Saturday Night Live: Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne - VIDEOS
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.