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Since there was no new review this week, we have decided to re-post a popular SNL Review! Enjoy!

By Brendan Wahl

At long last, a day that no one thought they would ever see. After an arduous Facebook campaign by a young man named David Matthews, Lorne Michaels and co. began to take notice and so Betty White was invited on to host the show. Despite her agent insisting that she should do it, White said she was far too nervous to do it at first, but she finally caved and agreed to do the show.

That sure made everyone and their mothers the happiest little campers to hear that the legendary television star, Betty White, was to host the legendary television staple in comedy.

The wait began to find out just who would be joining Mrs. White for the huge and memorable night. When Jay-Z was announced as the musical guest, the reaction was somewhat apathetic as people thought this was one of the worst choices possible. But then things briefly looked up as it was announced that Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon would all be joining her, all of them being mothers themselves.

So did it all work out and were we given a hell of a show? Let’s find out!

The Show:

1. The Lawrence Welk Show

Much like the Christmas show with James Franco back in December, we open with another Lawrence Welk Show parody featuring three sisters who are seemingly normal-looking (Gasteyer, Poehler, and Rudolph) and strange, deformed Junice (Wiig). Betty makes an appearance here as their mother and the sketch, while silly, is still a fun way to open the show. B+

2. Monologue

Betty goes for the more simple approach to a monologue and simply states that she had no idea what Facebook was beforehand, finds it a complete waste of time, and then makes a few cute jokes about her age. B+

3. MacGruber

This time, MacGruber joins forces with his grandmother (White), where his politeness ultimately leads to a moment where…BOOM! MACGRUBER! A-

4. The Delicious Dish

Much to the audience’s delight, Margaret Jo (Gasteyer) and Terry Rialto (Shannon) return for another edition of NPR Radio to present Delicious Dish. This time, they get a visit from a kindly old business owner (White) who is there to spread the word about her Dusty Muffins. What follows is essentially a repeat of “Schwetty Balls” but with vagina references instead. However, still quite funny. A

5. the Manuel Ortiz Show

Here’s a sketch that I wasn’t sure was going to return! Manuel (Armisen) hosts a Latin-themed talk show complete with dancing in between guests. This time, one of his guests (Forte) wants to come out to his parents (White & Moynihan). Maybe the weakest sketch of the night, but still not bad. B-

6. MacGruber

The second part of the MacGruber triptych sees our hero finally snap at his grandma and yell at her really loudly. A-

7. Gingey

Continuing the hot streak of fairly simple premises but hilarious results, this sketch takes place in 1904 as several ladies get ready to go to a party while one of them (Poehler) looks somewhat less feminine than the rest. Of course, White is quick to point out that she’s a lesbian and also throws out a number of great lines. A-

8. MacGruber

The final segment of MacGruber sees a very strange, sexually disturbing development take place between MacGruber and granny. A-

9. Jay-Z sings a medley of “Real As It Gets”, “99 Problems”, & “Empire State of Mind” (feat. Bridget Kelly)

Is this the first time the same song was performed twice in the same season?! I expected nothing from Jay-Z but he powerhoused his way through this performance and rocked the house. After an amazing 8 1/2 minute performance, *I* almost got up and cheered. A+

10. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers

Lots of fun on Update this week as Maya Rudolph reprises her Whitney Houston impression in one of her funniest moments actually as she huffs and puffs through a re-enactment of her latest concert flop. Amy and Tina join Seth later on for a hilarious segment of “Really?!” as well, while 50-year old Sally O’Malley (Shannon) finally meets her counterpart in Dottie O’Donegan (White), a 90-year old who likes to sit down a lot. A

11. Scared Straight

If ever there was a host that I was more excited for them being in this sketch than Betty White, I doubt it. Here, Betty plays Lorenzo’s (Thompson) crazed grandmother who is quick to help along with the rape jokes and thinly-veiled movie references. Lots of fun. A-

12. CSI: Sarasota

Making a combination of old jokes and also poking fun of David Caruso’s stupid quips provides the premise for this fake ad for two cops (White, Dratch) looking for the reasoning behind strange occurrences like 103-year olds “suddenly” dropping dead. Another sketch that clicked. A

13. Digital Short: Thank You For Being A Friend

What starts off as a beautiful tribute to Betty with the cast and guest stars singing the “Golden Girls” theme song to her soon develops into Betty’s own hardcore punk remix. Another wonderful piece. A

14. Jay-Z sings “Young Forever” (feat. Mr. Hudson)

Jay-Z brings the goods again with a favourite of mine from “Napoleon Dynamite” with some rapping over top of it. Mr. Hudson provides the singing portions and makes this another worthy ditty. A

15. The Census

In a sketch that was very reminiscent of the Christopher Walken/Tim Meadows census sketch from a few years ago, Betty plays a kooky tenant with some strange answers for the census-taker (Fey) (“Blarfinger Blarfinger!”). A great sketch to close out the night. A+

Betty joins Jay-Z, her guests, and the cast to say goodnight and much to her surprise, they give her two dozen roses. Adorable.

