by Brendan Wahl

(Season 37, Episode 5)

The Show:

1. Cold Opening: The Ghost of Kaddafi (3:12)

Muammer Kaddafi (Armisen) comments on what it’s like being dead and discusses the ups and downs of burning in hell for the rest of eternity.

– Funny cold open and in fact, probably one of the better Kaddafi appearances that the show has utilized.
– I loved the opening remark: “I got murdered pretty bad last week.” There were lots of other good stuff here though like Fred remarking about the elevator in The Shining and saying you can not reason with a mob.
– Very energetic LFNY from Fred.
Rating: *** 1/2

2. Monologue (4:20)

Charlie talks about growing up in New York and then decides to relax tonight, but Danny DeVito interrupts and tells him that he’s gotta go way over-the-top because it’s his first time hosting. Therefore, he does a “mediocre piano” number and gets everything off to an energetic start.

– I don’t remember the last time a host has been this energetic and thrilled to be in 8H. Maybe Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Charlie’s enthusiasm was very infectious and his jokes about being a child in the city were hilarious.
– As if that wasn’t good enough, Danny DeVito only adds to the monologue with his “surprise” cameo appearance .
– Charlie’s piano performance was also quite hilarious and the energy put into it was great.
Rating: ****

3. Kim’s Fairytale Divorce (2:45)

A special focusing on Kim Kardashian’s (Pedrad) divorce from her husband Kris Humphries (Samberg) 72 days after the wedding.

– Much like the opening, this was probably the best utilization of these impressions of the Kardashian sisters.
– The highlights here were Kristen Wiig as Kris Jenner, Taran as Bruce Jenner, and Samberg playing Humphries as a complete moron. Charlie Day was also pretty amusing here as the divorce lawyer.
– The ending was hilarious with Kim saying that things are looking up for her because she’s single and there’s an NBA lockout going on.
Rating: ****

4. The Dr. Oz Show (3:40)

Dr. Oz (Hader) welcomes on a guest (Day) to talk about his bowel problems but proceeds to humiliate him by making obvious statements and then making his guest participate in a particularly embarrassing demonstration.

– This was a funny piece. It may have seemed a bit juvenile at first but the acting by Charlie and Bill elevated it quite a bit. Charlie blowing into the replica of a rectum was amusing as was him going through the tunnel.
– Charlie’s combover look made me laugh quite a bit for some reason.
Rating: ***

5. Greek Gods (6:26)

In a discussion of the current Greek economic crisis, Zeus (Sudeikis) finds it difficult to locate a workable solution with various gods and goddesses including Dionysus (Day), Artemis (Bayer), Poseidon (Samberg), Ares (Killam), and many more.

– Terrific ensemble sketch. This reminded me of the Save Broadway and Save the Funnies sketches but it still held up very well on its own and didn’t recycle any jokes.
– My favourite parts here were Jay Pharoah’s bit as Apollo, Samberg’s long line as Poseidon (“Here’s the plan. I turn into a dolphin, hear me out. I have sex with a human woman, hear me out. It’s not consensual, hear me out. She’s my daughter.”), Kristen’s line about needing to get rid of her actual crabs, and Charlie Day’s whole scene (“Sorry, I’m late. Orgy stuff!”) and him finding out he had sex with an actual goat.
– Adam Levine’s quick bit as Yanni was amusing.
Rating: **** 1/2

6. It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green! (5:50)

Cee Lo (Thompson) hosts a talk show with the help of the Freakasaurus (Day) and Colonel Nasty (Hader) and tries to help a couple (Elliott & Samberg) put some freakiness back into their marriage.

– Pretty funny sketch. Much better than I expected when this started.
– Kenan didn’t even really even try for an accurate impression here but he was still funny and his overall look was quite amusing as well.
– The overall look of the sketch was fantastic from the crazy set to the dancers (Moynihan, Brittain, & Pharoah) decked out in the red jumpsuits.
– Charlie as Freakasaurus had to be a reference to his Green Man character from Always Sunny. I loved the fact that they referenced that because it’s something I DEFINITELY was not expecting to see.
– Bill Hader doing Colonel Nasty was terrific. It combined his great physical appearance as a Colonel Sanders-type character along with that great laugh he did in the Blackenstein sketch from Jesse Eisenberg/Nicki Minaj. I think he even made Samberg crack up a bit or he at least came perilously close to losing it.
– Great visual gag with the pile of ladies in Cee Lo’s dressing room, especially when Charlie jumped in again.
Rating: *** 1/2

7. The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2 (3:05)

A sequel to the first compilation DVD with some of the original comics along with new ones like Dirk “Jack-Knife” Cane (Day), Bonnie “My Vagina” Carolina (Pedrad), Black Stewie Griffin (Pharoah), Rick “Watch It Or I’ll Suck Your Cock” Tipenski (Hader), and many more.

