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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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Late Night With Jimmy Fallon – A First Episode Review

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by tvismyiv

Jimmy Fallon started his hosting gig of the Late Night last night, and it started off with a guest appearance by Conan O’Brien cleaning out his dressing room.  It made me laugh and it was a good start.  Favorite joke:

Fallon: So, uh, you getting Jay’s old dressing room?

Conan: Leno’s not leaving.

He rolled with the audience pretty well during his monologue, which consisted of SNL Weekend Update-like soundbite jokes.  (The Roots also participated in Slow Jamming the News.  Their performance made me think they’re showing up strictly for a steady paycheck.  I’ll chalk their awkwardness up to inexperience on live late night talk shows.  It’s been awhile since Max Weinberg started on Conan O’Brien – perhaps he was just as awkward.  Wait.  He always looked awkward and played it to great effect.)

Target Demographic: Blonde Mothers, a taped bit, was pretty funny.  I just can’t recall any “highlights.”  Boosh!

Lick It For Ten was a dumb game show where three audience members licked a lawnmower, an all-in-on printer, and a fishbowl (complete with goldfish!) for ten bucks.  I guess Conan had his share of lame concepts, but he learned to play off the lameness for extra humor.  Fallon’s still in SNL mode, but maybe he’ll get there.

(Rihanna in a commercial for Cover Girl?  Too soon to joke?)

His first guest was Robert Deniro and he made some early jokes at Deniro’s expense, with Deniro’s involvement, of course.  Deniro’s not the most glib of interviewees, but Fallon did way more talking than interviewing.  They even ripped off an old joke from SNL gag where they impersonated each other.  But I’ll forgive him, and time will tell how he’ll do with other guests.

Space Train, a short sketch if I ever saw one, was funny.  It was a clip from an “unreleased movie” starring the pair.  Fallon’s character was afraid to fly into space, and Deniro was the space train’s conductor.  This paragraph is longer than the bit.

His second guest was Justin Timberlake.  Much better.  Too much revelling in the old SNL days, and not enough interview again.  But I can’t wait for The Phone – JT’s new MTV show where people get phone calls and their lives are turned upside down for 24 hrs. to win $50,000.  A car blows up in the preview – SOLD!

(FYI: JT also does a mean John Mayer and Michael McDonald impression, even if he’s singing about Bud Light Lime.)

Last guest – Van Morrison.  Good if you think Van Morrison is good.  Is he the Brown Eyed Girl guy?  Looked it up.  Yes he is.

Early predictions for the show:

  • Fallon will probably get better as time goes on.
  • His sketches will probably get more tongue-in-cheek, than tongue-on-lawnmower.
  • The Roots will leave the show six months from now.

Not A Bad Night For SNL

Posted in Humor, NBC, TV, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2008 by sgottahurt

After last week’s mehpisode, this week Saturday Night Live stepped up its game.  Considering Tim McGraw was the host (as opposed to Justin Timberlake who no doubt had to back out in order to stay in bed with Jessica Biel), the show made me laugh.  The cold open about the Big Three Bailout was a highlight (which was on Hulu, but seems to have disappeared), as was Michaela Watkins debut as Arianna Huffington.

Here’s an always awesome Kristen Wiig highlight:

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Also, where’s more Abby Elliot?!  And get rid out that stupid waiter character by that new guy I don’t think I like!

(Click here for more clips on Hulu.)

SNL Live Blog

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1130 – We’re entering an era without Elephants, and I fear our comedy may suffer (unless Obama has a tubby intern that may catch his eye).  Jason Sudekis as Joe Biden tries to quell our (and Lorne’s) fears by suggesting he’ll screw something up.  Dan Quayle, he ain’t.

 

1133 – Did Don Pardo just mispronounce new castmate Michaela Watkins as Miunintelligible Watson?

 

1134 – Paul Rudd doesn’t seem to have high hopes for show post-election… Kristen Wiig seems to agree… I’m beginning to worry…

 

1135 – Did they just simulate an erection in the Sproingo spoof commercial?

 

1138 – Kissing Family Skit.  At first I wonder why Rudd is member of the family, with Andy Samberg as the visiting guest.  (I also wonder is this a recurring skit?  God, I hope not).  Ah the answer presents itself… Samberg and Fred Armison make out open-mouthed.

 

1144 – Disgusting!  I can’t stand these Charmin Ultra Strong commercials.  This one has them playing football with dingleberries.  Gross!

 

1148 – As a bone thrown to Kenan Thompson, this scared straight skit is meh at best.

 

1151 – Digital Short – Like the song Samberg made and played, but here’s a trend I’m sensing in this episode… what’s with all the gay humor?  No good fart skits coming to mind?  Majorly missing TV Funhouse right now.

 

(Remainder after the jump)

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