SNL Holiday Countdown – Day 2!

In Day 2 of the SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar, we’ve got a little song to get you in the holiday spirit. Break out those Casio keyboards from your youth – it’s the SNL Christmas Song, with Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan. You’ll be humming this until Christmas Day!

Now this was a recurring bit, performed at least a half dozen times that I can recall, with slightly different lyrics, and even Hawaiian shirts in one instance.

Make sure you visit daily for your SNL holiday treat! And if you’d like to suggest an SNL holiday skit, post in the comments below.

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SNL Holiday Countdown

It’s December, and you know what that means – the holiday countdown is on! One of my favorite things about the holidays was always the little advent calendars. You know, the ones that you’d open a little window a day and there would be a treat inside, like a chocolate or a toy?

December has always meant memorable holiday sketches on SNL. So I’ve decided to create my variation on an advent calendar: The SNL Holiday Countdown Calendar!

Visit each day for a touch of holiday cheer, SNL style!

To start us of, we’ve got one of my personal faves, NPR’s Delicious Dish: Schweddy Balls, starring Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon and Alec Baldwin, from 1998.


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Classic SNL Skits – The Judy Miller Show

I’ve been an SNL fan for most of my life. In fact, I was watching the show when I probably shouldn’t have been because I was way too young to a) be up so late and b) to truly understand some of the content. There is one sketch that I remember very fondly, maybe because I could relate to it so well – The Judy Miller Show, featuring Gilda Radner.

In this classic SNL skit, Gilda Radner plays a little girl, Judy Miller, sent to her room while her mother’s hosting a bridge game. Forced to entertain herself in what she refers to as “The Boring Room”, she creates The Judy Miller Show.

There was a time when I was an only child, and I’d have to play alone in my room, making up my own games. I’d often imagine I was starring in my own TV show, or Broadway play … that’s why I think I love this skit so much. It’s not because it’s laugh out loud funny, or politically charged, or laced with pop culture references, but because I was just like Judy Miller as a kid.

Skits like this one just don’t happen any more, but I still think this rings true, and thanks to the power of the internet, many more generations of girls will be able to enjoy Gilda’s portrayal of Judy Miller, and remember a more innocent time.

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Tonight on SNL: Anne Hathaway and The Killers (Repeat)

Due to the US Thanksgiving holiday, tonight’s episode of SNL is a repeat of the October 4, 2008 show with host Anne Hathaway and musical guests The Killers.

In case you missed it the first time around, here are some reasons you should tune in this evening:

The opening Vice-Presidential Debate with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin, for everyone who’s missing the US Election SNL skits.

Mary Poppins teaches the kids about a new STD, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

And by far, one of the absolute best sketches of the season, “Mark Wahlberg Talks to Animals”. I challenge you to try and keep a straight face through that one! “Say hi to your mother for me.”

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

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Meet New Player Michaela Watkins

When Amy Poehler recently left SNL following the birth of her son, Archie, two ladies were added to the SNL cast: Abby Elliott and Michaela Watkins. Now, we’ve already met legacy cast member Elliott. Let’s learn a little about Michaela Watkins.

Like Elliot, Watkins was also part of The Groundlings, the LA comedy troupe that’s a veritable breeding ground for future SNL players. She also brings a substantial TV resume with her, including guest stints on Charmed, Without a Trace and Californication, in addition to playing the role of Lucy on The New Adventures of the Old Christine (with SNL alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

In November 22nd’s Weekend Update, Watkins appeared as Arianna Huffington, a character that she auditioned for SNL with. My thoughts? She made a solid effort of capturing the essence of Huffington, particularly the accent and inflection. It may take some time for Watkins to truly become this character, rather than just impersonating the character, but this was definitely a good starting point.

In case you missed it, you can watch it here.

What are your thoughts so far on the new women of SNL?  Will they eventually come into their own on the show, or will they forever live in the shadow of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey?

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Meet New Player Abby Elliott

You’ve heard the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” … well, it takes 2 new cast members to replace Amy Poehler who had a child: Abby Elliot and Michaela Watkins.

Let’s meet Abby Elliott. Now, you might remember her father Chris Elliott from SNL during ’94 and ’95, making her the first “legacy” player. If that wasn’t enough to convince you that comedy is in this gal’s genes, her grandfather was Bob Elliott, as in comedy duo “Bob and Ray”.

