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Saturday Night Live (2009) - Review

All the old Saturday Night Dead jokes no longer apply: Now in its 35th season, Saturday Night Live is a pop cultural machine that's likely to continue until producer Lorne Michaels decides to end it. It's also found a core cast that frequently rescues almost any episode from being a mirthless washout - unless the obstacles include bad material and a dud host, as occurred in the Nov. 14 January Jones debacle. Slowly, steadily, SNL castmates such as Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, and Kristen Wiig have become strong, all-purpose squad members. Although most of the regulars have established recurring characters (Wiig specializes in manufacturing a slew of them, from jittery Penelope to mischievous Gilly), it's the odd, one-off performances that really glow. I'm thinking of the way Sudeikis and Forte wrung improbably big laughs as sportscasters forced to do tampon commercials on the Oct. 10 episode ( Tamp it to the max with Tampax! ). Lately, SNL has had bad luck in booking hosts with a movie opening around the time they appear on the show: Everyone from Megan Fox to Gerard Butler to Drew Barrymore had a difficult time sparking laughs. (It didn't help that by the time they hosted, the products they were plugging had already flopped at the box office - maybe Michaels needs to rethink this strategy.) SNL is having a tougher time finding a tone for its political humor this season. Fred Armisen, so good with original characters like rambling comedian Nicholas Fehn, does a weak Obama impersonation, and in general, there's little sting in any jab thrown at either Democrats or Republicans. It's as though, once the election was over and Tina Fey hung up her Sarah Palin pumps, SNL looked over at Jon Stewart and glanced at the Internet and said, We're not in that business anymore. The show can't seem to keep pace with the 24-hour news cycles. As a result, SNL just goes after whatever the biggest headline of the week is during its cold-open sketch, lets Seth Meyers make a few vaguely liberal yuks on Update, and pretty much avoids anything else that assumes its audience reads the news. It says a lot about brand loyalty - especially for the viewer-hemorrhaging NBC - that we'll sit through moments like Butler singing. (Ratings for the show have been solid this Season - averaging 6.6 million viewers, the same as last year.) SNL withstood years of competition from MADtv, and it's unlikely that Fox's replacement, The Wanda Sykes Show, will do much ratings damage. It may be an old habit, this Saturday Night Live, but we don't seem to want to shake our addiction. B- Source Here

January Jones Tries to Bring the Funny for Saturday Night Live

Mad Men's January Jones tried her hand at comedy this week when she hosted Saturday Night Live. But was she able to cut loose from the stiff Betty Draper persona we've all come to know? Let's check out some clips: Monologue This was really the only Mad Men gag of the night. Jones monologue was almost immediately interrupted by a group of obsessed fans, which Jones referred to as "Mad Mennies." They even ended up on stage to sing the show's theme songs with their original lyrics. To Read More Click Here . If You Missed This Episode Watch It Here Online Now

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One of the better ones! The Rock was actually very good....worth watching all of it for the lighthouse scene...

Important Things With Demetri Martin - Variety

(Series; Comedy Central, Wed., Feb. 11, 10:30 p.m.) The first episode of "Important Things With Demetri Martin" is much like the comedian himself: Somewhat aloof and not quite sure how to connect with a studio audience while making wry, Seinfeld-esque observations about life's random events. Both his delivery and the show improve in installment No. 2, and one could make a case that by the time the season wraps up, he may have found his comedic groove...if only he would blink occasionally. Martin, who has been a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," obviously made an impression on Stewart, who exec produces here via his Busboy Prods. shingle. "Important Things" divvies Martin's skills between stand-up and sketch, and clearly the show's best moments are with the latter, where he can extend a premise without it feeling redundant. It figures that the sketches should be prominent since Beth McCarthy-Miller, one of the show's exec producers, is a longtime "SNL" helmer. Each episode has a theme - the "thing" in the show's title: In the premiere, the theme is "timing." Martin offers mostly silly one-liners on the topic, then switches to a skit in which he and guest star Amanda Peet play actors trying to goad each other into a verbal fight. It's the best part of the episode, and brings the timing premise to life. Like Saturday Night Live , Important Things is often hit and miss, but the simplest way for Martin to smooth over the bumps would be to become more comfortable in the stand-up segment. He's a bit too stiff, and his wide-eyed, unblinking delivery is a distraction. He'd be wise to study "SNL Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers on how to deliver a joke and make it look like you're having a good time doing it. Episode two - this time the premise is "power" - is a substantial improvement. The sketches, including a bit about fighting over a parking space, are more inspired and better executed. Production design is rather simple, on par with a low-budget sketch show. Source

SNL: Hugh Laurie - Blood Sausages and Singing Lamps

As a longtime fan of Saturday Night Live , I take it especially hard when it, you know, sucks. I was excited to a slightly embarrassing degree after hearing Hugh Laurie was hosting. I suppose that's the problem, really. If one expects mediocrity they will seldom be disappointed. The funniest part came early on. Maya Rudolph came back to join Amy Poehler for one last Bronx Beat with Betty and Jodi (this was Amy's final show). Their guest was Jeffrey Billings (a clean-shaven Hugh) ...more

Saturday Night Live

sooooooooooooooo funny its so cool!