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(Season 38, Episode 17)
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WHAT THEY’RE PROMOTING:

 

MELISSA MCCARTHY: “Mike & Molly” (Season 3)

PHOENIX: “Bankrupt!” (album)

 

 

COLD OPENING: Kim Jong-un Press Conference (4:46)
Kim Jong-un Press Conference

–      Love Bobby as Kim Jong-un. Reminds me of when Amy Poehler would play Kim Jong Il. That shit was pretty funny too.

–      The audience really seemed to like Bobby’s fake Korean dialogue.

–      The same-sex marriage thing was pretty funny but overall this opening didn’t have a whole lot of laughs. I’ll give it points for effort.

–      Dennis Rodman’s cameo was pretty amusing but man, did he ever butcher that LFNY delivery at the end of the sketch.

RATING: ** ½

 

 

MONOLOGUE: Melissa McCarthy (4:14)
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–      This was hilarious. I thought McCarthy’s monologue the first time was only okay but this was absolutely perfect and I like how the monologue stopped and restarted near the beginning and how Melissa got the band involved in it a bit.

–      Taran teasing the fact that they were going to do a song was great too and a nice little nod to the fact that there have been a lot of musical monologues lately.

–      The physical humour with Melissa’s heels and her slow falling on the stage was perfect. She is such a gifted comedic actress as well as being a tremendous physical comic as well.

–      Melissa’s comment about the floor smelling “like a lot of musicians” was a hilarious small moment. I also liked her attempts at lame observational humour like asking, “What’s up with North Korea?” and her great remarks about how she’s “primarily in a Croc.”

RATING: ****

 

 

SHOW: Outside the Lines (4:58)
Outside the Lines

–      Fantastic sketch with my favourite Melissa McCarthy performance of the night (and that’s saying a lot!). Pretty much anytime she showed up on-screen as the super-violent basketball coach she had me laughing my ass off.

–      Hader was a great straight man sportscaster.

–      During Jay’s interview, the look through the window was hilarious.

–      One of my favourite moments was Melissa tasing Moynihan’s teacher character over and over again. A close second was the scene with Melissa tossing a toaster at one of her players followed by the part with Melissa imitating Hader’s character.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

SHOW: The Voice (4:31)
The Voice

–      This was pretty funny with good performances from Bill, Jay, Kate, and Jason as the judges and solid work as usual from our host.

–      Taran staring creepily at the camera while playing Carson Daly was amusing.

–      Melissa’s actual singing performance was really funny too, especially her quickly saying, “I’m done” after she finished.

–      The best of all the impressions was definitely Jason as Blake Shelton and Kate as Shakira. Melissa’s incredulous facial reactions to Shakira’s broken english was perfect too and only added to how great those parts were in the sketch.

–      The ending was great with Kenan randomly showing up as Cee Lo Green.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

SKETCH: Honey-Baked Ham Bake-Off (3:28)
Honey-Baked Ham Bake-Off

–      Okay, this was all about the ridiculous musical number from Melissa, Taran and Bobby in which case it definitely delivered. I also liked Sudeikis as the dorky announcer.

–      I also got some huge laughs out of Melissa saying “ham” every so often.

RATING: ****

 

 

COMMERCIAL: Bathroom Businessman (1:43)
Bathroom Businessman

–      Kenan led this commercial piece very well. One of his better performances in a while. I really loved his goofy delivery of the line, “I’m flushing my career down the toilet!”

–      His facial reaction when he shit his pants was also hilarious.

–      The twist with the whole thing being an ad for decency was hilarious.

RATING: *** ½

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Entertainment” (3:40)
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–      I liked them just as much as I did when they first appeared back in Season 34, which is to say, I liked them quite a bit. Good tune.

 

 

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (14:44)

Guests: Jacob, Charles Barkley, and Drunk Uncle (with Peter Drunklage)
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–      Best Jokes: Florida’s 500th anniversary; six rings; smaller airplane bathroom; Walmart; Naked and Afraid; Target/offensive label

–      I was glad to see Bayer bring her Jacob character back even though it was essentially more of the same thing that she did during her previous commentary. I still like her stilted way of reading from the book as if she’s doing a rehearsed speech with all the cheap jokes thrown in as well.

