— Another return of a fun impression from a cast member: Bill’s John Mark Karr. — (*groan*) Looks like I’m in for a typical Horatio Sanz ham-fest and shout-fest. Yeah that might be the nadir of this troubled season. It’s funny, if James Anderson wasn’t gay, I’d assume he was a raging homophobe. STARS: ****, AN IMPORTANT MOMENT IN BLACK HISTORY The “you can’t do that” conceit was really funny as she tried to talk about Forrest Gump. Hey, rssk, out of curiosity, did you get that and the Kenward/Woomba credit from an old forum post(?) It’s telling that all of the apparently good sketches (Looping Session, Moment In Black History, Public Speaking Class) have completely escaped my brain, but everything in this episode that cratered I can remember vividly. However, it needs to be said that most of the misses were not only weak; they were fucking WRETCHED, particularly an even-worse-than-usual Fey/Poehler Update, and two of my absolute least favorite recurring sketches from this period of SNL (Gays in Space, Chubb Hotty), both recurring sketches of which epitomize so much of what’s wrong with this season. His performance and timing in this sketch is top-notch. While I still like the Important Moments in Black History sketch, it definitely felt like the show trying to capitalize off the success of Chapelle show. Also, it’s extremely weird looking back to see MIKE HUCKABEE on Update, considering how divided the show is with politics now. for Casey when I read some of her interviews where she talked about how her mother had died not long before she joined the show, and also about how difficult it was for her joining all on her own. NBC has given script orders to an untitled single-camera comedy from Lauren Pomerantz revolving around a proudly independent 32-year-old single woman. I wonder of Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ appearances in “Arrested Development” eventually contributed to her finally agreeing to return to “SNL” as guest host having performed with Jason and Amy there…. However, this runner would probably be better if, instead of always showing the very first instance of a “HELL NO!” in different situations, the second and third installment of this runner showed the very first instance of other phrases black people are known to say. — Jason’s kinda stumbly with his lines early on in this. I started SNL around the same time you did, but quit around 2003 or so, which means I missed a lot of what we’re getting now and I’ve only seen it through going back to rewatch in the last year or so. Tonight’s Ed Mahoney sketch is thankfully doing new, fresh things with the character instead of being a lazy carbon-copy of his first sketch. The tall guy in the barbershop quartet is James Anderson, who rarely appears on camera and the short guy is Tina Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond. We all still miss Don Pardo . Let’s see how Bateman does tonight! Also recall Casey mentioning before that she regretted never doing something on Weekend Update her first year as she felt that was the best way to introduce yourself to the audience as a new cast member, because she always got the feeling her whole time at the show the audience was always going “who the hell is she?! leave. I didn’t know the rape allegations against Cosby went as far back as 2005. JB Smoove. I like this sketch. The two Horatio centered sketches I still think are weak, and Amy’s boat thing in the monologue is stupid, but everything else I was laughing a lot at. Important Moments in Black History was written by Finesse with Lauren Pomerantz and J.B. Smoove which he revealed on Late Night with Seth. Here’s an interview with Anderson and Bowen Yang. lauren pomerantz net worth. — I love Casey’s angry rant during her small appearance, especially her exaggerated southern-accented pronunciation of the word “ass”. I wonder if the writing team knew quite how to use Tina, as many of the sketches she has a bigger role in feel somewhat closer to material she might have written herself (other than the game show sketch), while the rest of the episode where she has smaller roles doesn’t and she doesn’t register (although she still gives good performances in bits like the wedding toast sketch). Agree that almost all of Heidi’s Update characters suck, but I always like the movie reviewer, and, like you, thought this was one of her better appearances. I would have forgotten “Me-Harmony” existed if not for Forte in drag, and the obligatory gay joke with Seth. Here’s an article from Salon.com from 2014 that touches on some of the performers from the ’90s and ’00s that contributed to how “soft” SNL had gotten by then (and even now). — Kristen is absolutely perfect here. Kenny Wilkins (FIM) nixes skydiving, — Will looks like he’s wearing his John George Peppers wig from the famous Key Party sketch, only with sideburns added. Someone pointed