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SNL Real-Time Review – Five Voices, One Rock

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by tvismyiv

Dwayne Johnson, who I believe is no longer obligated to be called The Rock, hosted tonight’s show in anticipation of Race to Witch Mountain (witch looks awesome!)

Here are the skits and five people’s opinions of them:

COLD OPEN – The Secretary of Treasury talks about the failure of our economy.  $420 billion goes to the individual that can solve the banking crisis problem.

  1. Chris – “Can I fast forward this skit?”
  2. Venessa (who laughed at insurance companies insuring houses that are on fire comment, for some reason) – “She thinks Tracey Jordan’s theory from 30 Rock works – Panic!”
  3. Richie – “Not funny.”
  4. Jess – No comment.  Kept getting up to check on her microwaved Chinese food.
  5. Sean – “I laughed… enough.”

OPENING MONOLOGUE

  1. Chris – “Really?  This is his third time?”
  2. Jess – “He looks too skinny.”
  3. Venessa – “Yeah, it makes his head looks to big.”
  4. Richie – “His neck’s still huge, though.  And what’s with that tattoo?”
  5. Sean – “Yay!  Abby Elliott!  And who’s that chick on the far left?”

MACGRUBER (Part 1)

  1. Venessa – “Yes, MacGyver!”
  2. Jess – (possibly passed out)
  3. Richie – “He’s from Detroit.”
  4. Chris – “Fast forward through the commercials.”
  5. Sean – “Yay! Abby Elliott!”

PRESIDENT OBAMA “GET ANGRY”

  1. Venessa – “The Rock Hulk!” (she enjoyed it the most)
  2. Jess laughed (she did not pass out) – “He looks like a vampire.”
  3. Chris – “Is.  Barack Obama.  That easy.  Of an.  Impression.  To do.”
  4. Richie laughed throughout, but not continuously
  5. Sean – “Wiig Counter: 3”

MACGRUBER (Part 2)

  1. Venessa – “Look how hideous he is.”  (in reference to Richard Dean Anderson)
  2. Chris – “It’s okay.”
  3. Jess is fading out
  4. Richie – “It was kind of funny… the whole daddy’s issue thing.”
  5. Sean – “Yay! Abby!  Wiig Counter: 4”

ACTIVIA WITH JAMIE LEE CURTIS

  1. Chris – “I love Kristen Wiig.”
  2. Venessa – “She’d shit all day.” (in reference to coffee, cigarettes, and Activia intake mentioned by Abby)
  3. Venessa (laughing) – “Take Number 2.”
  4. Richie laughed at the yawning/pooping reference
  5. Sean – “Jess passed out.”

HAWAIIAN SKIT

  1. Chris – “He looks really thin there.”  (in reference to Brian Moynahan this time)
  2. Venessa – “Sean’s blogging and not drinking his forty.”
  3. Sean – “I’m doing both.”
  4. Richie laughed at the “I got lei-d” comment.  Venessa – “Not funny.”
  5. Chris – “Is she (Abby) going to be in every skit?”
  6. Venessa – “I hope so.”
  7. Sean drank his forty

MACGRUBER (Part 3)

  1. His dad’s a friggin’ butthole line in the song made everyone laugh.
  2. Sean drank his forty.
  3. Venessa – “Can they show butts on TV?”
  4. Sean – “They showed his butt a couple weeks ago.”

RAY LAMONTAGNE SINGS

  1. Venessa – “Have I heard of this guy?”
  2. Sean – “He’s on the River.”
  3. Venessa – “Grrr… satellite radio!  I loved the River!”
  4. Chris wanted to fast-forward, but Richie and Venessa wanted to keep watching, so we did

WEEKEND UPDATE

  1. Venessa – “That’s so true.” (in reference to AIG building a $15 billion toilet to flush $15 billion down it)
  2. Sean – “That’s just like the Cartman swearing bit in the South Parkmovie.” (re: zapper on the RNC spokesman Michael Steele’s head, at 1:15 mark)
  3. Richie and Venessa really enjoyed “Cathy” bit… Jess and Chris chimed in when Justin Timberlake appeared
  4. Sean – “I didn’t even know Cathy was married in the comics.”
  5. Sean – “Was that Jessica Biel playing Jessica Rabbit?”
  6. Richie and Venessa liked D.O.A./Denny’s joke and burning green Escorts jokes… a lot, as well as Bon Jovi opposite band: Jon Bovi (they sing “Alive and Dead,” for example)
  7. Richie – “Jon Bovi was the best thing yet.”

GAME TIME WITH DAVE AND GREG

  1. Venessa  – “He’s an alien all right!” (in reference to Greg speaking funny)
  2. Laughs were shared by all.
  3. Sean drank his forty.
  4. Venessa – “That’s true!” (when a caller said Greg didn’t age in his pictures)
  5. Sean – “That was pretty good.”
  6. Venessa – “That was stupid.”

