Sorry it’s been so long folks! The Ben Stiller/Foster the People review is soon to come!
(Season 37, Episode 2)
Another mildly enjoyable episode of the old television staple sees Junice (Wiig) cause her usual mayhem with her tiny hands and ugly face along with her cousin Gertie (McCarthy).
- For the first recurring sketch of the season, they finally did something interesting with this and make the host a grotesque figure rather than the straight man to Kristen Wiig’s goofy antics.
- Taran was probably the best straight man they’ve ever had for these sketches. He was suited perfectly for the part.
- My favourite bits were the “kick the crow” part, Fred’s comment about the longest and dirtiest fingerlake. Fred’s offended reaction to one of Taran’s cheesy jokes, and Kristen and Melissa feeling up the scarecrow.
Rating: *** ½
After teasing the audience that she’s going to start dancing, Melissa brings on a bunch of backup dancers. After dismissing the girls as being amateur, she brings out Kristen and they then continue teasing that they’re going to dance. When it comes time for the big number, the two ladies disappear behind a screen and “their” silhouettes put on a show.
- I kinda liked this and I’m not one to immediately dismiss a certain type of monologue just cause it gets recycled a lot, but this took quite a while to really get going. I appreciate the effort though.
- I did like the mention of the “sink scene” in Bridesmaids disturbing her kids.
- The silhouette part was pretty funny.
Rating: ** ½
Lil’ Poundcake (1:18)
- Delightfully dark parody. The source material (aka the “brilliant” mind of Rick Perry) is scarier than this product.
Office Flirt (6:51)
- This was a great way to showcase Melissa’s physical comedy skills. She was a ball of energy in this sketch and made me laugh with almost everything she did, including rubbing Jason’s tie all over her chest and her dialing her own breasts.
- Jason was a great straight man like always and I especially liked his reaction to Melissa motioning for him to take off his ring and when she says that she only settled for him.
- Hey, Jay Pharoah! Good to see him after his non-appearance during the premiere.
- The balloon popping at the end was insane. She is like the drug-less female version of Chris Farley.
Rating: *** ½
Digital Short: Stomp (2:29)
One police officer’s (Hader) boredom is put to rest when the entire precinct turns everything into a big musical number. The Blue Man Group attack and are mistaken for aliens and thus are brought down in a hail of gunfire. I really don’t know how else to describe this insanely random short.
- Like I said in the description, this short was so strange. I’m used to most of these being offbeat or a little odd but this one went off the deep end.
- I loved the look on Sudeikis’ face when he pressed the fax machine buttons.
- The Blue Man Group part was the strangest bit and the shooting went on for way too long. The ending after that was good though.
Rating: ** ½
The Comments Section (5:08)
Snarky internet commenters (McCarthy, Moynihan, & Killam) are put in their place on a talk show hosted by a man (Sudeikis) that plans on showing them just how uncomfortable they get when faced with confrontation.
- This was pretty damn funny, especially Melissa’s character as DaTruf. I loved the way in which she claimed to be a lawyer and then quickly admitted to that being a lie.
- I love that Taran was in this too because he was hilarious like always but I also liked Moynihan’s delivery as well, especially when Nasim confronted him as the elderly woman.
- Again, Jason rocked in this sketch and I especially liked him asking about Taran’s girlfriend and then adding that he was just kidding because he knows he doesn’t really have one.
- He random ending with Bill punching everyone was hilarious.
Chris Rock in Rock’s Way (2:00)
- This was a great commercial piece featuring another fantastic impression from Jay Pharoah.
- I love how the other actors just stopped acting at times and stood back and laughed at Rock’s jokes. My favourite reactions were from the children after the joke about crack/cocaine.
- The comments from the theatregoers were funny, especially from Taran saying it’s “blacktacular” and then his little sly smile afterwards.
- Pretty enjoyable performance here. Their melding of country and bluegrass folk was a palpable combination that was quite listenable.