–      It was good to see Kenan bring his Charles Barkley impression back and this was another funny commentary. I liked how he went over his gambling losses and how he is gonna be screwed cause he didn’t even think Wichita was a state and that he betted that there were witches in Wichita as well.

–      I love Drunk Uncle and his appearance was hilarious as usual. Peter Dinklage showing up and joining him as “Peter Drunklage” was classic as well and he even had one of the better comments, saying “you know what’s on my Tumblr? Regret…” The sudden breaking into song makes me laugh every time as well.

RATING: ****

 

 

GAMESHOW: Million Dollar Wheel (4:10)
Million Dollar Wheel

–      This was probably the weaker Melissa character piece of the night but I still thought it was decent thanks to her spirited performance. I liked when she got mad at Nasim as well for trying to help her.

–      Hader was also perfect here as the straight man gameshow host.

–      Poor Tim Robinson got no lines at all here.

–      Fred guessing the wrong answer was also pretty amusing.

RATING: ***

 

 

SKETCH: Bank Loan (5:59)
Bank Loan

–      This was a lot of fun. I loved Melissa’s performance in this (I sound like a broken record) and Sudeikis played off her perfectly as well. They made a great pair as did they during the last time she hosted as well.

–      The detail with Melissa repeatedly giving Sudeikis pens to sign her cheque was great, especially when Suds finally started flipping out and knocking the pens out of her hand.

–      There seemed to be a lot of ad-libbing here but it was quite funny. I liked Melissa saying “excuse me” and Suds noting that she didn’t have to excuse herself for a chair.

–      The ending was ridiculous but also funny.

RATING: ****

 

 

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Trying to Be Cool” & “Drakkar Noir” (4:03)
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–      Another entertaining performance, this one seemed to be a medley of two of their hits from the latest CD.

 

 

SHOW: The Art of the Encounter (3:54)
The Art of the Encounter

–      This HAD to have been written by Kevin McDonald. It felt exactly like a sketch from Kids in the Hall infused with a bit of SNL humour as well.

–      I love how the premise featured the idea of dating in the nineties without any rhyme or reason.

–      Melissa and Killam had excellent non-chemistry here and their scenes made me laugh every single time, especially how they ended it with Melissa asking if she could do the splits on his face.

–      The costume department should be praised here as well. They went all out with this one.

–      When they started making out with their dates at the end… hilarious as well. Great capper.

RATING: **** ½

 

 

Goodnights
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BEST PERFORMER(S) OF THE NIGHT:

–      Melissa McCarthy/Taran Killam/Jason Sudeikis

 

 

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This was a really great show. I’d probably name it 3rd best of the season thus far. Melissa McCarthy was an outstanding host of course just as we all expected and she pretty much led every single sketch even though she wasn’t usually the only one getting all the laughs. Taran and Jason stood out in the cast this week but if I had to name a runner-up, it would be tough because a lot of other castmembers did some really solid work this week.

 

TONIGHT’S RATING: ****

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Sorry it’s been so long folks! The Ben Stiller/Foster the People review is soon to come!

(Season 37, Episode 2)

Cold Opening: The Lawrence Welk Show (4:41)

Another mildly enjoyable episode of the old television staple sees Junice (Wiig) cause her usual mayhem with her tiny hands and ugly face along with her cousin Gertie (McCarthy).
– For the first recurring sketch of the season, they finally did something interesting with this and make the host a grotesque figure rather than the straight man to Kristen Wiig’s goofy antics.
– Taran was probably the best straight man they’ve ever had for these sketches. He was suited perfectly for the part.
– My favourite bits were the “kick the crow” part, Fred’s comment about the longest and dirtiest fingerlake. Fred’s offended reaction to one of Taran’s cheesy jokes, and Kristen and Melissa feeling up the scarecrow.
Rating: *** ½

Monologue (4:43)

After teasing the audience that she’s going to start dancing, Melissa brings on a bunch of backup dancers. After dismissing the girls as being amateur, she brings out Kristen and they then continue teasing that they’re going to dance. When it comes time for the big number, the two ladies disappear behind a screen and “their” silhouettes put on a show.

