Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin/Gotye (4/14/12)

Posted: April 15, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in SNL Reviews
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by Brendan Wahl

(Season 37, Episode 19)

The Show:

1. Cold Open: Campaign Reminiscing (5:41)

Mitt Romney (Sudeikis) and Rick Santorum (Samberg) sit in a bar and reminisce about their battle in the GOP debates and are soon joined by other candidates Rick Perry (Hader), Michele Bachmann (Wiig), Herman Cain (Thompson), and Newt Gingrich (Moynihan) (who the other candidates try to avoid). Every now and then, they break into similar lyrics to the Green Day song, “Time of Your Life.”

– I really enjoyed this. It was a very clever way of using every Republican candidate in a sketch without making it too wordy thanks to the bar setting. I also liked the singing and it was very enjoyable.
– My favourite parts were Sudeikis tipping the waitress and telling her to take it home to her husband (“he’ll know best what to do with it”), Hader thinking the debates were some kind of gameshow, Wiig talking about breaking up boys nights at home when she comes back early and unannounced, Kenan’s line “999 problems and a bitch was all of ’em” and yelling “Hey! That’s my line…,” and everyone avoiding Moynihan when he shows up and steals bar nuts.
– The ending with Hader not knowing some of the lines of the song was hilarious because at first, I thought it was a blooper.
Rating: *****

2. Monologue (2:35)

Josh talks about his latest work and gives everyone a preview of Men in Black 3 with the help of Jay Pharoah’s portrayal of Will Smith.

– Josh looked very comfortable much like the first time he hosted and it made for a pretty decent monologue.
– I liked Josh’s line about being the official spokesman for the 90’s and the scene with him and Jay was very funny because of how brief it was and the fact that it gave nothing away at all.
Rating: ***

3. HBO First Look (2:04)

We take a closer look into the production of Game of Thrones where the creator George R. R. Martin (Moynihan) discusses the program along with Kit Harrington (Killam) and several others but it’s the 13-year old producer (Samberg) that’s responsible for all the sex and shots of breasts.

– Very funny take on Game of Thrones. I don’t watch the show at all but I still found it hilarious. My friend who DOES watch it found it even better.
– The constant “bathroom break” lines were very funny.
– Kate McKinnon looked really pretty in this sketch and I liked her line about her good side and then she just made a rectangle around her chest.
Rating: ****

4. The Californians (5:16)

On Soapnet, a show features a number of stereotypical Californians who communicate with each other on a basic primal level and have no real identities of their own.

– This was such a STRANGE sketch. That being said, I enjoyed it quite a bit and the acting by everyone involved was funny. Fred was so good that he seemed to crack Hader up quite a bit and it looked like Wiig was about to lose it as well.
– Josh Brolin fit into this sketch pretty well and I liked him doing his Californian accent in more of a surfer dude style. His voice actually kinda reminded me of Jeff Bridges.
– I was surprised to find out that this was NOT a parody of a real show.
Rating: ***

5. America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist (5:20)

Exactly what it sounds like. Weird Al (Samberg) hosts and the judges include the Chocolate Rain guy (Thompson), Ke$ha (Elliott), and Jay-Z (Pharoah), who loves every single song because he’s just overwhelmed by the notion of parodies.

– Okay, this one wasn’t amazing or anything but it was a lot better than I first thought when I watched it last night. Out of all the songs, the only one I really liked was the Fred Armisen song because he just kept listing his workout without any sort of rhyme or rhythm. However, I gotta give props to all the people playing the contestants because they each gave it their all.
– I did like a few parts of this like Ke$ha being mistaken as a parody song artist and Jay-Z giving top marks to every single pair of contestants.
– Samberg’s Weird Al impression was good.
– Kristen looked like Virgania Horsen from just the way she was standing at the beginning. Did anyone else get that?
Rating: *** 1/2

6. Digital Short: Laser Cats 7 (4:40)

This time, Andy and Bill convince Lorne to watch their next project, “Laser Cats 7,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

