Posts tagged with: Saturday Night Live

Tonight on SNL – Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift (Repeat)

In stark contrast to last week’s disappointing repeat of the Hugh Laurie episode from December, this week’s repeat is one of this season’s finest, with TV, film, stage and internet star Neil Patrick Harris.

For a taste of what’s in store, visit and check out the Save Broadway sketch.

Read my full episode recap HERE if you’re still not convinced.

Quite simply, if you missed it the last time, I highly encourage you to tune in!

SNL airs at 11:30 pm on NBC, and Global TV in Canada.

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SNL Season 33 Episode 15 Recap

Alec Baldwin returned to SNL as host for the 14th time on Valentine’s Day, along with some special celebrity guests, and teen heart throbs Jonas Brothers.

The opening sketch was pretty lame – a Republican gripefest over the Obama administration. It was so weak, not even Dan Aykroyd could save it. I kept thinking it would have been so much better if Aykroyd had returned for the Steve Martin episode, and they could have reprised those “Wild and Crazy Guys”, The Festrunk Brothers.

Alec Baldwin’s opening monologue was solid. I really liked that Jack McBrayer stole the spotlight away from Baldwin (note to the PTBs at SNL – I want to see McBrayer host an ep). I also chuckled at Baldwin thanking Christian Bale for taking over as person “most synonymous with celebrity breakdowns”.

In the first sketch of the evening featuring Baldwin, he was joined by Jonas Brothers. All the little girls who were allowed to stay up late with mom to watch SNL had their first squee moment of the episode. Baldwin played Gary, the much older and morally questionable supposed fourth Jonas Brother. When asked to return his “purity ring” upon being kicked out of the band, he claimed that he broke it.

In the latest edition of The Cougar Den, the menopausal minxes celebrated Valentine’s Day with special guest, Blaine Bagby, author of “Stop That Boy, I Want to Get On”, and self-proclaimed cou-gay. His co-author and previous Cougar Den guest Kiki, played by Cameron Diaz, stopped by as well. From the ladies taking a “Facebook Break” to Kiki attempting to pounce on the hostesses’ boyfriends, this sketch had some good chuckles.

This week’s Digital Short wasn’t the greatest, but it was okay for a laugh or two. It featured Andy Samberg discovering a VHS tape of Jonas Brothers as an 80s hair band, with songs such as “Struck by lightning” and “Ask the Wizard”. Wondering how the boys were in these videos from 25 years ago, Samberg asks them if they’re Highlanders.

Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Photo Shop was good for a one-time laugh. I liked the play on “Baby Got Back”, especially the two-for-one special, known as the “ugh double up ugh ugh”.

The Weekend Update was rather dull this week. The only vaguely interesting part was Jason Sudeikis as Joaquin Phoenix.

I thought Vincent Price’s Valentine’s Special was done rather well. Bill Hader always does a great job with these. Price’s guests were Alec Baldwin as Richard Burton, Casey Wilson as Liz Taylor, Kristen Wiig as Carole Channing, and Fred Armisen as Liberace. Best part of this sketch: when Vincent asks, “Carole, what’s so great about a strange hand sticking through a hole?” And Liberace responds, “Plenty!”

I think I laughed the hardest at the Wii sketch. It was so wrong, but so funny at the same time. I know every adult that owns a Wii has thought the remote is obscene at least once. Oh, how I laughed!

Overall, this was a pretty good episode, good but not great. Alec Baldwin delivered, and Jonas Brothers weren’t fantastic, but at least they can poke fun at themselves.

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Tonight on SNL – Alec Baldwin and Jonas Brothers

Tonight on SNL, Alec Baldwin returns as host, with musical guests Jonas Brothers.

Check out this PROMO for the ep, featuring Baldwin and the JoBros.

This is Baldwin’s 14th appearance as host.

Some of my fave sketches have feature Baldwin during his previous hosting stints – Canteen Boy and Schweddy Balls, just to name a couple – so we might just be in for a solid episode in what’s been a season of few hits and many misses.

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SNL Season 33 Episode 14 Recap

Color me shocked – last night’s episode of SNL with host Bradley Cooper was one of the best this season!
Each sketch, from beginning to end, was consistently funny.

In Bradley Cooper’s opening monologue, he recounted his many appearances on Inside The Actors Studio – as a student – and James Lipton even made a brief appearance. Cooper showed off some of the skills he learned while studying at TAS.

We got another Today show sketch featuring Kathie Lee and Hoda. Although I wasn’t too crazy about this at first, I’m really starting to enjoy their crazy dialogue. These are not sketches that I’d watch repeatedly, but they’re quite entertaining in the moment.

The “Bar Buddies” were back, and this time, they’re taking a trip down memory lane to Mr. Big’s “To Be With You”. Their sometimes uncomfortable confessions were made even more awkward when it turned out they were at their friend’s funeral, and not his wedding.

The Weekend Update was solid this week. I thought Seth’s “Really” piece, a rant about Kellogg’s dropping Michael Phelps as spokesperson because of his marijuana use, was brilliant. And he’s so right, the repertoire of Kellogg’s characters do look like they were created by a bunch of potheads with the munchies!

A surprisingly funny sketch was “Bad Guys, Good Conversation”. It featured Bradley Cooper as Johnny from Karate Kid as host, and Jason Sudeikis as the Sensei, with a cast of panelists that included Alex from Fatal Attraction, Die Hard’s Hans Gruber, and Silence of the Lambs’ Jamie Gumb. Dark, but funny!

This week also brought us another fantastic Digital Short, “I’m on a Boat”, featuring T-Pain. This is another track from the upcoming Lonely Island album Incredibad. With lyrics like “I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo”, this is destined for YouTube greatness!

