Listen up, Saturday Night Live. You know, I know, we all know that the media and mainstream America began paying more attention to you this season because of how you handled the presidential election. We get it. That doesn’t mean you need to try to play politics every week. It just doesn’t. Which brings me to the cold open…(Note: I shall update with video clips once they become available either on Hulu.com or NBC.com)
please have them do something other than standing and talking. Action, please! And 3) At least it was mercifully not horribly long.
the Actor’s Studio…in the audience. As a student. Sitting up front.
Sad but true, which makes it the sad kind of funny. Then he shows off what he
learned in his “classical training” to be the bully, based upon his role in the film Wedding Crashers. Of course, this meant we were also forced to see an unfortunate cameo from James Lipton, still only too happy to embarrass himself as he takes another step toward becoming our new Richard Simmons. In fact, he may be there already.
Kathie Lee Gifford (Wiig). Funny the first time, so not surprised to see them back so soon. “What are we, Benjamin Button and Yoda over here, Yoda Kotb?” The actual show and its producers seem to revel in being a hot mess, so it’s only too easy to mock. An audience member yells out in glee when Michaela/Hoda pulls out a Snuggie — “Snuggie!”
— and Michaela rolls with it. Kristen/Kathie Lee makes a racist joke. Bradley Cooper is their guest as Mr./Ms. B, who trains women how to walk the runway for all sorts of reality programs (a play off of an actual cross-dressing man from America’s Next Top Model and other shows). Runway antics ensue. The lighting crew tries to take out Kathie Lee, to no avail.
The first ad break includes a commercial for The Lonely Island’s new CD, Incredibad, which is out Tuesday and includes a DVD of SNL Digital Shorts. I smell foreshadowing.
Danny Lane. Our contestants: Will Forte, Armisen, Bill Hader. Hader frowns as he’s the returning “champ.” Forte’s wife played by Watkins. “I’d like to see you try!” Forte says. Cooper and Watkins disappear…and as the music plays, Forte emits a look of silent despair. 50 points! Armisen’s wife played by Casey Wilson. 100 points. “Honey, you’re winning!” “Who’s winning here?” Hader says he and his wife are now separated after last week’s “win.” But she (Wiig) surprised him by showing up again. The consolation for the other guys? The “home game.” Sad, cruel, twisted, funny.
Multiple ads follow.
porn…in a Starbucks. (laughs) Hader says how his dad dropped a bombshell on the family by saying Hader’s 25-year-old sister was adopted…but he’s thrilled, because now they no longer have to sneak around and can get married! (groans) Forte, I believe, does a callback to when he got his penis stuck in a jacuzzi jet? Well…he kinda wants
to do it again! Cooper talks about getting tricked on an Internet date when a 50-year-old black guy showed up…he was expecting a 12-year-old boy?! (groans, laughs and shrieks) Sudeikis is loving singing, and we know Forte enjoys singing whenever he can. This routine is not going away anytime soon.
Weekend Update. I enjoyed the quip about Black History Month, not to be confused with A&E’s Black Mystery Month (and liked it further when I found out via Twitter that I knew who wrote it?!). As for the guests:
— James Harrison (Kenan Thompson) to comment on his record 100-yard INT and TD for the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Still catching his breath with an oxygen mask. Seems simple, gets lots of laughs.
— Bjork (Wiig) to comment on Iceland’s economic crisis. It’s bad, people. She even wrote a song about how bad it is.
— Really!?! With Seth (no Amy) about Kellogg’s cereal characters all looking like pot heads or hallucinations, and how that doesn’t jibe with company’s decision to drop Michael Phelps. Tells off USA Swimming for giving him time off, as if that’s punishment. Tells parents to tell their kids they can smoke pot…after they win 12 gold medals for their country. And calls the kid who sold the photo to a tabloid a dick. So it turned out way better than I would have expected.
Ads, ads, ads.
guys, that is. Only they don’t turn out to be obscure at all, really. Hosted by Cooper as Johnny Lawrence from The Karate Kid, Samberg as Hans Gruber from Die Hard, Watkins as Alex Forrest from Fatal Attraction, and Hader as Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Sudeikis interrupts as the overbearing producer/sensei! Watkins and Hader inhabit their roles with lots of funny. Cooper sounds like Jon Hamm, weirdly enough. Very much enjoyed this sketch.
Brothers…why was Drew Barrymore standing on stage with Cooper for the farewell if she
didn’t bother making a cameo?! A mystery for another blog…