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Apparently, Having Zooey Deschanel on SNL Merits Multiple Guest Appearances

First of all, I have no idea whether or not I like Zooey Deschanel. It is very difficult to figure out. Sure, she is all “adorkable” (or whatever we’re supposed to call her), and she sounds a bit like a female Kermit the Frog (who we obviously love), and quite frankly after seeing The Descendants, I’m kind of into ukulele at the moment, but—well, the cons are pretty much all the same things.

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I do know that I pretty much entirely enjoyed this week’s Deschanel-hosted Saturday Night Live. 

First of all, my favorite quotation of the night (based the singular reason that it is a direct quote from almost every moment of my life, including earlier today at the Post Office when I asked: “Do you still sell two-cent stamps? Is that a thing?”—they do, it’s just not clear on the website)  came out of the fast-talking newspaper office sketch in which Deschanel’s character tries to fit in, fails, but “almost”makes it, exclaiming: “Hey! That was almost a thing! I almost did it! I think I’m gonna fit in here great, yay! [pause] Or not, whatever.”

It was great. Also, it was how I have felt at so many of my failed employment experiences. Except that one office where people hardly ever spoke and we took tea every day for 45 minutes. I fit in pretty well there.

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My favorite Deschanel-helmed sketch of the evening (or Monday morning, if we’re being real about this recap) was a revamp of the “French Dancing” sketch à la The Artist, complete with a  guest appearance by Jean Dujardin miming and dancing it up. I have not yet seen The Artist, but I have been planning on seeing it for weeks and I do kind of love Jean Dujardin, so it’s basically the same thing (not a thing).

Sidebar: Have you seen Dujardin’s Funny or Die sketch?

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Second favorite, clearly featured a delightfully awkward face-to-face of the real Zooey Deschanel and her SNL doppelgänger played by Abby Elliot on “Bein’ Quirky.” Deschanel played Mary-Kate Olsen, who was “happy” to appear on the show, because a slight breeze happened to blow her over to the set. She’s also wearing an electric blanket instead of a dress that she found in the garbage: “Garbage, garbage, it’s fun to bring home garbage” (you have to sing that line). Bjork even showed up and knitted a sweater for an octopus. They also paid homage to the inspiration for quirky girls everywhere,  Mayim Bialik, the star of Blossom (cut to me looking up Blossom on Netflix, because I loved it so).

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Nicolas Cage made the second surprise celebrity guest of the guest, by appearing on Weekend Update’s “Get in the Cage” segment alongside his SNL clone played by Andy Samburg. Clearly, remarks on the sequel to Ghostrider were made, as were amazingly lyrical Cageian compliments. It was amazing. That’s high praise.

The two key elements of a Nick Cage feature? “All of the dialogue is either whispered or screamed… [and] everything in the movie is on fire.

Next up for Cage and Cage? “A three-way with the Declaration of Independence.”

And not to continue to harp on Super Bowl commercials, but the Bill-Hader-As-Clint-Eastwood doing a trifecta of half-time in America commercials also made me giggle (parts one, two, three).

So really, it was kind of a winner of an episode, overall. And even more so if you read New York Magazine’s predictions. 

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Daniel Radcliffe’s Saturday Night (Never-You-Mind About Lana Del Rey)

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I actually made myself watch at least half of each of Lana Del Rey’s performances when I finally DVRed it up with Saturday Night Live this morning. Really, I did. And that is last I have to say about it, other than noting that this Thought Catalog self-defense is pretty special, and calling your attention to the awkward spin she did halfway through “Video Games.”

Onwards.

Aside from the lacklustre musicality, Daniel Radcliffe’s SNL outing was pretty solid. There was only one Harry Potter sketch (“No one wants to see Dumbledore working at Harry Pottery Barn”), a lot of reddish wig wearing, and a lot of back-and-forth in the accent department. The Potter movies benefited from a healthy dose of humor, throughout the entire series, culminating in surprising moments of levity in the face of death in Deathly Hallows, Part 2; thus, I had been waiting to see how one of the lead three would fare hosting SNL, betting on Radcliffe given that he just finished How to Succeed…, has been living in New York, and has a new film coming out (sidebar: how few people noticed that Emma Watson is in My Week with Marilyn?).