out that the audience does not seem to understand much of the I Drink Your Milkshake sketch. Smug, self-indulgent, and tin-eared. Her first 2 roles in months and they’re just variations of characters she’s been playing for years. It stuns me that Che-Jost is the most real time hated Update duo since Quinn. In the past, I used to feel that the people who hate this sketch aren’t giving the actual content of it a shot and are just unfairly judging it by its mere juvenile premise combined with the fact that it’s airing in a bad season like this. Random thought that just occurred to me was when Casey first joined the cast I couldn’t help but notice she resembled early 90s Julia Sweeney quite a bit, the screencap above of her in the pre-tape of the last sketch for example I think was what made me remember that. I remember seeing those credits there (and a couple more from S31) and that’s also where I got the Downey/cheapkids credit. — Boy, I am HATING most of Tina and Amy’s jokes tonight, even moreso than usual in the Fey/Poehler era of Update. Must have been Sublette I guess. — Finesse and the young boy’s choreography is pretty funny. I love how Darrell’s Bill Kurtis is constantly and seamlessly going back-and-forth between having a family-friendly conversation with the technicians and reading the increasingly disturbing and graphic murder details into the microphone. — SNL saves the best for last, as the underrated Chris Parnell absolutely steals this whole sketch with his very funny Gesture Dyslexia bit. — A decent premise, even if it seems a little unexciting for a Digital Short in SNL’s first episode back after a long hiatus. — Hmm, maybe I spoke a bit a little too soon about Darrell putting rare effort into this sketch, as he didn’t even commit to that guitar ending. What I find amusing about this season is that while most people agree on the best episodes, the worst episode gets really varied reactions, which probably is one of the reasons why is this is a troubled season. Subway is one of those I want to like; it does have positives (and Kelly Clarkson would have been a good host). Rhyan Coleman says: August 5, 2020 at 10:38 am. I remember at the time thinking this was the worst show of that season, especially the “Monkey Throwing Poop” sketch. Surprised Horatio didn’t play Kenan’s part in TT & Mario (though I like his performance much more than I would have probably liked Horatio’s). edited-in grandsons (BIH) & (ANS) quell anxiety in DVDs for old people, — “The following is a message for old people.” That opening disclaimer made me laugh harder than it probably should’ve. musical guest performs “Since U Been Gone”, WEEKEND UPDATE Ugh, I hope that’s not becoming a habit of his, even if I. kinda chuckle at it in this context of him doing it as Anton Chigurh (it would’ve been funnier had he not already done it in the preceding episode). This is being executed really well, especially considering this is a later-era Darrell Hammond performance, long after he started seeming checked-out as a performer. A really strong piece for all involved. And I listened to Bowen’s podcast episode with James Anderson, for some reason, and, when he praised “Gays In Space,” not knowing what it was, I assumed it must have been a peetty clever sketch, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I’ll give SNL the benefit of the doubt and assume it was planned for her to have her own scene in this sketch, but portions of this sketch had to go through some hasty, last-minute trimming due to the show running a little long. — Four minutes into this sketch, and all I’ve been seeing is a whole bunch of tepid, unfunny dialogue, a whole bunch of bad Asian accents, and, of course, Horatio both hamming and screaming Once Poehler leaves, the balance of power gets completely thrown off its axis and a handful of deeply talented performers get completely neutered in service of the Kristen Wiig Experience. The bumpers kind of change-up the pacing, but I like the back and forth a lot. Over the last three decades, "Saturday Night Live" has launched the careers of many of the brightest comedy performers of a generation and, as The New York Times noted on the occasion of the show's Emmy-winning 25th Anniversary special in 1999: "In defiance of both time and show business convention, "SNL" is still the most pervasive influence on the art of comedy in contemporary culture." This ends up being the final Amber sketch while Amy’s still in the cast. — This is the very first of what would be many instances of Kenan playing a game show host, though his second instance wouldn’t be until as much as five years later (in the “New Cast Member Or Arcade Fire” sketch, which, coincidentally, happens to be in another Tina Fey-hosted episode). I’m only sorry we didn’t get to see the full goodnights. Listed last year for $2.2 million, the house quickly sold for