SNL: S18E20... HOST: KEVIN KLINE... DATE: MAY 15, 1993

SNL: S18E20... HOST: KEVIN KLINE... DATE: MAY 15, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch where Bob Dole Visits The White House to discuss the Health Care Reform Package that Hillary was working on at the time since they needed his vote in order to get the Bill to pass. Dan Aykroyd played Dole who wanted to talk to Bill in private only Hillary won’t leave the room claiming to be the second president which led to a bickering bout between the two non-Presidential entities over their quest for power. Eventual, the bickering got physical when Hillary got Bob Dole in an arm lock and forced him to announce, “Live from New York…”
  2. Kevin Nealon then took to the stage as Kevin Kline to officially open the show with a generic monolog while the real Kevin Kline got pampered backstage where he joked about being too big of a success to put in the effort as host. As always, I hate this half-assed approach toward hosting even when it’s an obvious joke because more often than not these episodes end up feeling phoned in. That said, it was super funny when Rob Schneider and Chris Rock took to the stage pretending to be Paul Simon and Willie Nelson after Kline announced the musical guest for the show.
  3. We then got a fake ad for Mmmph? which was a Trivial Pursuit where the question asker simply speaks in a series of “Mmmphs,” to try to get their partner to answer the right question.
  4. Jean Carlo's Flatulence took place in a foreign airport waiting area where the crew offered a daylong delay. Kevin Kline played a local who took the news rather well as he tried to strike up a conversation with Julia Sweeney only to end up farting the entire time. It turned out Kline was portraying a famous comedic actor who must have been known for passing gas, if he was actually real. Due to the delay, he ended up making a day with Sweeney where he ended up farting all over Rome.
  5. How to Find Financial Freedom was an infomercial parody where David Spade and Tim Meadow discussed financial planning over lunch. Spade played the pitchman with Meadows playing the mark who gets nothing but encouraging bumper sticker talk without ever getting to the money making point.
  6. Willie Nelson and Paul Simon then took to the stage to perform Graceland.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Chris Farley’s Bennett Brauer character returned to make more finger quotes while bashing himself and expressing his surprise that he was actually invited back. Kevin Nealon also slipped into his Mr. Subliminal character to discuss the struggle of the Royal Family mainly focusing of the former princess, Diane. David Spade was the final news guest of the season for another one of his Hollywood Moments.
  8. Hub's Gyros then returned for another installment of the juice pushing Greek diner employees continue to pester their guest over their interest in “the juice.” This time, it turned out that the juice was no good which led the diner staff to travel back home to Greece to get more juice from their juice God. Just like last time, the sketch was eventually broken only this time by Mike Myers who was the one to complain that it was going on for way too long.
  9. Shmee where Chris Rock Played a little kid with his best friend Shmee, played by Chris Farley who was supposed to be a real-life talking Bee who can’t help but sting his little buddy only he doesn’t die because he was actually magical. Ellen Cleghorne played Chris Rock’s mom who tried to kill the flying pest only to end up knocking out a burglar in the process which led to the convoluted end to the sketch.
  10. Dr. Frankenstein's Re-animation Theory took place in a den where Kevin Kline played the guest of Phil Hartman who played Dr. Frankenstein. In the sketch, Dr. Frankenstein tries to explain re-animating dead only to have even the simplest explanations go over Kevin Kline’s head.
  11. Willie Nelson and Paul Simon then returned to the stage to perform Still Is Still Moving To Me.
  12. Criminal Encounter was a Schiller Reel short film where Rob Schneider played an ex-dancer who lost his career due to a criminal attack by Chris Farley who was still serving out his time in prison. First, we got a few introductory interview before the two met face to face for the first time since the crime where Farley is absolutely heartbroken when he learned that he took about Schneider’s ability to professionally dance which led the two to dance with one another.
  13. Finally, Kevin Kline closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights only to be interrupted by Adam Sandler’s concerned audience member character.
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SNL: S18E19... HOST: CHRISTINA APPLEGATE... DATE: MAY 8, 1993

SNL: S18E19... HOST: CHRISTINA APPLEGATE... DATE: MAY 8, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a new installment of Coffee Talk where once again host, Linda Richman shared the story of how she took over the show from Paul Baldwin before sharing a story about Mother’s Say which she followed up by taking phone calls from her fans to discuss the special day. This being the opening sketch, it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Christina Applegate then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited she was to work on the show and get to play a bunch of different characters. She then went on to explain how she was super excited to visit New York because it was a complete change of pace from her life in L.A. only most of her New York adventures were all based around going to the mall.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for the Nerf Crotch Bat which was a Nerf bat that was perfectly designed for the ultimate crotch shot.
  4. Focus On Beauty II was a parody of a Cher infomercial from the time where Christina Applegate imitated the legendary pop star to pitch her latest line of hair care products. The big selling point of this product and major was the fact that there was no alcohol which they claimed led to less dried out hair which they had to repeat over and over again as if it were a hard concept to grasp.
  5. The Backwards Romance was an experimental theater sketch that highlighted a play where time ran backwards which led the narrator played by Phil Hartman to have to explain over and over again when things got too confusing to keep track of the story’s logic.
  6. Midnight Oil then took to the stage to perform Truganini.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Adam Sandler dropped by to sing a Mother’s Day tune but other than that it was just news.
  8. The Gap series of sketches returned for another round of youth bashing as the drag clad boys from the show where this time they complained about the Clinton’s style before being introduced to Christina Applegate who played the new girl. At first, Christina struggled to fit in because her honest approach to being a salesperson failed to translate to moving any merchandise but the old employees took her in when they saw how harsh she was with the girl from the Donut Shop who was part of an inter-store feud.
  9. Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker was the debut of Chris Farley’s classic motivational speaker character who warned Christina Applegate and Dave Spade about doing drugs and how doing so could lead you to LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER.
  10. You Bet Your Life was a game show sketch hosted by Adam Sandler as Bill Cosby who made fun of the comedian’s rambling ways to the point where it was impossible to figure out what he was saying even though the contestants did seem to have any problems understanding as they worked together in order to win the game.
  11. Midnight Oil then returned to the stage to perform My Country.
  12. Hangin' With MTV: G-Spot was an MTV profile parody that highlighted the fictional new R&B group named G-Spot who sang a song about sucking big fat toes.
  13. We then got a Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack pondered why the dove was designated as a symbol of peace and not something more safe and soft like a pillow.
  14. Kevin Nealon then played Christina Applegate’s agent who prepared her for a meeting with Acme Casting Agency and had to warn her about all of the strange disfigurements and strange personalities that she would be experience when she entered the casting room.
  15. This was followed by another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack discussed how it’s easy to laugh at the old, especially when you look at their Adam’s apples.
  16. Finally, Christina Applegate closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S18E18... HOST: KIRSTIE ALLEY... DATE: APRIL 17, 1993

SNL: S18E18... HOST: KIRSTIE ALLEY... DATE: APRIL 17, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with coverage of the movement Reoccurring Characters For Unity which was a parody of the Farm Aid Feed The World song featuring the reoccurring character from the current cast of SNL pleading their case for existing and overall acceptance in general following the second verdict from a new Rodney King retrial where the jury deemed that the cops were up to no good. Of course, this being the opening sketch it eventually built up to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Kirstie Alley then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this is the final year of the show Cheers and how sad she is that her show is coming to an end. She then started to sing the theme song to the show just like she did during her last appearance only this time, instead of the actual Cheers cast joining in, the SNL cast accompanied her doing their best impersonations.
  3. We then got another repeat of the Chameleon XLE ad from earlier in the season which was an ad for a luxury car that’s camouflaged to look like a hunk of junk.
  4. La Cantore Hotel was pretty much a sequel to the Italian restaurant sketch from Kirstie Alley’s first visit where she got welcomingly molested by the staff in front of her husband only this time the scene is set in a hotel in Italy where the same exact staff welcomingly molested our host in front of her husband once again.
  5. This was followed by a parody of The Montel Williams Show where the audience was actually competitive over how horrible they were when it came to answering questions of the guest.
  6. We then got another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shares a funny thought about the county fair and stumbling onto random porn.
  7. Ellen Cleghorne’s Zoraida character returned and Confronts Kirstie Alley where again Zoraida confused Kirstie Alley with characters that she’s played in movies and on TV.
  8. Lenny Kravitz then took to the stage to perform Are You Gonna Go My Way?
  9. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Chris Rock played Nipsey Russell to perform a poem about the Rodney King beating. Opera Man also dropped in for another segment where he sang about the headlines of the week.
  10. Originals was a sketch that took place in a department store with Kirstie Alley working the makeup counter selling organic products that are actually terrible for you only no one is aware because they’ve never been tested on animals.
  11. Bad Taste Sketches that started with Phil Hartman warning that the sketch was going to be offensive before we saw Chris Farley and Rob Schneider joke about bestiality before barfing all over the place. This was followed by another warning and another offensive sketch only this one had a more blasphemy theme as it built up to even more vomiting. Hartman then went on to introduce sketch three only to end up puking all over himself in the process.
  12. Foreshadowing Tragedies was an old-timey sketch where Kirstie Alley shared with Julia Sweeney that she was in love with John Wilkes Booth. The two went on to go back and forth sharing their involvement in horrible instances throughout history before we learned that the horse and buggy they were riding is was being driven by Toonces The Driving Cat.
  13. Lenny Kravitz then returned to the stage to perform Always on the Run.
  14. Stop This Craziness! was a parody of the old Stop The Insanity infomercials that were hosted by Susan Powter with Kirstie Alley as the shaved-headed bleached blond host.
  15. While The City Sweeps was one of those adorable end of the night Schiller Reel sketches that showed a night shift hotel security guard had over the day to the graveyard staff and we then saw a variety show style program with the help of all of the security cameras catching the night time antics of the building’s graveyard staff.
  16. Finally, Kristie Alley closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S18E17... HOST: JASON ALEXANDER... DATE: APRIL 10, 1993

