EPISODE REVIEWS


David Spade / Eagle Eye Cherry
November 7, 1998


Live from London, it's Sunday Afternoon!

I'm giving everyone an extra week to try and get my previous review's trivia question, since it hasn't been posted yet. Remember, send all answers to pollywood@hotmail.com. Since last week's was a killer, this week's trivia is a softball. The questions are;

1.) Which three former SNL cast members have birthdays on three consecutive days (different years)?
2.) Name another executive producer of SNL besides Lorne Michaels.

Incidentally, if you're going to see "The Waterboy", with SNL alum Adam Sandler, DON'T. Whereas "Happy Gilmore" was funny in a stupid way, "Waterboy" is just stupid. Except for Kathy Bates as his mother, there are no laughs in this movie. A big step backwards for Sandler after Wedding Singer.

Picked up the new U2 album, their best of album from the eighties. Good album, but for most of the B-sides, well, you can tell why they're B-sides. There's a secret song about a minute after "All I Want Is You." It's called "October", and it's a pretty, piano number from 1981. Now, people who know me know of my devotion to U2, and I'm wondering why they have never been on SNL. This baffles me; even at the peak of their popularity, in the last half of the eighties, they were never on the show. Lord knows SNL has had enough crappy bands in their time, why not the most original band of the past twenty years?

Okay, out of rant mode. Review time.

 

[OPEN] David Spade Attends Therapy

Missed it. I had heard that Brad Pitt was going to host SNL in December, but I guess this shoots that rumour to hell. Who said "Live from New York..."?

RATING: NA

 

[MONO] David Spade

I arrived through this one halfway through, in time to hear some crap about polar bears, or something.

RATING: 6.5/10

 

[COMM] Mercury Mistress

Great commercial. Brings a new meaning to the term "Fill 'er up."

RATING: 9/10

 

[SKIT] Media Icons Line Up To Interview Monica

A good sketch. Jimmy Fallon continues his trend of perfectly impersonating people that he looks nothing like. Ana Gasteyer does a great impression of Diane Sawyer, and Tim's Oprah was classic.

RATING: 8.5/10

 

[COMM] Mack North

A neat take on the political campaign advertisement.

RATING: 8/10

 

[SHOW] Accruing Equity And Making Hot, Sweet Love

I'm checking my file cabinet under the W section...ah! Here's my "What the Hell?" file. Funny enough, but weird.

RATING: 7/10

 

[COMM] Mack North

Do you get the feeling that Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura would LOVE to do this to the (many) people that doubted him?

RATING: 7/10

 

[SKIT] The Sensitive Drill Sergeant

Not a totally original idea, but funny nonetheless. Spade came incredibly close to cracking up during this sketch.

RATING: 7.5/10

 

[SKIT] Kiwi And Mango Fall In Love

A much needed new twist on the Mango storyline. Chris Rock showing up out of nowhere was a pleasant surprise.

RATING: 7.5/10

 

[COMM] Mack North

Okay, now it's getting repetitive.

RATING: 6/10

 

[SKIT] Dad Wants a Perfect Happy Birthday For Grandma

Really funny. The premise is so stupid, that it just works on all levels.

RATING: 9/10

 

[WKUP]

An average update, but the line about Gucci was classic. Spade half-assed the Hollywood Reporter, and puppets on Update don't work (see Chucky).

RATING: 7/10

 

[MUSIC] Eagle-Eye Cherry

Good performance of a catchy song. Is this guy related to Neneh Cherry?

RATING: 8/10

 

[SKIT] Behind The Scenes At "Felicity"

The material was there for a really good spoof of the hype about Felicity, but it soured at the end.

RATING: 6.5/10

 

[SHOW] Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Mediocre.

RATING: 6/10

 

[SKIT] Laying Down Strip Party Ground Rules

REALLY mediocre. What was the punchline?

RATING: 5/10

 

OVERALL: An okay show, except for the last two sketches. It seemed like Spade half-assed it as the evening went on. (So, does that mean he started with one ass? I've never understood that saying). Next week is Joan Allen and Jewel. Joan Allen's a good dramatic actress, but those kinds are usually the ones who foul up worst as hosts. Jewel should be her usual fine self.

OVERALL RATING: 7/10


Episode Review written by Mark Polishuk


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