nearly $100,000 over asking, indicative of a hard-fought bidding war, and the new owners are Emmy-winning writer/producer Lauren Pomerantz and her wife, writer/actress Elizabeth Higgins Clark. Now I have to sit through Tina breaking out into a song? It’s hard to forget that specific shouting from Bill. MY PERSONAL CHOICE OF “BEST OF” MOMENTS FOR THIS EPISODE, REPRESENTED WITH SCREENCAPS, HOW THIS EPISODE STACKS UP AGAINST THE PRECEDING ONE (Paris Hilton) I think I remember laughing at Rap Night with Chubb Hotty but I don’t know how I’d feel about it now. — Second episode in a row where Fred makes his exit in a sketch by slowly walking past the camera in an obnoxious, hammy, screen-hogging manner. — I will say that I did like Tina’s Tracy Morgan joke just now. I’m not a huge Jason Bateman fan, to be honest with you, but I know he has a knack for comedy. And he is also “off” in various ways through other sketches, all the way to the end. Jason is returning to host on 12/5/20. STARS: ***½, THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE I can’t remember if I’ve seen it confirmed that Casey did indeed get her own scene in the dress rehearsal version of this sketch. How stupid of me! I had no idea that was Will singing the theme song, either. I thought the monologue was weak, and didn’t care for monkey/poop sketch. — A pretty good laugh from how the game show prize is an old canary-yellow 1992 Mazda Protege. You can catch glimpses of the great comedic timing and delivery she’d display later on in stuff like Happy Endings or Black Monday (Horatio is also currently great in that too) but her roles were typically so small it was hard to notice her, and she perhaps didn’t seem quite as confident a performer at that point than she would in future projects, you can kinda sense her desperation to try make an impression at certain points, especially in the next season when it became more obvious the show wasn’t working out for her. — I love Finesse’s sudden outburst of “HELL NO!” Your email address will not be published. I love the subway sketch (the barbershop quartet bit always slays me) and yes, I will defend the monkey sketch. That’s a funny bit. Cecily was, I believe, also more of a dramatic actress who made her way into comedy – she was able to marry the two on SNL in a way Wilson never quite did. It’s like Year 19 in miniature; what’s good is good, but what’s bad is dreadful. And you know what? — An absolutely hilarious and epic turn with us being shown a montage of the insane actions of the women when they get their annual period. — I’m enjoying how the performers in this sketch are each getting a comedic showcase one-by-one that’s different from one another. — Ugh, that whole bit with Tina and Amy singing an altered version of the Mary Tyler Moore theme song during a Condoleezza Rice photo montage was awful, as was Amy’s dumb and unfunny ad-lib afterwards about how she and Tina look like synchronized swimmers in the freeze-frame of them throwing their hats into the air. I feel like all of Heidi’s old Update characters reached a natural end, but Bailey’s return was…fine. Maybe I’m just missing certain interviews and stuff, since I hold the old casts in higher regard, mostly, but it seems like the recent groups just don’t have the ability to be critical of themselves…or even worse, they just have some really horrible comedy instincts. I’m indifferent on Monkeys Throwing Poop at Celebrities. As for the Morgan Wallen sketch, well…it was nice to see Jason Bateman getting to cut loose. Annuale was also very good and the incredibly cheap production values only add to the soul-sucking atmosphere – it reminds me of the early scenes in Joe Versus the Volcano. His performance and timing in this sketch is top-notch. A project where I review one SNL episode a day, in chronological order, Segments are rated on a scale of 1-5 stars, PRESS CONFERENCE Ah, yes, the unfortunate saga of Casey Wilson begins. Otherwise, it was yet another episode from this cast that would have been close to unwatchable without Update & the pre-tapes. Ha! The highlight is the wedding toast sketch, which is Jason at full powers, bouyed by one wonderful line after another. There’s no sense of joy, no fun in the writing. Tina’s “Bitch is the new Black” commentary which I enjoyed immensely as well as the “I Drink Your Milkshake” sketch though I’ve yet to watch the movie it came from. — Weak ending. I think there’s some truth to it, although I don’t think Tina has ever been “soft” (few people from SNL have ever managed to have their own specific voice and style for as many years as she has), and I have never understood the idea that Colin Jost being happy to be on Update was anything to see as bad (I do think he and Cecily were too ‘Up With People’ to work as a duo). When I first saw it I was shocked at how bad it was. — Tina and Amy’s losing streak in tonight’s Update continues, as their whole Bill Cosby bit did not work for me. Those nuns in Catholic school were MEAN, but you knew the capital of Vermont!”