SNL: S18E17... HOST: JASON ALEXANDER... DATE: APRIL 10, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of the Clinton-Yeltsin Summit with Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton and Farley as Boris Yeltsin. The sketch eventually evolved into a parody of Indecent Proposal when Clinton offers Russian financial aid in exchange for an evening with the Russian leader’s wife, played by Julia Sweeney. The being the opening sketch, this all built up to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Jason Alexander then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he started his acting career on Broadway before performing a low budget rendition of the song I’m Flying while dressed as Peter Pan where the pulley system only allowed him to go up and down after being promised that he would be able to fly all around the stage. We learn of this promise when Jason stopped halfway through to complain to Lorne Michaels.
  3. We then got another repeat of the Jiffy Express commercial from earlier in the season which again was a fake ad for a delivery service that takes the blame for the packages you shipped past their deadline.
  4. Woody Allen Fan Club took place at a New York rec center where a handful of men doing Woody Allen impersonations discuss their favorite directors and defend the recent lawsuit with Mia Farrow over him being inappropriate with their adopted kids.
  5. This was followed by another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared how his dad’s belief that laughter was the best medicine led to a lot of problems within his family.
  6. Hub's Gyros might be my favorite bad sketch with the staff of a Greek Diner who are obsessed with whether or not their patrons, “Lika da juice,” aka the sauce that comes with their gyros. David Spade eventually broke the sketch by complaining that it was going on too long to the point where it was getting boring which I’m sure is in reference to why they barely used any reoccurring characters this entire season.
  7. Peter Gabriel then took to the stage to perform Steam.
  8. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Chris Farley dropped in as a new character named Bennett Brauer who feels a little like his Matt Foley character that uses a lot of finger quotes as he talks bad about himself while trying to share the story that he never ended up getting to.
  9. Food Union Break Room was a sketch that took place in a grocery store breakroom while Jason Alexander shows new hire, Rob Schneider the break room only to get interrupted by a wondering customer. He then showed him his secret hiding spot in the stockroom only to be interrupted by the store manager. Next, they went into a tiny room by the furnace only to be interrupted by Canteen Boy who played a coworker who bugs the two with an update on both the customer and manager who interrupted them earlier. Finally, the two put their heads through two holes in the ceiling to e get some alone time with the rats.
  10. We then got another Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey where Jack wished that aliens would come down to Earth and turn him into a pet.
  11. Mr. DeAngelo was a mafia sketch with Jason Alexander as the mob boss who has to teach Tim Meadows a lesson after he stole money from the mob only Meadows is too tough and beats Alexander just as bad if not worse every time the two henchmen let their guards down.
  12. Ignorant Proposal was another parody of the black version of Indecent Proposal with “Eddie Murphy,” Mary J. Blige” and “Billy Dee Williams” playing the starring roles only the money involved is fifteen dollars and the Blige is just a baby momma and not a wife.
  13. This was followed by yet another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared what really scares ants.
  14. Tales of Irony was a PBS style show where Jason Alexander introduced three different tales of irony that were then acted out. The first one was about two humans played by Kevin Nealon and Julia Sweeney who escaped planet Earth before things got too bad and traveled through space to track down another planet which for some reason they think is Earth, for some reason Sweeney also thought Nealon’s character’s name was Adam and the planet they were headed toward was named Eden, only Nealon’s name was Al, and was also wrong about the new planets name. We then went back to Jason Alexander who realized that none of this was a good example of irony as he went on to introduce story number two which took us on a blind date where again there was more confusion than irony involved to tell the tale. Again, Alexander pointed out the flaw and how easily it could have been fixed before sharing story number three which as simply a prospector who struck it rich which infuriated our stuffy host and led to the cancellation of the show.
  15. Once again, we got yet another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack talks about how he gets pissed at people who don’t think there’s life in the desert because it isn’t true since there is always a desert circus.
  16. Peter Gabriel then returned to the stage to perform In Your Eyes.
  17. Black Co-Workers was a sketch that took place at a restaurant for a group of coworkers who got together for some after-work drinks. Jason Alexander played a new guy who didn’t quite know everyone and kept confusing Tim Meadows with Chris Rock as they kept switching places every time Jason Alexander’s back was turned, making the new guy look like a jerk. Not only does he confuse Rock and Meadows but he also mixed up Ellen Cleghorne due to an innocent mistake that was actually Meadows’ and Cleghorne’s faults.
  18. Finally, Jason Alexander closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E16... HOST: MIRANDA RICHARDSON... DATE: MARCH 20, 1993

SNL: S18E16... HOST: MIRANDA RICHARDSON... DATE: MARCH 20, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of The Crying Game where Pat played the androgynous role alongside Stephen Rea and Miranda Richardson to play out a scene from the real movie where Pat sang The Crying Game theme at a club while the other two exchanged glances. Of course, this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Miranda Richardson then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she doesn’t understand American Pop Culture but was excited to host the show in her efforts to get her foot in the door amongst the American audience now that she’s experienced success with The Crying Game. She then transitioned into singing a song about wanting America to accept her.
  3. We then got a repeat of the fake ad for Green And Fazio from earlier in the season which was a law firm that will represent you in accidents that you weren’t even involved so that they can profit off of you profiting of sympathy pains and anxieties.
  4. The Rain People was a sketch that took place behind the scenes of a movie with Miranda Richardson and Phil Hartman going over their lines for a very dramatic scene. While Miranda tries to work herself up genuine tears, Phil Hartman played an actor who preferred make-up over reality. Even though Hartman never has to cry, his laid-back attitude clashes with Miranda’s realistic approach as he jokes and laughs whenever he flubs a line which infuriates everyone involved in the scene. Eventually, while on a bit of a break Hartman asked Miranda what she used to inspire her realistic tears which led her to tell a horrifying story that touched Hartman so much that he delivered a take the earned him an academy award where he stole Miranda’s story for the acceptance speech, as if it were his own.
  5. Daniel's Bad News was a hospital sketch where Mike Myers played a British patient and Miranda played his nurse. It turned out that in the world of the sketch Myers was under the impression that he was going to marry Miranda based on the stories that she fed him while he was barely holding on to life in the early days of his hospital visit. We then learned that this was not the only lie that Mike Myers has been told but being British he took it all rather well, including the fact that he actually bombed a school instead of Hitler who turned out to be Miranda’s husband who had Myers’s amputated leg attached as his third and went on to become a soccer star.
  6. We then got the second part of the repeated fake ad for Green And Fazio from earlier in the season where the law firm went on to inform us that they will not only represent you for cases that you weren’t actually involved with but they will also represent you in cases where you were actually at fault since you still have to deal with the pain and suffering..
  7. This was followed by a fake ad for an album called Eager And Jones featuring Chris Farley and Tim Meadows as two straight singers who sing as if they were a gay couple, which is actually the selling point of the album.
  8. Soul Asylum then took to the stage to perform Somebody To Shove.
  9. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon slipped into his Mr. Subliminal Character to discuss the ongoing standoff at the David Koresh Compound. Rob Schneider also dropped in for an editorial where he disagreed with a ruling in Congress that cartoons can no longer be labeled as educational material as he went on to share examples of how cartoons have actually saved many lives.
  10. MTV Spring Break U.K. '93 was a parody of the U.S. version of the annual MTV show only it’s an uglier, angrier, punk rock bunch that the beauty based focus that takes place in the United States of America.
  11. Russell Simmons' Def Magic Show Jam is another sketch that I still reference to this day that parodied the Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam only showcasing urban magicians instead of urban comedians.
  12. Soul Asylum then returned to the stage to perform Black Gold.
  13. This was followed by a Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack share what we should do if aliens arrived and thought poorly of our progress as an overall society.
  14. Dieter's Dream might be my favorite sketch of all time as it sent us on a surreal trip into the mind of the Sprockets host to tell a story that’s too hard to describe even though I still quote it regularly to this very day.
  15. Jack McManus Bar was a St. Patrick’s Day sketch that took place at the titular bar where Chris Farley played the bartender who told tales of his efforts to be a bad ass by turning down big-name celebrities only each story ended with him giving in and apologizing whenever anyone pushed back at all.
  16. We then got another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared advice on how to handle a job interview.
  17. Finally, Miranda Richardson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S18E15... HOST: JOHN GOODMAN... DATE: MARCH 13, 1993

