Oteri's Melissa Rivers impression is really good. Chris Kattan as Andy Dick always makes me laugh. Horribly stupid ending, though.

grade: B+

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 promo: Joan Jett

These VH1 commercials are really stupid. This one just didn't strike me as very funny.

grade: C

 

[SKETCH] Mary Katherine Gallagher tries to join Black Angels

This is by far the best MKG sketch I've seen. I have no idea how they're going to use this character in a movie, though.

grade: A

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 promo: John Oates

This one made me laugh a little more than the Joan Jett one, but still, not that great.

grade: B-

 

[SKETCH] Mindy & Sky sing

This went absolutely nowhere. It was way too long. The rainforest thing was mildly funny, but I still wished it ended sooner. Pointless.

grade: C

 

[TV FUNHOUSE] X-Presidents

I was screaming with laughter at this one. They're making a movie with these characters, right? This was funny, but I don't really see how this could be a movie.

grade: A

 

[COMMERCIAL] Staten Island Nurses

Good premise, carried out really badly. I hope they never do this again.

grade: C

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

He didn't do his little monologue thing at the beginning like he usually does!!!!!!! I was so glad. And he did really well. Better than he usually does. He's growing on me. I just wish he wouldn't try to get a laugh out of jokes that bomb. Just move on, Colin. The Vernon Jordan song was hilarious. Really random, but that's why I loved it.

grade: A-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Barenaked Ladies

I love this song. I'm relieved that they didn't play "One Week". I've heard it way too much.

grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Healey family is full of voices

I know a family very similar to this, so I was frightened more than I was entertained. Kind of a sloppy ending. Could have been better.

grade: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 promo: Colin Hay

Okay, now I'm getting sick of these. This is like those Gap ads on the Cameron Diaz episode. Aaaaarrrrrrrggggghhhh, SHUT UP!!!!!!!! I muted the TV once I realized what it was.

grade: C

 

[SKETCH] Biography

This was funny. Loved the false information on Harry Smith. Got kind of stupid after a while, though Have these guys really been fired?

grade: B

 

[SKETCH] NBC Nightly News: Political parties can't agree

I knew they were going to do an impeachment trial sketch, I just knew it! However, this was really funny. Funnier than I thought it would be. I loved it. Very accurate, I'll bet. Darrel's Trent Locke impression was really good. Loved the Tom Brokaw thing with his book

grade: A

 

[COMMERCIAL] Hardcore Rock

Who the hell came up with this idea? Sooooo stupid. Bad, bad, bad.

grade: C

 

Overall: A very disappointing show. I somehow thought that Gweneth Paltrow would do better. I was kind of hoping for the Banderas sketch. Wish it hadn't been cut. Would have been better than a few of the other sketches tonight. Anyway, maybe Brendan Fraser will be better. Gotta go. See you later.


Episode Review written by Renee Epstein


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