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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.43
...kind of blew.

It still had the staleness of the last few seasons. Someone on the staff continues to be amused by Will Forte's Bush impression, which mystifies me. It didn't help that Dane Cook was almost completely unfunny. (And I usually like him.) Also, The Killers were awful. (And I like them too!)

I like that they're trying new things, like the weird semi-sketches that lead into full sketches (like the Brian Williams cameo, which was pretty awesome, and the Farrah Fawcett thing). And for me, bizarre meta-sketches, like the water bottle sketch, are funny. Though from what I've read online, I'm in the minority there.

On the plus side, Bill Hader's Al Pacino is the bestest thing ever.

It seems like they kept some of the wrong people, as Fred Armisen continues to not live up to his potential and Jason Sudekis brings nothing to the table. I was beginning to question why they kept Maya Rudolph, up until the Whitney Houston Geico commercial.

So, rough start, but I'll keep watching. I never learn.

Oh, and another thing...did NBC do a bad job of promoting the premiere? I never saw a single commercial for it and I only knew it was on because I happened to check my cable listings.







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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.60
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    ...kind of blew.

    It still had the staleness of the last few seasons. Someone on the staff continues to be amused by Will Forte's Bush impression, which mystifies me. It didn't help that Dane Cook was almost completely unfunny. (And I usually like him.) Also, The Killers were awful. (And I like them too!)

    I like that they're trying new things, like the weird semi-sketches that lead into full sketches (like the Brian Williams cameo, which was pretty awesome, and the Farrah Fawcett thing). And for me, bizarre meta-sketches, like the water bottle sketch, are funny. Though from what I've read online, I'm in the minority there.

    On the plus side, Bill Hader's Al Pacino is the bestest thing ever.

    It seems like they kept some of the wrong people, as Fred Armisen continues to not live up to his potential and Jason Sudekis brings nothing to the table. I was beginning to question why they kept Maya Rudolph, up until the Whitney Houston Geico commercial.

    So, rough start, but I'll keep watching. I never learn.

    Oh, and another thing...did NBC do a bad job of promoting the premiere? I never saw a single commercial for it and I only knew it was on because I happened to check my cable listings.






Will Forte's impression is awful and Armisen is useless. Other than that I pretty much am the opposite on everything. Maya Rudolph is awful, even in the Whitney Houston thing. Bil Hader's Pacino is OK at best, definitely not the greatest thing ever and while the impression was ok the skit was very lame. The water bottles I kind of chuckled when the bottles kept on falling but the rest of the skit was pretty unfunny. I actually thought Dane Cook was funny and saved the show, the monologue alone was funnier than the rest of the show.

Is Myers only doing the update now that he's writer? If so that blows. I actually liked him and skits, I think he and Samberg are the only talented ones and they were both hardly even on the show last night.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
I'll agree on Will Forte's Bush. He doesn't sound like him. He doesn't talk like him. He doesn't do any of his annoying little mannerisms. I don't get it. The easiest President to parody during the show's lifetime - and in an era that includes Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton that's saying a lot - and they haven't been able to get a decent version since Will Ferrel left.

Aside from that, I thought the show was decent. Dane Cook sucked big floppy donkey dick but, hey, it was Dane Cook. Hardly their fault. He got out there for his nineteen minute monolouge (seemingly), blasted through a bunch of his no-joke jokes and blisteringly obvious "observational" material somehow emphasizing every single word in each sentence, while the eighteen year old ate it up and I sat numb and feeling old.

Weekend Update was fine. Seth Meyers did as good a job as I could've hoped for replacing my old favorite cast member. They both kinda read their lines like they're reading jokes instead of like they're reading the news which doesn't really work in that context. Brian Williams was awesome - and it's amazing how fast he went from "never going to be able to fill Tom Brokaw's shoes" to "the most legitimate newsman on the networks". Competing every night against morning show hosts'll do that to you right quick.

The last half hour, though, was exactly what I think the show ought to be. The sketches blending together, like we're watching "Mr. Show" all of a sudden (the worst episode ever, but "Mr. Show" nonetheless). And the Poland Springs sketch - brilliant. That ending was the kind of metatextual and smart thing they should do way, way, way more often. SNL sketches that can honestly be described as "clever" are few and far between, but that sure as hell was one. I liked the Pacino sketch - though it went on too long.

Everything Maya Rudolph does is instant death. The least funny woman ever on the show not named Molly Shannon.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.47
I like how Studio 60 had a scene where the writers were suggesting crappy ideas for lame Bush sketches, and the actual SNL writers topped them with a Bush sketch that was even crappier and lamer. Way to show 'em who's boss, guys.
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I think Bill Hader has the best shot at breaking out. I loved his Vincent Price Holiday Specials last year, although I may have been the only one.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.37
    Originally posted by kentish
    I think Bill Hader has the best shot at breaking out. I loved his Vincent Price Holiday Specials last year, although I may have been the only one.


And his Peter O'Toole from last evening's Weekend Update was awesome. Slightly better host this week (more of an actor) with better results. Couldn't have cared less about the musical act though (despite VH-1 constantly telling me "I Oughtta Know")



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05
I just saw the episode this past weekend on the rerun, and thought it was pretty strong. The cast is MUCH stronger with fewer people, and thus people like Hader, Wiig and Forte are actually getting a chance to appear in more than a couple of sketches per show. If they get rid of Amy Poehler and Darrell Hammond, the cast will actually be all solid for the first time in years.

Hader's Al Pacino impression is beyond funny. If you close your eyes and imagine Pacino actually talking, it's even better.





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