EPISODE REVIEWS


Norm Macdonald / Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg & Eminem
October 23, 1999


General Comment: I'm not really digging the new season just yet. It
has a ton of energy, and good ideas, but something's just not working. I
think they're relying too heavily on recurring characters or something,
not sure just yet.

[OPENING] Rudy Giuliani makes a World Series bet
I thought this was fairly funny. Not a very remarkable opening, but
still, humorous. They should have done something with Liddy Dole though,
so Norm coulda done his Bob Dole impersonation once last time.

[MONOLOGUE] Norm Macdonald
THIS was great!! Racy, out there, unpredictable, and really damn
funny-- classic Norm Macdonald. I laughed so hard by the time he got to
the "bad news is I'm still not funny, but the good news is the show
blows!" Very well done.

[SKETCH] Martha Stewart Living promo
Amusing, but went on too long. Ana Gasteyer is great as Martha
Stewart though, always fun to see her impersonations.

[SKETCH] Great Moments in Yankee History
I loved this too! Probably my favorite sketch of the night; short,
but sweet. "Whoopee, lucky me!" I'll bet Norm had a hand in writing this
one too.

[SKETCH] Celebrity Jeopardy
Well, not as funny as other Celebrity Jeopardy's, but still funny.
The whole "ape tit" joke was really good. Good impression of French
Stewart, and Norm's Burt Reynolds is always welcome.

[SKETCH] NBC Crosstalk: How Thin is Too Thin?
This was fairly good. Struck a good topic, and the Flockhart
impression was definitely creative, if a little garish!!

[SKETCH] Larry King's News and Views
I'm not sure. It was funny, but it also went on for a while.

[CARTOON] Fun with Real Audio
This was really cool, like most Real Audio cartoons.

[SKETCH] Larry King's News and Views
More of the same, though he did mention John Laroquette, which makes
it this much more enjoyable!!

[WEEKEND UPDATE] Colin Quinn
Colin wasn't as hot as he was last week. I think they missed a big
oppurtunity by not having Norm do anything, but it's understandable that
they wouldn't do that; after all, I'm sure Colin is still having a hard
time remaining in "Norm's shadow." Let's face it, he is, even moreso
than Kevin Nealon was in the wake of Dennis Miller's departure.

[MUSICAL GUEST] Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg
Eh, it was rap.

[SKETCH] The McMulluns argue at Halloween
I liked this!! Quite surreal, which is what made it all the more
funny. I'm glad they gave Cheri Oteri more to do this episode than
usual; seems like I haven't seen her really for a while. And hey! Tracy
Morgan IS still on the show! He's just a featured player now
apparently!! (He makes a good cop though.)

[SKETCH] Michael Jackson drowns his sorrows
It was fun seeing Tim's Michael Jackson impression again. It was
pretty funny too; I hadn't heard about the whole Howard Stern thing, but
it was funny.

[MUSICAL GUEST] Dr. Dre featuring Eminem
Eh, it was rap.

[SKETCH] Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio
YES!!!!! This was frickin hysterical! When they ran the standard
Barvo intro, then cut to Will Ferrell as the near-comatose host of the
show, that was just outstanding!! The best impression I've ever seen
Will do actually. Very well done!

[COMMERCIAL] Chess for Girls
Well, I missed it this time around, but I'd seen it before, so no
biggie.

 

Overall, I give this show a B-. Norm's monologue was the stuff classics
are made of, and it boasted a few really good skits, but overall, it
could have been a lot better. SNL needs more bite; maybe it is a good
thing Lorne says most of the cast members will be replaced next season.
I think a shakeup is what the show needs now.


Episode Review written by Ben Cook-Feltz


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