I remember some online SNL fans back at this time in 2005 wondering if Amy and Jason constantly playing a romantic couple is SNL’s way of playfully trolling Arnett. Eric Slovin. I’VE ABANDONED MY BOOOOYYYYY!” panicked outburst is not only hilarious, but has stuck in my memory over the years. — OH FUCKING NO. I can’t wait to see if his voice in that cold opening is as bad as I remember. — Hmm, I spoke a bit too soon about Fred’s Obama being largely silent in tonight’s cold opening, as we now get a long speech from him. The bumpers kind of change-up the pacing, but I like the back and forth a lot. My friends and I still quote it. Hopefully we’ll get better show than season 30. In a big surprise to me (given that it’s been 15 years), Jason will be hosting the next SNL episode. I can see why people would find this episode to have various strengths (the classroom sketch, the Bill Kurtis sketch, the subway sketch, the first “oh hell no” [the others are too much of the same for me]), even if I hate a lot of it. IIRC The Bill Kurtis sketch got cut from the Topher Grace episode. (Probably a good thing, in hindsight.) Random thought that just occurred to me was when Casey first joined the cast I couldn’t help but notice she resembled early 90s Julia Sweeney quite a bit, the screencap above of her in the pre-tape of the last sketch for example I think was what made me remember that. If he only knew… Hilary Swank. That definitely feels like a typical role he would play in this era. S30 operates on just like three different modes: “gay”, “fart”, and “Maya with goofy voice.”, When I saw that Hilary Swank is our next host, all I can think of is, “I’m a girl, you know.”. Ha! This is essentially everything terrible about Tina’s Update and the Tina/Amy Update duo, crushed into a blender. I don’t like how lowstakes the comedy in this era is. Because cast members from the first twenty years, in particular, seem very able to do that. Who would have thought that this would be the earliest we would see of reports involving Cosby. — Jason, on Arrested Development being up against Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: “Who’s gonna watch us when they can watch a hot shirtless guy build a skate ramp for a kid with no bones?” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/snl-gp-yass-james-anderson-bowen-yang-interview.html. Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve never been a fan of “I Drink Your Milkshake.” Yeah, it’s a funny premise and Bill delivers (as usual), but I’ve never understood the hype. And I listened to Bowen’s podcast episode with James Anderson, for some reason, and, when he praised “Gays In Space,” not knowing what it was, I assumed it must have been a peetty clever sketch, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. The parodies which returned so forcefully with Tina don’t really click for me – they’re not bad, but just too scattered and repetitive (the best part of the Lipstick Jungle/whatever that other show was parody was the “womandatory” line and the great costume work, especially on Kristen and Casey; the Apprentice parody was interesting mostly just to see how many one-off impressions were revived to fill time, then Andy made me laugh with the annoying infomercial guy). — A rare non-Celebrity Jeopardy appearance from Darrell’s Sean Connery. There’s a fair amount of talk about this being a golden era for backstage harmony because Seth was so kind to people – I guess no matter how kind he was, this was a huge hurdle to overcome. A laugh track could be horrible, but shows like SCTV did it okay. But if Yang thought it was a great moment in representation, who am I to judge? And nice birthday appearance from Don Pardo…. — I love Will-as-Judge-Ito’s sing-songy delivery of “I brought my own gaveeeeeellllll!” Not quite sure why it has such a toxic reputation (despite the clear clunkers). Men are very petty lol. I had as little use for W as she did, but 57% is a strong poll rating for modern Presidents, which she very well knew and ignored because the desperate need for clapter was too much to resist. I think the writing is to blame more than casting, though not everyone had chemistry with each other, and as a whole. One of them is this enchanting French Tudor Revival, built in the 1930s and designed by Frank Scott Crowhurst, the architect responsible for Walt Disney's nearby family home and Burbank studio. Saturday Night Live 24,231,704 views. I think I remember laughing at Rap Night with Chubb Hotty but I don’t know how I’d feel about it now. host & AMP plug Arrested Development so that it won’t be cancelled, — The mentions of Jason Bateman’s Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett being Amy’s husband reminds me that Arnett actually made a cameo in a dress rehearsal sketch from this episode (an award show sketch, I think), but it got cut from the live show. — That pre-taped behind-the-scenes video was awful. (Ha, as if he ever would master it.) (I know it’s not primarily SNL’s fault, but we’re probably not gonna see Giuliani or Palin on the show again), Your email address will not be published. Posted on December 4, 2020 December 4, 2020 Written by Anya. The “Pete is a rapper” smacks of desperation to me and they’ve almost never made me laugh. — Boy, I am HATING most of Tina and Amy’s jokes tonight, even moreso than usual in the Fey/Poehler era of Update. Jason is returning to host on 12/5/20. 11/13/04: Liam Neeson / Modest Mouse. And hey, they gave Andrew Dismukes a line. — Overall, no. Should SNL, during this pandemic age, adopt either no audience or go with like a laugh track? A really strong piece for all involved. I do think SNL has made a lot of good content, so I don’t want to get on my high horse, but I think that at times it matters more how young you are or where you are in life when you see a certain moment for the first time. I remember Casey talking about that in an interview she did on a podcast just a few months after tonight’s episode originally aired. Emily Spivey. — Second episode in a row where Fred makes his exit in a sketch by slowly walking past the camera in an obnoxious, hammy, screen-hogging manner. Anyone remember her today, 12 years later? How stupid of me! — An okay ad-lib from Seth after he messes up a line. Kevin and Lauren on the Oscar Red Carpet - Duration: 4:51. STARS: ***½, THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE Must have been Sublette I guess. Once Poehler leaves, the balance of power gets completely thrown off its axis and a handful of deeply talented performers get completely neutered in service of the Kristen Wiig