SNL: S22E14... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 1997

SNL: S22E14... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Late Show With David Letterman with Norm MacDonald as Letterman and Alec Baldwin as Robert De Niro who really gets a kick out of the quirky host’s on-air persona as Dave rambled on with his hilarious nonsense. Though De Niro kept claiming to be having a good time, it was like pulling teeth to get more than a few words out of the man, just like the real De Niro in a real interview.  As always, with this being the opening sketch it also led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Alec Baldwin then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy he was to be back for the seventh time. He then said that it was the people of the show that kept him coming back. This queued a banjo tune to play that gave us a small town feel as Alec took us backstage to share with us the behind-the-scenes activities at Saturday Night Live as if everything was peaceful and fun and not chaotic like it must really be considering the show is a pretty big production to be going out live every single week. He finished the monolog by walking into his starting spot for the first non-opening sketch.
  3. The monolog then transitioned into another Roxbury Guys sketch where the head bobbing brothers danced it up with their new friend who was played by Baldwin and was way more successful with the ladies.
  4. Musical guest Tina Turner then had a moment with Mary Katherine Gallagher to offer advice on how she could boost her self-esteem with Alec Baldwin acting as Turner’s bodyguard who dropped the ball by allowing Mary Katherine Gallagher sneak into the room. It doesn’t take much encouragement from Tina to get Mary Katherine to stop being shy as she started to sing Proud Mary like a crazy person.
  5. The Quiet Storm was another segment to make its return with Tim Meadows as his pre-Lady’s Man smooth-talking radio D.J. who’s kept interrupting his new newsman, Alec Baldwin, by adding smooth tags to Baldwin’s news stories which triggers a feud between the two on-air personalities.
  6. TV Funhouse also returned for another Fun With Real Audio where they animated Tom Snyder as a stalker to the real audio from an interview between him and Dolly Parton.
  7. The Gossip Show was yet another segment to return where once again, Cheri Oteri portrayed Julie Brown for another parody installment of the real show where Brown would gossip about celebs.
  8. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, the real Howard Stern dropped in to make a few jokes about the show by having a conversation with Norm instead of playing some sort of character like the show had planned. He then went on to explain a few sketch ideas that he had before sharing a few clips from his recently released Private Parts which was clearly the real reason he was there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Stern fan so when I say that it was clear that promoting his work felt like his real reason for being there is something that even he’d openly admit to.
  9. Tina Turner then took to the stage to perform In Your Wildest Dreams. 
  10. Long Island Phone Sex also returned for another installment that made fun of the fact that these phone sex operators all had that horrible Long Island accent that’s been exaggerated even more for the scene.
  11. We then went to a Yard Sale where Alec Baldwin and Molly Shannon played the married hosts of the sale who were selling extremely sentimental items for pennies on the dollar.
  12. Wong & Owens, Ex-Porn Stars where another set of characters to return where this time the two ex-‘70s-style porn stars tried to succeed in the corporate world only to default to their default porny behaviors while trying to complete even the simplest of tasks. Though these characters can be fun sometimes they can get a little too rapey instead of just being cheeky from the use of double-entendres.
  13. Tina Turner then returned to the stage to perform Proud Mary. 
  14. Bill Brasky's Funeral was a sketch where Bill Brasky’s friends mourned the loss of this legendary man while sharing more mythical stories about him.
  15. Rain: The Miniseries was a parody ad for a new made-for-TV disaster epic about a dangerous rainstorm that was about to hit a suburban area which is a funny joke to me considering I’ve lived most my life between Seattle and Southern California where in one case the sketch is irrelevant and in the other it hits close to home.
  16. Finally, Alec Baldwin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E13... HOST: CHEVY CHASE... DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 1997