SNL: S18E15... HOST: JOHN GOODMAN... DATE: MARCH 13, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Richmeister In Waco where our favorite Copy Guy plays his famous name game at the David Koresh compound while making fun the fearless cult leader for thinking that he’s the reincarnate of Jesus. Of course, this being the opening sketch it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. John Goodman then officially opened the show by singing the classic ‘60s hit So Much In Love with The Bravados singing backup after sharing a story about how he didn’t feel that the monolog that was written for him fit with his sense of humor.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Wilson Countersink Flanges which focused so much on engineering jargon it was hard to tell what the commercial was actually for but whatever it was, it seemed kind of important.
  4. Bear And The Brain was a college-themed sketch where John Goodman just got accepted into the same school as his best friend played by Rob Schneider. Goodman played a big jock named Bear with Schneider being his brainy friend who helped him get into the school. After a quick reunion, Chris Farley entered the room as a guy named Ox who became Schneider's new big jock friend that he connected with while Bear was still at home. At first Bear was destroyed by this discovery until his overreaction led David Spade to enter the room to get him to quiet down only to become Bear’s new brainy friend.
  5. Let's Talk And Talk And Talk About The Movies was as the title implies a movie talk show here Julia Sweeney interviewed John Goodman as a movie producer who made a huge series of Soylent Green sequels where the story is exactly the same only the Soylent is different colors and serve different need other than just replacing food.
  6. We then got another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared why he can’t stand people that he owes money to because he finds them to be super cheap.
  7. Mary J. Blige then took to the stage to perform Reminisce.
  8. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon interviewed Chris Farley who played The Storm Of The Century the hit New York that year. Chris Rock introduced a new character named Buster Jenkins who shared his crazy old man ideas about how NASA spaceships are to blame for the latest economic crisis. Adam Sandler also introduced his Sleepyhead character who tried to share his views on a situation taking place in Russia only to end up rambling in his sleep.
  9. How'd You Do That? was a talk show sketch with Kevin Nealon as the host who simply asks his panel of guests who have all been in freak accidents the simple titular question, How’d you do that? They then had a plastic surgeon come in to share his crazy solution to the guests’ problems.
  10. We then got another installment of Coffee Talk with Linda Richman On A Cruise where she and John Goodman went through the normal Coffee Talk routine only this time they were on a boat only it wasn’t actually the show, it was just Linda on vacation.
  11. Cantina Boy Attends A Block Party was the debut of Adam Sandler’s naïve adult Boy Scout character who over embellished all of his achievements in a way that annoyed all of the guests.
  12. Mary J. Blige then returned to the stage to perform Sweet Thing.
  13. Turkish Storekeeper was a sketch that took place in a corner store in New York where John Goodman threw a brink through the window because he was pissed off over an incident that took place in Egypt. Rob Schneider played the Turkish store owner who had to remind Goodman that he has made this mistake before which sent us back in time for a montage of moments where he threw bricks through the window in the past due to his racist confusion.
  14. This was followed by another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared the difference between a wise man and a stupid guy.
  15. To Be Sure, It's Time to Rock! was a fake ad for an album full of rock and roll songs sung to an Irish drinking song melody.
  16. The Man Without A Shout was a sketch where John Goodman killed a group of his friends when his shout caused a massive avalanche and from that moment on he swore that he would never shout again which ruined his career as an umpire.
  17. Finally, John Goodman closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E14... HOST: BILL MURRAY... DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 1993

SNL: S18E14... HOST: BILL MURRAY... DATE: FEBRUARY 20, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a Beverly Hills Town Meeting where Bill Clinton met with his wealthy donors to share his plans to revitalize the economy with their help. This didn’t go over well in the room mainly made up of Hollywood bigwigs who shared their struggles as if they were living from paycheck to paycheck. Of course, this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Bill Murray then officially opened the show with a monolog about how great it is to be back hosting the show that made his career only the subtitles tell a different story as they claimed that he was only there to promote his latest movie and considering all of his other return visits since being in the cast, I believe the subtitles over his words as he usually hosts with the energy of a person who is phoning it in. Luckily, I still like him enough that I still don’t mind his appearances because his phoned-in shows are still better than many other guests’.
  3. We then got a fake ad for HiberNol which was a cold and flu medication that is so powerful that it puts users of the product into hibernation mode in order to sleep through the entire cold and flu season to avoid becoming sick.
  4. The WhipMaster was a parody of a seventies style show where Bill Murray played the titular role while performing his own stunts due to a contract negotiation. The only problem was that he was an untrained actor he ended up whipping the crap out of his costars instead of performing his tricks.
  5. Frequent Flyer was a sketch where once again Bill Murray played the titular character who travels so much he has advice for all of his fellow passengers on how to handle even the most mundane of the in-flight options.
  6. Sting then took to the stage to perform If I Ever Lose My Faith In You.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Robert Smigel dropped in for another Moron’s Perspective segment where he complained about Bill Clinton’s new tax plan. Father Guido Sarducci also dropped by for a special appearance to discuss Bill Murray’s performance in Groundhog Day but ended up talking about his dreams. David Spade rounded out the news with another Hollywood Minute where he roasted celebrities who were making the tabloid headlines, only Steve Martin cut him off after a joke cut too close to home and shared a few digs of his own.
  8. Men's Jazz Dancing Ensemble was a sketch where the male members of the cast played a struggling jazz dance troupe until they got a visit from Tommy Two Step, played by Bill Murray who taught the boys all of his classic moves.
  9. Coffee Talk then returned for another installment with Linda Richman as host interviewed Bill Murray who played her neighbor to make fun of New York accents while putting on the usual Coffee Talk show.
  10. Sting then returned to the stage to perform Love Is Stronger Than Justice.
  11. I'm Chillin' finally returned for the first time in a while where once again, Chris Rock and Chris Farley shared their new sponsor, Bitch Come Running cologne, before sharing The Mother Joke Of The Day.
  12. Honker At McDonald's was a sketch where Bill Murray’s Honker character dropped by a McDonald’s and attempted to trick the customers into giving him their food by claiming to be a Food Inspector from the state even though he looks and acts like a hobo.
  13. Sting then returned to the stage yet again to perform the song Every Breath You Take.
  14. Finally, Bill Murray closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E13... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 13, 1993