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The opening monologue wasn’t entirely inspired or hysterical, but it wasn’t awkward either—and quite often, really, that’s a win on SNL. Radcliffe jibed at adult fans of Potterdom, explain that although “I know [the books] were long, but that’s because the letters were big—you know for children.” He also reflected that of all the actors who have played him in past sketches (Rachel Dratch, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Hugh Jackman), that “I think we can all agree Jackman came the closest.”

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Someone has a high opinion of himself.

Just saying.

So after a hilarious No-Really-I’m-Not-A-Robot-I’m-Just-Like-You Mitt Romney cold open by Jason Sudeikis, and monologue, the night carried on with the return of Target Lady and an epic-mullet-wearing Radcliffe as the stock boy who loves her. In this sketch, we were all afforded a moment to confront and accept just how incredibly porcelain Daniel Radcliffe is, when he ripped his shirt open to display the muscles he is beefing up for Target Lady. In case you missed it in Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and/or Equus… he is a pale man with very dark hair.

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Also, there was the first of the Sarah McLachlan jokes for the evening when Wiig’s character is told to keep the change—which is not allowed to do—she cries, “I know! I’m gonna give this to Sarah McLachlan and her wet dogs!”

Meanwhile, critics of Participation Trophies and the self-indulgence of blogs everywhere are sure to have enjoyed the “You Can Do Anything” show, celebrating the most affirmed generation in history:

  • “Because I have no shame or self-awareness.”
  • “I’m what you would call ‘Twitter famous’.” “Meaning?” “Not famous.”
  • “I went to a school with no grades! I tried, and therefore no one should criticize me.”

Shortly afterwards, a promo for the Jersey-Boys-alike musical, Delaware Fellas (representing the state that was named after another state’s governor), ended with a ringing endorsement from Joe Biden (seriously though, where has he been lately? #irl) who gives the show “three and a half trains: Woot! Woot! Woot! Wo—!”

And then there was the return to Hogwarts, where young wizards will spend the best years of their lives, “Honestly, the best. It does not get better,” as a washed-up Harry Potter informs them.

In regards to recent life events in the post-Voldemort world: “And just yesterday—this is equally exciting—I bought a Volvo.” That’s a big deal. And very safe.

Radcliffe also stopped by the Weekend Update desk (my favorite place, clearly), as Casey Anthony’s newly adopted Yorkshire terrier, asking: “I mean, where was Sarah McLachlan on that one?” when Anthony applied to adopt a canine companion. HE also spoke out against the perceived monopoly cats have on certain types of humor: “Dogs can be sarcastic too. It’s not just for cats.”

My dog is always sarcastic. Especially when I throw something for her to fetch and she makes me go get it instead.

Seth Meyers also informed us that “A pub in England ahs started selling a special beer designed for dogs. I’m sorry, let me read that again: A pub in England has started selling Miller Lite.” Meanwhile, I have started drinking PBR as a method of staving off hangovers, since it is the equivalent of downing a nice cold tallboy of water.

I also really enjoyed the New Hampshire Primary Exit Poll sketch, and for some reason died when one of Wiig’s questions to Radcliffe went like this:

“Can you sleep on planes?”
“Yes!” with great enthusiasm.
“I can’t!” And I hate you a little.

For the record, I can doze on planes.

And the last, most magical thing that happened, went down when Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers were off on stage left at the end of bows, totally jamming it out.

So while I am glad that I made the choice to see some live sketch comedy on Saturday at Chicago Sketch Fest (which incidentally involved a parody of the way Saturday Night Live wraps up the show every week), and today I am pretty pleased that I have a DVR and that it is forever programmed to record SNL—just in case.

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Daniel Radcliffe is Hosting Saturday Night Live… Tonight

In regards to hosting SNL, honestly, it was only a matter of time (moments really) once Radcliffe completed his run as Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Who’s excited? Who’s intrigued? Don’t lie to me.