I don’t even know what to say after that one. Betty was adorable, Jay-Z rocked the house, the writing rocked, the guests were utilized in a great way. Overall, a fantastic show.

Host Rating: B+

Musical Guest Rating: A+

Show Rating: A+

I’m Still Alive!

Posted: May 11, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Commentaries
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I am still alive.  I sort of went off the radar here for a couple of months but alas, I have returned!

I finally have one year of college under my belt and am at the halfway point to earning my diploma in broadcast journalism.  So I am super excited to be one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a broadcaster!  I am also extremely delighted to have a break! This year has been so tough with more work than I think I have ever encountered in my life.  But the pain is worth the gain in my opinion…here I am with my cliches again…oh boy!

So I’ll be trying to get back into the habit of updating my posts as regularly as possible.  I just want to say thanks to Brendan who kept up his SNL reviews during my unofficial hiatus, it is great to read them.  I just have to say as well that I totally agree with Brendan’s last review on Betty White’s hosting of Saturday Night Live, it was a very good show and I enjoyed watching it immensely!  Never thought that I would see the day when little old Betty White would say “she’s a lesbian” over and over in a sketch on live television.

Anyways that’s all I have for now! Just wanted to let you all know that I am still alive… that is if anyone even cared! haha!

By Matthew Casey

Okay wow.  I knew it was going to be bad, but “bad” is not the proper word for the first Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  I would have to say the word to describe it is dreadful.  I went into the show trying to convince myself that it might (and I use that sparingly) be a good show.  For some odd reason I figured that Leno would have changed his style a bit.  I was clearly mistaken and really I shouldn’t be surprised about it.

Where to start with this train wreck…? The opening was just plain horrible and lame! The play on the whole seven months being a bad dream was just boring.   I was glad to see Betty White though, God I love that lady!  Secondly the monologue was so typical of  Lenoism humour–hey I think I just invented a term here!  He stays safe and predictable all the time.  All of his jokes are based on sexual suggestions and the type of comedy that your Uncle Bob tells at the yearly family reunion.

The whole searching for a desk skit really provided to me a cross-section of Jay’s target audience.  Every house he went to the people were quite old one guy even had his pajamas on at seven pm according to Jay.  This showed that Jay’s audience is mostly made up of 65-95 year old people in my opinion.   These are the people who Jay so painfully reaches out to by refusing to change his boring comedic style.  By focusing on these people I feel that Leno alienates a younger audience and in my opinion that’s who he should be trying to target.  Soon all of Jay’s audience will be so old that they wont be able to stay up past nine pm and they may have to move the show to an earlier time slot to accommodate them!

After we were graced by the style of this insightful piece we then meet Jamie Foxx as the first guest.  He is a great actor and I respect him.  But his attempts at hyping up the audience for Jay was as sad as watching a little puppy being hit by a car.  I thought to myself, how much did NBC or Leno have to pay Foxx to get him to turn a lackluster Blackeyed Peas song, I Got  A Feeling , into a version of “Tonight’s going to be a Jay night“?  Really? It didn’t even make that much sense.   So while Foxx was a great guest, I just feel sorry that he was on such a horrible show!  The only exciting part was when he broke his water glass on the floor just before going to commercial.

He then interviewed Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn which was okay.  Again, Jay had to put his same old boring slap stick comedy in there by showing a Sports Illustrated magazine with Jay on the cover in a skiing position instead of Vonn.   He showed this because apparently Vonn has gotten some controversy over her pose on the cover saying that it was a sexually suggestive pose.   The fact is though that is how you ski!  But again Jay’s attempt at evoking a laugh from me here failed.

Finally the show reached its long overdue homestretch with musical guest Brad Paisley.  This show just seemed to drag on and on! It was the longest hour of my life.  Paisley did an excellent job singing his latest hit “American Saturday Night”.  Although, I have to say that I was disappointed when he replaced a chorus line in the song.  The line is supposed to be “Live from New York it’s Saturday Night!” as an homage to the great American institution which is Saturday Night Live.  Instead Paisley replaced it to “Jay it up” as it were with “Live from Burbank it’s Saturday Night.”  In my opinion it was another feeble attempt at revving up the “Jaymobile” that at least for me failed.

So with all of that the credits FINALLY rolled! And this nightmare was over.   So I ask myself, do I tune in tomorrow as well? I might, just to see how horrible Sarah Palin makes herself look after her interview.  But after that not a chance!  I won’t be watching the Tonight Show again and that’s a fact. I guess my late night is restricted to Saturday Night Live from here on out.

My rating of the first show is F–Jamie Foxx or not, this show deserves NOTHING more than that except maybe to be pulled off the air!