Ben Stiller / Alanis Morrissette
October 24, 1998
Back with another review that won't be posted until it's out of date, it's Mark Polishuk!
Last week's trivia answer; the only Monty Python member NOT to appear on Saturday Night Live was Terry Jones. Michael Palin and Eric Idle both hosted several times in the late 70's, John Cleese was a special guest a couple of years ago, Graham Chapman was a special guest about twenty years ago, and Terry Gilliam did a Python cartoon for SNL about twenty years ago as well. Terry Jones got nothing, a shame since the man is a fine comedian. This was answered correctly by... nobody, since the review was not posted in time by Sean. No matter, since I'm going to make up for it in this review. This week's question, is, to be frank, a ball buster. I've been getting some comments that my questions are too easy, so I set out to find a question that would baffle the world. And, I found one.
What three former SNL cast members have birthdays on three consecutive days?
This question stems from my desire to find a hard question, and also from the fact that today's my freaking birthday! Yep, on October 24, 1981, little Mark Polishuk was born. It was on a Saturday, but no SNL was on that week. Drat.
[OPENING] Star Wars Night Live
I started only watching this about halfway through, just in time to see Ben Stiller getting thrown from the building. Works for me.
[MONOLOGUE] Ben Stiller
A good monologue, poking fun at how hosts always mention what they did or are doing to get cheap applause. Odd though, why did Will have his Nettenyahu makeup on when he was had a sketch before Update? The Yanks are lucky they never played my boys the Toronto Blue Jays, or else that World Series trophy would be north of the border again!
[SKETCH] Celebrity Jeopardy
Funny, but not as good as part Jeopardy sketches. Darryl as Connery didn't have as many good lines as usual. Jimmy Fallon's impression of Adam Sandler was dead on, marred only by the fact that the two look nothing alike. Ben Stiller did a poor impression of Tom Cruise, but anytime you can make fun of Tom Cruise is okay in my book (Editor's Note; Mark hates Tom Cruise).
[SKETCH] Pretty Living
The only laughs I will ever get out of this sketch is if Molly Shannon falls backward in her chair whilst doing her gyrations.
It's a good thing daylight savings time was tonight. This means NBC switchboard operators will have another hour to answer all the phone calls about this one. This was one of Smigel's best ever.
[MUSICAL GUEST] Alanis Morrissette
A good performance of a lousy song. The live version sounds suspiciously like the recorded version.
[WEEKEND UPDATE] Colin Quinn
Good update, with some funny material for Colin. That rising sound you hear is Jimmy Fallon's career.
[SKETCH] A Romantic Halloween
I knew these characters would be back. First rule of SNL; never let sexually crazed characters go to waste (see Uncle Roy, Velvet Jones, Mango, etc.)
[SKETCH] Real Stories of the Highway Patrol
Not bad, but hurt by Ben Stiller's overacting.
[MUSICAL GUEST] Alanis Morrissette
I guess SNL is going back to the two songs format. An okay song.
[SKETCH] Kevin moves back in
This time, Stiller's overacting helps, as Chris Parnell and Ana underplay their roles. Okay sketch, reasonable for this time in the show.
[SKETCH] Steve Wynn's Bellagio Hotel and Casino
One question; Who the hell is Steve Wynn? Darryl's impression of Rich Little was pretty good...or was that Rich Little doing an impression of Darryl Hammond doing Rich Little? Sorry, I'm in a silly mood.
[SKETCH] The Election Campaign
Another one for the old "What the Hell?" file. Pretty good.
OVERALL: Good show, although Ben Stiller sucked. Not in the manner that most hosts suck, by looking off the
telepromter too much or by acting wooden onstage. He sucked in the manner that he tried to make himself the center of attention in every sketch he was in. Nonetheless, SNL gave me a good show for my birthday. Next show is in a couple of weeks with David Spade and Eagle-Eye Cherry. Spade should be pretty funny, and the one Eagle-Eye Cherry song I've heard (Save Tonight) was catchy. Should be a good program. OVERALL RATING: 7.5/10
Episode Review written by Mark Polishuk
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