DONALD TRUMP/CELEBRITY APPRENTICE NBC COMMERCIAL

  1. Venessa pointed at Sean in reference to Trump saying he hit high marks in the 35 douchebag demo
  2. Sean – “I haven’t watched it… yet.”
  3. Sean – “Who’s Fred Armison supposed to be?”
  4. Venessa – “I don’t know.”

RAY LAMONTAGNE SINGS AGAIN

  1. Venessa – “I liked him so much I’ll watch him again.”
  2. Richie – “He has a very unique voice.”
  3. Sean – “I gotta pee real quick.”
  4. Chris has officially passed out… snoring
  5. Richie – “What time does the time change?”
  6. Venessa – “2am.”
  7. Jess (stirring) – “That sucks.”

LIGHTHOUSE OPERATORS

  1. Venessa enjoyed the splashing water on the shipwrecked victims
  2. Venessa also predicted the Clapper being installed in the lighthouse
  3. Sean – “Wiig Counter: I lost count.”
  4. Chris snored more.
  5. Sean – “I can’t believe they referenced a BJ.”
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SNL Real-Time Review – Alec’s Back!

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by tvismyiv

11:35pm – Dan Aykroyd, yay!  Cold open, boo!  I don’t know if Dan’s just a bit rusty, or if he didn’t get enough prep time, but any laughs he elicited from the audience were almost out of pity or happy memories or a mixture of both.  It didn’t help that the bit wasn’t all that funny.  It tried to make fun of Obama’s recent plans and actions and turn them into some future positive spin for Republicans when they fail.  The skit failed.  Horribly.  Kristen Wiig Counter: 1

11:40pm – Alec Baldwin thanked Christian Bale for taking some of his heat (for calling his daughter a “rude, thoughtless, little pig”) and made further fun of himself.  Kudos.  He introduced Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock and did one of the sometimes funny, sometimes tired Q&A sessions.  Getting sleepy.  Wiig Counter: 2

11:45pm – Baldwin as one of the Jonas Brothers named Gary.  If you thought Britney Spears was a bad actress, triple that.  And yeah, that one Brother is 100% gay (which one, you ask… take your pick).

11:53pm – The Cougar Den – Introduced the concept of a CouGay, which is ho-hum ha-ha, and brought back original skit cougar, Cameron Diaz.  Thank god the boyfriends weren’t the Jonas BrothersWC: 3

11:59pm – Digital Short – Damn.  Jonas Brothers again.  At least Andy Samberg found a way to limit their acting and in turn make them mildly entertaining.  In the skit, Samberg confronts them with an old VHS cassette featuring them performing in the 80’s, and he wonders how it’s possible.  It turns out a wizard granted them eternal life.  That’s the joke, folks.

12:01am – Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Photo Shop – Bring your photos in to have back added to the photo.  Abby Elliott’s shown, but has no lines.  Don’t think Wiig is in this one.  I wouldn’t be either.  Mix-a-Lot was used much better in this:

12:07am – Jonas Brothers perform and I assume this will be the only time I ever see them.  Well this and later in the show.

12:13am – Weekend Update – Angelina Jolie returns (via Abby Elliott)!  Michaela Watkins as Angie Tempura blogger of BitchPleeze.com gets chuckles.  Joaquin Phoenix appears (via Jason Sudekis) and bombs worse than he actually did on David LettermanSeth Meyers’ closing joke garners the biggest laugh – “If you’re at home watching this Valentine’s Day episode, better luck next year!”  At least he didn’t say anything about blogging.

12:26am – Vincent Price’s Valentine’s Day SpecialBaldwin plays Richard Burton.  Meh.  Wiig Counter ups to 4 with her awesome portrayal of Carol ChanningIt rivals her Bjork from last week.

12:35am – Business Meeting – Different excuses to cancel an appointment.  Good lord, please end.  Thank god, it did.  I’m getting ready to watch last’s week’s 30 Rock on Hulu.

12:41am – Definitely watching 30 RockJonas Brothers are introduced by Baldwin’s rude, thoughtless, little pig?

12:45:am – Wii Game – First, a Mix-a-Lot skit, then Liberace gay jokes, and now a Wii masturbation bit?  Did they go to the file cabinet for these ideas?

12:49am – Chewable Pampers Commercial – I saw this already somehow.  Maybe it was online, but still…  Well, I guess, yeah, it’s kinda funny.  Mostly the different flavorsWC: 5

12:52am – Virgania Horsen’s Hot Air Balloon Rides – Not as good as her Pony ExpressWC: 6

12:53am – First Coughs – Probably the best skit, where Baldwin’s DVD teaches you how to foreshadow your death in a movie with a slight cough.  Saying it’s “probably the best” isn’t saying much.  I’m trying to remember if there was a cough earlier in the show that foreshadowed this episode’s death.

