Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Jason Mraz - VIDEOS
by Annie Wu, posted Feb 1st 2009 3:02PM
(S34E14) This episode marked Steve Martin's 15th time hosting and one millionth appearance on SNL. My expectations are always a high for a returning show-favorite, as I picture the whole week of writing and rehearsals to be a wild, wild party praising the host and, between celebratory keg stands, they write bang-up material that uses the host to their full potential. Yes, it's my own fault for thinking like that because I'm inevitably let down, but every once in a while there's a hit. This episode was all right in general, but it certainly wasn't worthy of Steve Martin. Here are some video highlights from the night.
Cold Open (Obama): Here we go. The first sketch featuring President Obama. I'm super-excited to see how they deal with Obama's ups and downs through the next few years and how his character develops. Heck, maybe his hope-driven campaign will carry over his administration, though I find continuous optimism to be absolutely exhausting. I love that they already have a character down for Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden, though. It's a marvelous contrast to the Dick Cheney presence that Darrell Hammond's provided us for so many years.
Pampers: Edible diapers. Immature? Very much so. Funny? Yeah, sure.
MacGruber: My friends and I were trying to figure out if these were real commercials or not because of multiple differences from normal "MacGruber" sketches. First of all, there was zero audience reaction. It was funny, so there was no way the audience could have sat stone-silent throughout the entire thing. Plus, MacGyver didn't get any applause and the crowd usually goes nuts for any surprise appearance. The direct reference to Pepsi was also unusual, and the fact that the first ad was sandwiched between two other commercials made us curious. I guess Pepsi gave them a bit of money. Or Pepsi inherited MacGyver from a dead aunt and they didn't know what to do with him.
Sports Bar: We've seen these characters multiple times and I always wish we had more of that crazy talk they have at the very end of the sketches.
Weekend Update: Oh, SNL's make-up and hair crew, how I love you so. Blagojevich's hair was spot-on and Abby Elliott looked remarkably like Angelina Jolie when she tilted her head just right. Also, I'm honestly glad they brought back Governor Patterson instead of succumbing to the previous criticism. Ruffle some feathers, SNL, don't be scared.
Issues: This was an attempt to make Steve Martin do something a little bit more humiliating than the new Pink Panther series. Sorry, SNL, man-boobs cannot top the fact that three super-legends like John Cleese, Jean Reno and Steve Martin have to do things like Pink Panther.
Laser Cats: Laser Cats is usually good for giggles and this time was no exception. The pseudo-futuristic word-dragging was hilarious because everyone likes to pretend to do that. No? I'm the only one that wakes up every morning and acts out all of Tom Cruise's parts in Minority Report? Okay.
Bernie Madoff: This seemed to drag on for a while. Maybe it's just because Bernie Madoff is inherently super-depressing.
ESPN Classic: This was simple but pretty hilarious. Guns plus football... A timeless combination.
Steve Martin's "Late for School": This was so innocent and full of non-snarky fun, it was kind of adorable. I mean, out of place, but adorable.