'Saturday Night Live' - 'Ryan Phillippe/Ke$Ha' Recap
by Annie Wu, posted Apr 18th 2010 1:00PM
(S35E19) All in all, a pretty mediocre episode. Ryan Phillippe didn't seem to stretch himself in any way. Well, okay, okay, he dressed up as a chick for a sketch, but apart from that, there was no palpable attempt to celebrate the fact that Ryan Phillippe was hosting or play to his strengths. I mean, I won't pretend I know what those particular strengths are, but 'Saturday Night Live' usually does a fair job of letting hosts try something dramatically out of their comfort zone or play up something unexpected. There was no sense of that in this episode.
Maybe they wanted to keep the episode toned down to counter whatever amount of crazy Ke$Ha wanted to unleash. By the way, that girl looks like she perpetually smells like drugstore watermelon body spray and BO. If that's the look she's going for, she's really nailing it.
Cold Open (Larry King): I'm always amused by Kristen Wiig's Bjork (or as Charles Barkley might call her ... Bork) and Bill Hader's over-enthusiastic Richard Branson ("I'm Richard Branson! Hurray!"), but this was surprisingly weak, a low-energy start to a pretty low-energy episode. It's bad news when Larry King is the worst part of a Larry King sketch. However, I will say that I would love to see him as a camp counselor in Pompeii.
Monologue: That's right, kids! There's a 'MacGruber' movie coming out, and Ryan Phillippe is in it. Yeah, I don't know why either. Anyway, the monologue did a pretty solid job of setting the tone for the rest of the episode. It was more of a showcase for everyone else (didn't expect to ever see Samberg's Color Me Badd guy from "Motherlover" and "Dick in a Box" again, especially without Justin Timberlake at his side), as Phillippe didn't take on any huge roles in the evening. Also, I will stab the first person who tries to write a Target Lady feature film.
I Got This: Fairly boring sketch overall, the best part being Will Forte's "This is the woman I will be buried next to! She comforts me when my hernia acts up! The least I can do for this blessed angel is buy her spaghetti on her birthday! I got this!"
ESPN Classic (Women's Weightlifting): Oh, phew. Never thought I would be so relieved to see Ryan Phillippe dressed as a woman. I was definitely bracing myself when the intro started, fearing more Ke$Ha than we had anticipated. This sketch was all right; the product jokes weren't as solid as some of the previous ESPN Classics we've seen. In other news, Ryan Phillippe does not make a pretty lady.
Mort Mort Feingold: Wow, it's been a while since we've had a theme song-heavy character sketch. Looks like all the writers wanted to get their tax jokes out while it was still relevant. Or maybe everyone just wanted to show off some oddly specific impressions. As for Andy Samberg, there was a lot of him in this episode, no?
Outrageous Clown Squad: I was absolutely thrilled to see this sketch because the first Kickspit Dirt Festival video cracked me up. What did we do to deserve being graced with the presence of Ass Dan once again? Unfortunately, it quickly became obvious that the real Insane Clown Posse video was funnier. Sorry, 'SNL,' but no matter how hard you try, you cannot top unintentional ICP hilarity. The sudden 'in memoriam' for Ass Dan was fantastic, though.
Shake Weight DVD: I could argue the relevance of this DVD with the existence of YouTube, but what kind of state would my life have to be in for me to fight a fake 'SNL' commercial? Shake Weight is inherently hilarious. Maybe that's all I need to say.
Hip Hop Kids: First of all, Ryan Phillippe's arms are crazy. Can we all agree on that? Okay. This sketch was paced kind of strangely but Andy Samberg's too-real frustration was hilarious ("Do not tickle that cub, yo!", "Nobody should dance with the bear!", "Because of our behavior, yo! It keeps happening because of our behavior!"). Jason Sudeikis dancing is also a welcome occurrence every time.
Weekend Update: Decent Update this week. Bill Hader's James Carville (aka Cajun Gollum) is usually pretty funny, and Bobby Moynihan's new Angelo Caminiti was interesting. And I'm sorry to say it, but I think Will Forte as Father Swimcoach Scoutmaster may be one of my new favorite things.
Digital Short ("The Other Man"): This was Phillippe's best performance of the night. That guy works better with pre-taped outrage than live comedy, evidently. I hope it wasn't just me that thought Samberg's sleazy guy was like the lovechild of Fabio and Johnny from 'The Room,' possibly because of the "Oh, hey!" greetings.
Teen Talk: This was super-formulaic but the earnest desperation of all the teens, especially Samberg's, made this weirdly funny. What in the hell was that voice?
Ke$Ha: Jesus Christ... Uhh... Umm... I liked the astronaut playing guitar in the back. And that bit with the lasers. Yup.
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