Saturday Night Live: Jon Hamm/Coldplay - VIDEOS
by Annie Wu, posted Oct 26th 2008 12:15PM
(S34E06) I'm not one of the hardcore Mad Men fans out there, but from what I've seen, the show is slick as hell. Never would I have expected Don Draper to be so funny, so I was absolutely thrilled that Jon Hamm did such a beautiful job hosting. He and Anne Hathaway have been stand-out hosts this season, and hopefully they'll be back for more, if only to show other hosts that it is entirely possible to read from cue cards with some degree of naturalism. Actually, some players could take notes, too. Mr. Hamm even managed to do some impressions without making me cringe out of my seat, which was a super-extra-bonus. It was a strange night, certainly, what with the Fingers in Butts and Amy Poehler being MIA to have her baby (I hope the baby will have Amy's eyes and Will Arnett's voice), but Mr. Hamm's performance managed to carry the show and help everyone deliver a solid episode.
Cold Open: Geez, this dragged on forever. Jason Sudeikis' Biden still isn't quite there yet, but Darrell Hammond's grumpy-faced Murtha was pretty good.
Digital Short ("Rasta Man"): I couldn't understand what Andy Samberg was saying through most of this, but the bits that I could hear were kind of funny. Please note I only heard "Excuse I!" and something about Cool Runnings and heard him get super-quiet when he walked past a group of black people.
"Two A-Holes in an Ad Agency in the 60s": This was probably a lot funnier to anyone who has seen Mad Men, not only because of the special appearances by Elisabeth Moss and John Slattery (aka Silver Fox), but the impressions were too perfect. We've seen funnier "Two A-Holes" sketches, but the fact that it was Mad Men made it a little more bearable.
"Obama Variety Hour": Hi, Maya Rudolph! It's been a while. I suppose this Maya's appearance as Michelle Obama was another reminder that the SNL cast needs a little more diversity.
"Don Draper's Guide to Picking Up Women": Amazing and hilarious in its simplicity and execution. I was surprised by the amount of retro-y slash Mad Men-related things in this episode. I wouldn't be surprised if the show just got a lot of new people interested, or at least willing to take their skirts off for Don Draper.
"Weekend Update": Poor Seth Meyers had to pull this off all on his lonesome. At least Amy's absence was for a wonderful reason. I guess I wasn't too far off when I mentioned last week that Amy looked like she was rocking that Sarah Palin rap so hard, the baby was about to slip out. That's how people have babies, right? I saw a TLC show about it once. Anyway, there were a few chuckle-worthy lines here and there, but the highlight of Update came at the very end with Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson singing, "We love you, Amy." Even my bitter, frozen heart melted for that moment. Just a little.
Finger in Butts: This week's "Fartface." At least Hamm pulled a few good faces.
I'm super-sad that NBC didn't upload the Vincent Price sketch. The pacing of the piece was a little awkward, but I thought Mr. Hamm's James Mason was hysterical and Bill Hader's Vincent Price is always funny to me. Maybe I just have a thing for retro-themed sketches.
Coldplay: Man...these guys really don't do themselves justice live. I didn't think that was possible, but I guess it is. I'm assuming they played a third song ("Yellow"!) because of the time left from the sketches that needed Amy Poehler. I believe she and Maya were supposed to pull a "Bronx Beat" for old times' sake, but perhaps it's for the best that they didn't do it. Anyway, even though I'm digging Coldplay's "Viva la Vida" look, they totally need to throw in more lasers.