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Another Classic Steve Martin Sketch

I just couldn’t resist posting another classic Steve Martin clip!

Does anyone else remember King Tut?

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I think this musical number was so popular because people remember the insanity surrounding the King Tut exhibit whenever it came to town. Although I didn’t make it to the museum when it was in my hometown, I do recall the ads everywhere, and hearing about the long lineups.

I find it hard to believe this sketch is from 1978!

Think there will be any moments quite like this when Martin hosts this Saturday?

A Classic Steve Martin Sketch

In case you haven’t heard, Steve Martin is hosting SNL next Saturday for the 15th time. That’s unprecedented on the show until now.

Since 1976, his appearances have created some of the most memorable characters. One of my faves has always been Martin and Dan Aykroyd as those “wild and crazy guys” The Festrunk Brothers.

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Which Steve Martin characters or sketches have you enjoyed the most over the years? Do you hope he revives any of them for his upcoming SNL appearance?

Tonight on SNL: John Malkovich and T.I. (Repeat)

Tonight’s on SNL is a repeat of the holiday episode featuring John Malkovich.

You can check out our recap of this episode HERE.

It’d be worth tuning in for some of Amy Poehler’s last appearances, especially her opening as Hilary Clinton, and for the Digital Short “J*%$ in my Pants”, performed by Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island.

The next new episode of SNL is January 31st with Steve Martin.

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Wiig Not Eager to Step into Palin’s Shoes

I couldn’t possibly imagine any of the current players on SNL as Sarah Palin, after Tina Fey’s insanely great performances last fall leading up to the US Presidential Election.

A few names have been tossed around by Fey as to who her successor will be, which includes Kristen Wiig. But Wiig doesn’t want the role.

She spoke with Kevin Williamson of Sun Media at this year’s Sundance Film Fest, and commented:

“I could never do Sarah Palin after Tina Fey did. It would be so hard … I think she was pretty perfect on that one and America knew it even before she did it. What was so cool was her leaving SNL to do this really successful show (30 Rock) and then coming back to do this one thing, which turned out to be the biggest thing ever. She’s so good at it. I hope I never have to do it. Those are some shoes to fill.”

I’m relieved Wiig isn’t contemplating this role. I can barely tolerate her the majority of the time on SNL, although sometimes she surprises me. She shouldn’t bother with Palin, and stick to Kathie Lee Gifford, one of the few impersonations of hers that I don’t mind. At the same time, I can’t picture ANY of the current female players on SNL taking on the role of Palin. Perhaps they should just reserve it for the shows when Tina Fey returns as host.

Can you picture any of the current SNL players in the role of Sarah Palin?

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SNL’er Armisen Engaged to Mad Men’s Moss

Just a week after the announcement they were dating, Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss reveals that she’s engaged to SNL’s Fred Armisen.

Moss broke the news of the engagement to USA Weekend’s Lorrie Lynch in an interview leading up to this weekend’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. She’s nominated for her portrayal of Peggy Olson on AMC’s Mad Men.

Armisen’s been an SNL player since 2002. Recently, his roles on the show have included impersonations of President Barack Obama and New York Governor David Paterson, as well as Fericito, his recurring Venezuelan night club comedian character.

Moss has been in New York since the fall in her first Broadway role, as Karen in Speed-the-Plow. This is the 20th Anniversary revival of the David Mamet play. Moss’ role was originally played by Madonna.

Photo courtesy of US Weekly

SNL Season 33 Episode 12 Recap

This past weekend’s episode of SNL, with host Rosario Dawson, left a lot to be desired. It was just plain old boring.  I hate to say it, but this one was even worse than last fall’s Tim McGraw ep.  I have to wonder if there was any thought put into writing these sketches.

The opening sketch, with Kristen Wiig as Diane Sawyer and Darrell Hammond as Dick Cheney, was horrid.  Wiig/Sawyer kept asking Hammond/Cheney if he had regrets on a number of different subjects.  My regret – that the writers couldn’t come up with something better, and I had to endure a sketch that seemed to last way, way too long.

Da Learnin’ Train, a parody of a Discovery Kids TV program, was so lame.  I don’t think even the strongest players would have been able to make this one work.

We were subjected to another typically annoying Kristen Wiig character, Gilly.  I can’t say nothing more than terrible, terrible, terrible!

Even this week’s Digital Short was weak, despite ending with Will Forte’s bare butt.

The only glimpses of hope were during the Weekend Update, with Seth Meyers drawing on outgoing president GWB, and the plane landing in the Hudson for content.   WU guest Andy Samberg as “Larry the Goose” was solid, as he told his side of the story regarding US Airways landing on the Hudson – I loved that he used the word “clusterflock”.  Guest Judy Grimes (shock of shocks, Kristen Wiig again) sucked, as usual.  I really wish they wouldn’t bring back that character again.

