EPISODE REVIEWS


Alan Cumming / Jennifer Lopez
February 5, 2000


Hello everyone...
I hope everyone had a fabulous past couple of weeks.
It was pretty good for me...I have a new dog. A giant
Pyreneese (sp?) that we call 'Bernie Bear', the bear
part coming from the fact that he looks like one of
those Coca-Cola polar bears. Other than my new dog, I
haven't been doing a whole lot. Besides work, I don't
have much time for anything else...I finally got my
speeding ticket dismissed-all it took was the
defensive driving class and the trip up to the
municipal court building and standing in line for a
surprisingly few short minutes.
On to the review, and it seemed like ETERNITY since
the last 'SNL'...Three long weeks!

PRE-SHOW THOUGHTS: The only thing I have seen Alan
Cumming in is 'Romy and Michelle's High School
Reunion' (he played the really dorky turned successful
guy) and I think he was in 'Circle of Friends' (but I
think I am wrong). And this is the first time I have
seen in a long time where the host wasn't promoting a
TV show or current movie he was in. But I have a good
feeling about this week being decent.

OPENING (Candidates at the Manchester Marriott): I
liked Darrell's Al Gore much better in this sketch.
Will's George W. Bush? So-so...Tim's Allan Keyes?
Better than George W. Bush. Chris P's John McCain?
Pretty good. I liked him spazzing about not getting a
newspaper under his door. But my favorite part of this
sketch was Jimmy's Bill Bradley...I loved the voice,
the extra make-up (to give him that bullfrog-neck
look), the dialogue. I hope this comes to be another
impression for Jimmy. GRADE: A-/B+.

MONOLOGUE: I heard Alan was in the latest Broadway
production of 'Cabaret', so there obviously had to be
a reference to his theater background. I thought this
was so-so. Tracy as a 'Cat' could have been left out
so could Ana's 'Annie'. Other than that, the monologue
was decent. GRADE: B.

COMMERCIAL (Uncle Jemima's Mash Liquor): I have found
the 'commercials' on 'SNL' in the past few years to be
pretty good. But not this one...I thought it was real
lame and not funny. GRADE: C-.

SKETCH (Lennon, McCartney, and Chicken): I thought
this was pretty amusing...Alan's Paul McCartney was
not as good as I thought it would be though, and Chris
P. as the angry customer not seen was OK, but I did
like Jimmy's John Lennon. I loved the line 'Number 9?
Number 9?...No? Number 10? Your order's
ready'...GRADE:A-.

SKETCH (Culps and Marriage Counseling): Well, it's
about time they put Marty and Bobbi Culp in a marriage
encounter/counseling weekend. And I love their choice
of music (this was the first time in a LONG time I
have actually heard of all the songs they were
'singing')..Alan did a pretty good job as the marriage
counselor, too. Overall, one of the best Bobbi and
Marty sketches in awhile. GRADE: A.

SKETCH (Dog Show): This sketch is becoming more and
more unbearable. I used to like it, now I don't. This
has to be the worst Dog Show ever. I thought the dogs
were cute, but other than that...STUPID! GRADE: D-.

SHORT FILM: What was the point of this? I only liked
this because Jimmy was in it. But other than that, was
this really necessary? I fast forwarded through this
sketch when I was replaying it. Dog Show was better
than this! GRADE: D-/F.

MUSICAL GUEST: I have only heard this song once
before! No grade though.

WEEKEND UPDATE: Colin is improving on his Weekend
Updates after the past few weeks being kind of lacking
in the humor department. But the jokes were pretty
good; and who doesn't like Darrell's Bill Clinton
(only a little less than a year before he can't do
Bill anymore)? Keep it up, Col! GRADE: B.

SKETCH(Siegfried and Roy's Night of a 1000 Tigers): I
loved Alan and Chris's Siegfried and Roy (I am sorry
but I forgot who was suppose to be whom). Cheri as
that lady who's had a ton of plastic surgery was
mediocre. The hidden camera bit was so-so. Oh yeah,
and the tiger was so convincing (ha-ha). Overall,
could have used a few improvements. GRADE: B.

SKETCH (Hello Dolly): I haven't been too fond of the
Hello Dolly sketches in the past. But this one was
pretty likeable. I think it had more to do with Alan
as the guest host than Ana as the main one. GRADE: B+.

MUSICAL GUEST: Who hasn't heard this song? Since it
gets continuous airplay on one of my favorite radio
stations, I hear it at least once on my commute
to/from work. NO GRADE.

And no 10-minute curse? Huh? Oh well....Overall, this
show was so-so. But again, there are good shows and
there are bad ones. 'Til next week
amigos!.........


Episode Review written by Valerie Carmody


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