SNL: S18E13... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 13, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Dateline NBC to retract a story where they reported on a line of GM trucks that were more prone to explosions during accidents while admitting that they used explosives to make the story more compelling. They then went on to retract several other fake stories before closing out the show. The two host then left the studio and hopped into a car where it turned out that Toonces The Driving Cat was actually behind the wheel and as he ended up driving everyone off a cliff before his before he announced, through cat subtitles, “Live from New York…”
  2. Alec Baldwin then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited he is to host for a third time before he went on to share the things that he learned from his past two visits which mainly consisted of tipping everyone in the cast and crew to make sure that everything goes his way. While doing his backstage bribing Baldwin ran into Lorne Michaels and Paul McCartney who were still bickering over Lorne’s offer from the second season where he offered The Beatles money to reunite on the show. Alec finished the routine by returning to the stage to bribe the audience to laugh.   
  3. We then got a repeat of the fake ad for Cluckin' Chicken from earlier in the season where we got to witness the head of an animated chicken mascot describe the process its body went through as it was turned into food.
  4. The Mimic was a sketch that featured Alec Baldwin in the titular role for a James Bond parody of sorts where he was hired by a wealthy woman to find the fact that her powerful husband has gone missing by mimicking his voice. Even though The Mimic was supposed to be a master impersonator his impressions were absolutely terrible to the point where they didn’t fool anyone.
  5. The Chris Farley Show then returned for another classic segment where a nervous Chris Farley asked Paul McCartney if he remembered all of the memorable moments of his music career.
  6. Paul McCartney then took to the stage to perform Get Out Of My Way.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon slipped into his Subliminal Man character to share his views on how Bill Clinton has been doing since he became the president. Adam Sandler also dropped in to sing a song about his Red Hooded Sweatshirt.
  8. Soap Opera Digest was a recap sketch where Julia Sweeney interviewed Alec Baldwin who was playing a fictional Soap star. During the interview, we got to see clips from the fictional show that was filled with Soap Opera clichés and horrible overacting as Alec mispronounced all of the technical terms while portraying a doctor.
  9. The Gap then returned for another installment of the SNL boys in drag to make fun of the youth focusing on those who work in retail. Alec Baldwin also made an appearance as a scumbag named Todd who had one night stands with both of the boy Gap girls and had to weasel his way out of the situation.  
  10. Naked Woman Theatre was a PBS style sketch where Alec Baldwin introduced a stage play version of All Is Quiet On The Western Front after addressing several of the audiences’ complaints which led to the play being acted out by nude women. At least that’s what was promised for certain markets while everyone else would be watching Daily Affirmation instead.
  11. Of course, we weren’t lucky enough to see the naked women act out a play as the last sketch transitioned into another installment of Daily Affirmation for more of the same fun and games with Stuart Smalley.
  12. Paul McCartney then returned to the stage to perform Biker Like An Icon.
  13. This was followed by a parody of The Bodyguard if it were to turn into a TV series starring David Hasselhoff and Patti LaBelle.
  14. Alec Baldwin then played a French Teacher for a sketch called Monsieur Nobek Teaches French where no one in the class is allowed to speak English and everyone spoke with an exaggerated language instructor cadence.  
  15. Paul McCartney then returned to the stage once again to perform Hey Jude.
  16. Finally, Alec Baldwin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E12... HOST: LUKE PERRY... DATE: FEBRUARY 6, 1993

SNL: S18E12... HOST: LUKE PERRY... DATE: FEBRUARY 6, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with the Open White House where Bill Clinton hosted a meet and greet to celebrate Mental Health Week where the Prime Minister of Italian got mixed in with the cavalcade of crazy guests since Bill was thrown off by his crazy accent. Of course, this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Luke Perry then officially opened the show with a monolog about how all of the men in the audience with sideburns own him some money for stealing his look. He then went on to attempt another joke only to be interrupted by Obi-Wan Kenobi who said, “Luke, use the cue cards,” to discourage Luke Perry from straying away from the prepared material in a way that sort of tapped into my biggest pet peeve of even jokingly setting up the audience for a subpar show in the way that it implying that the host isn’t talented enough to perform on his own. Then again, Perry played off of the joke pretty well and wasn’t making it about himself.
  3. We then got a repeat of the Chameleon XLE ad from earlier in the season which showcased a luxury car that was camouflaged to look like a piece of junk.
  4. Prince Charles then addressed the audience about a recent tabloid story about his affair with Camille Parker-Bowels and how he planned to give up his right to the throne and be shrunken down to become The Tampon Prince in order to live a life outside of the public eye and inside the woman he loves. This lead to a parody of The Fly where Charles was turned into a tampon with his tiny head while his body was left normal sized with a giant tampon string where his head used to live. After that, the sketch went on to be a slow but disturbing scene as Camille receives The Tampon Prince as a gift.
  5. Mrs. Hibbert's Yard Boy was a sketch where Luke Perry played a landscaper for Julia Sweeney who played the titular homeowner who kept using sexual innuendoes to get Luke Perry in bed only he was too dumb to get any of the clues. Eventually, the two almost got caught by Mr. Hibbert who went on to pick up on Perry as well.
  6. Mick Jagger then took to the stage to perform Sweet Thing.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Opera Man dropped for another segment where he sang about the top stories or the week. Mike Myers also played Mick Jagger while Mick Jagger played Keith Richards for a segment where the two discussed the latest controversy where Ice T was dropped from his record label for making his Cop Killer song.
  8. Magic Fish Town Meeting took place in a town that had access to a lake filled with magical fish that were growing to become extinct due to the town’s greed. In this town, every single person is the king who all have more wealth than they could ever need only they still struggled in their efforts to be happy.
  9. SNL Halftime Spectacular was a parody of the Super Bowl Halftime Show only SNL-themed with “Michael Jackson” as the special guest who lip-synced his way through every one of his top hits in a medley that took a little over a minute.
  10. Mick Jagger then returned to the stage to perform Don't Tear Me Up.
  11. High School Liar's Club was a game show hosted by Phil Hartman who played the school principal where he questioned three students about the lies that they’ve made to make them sound cooler than they actually were.
  12. Sassy's Sassiest Boys was a talk show sketch where Phil Hartman interviewed a panel of the Sassiest of the Sassy actors in Hollywood which included “Christian Slater,” “Mark Wahlberg,” and “Rick Schroder.”
  13. This was followed by another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack made a guess as to why police don’t let people go near plane crashes.
  14. Dark Moments In Black History was a segment hosted by Queen Shenequa where she claimed that an interception during that year’s Super Bowl was actually a case of racial injustice that was looked over by the world when really it was just a good play.
  15. Tommy's Goodbye was a sketch where Luke Perry played a country bumpkin who was saying goodbye to his family to venture out and give city living a shot. The sketch was built up to be one of those end of the night sentimental sketches that I usually love but in this case, it felt like it went nowhere and I was absolutely bored by the end when I found that it went nowhere at all.  
  16. Finally, Luke Perry closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E11... HOST: HARVEY KEITEL... DATE: JANUARY 16, 1993

SNL: S18E11... HOST: HARVEY KEITEL... DATE: JANUARY 16, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody cover of the Clinton Inauguration Gala where Madonna, who was this week’s musical guest, took to the stage dressed as Marilyn Monroe to sing Happy Inauguration To You to the tune of Happy Birthday To You the way Marilyn sang to JFK. This turned on Bill, pissed off Hillary and left Chelsea completely confused. Of course, this being the opening sketch, it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Harvey Keitel then officially opened the show with a monolog about how surprised he was to see the high turnout for this week’s episode. He went on to act real humble and surprised that he had so many fans, only as he went on to describe them it became obvious that the added attention was due to the fact that Madonna was the musical guest and nothing to do with him.
  3. We then got a repeat of the Jiffy Express commercial from earlier in the season which was a fake ad for a delivery company that takes all the blame for late packages.
  4. Bathroom Attendant was a sketch that took place at a fancy restaurant that’s almost overstaffed with employees to attend to any single need of their guests. Soon into the sketch, Harvey Keitel excused himself from his date to use the bathroom only to find a single occupant room with Kevin Nealon as the Bathroom Attendant who is extremely over helpful. Keep in mind, this bathroom had barely enough room for one person so it made it extremely awkward when Keitel shared that he had to take a number two and Nealon had no intention of leaving the room as he continued to help throughout the poo process.
  5. Subway Transit Authority was a sketch that made fun of how unintelligible the New York subway announcers are only to find out that it’s just the way they talk in real life.
  6. Madonna then took to the stage to perform Fever.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon slipped into his Subliminal Man to discuss the upcoming inauguration of Bill Clinton. Chris Rock checked in with an editorial about the poor race relations that year then went on to do a routine about people who don’t like positive stereotypes which doesn’t happen as often when you’re black. David Spade also dropped in for another Hollywood Minute where he roasted celebrities who made the tabloids that week in history.
  8. It's Pat then returned for another installment where our androgynous friend washed up on a desert island where Harvey Keitel has been stranded for years. The sketch started with Keitel writing in his journal about how he missed a woman’s touch as well as the companionship of having a male friend when Pat washed up to shore. Keitel then had to spend the rest of the sketch trying to figure out what type of relationship was about to begin since he’s been stuck on the island so long. Even after being stuck on the island for eight months and having sex eight times Keitel still struggled to figure out the gender of his new island friend.
  9. President Bush Farewell was a sketch that shared Dana Carvey as Bush on his very last day in the White House where he started one more war while clearing out his desk since he no longer cared about the job. He also stumbled upon some logs of some of his most memorable scandals while in office as he joyfully packed them away.
  10. Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer also returned for another installment where once again the caveman attorney used his primitive brain to win over the jurors to thing things his way as usually only in this installment he pleads his case in Spanish.
  11. Madonna then returned to the stage to perform Bad Girl which she ended by ripping up a photo of Joey Buttafuoco, in reference to Sinead O’Connor ripping up a picture of the Pope.
  12. An Insane Idiot And His Collection Of Descending Size Deer Heads was a sketch where the title said it all and doesn’t bear repeating even though it was a pretty funny sketch.
  13. In Or Out Of The Cab featured Harvey Keitel as a cab driver who can’t make up his mind whether or not he is on or off duty which confused the hell out of his potential paying passengers.
  14. This was followed by another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared his plan on how he should focus on making the world safe for our children but not for our children’s children because our children shouldn’t be having sex.
  15. Finally, Harvey Keitel closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E10... HOST: DANNY DEVITO... DATE: JANUARY 9, 1993

