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SNL Cast Changes

ZOË RICE: Although I will miss Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, and Andy Samberg when they leave SNL, the show itself will probably only really miss one of them. Continue reading

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SNL Jesse Eisenberg/Nicki Minaj

ZOË RICE: The SNL writers should be watching the Daily Show to see what’s already been done with topical political humor. In this case it was Olivia Munn whose similar – and briefer – Daily Show gag got to Michele Bachmann’s “technical difficulties” first. So because I’d seen that, this one felt a touch stale.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
A touch? They stole the TDS bit, but stretched it out into five minutes, and added none of the other aspects of what made The Daily Show funny. Honestly, it feels like SNL sometimes wants to make The Daily Show more relevant with their political humor. Maybe it’s my fault- I really had high hopes for SNL on this one. Very disappointing. Continue reading

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SNL: Alec Baldwin/Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

ZOË RICE: I like the topical choice of subject, even if the Daily Show’s bit on the oil spill is hard to beat. I especially enjoyed Armisen in this sketch. I would have liked to see a couple more “plans” but that’s a good sign if I want more, no?

STEVE MURPHY: I’m just elated that didn’t have a politician in it! I enjoyed the plans (particularly the ‘Back Up Plan’), and I agree with Zoe, SNL has never been very good at leaving you wanting more, typically opting for “repeat it till it dies and then keep repeating it.” A moderately good start!

HOWARD MEGDAL: Exactly- it was the pacing that made this work. Way too many openings drag. Continue reading

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SNL: James Franco/Muse

ZOË RICE: SNL rarely opens with this type of recurring sketch–the Lawrence Welk show, with those 4 singing sisters–and the host, James Franco appeared in it, another rarity. I get the sense this skit might not have been the original opener, but I don’t care. I loved it. I laughed heartily. Eunice is so friggin’ funny. With those little mutant hands and all their hilarious antics! James Franco held his own and made me psyched for the rest of the show.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I have to say, I do enjoy this skit. Obviously, skewering Lawrence Welk isn’t particularly timely, and it does play oddly as the opener- but I’m glad for it, and James Franco announced his presence with authority.

STEVE MURPHY: I think the only reason this was so jarring is because the cold open is usually political and usually sucks. Overall this one was a success for me. I don’t understand why this needs sketch even needs a Lawrence Welk reference, really. I’m with Howard, the Lawrence Welk Show isn’t topical enough to lampoon. Luckily James Franco was fantastic, and Kristen Wiig was intensely creepy as usual as the mutant fourth sister (even if her lines weren’t as funny as usual). Franco’s gonna be a great host, I can feel it! Continue reading

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