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(Season 38, Episode 13)

Bumper

 

WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

JUSTIN BIEBER: “Believe Acoustic” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Super Bowl XLVII (5:37)
Super Bowl

–      It was obvious that they would tackle the power outage at the Super Bowl in some form and while this sketch was not a classic, it was well-written. The best parts included Kenan’s constant plugging for 2 Broke Girls, Taran as the reporter on the field, and Jay’s whole bit about the team trying to decide who they should eat first after the power went out.

–      There was also a pretty great shocking moment here with Jay saying that Ray Lewis knows who killed those people “because it was him.” Also, Kenan finally confessing that he’s never seen 2 Broke Girls was a great way to end that running joke.

–      The quick commercial bit with Bill Hader was hilarious.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Justin Bieber (3:15)
Monologue

–      Justin seemed pretty nervous but he accounted himself fairly well despite all that.

–      It was a good idea to stick Kenan out there with Bieber and he was quite funny with his encouragement every time Justin would say something factually incorrect about Black History Month.

–      Whoopi Goldberg’s cameo was kinda strange. She didn’t really do anything either except being wooed on the stage by our host. Okay then.

–      I will say it once so I don’t repeat myself over and over again. The screaming girls in the audience are annoying and they were loud throughout the WHOLE night.

–      Mike O’Brien’s brief appearance in the audience was great.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SHOW: The Californians (5:47)
The Californians

–      Yes, I still like this sketch. This one, though, was probably the weakest of the bunch thus far though but I still enjoyed it.

–      Bieber was okay as the kid. His “Californian” accent actually wasn’t too bad.

–      Taran was hilarious as the gay Californian but it was Kate McKinnon’s accent that probably made me laugh the most.

–      Cecily Strong looked really good in this sketch.

–      The multiple close-ups of Hader (instead of the rest of the cast) was the best part.

RATING: ***

 

 

SKETCH: Bieber Decoys (5:15)
Bieber Decoys

–      This sketch was great and that had NOTHING to do with JB. I mostly enjoyed it because of the slams and insults they made towards him right in his face. My favourite was Sudeikis telling him that no one is buying him trying to act black.

–      Kate McKinnon returning as Ellen DeGeneres was a great little bit too. I was hoping she’d bring back her Ellen impression because of Justin Bieber hosting. I also liked the fact that Justin said that he looked like her the most.

–      Moynihan’s dance-off was amusing too, especially when after Justin showed his abs, Bobby deadpans, “Alright, good luck you guys!” and walks off.

–      Sudeikis was excellent in this sketch, especially when he was lamenting and grieving over his former client, Saddam Hussein (“Oh Saddam, you flew too close to the sun, didn’t you?”).

RATING: ****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Bravo Spin-Offs (2:26)
Bravo Spin-Offs

–      This was one of those pieces that just builds and builds and has enough rapid-fire segments that if one doesn’t work, the next one is bound to get a laugh or two.

–      I’d say my favourites were the Taran’s dentist show, Bobby’s limo driver show (“I drive men… crazy… and also to the airport”), A Coppola Coconuts (“…but we’re sluts”), and the Austrian dudes (Bieber, Hader, Sudeikis).

RATING: ***

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “As Long As You Love Me” (3:57)
Justin Bieber1

–      Blah blah blah. This was whatever. I’ll say that he was better than Maroon 5, Rihanna, and fun but that’s it.

–      His voice sounded like it was cracking at times.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (9:10)

Guests: King Richard III’s Best Friends From Growing Up and Corey the Only Black Guy in Every Commercial
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–      Best Jokes: Obama memo/just cause; background checks; Star Wars spin-offs; Boy Scouts/homosexual ban; Honey Boo Boo; Seagal training session; photo app

–      Armisen and Bayer bring back their Two Best Friends bit once again, this time for King Richard III. I thought it was kinda amusing that they picked someone who has been dead for quite some time but I am really starting to tire of this recurring commentary. Even Seth’s bit at the end wasn’t as funny as it usually is since it just involved him talking about his girlfriend rather than Tina Fey or the new castmembers.

