SNL: S20E05... HOST: SARAH JESSICA PARKER... DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 1994

SNL: S20E05... HOST: SARAH JESSICA PARKER... DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 1994

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Decision '94 that made fun of the mid-term election coverage from that year. The “coverage” in question was a concession speech held by Chris Elliott, who played, what I’m guessing was, a well-liked Democratic candidate who the sketch seemed to suggest lost due to the fact that he didn’t follow the trend of using negative attack ads during his campaign. Instead, he resorted to print media and celebrity endorsement which just seemed to go unnoticed. I’m sure that this made much more sense during this time before the internet but when compared to the chaos of modern politics this opening came across really dry, but it did stick to the tradition when it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”   
  2. Sarah Jessica Parker then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she grew up in New York and how great it was to host. She then broke character to admit that it actually wasn’t that great of a week since she put in a lot of effort into the Mario Cuomo campaign that lost. She then went on to sing the song Tomorrow from Annie while shouting out encouragements to all of the losing Democrats from that year. She eventually got cut off by Mike Myers and David Spade who informed her that the entire cast and crew are actually Republicans who are happy about the backlash at Clinton Republican wins.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Eterna Rest which was a fancy mattress for coffins that provided comfort to love ones lost throughout their entire afterlife underground.
  4. Good Morning Brooklyn was a parody of a local Good Morning America-style show that’s based out of Brooklyn. This sketch mainly made fun of the Brooklyn accent and style from that time which just felt super cliché when watched through modern eyes. Thankfully, Chris Farley saved the last bit of the sketch with a bit on non-accent-based physical comedy.
  5. Sarah Jessica Parker then teamed up with Michael McKean for a sketch called Nice And Naughty Guitarists where the two sang a duet of a pleasant sounding song with McKean on guitar. About halfway through the song, it changed to have a harder edge as Adam Sandler joined is as the naughty guitarist for some rock ‘n’ roll interludes as it turns out that the song is about her having an affair on the nice guy.
  6. R.E.M. then took to the stage to perform What's The Frequency, Kenneth? 
  7. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week Adam Sandler’s Gil Graham dropped by again, this time to share his experience of winning V.I.P. tickets to see several shows where once again he spent more time getting beat up and bullied to see a single song being performed.
  8. We then went to a fortune cookie writing room filled with a staff who really take their work seriously while Mike Myers plays a horrible Asian stereotype of a boss who wants quantity over quality from his cookie scribes. One by one the staff quit over the hypercritical feedback until Mike Myers was left to do all the work on his own. This was when Chris Farley entered the scene as Confucius and even he wasn’t deemed to do a fortune cookie right.
  9. The Casting Couch was a talk show sketch that took place on a casting couch with Michael McKean playing a host called Robert Evans who interviewed Sarah Jessica Parker’s young aspiring actress, where he offered her gigs while trying to get her into bed. This was another sketch from the night that fell flat while watching through modern eyes especially during this era where all of these sleazy Hollywood antics aren’t just jokes to be ignored.
  10. R.E.M. then returned to the stage to perform Bang And Blame. 
  11. We then went to OZ to meet The Munchkins. In the sketch, Janeane Garofalo played Dorothy with Sarah Jessica as the good witch who claims that said Munchkins would love to thank the person who killed the evil witch. It turned out that the Munchkins were all grumpy and didn't want to get involved in this war of the witches and want nothing more than for Dorothy and her dog to leave.
  12. R.E.M. then returned to the stage yet again to perform the song I Don't Sleep, I Dream.
  13. Bill Murray then took to the stage for Michael O'Donaghue Tribute after the passing of Mr. Mike, who was probably the creepiest writer to date who was obsessed with sketches of molestation with women of various ages getting groped.
  14. Finally, Sarah Jessica Parker closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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