Saturday Night Live: Natalie Portman & Fall Out Boy
Ehhh... I've seen worse. There was some really good stuff here. It was great to see Maya Rudolph back full-time, even if it was in two recurring roles that I don't really like. Although I think she officially rejoined the cast a few weeks ago, right?
I've said before that I don't mind if they reuse old commercials, as long as they're good ones. They repeated "Baby Toupees" and "The Totally Rad Smoke Detector 3000" in this episode. Except for Fred Armisen's stereotypical Irish fire-chief impersonation in the smoke detector one (I love that, great moustache), these two aren't good. Why can't they reuse good commercials though? Oh and did anyone scan the closing credits? I had heard rumors about this, but Seth Myers is officially a head writer now along with Tina and Andrew Steele. Perhaps this is more proof that Tina is on her way out to focus solely on her new sitcom next year?
Cold Open - Nothing special here, just a run-of-the-mill Bush address. Forte cracked a few good jokes. I especially enjoyed when he challenged Osama to a duel, "Texas style." There have been no major hurricanes since Katrina and he took credit for that which I thought was amusing. Cheney came on; guess what they joked about? Like I said, nothing special.
Natalie Portman's Monologue - Good Lord, she's gorgeous. I can't imagine her looking bad with any hair style (she had it shaved for her latest film V is for Vendetta). Anywho, she fielded Star Wars questions from nerds (Samberg and Sudeikis) in the audience and ended up having more SW knowledge than the nerds did. Further proving the stereotype that "black people don't watch Star Wars," Finesse stood up and asked "What's Star Wars?" This was good for a few laughs.
Jamba Juice - Anyone ever been to one of these? I've been once and this was eerily accurate. The employees at these places are on crack; they were wired when I went. For those who haven't been, these are just juice bars. But you can get all sorts of health add-ins... protein, soy, vitamins, whatever. I liked this sketch. Oh and is it just me, or does Chris Parnell now play a gay character at least once per episode?
Larry King Live - I don't think I've seen Fred Armisen do Larry King before. He didn't really have the voice down but he nailed the mannerisms. The topic was people who've had sex changes. The guests weren't all that funny (Natalie was a transvestite with a killer uni-brow), but the one-liners Larry King kept dropping were laugh out loud funny. Some samples: "What was it like before you swapped your parts?" "Where is your penis now?" "So you're going to have two penises?" "Kim Cattrall - she's all woman no matter how many penises you stick on her." I lost it on that last one.
The Needlers go to a Fertility Clinic - I think it's the third or fourth time they've done this sketch? Same thing every time so if you've seen any of the previous outings, you've seen this one.
Belated Black History Moment with Dennis Haysbert - This was actually the Robert Smigel installment for the episode. Haysbert (President Palmer!) hosted a documentary-ish look at three cartoons that prominently featured African-Americans. Token Black starred Franklin from Peanuts, Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats, and Winston Zeddmore from The Ghostbusters. The other two shows were The Hoke and Daisy Show, an animated version of Driving Miss Daisy and Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Outer Space. All three shows were canceled because as Haysbert called them, they were "humongous steaming bowls of elephant piss." I really liked this, I thought it was well done.
The Schöner(sp?) Family - I'm pretty sure that's their last name. Maya, Fred, Parnell, and Natalie play a family and everyone's first name is Noonie. Or is it Nunie? Who cares? They've done this sketch before and it's not funny. It's creepy and too Conehead-ish without the coneheads.
Weekend Update - This went on too long. Last episode WU was very short and it seemed like they weeded out the crap because most of the material was pretty funny. Not the case here. As expected, they ragged on Bush and Cheney. Darrell Hammond as Donald Trump as Martha Stewart came on, which I enjoyed. But the highlight was by far "Kenan Thompson's Lady Fat: Plus Size Woman's Clothing for Male Comedians of Color." Finesse saying he'd rather wear a dress designed by Kenan than not be in the show at all was priceless.
The Wakefield AV Club - This was a sketch I had forgotten about because Maya had been on maternity leave. Sheldon (Rachel Dratch) has his Bar Mitzvah and they video tape it. Maya is his best friend. Eh, they should have shelved this idea permanently. I don't think I laughed once, except for watching Andy Samberg dance with Natalie Portman.
SNL Digital Short - I was afraid they weren't going to have one. Chris Parnell is interviewing Natalie Portman and her response is an extremely vulgar rap video. But it was hilarious. She was so angry: "I'll kill your dog." "I'll sh*t on your face." It kept going too, other things I won't type out. I'm sure this will be posted online by the end of the day. Anyone finds it, please post the link in the comments.
Fall Out Boy - I love these guys. I've been listening to them for a few years now, well before they hit it big with their current album From Under the Cork Tree. They performed two singles off it: "Dance, Dance" and the extremely over-played "Sugar, We're Goin' Down." All that being said, I thought they sounded like crap here. I've seen them live once and thought they were much better then.
Next week, the new episode train keeps rolling with Matt Dillon and The Arctic Monkeys.