Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (October 9, 2008) - VIDEOS
by Annie Wu, posted Oct 10th 2008 8:28AM
Well, that was a little strange... and maybe a little unnecessary. All right, it was definitely unnecessary. I wasn't quite sure how they were going to work out these Thursday election specials, because even though they called it "Weekend Update Thursday", I didn't believe they were just going to show a twenty-some minute long "Weekend Update" segment. As it turned out, the special consisted of one cold open and the rest was "Weekend Update." This is where I got super-confused. Half of these jokes had absolutely nothing to do with the election, leaving me to wonder if there is anyone out there that could not have waited until Saturday night to hear the relevant jokes. I don't think anyone's going to forget the election or the economic crisis any time soon, let alone by Saturday.
Cold Open (Presidential Debate): Fred Armisen's Barack Obama impression has improved greatly over the summer and Darrell Hammond's John McCain was just as spot-on as ever, showing us that the angle at which McCain holds his arms is also extra-important. Really, they need to find another hardcore impression guy so that poor Mr. Hammond can finally leave the show. At this point, even Tim Meadows is getting worried.
The sketch hit on the three big things I wanted to see: Tom Brokaw growing extremely annoyed about both candidates going over time and McCain's "that guy" comment and constant wandering. Thumbs up from me. The Bill Murray appearance didn't make much sense to me, but it doesn't really matter because it was Bill Murray. It was also good to see Chris Parnell's Tom Brokaw again, even if SNL's true Brokaw will always be Dana Carvey (I still think about that Gerald Ford sketch from time to time, for no real reason).
"Weekend Update": Maybe we got Bollywood and salt jokes because election news still hasn't gotten crazy enough to fill up a fifteen minute "Weekend Update" and we just need to wait until November 4th draws nearer and nearer. Or maybe I was right the first time and we don't need these special Thursday editions on top of the regular Saturday programming. Honestly, I understand that NBC is just trying to capitalize on the election buzz, but it's silly to have this and then more of the same on Saturday. Just save the good jokes and leave Thursday alone!
Pointlessness aside, this was a pretty strong "Weekend Update." Just about all of "Really!?! with Seth and Amy" was gold and Kenan Thompson's financial expert was fairly amusing. Will Forte and Fred Armisen as Hall and Oates started off all right but got old real fast, not unlike the original duo. I should also note that I kept expecting Hall and Oates to make out because I'm so used to Forte and Armisen doing that kind of thing when they're on "Weekend Update" together. It's almost Pavlovian, the way I brace myself when I see them sit together behind that desk.
This is probably something nice to leave on the TV if you don't feel like walking across the room to grab the remote after The Office, but don't worry if you forget to set it on your TiVo. Really? Really.