– It feels like this will be the finale for “Laser Cats” and if so, it was a very funny and fitting finale. Spielberg was one of the best and most random cameos I’ve seen on the show in years.
– I love how Spielberg kept mentioning his “Hitchcockian cameo.”
– The obvious Spielberg film references were ridiculous and funny, especially with Andy yelling out, “Catch me if you can, the Terminal!”
– This also had a great ending with Brolin’s Nazi character’s face melting off and Andy joining EAT in space, saying “fuck them” regarding his wife and kids.
Rating: ****

7. Gotye (ft. Kimbra) sings “Somebody That I Used to Know” (3:58)

– I have definitely heard this song before. Gotye performed it very well on-stage. Kimbra was good as well.

8. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (9:51)
Guest: Garth & Kat

Best Jokes: Obama’s buffett rule; prom costs; German cow movie; show & tell; Pizza Hut; alarm clock

– I really enjoyed Seth’s “What Are You Doing?” segment in regards to North Korea’s failed rocket launch. He had some good lines regarding the situation and it was classic satirical Seth.
– Garth & Kat again? I guess they had to do it one more time before Wiig leaves but seriously, that’s enough with these characters. They still make me chuckle a bit but I’m getting really tired of them. Okay I admit, I liked this segment a bit more than normal.
Rating: *** 1/2

9. Piers Morgan Tonight (6:16)

Piers (Killam) does a show on the Trayvon Martin case and this time chats with the head of the Florida Tourism Board (Sudeikis), new couple Kim Kardashian (Pedrad) and Kanye West (Pharoah), Florida Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen (Brolin), Ice-T (Armisen), and the Superbowl tightrope guy (Samberg) once again.

– Another great Piers Morgan sketch with Killam doing another wonderful impression of the man himself.
– My favourite interview segment was Jason Sudeikis as the Florida Tourism Board guy and his examples of some of the crazy Florida laws were hilarious like “You Snooze You Lose” (where someone can legally kill a sleeping person).
– It was incredibly random to bring back Andy as the tightrope guy but I think that’s why I found his segment so funny. It was like when they had Wiig play Triangle Sally in that Mozart sketch. I think Andy may have stepped on Taran’s lines a bit.
– Brolin was good in this sketch and I liked the accent he used as well.
– I had no idea Kanye and Kardashian were a couple now.
Rating: ****

10. Slow-Motion Hallway (3:19)

The new girl (Bayer) at school is shown around by a teacher (Hader) and introduced to the slow-motion hallway where anyone who walks through it must do everything in slow-motion.

– This was pretty funny for the most part and I liked the songs they chose to use during the slow-motion scenes.
– Everyone in this sketch did a really good job. I don’t know how they were able to keep up the slow-motion acting throughout the whole sketch, especially Taran and Nasim as they did the best job.
– Brolin was also good here and throughout the night, he’s blended in very well as a sort of castmember for the night.
– The ending was funny with the witch slowly chasing them.
Rating: *** 1/2

11. Digital Short: Gotye’s Fans (2:02)

Andy and Taran profess their admiration for Gotye in his dressing room and then show how big of fans they truly are by painting themselves and hiding in his artwork just like the music video.

– Another funny digital short though not as great as the first one. However, Andy and Taran were very funny in this and it was cool to see Taran with a lead role in a digital short.
– The “Another” tag was from Another Stakeout. Thanks Jason…
– It got really creepy and funny by the time they were naked and wearing the black wigs. Especially when they said they didn’t paint their privates because they wanted Gotye to see them.
Rating: *** 1/2

12. Gotye sings “Eyes Wide Open” (3:09)

– Another real good performance. Gotye is someone to keep your eyes on, folks.

13. Prom Announcements (5:43)

During a prom at Booker T Washington High, Principal Frey (Pharoah) makes several announcements regarding the punch bowl being spiked, the coach (Thompson) wants everyone to shut up and pay attention, and a drunk teacher (Brolin) admits to having an affair with one of his students (Pedrad).

