Saturday Night Live: Paul Rudd/Beyonce - VIDEOS
by Annie Wu, posted Nov 16th 2008 1:20PM
(S34E08) This episode was warmed up like biscuits. Dance biscuits. I swear to God, I will find a way to work that into a conversation some time in the near future. This was certainly the strongest episode of the season, as the writers didn't seem quite so afraid to have fun with the more pointless or tasteless jokes. Sometimes, they try to do something bizarre but stop just short of a satisfying pay-off, leaving a palpable awkwardness. In this episode, they really pulled through and, thanks to some special appearances (hello, Justin Timberlake), gave Mr. Paul Rudd a very memorable episode. Check out some highlights from the episode.
"Cold Open": SNL's Joe Biden character is funny, but I'm still not completely sold on Jason Sudeikis' portrayal of him. They either need to work on that impression until it's perfect or make the character so hilariously ridiculous that we don't even care about the visual/auditory accuracy (see: Will Ferrell's George W. Bush).
"Sproingo": Eh. This was all right. They had a lot fun with cartoon-y sound effects in this episode, didn't they?
"Kissing Family": I bet the person who wrote this skit was one of the people performing in it, because everyone wants to suck face with Paul Rudd. Simple fact of life. This sketch actually reminded me a lot of that Julianna Margulies episode where she visited a family that regurgitated food for their son, played by Chris Kattan, and in the end, gave in and participated. I mean, this is significantly less gross, but the connection is still there.
"Digital Short: Everyone's a Critic": Does Andy Samberg have a bit of a man-crush on Paul Rudd? Because I'm having trouble believing otherwise after some of these skits and those unusually adorable promo clips. The beginning of this sketch was all right, but the violent ending was the greatest.
"Weekend Update": With each week, I'm becoming more and more confident in Seth Meyers working alone. They should keep this up and see where it goes. Bobby Moynihan as Snagglepuss was strange, but still kind of funny. The best part was, obviously, Justin Timberlake's surprise appearance and full break-down of his show. Pretty accurate, pretty accurate. Bring it on in to Turkeyville, indeed.
"Dancers": This was spectacular. It was super-straightforward in its execution, as it was just fun to watch a couple of guys dance around in leotards and heels, but there were a few amazing lines sprinkled throughout. Dance biscuits, anyone? Justin Timberlake often does an amazing job in sketches, and this time was no exception. I even half-expected to see the guys make an appearance during Beyonce's real performance. As well as Bobby Moynihan and Andy Samberg did, I kind of wish Paul Rudd had taken one of their places as a dancer. Also, I think that was the first we've seen from the new girl-players. I mean, they could have been one of the many bleeding/vomiting people in the painting skit, but I didn't catch them.
"Clearing The Air": Are Bill, Fred, and Noah (Noah?) trying to do their own "Digital Shorts" now? It was cute, but I didn't think it fit the tone of SNL. I bet this was, like, Lorne Michaels giving them the final slot of the night to try out their film. I guess the response will determine whether or not they get any more.