- 2 for 2 for musical guests so far.
WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (10:53)
Guests: Khaddafi’s two best friends from growing up and Tyler Perry
Best Jokes: Chris Christie/president; Obama/mic drop; Nancy Grace; kindle fire; France/unsafe sex; cocaine; planes/TV shows
- The commentary from Khaddafi’s best friends was pretty similar to the first appearance by them but Fred and Vanessa usually hace no problem garnering some laughs out of this. This one was no different. I also really liked Seth’s bit at the end about the new head of NBC and Bayer saying “Seth Meyers, everybody!”
- Kenan’s Tyler Perry was also quite funny especially the part with Kenan saying the name of his next film very casually. I also liked him saying that people may have seen his films “or you may be white.” Great job, KT!
Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group (6:17)
A number of testers (McCarthy, Elliott, & Killam) try out the new Hidden Valley Ranch dressing as the instructor (Moynihan) gauges their reactions and tries to have them help him come up with a catchy slogan. One woman in particular (McCarthy) is extremely obnoxious and causes problems for everyone in the room.
- Much like the flirting sketch from earlier, Melissa was given another chance to do physical comedy and she really ran with it.
- Abby was a good straight character here and I thought her dynamic with Melissa was one of the funniest parts of this sketch.
- The best parts were Melissa trying to come up with various slogans for the dressing, the constant references to the jams that she’s in, and of course the ranch bath she gave herself at the end by pouring the whole bottle all over herself.
Rating: *** ½
The Essentials: Lulu Diamonds (5:21)
- This wasn’t that great. The only parts of this I really liked were Jason’s segments and especially his line about the actors being closet homosexuals.
- The main problem with this sketch was that it was such a one-joke premise and the one joke was not particularly hilarious in the first place.
- Jason has been kicking ass all night.
Rating: * ½
- Another good performance.
A young man (Samberg) hits on a woman (McCarthy) in a bar and after slyly telling her that he gets no complaints about his lovemaking, several girls (Pedrad, Wiig, & Bayer) promptly approach him to do just that.
- Pretty funny 10-to-1 sketch. Andy was funny but Melissa was just as good and a lot more reserved than she’s been throughout the rest of the night.
- Hey, Paul Brittain! At least he got some screentime last week anyway. I did like his line about a woman complaining that her dog was pregnant because of Andy.
- The ending with Bill Hader was surprising and hilarious.
OVERALL: Really good show this week to follow up the season premiere. While there were a few sketches that weren’t so great this time, most everything else clicked and the cast was certainly firing on all cylinders tonight. Melissa was a terrific host, never faltering for a second and always putting 110% into her performances. I also liked how she was able to pull off over-the-top and subtle with little to no effort. Plus, was anyone else expecting this to become the Kristen Wiig Show? Outside of the cold open and the monologue, Kristen wasn’t featured very much tonight. I’m not saying that as a positive or negative thing, just an observation.
MELISSA MCCARTHY – 7 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; Office Flirt; The Comments Section; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials; Complaints)
FRED ARMISEN – 3 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Stomp; Weekend Update)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 3 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group)
BILL HADER – 4 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; The Comments Section; Complaints)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 5 segments (Monologue; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials)
NASIM PEDRAD – 4 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Complaints)
ANDY SAMBERG – 3 segments (Stomp; The Essentials; Complaints)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 4 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; The Comments Section; The Essentials)
KENAN THOMPSON – 5 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Weekend Update; Complaints)
KRISTEN WIIG – 4 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; Lil Poundcake; Complaints)
VANESSA BAYER – 5 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Lil’ Poundcake; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Weekend Update; Complaints)
PAUL BRITTAIN – 2 segment (Stomp; Complaints)
TARAN KILLAM – 6 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials)
JAY PHAROAH – 2 segments (Office Flirt; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way)
EPISODE MVPs: Jason Sudeikis/Taran Killam