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SNL: Jimmy Fallon/Michael Buble

COLD OPEN
ZOË RICE: A thinly veiled metaphor – an alumni hero is back in town, and the cast is letting him in through the back door to party. I think it’s apropos to open with a nostalgic sketch,…

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SNL Season Finale

COLD OPEN
ZOË RICE: First, apologies for the DEMON FLU that beat me up and delayed this review by a week. As for Dominique Strauss-Kahn and his new European finance savvy con friends, I feel rather ambivalent. The concept was a bit one-note, and despite some good moments, I thought Pharoah and Thompson ultimately fell short.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I thought they made the best of the single note they were given. Decent concept, didn’t go anywhere. Continue reading

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SNL: Miley Cyrus/The Strokes

ZOË RICE: Once again SNL’s topical humor suffers for its weekly rather than nightly format. Bill Hader’s Charlie Sheen impression is good, but Jimmy Fallon’s was amazing days earlier. Point, Fallon. Abby Elliott fails to evoke the appearance or personality of Christina Aguilera, and why is Miley Cyrus in the cold open?? The host very rarely appears in this first sketch of the show, and I have no clue why they made an exception for Cyrus, especially given how lame and unnecessary she is here. What a terrible choice – I am now predisposed to dislike her. The high point of this sketch is Armisen as Gaddafi. Really, any excuse for Armisen’s Gaddafi works for me.

HOWARD MEGDAL: And The Daily Show barely touched it, since it simply wasn’t much of a story. Known Hollywood partier goes crazy? Great. Armisen’s ability to play middle eastern dictators is huge this year- as much a gain for SNL as it was a problem when Barack Obama rose to prominence and their best option was… Fred Armisen. Continue reading

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SNL in Review: Amy Poehler/Katy Perry

ZOË RICE: There was potential here–alas unrealized. I guess the gag is that Christine Cornell actually masturbates and has other hidden skeletons in her closet? Like dog fighting? I enjoyed the final beat, with Kristin Wiig donning hat and broom. Otherwise…


HOWARD MEGDAL:
My biggest problem here is that Wiig doesn’t even appear to have bothered with a character. It’s the stock Wiig, and it drags because they give her nothing to work with, dialogue-wise. I expected more after a whole summer to recharge, but this was the case throughout the episode. Continue reading

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