The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

SNL Recap

Tonight's cold open,  the memorial service for Hugo Chavez. Special guest mourner, Elton John (Timberlake) sang a completely true song about Chavez to the tune of Candle in the Wind. Capitalism killed Mars? He really said that.

Very funny.

Justin's monologue focused on his admission to the most ultra-exclusive club in New York, The Five Timers Club. Only those who have hosted SNL 5 times are allowed to be members.

I was really hoping they would recycle this bit. It's predictably funny and chock full of old friends. Paul Simon welcomed Justin to the club and introduced him to Steve Martin. Steve led him on a little tour where they met Dan Ackroyd who was forced to be bartender since he's only hosted once. Justin asked if they cut Ackroyd some slack for being an original Not Ready For Primetime Player. Steve Martin replied "Ha ha ha, You're adorable! Now let's keep the chit-chat to a minimum Danny."

Next they ran into Chevy Chase and waiter Martin Short (he's not a 5 timer). Justin suddenly realizes he's standing next to... The Three Amigos!

Alec Baldwin and Tom Hanks enter the room and invite Justin to watch current cast members Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam fight barefisted to the death for their amusement. Candice Bergen, the first female member of the Five Timers Club also stopped by to ask the guys to please put the toilet seat down when they leave the bathroom.

Very funny.

The night's first skit, It's a Date, the only dating gameshow still on TV. Host Dirk Ellington (Bill Hader) introduced the contestants, Bachelorette Judy Peterman (Vanessa Bayer) and the hidden Bachelors #1 (Moynihan), #2 is actually a duo, Lonely Island (Timberlake and Andy Samberg) and #3 is actually another duo, George and Yortuk Festrunk, Two Wild and Crazy Guys (Dan Ackroyd and Steve Martin).  Bachelor #1 never had a chance.

Very funny.

Up next a street salesman for The Sausage Depot (Moynihan) meets his match when the street salesman for Veganville (Timberlake) shows up.
 "Bring it on down to Veganville!"

Very funny.

A fake commercial for NuvaBling jewel encrusted birth control. It's 70% effective at preventing pregnancy and 100% effective at gettin' dat swag on!

Very funny.

Justin Timberlake performed Suit & Tie with an appearance of surprise musical guest Jay-Z.

Weekend Update reminded us that tonight is Daylight Savings Time so the clock on your oven will be wrong for 6 months.  City Correspondent Stefon (Bill Hader) stopped by for tips on where to go this Spring.

Very funny.

The next skit was an evening with Caligula (Timberlake) who suddenly realizes he's an alcoholic sex addict and needs help. The Tales of Sober Caligula.  Instead of the drunken orgy everyone was expecting they got Game Night with iced tea.

First foul ball of the night. This could have been much funnier.

Up next from WLBZ Bangor, it's Maine Justice with Judge Marshal T. Boudreaux (Jason Sudeikis). A recycled skit about displaced Katrina victims that have taken over Maine much to the confusion of old time locals. The case involved Miss Deveroux (Kate McKinnon) and Mr. Goldstein (Samberg). The court was heavily in the favor of the displaced debutante.

Not the funniest skit they've done and I question the wisdom in recycling the bit just to relive Timberlake's role as Baliff Jessup.

The Three Amigos in full mariachi introduced Justin for his encore number, Mirrors.


The Digital Short was a movie trailer for the romantic date flick She's got a D!%k. Starring Justin Timberlake and a girl with a D!%k (Pedrad).

Funny.

The night's final skit was a commercial for Moet & Chandon with ex-pornstars (Bayer/ Cecily Strong/Timberlake). They can't pronounce it, but they can sure drink a lot of it.

Very funny.

Tonight's show unbelievably exceeded it's hype. The bar was set high for Timberlake and he nailed it. There were a couple low points but no real bombs among the skits. The numerous cameos were funny and in a couple cases (Three Amigos/Two Wild & Crazy Guys) very rare on-air reunions which makes this episode an instant classic.

A+

3 comments:

The Donald said...

I was in the other room for the cold open(Reginald Dwight) skit. It sounded so-so without the video.

Liked the 5 timers bit (Hanks and Baldwin a little less so), especially since Danny and Marty were there. And, I was just waiting for someone to reference TTA when Martin/Chase/Short were standing together. Good times!

It was also awesome to see the reunion of the Festrunk brothers. The redux of the street vendor hawkers? Meh - but de rigueur for a JT show.

Stefon was kinda flat - the references not quite so edgy, and Hader didn't seem to seriously break character, either. I'm wondering if the premise has pretty much run its course?

The vajajay bling bit, predictably, didn't score well on my prude-o-meter, nor the Caligula skit. So it's probably just as well I shut the lights out before She's Got a D!%k and Moët & Chandon.

It was a kick to see the intro to the second musical number in full Amigo regalia.

Chase, these days, unfortunately seems washed up - a far cry from the Goldie Hawn movies, Fletch, Vacations, Spies, and Amigos. Martin has always been a favorite - I recently watched All of Me again - great physical comedy, and the same can be said of Scoundrels.

RPM said...

Chevy is pretty much a "this is what drugs do to you" poster boy. But I do like him in Community.

Triple Fake... said...

Pairing Lonely Island with the Festrunk brothers was a great bridge between past and present. The first half of the show was classic JT/SNL material. The second half, not so much. With the exception of the "Monica & Chandler" champagne bit. Those two gals are funny AND hot - a very rare commodity