SNL: S20E17... HOST: DAMON WAYANS... DATE: APRIL 8, 1995

SNL: S20E17... HOST: DAMON WAYANS... DATE: APRIL 8, 1995

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Statement From Judge Ito where he defended himself against the allegations that he was dragging the O.J. Trial out because he loved his time in the spotlight. Not only did he defend his role as a judge but he also defended himself against the claims that he was playing up his Japanese accent. Since both of these claims were being put out by Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who’s proud of his Italian heritage, Ito fired back with some racism of his own by making fun of the Italian accent as he announced, “Live from New York…”
  2. Damon Wayans then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy he was to host as a black man since he was used to seeing black people in much lower roles. This led to a bit of his stand-up routine that highlighted how black reporters got issued the crappy assignments like reporting in the middle of hurricanes. He then went on to joke about how black people were just used to crappy jobs and that they were probably the original crash test dummies and guinea pigs in other experiments.
  3. This was followed by a repeat of the Bathroom Monkey commercial from earlier in the season which marketed monkeys as personal bathroom slaves.
  4. We then went to a Summer Day Camp where Damon Wayans, Ellen Cleghorne, and Tim Meadows played camp counselors at an urban day camp filled with African-American children who were all named after things like pharmaceuticals, grocery store products, standard ailments, or overly complex words.  
  5. The In Living Color sketch Men On Film then made its SNL debut where Damon Wayans’ character Blaine Edwards teamed up with Roger Ebert to review the latest round of films that were released to the theaters that year. At first, Roger seemed a bit uptight, and a tad homophobic until Blaine started to flirt which broke down every one of Ebert’s implied walls until it became closer to the original feel of Men On Film with two gay guys reviewing films. The sketch ended with David Alan Grier making a cameo to revise his character Antione Merriweather to express that he’s jealous of the new pair.
  6. Dionne Farris then took to the stage to perform I Know. 
  7. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, David Spade returned as Jeff Foxworthy to promote his new book, You Know You’re The Ebola Virus If… Adam Sandler also dropped by and made an effort to encourage Mike Tyson to beat up people for him by lying and claiming that anyone who did him wrong also talked trash about the formerly imprisoned champ.
  8. Trumpet Saliva was a sketch where Damon Wayans played a famous jazz trumpeter who continued to drench his audience whenever he’d clean his spit valve
  9. We then got more parody coverage of CourtTV’s coverage of the O.J. Trial. This week, Damon Wayans revised his homeless character, Anton, from In Living Color, to play a surprise witness and share his crazy take on the infamous night of the murders. Of course, with this being an Anton scene the eventually worked in a pickle jar with one pickle that’s supposed to be poop into the end of the joke.
  10. It then became 4:45 in the AM which meant it was time for another installment of Perspectives where host, Lionel Osborne interviewed Damon Wayans as the leader of a black militia. Though Wayans is very passionate, Lionel methodically sticks to the format of the show to the point where he almost seems disinterested.
  11. This was followed by a Cirque Du Soleil parody which was pretty much just Mark McKinney, Chris Elliott, new castmate, who I couldn’t remember to save my life, Morwenna Banks dressed up like French clowns, acting weird.
  12. This was followed by another installment of Deep Thoughts By Jack Handy where Jack shared a disturbing way to avoid mosquitos during the summer.
  13. Jay Mohr then got his chance to shine in a fake ad campaign called Christopher Walken For Skittles where, as you might guess, Walken pitched Skittles in a very Walken way.
  14. Dionne Farris then returned to the stage to perform Blackbird.
  15. Tom Jones' Used Underwear Sale was a sketch that didn’t answer the age-old question of what happens to the underwear thrown at Tom Jones during his show but is instead an infomercial that sells Tom’s disgusting undergarments that are extra sweaty and gross since they were the under-clothes from the nights of his live shows.  
  16. Finally, Damon Wayans closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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