Saturday Night Live: Matt Dillon & Arctic Monkeys
Up, down, left, right... this episode was all over the place. After last week's fairly solid effort, I was hoping we would see more of the same. But I don't think that it was necessarily the cast's fault. Matt Dillon just wasn't very good.
There was some heavy reliance on the four new guys (Samberg, Hader, Wiig, and Sudeikis) which I was very pleased with. But other than a few sketches, this episode was a snoozer.
Cold Open - Nice change of pace here. For once it wasn't a Bush press conference or Hardball. I really can't remember the last time they opened with a regular sketch, although the pre-taped Steve Martin open was very good. Maya, Rachel, Amy, and Kristen played four college girls waiting for their spring break flight. They're gonna have group sex, smoke some hash, all sorts of fun things. The pay-off is after their flight gets called, we find out their parents were sitting next to them the whole time. Favorite line: "Last year when I got home, I found a ten dollar bill in my butt."
Matt Dillon's Monologue - Dillon chose to read the "acceptance speech" that he never got to read at the Oscars last weekend. He had been nominated for best supporting actor for his role as a racist cop in Crash. So naturally his speech was loaded with stereotypes and clichéd, bigoted remarks. He apologized to the Asians for constantly confusing them and even gave snaps to the "gays in wardrobe." This would have been better if he had delivered it more smoothly.
Prisonmate.net - Whoa, a new commercial and Finesse was in it. Prisonmate.net is a new dating service allowing lonely women to find the man of their dreams - in jail. This really wasn't that funny but I did like the tagline: "Make your soulmate a cellmate."
ESPN Sportscenter - Wait a second, Finesse was in this too. What's going on? Finesse was Stu Scott (he even had the squinty eye thing down) and Seth was Dan Patrick. They were interviewing Barry Bonds (Kenan). Pretty run of the mill, the jokes you would expect: "Boy, your head is big." The funny part came at the end when they interviewed the Giants mascot, Lou the Seal, and he was getting steroid injections in his backside.
SNL Digital Short - Will, Andy, and Seth are all on lunch break and they decide to look for people that look just like them. Will and Seth are successful but they decide that a chubby, homeless guy (played by Horatio) is the guy that looks just like Andy. But only if he took his gloves off. So Andy pulled off the homeless guy's gloves and then Will shot Andy. Okay, I described this very poorly. All you need to know? It was really funny and you should try and download it.
Two A-Holes @ a Travel Agency - Now this is how to properly handle a recurring character. I had completely forgotten about these two because they hadn't been used since Jack Black hosted back in December. Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig play, that's right, two a-holes. Matt Dillon was the travel agent. This felt fresh and new, I laughed the entire time. This was definitely my second favorite sketch of the night.
How to Order Sushi like a CEO - I hated this. Anyone else and it might have been better, but Matt Dillon could not deliver the lines properly at all. The only funny thing about this was at the end when the waitress (Maya) asked Mr. Douche if he would like his check. Apparently he thought "douche" was Japanese for his last name.
Joplin Alive Podcast - This showcased only the four new faces. I love how much time they all got in this episode. Kristen Wiig especially. Bill Hader and Sudeikis are hosting their weekly podcast from a booth at their local Bennigan's. Wiig was the waitress and Samberg showed up as the town's resident party planner. Andy's French accent was hilarious and every time he said "pretty girls," I lost it.
Weekend Update - Nothing really worth mentioning here. The jokes were flat and nothing really stood out. I suppose Will's "Sunni Shia Kurd" song was worth seeing but I still didn't really laugh at it. I don't know, WU needs a lot of help.
Vincent Price's St. Patrick's Day Special - This was hands down my favorite sketch of the night. Bill Hader was Price and he nailed the impersonation. Actually I think everyone did. Even Matt Dillon as Rod Serling wasn't half bad. Bagpipes always make me laugh so that was a nice touch too. And as usual, Darrell Hammond can be anyone. When he came out as Don Knotts (as Barney Fife), if you closed your eyes you couldn't hear a difference.
The Inner Harmony Relaxation Tape - This really isn't worth talking about. Not good.
Appalachian Emergency Room - Same goes here. If you've seen this sketch at all before then you've seen this one. Same formula every time.
The DiCiccio Brothers Unicornery - Very funny concept which was once again destroyed by Matt Dillon's inability act. Bill Hader was great as the sleazier of the two salesmen. They were selling unicorns though! I'd buy one.
The Arctic Monkeys - I can't really figure out why these guys are so popular right now. I suppose that first song they played (I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor... I think that's what it's called) is all right, but it wasn't that catchy. Oh well, good luck to them I suppose. Ride the wave while it's there.
One of the promos announced that Antonio Banderas is going to host on April 8 but no musical guest was attached yet.