–      Kenan as the one black guy in every commercial was great. The detail of Kenan needing to high-five every 12 seconds was funny as well as him appearing to be friendly and non-threatening. Seth obviously got a kick out of this one and Kenan cracked up a bit, which is pretty rare for him.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: 50s Romance (4:12)
50s Romance

–      This was another one of my favourites of the night, due mostly to the performances by Cecily and Aidy in particular.

–      I liked the premise here that Bieber’s character was stupid and immature. The best examples of this were him not knowing how doors work, how he thought there would be actual puppies in her blouse, and the bit about him putting his pants on backwards and saying, “look at me; my butt’s in front.”

–      The ending was also great too with Bieber telling Cecily that he’s only eleven with Cecily responding that she’s good with that.

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: The Miley Cyrus Show (4:30)
The Miley Cyrus Show

–      This was an interesting way to bring back the Miley Cyrus Show. I always like Bayer’s impression and Sudeikis is terrific as Billy Ray.

–      Moynihan’s drummer character finally has a name: Dale.

–      Bieber as the fan club president was pretty decent. I did like how he took a few shots at himself and the semi-apology was funny as well but mostly because of Bayer’s response about how she’s sorry too regarding her own drug experience.

–      I also liked the ending with the wedding clip and Billy Ray saying he can’t believe he’s just finding out about this.

RATING: ***

 

 

SKETCH: Protective Brother (5:42)
Protective Brother

–      Much like the firehouse sketch from the previous episode, I don’t think many other castmembers could have made this very simple premise work like Taran did here.

–      I will say that Bieber and Pedrad made a pretty cute couple and it makes sense that the writers used them in another sketch later on.

–      Taran was really good here like I said. His overall look and demeanour made me laugh a whole lot.

–      The first time the word “glice” came up I actually thought it was a real slip-up from Bieber which is something of a credit to his performance.

–      Taran actually had JB cracking up, which was also very funny.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS: A Sexy Valentine’s Day Message (1:41)
A Sexy Valentine's Day Message

–      This was somewhat amusing. I mostly liked it for Moynihan’s strange Taco character and the sexy dice that spelled out “fondle butt.”

RATING: ** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Nothing Like Us” (3:14)
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–      Sudeikis drew the short straw and had to introduce him, I guess.

–      Another whatever performance. Nothing to see here.

 

 

SKETCH: Valentine’s Dance (4:29)
Valentine's Dance

–      Another sketch with Pharoah playing the very strange Principal Frye, Bayer as the emcee, and Kenan as the angry gym teacher. This was a pretty decent one and it’s funny how these sketches always get pushed to the back end of the show.

–      Again, Nasim and Justin played a couple here and they had some great chemistry. Nasim was especially funny here with her orgasmic reaction to having her shoulder touched and her answering in the affirmative was funny.

–      What was up with the microphone bit with Pharoah suddenly grabbing a working mic out of his jacket?

–      Kenan was great again here too; he’s been having a really good night in general.

RATING: ***

 

 

Goodnights
goodnights

 

 

BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Kenan Thompson

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? On the contrary, I found this episode to be quite funny with a mostly-decent performance from Justin Bieber as the host (although he didn’t reall improve or hinder any sketches) and some great work by the cast this week, of which it will be hard to pick one stand-out. Nothing was really bad this week either; solid stuff.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: *** ½ 


by Brendan Wahl

(Season 37, Episode 21)

The Show:

1. Biden’s Room (5:11)

Joe Biden (Sudeikis) is furious with President Obama (Armisen) and stays trapped in his own room where he complains that Barack is getting all the press for agreeing with gay marriage even though Joe said he did first. After having a hissy fit, Joe consults with his friend George W. Bush (Ferrell), who’s been trapped in his closet the entire time.