SNL: S18E10... HOST: DANNY DEVITO... DATE: JANUARY 9, 1993

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with the George Wendt and the Super Fans sharing an Open Letter To The Bears where they complained about the firing of Mike Ditka and threatened to boycott the team by returning all of their unused season tickets and memorabilia to show their disdain for the team now that their God of a coach is gone. The sketch ended with Ditka receiving the letter before announcing, “Live from New York…”
  2. Danny DeVito then officially opened the show dressed as a hobo clown to perform a song called I’ll do anything for a laugh with Rob Schneider to bring in the New Year’s and second half of the season which I hope is as energetic as this opening because this season could really use a boost in that department.
  3. We then got a rerun of the Canis sketch from earlier in the season which was a parody of a Calvin Klein ad campaign only this was promoting a cologne for dogs.
  4. Aaron Spelling's Amy Fisher, 10516 was a parody of 90210 only using the Amy Fisher, Joey and Mary Joe Buttafuoco crime case as the backdrop for all of the comedic drama. This sketch also made fun of the fact that all the other TV networks already aired an Amy Fisher story and how this FOX version was going to be the one to out-do them all.
  5. Simon then returned for the first time in forever where this week, the bathtub secluded son of a British Businessman had a bath mate in Danny DeVito, whose dad is a mob boss who travels. The two shared their limited views of the world through drawings from hotel windows around the world highlighting this week’s Vegas stay.
  6. Masterpiece Theatre also returned for another installment after being gone for a while. This time Jan Hooks sat in as a special host to introduce a stage play version of The House Of Buttafuoco which again parodied the Amy Fisher ordeal.
  7. Shifty Eyes was a sketch where Danny DeVito met up with Julia Sweeney and Adam Sandler for a dinner get together with friends. During the group’s conversation whenever anyone made a complaint or shared a suspicious detail someone at the table would get shifty eyes as if they were hiding their guilt, even in cases where it was impossible for that guilt to be true.
  8. This was followed by another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack
  9. Amy Fisher: One Messed-Up Bitch was a parody of BET’s version of the Amy Fisher fiasco.
  10. Bon Jovi then took to the stage to perform Bed Of Roses.
  11. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, “Jan Brady” dropped in to discuss why she thinks that the movie Leprechaun should be the best movie of the year being that it was the New Year’s episode and Leprechaun was the only major release so far because she took her assignment too literal.
  12. Gap Girls then made its show debut where Adam Sandler and David Spade played girls who work at the Gap and gossiped their shift away while refold tried on clothes. During the sketch one of the Delta Delta Delta girls dropped in which was interesting because other than the location change and the fact that the guys were playing girls this was almost the same sketch making fun of young girls and youth culture.
  13. Sex On Tape was a sketch that took place in a recording studio for the recording of the audiobook for Madonna controversial book entitled Sex. To add to the fun they have Charlton Heston doing narration and Al Goldstein describing the photos.
  14. Unbelievable New Breakthroughs was a sketch that showed the infomercial’s take on the Amy Fisher ordeal with Danny DeVito playing a pitchman who covers Mary Jo Buttafuoco’s bald spot from the bullet with his magical spay on hair.
  15. Secret Hitman was a sketch where Danny DeVito played a secret hitman who was horrible at hiding his job from his wife.
  16. Bon Jovi then returned to the stage to perform Wanted Dead Or Alive. 
  17. Adults Still Living With Their Parents was a support group sketch with Julia Sweeney as the moderator of a meeting with men who still live at home with their parents. Where most of the men seem ashamed by this Danny DeVito is proud of the fact that he’s going to mooch off his folks until the very end.
  18. Finally, Danny DeVito closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E09... HOST: GLENN CLOSE... DATE: DECEMBER 12, 1992

SNL: S18E09... HOST: GLENN CLOSE... DATE: DECEMBER 12, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with an announcement from “Queen Elizabeth” following Prince Charles’s divorce with Princess Diane. In the sketch, the Queen shared the failed couple’s prenuptial agreement as to how their assets would be split, mainly focused on who would get access to their crappy timeshare they own in Barbados. Of course, this being the opening sketch it ended on the announcement of, “Live from New York…”  
  2. Glenn Close then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited show was to host for a second time especially for the Christmas show. She then introduced a group of average citizens from her hometown where they each sang their name and job to the tune of Silver Bells.
  3. What's The Best Way? Was a game show sketch hosted by Kevin Nealon with three contestants who are all from the New England area. In order to win points, each contestant is given to locations and then have to give directions in their New England ways where there is a story to every landmark used to highlight where to turn. It’s kind of like the more recent Californian’s sketch only in game show format and making fun of the Boston accent over the ditsy California tones. This sketch makes a weird racist turn at the end where Adam Sandler had to take on Tim Meadows as a click-speaking Bushman for the final round.
  4. Coffee Talk then returned with host Linda Richman where she and Glenn Close celebrated the holiday of Hanukah but other than the new guest and holiday theme this was just a typical fun but repetitive installment of Coffee Talk.
  5. A Message From Michael Eisner was a super quick sketch where Phil Hartman played the Disney CEO who had a pitch to families to spend their money on Disney products now in order for him to be able to make even more money before the Clinton tax increase was supposed to kick in.
  6. Black Crowes then took to the stage to perform Sometimes Salvation. 
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon slipped into his Subliminal Man character to discuss the breakup of Charles and Diane. Adam Sandler also dropped in as Opera Man for another melodic breakdown of the week’s news and was eventually reunited with his long-lost brother played by Jon Lovitz who sang news duet together and were also eventually joined by Glenn Close who played Jon Lovitz wife and all three did a pretty good job at singing.
  8. Scrooge Changes was a parody of the year after A Christmas Carol after Scrooge has already had his change. Even though the rest of the family is ready and willing to celebrate the changes Scrooge has gone through, Glenn Close is still too hung up on the horrible times the family has experienced in the past with this horrific man to accept him as a holiday hero to the point where it drives her mad.
  9. Tori: Absolute Christmas was a sketch where “Tori Spelling” returned for another installment of her Vlog-like sketch where once again the lines are blurred between the spoiled character that she played on Beverly Hills 90210 and her spoiled self in real life.
  10. Orgasm Guy was a sit-com of a sketch where Rob Schneider played the titular role as a guy who couldn’t back from having an orgasm over anything that excited him in even the slightest of ways.
  11. Lesbian Holiday Gathering was a sketch where Glenn Close and Julia Sweeney played a lesbian couple who hosted a Christmas even get together with their collection of PC lesbian friends. Once again, I feel this was another case where all of the shock value that made this sketch funny at the time but has grown to be so commonplace that it wasn’t funny at all. That said, it wasn’t not funny because it grew to be offensive with time but quite the reverse, it was a bit boring because the quirkiness came from them treating this like there was nothing controversial at all which just wasn’t the case at the time.
  12. Daily Affirmation also returned with Stuart Smalley this week, the self-help host discussed his decision to head home for the holidays before going into his normal fun but repetitive routine.
  13. Black Crowes then returned to the stage to perform Non-Fiction. 
  14. Drummer Boys was a sketch where the male members of the cast patted out the tune to Little Drummer Boy on their bellies.
  15. Finally, Glenn Close closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S18E08... HOST: TOM ARNOLD... DATE: DECEMBER 5, 1992