12:58am – Disappointment sets in.  Onto 30 Rock!

I Had To Be LOST Before I Was Found

Posted in ABC, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by tvismyiv

It’s been awhile since any new posts have been placed on this site, but I’ve sworn off American Idol and I missed the beginning of 24 so there’s no hope other than catching up on DVD (or Hulu… I may still do Hulu.)

Okay, let me be perfectly realistic here.  I may still watch Idol.  Who am I kidding?  It’s a juggernaut, bitch!  But we’ll see… (How’s that for conviction.)

About the only things I’ve managed to keep up on are The Office and 30 Rock, and they’re not highly bloggable.  (So did you hear, Holly may be coming back to Dunder-Mifflin and do you think Jack and Liz Lemon will ever hook up?  Because Mary Richards and Lou Grant never did…)

But there is one other huge glaring blinding hot spot that I must get on about…

LOST.

This show may not have gotten its bearings straight until Season 3, hence a lot of loose ends and changed courses (Tailies, anyone?), but this season’s Unstuck-In-Time theme is going to be interesting.  Interesting in the fact that it will allow to uncover much of the Island’s history without it being expository.

Not since Billy Pilgrim bounced around Slaughterhouse-Five have I ever been so excited and intrigued.  So far, we’ve uncovered some nice little details like these:

  • Desmond and Penny’s son is named Charlie… after Charlieaww
  • Charles Widmore was in fact on the Island in his past.  AND he funded Faraday’s time travel studies, PLUS the victim of said studies.

(SIDENOTE: I love the insight provided by EW’s Lost blog by Doc Jensen, which this week was written by Adam B. Vary…

The door to the Dept. of Physics that Desmond first entered is labeled “Claredon 142-08,” which appears to be a typo, since according to the Oxford University website, the Physics department is housed in the “Clarendon” building. But that number seems to point to the Lost episode from last season that aired on Feb. 14, 2008, “The Economist,” i.e. Ben Linus’s still un-named target for his assassin Sayid. And a “don” is the common term for both a senior instructor at Oxford and a high ranking member of the Mafia. Perhaps Claire and The Economist are connected?

Crazy stuff.  END SIDENOTE.)

  • The Jughead H-bomb?!  Could that be what gets buried in concrete at the core of the Swan Station?
  • What’s with all the Redshirts that keep dying?  The Frogurt’s of Flight 815 are getting picked off in droves.  And as my brother, Scott, noted – “Where’s Rose and Bernard?”
  • And Charlotte, poor Charlotte… why does she bear resemblance to Ellie, the Other that held Faraday at gunpoint, and Theresa Spencer – the time travelling coma girl?  Some answers please!

Leno To Jay Up Primetime

Posted in ABC, Film, Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2008 by sgottahurt

What has NBC become?  Besides a shadow of its former self in the 80’s and 90’s, it’s become home for another late night talk show.  Maybe late is an overstatement (from NY Times):

…(Jay) Leno’s new show will appear at 10 o’clock each weeknight in a format similar to “The Tonight Show,” which he has hosted since 1993…

This is a move made to keep a promise made to Conan O’Brien five years ago (that he would take hold of Johnny Carson’s reigns, ‘natch), and to keep Leno from becoming possible competition a la David Letterman, which happened when he moved to CBS back in the day.

This plan will also take pressure off the creative vacuum at the Peacock Network to script worthy prime time shows.  Since ER is flat-lining at the end of this season, all they’ll have to do is move any remaining Law & Orders to 9pm.  Bonus: they’ll be saving $13,000,000 a week.

For those of you worried about the new show’s content, put your mind at ease:

…The new show, which will begin next fall, is expected to be set in Mr. Leno’s longtime studio in Burbank, Calif. Mr. Leno is expected to retain many of the most popular elements of his “Tonight Show,” including his monologue and bits like “Headlines” and “Jay Walking.” One “Tonight Show” staff member said the new program would not be a variety show.

Here’s a few suggested uses for the surplus $13 million/week:

  1. Get the rights to Pushing Daisies from ABC and produce it.  It’s better than anything else NBC puts out (My Own Worst Enemy, Knight Rider, Heroes).
  2. Produce a show like Pushing Daisies.  A TV show based on Fables (a comic book series where fairy tale characters interact in the real world) is looking for a home.  Sign ’em up!
  3. Give it to the Big Three auto makers in Detroit.  They could become the Big G.E. Three
  4. Pay to keep good people on Saturday Night Live.  Not everyone that walks away is a guaranteed success.  Make Studio 8H their home.
  5. Promote the hell out of 30 Rock.  Make Alec happy.
  6. Get some talent involved in the writing of Heroes.
  7. Give it to Conan.  He deserves it.