– Very creative way to open the show whilst still mentioning the whole Obama/gay marriage thing that’s been all over the news lately.
– Of course, it was awesome to see Ferrell do his George W. Bush impression but the highlight here was Jason Sudeikis’ portrayal of Joe Biden (which is always great anyways) as an angsty teenager rather than just his usual funny performance as the vice president.
– My favourite parts were Biden’s whole scene with Obama, Ferrell saying that they’re all “gut and balls,” Ferrell referring to Dick Cheney as “President Cheney,” and the bit with the literal/figurative fire.
Rating: *****

2. Monologue (3:55)

Will decides to go off-script and has Wally lower the cue cards so he can talk to his mother (the real deal!) on-stage with it being Mother’s Day in 30 minutes.

– Will seemed a little under the weather here as did he throughout the whole show.
– This was a funny start to the show and I liked Will’s stumbly-bumbly “unscripted” dialogue towards his mother. I can’t really explain more specifics than that but let’s just say that I really enjoyed this.
Rating: *** 1/2

3. One-A-Day Extra Strength Nasaflu (1:50)

A woman (Wiig) tries to advertise the new nasal congestion medication but her husband’s (Ferrell) incessant and obnoxious sneezing is too much for her to handle.

– This was a simple one-joke premise but it was fairly short and Will’s crazy sneeze yelling was enough to carry it and make for a funny segment.
– Kristen makes for a good victim.
Rating: ***

4. Alternative Prom (5:32)

Marty Culp (Ferrell) and Bobbi Mohan-Culp (Ana Gasteyer!) are back and this time are DJ’ing a prom to sing about LGBT rights to the tune of several current pop songs.

– I never thought I would see these characters back again but it was delightful to see Ana Gasteyer return to join Will Ferrell for these wonderful recurring characters that I’ve always enjoyed.
– The singing itself was fun of course (the LMFAO bit was great) but the dialogue beforehand was also very funny like usual.
– Ana has aged pretty gracefully.
Rating: ****

5. Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994 (6:20)

Pete Twinkle (Sudeikis) and the dim-witted Greg Stink (Will Forte!) provide commentary for a ladies golf competition while quipping some inappropriate taglines for Stay Free Maxi Pads. At the same time, the O.J. Simpson case is ongoing and on-the-scene reporter Randy Feather (Ferrell) is having some audio problems.

– I always liked these sketches and I enjoyed this one a whole lot thanks to the fun and inappropriate taglines (“when your uterine lining looks like the elevator from The Shining“) and especially the format-bending stuff with Will Ferrell as the reporter.
– It sure was nice to see Will Forte return… and actually get the recognition applause he deserved that he didn’t get with his previous cameo appearance. He got some great laughs like usual in these sketches and I especially liked his comments about his wife leaving him.
–  Ferrell’s comments while waiting for his feed to begin was quite funny as was Jason setting up the clip (“once again, it’s 1994”).
Rating: *** 1/2

6. Digital Short: The 100th Digital Short (3:26)

To commemorate the 100th short that they’ve made together, Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Justin Bieber welcome a number of former guests like Michael Bolton, Natalie Portman, and Julian Casablancas as well as characters like Sergio (Jon Hamm) and the other half of the “Dick in a Box” guys (Justin Timberlake). They proceed to suck their own dicks metaphorically and literally in praise of their own accomplishments.

– This was wonderful; it was a brilliant way to commemorate the 100th short and a perfect send-off if this is really to be Andy Samberg’s final season and the end of these digital shorts.
– Even though we’ve seen all these characters/impressions before, it was still hilarious to see all the references to past shorts while Samberg and co. admitted to pretty much pleasuring themselves with all the self-referential shit.
– I like the bit about all of them being written by Lorne Michaels and his random cameo.
Rating: **** 1/2

7. Usher sings “Scream” (3:52)

– Ferrell always has the best outfits as he introduces the musical guests.
– This performance was actually pretty good and Usher relied a bit more on the singing rather than dancing this time.

8. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (9:55)
Guest: Get in the Cage with Liam Neeson

Best Jokes: Obama/gay marriage; Limbaugh/traditional marriage; turtle’s shell; snakes in Guam

– I gotta admire Seth’s devotion to the Michael Phelps joke.
– Seth’s “Really!?!” segment on the TIME Magazine cover was hilarious and him pointing out how creepy the photo is just had me laughing and nodding the whole time. My favourites were the Psycho bit and the part where he photoshops the chair out of the picture.
– Andy brings back his Get in the Cage segment with guest Liam Neeson. It was a decent segment but I really think they should’ve ended this recurring bit on the highest note it reached with the real Nicolas Cage. They repeated a lot of the jokes that they usually do in this segment but some of the stuff was still hilarious like Cage explaining the plot for his new film based on the game “Hungry, Hungry Hippos.” The testicles’ nicknames being Liam Neeson characters was great. I also loved the John Travolta line and it ended the segment on a hilarious note.
Rating: *** 1/2

9. The 2012 Funkytown Debate (5:24)

On C-SPAN, Michael “Monkey Sweat” James (Killam) emcees a debate in Funkytown between incumbent mayor Dr. Silky Delicious (Thompson), Captain Catfish (Ferrell), and straight-laced Janet Nichols (Pedrad).

– This was quite an odd sketch and I give them credit for at least trying to do something unique but that certainly didn’t result in it being funny whatsoever.
– I guess I lightly chuckled at Ferrell’s cabinet and Usher’s dance moves were put to good use here as Mr. Galactic Fantastic but that was about it.
– This may be the worst sketch of the season or at least in the top ten.
Rating: *

10. Broadway Sizzle (5:23)

A recently divorced couple (Hader & Wiig) host a program in which several performers (Ferrell, Moynihan, & Thompson) do some of their best Broadway performances on-stage in an effort to get some recognition.

– This was another head-scratcher. While it wasn’t as bad as the previous sketch, it was still lacking in humour somewhat. Ferrell’s part was okay but I didn’t really get what the main joke of his segment was supposed to be.
– Kenan’s part was strange. Was the song supposed to be funny on its own?
– Will constantly realizing that he’s singing women parts was somewhat amusing.
– Bobby Moynihan made me laugh with his brief bit.
Rating: **

11. Usher sings “Climax” (3:50)

– Another decent performance. At least Usher uses his real voice rather than auto-tune or something stupid like that.

12. Anniversary Toast (5:18)

An anniversary toast is interrupted by several uninvited party guests like a professional psychic (Ferrell), the rock & roll shorts guy (Armisen), Hamilton (Will Forte), Gail (Wiig), the very strange Reg (Killam), and of course microphone guy (Moynihan).

– I didn’t expect this sketch to make a comeback but it was fine anyway. There were some parts that didn’t work but a good portion of it did and it was a nice break after the previous two bad sketches.
– Wiig was funnier here than she was in the other sketches like this.
– Taran’s character was hilarious but for me, I was most happy with Will Forte bringing back Hamilton and his insane right-wing nuttery.
Rating: ***

13. Almost Pizza (1:19)

– Repeat from Sofia Vergara/One Direction (4/7/12).

14. Goodnights

OVERALL: Well, aside from two bad segments in the post-Update slot, this was a pretty good show but slightly disappointing for an episode hosted by Will Ferrell. There was no Jeopardy! sketch which I half-expected anyway but once the episode entered the second half, it seemed to lose a lot of the energy it had built up to that point and ended on a bit of a lower note. Still, it was solid all-in-all.

 

BREAKDOWN:

HOST: WILL FERRELL – 9 segments (Biden’s Room; Monologue; One-A-Day Extra Strength Nasaflu; Alternative Prom; Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; The 100th Digital Short; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Broadway Sizzle; Anniversary Toast)
MUSICAL GUEST: USHER – 2 segments (The 100th Digital Short; The 2012 Funkytown Debate)

CAMEOS: KAY FERRELL – 1 segment (Monologue)
WILL FORTE – 2 segments (Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; Anniversary Toast)
ANA GASTEYER – 1 segment (Alternative Prom)
LIAM NEESON – 1 segment (Weekend Update)

