Posts tagged with: Steve Martin

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.

Photo Courtesy of NBC

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.

Photo courtesy of NBC

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?