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Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 15th 2007 2:01AM
Shia LaBeouf and Avril Lavigne(S32E17) I was tremendously surprised -- and pleased -- to hear that Shia LaBeouf would get to host SNL. Back in middle school, I would watch his Disney show, Even Stevens, all the time, because I thought LaBeouf was pretty much the funniest guy ever. I haven't seen anything he's done since Holes, but it looks like he'll soon be tough to avoid. Now, he has a new movie, Disturbia, along with Indiana Jones IV in the works. A rising star, he is. His enthusiasm and natural goofiness worked really well with the other cast members and, even though he wasn't given the best material, LaBeouf did a fantastic job.

Cold Open ("To Don Imus..."): This was okay, I suppose. I liked the photos of Imus' punishments, but everything else was kind of "blah". This just reminded me that the SNL folks don't use Darrell Hammond well enough to justify keeping him on the cast for such a long time.

Monologue: I thought this was sloppily put together, but enjoyable. "Disney, Nickelodeon! Disney, Nickelodeon!" Yes, it was strange to see two kids' show guys on SNL together. I suppose not every Disney Channel star is doomed to performing crappy pop ballads for all time. And, dude, was that a llama in the back when Shia was talking to Amy? Awesome.

"Hathaway Moustache Ride Company": Alec Baldwin! Awesome facial hair! Moustache ride jokes! Umm... Yay?

"Prince Show": Prince's Spiderman impression was precious and Nancy Grace's booty-dancing was fierce. Oh, and it feels like every time they air this sketch, the hair and make-up people try less and less to make Maya Rudolph look like Beyonce. Honestly, this is very important, since her impression isn't that strong in the first place.

"ID": As soon as I saw Andy Samberg walk in with that ridiculous, crooked moustache, I knew what that sketch was going to be about. I thought this was a very funny sketch, but the abrupt ending felt like kind of a cop-out... Or maybe it was just too typical of a punchline for me to appreciate.

"The Dakota Fanning Show": The Suite Life of Zack and Cody! Kill me. And Avril Lavigne as little(r) Fanning! Double kill me. On a more positive note, Kenan's facial expressions get better and better.

"SNL Digital Short": Oh, dear. I could not stop laughing at this. It was like every bad "hip" indie film I've seen in the past three years. Sweeping, over-dramatic moments paired with Imogen Heap music ("Hide and Seek", in case any of you were wondering). Hilarious.

"Sofa King": I'm sure I would have found this a lot funnier if I hadn't already seen that "I'm sofa king we todded" sketch from Kids In The Hall. The family's unibrows were pretty sweet, though.

"Weekend Update": Apparently, all gay people from Connecticut sound like Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan's Island. For the most part, this was a mediocre WU.

"Knives": Ahh, blood spray is easy for laughs. It was during this sketch that I felt the evening begin to draw to a close and, as I watched LaBeouf scurry off-screen and leave Will Forte to bleed to death, I wished that they had used him a bit more prominently.

"An Intimate Moment with John Mayer and Jessica Simpson": Wiig did Jessica Simpson's weird baby-like voice perfectly. And Hader's facial expressions were perfect. And that was about it. This was insanely short! Y'know what? I'm just going to pretend the brevity was a reflection on the shallowness of the relationship and not because the writers couldn't think of any more material.

"Maya/Shia": Wow. What? How desperate were they to fill time?

Avril Lavigne: Her music makes me want to hurt small mammals. However, I must admit that I like how her current music is annoyingly pop-y and pretty much the opposite of all that she so adamantly stood for a few years ago.

Next time: Scarlett Johansson and Bjork. Sweet.

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i think the show was good. i agree that Shia wasn't given good material and i agree that he worked well with what he was given. every sketch made me laugh or at least chuckle.the Digital Short was rele funny, and thanks for mentioning the artist i've been dieing to download the song. i just think that some people expected him to be a little more goofier (is that a word?) b,c of the character he use to play on Even Stevens. i wish Shia great sucess for the rest of his career, he deserves it.

July 12 2007 at 12:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I finally got around to watching that 'Dear Sister' short.

All I can say is...wow. It wasn't so much funny as it was creepy. Pretty dark for SNL.

May 19 2007 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't pay them any attention Annie. They just hatin'.

April 17 2007 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think this season has been the funniest season in many MANY years. And those digital shorts kill me.

April 16 2007 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Annie, I appreciate that you are younger, as I am only 22. That is not to say any shred of immaturity comes through in your writing. I really enjoy your style of review for SNL and The Daily Show. I think it works well for our age group, and for the spirit of blogging. To be honest, I don't get a lot of the references some of the older writers on this site make because I didn't watch 'their' TV. Which is fine. I like the variety.

April 16 2007 at 10:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm in the late end of the Gen X demographic (38) and I knew who Shia was...from a season of "Project Greenlight" on HBO a few years back. He gave it his all, but with material that lame, Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin would have bombed. SNL is only bearable with TiVo. I got through this show in about 20 minutes. That's the opening sketch, the monologue (or studio tour), "Weekend Update", the recorded bits (awful) and the first 30 seconds of each sketch until the agony starts and I hit the fast-forward. It's really not worth it anymore, no matter who the host is. And I think Avril's albums have gotten more shallow each time--I actually like her first one. Couldn't stomach her barking on SNL.

April 16 2007 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Taylor Hathaway

The Hathaway Moustache Ride Company commercial with Alec Baldwin is an instant classic. http://www.cafepress.com/hathawaycompany

April 16 2007 at 1:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Mike every other show on every other network that does current event comedy made fun of the story. Why should SNL not just because they are on NBC?

April 15 2007 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you, Paul Little. Well said!!!

April 15 2007 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hypocrisy continues! NBC has some suddenly righteous news suit can Imus from MSNBC (after making $$ for years off of him), then SNL (Lorne & Co) goes on to use the incident for cheap laughs (BTW, it wasn't that funny!) in the opening (with Jesse and Sharpton skit), as well as on Weekend Update, with a groveling, then ranting Imus imitator. Ah, capitalism at its worst! How come there were no parodies of the language used in a number of rap songs??

April 15 2007 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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