FILMED CAMEOS: JUSTIN BIEBER – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)
MICHAEL BOLTON – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)
JULIAN CASABLANCAS – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)
JON HAMM – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)
NATALIE PORTMAN – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – 1 segment (The 100th Digital Short)

FRED ARMISEN – 4 segments (Biden’s Room; The 100th Digital Short; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Anniversary Toast)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 2 segments (Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; The 2012 Funkytown Debate)
BILL HADER – 3 segments (Broadway Sizzle; Anniversary Toast; Almost Pizza)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 3 segments (The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Broadway Sizzle; Anniversary Toast)
NASIM PEDRAD – 2 segments (The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Almost Pizza)
ANDY SAMBERG – 3 segments (The 100th Digital Short [6 roles]; Weekend Update; The 2012 Funkytown Debate)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 3 segments (Biden’s Room; Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; Anniversary Toast)
KENAN THOMPSON – 4 segments (Alternative Prom; The 100th Digital Short; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Broadway Sizzle)
KRISTEN WIIG – 7 segments (One-A-Day Extra Strength Nasaflu; Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; The 100th Digital Short; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Broadway Sizzle; Anniversary Toast; Almost Pizza)

VANESSA BAYER – 3 segments (Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Anniversary Toast)
TARAN KILLAM – 3 segments (Biden’s Room; The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Anniversary Toast)
KATE MCKINNON – 2 segments (The 2012 Funkytown Debate; Anniversary Toast)
JAY PHAROAH – 1 segment (The 2012 Funkytown Debate)

EPISODE MVP: Jason Sudeikis


by Brendan Wahl

(Season 36, Episode 16)

Well, it has happened, ladies and gentlemen. I never thought I would see the day but Hannah Montana herself has finally been pegged to host the show that has so mercilessly mocked her with Vanessa Bayer’s hilarious impression and several jokes about her bong video. Okay, so maybe Saturday Night Live hasn’t been horrible towards Miley Cyrus but I mean, what do you have to run with besides her creepy/borderline obsessive father and her videotaped indiscrepancies.

Despite the public outcry, Miley will indeed put her acting chops to the test when she tries out comedy that is NOT Disney. Joining Cyrus is the Strokes, who seem to be on the brink of a comeback with their latest CD, Angles. I enjoy them so this is an aspect of the show that I am very much so looking forward to.

Gambling time!

The Show:

1. Duh! Winning! (6:05)
Cyrus, Armisen, Elliott, Hader, Killam

It was a foregone conclusion that SNL would take a swipe at Charlie Sheen. After weeks and weeks of his insane (and I do mean, BAT-SHIT insane) ramblings and interviews, Charlie (Hader) hosts a show in which he talks to fellow messed-up celebrities/third-rate famous people in order to compare notes. Included are his bandleader Christina Aguilera (Elliott), who has also had her problems with the National Anthem and then was arrested for public intoxication. Guests include Hitler sympathizer John Galliano (Killam), crazy dictator Muammer Kaddafi (Armisen), and troublesome partygoer Lindsay Lohan (Cyrus). This was not a home-run as might have been expected but it was still quite funny and Miley’s Lohan impression was pretty damn good too. Loved the e-mail from Gary Busey, too. B+

2. Monologue (2:22)
Cyrus, Moynihan, Wiig

Miley brings up her indiscretions in song (such as the insanely horrendous deed of smoking salvia) and then notes that there were many other celebrities who did far worse things than just show a little side boob or kiss their boyfriend in a picture. She makes a point and it’s a good little monologue with some fun accompaniment from Bobby and Kristen. B

3. Baby Spanx (1:03)
-Hader, Sudeikis, Thompson, Wiig, Bayer, Pedrad

Repeat from 10/23/10. However, they took out the “tabby spanx” part at the end, I noticed. PETA complaint? B+

