SNL: S19E17... HOST: KELSEY GRAMMER... DATE: APRIL 9, 1994

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Just like Kelsey Grammer and most of the characters that he’s played, this episode was perfectly average in almost every way. Not average in a way that I feel like I need to defend it, even though I technically am by using the first half of this sentence, but average in a perfect way to where all that it was missing was one major laugh and this would have been the perfect episode.

First off, Kelsey seems to really enjoy hosting the show and his acting is at a level to where it felt like he navigated each scene with ease. Though there wasn’t a single moment that got me to really laugh out loud, the entire night was so consistent there was never a point where I felt bored, that is unless you count the musical guest but that’s just because I don’t like country.

Once again, I wish there was a way to express my feelings about an episode that is perfectly entertaining to watch but literally nothing to write home about. It doesn't help that this is the fifth episode that I've watched today in order to take the rest of the year off and still hit my one review a day average that is also part of the challenge.

So, unfortunately, I’m going to have to cut this one sort. With that, it’s now time to move on from sharing my thoughts and share what I actually saw, as I give you…

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Hillary's Investment Tips that parodied the old E.F. Hutton ads only Jan Hooks plays Hillary Clinton so share her money making scams as well as warning about investing in real estate based on her Whitewater ordeal. As always, this being the opening sketch it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Kelsey Grammer then officially opened the show wearing a wig to perform his monolog about Spring Time only to have the director call him out on how ridiculous the wig looks on his head. He then goes on to explain that he is only bald while playing the Frasier character while desperately trying to pull off the lie that this is his actual hair. Not only does he get it from the director but the cast also joined in on questioning his appearance which sent him backstage to complain to Lorne Michaels. While backstage, Lorne introduced Kelsey to Sy Sperling, the founder of The Hair Club For Men which kind of worked as an unspoken intervention.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Majestic Caribbean Cruise Line where they promised all of the usual amenities but the main selling point was the fact that Manut Bol would be your favorite cruise companion.
  4. We then got a parody of Dance Party USA called Inhibited Dance Party USA whereas the title suggests, this was a dance show where the dancers weren’t as excited to be seen dancing as you would expect from this kind of show.
  5. Giulianis Watch The Yankees was a sketch where Rudy and Andrew Guliani went to a Yankee game and Andrew Guliani acted up the same way that he did during Rudy’s inauguration press conference which really causes a scene, especially since he kept ending up getting hit in the head by foul balls while leaning in to taunt or encourage the players.
  6. Dwight Yoakam then took to the stage to perform Pocket Of A Clown. 
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Tim Meadows introduced his Mustafa Muhammad character to talk about how the Clintons would be in jail if they were black and tried to pull off this Whitewater nonsense. Kevin Nealon also joined in on the Zima Zaste Zest which was going on at the time and came to the conclusion that it Zastes like Zit. Chris Farley and David Spade then rounded out the news by sharing their review of a trip to Cancun where they went for Spring Break vacation only to end up making rambling jokes without going too deep into the actual trip at all.
  8. We then got a parody of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea where Kelsey Grammer played Captain Nemo who struggle to get his crew to stop measuring everything in leagues when there are much more efficient ways to express measurements since they used 20,000 leagues as a way to express anything from distance to time to even weight which made no sense at all.
  9. This was followed by a parody of Sunday Morning With Charles Kuralt where Norm played Kuralt to share his final moments at the end of his final episode going into his retirement where he rambles on and on, sneaking in that sex was the true reason that he decided to start a Sunday travel show and then went on to share some of his craziest stories in a very boring tone.
  10. We were then introduced to a sketch called Something Smells Good In Stinkville where Kelsey Grammer is enjoying his morning tea when he smells something pleasant which is actually horrible in this world where the senses are reversed. This led him to smell his cat's ass to get rid of the smell of flowers.
  11. Dwight Yoakam then returned to the show to perform Fast as You. 
  12. Captain Jim And Pedro where Kelsey Grammer played the manager of a Foot Locker where Captain Jim, played by Tim Meadows, and Pedro, who was pretty much Adam Sandler’s buffoon character were in competition for the one available job opening. These two characters both came straight from an island where they were stranded together for several years. Even though neither have great social skills Captain Jim can at least speak using sentences that actually make sense. For some reason, this seems like a tough decision even though Kelsey eventually does make the obvious choice and then it just got convoluted, in a funny way, from there.
  13. Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey then returned after a long break so that Jack could question if it would be worth it to hit the brakes on your car if you accidentally drove it over a cliff.
  14. Something Smells Good In Stinkville then returned for a second installment of the night where there is a bit of confusion as to where or not bad is good or bad is bad in this world of mixed up senses but again ended with Kelsey smelling the cat’s ass after losing a bit and breaking the scene with a chuckle.
  15. Kelsey Grammer then introduced an obscure musical that he saw called I Am A Man and then had the cast help him attempt to reenact it. It turned out that this was a play about one of those men’s’ groups that used to venture out into the woods to bang on drums and find their spirit animals.
  16. Something Smells Good In Stinkville once again for its third and final installment where we learned of the towns name change to Smellsgoodland to help people from getting confused only the guy spreading the news was accused of being a liar but not about the name change but then again he wasn’t a man to be trusted.
  17. Finally, Kelsey Grammer closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

Once again, average is not a bad word to me but sometimes I do use it to mean that an episode was just barely good but most of the time I mean that an episode was legitimately in the middle. Tonight’s episode might just be the best of the average episodes that I’ve seen thanks to these three moments that I am about to share.

First, I loved the 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea parody because I’m a fan of Jules Verne and loved the confusion based comedy that was involved in this sketch. Next, I really liked the second installment of Something Smells Good In Stinkville because when Kelsey Grammer broke the scene with the most subtle giggle while asking for the cat’s ass to smell, I laughed out loud for the only time of the night. Finally, I was a fan of Captain Jim And Pedro because Pedro went on to become Sandler’s buffoon character who used to really crack me up.

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Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.