Close to the end of the episode was the compulsory making fun of Christian Bale’s tirade. In it, Bale is promoting a DVD of his and other celebrity outbursts.

This was a good episode, with solid sketches and really funny moments.

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Tonight on SNL: Bradley Cooper and TV on the Radio

Bradley Cooper takes on hosting duties for this episode of SNL. Who, you may ask? Don’t worry, I had to look him up as well. Turns out I do know who Bradley Cooper is! I knew him as “Hearts and Scalpels” leading man Aidan on Nip/Tuck, and from the hit film The Wedding Crashers. He’s also part of the new flick He’s Just Not That Into You, alongside some Hollywood heavyweights like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, and Drew Barrymore.

Check out the promo right HERE

I’m going to come right out and say I have zero expectations for this evening’s episode. I don’t know if Bradley Cooper will be able to deliver the funny.

As for musical guests, TV On the Radio, I think I might just skip over their performance. Their pretentious tunes don’t really appeal to me.

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SNL Season 33 Episode 13 Recap

Steve Martin is the lone member of the 15 time club, yet that wasn’t enough to impress this long-time SNL viewer.  I expected so much more.  Much like his movie career of late, Martin’s latest foray into Studio 8H was mediocre at best.

It started off promising, and I particularly liked Steve Martin’s comment regarding President Obama in his opening monologue:  “If you had told me that even eight years ago, that a competent, educated person would be elected president – wow!

The episode went on to SNL’s latest commercial parody for Chewable Pampers – a concept that I found disgusting and funny at the same time.  I think I gagged as I laughed!

From there, it was pretty much downhill.  Most of the sketches were just plain unfunny, like “Issues”, with Kenan Thompson as a talk show host that insults all of his guests.  I also wasn’t very fond of the sketch with all the girls of SNL vying for Steve Martin’s adoration.  The only thing that proved was that those gals can sing.

Now, I did like the latest Digital Short that marked the return of the Laser Cats in “Laser Cats 4”.  Best part, hands down, was the ending, a blatant homage to Return of the Jedi.

The Weekend Update was also strong, with Jason Sudeikis reprising the role of Rod Blagojevich, and Fred Armisen once again appearing as New York Governor David Paterson.

I wasn’t shocked that Kristen Wiig broke out another annoying character, Trina, calling for her husband, Thomas.  As a result, every time I hear the name Thomas, I cringe.

I quite enjoyed Steve Martin’s banjo number, which was a classic, clever ditty, and reminded me that he is comedy royalty.

The most remarkable part of this episode – Jason Mraz had to be my favorite musical guest of the year so far.  The boy is super talented, and he really shone as only few have been able to on that stage.  I could have done without Colbie Callait joining him on his second song, though, seeing that she’s the cure for insomnia.  I kid you not, I saw her open for John Mayer last summer, and I needed a coffee when she was finished!

Overall, this wasn’t the worst episode of the season, but it was slightly disappointing.

Anyone else agree with me?  I’d like to hear your thoughts on this episode.

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Tonight on SNL: Steve Martin and Jason Mraz

Tonight on SNL, history is made as Steve Martin hosts for a record-breaking 15 time!

Some of SNL’s most memorable sketches have included Mr. Martin, so here’s hoping the writers brought their A-game (following the horrendous episode with Rosario Dawson two weeks ago). I’ve always enjoyed his appearances over the years, so I’m really looking forward to this evening’s episode.

Want a sneak peek? Check out this PROMO with Martin and Andy Samberg.

I’m actually excited about this week’s musical guest, too. Jason Mraz is a very talented songwriter and vocalist who is one of the best live performers out there. Here’s hoping it translates well on the SNL stage!

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

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President Obama Knows his SNL!

It seems SNL has some impressive viewers …

Singer John Legend was filming backstage at the January 18th inaugural concert, which captured some of the world’s top musicians giddily awaiting their chance to greet the President and First Lady. I don’t think anyone was prepared for the following exchange, as transcribed by EW’s Popwatch:

Michelle Obama: “Mr. President, you didn’t tell Beyonce about ‘Single Ladies’? Your rendition?”
Barack Obama: [chuckles] “Oh! I’m not like Justin. I didn’t put on the outfit. But I didn’t want my girls thinking that I couldn’t, you know…I got a lil’ something.”

Obama then follows it up with one of the hand twirl moves from the video!

I don’t know what’s cooler – that Obama knows his pop culture and musical references, or that he’s seen the oh-so-awesome SNL sketch that parodied Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video.

Have You Been to an SNL Taping?

Have any readers actually been to an SNL taping before?

I’d like to hear your experiences. How did you get your tickets?  What year was it?  Who was the host and musical guest?

I’ve never attended a taping, and I don’t know anyone personally that has been one of the lucky audience members over the years.  The closest I’ve been is the lobby at 30 Rockefeller, The NBC Universal Store, and just outside the entrance to the NBC studios (when I snapped the photo above).

Share your story in the comments below!

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Timberlake on the “Single Ladies” Sketch

One of SNL’s funniest sketches of this season nearly didn’t happen. In a pre-Grammy Awards interview with Katie Couric, Justin Timberlake revealed that Beyonce had some serious reservations about the “Single Ladies” sketch, which put JT, Andy Samberg and Bobby Moynihan in tights and heels as backup dancers for the diva’s latest video.

The Associated Press reports:

When Beyonce told him she was having second thoughts about a sketch where Timberlake was to “audition” for a video, he showed up at her dressing room in a robe covering a leotard. He dropped the robe and stood there, staring into space. Beyonce’s reply: “I can’t look anywhere but your face right now.”

Thanks, Beyonce, for agreeing to it! You could have prevented the world from seeing JT and the boys in action, and hearing JT say “We’re the dan-cers”!

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