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I’m Afraid I’ve Not Been In

Sorry about that. Things have been kind of crazy busy around here lately and sadly, the blogging had to take a hiatus. I’ve missed a lot of marvelous goings on, but hopefully things will be up and running properly again shortly. I have, however, tried to stay on top of my Twitter whilst away, so you should be following me, because I am told it is such a delight.

Things I am so sad to have missed commenting on:

  1. The Muppets on Saturday Night Live with Jason Segel.

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  2. Kermit visiting the Weekend Update desk for a special segment of “REALLY?! with Seth and Kermit”(he’s not a puppet, he’s a real live talking frog). Also, I signed a petition about that whole pizza is a vegetable thing, and it’s still making me sick to think about.

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  3. Most of the Figure Skating Grand Prix season and the final (although, to be fair the failure there has a lot to do with the failure of AT&T U-Verse to carry Universal Sports).
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So really, two things. Also the Savoy Cocktail Project, which will be back up and running shortly. I had a dinner party and tried out some Cocchi Americano… I was very pleased.

I have also started watching How I Met Your Mother, which—for the vast numbers of people surely wondering—is now available to stream on Netflix. Note it.

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United States of FIFA [12] Commercial with… Seth Meyers

This aired after the ‘Weekend Update’ segment of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere.

I had to  stop fast-forwarding, rewind and watch again.

Also Steve Nash and apparently Hope Solo. But I am far more entertained by Seth Meyers. Obviously.

Random.

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Ben & Jerry’s: Things to Know, Not Just Schweddy Balls

On an unsuccessful quest for the new limited edition Schweddy Balls Ben & Jerry’s pint, I discovered this magic.

Yes, this exists and it is delicious.

Also, this exists, and I am a little afraid of it.

I cannot imagine it cannot be better than the Stephen Colbert themed AmeriCone Dream, but that’s just me and my opinion. Have you seen that tragic new Jimmy Fallon Capital One commercial?

Sidebar: all the people who apparently take moral issue with ‘Schweddy Balls’ are just going to have to accept the fact that 1990s Saturday Night Live skits have officially become classics.

And who doesn’t love Alec Baldwin? And who doesn’t love rum, ice cream and malt balls?

As Baldwin said in his sixteenth host monologue for Saturday Night Live on this weekend’s season premiere: If you have a problem with ‘Schweddy Balls,’ then “Ben and Jerry’s has a new ice cream flavor just for you. It’s called ‘Go Fudge Yourself.'”

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Onwards with my hunt for the elusive pint.

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Speaking of SNL: Dana Carvey

Recapping the Miley Cyrus edition of Saturday Night Live, reminded of an episode from a while back.

If you missed the triumphant return of the delightful Dana Carvey (to all the kids out there: it’s a guy) to Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago… do yourself a favor and waste some time at work watching the magic.

Just a note. Just a teensy suggestion.

“Wayne’s World”, the Church Lady… they were all there and full of Saturday Night Love. Former cast member returns are always entertaining.

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“Wayne’s World” returned as a great cold open in which the dudes presented their Oscar picks—although I could have done without all of the Winter’s Bone jokes (come on people, it was a good movie!)—but this seemed to bother no one aside from me.

“Winter’s Bone. This joke has been done three times.”

Still, overall, it was pretty great.

Plus, whenever Wayne’s World is on, I get to wax poetic about how I used to live a couple of blocks away from the giant cigar Indian.

And hi, Mike Myers came back to play.

Former co-cast member Jon Lovitz also cameo’d in Carvey’s monologue, in which they musically explained that their cast was “the best ever.”

Moving on, “Church Chat” with guests the Kardashians, Snooki and Justin Bieber had me pissing myself.

Church Lady also gave comment on current television programming such as One and A Half Men and  Whore-monger and Skins: “SportsCenter for pedophiles.”

Fantastic. Definitely worth a watch if you missed it last month.

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