EPISODE REVIEWS


Ray Romano / The Corrs
March 13, 1999


[OPENING] Barbara Walters looking for phone sex

My VCR cut it off, darn these Sony's. Hehe, but from what I heard and read, I guess it was ok.

MY GRADE: "A" but could actually have stunk...so I'll just plead the Fifth

 

[MONOLOGUE] Ray Romano

Anyone who has ever seen any of Ray Romano's stand-up (or his many appearances on Dr. Katz) knows that he's truely one funny guy. I liked the bits, which are old routine material, but it was nice and consistant, and better than alot of the more recent opening monologues (just look at the unfunny Gwyneth Paltrow monologue).

MY GRADE: B+

 

[SKETCH] ESPN SportsCenter

All I can say is that that was the funniest use of the word "poopie" that I have heard in a long time. Romano and Meadows pulled this one off superbly. Boo-yah!

MY GRADE: B

 

[COMMERCIAL] VH1 Behind the Music: Meatloaf

This is Chris Farley's gig, and I resented the fact that they are trying to make Sanz fill his unreplaceable shoes. It wasn't funny either.

MY GRADE: F

 

[SKETCH] Roberto Benigni has restaurant in stitches

Could this be the true Benigni? From the interviews and past films that I have seen with the Italian superstar, I gather that he is a eccentric, quirky, loud guy. It was a dead on impression, even though Romano faltered toward the end a little. However, it was zany, and I loved the line "Oh my god, Roberto Benigni is jiggling my ass."

MY GRADE: B+

 

[SKETCH] Pimp Chat

Rather flat and unfunny. They could so better use Meadows and "The Other Black Guy," but they squandered this opportunity by just going for the cheap laughs.

MY GRADE: F+ (they tried)

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

You know, since this is my first review that I'm sending in, I'll have to say this, "I don't like Colin Quinn." I just loved everyone before; the talented geniuses of Chase, Murray, Miller, MacDonald, Nealon, and even Piscapo. Colin is not that funny, but then again, the writing is alot better than it was for Norm. However, this segment this week seemed extra flat. Cheri O'Teri is the next great ditz. Her segment was funny, but it wasn't enough to offset this rather disappointing set.

MY GRADE: C-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Corrs

Wow. I saw their CD, and thought that this was just another band with pretty girls. However, they was incredible. I was finding myself wondering if they were lipsynching. Also, as a drummer, I was just googoo for the drummer. She was incredible. But, looks and hormones aside, they were awesome.

MY GRADE: A

 

[SKETCH] Suel Forrester at the NCAA

Hehe, this was a funny skit. It was well done and I just love the faces that Will Ferrell can make; the utter confusion. Chris Kattan was awesome...I wonder how he does that who make up the language thing. Maybe he ate lead paint chips as a child.

MY GRADE: B

 

[SKETCH] Office guy resorts to crying

It was ok, but not my cup of tea. I was bored, and I was glad when it was over.

MY GRADE: D

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] The Corrs

What can I say that I haven't said before...of course, maybe I missed it, but why did the fiddle girl hold onto her fiddle when she didn't play it at all on this song?

MY GRADE: A

 

[SKETCH] Quit judging my dreams!

Surprisingly good for a last skit...enough said

MY GRADE: B

[OVERALL]

Ray Romano did a great job as host; I now have a new found respect for him. I found a new band to obsess about, and I throughly enjoyed the show. However, I wish they had played a "TV Funhouse." Anyways, great show.

Grade: B+


Episode Review written by Chuck


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