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(Season 38, Episode 12)

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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

 

ADAM LEVINE: “The Voice” (Season 4)

KENDRICK LAMAR: “good kid, m.A.A.d city” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Obama and Martin Luther King (4:05)
Obama and Martin Luther King

–      Clever way to open the show rather than just doing an inauguration sketch. Jay’s Obama was great as usual but Kenan as MLK was a lot of fun as well.

–      There were some really fun moments here with Kenan talking about how hot Beyonce is and that he thought he was having “another one of my famous dreams,” Michelle’s bangs making her look like a guest star on The New Girl, MLK Day being his day off, Kenan telling Barack to tell his white assistant to “shut the hell up and go to sleep,” and the last bit where Kenan tells Obama that he’s going to have to tell Cornel West to “take it down about thirty notches.”

–      For some reason it made me laugh that Obama had a skinny glass of beer.

–      Great LFNY delivery from both men.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Adam Levine (4:56)
Monologue

–      Terrific monologue but it really had nothing to do with Levine at all. This was all Samberg for the most part as his cameo had me in stitches for the entire time.

–      My favourite bits from Andy were him telling Levine that he was “in 100 digital shorts as well as 3 live sketches,” that they’ve both slept with “between 2 and 500 women,” and the bit with Andy getting out the lotion when Adam talked about taking his shirt off.

–      Cameron Diaz was funny as well, especially as she did the whole Christina Aguilera thing to a tee. Her part wasn’t quite as funny as Samberg’s but she still did a decent job with the material.

–      Jerry Seinfeld was the ultimate surprise and obviously the audience was enamoured to see him as well. I really hope to see him host again one more time. His part was very funny as well, especially his slam against Samberg for having an “interesting look.”

–      Adam taking his shirt off at the end was very unnecessary.

RATING: ****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Rosetta Stone (1:30)
Rosetta Stone

–      Oh man, I laughed my ass off at this and it has to be one of the most offensive and funny things I’ve seen in a while on the show.

–      Taran packing the extra small condoms was what got me. His character was going to have sex with an underage Thai boy.

–      I think that was Fred as the computerized-voice guy but I can’t be sure.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

SHOW: Circle Work (5:43)
Circle Work

–      You know what? I expected to hate this but I gotta say that this was much better than expected and they actually did something with the premise of gay people hosting a show rather than just a lot of tired gay stereotypes. I really liked that Kenan and Adam kept thinking that their guests (or in one case, a guest’s husband) were gay no matter what.

–      Bayer was the highlight here too as the assistant in love with Kenan.

–      Jason’s straight character (no pun intended) was quite funny too and I liked his acting when he finally realized he was gay.

–      Adam’s random dancing interludes were amusing. He seemed to go a bit ahead of the script and stumble a couple times though.

–      Kenan spelling out “you are a gay goose at a gay goose pride parade” was hilarious.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: The Sopranos Diaries (3:38)
The Sopranos Diaries

–      Pretty funny stuff with an exceptionally strong performance from Bobby Moynihan as a young Tony Soprano with good supporting work from Kate and Tim, especially.

–      I also thought the therapist scene was a little lacking as well but Cecily looked the part and did a good job.

–      Levine was unnecessarily thrown into this sketch. He didn’t do anything funny.

–      I liked the reveal that the girl was dancing on their cafeteria table.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Bryce’s Meltdown (4:52)
Bryce's Meltdown

–      I will also jump on-board with most people in thinking that this sketch would only have worked with Hader in the lead role here. If it was anyone else I think this would’ve been completely annoying and just fallen flat on its face.

–      Bobby had the second funniest part in the sketch as the firefighter who would just randomly join Hader in his insane fits.

–      Again, Levine was worthless here.

–      It looked like Hader was trying to crack up Killam at one point with his repeated screams but to TK’s credit, he held it all together.

–      The “dog attack” scene was amusing as well.

–      The visual of Hader in that insane jacket was hilarious.

RATING: ***

 

 

DIGITAL SHORT: YOLO (3:07)
Digital Short

–      I fucking hate the term “YOLO” with a fiery passion but this was a decent digital short. However, I feel that doing this kinda cheapens last season’s finale and now Lazy Sunday 2 was not the last DS.

