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Saturday Night Live: Ben Affleck/David Cook - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 2nd 2008 12:00PM
Fey and McCain
(S34E07) Although I have fond memories of Mango and Ben Who-fleck working Saturday Night Live together back in the day, I was pretty disappointed by this episode. I think someone told Ben Affleck that he's pretty all right on SNL and it got to his head, because he was trying way, way too hard. It was almost to the point where it was unbearably awkward. If not for Senator John McCain's appearances, this episode would have been wholly unremarkable. I mean, apart from its super-weakness.

I absolutely loved the fact that John McCain made jokes instead of just sitting around and taking them, like Sarah Palin during her appearance a few weeks ago, to show that he's a good sport. McCain generally does a pretty solid job when he's on SNL, and this was no exception. I was equally amused by the fleeting looks of discomfort on Tina Fey's face, doing this sketch with McCain. Maybe that's why they didn't have her actually speak directly to Governor Palin when she was on: she could have exploded. Also, it's a shame that no one from Barack Obama's team did a follow-up to his Halloween party appearance form last year, since McCain's gang has gotten a relatively hefty chunk of SNL time. Even Cindy McCain was there! I should also note that she is weirdly hot, in a plastic, Stepford-y way. There, I've said it.

"The View": This was excruciating. I was excited about an Alec Baldwin impression, but that kind of fell on its face. This sketch was just five people sitting around a table and doing barely decent, one-note impressions with no story to go along with it. That inevitably results in a disinterested audience. Doubly so, because it's The View.

"Countdown": Affleck's impression wasn't quite there, and I could barely understand him through the first few minutes. Only the last bit of this was funny, when he started spinning around and talking about living with his mother.

"Weekend Update": I know there have been only three Update teams, but it's super-weird now to see only one person behind that desk. Seth Meyers looks so lonely back there! Maybe it's because he doesn't have a distinct Update character, with or without Amy Poehler. Thinking back, all the pre-Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon anchors had a quirky personality that they brought to the desk (Colin Quinn was rough around the edges, Norm MacDonald was extra-awkward, Kevin Nealon was subliminal and dry, etc). Maybe it's time to crank that up, Mr. Meyers.

Anyway, yet another solid performance by McCain.

"Grady Wilson's Put The Fire Back": I like to think that Kenan Thompson filmed this on his own, someone accidentally found it, and then he had to play it off like it was a sketch idea.

"Time Square Coat": This was one of the funnier sketches from the night. That should sum up how sad this episode was.

Where is that Staten Island Zoo video? I love those seizure-inducing things. I've never been so thrilled to see sloths and giraffes in my life.

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How can you possibly not like Kristen Wiig???? She's the only person worth watching on SNL these days, and she consistently delivers quality performances and memorable characters. She has a manic energy reminiscent of Cheri Oteri. She carries every single skit she's in. If you don't like her, who do you like??? Especially now with Amy Poehler off the show, you're in big trouble if you don't like Kristen Wiig.

November 11 2008 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved David Cook's performances for the most part on AI and some where just genius. Analog Heart is one of the few cd's that I have really enjoyed over the past few years. Just don't understand everyone giving him such a thumbs up on the SNL performances. They were far from being his best and memories I would rather not now have. Trying to be positive about what the new CD will be like. If it is anything like the SNL preview, I guess being content with Analog Heart will have to be enough

November 03 2008 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

snl is really no better or worse than usual - some funny stuff, some bombs, the odder bits (giraffe) occasionally strike gold. affleck started weak on the olbermann sletch, but by the end had it nailed. mccain was amusing, loved the 'mccain fine gold' gag (although pleading poverty when you're worth literally tens of millions seemed weird to me...), but the whole thing had a whiff of desperation - seriously, the whole 'reverse maverick' thing was odd - a porno reference to reverse cowboy position? maybe, maybe not...as for david cook...blaaaaah, i think i've heard those songs 30 times before by other blah artists.

November 03 2008 at 1:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved the open with McCain. Tina going "rogue" with the wink was hilarious. McCain during the Weekend Update was surprisingly charming and funny. Still not gonna vote for 'im, though ;)

I actually laughed out loud during the "Countdown" skit. Affleck did great, though it was a little long. (I generally think most of SNL's skits are too long. They take a good idea and grind it into the dirt.)

November 02 2008 at 11:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what was the name of the skit with Bill Hader as the weird emo? that was hilarious! i can't find it anywhere.

November 02 2008 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good comments this week! It's interesting to see the differing opinions on sketches. If I may break the tie on a couple: the coat sketch sucked but was not as bad as the giraffe video.

On the whole, I thought the sketches in this episode were more developed than usual (e.g. Olbermann), but not necessarily funny.

I second shadowracer's comment about the baby shoes -- funniest line of the night!

November 02 2008 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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P.S. The short-lived cast member Jeff Richards (best known for Drunk Girl) did a bang-on impression of Bill O'Reilly a few years back.

November 02 2008 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was a GREAT show. Ben Affleck was hilarious! David Cook sounded great and looked gorgeous. McCain was really good (maybe he can get into acting)! Really dug the Giraffes.

November 02 2008 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Were they referring to Victoria Jackson's comment on Papa Bear Bill O's show when Afleck, as Olberman , said he had read 1984 twice?

November 02 2008 at 5:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

David Cook's SNL performances:


November 02 2008 at 4:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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omgosh thank you.

November 02 2008 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched the Countdown spoof and the McCain/Palin sketch because Saturday Night Live is completely unwatchable otherwise.

The Countdown spoof was great. If you do not watch the show frequently you miss the parody. Keith suggesting the co-op board, McCain, Bush, etc. should all resign was pitch perfect.

The McCain sketch was was very funny too especially the part about campaigns are expensive as Palin touches her blouse. However, the whole thing came off as "we are going to get our collective asses handed to us on Tuesday."

November 02 2008 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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