SNL: S18E08... HOST: TOM ARNOLD... DATE: DECEMBER 5, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another installment of Wayne's World where the two basement dwelling cable access hosts announced that Garth finally grew pubes before the two went on to discuss the recent election of Bill Clinton which led to a top ten list of reasons why they loved the man. Of course, this being the opening sketch it ended with the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Tom Arnold then officially opened the show with a monolog/stand-up routine that was a bit cringe-worthy from being so bad where he kept trying to promote his show. He also made a few jokes addressing all the jokes that he would be nothing without Roseanne where he jokingly claimed with the confidence of an open mic-er that he would be fine without her because he’s been stealing her money on the side. He then went on to explain that he wasn’t the original host for the night and that he was filling in for Gary Oldman and how he wasn’t even their second choice to replace him which lowered my expectations for the night. Especially when he went back into attempting to promote his show once again but being that it aired on a different network he sang Johnny Be Good instead which felt very forced and awkward to the point where it left me feeling a little bad for the guy because you could see that he was totally uncomfortable and forcing this funny guy persona before he had it fully figured out. At least that’s how I read this uncomfortable start to the show.
  3. Sex And Peer Pressure At Valley High was a PBS After School Special sketch that parodied the overall After School Special genre where the sexual peer pressure involved is between the Jock played by Mike Myers and the brainy kid played by David Spade. In this era where being gay isn’t all that big of a deal that’s actually no humor to this sketch at all. In fact, it almost feels like a real deal PSA.
  4. Clinton At McDonald's was a sketch that made fun of Bill Clinton’s fitness routine where he would job for a bit and then drop by the fast food joint to meet the people and use their excitement as a distraction to steal their food while ironically explaining that his plan to send forces to Somalia to stop the warlords from stealing food from the citizens that actually need it while he continued to stuff his face the entire time.
  5. Neil Young then took to the stage to perform From Hank To Hendrix. 
  6. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Roseanne dropped in for a special segment where she discussed the topic of double standards in the ‘90s. Queen Shenequa also returned for another movie review where she discussed The Bodyguard and had a few jokes about a fictional deleted sex scene.
  7. The Super Fans also returned for another installment where this time, the group of drunken Bears fans visited both George Wendt and Chris Farley who were hospital mates following their most recent heart attacks. Other than the location, the rest of the sketch is the jokes about Chicago sports per usual until Chris Farley died for a bit and saw Mike Ditka as God at the end of the heavenly tunnel.
  8. Tom Arnold then introduced a fake band called The Dogs that made fun of the Seattle Grunge scene with Adam Sandler as the lead singer who sang dog themed rock that I have to admit wasn’t that bad at all.
  9. Tales From The Ambulance was a parody of a show where Chris Farley played an ambulance driver who stopped driving mid-emergency to share the tale of when Tom Arnold was fired as a paper clip holder after the boss discovered that he could just us a tray instead. This led turned the sketch into a John Henry story where Tom Arnold took on the tray to see which was more efficient. Even though he loses he managed to keep his job because the others in the office just liked having him around. Meanwhile, there was no need for the ambulance TV show aspect of this script other than the WTF randomness that I hope to see more of in the upcoming years.
  10. Porno Buyers' Service Representative was a sketch that took place in a porn shop where Tom Arnold played a customer who was too embarrassed to buy his porn. This was when it was revealed that this was actually a fake ad for a service that will buy and deliver porn to you instead.
  11. Neil Young then returned to the stage to perform Harvest Moon. 
  12. Night School Reunion was a sketch that made fun of the low opinion of night school student by sharing the pathetic accomplishments of this group of GED grads.
  13. Finally, Tom Arnold closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights. 
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SNL: S18E07... HOST: SINBAD... DATE: NOVEMBER 21, 1992

SNL: S18E07... HOST: SINBAD... DATE: NOVEMBER 21, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Bush And Clinton In The Oval Office for Clinton’s tour of his new digs after winning the Presidential Election. In the sketch, Bush was a bitter loser due to the fact that he will go down in history as a one-term president while Clinton was a bit of a good sport in his efforts to cheer the now Ex-President. As always, this eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Sinbad then officially opened the show with a monolog/stand-up routine with jokes about how big of a dream it is to host the show when growing up in a black community. He then went on to joke about the movie X where he had a supporting role. After this, the routine mainly focused on the recently released Bram Stoker’s Dracula movie.
  3. We then got a fake ad for Cluckin' Chicken where we got to witness the animated mascot talk us through the food preparation process that was happening to his body after his head got chopped off.
  4. The Gloria Brigade was a parody of the movie Glory only instead of following a group of black Civil War troops we followed a gay brigade, in reference to Bill Clinton allowing gays to serve in the military. Being that the soldiers were gay, their base camp was nicely decorated with areas set up for spa-like activities. About halfway through the sketch, we learned that the black troop from Glory was actually going to stop by later on to share dinner as a combined group. At dinner, the black troops were uncomfortable when they first discovered the men were gay but after realizing they actually had a lot in common, they joined forces to win the war.
  5. Black Motorist Today was a talk show hosted by Sinbad to share tips to black drivers on how to drive outside of the black community in order to lower their chances of being pulled over for minor infractions that would normally be let go if the driver were white.
  6. This was followed by another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared how he responds to people who ask him to define love.
  7. Sade then took to the stage to perform No Ordinary Love.
  8. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, David Spade dropped in for another Hollywood Moment to bash all of the celebrities making tabloid headlines and Adam Sandler also stopped by to perform his Thanksgiving Song.
  9. Superman's Funeral was a sketch where all the members of the cast dressed as comic book superheroes to mourn the loss of their super friend. Throughout the sketch, they made jokes about everyone’s special powers while they compared their abilities with those of their now dead friend. Not only did Chris Farley pay homage to Belushi by playing the Incredible Hulk but Sinbad also introduced a brand new hero named Black Lightning who claimed to be an old friend of Superman from the early years even though no one in the room had any idea who he was. Other than that there were a lot of comic book references that were pretty fun.
  10. At Home With Monica Seles a parody show that made fun of the tennis star’s bizarre noises that she made on the court by showing how she also used the same sounds in her personal life while doing everyday activities.
  11. This was interrupted by a fake ad for Bram Stoker's Blacula which was a parody of the Bram Stoker’s Dracula movie that was brought up in the opening monolog only starring Sinbad who is reviving the Blacula character from the ‘70s Blaxploitation film.
  12. We then went back to the Monica Seles sketch that only lasted a minute before it was interrupted by another fake ad for Gilligan's Biosphere making fun of the real-life experiment that was going on that year via a Gilligan’s Island parody.
  13. The Dark Side With Nat X returned for another segment where this week the host of the only five-minute show on TV interviewed Sinbad who played Joe Jackson to discuss the controversy of a recent NBC mini-series about the Jackson family where they mainly joked about all of the abuse that went on.  
  14. We then got another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared a very quick story about his friend named Caw who got confused every time that a crow was near.
  15. Sade then returned to the stage to perform Cherish The Day. 
  16. The Proud Pattersons AKA The Overacting Negro Ensemble was pretty offensive but funny sketch that made fun of the overacting that often showed up in black films from around that time with lots of dramatically raised voices for unnecessary emphasis over even the most mundane piece of news that they learned.
  17. Office Thanksgiving Party was a sketch that as the title implies was a sketch that took place at a Thanksgiving office party. In the sketch, Sinbad is talking with Dana Carvey at the punch bowl where co-worker after co-worker dropped by to say things to Sinbad that make him seem terrible which makes Carvey concerned until Sinbad explained the innocent truth.
  18. Finally, Sinbad closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E06... HOST: MICHAEL KEATON... DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 1992