– This one was better than a similar sketch they did last season with Paul Rudd even though I liked that one too. Jay was terrific here as the principal character he did last time but I think Brolin may have stolen the sketch as the drunken teacher who reveals way too much.
– Jay actually cracked up a bit, which made me laugh a lot.
– Kenan’s brief angry role was also very funny. Just the way he said “everybody would’ve died” was hilarious.
Rating: ****

14. Goodnights

OVERALL: This was a fantastic show. After first viewing it last night, I wasn’t all that impressed overall but I appreciated it a lot more with a second viewing. Josh Brolin was a great host and fit in very well with the fabric of the cast. He was not usually the lead role tonight but he did some great supporting work and was hilarious in several of the sketches.


HOST: JOSH BROLIN – 7 segments (Monologue; The Californians; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Laser Cats 7; Piers Morgan Tonight; Slow-Motion Hallway; Prom Announcements)
MUSICAL GUEST: GOTYE – 1 segment (Gotye’s Fans)

FILMED CAMEO: STEVEN SPIELBERG – 1 segment (Laser Cats 7)

FRED ARMISEN – 5 segments (The Californians; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Laser Cats 7; Weekend Update; Piers Morgan Tonight)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 2 segments (America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Slow-Motion Hallway)
BILL HADER – 4 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; The Californians; Laser Cats 7; Slow-Motion Hallway)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 5 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; HBO First Look; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Laser Cats 7; Slow-Motion Hallway)
NASIM PEDRAD – 4 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; Piers Morgan Tonight; Slow-Motion Hallway; Prom Announcements)
ANDY SAMBERG – 7 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; HBO First Look; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Laser Cats 7; Piers Morgan Tonight; Slow-Motion Hallway; Gotye’s Fans)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 2 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; Piers Morgan Tonight)
KENAN THOMPSON – 5 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; The Californians; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Slow-Motion Hallway; Prom Announcements)
KRISTEN WIIG – 5 segments (Campaign Reminiscing; The Californians; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Weekend Update; Slow-Motion Hallway)

VANESSA BAYER – 4 segments (The Californians; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Slow-Motion Hallway; Prom Announcements)
TARAN KILLAM – 5 segments (HBO First Look; Laser Cats 7; Piers Morgan Tonight; Slow-Motion Hallway; Gotye’s Fans)
KATE MCKINNON – 2 segments (HBO First Look; The Californians)
JAY PHAROAH – 4 segments (Monologue; America’s Next Top Empire State of Mind Parody Artist; Piers Morgan Tonight; Prom Announcements)

EPISODE MVPs: Josh Brolin/Andy Samberg/Jay Pharoah

  1. Chase Smith says:

    My wife and I actually attended the live show on Saturay in NYC. People really enjoyed The Californians but the skit that got the biggest rouse was The Prom Announcements. I thought the slow-motion hallway was the best skit though – fresh, new, great writing.

  2. Chase Smith says:

    great site btw, im looking forward to keeping up with you all in the future!

  3. Chase Smith says:

    Here is our adventure getting tickets. We even got to meet some of the cast. I’ll have another post up detailing our actual show experience later…

    • Brendan Wahl says:

      I actually got into two shows back in 2008 (Shia LaBeouf & Steve Carell) so I understand the excitement level.

  4. Jo Ann Zinaman says:

    I’m Shocked that The Californians got the Most Votes. Usually, People on the Internet didn’t Like the First Californians and They Certainly did not want the Second The Californians. I didn’t know that People Cared for the Empire State of Mind Parody. I didn’t know whether People Loved the Slow Hallway that much. I Thought that People would like Laser Cats 7 the Most because People on the Internet seemed to like Laser Cats and I thought this was one of the Better ones because of Stephen Spielberg Actually being in the Sketch and It being about his Movies. Jody

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