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'Saturday Night Live' - Emma Stone and Kings of Leon Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 24th 2010 10:10AM
Emma Stone, Saturday Night Live['SNL' - 'Season 36, Episode 4']

It must be hard being the next Lindsay Lohan -- the next young, hot, ginger on the scene. No wait, it can't be that difficult, all you really need to do is wear underwear and avoid running people over with your car, drunk. Emma Stone is great at that.

That being said, Emma is doing a smashing job helping us forget what Lohan could have been, a few benders and Herbie movies lighter, but there is one venue where Lindsay's legacy still shines -- her 'Saturday Night Live' hosting appearances -- and Ms. Stone will have to put together an epic night to fill that court-ordered alcohol monitoring bracelet.

Cold Open: President Obama (Fred Armisen) stops by a Harry Reid (Paul Brittain) election rally. It's a comment on how far Obama has fallen when a jackass like Reid needs to distance himself from the president in order to get re-elected ... and Obama couldn't be more on board.

Monologue: Emma Stone is straight-up gorgeous, which made the decision to put her in huge brown pants an odd one. Regardless, she addressed her fan base of nerds by insisting that she will not, in fact, make out with any of them like all her movies seem to suggest. Even Jonah Hill (Bobby Moynihan) and Michael Cera (Taran Killam) from 'Superbad' show up to confirm that they are not the nerds everyone is talking about, right?

BabySpanx (Commercial): In the tradition of "Baby Toupees," this commercial for infant-slimming under-spandex examined our own insecurities about our children. It really begs the question, shouldn't our babies have abs? "I would never spank a baby, but I sure as hell would Spanx one."

Dream Home Extreme: Another in a long line of kooky Kristen Wiig characters, this one was the live on-air personality in charge of giving $1 million news to unsuspecting homeowners. When they react as if they just refereed a chess match, Wiig tries to will them to elation with an array of guttural utterances and spastic gesturing, urging winners to "Move your face. You won!" only to be trumped by something as inane as extra hard-boiled eggs.

Headline News: More parental commentary from this fake local news sketch. In the interest of fear-mongering and getting the scoop on the latest in teen paranoia, WXPD invented a few new (and entirely fictional) illicit underground fads that "all the kids are doin'" like "souping," "trampolining" and "taking turns hiding Osama Bin Laden so they can give him oral sex in exchange for lip gloss."

SNL Digital Short - 'I Broke My Arm': Over the last few years, the digital short has become the segment that a lot of people will exclusively tune in for. The blissful ridiculousness of the shorts is what makes them funny, and this one did not disappoint in the "absurdly hilarious" arena. Rapping grape jelly gets me every time. That, and wheelchair jokes popularized by Steven Hawking.

The View: This is one of those sketches that is never really bad, but never has the possibility of really being great either. The impressions are solid, the best being Armisen's self-deprecating Joy Behar ("So what? Who cares?"), but we've come to know what to expect from them, and nothing interesting or groundbreaking ever happens. Stone, predictably appeared as Lohan, but that was as obligatory as Whoopi (Kenan Thompson) making a Crocs reference.

Brett Favre Wrangler Jeans (Commercial): I was a little bummed that I saw this parody of the Brett Favre sext scandal on Funny or Die earlier in the day. Don't get me wrong. It's hilarious, if not wishful thinking that one day we can all live with our junk out.

Weekend Update: Seth Meyers asks the tough questions, like the one to Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck who believes that being gay is a choice: "Did your name choose to be gay?" Popping onto the Update set were "Rent is Too Damn High" virtuoso Jimmy McMillan (Thompson) listing other bad things related to the rent and its relative height, and Stefon (Bill Hader) the flaming club kid and misguided city correspondent, who introduced middle America to "Furkels," The Fat Urkels always leave you asking "did I do that?!"

Les Jeunes de Paris: Must be French for "sketch that could get someone fired."

My Brother Knows Everything: This episode never really got going, and it kept dragging along on the back end of the show. If nothing else, someone finally came out and said that Pau Gasol looks like "a hot ostrich." Nasim Pedrad added another pre-teen character to her repertoire, and Emma Stone reprises her dweeb role from 'House Bunny' both hanging on angst ridden Eric's every word, no matter how dismissive.

"Sex" Ed Vincent: This was the highlight of the night. "Sex" Ed Vincent (Brittain) is an amateur sex education enthusiast who justifies his, and everyone's bizarre sexual proclivities with the catch phrase, "Who's to Say?" His Sex Symposiums give people an opportunity to validate their sexual bugaboos in random hotel ballrooms with the help of a "Sex Education Educator" exploring anatomical limits and taboos.

Host: B-
Musical Guest: did their thang!
Laughs: C

Tune in next week for Jon Hamm and Rihanna Saturday 11:30PM ET on NBC.

Dr. Vaughan teaches English/Media/Humor courses at Binghamton University in upstate New York, and he likes what he sees. You can also check out his blog at drvtv.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Vaughan/21931402981

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I also agree the French sketch was weird in a good way. How many people in the humor industry also have some strange and misunderstood bit of early work? I wonder if it's a new writer. Compare this to the Home Makeover sketch, and see how much predictability can be a turn off when it comes to some Kristen Wiig sketches.

More Stefon!!!

October 25 2010 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously)

I agree. Stefon needs his own sketch.

October 26 2010 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Isnt Emma Stone Meredith Greys mother?

October 24 2010 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I generally dislike all things French, but I have to agree with those who are defending "Les Jeunes de Paris." It was one of the most creative sketches on SNL in a long, long time.

I also liked Headline News, the Favre commercial and Sex Ed. A pretty solid episode overall.

October 24 2010 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I laughed pretty hard until the end of Weekend Update, and not even once after it.

October 24 2010 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm surprised you didn't mention Bill Hader breaking out of his "Stefon"character when he kept cracking up. That was one of my favorite moments of the night.

October 24 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The Stefon Weekend Update bits are my favorite thing on SNL, even though they aren't a weekly thing. The "clubs" are just so outrageously random that they are hilarious. I used 2 think I thought they were funny because I would be so tired by the time they came on, I would laugh at anything. But, I have re-watched them when I was more awake and still cracked up

October 25 2010 at 7:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the french sketch.

October 24 2010 at 2:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David D

If the French sketch "could get someone fired," I want to hire them! This was unusual, energetic, joyous, goofy, risky -- everything SNL isn't these days!

October 24 2010 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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They did the "Dream Home Extreme" sketch a few years ago with Steve Carell. Except she was trumped by free Cheesy Bread from Domino's.

October 24 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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