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Saturday Night Live: Matthew Fox/Tenacious D

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 3rd 2006 10:31AM
Matthew Fox and Tenacious D(S32E07) I pretty much only know Matthew Fox as Jack from Lost, so I didn't really have any expectations going into the episode. As it turned out, Fox was an okay host. However, I thought the night's writing was fantastic. Even the worst sketch of the evening (usually one of those stragglers at the end of the episode) had its moments. I can't quite put my finger on what was done differently... All I know is that I was definitely laughing out loud more than usual.

Cold Open (Bush and Maliki): Jason Sudeikis was back as Bush, so I guess they're really done with Will Forte's impression of the president. Forte had some really great lines in this one. By the way, I kept expecting Fred Armisen and Forte to make out at any moment. It seems like there's always a high chance of sucking face whenever either one of them are in close proximity to a male co-star. Chances are doubled when Armisen and Forte are together. Anyway, I'd be lying if I said that I wasn't expecting a little Maliki-on-interpreter action. I'm just putting that out there.

Monologue: Matthew Fox looked good and, faintly in the distance, I could hear multpile thuds as women across the country swooned and missed their fainting couches. I noticed that his speech was fairly natural and his eyes weren't blatantly tracing the cue cards, so I expected a decent show. Bill Hader's Kramer impression was pretty good, but his appearance didn't seem to weave in as seamlessly as they had probably hoped.

"Sale-Mart": Two handfuls of generic medicines for a dollar?! Awesome. I thought this sketch was funny/sad because, well, it's true.

"Nancy Grace": Good lord, I hate Nancy Grace. Amy Poehler started pissing me off, so she did a good job with the character. Matthew Fox's moustache was slightly off-center (?) and he wouldn't. Stop. Blinking. It was driving me crazy. I prayed that he wouldn't be doing that throughout the entire episode because, seriously, I would have been so distracted. Best line of the sketch: "The only N-word I would call you is 'nice'!"

"Deep House Dish": What I like about this sketch is, despite its tremendously formulaic approach, it's fresh every time. I always look forward to hearing the new songs because, in a scary sort of way, most of them would probably pass as dance hits in the real world. Honestly, I know at least a dozen people that would accept the "Tilt and Freak" as a genuine dance move. Amy's "... Four ounces is not enough, five... depends on the brand" and "Vogue-ing too big" almost made me shoot milk out of my nose... and I didn't even have milk today. I'm not sure how much I like T-Shane, though. Oh well. He's essential to the formula, so I guess I've got to get used to him.

"Lost in the Elevator": Now, I thought this was handled beautifully. It was the perfect way to address Lost without actually committing to a full-on parody, which would have been tremendously difficult to do. Working on TV Squad, I read a lot of Lost theories and complaints and everything, and this sketch definitely echoed the show's fanatics. From the anger about spoilers to the fangirls to the speculation that none of the writers have any idea what's going on... All spot-on. It was so good, I almost expected a line or two about Jack/Sawyer slash fan-fiction.

"Weekend Update": "Kramer, please!", iron-on condoms, Amy's rant about vag-flashing... Just about everything was hilarious. I even laughed at Maya Rudolph's Whitney Houston! I don't think I've done that in a long time.

"Crazy Mountainman/Fangirls": One of the big reasons why working on SNL has been a long-time dream of mine is the fact that the players get to write themselves into steamy sketches with hot hosts. So... yeah. Although I'm not particularly attracted to Fox, I really felt a connection with this sketch, haha. I pointed at the television at various points of this piece, as if to say, "Yeah. Yeah, I would have totally done that", because I can't very well say that aloud. Right? That'd be creepy.

"Math Wiz vs. History Buff": The night was winding down, so, of course, this was one of the weaker sketches. However, it still got a good chuckle out of me... mainly because of that TV line and Matthew Fox's ridiculously cliche professor costume (complete with pipe!).

"Mayan Chocolate": Again, one of the weaker sketches of the evening, but still kind of funny. Bill Hader's death mid-"brownie" was what sold it, for me.

Tenacious D: Since Jack Black and Kyle Gass are both comedic actors, I kind of expected them to do double-duty and host and perform. I guess having double-guests would have been too much trouble, though... And I suppose having Tenacious D play host and musical guest would have been too weird right after Ludacris did the same thing in the last new episode. Anyway, Black and Gass gave two solid performances. The last one was, um, pretty fucking crazy. It seems like SNL is letting itself have a bit more fun with musical guests this season (remember Beck's puppets and dish-banging on the Hugh Laurie episode?).

Next week: Annette Bening and Gwen Stefani. Has everyone heard Gwen's crazy Sound of Music-inspired single? It's -- I -- There's... yodeling.

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Michelle Finkelstein

Question.. The elevator LOST scene. loved it. but who was the man walking out of the elevator, just as Mattthew Fox walked in?????? He looked like someone that is famous, but I don't want to say anything since everyone has been telling me I'm wrong. Anyone know who he was???

December 17 2006 at 10:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R. Reed

I so want the show to regain its footing, and I've liked this season so far, its been moving in the right direction. But this ep was caca. Fox was bland and just phoned it in; the cold open and the skits at the end were just unfunny. "oh brother'.

Best line of the season so far: "Also contributing to a Muslim backlash: Terrorism".

December 05 2006 at 5:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

They seem to be using Darrell Hammond less and less, which is a good thing. I don't think he was on until the Update -- and that might have been the only time.

On the other hand, I like Kenan, but Deep House Dish has to go. For me, it's a show-killer.

December 04 2006 at 6:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brooke

who was in the heavy metal costume?

December 03 2006 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Woods

Wow, I have no idea what you all were watching. I actually said to my friend that it was almost unwatchable. I didn't laugh at all. Oh well, that's why life is so unpredictable.

December 03 2006 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

Nate, I give your review of the show a "ghaa!" and an "oh, brother!"

December 03 2006 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
purpleslog

I say let Gwen Stefani sing/do anything she wants as often as she wants!

December 03 2006 at 2:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael C

Finally, Finally, Finally...an SNL show that showed some SPUNK!!!!! Right from the opening there seemed to be a different sort of energy to the show...not sure why but everything flowed better, and I found the jokes stronger and not as crass as often the road taken. It just came across as more experimental and intelligent....whoever did the most of the writing KEEP THEM!!!! this is the direction that they need to go in...and i liked how they used the entire cast in this episode...nice balance...FOX did a good job in his parts. but what he allowed was everyone else to highlight their talents...Tenacious D was alright (i expected more, but for the hardcore fans they were probably pleased)...

fave still is FRED ARMISON. everything he does cracks me up...

December 03 2006 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris w

Good show. I especially loved Amys' "vagina monologue". The elevator skit was good, and it istantly reminded me of the same type of skit SNL used to do in prior years(W/ Carvey, Schneider, etc.). SNL is getting back to good form.

December 03 2006 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nate

-The D could have been better but they weren't that bad.
-I thought they could have used Fox more, and better.
-Amys Aunt who reviews movies is terrible and should not have been used more than once, hopfully won't be recurring (again?).
-The Vag monologue was awykward and out of Place.

Everything else was better than usual.

December 03 2006 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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