. I say no a lot to things because I’m scared. — Kristen’s orgasmic reaction to the big, noble speech Fred’s Obama just made was hilarious. Bateman interestingly basically spent his whole monologue recapping and showing the monkey incident from the goodnights. Monkeys Throwing Poop at Celebrities was funny to me. — That pre-taped behind-the-scenes video was awful. 10/02/04: Ben Affleck / Nelly. I guess it comes and goes – I don’t care a lot for her 2011 episode (or whenever it was that she did the Little Mermaid sketch) but I felt like they were more smoother at including her into most of the night. Any thoughts Carson on that sketch involving the musical guest and that controversy he was in? I was just thinking that as it was always the only part of the monologue that stayed with me to this day. “Yeah, she is a bitch. T. Sean Shannon. STARS: ***½. — In hindsight, this short is unintentionally a good time capsule of big Oscar-nominated movies from around this time (No Country For Old Men, Juno, There Will Be Blood, etc.). It makes all the times she rarely appeared in an episode feel deliberate, though I may be looking into it too much. As if this SNL era (particularly this season) hadn’t ALREADY been relying way too goddamn heavily on the “hilarious” and “shocking” sight of men kissing each other for a cheap, unnecessary laugh. Even the interaction between Tina and Amy here, which seems to be attempting somewhat of a throwback to the Fey/Poehler era of Update (and you KNOW how I felt about that Update era), is coming off better than I typically found their interactions during their era of Update together. Robert Smigel. At this time back in 2008, it still felt somewhat rare to see Bill in a lead role in a sketch, which made this sketch come off particularly refreshing. To be very honest, it angers me that the cast from these years seem to view them favorably. OPENING MONTAGE This episode pretty much BROKE me when it originally aired and led to me reaching my official boiling point with season 30, which I’ll be going into some detail about in my review of this episode. Virgania Horsen (KRW) wants you to take a ride in her hot air balloon. As far as monkey sketches go, I think I prefer Dana’s Cooking With Monkey. I just hope that never happens again to this degree. — Overall, no. Similar to Rob Riggle a few seasons prior, she’s one of those people I’ve always found super funny yet for whatever reason never got to make much of an impression while on SNL. Yeah, while this isn’t a great episode, I was surprised by so many commentators’ hate for it. I’d say even Nasim Pesrad was a victim in this. Here is Jason talking about the goodnights. — Kenan’s brief appearance during Tina and Amy’s Bill Cosby bit feels kinda odd to watch now. The theme and Chris’ opening is burned into my memory. — And tonight’s Update has mercifully ended. — OH FUCKING NO. I had no recollection of seeing that sketch before. Fun fact: This episode partly airs 17 years to the day after Jason’s sister Justine hosted. Sort by Popularity - Most Popular Movies and TV Shows With Lauren Pomerantz Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. It’s interesting with regards to those parts as the shoehorning in of Juno feels to me like the “the host needs to be everywhere” mentality which wasn’t as common at the time but was heading in that direction. — Chubb Hotty: “Yesterday, I took a poop the size of a Hyundai.” Again, I ask: FUCKING KILL ME. — Another sketch tonight that Tina is fun in, especially her extremely detailed, long-winded answer to the third question, involving a character played by Kristen. Ellen Degeneres's Writers Put … It wasn’t until Vanessa Bauer that someone started to thrive under Wiig. The onus is on those up the writers and producers. Bateman was very smooth here, absolutely in his element. Lauren Pomerantz Frank Sebastiano T. Sean Shannon Eric Slovin Robert Smigel JB Smoove Emily Spivey Jason Sudeikis Rich Talarico: Directed by: Beth McCarthy Miller ← 30x14 David Spade/Jack Johnson : 30x16 → Cameron Diaz/Green Day: Saturday Night Live — Season Thirty: Ashton Kutcher/Gwen Stefani is the fifteenth episode of the thirtieth season of Saturday Night Live. I see some on the AVClub are very riled up about it, but it if you’re going to make sketch about that, this was as fun of a way to do it. I’m probably overthinking this since Mary Jo Buttafuoco was still popping up here and there in the news in the late ’00s, but given that Tina thought so highly of Jan Hooks, and Jan played Mary Jo during one of her guest appearances, I wonder if Tina wanted to take the role on for her first hosting stint as a tip of the hat to Jan. 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