I was impressed, however, by musical guests Fleet Foxes.  I’d say they were the best musical guest since last fall’s appearance by Kings of Leon.

We have to wait until January 31st for the next new episode, with host Steve Martin (returning for a record-breaking 15th time as host).  Hopefully, we’ll see an improvement.

Do you agree this was the worst episode this season?  And do you find most of Kristin Wiig’s characters as annoying as I do?

SNL Season 33 Episode 11 Recap

NPH + SNL = the best episode of SNL so far this season! Almost every sketch was fantastic, and the ones that were mediocre were better than the entire Tim McGraw episode combined.

By far, the standout moment for me was the Digital Short featuring an orchestral rendition of the Doogie Howser, MD theme song. From the opening keystrokes by NPH to his single tear shed at the very end, this has become one of my fave SNL sketches of all time! In case you haven’t seen it, check out the
CLIP. (Click HERE if you’re in Canada.)

I also really got a chuckle from the Save Broadway sketch. I know a lot of people weren’t happy with it, knocking Broadway when it’s down, but how could you not laugh at it? I couldn’t help but giggle at NPH as Mark from Rent, considering this is a role he actually played on Broadway. I also thought Jason Sudeikis was quite funny as The Phantom of the Opera, and Taylor Swift was a hoot as badass Annie.

I wasn’t too crazy about the Penelope sketch. I’m just not a fan of that character, although I know she’s popular with a lot of viewers. It was funny, though, when Neil Patrick Harris’ character mocks Penelope, and Liza Minnelli making an appearance at the end of it.

I thought the Today Show sketch had some funny moments, especially once NPH as an aerobics instructor to the stars tries to get Kristen Wiig’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Michaela Watkins’ Hoda Kotb exercising.

It was great that Abby Elliott finally got to take the spotlight; she did a great job as Rachel Maddow in the opening sketch and Jamie Lynn Spears in Two First Names.

So what do you think of this episode of SNL? Which sketch was your fave?

Tonight on SNL – Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift

Neil Patrick Harris seems to have it all right now – a hit TV series, award nominations, and a pivotal role in the largest internet sensation of 2008. Oh, and he’s talented to boot.

To quote Dr. Horrible, “Here lies everything/The world I wanted at my feet/My victory’s complete/So hail to the king/Arise and sing.”

Tonight, he adds SNL to his list of credits, something that I see as a major victory. NPH has surpassed underground cult hero fandom and made the jump to mainstream awesomeness!

Musical guest is Taylor Swift, making the move from what felt like an endless supply of hip-hop to a young country star.

Earlier this week, MTV News visited the SNL set to interview Taylor Swift. And of course, NPH made an appearance or two! You can watch that clip HERE.

I have to admit, I have very high expectations for this evening’s show. I won’t accept anything but the best from SNL’s writers. I’m sure they recognize the talent they have on their hands, and have created some of their finest sketches to showcase NPH’s skills.

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

Photo courtesy of NBC.

A Sneak Peak of NPH on SNL

I can barely contain my excitement for this Saturday’s episode of SNL with Neil Patrick Harris.

In an exclusive NBC web promo, NPH and Will Forte share a drink and some laughs. You can watch it HERE.

Now this won’t be the first time that NPH and Forte have been on screen together. Forte guest starred on an episode of How I Met Your Mother in the May 2008 episode “Rebound Bro”, and they proved to have some solid comedic chemistry. Let’s hope the same is true this Saturday night.

Neil Patrick Harris on SNL’s 1st New Ep of 2009

It’s a new year, and what could be better this weekend than a new episode of SNL? How about a new episode of SNL hosted by one of the brightest, most talented stars on the small screen, Neil Patrick Harris?

It’s no secret that I think NPH is awesome, and worthy of the accolades, award nominations, and critics’ praise bestowed upon him in 2008. After all, Doogie Howser is the unofficial godfather of the weblog, his How I Met Your Mother character Barney Stinson’s lingo has crept into the collective consciousness, and he’s an internet superstar because of  Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Being selected as the first SNL host of 2009 affirms his status as one of televisions’ super stars.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited about an episode of SNL, and very eager to see what this Saturday night holds for NPH and viewers. I’m putting my faith in SNL’s writers that they will create truly memorable and insanely funny material for him to work with.

Will you be tuning in to SNL on January 10th? Or are any readers lucky enough to be attending? You can be sure I’ll be glued to the TV screen for this one!

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