SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 10!

On this tenth day of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar, we’ve got another reader pick.

Justin Timberlake stars as a highly competitive cup of soup in 2006’s Give it on up to Homelessville.

JT takes on the Salvation Army Santa in a turf war for holiday donations, breaking out the slick dance moves and catchy tunes. Thanks to Tracy for this suggestion!

Don’t forget, if you have a favorite SNL holiday sketch that hasn’t been featured yet, leave your suggestion in the comments below.

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 9!

Ahhh the 80s. This is the Saturday Night Live that I grew up on. And like the Ghost of Christmas Past, the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar is about to take you back in time.

When Santa comes down with a stomach virus on Christmas Eve, Hanukkah Harry comes to the rescue, delivering gifts to girls and boys in his magical sleigh … I mean cart, guided by three flying donkeys!

This just happens to be one of my favourite Jon Lovitz characters ever! The sketch also features a very baby-faced Mike Meyers.

We’ll have more SNL holiday fun for you tomorrow.

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 8!

Hello readers – it’s time for the next offering from the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar.

Alec Baldwin and memorable SNL holiday sketches seem to go hand in hand. From his December 2008 appearance, here’s Glengarry Glen Christmas, in which Baldwin parodies his role in Glengarry Glen Ross.

His infamous mantra “ABC – Always Be Closing” becomes “Always Be Cobbling” for these disgruntled elves!

Tomorrow will bring another fun SNL holiday sketch … be sure to visit!

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 7!

Twas 18 days before Christmas, and on your TV, holiday hijinks ensued on NBC! Here it is – Day 7 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar.

From John Malkovich’s opening monologue last night, it’s Twas the Night Before Christmas … or Whatever.

Malkovich recites the classic Christmas poem, surrounded by fascinated children, and offers some disturbing commentary on stories of Saint Nick from around the globe.

Visit tomorrow for more SNL holiday delights. And it’s not too late to suggest your favorite sketch. Just comment below!

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SNL Season 33 Episode 9 Recap

If this past weekend’s SNL was an indication of where SNL is headed this season, it seems that it’s on an upward climb from the extremely forgettable Tim McGraw episode a couple weeks back. Here’s my recap of what I liked, and even what I didn’t like.

Could it be due to Amy Poehler’s appearance? That may have been part of it. I was thrilled to see her in the opening sketch as Hillary Clinton, and the double meaning of her opening line “You thought I was gone, didn’t you?” I realized just how much her presence has been missed on SNL. Hopefully she’ll make some more appearances throughout the course of this season. One of her funniest lines as the new Secretary of State: “The question is … is my new job better than being the governor of Alaska. The answer is yes.”

I thought John Malkovich’s telling of Twas the Night Before Christmas was humorous, mainly because of his deadpan, matter of fact delivery and cynical asides to the children, with gruesome statements thrown in, some fact, others questionable. This was actually highlighted in Day 7 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar.

Kristen Wiig’s sketches are always hit and miss for me. In this episode, she played a red-headed, Marilyn-esque bombshell named Shanna that’s really an awkward, clumsy gal. Her male co-workers are obsessed with her until they see her in action at an office birthday celebration. I’m not sure if this has recurring character potential, but I think Wiig really shone in this sketch.

I’m not sure if anyone else is with me on this … I’m sure they are … I just don’t buy Fred Armisen as Barack Obama. SNL really has to reconsider this casting choice. I don’t think I can bear four years of this.

This is something I’ve wanted to get off my chest, so now is the perfect time. Let me just say — I hate Vinny Vedecci. This character has made me cringe every time I’ve seen him since his debut on SNL. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive because my dad’s Italian, I grew up in an Italian neighbourhood, and I know how to speak Italian. This character is not funny. How could he be funny? Maybe if he actually spoke Italian, but kept using the wrong words. Does anyone actually like this character? At least Armisen’s character in these sketches speaks Italian … even if the pronunciation isn’t the greatest

One of the other holiday sketches of the evening was “The Twins” Paul and Aidan, played by Armisen and Malkovich, with their calculator. Okay, I have to admit, I knew kids like this growing up, and I’d forgotten about them until I saw this sketch. It was quirky, but I enjoyed it.

I only have 2 things to say about the Weekend Update — yay Amy!!!

This episode may have been the debut of another Digital Short viral sensation. It’s The Lonely Island, Andy Samberg’s comedy troupe, and the first single from their upcoming album. The bluntly titled “Jizz in my Pants”featured cameos from Jamie-Lyn Sigler and Justin Timberlake. It wasn’t “D&%* in a Box” good, but it’s catchy and causing a lot of buzz. The music almost reminded me of Flight of the Conchord’s “Inner City Pressure”, which reminds me of Pet Shop Boy’s “West End Girls”. Let’s see more of The Lonely Island!

This episode was definitely an improvement from the last new ep with Tim McGraw. Poehler’s appearance, some memorable sketches, and a great new Digital Short have me hoping the slump was only temporary, and we’ll be able to enjoy SNL for the rest of this season.

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Tonight on SNL: John Malkovich with T.I.

What does the December 6th episode of SNL have in store? None other than host John Malkovich and musical guest T.I.

It’s been 15 years since Malkovich last hosted SNL, and how things have changed. We’ve lost comedy greats and SNL players Chris Farley and Phil Hartman. The Weekend Update has changed hands several times. And a 15 year old Andy Samberg was still in high school.

Here’s a taste of what’s in store for tonight, with a promo from

Malkovich flexed some comedic muscle this year in The Coen Brothers’ film Burn After Reading.

Saturday Night Live airs on NBC (Global in Canada) at 11:30 EST.

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 6!

On the sixth day of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar, this blogger gave to thee, a skit about Christmas trees!

As I venture out to a tree farm this chilly winter day, I thought I’d share a sketch from 2005 – it’s 2 A-holes Buying a Christmas Tree.

Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig play the a-holes, with host Jack Black as the tree lot attendant.

Hope I don’t run into anyone like this today …

The fun continues with another holiday sketch tomorrow!

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 5!

It’s Day 5 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar, and we’ve found a funny little clip from December 20, 1986.

Host William Shatner introduces the It’s a Wonderful Life Lost Ending, with Dana Carvey as George Bailey, and Jon Lovitz as Mr. Potter. Many argue this is one of Carvey’s finest SNL performances ever. It’s definitely one of the best SNL holiday sketches.

There will be more SNL holiday fun tomorrow, so be sure to visit!

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 4!

Day 4 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar brings us our first reader-selected clip, A Holiday Wish by Steve Martin, from 1991. Martin’s wishes in this holiday monologue start with unity and peace, and end up somewhere in power, money and threesomes. Thanks to 742 Designs for this suggestion.

The holiday fun continues tomorrow with another SNL holiday treat!

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SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 3!

It’s Day 3 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar, and we’ve got a classic for you. From 1975, it’s Chevy Chase as President Gerald Ford, in Christmas Eve at the White House.

Talk about confusing Christmas carols with Easter songs, and literally trimming a Christmas tree!

Chevy Chase went on to star in a number of films, including the holiday favorite National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, as Clark, the bumbling patriarch of the Griswold Family.

Remember, you can suggest your favourite SNL holiday skit by posting in the comments below. And be sure to check back tomorrow for more holiday chuckles from SNL.

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