–      Danny McBride’s cameo was quite funny.

–      There were a few funny scenarios here that I enjoyed. The one about furniture being killing machines was probably my favourite though.

–      I didn’t care for the part with Kendrick Lamar at all.

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Swimming Pools (Drank)” (3:31)
Kendrick Lamar1

–      Another musical guest I did not enjoy at all. Seriously, as much as I am enjoying this season so far, the musical guests have left a lot to be desired. So far, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed 4 or 5 out of the 12 guests.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (9:39)

Guests: Arianna Huffington and Ray Lewis
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–      Best Jokes: dream speech; tweets in Latin; Philadelphia bacon taco; library doll

–      It’s always nice to see Nasim do her Arianna Huffington impression and this week was another enjoyable segment. I especially enjoyed her bits about Rand Paul grilling a possum, the bit about the smell of sex when you get to Europe, and the Oprah comment as well.

–      Kenan’s commentary as Ray Lewis was insane and a lot of fun; it might’ve been my favourite Kenan commentary in a long time. His dancing at the end was great too, especially how he came back during Seth’s outro to do the dance again.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Rock Band Rumble (4:30)
Rock Band Rumble

–      This sketch had quite a bit of promise with the idea of a rock band face-off but the sketch didn’t take the premise as far as it could have done. Still, I did enjoy it.

–      Jay and Bayer were also pretty funny. I especially liked Jay saying “it looks like they’re dancing” after Vanessa worries about them killing each other.

–      Adam using Aidy as a human shield was funny but I especially liked Taran dressing an old man to look like him so Adam would fight him instead.

–      Sudeikis was great as Jason Mraz and Kenan was good as Darius Rucker, but Hader didn’t get to do all that much as John Mayer.

RATING: ***

 

 

SHOW: Catfish the TV Show (4:20)
Catfish the TV Show

–      Seems like I enjoyed this one a lot more than most people. Adam Levine had his best performance of the night in this sketch (and he did a pretty good job in general) and Taran had a good supporting part as well.

–      Aidy was pretty funny here as well.

–      I especially liked the time Taran asked if they were ever going to cut to his camera.

–      The “coming up next” bit was hilarious with Aidy’s expression explaining nothing about what her reaction was going to be after the break.

–      The voice that Jay used was pretty funny.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Poetic Justice” (3:24)
Kendrick Lamar2

–      At least this performance was a bit shorter than the first one but that’s really all I can say. It was… whatever.

 

 

SKETCH: Janet Seduces Adam Levine (4:00)
Janet Seduces Adam Levine

–      I didn’t care for this character the first time that Bobby did it but I gotta give them credit for changing the scenery this time and I gotta say that the writing was a lot funnier as well.

–      This sketch also had some of the raunchiest dialogue I’ve heard on the show in a while. I’m surprised they got away with half the stuff he said here.

–      Adam’s cue card-staring was pretty obvious in this sketch.

–      The “Magic Johnson before” comment reminded me of the New Boyfriend Talk Show with the Magic Johnson part that I couldn’t believe got past the censors.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Biden Bash (2:15)
Biden Bash

–      This was lacking in the humour department a bit even though I did appreciate what they were going for with Sudeikis’ Biden here. I did enjoy the Macho Man part and the “What Happens in Delaware” slogan but the rest was kinda boring and tepid.

–      Levine was decent as the Neil Diamond impersonator.

RATING: **

 

 

Goodnights
goodnights

 

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Taran Killam/Bobby Moynihan/Bill Hader

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Like I said earlier, it seems to me that I enjoyed this episode a LOT more than most people, which is fine; everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Adam Levine certainly wasn’t anything special as a host; he had his isolated moments of decent acting but he was thrust in the background tonight a lot which was a smart move by the cast and writers.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½

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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

SETH MACFARLANE: “Ted”/“American Dad!” (Season 8)/“The Cleveland Show” (Season 4)

FRANK OCEAN: “Channel Orange” (album)

 

COLD OPENING: Democratic Rally (5:07)

–      Very classy move for Fred Armisen to introduce Jay Pharoah-as-Obama; a passing-of-the-torch moment as it were. I also liked his little “I wouldn’t want his job” comment.