4. Our Time! (5:47)
Cyrus, Elliott, Samberg, Thompson, Pharoah

Finally, the two members of the Black-Eyed Peas that no one really knows (Taboo and apl.de.ap) get the spotlight and host their own show. Of course, it isn’t long before Will.i.am (Pharoah) and Fergie (Cyrus) interrupt to hog the spotlight and see if they’re needed. If this is the start of a recurring sketch, I’m all for it. Samberg and Kenan’s chemistry together has been proven already with those banal Deep House Dish sketches and at least this time, they have better material to work with with these underappreciated background singers (let’s face it, that’s what they are) as they interview equally unimportant celebrities like Khloe Kardashian (Elliott). B+

5. The Essentials: The Sound of Music (5:02)
-Cyrus, Armisen, Elliott, Hader, Moynihan, Samberg, Sudeikis, Wiig, Bayer, Killam, Pedrad

Jason Sudeikis gets to put his great Robert Osborne impression to work again as the host of the series that features famous films with deleted scenes that just never made sense. This week, we get Mexican comedian Richie Inez Jr. (Armisen) making an awkward appearance in The Sound of Music as one of the Von Trapp children. If you must know, Miley appears as one of the children in love with a boy (Samberg). She didn’t do too much here as it was Armisen that ran away with this purposely stereotypical role. I particularly liked Samberg’s reaction to Richie’s comedy and the crowd of Nazis in one scene. It was nothing too outstanding, but it was a decent enough edition of the sketch. B-

6. The Disney Channel Acting School (2:19)
Cyrus, Elliott, Moynihan, Thompson, Brittain, Killam

Miley takes her reputation to task in this jokey commercial, advertising the art of acting on the eponymous family channel. Of course, it shows various aspects of shows like Hannah Montana and the art of speaking louder than the person who previously spoke, disrespect any authority figure, and spying in a doorway (my favourite). This was tremendous and proved that Miley was more than willing to poke fun at her image. A

7. The Miley Cyrus Show (4:50)
Cyrus, Sudeikis, Bayer, Killam

Here we go! This is what most people were looking forward to if they would have to endure Miley Cyrus hosting the episode. In this edition of the show, Miley (Bayer) does a “famous celebrity impression” of Charlie Sheen and then quickly introduces her guest, Justin Bieber (Cyrus). Miley does a pretty great impression of Bieber along with her swagger coach, Be-Bop (Killam) and the interaction between host and guest is “pretty cool” as well. Of course, Billy Ray (Sudeikis) chimes in with some great lines as well and the clip is good as per usual. It was awesome to see both Miley and “Miley” sing the theme too. A-

8. The Strokes sing “Under Cover of Darkness” (3:53)

Julian and co. sing the hit off their new album and… the verdict is… it’s great! The Strokes haven’t lost a step as they deliver a great new song and then some. A

9. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers (13:09)
-Also: Bobby Moynihan and Jason Sudeikis

After a brilliant start in which Seth chastises the Charlie Sheen story for coming up too early, Meyers settles in and delivers zinger after zinger with not a break to take a breath in sight. His highlights this week? Seth’s rant about the discovery of Legionnaire’s Disease at the Playboy Mansion is a gas, but his bit on the man losing weight by placing a robot in his stomach takes the cake this week (“No salad?” “Nah, robot.”) Seth’s Sheen jokes are pretty great too and it leads into another edition of Winners/Losers, which is also fantastic. The guest commentaries this week are equally great as the Devil (Sudeikis) stops by to comment on his recent evildoings and then announces how even he doesn’t agree with the Westboro Baptist Church, who are going straight to hell. Jason excels at this new character as his smarmy charm takes over and he delivers some top-notch work here once again. Anthony Crispino (Moynihan) is the other commentator and he never fails to entertain me with his second-hand news, particularly this week’s edition considering how he has no idea about the whole slew of Charlie Sheen news. Flawless edition of Update. A+

10. Les Jeunes de Paris (3:21)
Cyrus, Elliott, Moynihan, Samberg, Wiig, Brittain, Killam, Pedrad

Making its return after the Stone/KOL broadcast, Killam’s original Groundlings creation takes place again. Basically, a bunch of french people dance around with a perfectly choreographed dance number. This sketch is fantastic just for the amazing detail that goes into the choreography and the performances of all involved, specifically Taran Killam as the main dancer, Francois. A

