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SNL Real-Time Review – Surprisingly, Fox Didn’t Sux

Posted in Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2009 by sgottahurt
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Star Wars was a good movie...

Gaddafi Cold Open
Fred Armison’s portrayal of the Libyan leader isn’t difficult, but that doesn’t make the jokes about his UN ramblings any less funny.

New Opening Footage
Wow.  There’s not too many ladies there anymore.  But the lovely Abby Elliott looked lovely.

Megan Fox’s Monologue
Not too bad.  Mostly due to my having low expectations.

Fake Bladdivan Commercial
As a victim of chronic shy-bladder syndrome, I found this bit a bit easy.  Squirt guns? In a commercial about peeing?  Hilarious, right?

Real Starbucks Via Commercial
Can’t believe they brought up town hall shouters already…

Real Oreo Commercial
Yay for Darrell Hammond getting to spoof Donald Trump in Donald Trump’s presence!  Boo Eli Manning, for no reason.  Albeit I still gotta give him props for toppling Tom Brady.

Bad News Flight Attendants
Opened funny, via Abby and Andy Samberg. Maintained absurd humor throughout.  Liked Megan’s performance.  Plus, the return of the Kristen Wiig Counter: 1

Russian Brides
Svetlana and Katya are the brides-to-be. Svetlana is played by Fred; Katya is played by Megan.  Svetlana is $10 cheaper.  Will Forte has a hard time deciding between the two.  I decided it was comical enough.

Digital Short
Weird mismatched couple’s date is, um, weird.  But I’m beginning to think Megan has talent.  Not a classic by any means, but the performances elevated it to smile-worthy.

Grady Wilson’s Burning Up the Bedsheets
Kenan Thompson’s first appearance is a bit lewd.  Surprisingly lewd.  But surprisingly silly, to the point that I did laugh.

U2’s First Performance
Does their longevity in the music industry have to do with their talent, or the fact that l33t became mainstream through IMing, texting, and now Tweeting?

(SIDENOTE: I just noticed the 35 in SNL’s logo.  Man, Lorne Michaels must be old.)

Weekend Update
It’s strange to watch this without Amy Poehler, especially since she was there on Thursday… Kristen still impresses the hell out of me with her Judy Grimes… just-kidding.  Wiig Counter: 2

Live Lounge
Spoof of modern phone sex lines that’s spot-on AKA easy. Wiig Counter: 3

U2’s Second Performance
…is background noise to me right now.  I just was trying to update my iPhone so it would have MMS (pictures in text messages), and it crashed and had to restore – to an earlier backup!  I need to figure out how to get back a bunch of shit I bought!

Biker Chick Chat
New girl’s skit.  New Wayne’s World? Probably not.  DID SHE JUST SAY FUCKING?!  Rewind.  YES!  At least we know it’s live… Wiig Counter: 4

Digital Short (another one?)
Optimus Prime is Megan’s roommate.  Or is he?  Best skit of the night.  Save doucheBAG… BAG = Brian Austin Green Not a coincidence, me thinks…

Your Mom Talks to Megan Fox While You Finish Getting Ready
Probably how it would go down in real life. Kristen sells it, as usual, and increases her Wiig Counter to 6.  Wait, it’s only 5? Slow night.  But conversely, Megan was in almost all – a rarity for hosts, it seems, and amazingly, she’s held her own

FINAL DECISION: Not as strong as last season’s John Malkovich’s episode, but better than most.  Why is Bono swinging around on a microphone?  And how much is new girl’s fricking FUCK gonna cost?

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SNL Real-Time Blog

Posted in Humor, NBC, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 14, 2008 by sgottahurt

11:30Cold Open – A skit Andy Samberg did a couple weeks ago was cut because of bleeped-out cussing, yet this skit’s only highlight was the cussing.  Maybe if I knew more about the Governor of Illinois it might have been funnier, but the crowd didn’t seem too into either.  Also, the Kristen Wiig Counter is at 1.

11:38Hugh Laurie’s Monologue – I don’t know why my mind expected him to walk out with a limp and a cane, (that’d be like me expecting him to come out holding Stuart Little), but for some reason I forgot about his accent, too.  His jokes were very dry, as was his Christmas song medley, but Laurie’s likability shone through, so… win?

11:43Bronx Beat Maya Rudolph is back (?) and Amy Poehler is back to regular size.  You could feel the comfort level and rapport between these two fine comediennes, especially when they took Laurie to the ropes making innuendos about cuts of meat (he played a local butcher).  The distinguished actor that he is almost broke character, so that made it work.

11:54Christmas Dinner – Short tempers flare at a dinner party.  The dinner party’s saved by a rendition of Silent Night, Holy Night… almost.  Does ir save the skit… not even close.  So far I feel Laurie’s skills are being squandered.  Or maybe he’s not funny.  Or maybe his Brit humor clashes with the farting humor this show tends to have.  Nonetheless, the idea of subtle tensions at a dinner party worked better in Will Farrell’s classic “I drive a Dodge Stratus” skit.  Wiig Counter: 2

12:02 – Wedding Toasts – This skit was actually pretty good.  Everyone rotated as eccentrics giving toasts.  I liked Bobby Moynihan’s mic drop the best (see I learned his name – I pray he doesn’t have that waiter skit tonight).  Wiig Counter: 3

12:11 – Um… wow… and not good wow.  Kanye West should not sing.  Because he can’t.  If the Lil Wayne digitizer was supposed to do something to his voice it didn’t.  And his look was ridiculous.  Also, I’m beginning to think half of the people that work on this show already checked out for the holidays.

12:17Weekend Update – It’s funny how they get Fred Armison to play every black guy (and Maya Rudolph to play every black woman… Kenan Thompson only gets to play the fat black men and women).  This time he was New York governor, David Patterson, and he was humorous enough (especially when he kept wandering in front of the camera a la McCain).  Really!?! with Seth & Amy is one of my favorite bits, so I was happy to see them attack Governor Rod Blagojevich (saying his hair was like Little People toys was spot on <—British!)  The worst part was Poehler announcing this was her last episode.  Thanks for the laughs, Amy… you will be missed!

12:32Lamps! – Um… weird… and not good weird.  Living lamps?  Holding their owner’s hostage?  And it’s a musical?  Who thought of this?  Seriously, I am beginning to think everyone on the staff has left.  Wiig Counter: 4

12:39 Cat Christmas Letter – Don’t know why, but cat humor almost always gets me.  On the other hand, dead cat humor always gets me.  Sprinkle it with passive-aggressiveness and puns – purrrrrrrfect!  Wiig Counter: 5

12:48 Digital Short – Amidst discussion of layoffs, Armison’s cookie fanatic finds himself eating something that’s not quite cookies.  Armison sells it.  Still, I’m reminded of a better old skit with Rainn Wilson.

12:53Kanye’s back.  Isn’t that the same song?  I know it’s not, but what happened to this guy?  I loved College Dropout so much.  This new stuff is crap.  And stop singing/rapping about Louis Vuitton!

1:00 – What a let down compared to last week’s homerun of an episode, AND it’s Amy Poehler’s last?  Bummer.

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.