–      Jay has really grown as a performer as evidenced by this sketch. He did a great job here and he did well with carrying the sketch pretty much all by himself. Of course, Sudeikis showed up as Romney but it was on a completely different stage.

–      Sudeikis actually had some very funny parts like him talking to the gay soldier and the man with no arms. I also liked Barack singing “Let’s Stay Together” followed by Romney groovin’ on “Old McDonald.”

–      We also got to see the debut of Taran Killam’s take on Paul Ryan as well, which was also quite funny.

RATING: ****

 

Awesome new opening montage.

 

MONOLOGUE: Seth MacFarlane (4:40)

–      This seemed like a monologue that was made to pander to the audience for the most part but at least MacFarlane did it solo and the voices were pretty damn impressive. I especially liked his Marty McFly (it was no David Spade though!).

–      The “Farrah Fawcett” comment was great and reminded me of a dark joke that Seth might make on one of his cartoons.

–      I liked his reaction to Family Guy getting a great reaction (“Still… really?!”)

–      The song was a good way to end it.

RATING: *** ½

 

COMMERCIAL: Anti-Romney Ad (2:39)

–      Good piece that went on a little too long especially with Kenan’s segment.

–      Having Jay Pharoah as Obama here was a nice reminder that THIS is our Obama impersonator now. God, it feels so fresh. No offense, Fred.

–      The various accusations against Mitt Romney were pretty funny with the comments about Mitt not covering his mouth when he coughed in front of Hader’s sick wife were very funny. Mitt Romney “probably gave Dan’s wife Herpes” was another great line.

RATING: ***

 

SHOW: Sex After 50 (4:25)

–      I have to admit… I fell for it again. I really thought this was going to be Cecily’s debut.

–      Unlike a lot of other folks, I had no problem with them bringing this sketch back. Fred hasn’t done it in two years and I guess you could say absence makes the heart grow fonder. There were also some funnier moments in this one than the usual Roger Brush sketch. The stuff at the beginning with Fred describing the host’s bowel movements was hilarious (“two minutes of hot dog water”).

–      Bobby Moynihan’s facial expressions made me crack up quite a bit. Hader also did real good here and I like his exaggerated delivery as the interviewer.

–      Tim Robinson makes his debut here. I liked his little comment about how he’s a big fan despite Brush’s terrible advice.

–      Fred’s best line: “I should introduce [your breasts] to my balls.”

RATING: *** ½

 

COMMERCIAL: Eastwood and Chair (1:51)

–      Amazing and hilarious. This was my favourite sketch of the night with Hader’s bang-on Clint Eastwood impression combined with some funny writing.

–      My favourite parts were Clint eating a chicken while the chair did its own 45-minute set, Clint yelling at “Michael Bloomberg,” Clint’s duet with the chair, and the “appearance” of Jon Voight.

–      Once again, the comments from various theatregoers were all very funny, especially Jay’s “What the fuck was that?” and Taran’s “Whoomp, CHAIR it is!” comments.

RATING: **** ½

 

SKETCH: Lids (4:17)

–      What the fuck was this? I gotta give the show a bit of credit for trying something new and this was decent.

–      I was a little bit pissed that the actual Korean Youtuber (Psy, I think) made an appearance because I was enjoying the fact that the show started out by making fun of the guy. Bobby did a great job.

–      Taran once again does a lot with very little.

–      Sudeikis made me laugh with his approval at first of Seth about to take off his pants and then Jason only getting angry after Kenan reacted.

RATING: ***

 

SKETCH: Puppetry Class (5:12)

–      This sketch proved why Bill Hader continues to be the top castmember based on his very strong performance here. My favourite moments mostly all came from Hader, particularly his attempt to use a different character for his puppet both times, the puppet smoking (the effect looked hilarious), Hader’s puppet killing off Kenan’s puppet, and finally… Hader making out with Vanessa’s puppet.

–      Seth played a straight character but this was a good way to utilize his ability to do many different voices.

–      Kenan constantly asking if he can change his puppet’s voice was funny. Vanessa was also good.

–      Whoever wrote this sketch needs to be the head writer NOW.

RATING: **** ½

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Thinkin’ Bout You” (3:22)

–      I don’t know what I really thought about this performance. It seemed kinda like someone doing a parody of people who actually sing like this but really, it was pretty decent I guess. Having Mayer on guitar was an interesting addition.