11. Beastly (1:14)
Cyrus, Samberg, Brittain, Pedrad

Remember that trailer with Andy Samberg as the creepy roommate of Justin Bieber, who turns out murderous? Well, this is the same idea except that Declan takes the role of the main character in a mock-up of Beastly and has some pretty fun interaction with our host. Pretty funny stuff and it’s kept short. B+

12. Rock-A-Billy Lady Party Moisturizing Facial Cream (3:45)
Cyrus, Wiig

In the same vein of Spa Talk from the Eisenberg episode and A Spot of Tea from the Russell Brand one, we get another sketch to add to the “WTF” pile. In this commercial, two women (Cyrus & Wiig) with puffy 80s hair advertise their facial cream and rock-a-billy CDs, which will complement each other and help your life out. This was such a bizarre sketch but I liked it based on the strength of the performances from the two stars here plus the writing was absolutely absurd. I seem to be in the minority on these really weird bits. A-

13. The Strokes sing “Life Is Simple In The Moonlight” (4:06)

Another big number for the Strokes and another success. Casablancas’ vocals are no match for the instrumental section on this song, but it’s still an entertaining song by a great band. B+

14. Ginger Rangers (3:04)
Cyrus, Elliott, Moynihan, Thompson, Wiig, Bayer, Brittain, Killam

What starts out as a simple performance on a cruise line launches into something more crude, as the songstress Ginger Rangers (Miley) proceeds to sing about how disgusting she finds all of the older passengers (Elliott, Moynihan, Thompson, Wiig, Bayer, Killam) in the audience to be. Cyrus starting up “You people are gross to me” as a musical number was hilarious as was the interaction between Ginger and the “almost handsome” passenger, as played by the versatile Taran Killam. Mark my words. TK is going to be a big-time player. Paul’s line was pretty funny too. B

15. CBS: Gurney Month (1:07)
-Killam (voice)

Taking a well-deserved shot at all the “corpse” shows that CBS now has (CSI/NCIS/Mentalist), this quick commercial parody introduces the new upcoming shows in the same manner such as Two and a Half Dead Bodies. It’s a topical piece that packs a punch. A-

Miley thanks the Strokes and SNL for having her before waving goodbye and embracing everyone on-stage.

Miley surprised everyone and was a very capable host. The Strokes were great. There was a serious lack of unfunny material tonight. Taran Killam continues to come into his own. All is well. This episode continues the terrific roll that Season 36 continues to be on essentially since Poehler/Perry.

Sorry for the lack of closing comments, but I am very tired.

Host Rating: B+
Musical Guest Rating: A-
Show Rating: A-


I think one of the only times in history where someone said they were going to actually play a particular role on an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live was during the lead-up to last night’s show. Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Tina told her former Weekend Update co-anchor that, yes, she would be reprising her role as Sarah Palin in a sketch on Saturday Night Live. Joy rang through the streets and a lot of hype centered around where Fey’s Palin would fit into the night’s festivities.

Having Tina Fey back to host the show was an idea that caused some questioning back in 2008 when she hosted for the first time, but she went above and beyond to provide a number of fun performances in an above-average episode. Having her come back for a second time got my hopes up real high!

Unfortunately, Justin Bieber is also there to make an appearance as musical guest and according to several sources, he was prepared to appear in a few sketches as well with his ultimate goal to be in a digital short with Andy Samberg. But really, Bieber needs to stop singing and leave the planet, so that is that.

Let’s dive in!