SNL: S18E06... HOST: MICHAEL KEATON... DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Dana Carvey as George Bush Sr. who Calls Contributors to thank each and every donor for the money that they contributed to his run for the second term while apologizing for the loss and attempting to explain where things might have gone wrong, only to get ignored or hung up on. Of course, this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Michael Keaton then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he got his start show business doing stand-up which excited to be back to performing in front of a live crowd. He then went on to start what seemed to be a stand-up routine when he got distracted by an audience member who wasn’t laughing. This threw Keaton off so much that he went down to confront and eventually kick out the straight-faced member of the crowd. This led to a protest from Adam Sandler who played a concerned audience member that did think this treatment was fair. Sandler’s Character’s argument won over Keaton so he invited the first audience member back and kicked out Sandler instead. 
  3. This was followed by the classic fake commercial for the Chameleon XLE that looks like a piece of junk on the outside but is decked out with every high-end luxury under the disguise.
  4. Elevator Trainee was a sketch where we followed Michael Keaton on his first day as a trainee to become an elevator operator, where other than pressing the right floor his only other responsibility was to come up with small talk. If you couldn’t guess, with this being a comedic sketch he failed to carry out even the simplest attempts to create banter.
  5. The Gutenberg Awards was a parody of the real award show for books where they treated it as big as the Oscars. As always, this being an award show sketch it was mainly a chance for everyone in the cast to try out some weird and obscure impersonations.
  6. Morrissey then took to the stage to perform Glamorous Glue. 
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Robert Smigel made his first appearance as a news guest to share the moron’s perspective on what happened during the election.
  8. Mean-Spirited Office Humor was another sketch where we followed Michael Keaton on the first day of his job where he learned that his officemates love to playfully rib one another. Where everyone else’s jokes were playful an innocent, when Keaton tried to play along his jokes were way too harsh and extremely personal especially for being so new.
  9. We then went from Michael Keaton’s first day on the job to follow him on his first date for a sketch called The New Suzanne where Keaton was set up on a blind date with Julia Sweeney who used to be a slut in her drinking days and is now sober a celibate which doesn’t really fit into Keaton’s plan to hook up.  
  10. Grandsons was a sketch where Adam Sandler played the grandmother of both Michael Keaton and Chris Farley who live in her house. I couldn’t tell if they were supposed to be adults or high school kids because the living arrangements were never clearly established. Either way, the sketch was mainly about Keaton trying to make out with his girlfriend in his room while Chris Farley distracted the Grandma. Throughout the sketch, Farley was genuinely the helpful grandchild only Grandma preferred to be helped by her bully of a grandson, Michael Keaton who took out all of his frustration on Farley.
  11. Morrissey then returned to the stage to perform Suedehead. 
  12. Outweek was a talk show that was hosted by both Michael Keaton and Dana Carvey who played two gay guys who outed famous celebrities which is kind of weird because none of their claims have come true even to this day.
  13. Finally, Michael Keaton closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E05... HOST: CATHERINE O'HARA... DATE: OCTOBER 31, 1992

SNL: S18E05... HOST: CATHERINE O'HARA... DATE: OCTOBER 31, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Dana Carvey as Ross Perot to Discuss Dirty Tricks that he claimed the Republicans were playing on him especially focusing on a photo that was threatened to be released that featured his daughter committing a lesbian act on her wedding day in their efforts to discredit the third party candidate. He then went on to share a bunch of over the top fictional dirty tricks that the Republicans were up to that year which eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”  
  2. Catherine O'Hara then officially opened the show with an arrow through her head ala Steve Martin to perform monolog about how she learned that Martin’s arrow was a prop and not a real arrow like hers. She then went on to share a scary story that her dad used to tell in honor of this being the Halloween episode this year.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Ass Don't Smell which of course was an ass deodorizer for those who suffer from super smelly ass that a simple bath won’t handle.
  4. Nanny Greenwood was a bit of a family reunion sketch where a group of adults meet up for the first time since they were kids. Everyone in the sketch but Phil Hartman is excited to reminisce about their childhood time spent with this Nanny Greenwood who was a Mary Poppins type who still live with Phil Hartman. It didn’t take long for the other to find just how annoying this upbeat Nanny who continues to treat adult problems with a childish song can be.
  5. Richmeister's Halloween featured the return of the Richmeister to play his traditional name game only instead of using his co-workers’ actual names he uses the names of the characters from their costumes until a ghost entered the room which through the copy guy for a bit of a loop since there were no identifying details. Other than that, it was business as usual for the Rickman until he had a run in with death.
  6. We then got another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared advice about what to do if he were to drop your keys in lava.
  7. My Dinner With Sister Souljah was a parody of My Dinner With Andre where Ellen Cleghorne as Sister Souljah black powers it up while Tim Meadows tries to have a typical date and simply enjoy his meal.
  8. 10,000 Maniacs then took to the stage to perform These Are Days. 
  9. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Chris Rock dropped in to review Madonna’s controversial coffee table book entitled sex that became more of a stand-up routine that crowbarred in Madonna references over being an actual review. Adam Sandler also returned as his character who suggests Halloween costumes based on whatever happened to be near.
  10. Pumping Up with Hans And Franz also returned for another installment where the muscle-bound brothers celebrated Halloween by both dressing up as the Terminator. Other than that it was pretty much the same fun and games of talking muscles talk in funny ways and I don’t just mean the silly accents.
  11. Canadians was Catherine O’Hara’s time to shine as a Canadian where she and Phil Hartman sing about the countries successes in sports that year mainly focusing on the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series that year.
  12. This was followed by another Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack questioned if Marta actually knew what sensuality meant.
  13. Daily Affirmations also returned for another installment where Stuart Smalley hosted a Halloween special of his own where he tells a scary self-help themed story similar to the tale where the calls are coming from inside the house, only in this version they were but they reason they sounded so creepy is because the caller was the drunk dad.
  14. We then went to a fancy restaurant for two couple who were celebrating a recent promotion at work where we quickly learn that Catherine O’Hara had some sort of a memory problem that made her seem like she was a person from another planet until we learned that this was actually an Anti-Mexican Mugs PSA that blamed the lead paint in Catherine’s coffee mug for her current frame of mind.
  15. 10,000 Maniacs then returned to the stage to perform Candy Everybody Wants. 
  16. Halloween Party Hangover was a sketch where Catherine O’Hara woke up after a night of Halloween drinking dressed as Marilyn Monroe with what seemed to be a dead guy in a JFK mask. It turned out that this was actually her one-night stand who was still out cold and when he awoke the two tried to remain in character in order to sneak out of the situation while hiding their real identities.
  17. Finally, Catherine O'Hara closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S18E04... HOST: CHRISTOPHER WALKEN... DATE: OCTOBER 24, 1992

SNL: S18E04... HOST: CHRISTOPHER WALKEN... DATE: OCTOBER 24, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Dana Carvey as Ross Perot as he took his Vice Presidential running mate Admiral Stockdale, played by Phil Hartman, out into the woods in order to ditch him the way that people would ditch a dog back in the day. Though I don’t remember Admiral Stockdale from the time, I fully remember this characterized version of him from this sketch, especially the “GRIDLOCK” line. Of course, this being the opening sketch, it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Christopher Walken then officially opened the show with a song and dance to the tune of Let’s Face The Music And Dance which got him to dance with every female cast member before he grabbed a “random old lady from the audience” who he danced backstage where he continued to sing and dance with special guest, Jan Hooks. These two kept going until they were stopped by Lorne Michaels, for this new monolog lecture thing that they’ve been doing this season, only before Lorne could get too deep into his concerns Walken started to dance with him as well. Walken ended when he got back to the stage to throw to the first non-opening sketch of the night.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Jiffy Express which was a FedEx-style delivery service that was willing to mislabel or damage your package in order to take a brunt of the blame if your package was going to be or was already too late to miss the deadline you needed to meet.
  4. The Continental then returned for another installment of Christopher Walken playing a lecherous creep who tries to trick his date into settling into his hotel suite with his hopes to get her alone. This sketch would be way more disturbing if this never-seen date didn’t always seem to have the upper-hand and was way too smart to fall for any of his traps.
  5. Ed Glosser: Trivial Psychic was a sketch where Christopher Walken played a psychic who was only able to make mundane predictions about what was going to happen in his coworkers' lives thanks to a freak accident that took place during a trip to a tanning bed. 
  6. We then got another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack shared his ideas on pudding-traversing ants.
  7. Arrested Development then took to the stage to perform Tennessee. 
  8. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, “Jan Brady” dropped in to share her views on this year’s election as an undecided voter because she has personal issues with all three candidates because they remind her of specific Brady Bunch moments from the past. David Spade also stopped by for another Hollywood Moment where once again he roasted the celebrities that were making the tabloid headlines that week. 
  9. Stalk Talk was a talk show sketch hosted by Julia Sweeney who allowed her creepy guests, both men, and women, to share their stalker stories. Where the three men stalked their exes, crushes, or missed connections, the one female guest is only virtually stalking David Hasselhoff. Other than who they are interested in this is another sketch that couldn’t be made today because all four characters nonchalantly shared their stalking stories as if they were no big deal.     
  10. It's Pat then returned for another installment where Christopher Walken meets Pat who just got hired as his new personal assistant only to have everyone get caught in the usual Pat game, only this time Walken kept pulling Phil Hartman to the side to discuss how much this androgyny was really messing with his brain until he got so confused that he jumped out of the window to end it all.
  11. Sinead O'Connor’s Good Time Happy Jamboree was a sketch that showed Sinead’s attempt to show her lighter side as more of a cliché Irish performer following her recent controversial musical spot where she ripped up the picture of the Pope on the same season that’s now making fun of her.
  12. Super Sleuths was a sketch that took place in a hospital following some crime that was solved by a Scooby Doo-like collection of sleuths. It turns out Christopher Walken was injured during the case and now they’re all in the hospital just hanging out. The nurse eventual entered the room with a bedpan in hand which everyone took as a sign to leave except for Walken who continued to make the gang stick around no matter how personal the hospital treatments grew to be.
  13. “Sinead O'Connor” then returned to the stage to share her truth of the real picture she intended to tear up only the audience just wasn’t having it because they were angry at the hate and not at the message at all.
  14. Arrested Development then returned to the stage to perform Everyday People. 
  15. Christopher Walken then sang a parody called The Boulevard Of Broken Balls which made fun of a song with an extremely similar name that I’ll let you figure out on your own.
  16. Finally, Christopher Walken closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E03... HOST: JOE PESCI... DATE: OCTOBER 10, 1992

