Saturday Night Live premiered over the weekend with an awesome host in Amy Poehler and a relevant musical guest in Katy Perry, but somehow the episode as a whole was a real miss. Every episode has a few great sketches and a whole bunch of bad ones, but this week's episode felt like the ratio tipped far further in the direction of the bad ones, especially for an event episode that should have brought everyone's a-games. Suffice it to say that it was no placeholder for Parks & Recreation. I've listed the best and worst sketches of the night after the break, so watch and play along.
In the long tradition of people making a big deal out of non-actors appearing on SNL to awkwardly poke fun at whatever half-cocked gossip fodder they're involved in, I'm here to make a big deal out of Mark Zuckerberg "confronting" Jesse Eisenberg on SNL this weekend. As usual, it was much ado over nothing. Andy Samberg's wig was the funniest thing about it, and the only really remarkable thing was how Mark Zuckerberg, a non-performer and full-time basement nerd, was cool as a cucumber, while Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg teetered somewhere on the nervous scale between cardiac arrest and epileptic vomit hose. Apparently, being a zillionaire does things for your confidence. Go figure. Anyway, on to the rest of the show.
After Week 1's pretty terrible Amy Poehler episode and Week 2's disastrous Bryan Cranston episode, SNL started to find its way back with Jane Lynch this weekend. It wasn't exactly a stellar episode, but they at least made a better effort to use Lynch effectively (unlike how they just stripped Cranston down to his underwear and shoved him in a corner all episode long last week), and there were a couple honest-to-god highlights. Still not convinced Jay Pharoah should be working in this format, and I'm baffled as to why Bill Hader's been but a minor presence so far, but it was only the third episode of the season, so I digress. Here are the best and worst sketches of the night:
The much anticipated hosting duties of Bryan Cranston on SNL came to pass this weekend, and it... didn't go very well. Cranston was barely used at all, and when he was it was for stupid crap like dancing in his underwear or asking if we got a bottle of sparkling apple juice 900 times. It was a very sad missed opportunity. It was also as bad as January Jones' episode, but at least that week they had an excuse in how inherently unfunny and unwilling to try to be funny she so clearly is. So what is this week's excuse? Bryan Cranston is a very funny and versatile actor! They could have done so many great things with him! Anyway. Here are the few highs and many lows of the episode.
Last Saturday's SNL wasn't that great an episode overall, but one sketch, a parody of The Closer called The Looker starring Penny Marshall as interrogator, was very funny by itself, but it was its intro that was so amazing it has kind of taken over my life a little bit. It featured Kristen Wiig as Kyra Sedgwick, screaming "Confeyuss!!!" a couple times at a perp in that inexplicable Southern accent she does on the show that Angel is always complaining to me about, and I just can't stop saying it. I say it to everyone I know. I say it to inanimate objects. I'm probably going to start saying it to strangers soon. Last night I cracked the case of who in my building was stealing my wireless and clogging the hell out of my bandwidth and I, in all complete seriousness, considered pounding on their door and laying into them with "Confeyuss!!!" for 43 minutes and calling it a TNT series. That's how incredible this intro was. Clip after the jump.
Hey, True Blood did something smart! And MTV didn't! You know how hump day is.
There's going to be a new Three's Company on ABC, and it's all Arianna Huffington's fault. I am in no mood.
It's not a good sign when I don't rush to watch Saturday Night Live either live or first thing the next morning. Usually if I see a million people Twittering about something funny, I run to my DVR to catch it ASAP. This weekend, not so much with the twittering, so not so much with me running to the DVR. And while I have been known to enjoy some movies with Gerard Butler in them, I'm not a big super fan of his, so that lacked some urgency as well. So the show collected dust in my DVR and then I just ended up watching it online today. There were some hits and misses, and some actual funny stuff, but no clips that I'm going to watch over and over again like any of the digital shorts of yore. There are a few that are worth a look for a quick chuckle, if you are bored at worked and skipped the Saturday night airing as well, and some that you probably want to avoid at all costs.