–      Falsetto voices are really 50/50 for me.

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (12:31)

Guests: Alana Thompson & June Shannon, Ryan Lochte, and Mimi Morales & Joel

–      Best Jokes: Secretary of Explaining Stuff; Innocence of Muslims; Chris Brown’s neck tattoo; Al Pacino/Joe Paterno biopic; gay football player; new trikes

–      The appearance of Bayer and Moynihan as Honey Boo Boo and Mama was hilarious and the commentary itself was also very funny. My favourite part was Moynihan saying he always looks like “a video that’s been paused in a weird spot.” Bobby was great but Bayer was equally as funny and she had a lot of infectious energy. You could even hear Seth laughing at one point while he was off-screen.

–      It was unexpected to see Seth MacFarlane show up as Olympian Ryan Lochte but he did a great job. At first it just felt like he was promoting NBC programs but he also mentioned a CBS show and American Dad so it’s all good. He had some funny moments for sure.

–      For a second, you could see a stage manager just underneath the desk before Seth began his commentary.

–      The final commentary featured the debut of Cecily Strong as a fiery Latina who comments on the ongoing election. This wasn’t actually all that great but Cecily did a solid job and I also enjoyed Pharoah doing a silent role as her Dominican boyfriend. There WERE a couple of funny moments like Cecily mentioning that some of her uncles should NOT be allowed in the country.

RATING: *** ½

 

SKETCH: Stuttering Drill Instructor (3:36)

–      This is another sketch that seems to be getting some flack as well. I actually enjoyed this sketch and the premise quite a bit mostly because of the build-up and it didn’t really feel as one-note as it should have felt.

–      Seth did a solid job here.

–      Kenan’s delivery of “A little bit that time!” made me laugh a lot for some reason. Moynihan’s performance was also great as well.

RATING: *** ½

 

SHOW: Steve Harvey (4:45)

–      This was the only sketch all night that I found to be weak. It had a few good lines but not enough to carry an entire segment. The line I did enjoy was Kenan explaining the three-pointed pocket square (“three titties like that girl in Total Recall”).

–      Kenan still did a solid job as Steve Harvey even if the impression wasn’t really 100% accurate.

–      I must admit that Seth’s white Steve Harvey look was pretty hilarious.

–      The ending was kinda funny too with the grand prize being a trip to Senegal to see a Tyler Perry film complete with armed security.

–      Was Vanessa Bayer laughing off-camera? Maybe that was part of her character.

RATING: **

 

SKETCH: Blind Date (3:09)

–      Thoroughly enjoyable and surprising considering the sketch’s slow start and how it seemingly was going nowhere. I also really appreciated that the sketch knew exactly when to end.

–      My favourite parts were Nasim saying she’s a tiny bird, Seth aborting a stereotypical impression of Kenan, Aidy’s one line, Nasim’s way of saying her sister is dead, Bill Hader’s strange waiter character, and the ending with Nasim telling Seth not to do Family Guy references (“We’re 30”).

RATING: *** ½

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Pyramids” (4:08)

–      This was a better performance than the first one. It also made me realize that I actually did like them both but I’ve just never seen anything quite like this guest before. Ocean did a solid job tonight.

 

COMMERCIAL: Wooden Spoon Warehouse (:57)

–      This HAD to have been written by MacFarlane. It felt like a Family Guy-esque throwaway gag but it worked because it wasn’t even a minute long and it was a very simple joke. I also liked the funny facial expression that Tim Robinson had the whole time.

–      My favourite letter translation was an S as “the river what took my son” followed by the brief pause.

RATING: ***

 

Goodnights

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Bill Hader/Vanessa Bayer/Jay Pharoah

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Very solid way to open the season with only a couple of blips on the quality radar and a good host in Seth MacFarlane. This episode was also a good indicator that we will be seeing a lot more of Vanessa Bayer, Jay Pharoah, and Bobby Moynihan especially because those three appeared in an awful lot tonight. As far as the new castmembers go, Aidy Bryant didn’t really do that much at all, Tim Robinson got a lot of supporting roles, and Cecily had a weak commentary but still performed it quite well. If this episode is any indication, I think we should be in for a good season.

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½