– I kinda liked this and I’m not one to immediately dismiss a certain type of monologue just cause it gets recycled a lot, but this took quite a while to really get going. I appreciate the effort though.
– I did like the mention of the “sink scene” in Bridesmaids disturbing her kids.
– The silhouette part was pretty funny.
Rating: ** ½

Lil’ Poundcake (1:18)

The new children’s doll that administers HPV shots at the same time to young girls.

– Delightfully dark parody. The source material (aka the “brilliant” mind of Rick Perry) is scarier than this product.
Rating: ****

Office Flirt (6:51)

A rather obese and flirtatious woman, Arlene (McCarthy) spends her time at the office hitting on Tim (Sudeikis), one of her officemates.

– This was a great way to showcase Melissa’s physical comedy skills. She was a ball of energy in this sketch and made me laugh with almost everything she did, including rubbing Jason’s tie all over her chest and her dialing her own breasts.
– Jason was a great straight man like always and I especially liked his reaction to Melissa motioning for him to take off his ring and when she says that she only settled for him.
– Hey, Jay Pharoah! Good to see him after his non-appearance during the premiere.
– The balloon popping at the end was insane. She is like the drug-less female version of Chris Farley.
Rating: *** ½

Digital Short: Stomp (2:29)

One police officer’s (Hader) boredom is put to rest when the entire precinct turns everything into a big musical number. The Blue Man Group attack and are mistaken for aliens and thus are brought down in a hail of gunfire. I really don’t know how else to describe this insanely random short.

– Like I said in the description, this short was so strange. I’m used to most of these being offbeat or a little odd but this one went off the deep end.
– I loved the look on Sudeikis’ face when he pressed the fax machine buttons.
– The Blue Man Group part was the strangest bit and the shooting went on for way too long. The ending after that was good though.
Rating: ** ½

The Comments Section (5:08)

Snarky internet commenters (McCarthy, Moynihan, & Killam) are put in their place on a talk show hosted by a man (Sudeikis) that plans on showing them just how uncomfortable they get when faced with confrontation.

– This was pretty damn funny, especially Melissa’s character as DaTruf. I loved the way in which she claimed to be a lawyer and then quickly admitted to that being a lie.
– I love that Taran was in this too because he was hilarious like always but I also liked Moynihan’s delivery as well, especially when Nasim confronted him as the elderly woman.
– Again, Jason rocked in this sketch and I especially liked him asking about Taran’s girlfriend and then adding that he was just kidding because he knows he doesn’t really have one.
– He random ending with Bill punching everyone was hilarious.
Rating: ****

Chris Rock in Rock’s Way (2:00)

Chris Rock (Pharoah) highlights the latest stage extravaganza featuring a number of Shakespeare plays acted in his typical style of crass foul-mouthed hilarity.

– This was a great commercial piece featuring another fantastic impression from Jay Pharoah.
– I love how the other actors just stopped acting at times and stood back and laughed at Rock’s jokes. My favourite reactions were from the children after the joke about crack/cocaine.
– The comments from the theatregoers were funny, especially from Taran saying it’s “blacktacular” and then his little sly smile afterwards.
Rating: ****

Lady Antebellum sing “We Owned the Night” (2:59)

– Pretty enjoyable performance here. Their melding of country and bluegrass folk was a palpable combination that was quite listenable.
– 2 for 2 for musical guests so far.