SNL: S18E03... HOST: JOE PESCI... DATE: OCTOBER 10, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of Debate '92 where Dana Carvey played both George Bush Sr. and Ross Perot to take on Phil Hartman as Bill Clinton in a debate where the main goal was not to say the dumbest thing of the night in the candidates hopes to win the White House. Though the candidates do get into some weird areas their references were so old and time specific that I didn’t get many of the non-generic jokes. This opening sketch went on for what felt like forever, over ten minutes, which is usually a sign that it’s going to be a night filled with filler material. That said, the sketch did get to be its funniest during the last couple minutes where the non-speaking candidate would watch the current speaker and we got to see how he was pictured in their heads like in an old-school cartoon where a starving character would look at someone and only see food. Clinton transformed into a pot smoking hippy, while Bush Sr. turned into his wife and Perot turning into a member of the Lollipop Guild from the Wizard Of OZ. As always, this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Joe Pesci the officially opened the show with a monolog about his new movie The Public Eye and how excited he is about Columbus Day. He then went on to trash Sinead O’Connor for ripping up a picture of the Pope before sharing the threats of what he would have done if she tried that type of stunt on his watch playing up his dumb mafia wannabe character.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for the law firm Green And Fazio who will represent you in accidents that you weren’t even involved so that they can profit off of you profiting of sympathy pains and anxieties.
  4. Bensonhurst Dating Game was a parody of the Dating Game only with Joe Pesci playing his typical Guido character/host to play up Italian stereotypes while trying to find a frizzy-haired Julia Sweeney a date using the Dating Game format. Pesci has a great time being sexist with his Italian boys while being openly racist to Chris Rock who played the only black contestant and got threatened after every question he was asked even though he was being equally as sexual as the rest of the group.
  5. Pinky Ring was, of course, another sketch to play up Italian-American stereotypes as Joe Pesci searches for a pinky ring in a pinky ring store. In order to properly try on the ring, the store had a full-size mirror for Pesci to practice his mafia style hand gestures to make sure he picked the proper fit.
  6. We then got a follow-up ad for Green And Fazio where we were informed that they will not only represent you for cases that you weren’t actually involved with but they will also represent you in cases where you were actually at fault since you still have to deal with the pain and suffering.
  7. Spin Doctors then took to the stage to perform Little Miss Can't Be Wrong.
  8. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Kevin Nealon slipped into his Subliminal Man character once again to break down the candidates left in the race for president and Cajun Man dropped in for his views on this year’s run for President as well.
  9. Single White Person was a parody of Single White Female only with Pat playing the Bridget Fonda role and Melanie Hutsell in the Jennifer Jason Leigh role who stalks our androgynous star two where we had two Pat’s by the end of the sketch.
  10. Crooks Watch The News was a sketch where, as the title implies, a bunch of crooks watched the news to see if they got away with robbing a bank just moments before turning on the TV. The only problem is that they turned on the TV to catch the start of the local news and had to sit through all of the introductory nonsense, including the opening credits, greetings, commercials and all sorts of other nonsense. Being that this was before 24/7 cable news coverage, they kept getting the same results no matter which local news station that they tuned to. In the end, all of this TV watching was what lead to our heroes getting caught.
  11. Bullies was a sketch where Joe Pesci and Rob Schneider sit on a stoop bullying passers-by even though they both play their actual adult age. This goes on throughout the entire sketch until David Spade and Adam Sandler stepped in as even bigger bullies, at least when it comes to wordplay.
  12. Spin Doctors then returned to the stage to perform Jimmy Olsen's Blues. 
  13. Zoraida The Page then returned to corner Joe Pesci on the way to his dressing room whereas always she confused the man with his fictional characters. Unlike my hosts who eventually catch on and correct Zoraida, Pesci got De Niro and Scorsese involved in what I’m guessing was an attempt to make their tough guy personas seem real, only everyone involved with too full of smiles and laughs to actually pull it off.
  14. Finally, Joe Pesci closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S18E02... HOST: TIM ROBBINS... DATE: OCTOBER 3, 1992

SNL: S18E02... HOST: TIM ROBBINS... DATE: OCTOBER 3, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From Ross Perot where Dana Carvey as Perot announced that he was once again back in the presidential race then went on to defend his choice to come back while denying that he was a flip-flopper. He then took the rest of the time to defend other flaws that have been attributed to him and he built up to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Tim Robbins then officially opened a show with a monolog about his new movie Bob Roberts which started out as an SNL short film back when Steve Guttenberg was the host even though that never got mentioned. Instead, Tim Robbins pointed out how the character Bob Roberts was a political man who was against big companies like General Electric who own NBC at the time. He then went on to explain why GE is such a negative influence on the world which causes a behind the scenes panic. Halfway through Tim got called back to talk to Lorne only to have the show taken off the air. It was then revealed that this was all just Lorne’s dream before we returned to the stage to find Tim Robbins performing a tame monolog that towed the company lines.
  3. We then got a fake ad for Caracci's Pizza whose claim to fame is that if you catch an employee doing anything weird with your pizza you will get an instant fifty percent off your meal.
  4. We then went to the signing of The Declaration Of Independence where we discover that our Founding Fathers were actually Quantum Leap-like time travelers who visit the future thinking that they can solve our modern deficit problem only our modern media is too hung up on their involvement with slavery and other flaws the same way they’d criticize a contemporary politician to the point where nothing is changed at all.   
  5. This was followed by another repeat Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack pondered about a brain scientist who got hit on the part of the brain to trigger them to be obsessed with studying the brain.
  6. Cooking With Dennis Miller parody cooking show that made fun of the ex-news anchor’s style of comedic delivery while he taught his audience how to cook. This was following the canceling of The Dennis Miller Show that fell victim to The Late Night Wars from that time.
  7. That's Not Yogurt was a fake ad that parodied that I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ads from the day, only in this ad the ingredients are secret and all that the company will share is that it’s not yogurt even when the star of the commercial (Kevin Nealon) grows concerned with whether or not this will trigger his allergies.
  8. Sunday Morning Videos was a show with Rob Schneider and Tim Robbins playing the two extremely religious hosts. Tim Robbins started out complaining about the vices of the youth only to a little too enthusiastic when he stumbled onto the topic of sex.  
  9. Sinead O'Connor then took to the stage to perform Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home.
  10. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, David Spade introduce his infamous Hollywood Minute gossip segment where he rips on celebrities who made the tabloids that week.
  11. We then met up with Tim Robbins’s Bob Roberts character who took a group of high school kids out camping to push his political agenda while singing a collection of folk songs around a file that was fueled by books that don’t fit into his plan.
  12. This was followed by a parody of Larry King Live where Larry interviewed “Brian Wilson” of the Beach Boys where the two had a bit of a crazy off. Brian from being literally crazy and Larry King from simply being himself.
  13. Tori: 90210 Vs. The Real World was a sketch where “Tori Spelling” discusses the difference between her life on the show versus her day to day living where we discover her real life is even twice as luxurious as the life of the spoiled character on the show and how she often confuses the two worlds.
  14. Sinead O'Connor then returned to the stage to perform War and then famously finished her segment by ripping up a picture of the Pope. 
  15. Sweet Jimmy, The World's Nicest Pimp was a, as the title suggests, a sketch that featured Tim Robbins as Jimmy who was a pimp who is super nice to his stable of girls.   
  16. Daily Affirmation then returned for another installment where this time Stuart Smalley went back to his old no guest format but decided to tread on new grounds and chose this to be the night where he would attempt to talk politics while he shared that he’d be voting Bill Clinton for President because he related to his child of alcoholic ways about the world.  
  17. Finally, Tim Robbins closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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