– This was just as hilarious as the first one, maybe even moreso. Way too many highlights to list all of them but I’ll point out some of them like Charlie’s homage to Dane Cook, Jason’s passive racist character, Nasim as Bonnie, Hader’s role, and Taran as the twins finishing each other’s “sentences… meatballs.”
– I find it hilarious that SNL SOMEHOW managed to work in a way to use Jay’s Stewie Griffin impression.
– Again, Adam Levine makes another amusing cameo here.
Rating: **** 1/2

8. Maroon 5 performs “Moves Like Jagger” (3:22)

– I. Hate. This. Song.
– Actually, to be quite honest, even with my bias this performance was still awful. This song does NOT sound good in a live setting (or any other setting, quite frankly) and ended up being terrible.
– No Christina Aguilera either, which might have boosted the song a bit.

9. WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (14:58)
Guests: Gov. Rick Perry and Judy Grimes

Best Jokes: Kim Kardashian divorce; Justin Bieber paternity suit; impotence treatment; Dubai/prostitute; anti-aging discovery; sleep study








– The first commentary by Bill Hader-as-Rick Perry was fantastic and he did a great recreation of the drunken speech he did some time ago. Bill’s mannerisms and slurred speech was perfect and I loved his insane story about being drugged by Herman Cain’s pizza and then Cain admitting his sexual harassment charges were true. I think Bill messed up too when he said “hola” instead of “aloha,” which Seth called him out on, causing Bill to chuckle a bit.
– I loved Seth’s “A Closer Look at Europe” segment. Every single part of it. I now know what a germance is.
– It was pretty fun to see Judy Grimes back again. It is essentially the same every time but I always enjoy her fantastic delivery with the rapid-fire dialogue. I loved her gasp at the beginning as well.
Rating: ****

10. Because of One Dolphin (4:33)

An actor (Day) has problems on the set when his scene with a dolphin faces distractions from the animal’s trainer (Killam) making annoying noises to get the animal to perform well.

– A good sketch due to Charlie’s straightman performance and Taran’s insane vocal tics and motions to the dolphin.
– Kenan constantly saying, “I do my job!” was also worth a couple of chuckles.
– The ending with Kenan switching places with Charlie was funny, especially with Charlie admitting he wasn’t recording audio that whole time.
Rating: ***

11. Maroon 5 (feat. Travie McCoy) performs “Stereo Heart” (3:29)

– This wasn’t anything special but compared to the first performance, this was LIGHT YEARS better. I don’t know if the addition of Travie McCoy helped but it couldn’t have hurt.

12. Crime Scene (3:49)

An aging detective (Day) and a police officer (Sudeikis) investigate the crime scene of a murder and through their discussion, it is evident that the detective has no knowledge of pop culture or even historical events like World War II. Although, when attempting to piece the case together, he does seem to inadvertently reference Seinfeld and baseball terms, much to the officer’s frustration.

– This was a classic ten-to-one sketch. It reminded me of the quality of the potato chip thief sketch or the one with Tracy Morgan talking about rocket dogs.
– Charlie and Jason had amazing chemistry together, which was to be expected considering the two movies they did together and Jason’s guest spot on Always Sunny.
– Charlie did a HILARIOUS impression of Kramer and it caused him AND Jason to lose it momentarily. Rare to see Suds crack up.
– The ending bit with Moynihan as a George Costanza look-alike was quite funny, but the CSI part was even better.
Rating: *****

13. Lil Poundcake (1:18)

Repeat from Melissa McCarthy/Lady Antebellum.

13. Goodnights

– I really hope Charlie comes back. Looks like he had a ball.

OVERALL: An excellent show, even better than the stellar season premiere. Charlie Day was an energetic host who brought some great performances to the show and fit in with the cast like a glove. Maroon 5 was an alright musical guest with at least one decent performance but they didn’t really detract too much away from this awesome show. Danny DeVito showing up was great too and as far as the cast goes, Bill Hader and Jason Sudeikis are the big standouts this week.

 

BREAKDOWN:

HOST: CHARLIE DAY – 8 segments (Monologue; Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; The Dr. Oz Show; Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Because of One Dolphin; Crime Scene)
MUSICAL GUEST: MAROON 5 – (Greek Gods [Adam Levine]; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2 [Adam Levine])

CAMEO: DANNY DEVITO – 1 segment (Monologue)

FRED ARMISEN – 3 segments (The Ghost of Kaddafi; Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 4 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)
BILL HADER – 6 segments (The Dr. Oz Show; Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Weekend Update; Crime Scene)
SETH MEYERS – 2 segments (Weekend Update; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 4 segments (Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Crime Scene)
NASIM PEDRAD – 3 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)
ANDY SAMBERG – 4 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 3 segments (Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Crime Scene)
KENAN THOMPSON – 4 segments (Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Because of One Dolphin)
KRISTEN WIIG – 6 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Weekend Update; Because of One Dolphin; Lil Poundcake)

VANESSA BAYER – 4 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Lil Poundcake)
PAUL BRITTAIN – 4 segments (Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Because of One Dolphin)
TARAN KILLAM – 4 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2; Because of One Dolphin)
JAY PHAROAH – 4 segments (Kim’s Fairytale Divorce; Greek Gods; It’s Getting Freaky with Cee Lo Green!; The Original Kings of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2)

EPISODE MVPs: Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig

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