EPISODE REVIEWS


James Van Der Beek / Everlast
January 16, 1999


[OPENING] Clinton meets Flynt

This was the best opener so far this season. Every joke was very funny and it brought back memories of old political openers for me. Hammond is just too funny as Clinton. I loved it when he was thinking in his mind on how to gesture while making a speech on T.V. Great stuff.

Grade: A+

 

[MONOLOGUE] James Van Der Beek

Well...this was , uh, interesting I guess. Darell Hammond does a funny Don Pardo. At first, I thought Don Pardo was dying while doing announcing the cast members. But then I realized it wasn't him at all when the monologue started. I wonder how he reacted to this one. Get well and come back soon Don. It's REALLY not the same with out you.

Grade: D+

 

[COMMERCIAL] Teeny Weenies

Very unfunny commercial parody. Cheesy to be exact. Come on SNL, I know you've got better ideas up your sleeve. This is something I'd expect to see on that lame MAD TV.

Grade: F

 

[SKETCH] National Spelling Bee Finals

Will Ferell at his best. Will is funny when he does sketches were his character has no clue what to do and has to improvise (I guess that's because he was with the improv group The Groundlings maybe???) In fact, they should try a sketch were all the cast members improvise and interact with each other like on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway? That would be awesome!

Grade: A

 

[COMMERCIAL] 'Cats' on home video

I liked this one a lot. Very funny. I mean c'mon, Cats is still on Broadway!? It can't be that popular. Hammond was hilarious as Andrew Lloyd Webber. Van Der Beek was funny as well.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Teen Pulse: 7 Degrees Celsius

A funny concept that dragged on a little bit too long. The funniest people were Horatio, Chris Parnell, and Jimmy Fallon (the 3 featured cast members, which is intersting). Make these guys full time cast members please!!! It would be a real smart move.

Grade: C

 

[SKETCH] Dog Show

I really like this recurring sketch a lot. Just seeing the dogs look around not knowing what's going on is freakin' hilarious! (Especially Mr. Bojangles!) And I love it when Molly says: "Cause I, uh like , uh daaaawwwwgggs!"

Grade: A-

 

[WEEKEND UPDATE] with Colin Quinn

Colin did okay this week. Some jokes were funny, some of them died. Tracy Morgan's character was funny, but had stupid lines.

Grade: B-

 

[MUSICAL GUEST] Everlast

Everlast is cool. Great performance.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] Harry Connick Jr. teased with laser pen

An okay sketch, but original concept. I hate those damn laser pens. Death to anyone who uses them this way.

Grade: B

 

[SKETCH] History Channel's The War Abroad and at Home

A very funny skit. It's something that I would've come up with.

Grade: A

 

[SKETCH] NBC exec creates Frankenteen

Would've been a lot funnier without the Frankenteen concept. Take out that and have the execs come up with zanier ideas instead. To me, that would've been a better idea.

 

[SKETCH] Maria works her magic on Anthony

An okay sketch that died before it ended. Oteri looked funny as hell. I'm glad to see Horatio in more sketches though.

Grade: C-

 

OVERALL:

This was an average episode that had cool ideas that flopped as usual. But at least it wasn't full of stupid ass recurring sketches, only one cool one. They need more cool commercial parodies like they had in the first 5 or 6 episodes. What happened? They started getting more lame after that. I'm really looking foward to the Bill Murray episode as I've said in the past. Long live SNL!!!


Episode Review written by Eric Amundsen


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