SNL Real-Time Blog

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by sgottahurt

11:30 – Cold Open: Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State – Yay!  Amy Poehler’s back!  Barack Obama winning slam: check.  Sarah Palin dig: check.  Hillary’s chuckle: check.  Bill: check.  Happy days are here again!

 

11:35 – For John Malkovich’s third time hosting, he read Twas the Night Before Christmas, complete with dark and honest asides, such as descibing how in reality, Santa would burst into flames trying to fly around the world so fast.  Chuckle inducing.

 

11:41Gas Right Commercial30 Rock (which is loosely based on the idea of SNL) always makes jokes about how they use too many fart jokes in their skits.  Guess what this skit’s about.

 

11:45 – Work Birthday Party – Let me start by saying this: Kristen Wiig is like in every skit.  So we’ll began the Wiig Counter at 1.  In this one, she plays the hot bimbo in the office that loses her sex appeal bit by bit.  I’ll finish by saying this: her comedy chops improve on a weekly basis.  She’s come a long way since the Joe Schmo Show.

 

11:52Obama Cool Cat Ad – He keeps it cool.  Funny.  Liked this one a lot.

 

11:57La Rivista Della TelevisioneMalkovich is on an Italian talk show and can’t speak it.  Simple, but good.  New guy whose name I don’t know made me laugh in this one.

 

12:02Digital Short: Virgania Horsen’s Pony ExpressKristen goes solo on this short, if you don’t count the guest appearances by herself.  Wiig Counter: 2 (not counting multiple Wiigs)

 

12:04Christmas Twins – I’ve never seen a calculator joke go on for so long, but somehow it still kinda works… mostly because it’s short.

 

12:11T.I.’s first song.  I’m indifferent.

 

12:17Weekend Update – Again, yay AmyPlaxico Burress (Kenan Thompson) warns about the dangers of wearing sweatpants and concealing guns.  Boy George (Fred Armison) couldn’t keep a straight face (no pun intended).  And a different nine-year old boy has better tips on getting girls – like using cocaine.

 

12:34Lost Works of Judy Blume: GertieMalkovich plays Gertie, the crazy mutant girl that has her period for three months, foams at the mouth and blacks out when she thinks of cute boys, and is growing a tail… Overall, a pretty funny skit about a pretty ugly girl.  Kenan Thompson’s song even made me smile.  Wiig Counter: 3, Abby Elliott Counter: 1  😦

 

12:42Digital Short: Jizz in my Pants – Molly Sims, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake guest star in  the second great short that’s sure to be a classic… it may not reach Lazy Sunday or Dick in a Box heights, but at least the level of Natalie Portman’s rap and Iran So FarJorma Taccone is the other Dude.

 

12:49 – Rocking hip hop by T.I.  I kinda like it.

 

12:54Dangerous Liaison Redux: J’accuzzi – French aristocrats in a hot tub.  Throw away final skit that isn’t awful, but not super funny.  J’silly.

Saturday’s TV Picks

Posted in Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 15, 2008 by sgottahurt

I’m not the usual guy who was writing these recommendation posts, but for me, today is all about waiting for Saturday Night Live.  They’ve recently lost Amy Poehler to a newborn and a supposed spinoff of The Office.  So tonight they are adding two new ladies to the cast: Michaela Watkins and my future ex-wife, Abby Elliot, daughter of SNL Alum, Chris Elliot.

The fine ladies over at Jezebel compiled a list of lessons for the latest additions.  You can find the entire list with video examples here.

Their strongest advice:

When In Doubt, Think Of Tina There is perhaps no better role model for the incoming women of SNL then Tina Fey, the woman who added to the show in every possible way, leading the writing team, anchoring Weekend Update, participating in several sketches, and creating a female-friendly environment that allowed women like Poehler, Dratch, and Rudolph to display their skills alongside their male co-stars.

Meet you ladies tonight at about 11:30.  I’ll be the guy in his boxers, sitting on his couch, being (hopefully) entertained by you while I eat leftover Halloween candy.

Web Pick Of The Week: Lemon Party

Posted in Humor, TV, Video with tags , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by tvismyiv

 

For those of you who are like me and can’t wait for “30 Rock” to return I have good news.  NBC.com will be posting the entire first episode of season 3 (The New Season) on their website starting this Thursday (10-23-08).  So get ready for a Lemon Party!

I refuse to show you what a lemon party is. But it makes this “30 Rock” episode a lot better:

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