Experience. Andrew Steele. Huckabee would later decry SNL as “sexist” and “misogynist” for their very, very mild first sketch involving his daughter. I liked the at-home format, mainly because there was time for many more sketches and a wider variety of material, but I tend to wonder if Lorne cares for that level of variety (the at-home episodes progressively became more like a regular episode). I never really understood what all the criticism for the season as a whole was about, although now re-watching the season I can see how a bunch of the recurring characters had become to overused and boring. The approval rating joke is some liberal goalpost moving, which is just so insufferable about this era. Jason’s upcoming 2020 show might be the first time in a while they let the cast run things and were cameo free, almost. I recently started going through this season’s shows out of curiosity because I had only watched each episode 1 time when they first aired 15 years ago, but I skipped right over this episode, as well as the infamous Kate Winslet hosted show, just couldn’t get myself to watch those 2 shows again. Virgania Horsen (KRW) wants you to take a ride in her hot air balloon, — So much bizarre, low-budget randomness here, but I am loving it, and it’s being executed so well. — Between playing Dennis Kucinich then-recently and now playing Mr. Six in this sketch, I’m getting a big Kate McKinnon vibe from Amy lately. I don’t agree with your overall assessment of the episode, but on my recent half re-watch (I made it about a third of the way through Update), I noticed some dubious material. Josh Radnor Upgrades to 1920s Spanish Villa in Los Feliz The TT and Mario sketch would be amusing (even if Kim Wayans and DAG did it much better on In Living Color) if it did not drag on and on and on and if they did not have the frequent intercuts to Amy and Jason. I even liked the Chubb Hotty stuff was a tad funny. Best-known for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” — she has writing credits on more than 300 episodes and producer credits on nearly as many — Pomerantz has also written for “Saturday Night Live” … Same, I thought for sure Anderson wrote the lounge act sketch. Among the things I mainly remember: Fred’s first Barak Obama-I guess that was the best the show could do for this presidential candidate. — Tina and Amy’s losing streak in tonight’s Update continues, as their whole Bill Cosby bit did not work for me. Lily Collins for L’Officiel Art Global Winter 2020 Issue. Added details like Parnell’s “refined” opener and the fact that Forte and the monkey have swapped names are the little details that show that the writers were having fun with the whole premise. Could’ve done without the subsequent text crawl being the exact same from last time, though. Plus, in her limited airtime in this sketch, she’s actually working well. If they aren’t going to laugh that much anyway, it won’t matter. In her book, Tina mentions that she wrote “Annuale.” She doesn’t have a writer’s credit on this episode. — Like last time, Kenan is the only thing that comes even remotely close to holding this horrible sketch together, especially his solid delivery of his line about Chubby Hotty eating Free Willy in front of kids at Sea World. in the voiceover booth, Bill Kurtis (DAH) mixes graphic script & chitchat, — I love how Darrell’s Bill Kurtis is constantly and seamlessly going back-and-forth between having a family-friendly conversation with the technicians and reading the increasingly disturbing and graphic murder details into the microphone. It's no secret that the hills of L.A.'s gorgeous Los Feliz neighborhood boast a veritable treasure trove of architectural gems. I actually feel like theyre pushing Horatio as the face/star, hard. He’s not bad in this episode, but I think people had higher expectations, considering how good he is as a comedic performer. She has kept herself away from any type of controversy and scandal. Even the interaction between Tina and Amy here, which seems to be attempting somewhat of a throwback to the Fey/Poehler era of Update (and you KNOW how I felt about that Update era), is coming off better than I typically found their interactions during their era of Update together. me-Harmony.com matches narcissists with their opposite-sex alter egos, — Blah. Yea Bateman’s 0-2 so far with SNLs. leave. At least the Eminem parody tonight was good (I’ve actually liked most of Pete’s songs this year, especially the one with Sandler). — An interesting coincidence how both times Carrie Underwood was a musical guest on SNL (the preceding season’s Peyton Manning episode being the first time), a big birthday celebration was held during the goodnights. I wonder of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ appearances in “Arrested Development” eventually contributed to her finally agreeing to return to “SNL” as guest host having performed with Jason and Amy there…. And there goes the main reason I hate these awful Charles/Camilla commentaries: the cheap, hacky, and unfunny punchline being a man-on-man kiss between Seth and Fred, which is all this whole commentary seemed to be leading up to. Emily Spivey. — For being such a heavy focal point of this cold opening, Fred’s Obama is largely silent for most of this. (MAR) & Mario’s (KET) songs all refer to getting freaky, — The sudden “booty so tight” turn in Maya and Kenan’s first song made me laugh. We can make our criticisms of that of course, through 2020 eyes, but it was special to me, it set a very high bar for me, and I ended up being very sour toward much of SNL’s content in this area (although I skipped a lot of 93-95 on the original run so for me the bad stuff didn’t start until around 2000). The only other sketch that carries a similar “lowbrow but we know it” vibe is future classic “Who’s On Top?” The other important element is how much the audience is buying into the silliness of it all. STARS: *, PUBLIC SPEAKING CLASS I can’t stand Heidi’s vocal fry Update character, but I thought this one had some really interesting writing (that the audience, of course, didn’t quite go for). ), and she’s genuinely very funny with none of the ego trips of her 2013 and 2018 monologues. The return of Jason’s Ed Mahoney character, a forgotten-by-most-people favorite of mine from a sketch in season 31. Here’s an article from Salon.com from 2014 that touches on some of the performers from the ’90s and ’00s that contributed to how “soft” SNL had gotten by then (and even now). Here’s an interview with Anderson and Bowen Yang. 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