The Show:

1. The Census

El Presidente (Armisen) makes an appearance to discuss the census for 2010 and informs the public in his very calming, soothing voice the many questions that are asked on the form. Included are inquiries as to the location of any health care opposers in the household, available weapons should there be any problems with those people, and other suspiciously right-wing sounding ideas. It’s actually one of the better political pieces they’ve done with just Obama. A-

2. Monologue

This is where I expected the strongest section of the night to be and sure enough, Tina brought the goods by talking about her hectic work schedule and then introducing several people like her tax lawyer Steve Martin (yes, that one!), Bieber, and Mark Sanchez playing the role of her husband. Will Forte and Kenan also had a couple of funny roles here as well. Aces. A

3. Brownie Husband

The ultimate lonely-woman treat, a life-sized husband made entirely out of Duncan Hines brownie mix. Tina here plays a Liz Lemon-like character, who does all sorts of things with this inanimate husband. The best part is the “liquid goo” center. B+

4. The Masters

Ahh, yes. Knew there had to be a Tiger Woods sketch in here somewhere around the first hour. Indeed, Tiger makes his return to the Masters and all that new golf announcer Ashlyn St. Cloud (Fey) can talk about is his scandal and after noticing what he actually looks like, realizes that yep, she’s slept with him. B+

5. Sarah Palin Network

Tina reprises her famous impression of Sarah Palin and advertises her new network featuring “subtle” criticisms of Obama’s death panels, husband Todd fighting crime on a snowmobile, a 30 Rock parody with Stephen Baldwin, and many more hilarious bits. This was easily the best sketch of the night with Fey’s Palin absolutely killing and many of the parodies being bang-on. A+

6. Lonely Teacher

Fey plays lonely Miss Delancey, who develops a crush on one of her students (Bieber) and has extended fantasies of them singing to each other seductively. It was a little bit creepy to have Bieber trying to seduce Tina Fey, but Tina’s performance here makes it work especially various little tidbits like how she put wine in her cereal. B

7. Justin Bieber sings “Baby”

Okay, so Bieber has a number of male backup dancers that have to all at least be 25. That’s a little weird. Plus, this song almost just features Bieber repeating the word “baby” about ten thousand times like a trendy pop band. D

8. Weekend Update with Seth Meyers

Another stellar edition of Update this week. This time, Seth welcomes the Devil (Sudeikis), who confirms that anytime a priest touches a child, it is NOT his work and in fact he is appalled by the act. Also joining Seth this week is Aunt Linda (Wiig) after almost a year-and-a-half absence to humourously rant on some of the newest releases. The best commentary, however, comes at the end with Fey presenting another edition of Women’s News, mostly focusing on the Sandra Bullock/Jesse James incident. Her description of Bombshell Mcgee as a “7th grader’s binder in metal shop class” is the icing on the cake. Seth also had some great stuff this week too, including dismissing the priest/children molestation cases as water cooler talk. A+

9. Ruff, Rugged and Roker

Everyone’s favourite weatherman Al Roker (Thompson) hosts an alternate show in the wee hours of the morning from a dingy nightclub and then quickly switches to ‘weather mode’ when they need him for Today. The split personality of Roker as straight-laced newsman and then party animal who’s trying to find some weed makes for a pretty funny sketch and Tina Fey’s Dina Lohan is amusing too. B+

10. School Dance

A young girl (Pedrad) is somewhat of a wreck at her school dance as all she wants to do is hang out with her mom (Fey) chaperoning. After making awkward small talk with several boys around the dance, she finally connects with one of them (Bieber). Some might disagree, but I think this one definitely played for laughs but at the same time, I think it went for sentiment as well and I definitely liked that section of the sketch too. A-

11. Justin Bieber sings “U Smile”

I think this is the one where Justin rapped. To be honest, I don’t really care. I’m sorry. C+

12. Tiny Hooker

After alluding to this sketch earlier on Update, Fey indeed plays a tiny hooker who stops in for a drink at the bar after some depression after not being able to make ends meet. I don’t really know how to further describe this one, but it’s pretty damn funny. A-

Tina thanks one and all for coming out and waves goodnight as the show comes to a close.

Well, that was another stellar performance from Fey in what turned out to be one of the most original broadcasts of this season as there was only one recurring character in the form of Aunt Linda and a handful of impressions. Tina proved tonight she is a comedy goddess and based on this and her other episode, she should be invited back frequently to host.

Justin Bieber, on the other hand, was not nearly as good. Let’s just never mention him again.

Host Rating: A-

Musical Guest Rating: D

Show Rating: A-