WEEKEND UPDATE with Seth Meyers (10:53)

Guests: Khaddafi’s two best friends from growing up and Tyler Perry

Best Jokes: Chris Christie/president; Obama/mic drop; Nancy Grace; kindle fire; France/unsafe sex; cocaine; planes/TV shows






– The commentary from Khaddafi’s best friends was pretty similar to the first appearance by them but Fred and Vanessa usually hace no problem garnering some laughs out of this. This one was no different. I also really liked Seth’s bit at the end about the new head of NBC and Bayer saying “Seth Meyers, everybody!”
– Kenan’s Tyler Perry was also quite funny especially the part with Kenan saying the name of his next film very casually. I also liked him saying that people may have seen his films “or you may be white.” Great job, KT!
Rating: ****

Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group (6:17)

A number of testers (McCarthy, Elliott, & Killam) try out the new Hidden Valley Ranch dressing as the instructor (Moynihan) gauges their reactions and tries to have them help him come up with a catchy slogan. One woman in particular (McCarthy) is extremely obnoxious and causes problems for everyone in the room.

– Much like the flirting sketch from earlier, Melissa was given another chance to do physical comedy and she really ran with it.
– Abby was a good straight character here and I thought her dynamic with Melissa was one of the funniest parts of this sketch.
– The best parts were Melissa  trying to come up with various slogans for the dressing, the constant references to the jams that she’s in, and of course the ranch bath she gave herself at the end by pouring the whole bottle all over herself.
Rating: *** ½

The Essentials: Lulu Diamonds (5:21)

Lulu Diamonds (McCarthy) is profiled while clips are shown of various mishaps on the set with her struggling to get up the steps without violently crashing down to the ground.

– This wasn’t that great. The only parts of this I really liked were Jason’s segments and especially his line about the actors being closet homosexuals.
– The main problem with this sketch was that it was such a one-joke premise and the one joke was not particularly hilarious in the first place.
– Jason has been kicking ass all night.
Rating: * ½

Lady Antebellum sing “Just a Kiss” (3:54)

– Another good performance.

Complaints (3:24)

A young man (Samberg) hits on a woman (McCarthy) in a bar and after slyly telling her that he gets no complaints about his lovemaking, several girls (Pedrad, Wiig, & Bayer) promptly approach him to do just that.

– Pretty funny 10-to-1 sketch. Andy was funny but Melissa was just as good and a lot more reserved than she’s been throughout the rest of the night.
– Hey, Paul Brittain! At least he got some screentime last week anyway. I did like his line about a woman complaining that her dog was pregnant because of Andy.
– The ending with Bill Hader was surprising and hilarious.
Rating: ***

Goodnights

OVERALL: Really good show this week to follow up the season premiere. While there were a few sketches that weren’t so great this time, most everything else clicked and the cast was certainly firing on all cylinders tonight. Melissa was a terrific host, never faltering for a second and always putting 110% into her performances. I also liked how she was able to pull off over-the-top and subtle with little to no effort. Plus, was anyone else expecting this to become the Kristen Wiig Show? Outside of the cold open and the monologue, Kristen wasn’t featured very much tonight. I’m not saying that as a positive or negative thing, just an observation.

APPEARANCES:

MELISSA MCCARTHY – 7 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; Office Flirt; The Comments Section; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials; Complaints)

FRED ARMISEN – 3 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Stomp; Weekend Update)
ABBY ELLIOTT – 3 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group)
BILL HADER – 4 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; The Comments Section; Complaints)
SETH MEYERS – 1 segment (Weekend Update)
BOBBY MOYNIHAN – 5 segments (Monologue; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials)
NASIM PEDRAD – 4 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Complaints)
ANDY SAMBERG – 3 segments (Stomp; The Essentials; Complaints)
JASON SUDEIKIS – 4 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; The Comments Section; The Essentials)
KENAN THOMPSON – 5 segments (Office Flirt; Stomp; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Weekend Update; Complaints)
KRISTEN WIIG – 4 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; Lil Poundcake; Complaints)

VANESSA BAYER – 5 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Lil’ Poundcake; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Weekend Update; Complaints)
PAUL BRITTAIN – 2 segment (Stomp; Complaints)
TARAN KILLAM – 6 segments (The Lawrence Welk Show; Monologue; The Comments Section; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way; Hidden Valley Ranch Focus Group; The Essentials)
JAY PHAROAH – 2 segments (Office Flirt; Chris Rock in Rock’s Way)

EPISODE MVPs: Jason Sudeikis/Taran Killam