At 21 years of age, Abby is building a solid comedy resume. Prior to landing the gig on SNL, she was a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (the improv/sketch company co-founded by Poehler), and a member of the Los Angeles-based Groundlings comedy troupe (which boasts current and past SNL players including Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph and Kristin Wiig). She’s also done voice work on King of the Hill.

Although Abby made her debut on the November 15th episode of SNL, she hasn’t really had a chance to show off her talents, particularly her celebrity impersonations, which include Kirsten Dunst and Angelina Jolie.

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SNL Season 33 Episode 8 Recap

If last night’s episode proved anything, it’s the fact that this season, the show is only as good as each week’s host.  Although Tim McGraw is one of country music’s brightest stars, he was one of sketch comedy’s dimmest bulbs.  That combined with uninspired writing really makes me long for the old days when an episode would be full of laughs, regardless of who was hosting.

The funniest part was Darrell Hammond’s as Bill Clinton during the Weekend Update. This is a character that Darrell Hammond has spent years perfecting, and pretty much guarantees the laughs. In fact, I see a pattern developing since the end of the US Election. It appears that writers are struggling for content, but the Weekend Update still seems to deliver, although Amy Poehler has left.

I’d even be so bold as to say this episode contained some of the worst SNL sketches I’ve ever seen, particularly Tim McGraw’s “Dale Britches’ Redneck Prank Phonecalls” and Will Forte’s “Escaped Mental Patient”. They were boring, lame and downright unfunny.

Here’s hoping this was the low point of the season, and that the funny returns in the next new episode with John Malkovich on December 6th.

Tonight on SNL: Tim McGraw with Ludacris and T-Pain

SNL goes a little bit country, and a little bit … hip hop?

November 22nd’s host is Tim McGraw, one half of country music’s most powerful couple. Now he’s not the first country star to take on hosting duties – Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton have both taken the stage in Studio 8H – but he will make history by being the first of this decade. And McGraw’s wife, Faith Hill, might just make an appearance, too. In the promo for tonight’s show on NBC‘s website, Jason Sudeikis suggests an “indecent proposal” to McGraw for his wife. Watch the clip for McGraw’s response.

We’ve covered the country; now to the hip hop. Musical guests are Ludacris and T-Pain. You can be sure they’ll be performing their collaboration “One More Drink”. Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is not a newcomer to SNL. He was host back in November 2006, and musical guest in January 2005.

I have no clue what to expect from tonight’s episode. Will Tim McGraw barely register on the radar, or will his appearance provide some of this season’s funniest moments?

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

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The Best of Digital Shorts: Andy Punches

Now I have to admit, it took me a while to truly appreciate Andy Samberg and the craziness he’s contributed to SNL. When it comes right down to it, Digital Shorts are something I look forward to each week, but it wasn’t always so. How did I come to embrace Samberg’s zaniness? Blame it on having a really bad day at work. Which Digital Short was it that changed my mind? Andy Punches.

In this Digital Short, Andy goes around and punches people just as they are about to eat. Nobody is immune to the punching. Not Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, not even Jon Bon Jovi. It’s very dark, and perfect for those of us with a warped sense of humor. It goes completely off the rails at the end when Andy is chased around the globe by zombies and ends the skit with a “zombie dance”. But I can guarantee that if you’re having a wacky day, after watching this, you’ll feel much better. It’s cathartic, to say the least!

Is there a Digital Short that you’d like us to feature here? Respond in the comments below, and we’ll be sure to feature it in a future segment.

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Justin Timberlake Rocks Weekend Update

Pop star and actor Justin Timberlake made a surprise appearance on SNL’s November 15th Weekend Update (now Pohler-less), after canceling his hosting spot on the upcoming Thanksgiving show.  He then delivered that episode in just two minutes!

His previous SNL appearance in 2006 left viewers with such memorable skits as “The Barry Gibb Talk Show”, “Homelessville” and the infamous “D*%# in a Box”.  In his Weekend Update appearance, he hinted that he would have revisited all of these as host and musical guest while texting girlfriend Jessica Biel in between.

Personally, I think JT has some real comic talent, and I’d like to see him back for a complete episode sometime in the near future. He offered a nice break from what’s been a very politically charged season so far. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve loved Tina Fey returning as Sarah Palin and all of the other skits that revolved around the US Election, but we needed a reminder that SNL still can deliver laugh out loud entertainment just for the sake of being, well, entertaining.

What did you think? Was Justin Timberlake a hit on the Weekend Update?

If you missed it, or just need to watch it again, check it out here.

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