SNL: S22E13... HOST: CHEVY CHASE... DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Nightline where Darrell Hammond as Ted Koppel interviewed Cheri Oteri as Debbie Reynolds, Ana Gasteyer as Madonna, and Molly Shannon as Courtney Love who all had a gripe over the years Oscars since they all felt they were snubbed by not even getting a nomination for their brilliant work. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Chevy Chase then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he as happy to be back and then went on to share a few thoughts on Valentine’s Day. He went on to talk very lovingly of his family and then invited them to the stage. The set up was so sentimental and serious sounding that it was pretty funny to see the family come out as an obvious collection of strangers who had never met Chevy before.
  3. This was followed by a repeat of the Home Security Decoys sketch from earlier in the season which was an ad that offered burglar dummies in an effort to trick any real criminals into thinking the house is already being robbed.
  4. Darrell Hammond then revised his Bill Clinton impersonation for a sketch called White House For Sale where Chevy Chase played the President’s advisor as they devised a plan to sell off the White House in a desperate attempt to raise funds, making fun of the Lincoln Bedroom scandal where the Clinton’s were treating the White House like a hotel.
  5. This was followed by one of those sketches that took place at an event that allowed the cast to play around with their impersonations for quick appearances where they got to address the crowd. The event in question for this round was the O.J. Simpson Punitive And Compensatory Damages Telethon where Tim Meadows as O.J. put in a genuine effort to fundraise only to shocked when the donations didn’t roll in.
  6. The Culps then returned for another installment of Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer revised the singing instructor couple who performed popular hits in a style that seems more appropriate for church or high school choir performance. This time, the couple was performing for their niece’s Sweet Sixteen.
  7. We then got a parody of Smokey And The Bandit that was actually a shot at the re-mastered re-release of Star Wars by sharing parodies of digitally enhanced new footage and deleted scenes with Darrell Hammond as Smokey and Norm MacDonald as the Bandit. There was even a special visit from a truck driving Yoda.
  8. This was followed by a parody of Charlie Rose where Mark McKinney played the titular host who had on Jim Breuer as Goat Boy and Chevy Chase as Cow Man and the two had it out during a panel discussion amongst a couple other more serious guests who wanted to debate legitimate issues from the time.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Colin Quinn dropped in to share his comments on the Bill Clinton/Paula Jones scandal and about how it’s not a big deal because all of our presidents were known to fool around. At the same time, he threw in a few jabs at Bill Clinton’s tastes when it comes to women.
  10. Live then took to the stage to perform Lakini's Juice.
  11. 7 Action News was a sketch where Chevy Chase played a news anchor who just could stop himself from making up the stories to create more interesting headlines only to admit to his lies moments after making them.
  12. The Zimmermans was a sketch where Cheri Oteri and Chris Kattan played a married couple who roleplayed being on a first date in an effort to liven up their relationship only to end up censoring themselves in a very awkward way before their sex talk could get too dirty following so many years of growing used to more normal talk.
  13. Fitting Room was a sketch where Norm MacDonald played the husband of Molly Shannon and kept catching male employees from the store peeping on Shannon as she attempted to try on clothes.
  14. Live then returned to the stage to perform Heropsychodreamer.
  15. Chopper 4 was a sketch where Chevy Chase went to buy a paper and the local newsstand only to get trapped in a conversation with Mark McKinney about how excited he was about the new news helicopter better known as Chopper 4.
  16. Finally, Chevy Chase closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E12... HOST: NEVE CAMPBELL... DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 1997

SNL: S22E12... HOST: NEVE CAMPBELL... DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of an O.J. Simpson Press Conference because of a fictional incident where Tim Meadows as O.J. was caught with a wheelbarrow full of money that he was attempting to hide following the eight million dollar settlement that he was issued to pay after his civil trial. During the press conference, O.J. acted naïve when anyone from the media would question his story about how he magically became broke overnight. Of course, this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Neve Campbell then officially opened the show with a monolog where she joked about how often people mispronounce her name while adding a few joke where she mispronounced common words with similar spellings where the rules on how they are pronounced are the opposite. This was interrupted by a phone call from special guest, David Spade, in order to parody Neve Campbell’s famous phone call scene from the first Scream which was the movie she was there to promote.
  3. We then got a repeat of the fake ad for Caribbean Essence Bath Oil from earlier in the season where Tracy Morgan played the bath oil mascot who would magically appear in bathtubs when people were using the Caribbean Essence Bath Oil product.
  4. Chris Kattan then revised his mumble-mouthed Suel Forrestor character for a game show sketch called Jackpot where the contestants were so confused by the ranting man mad that they couldn’t get a single question correct.
  5. Delicious Dish then returned for another installment where once again, the droning NPR host talked about their favorite food which this week was rice but then they barely had time to talk about the topic as they went on to promote the latest pledge-drive. After the pledge drive promotions, Neve Campbell joined the two host as a contest winner who ended up talking more about the pledge drive than rice in another perfect parody of the NPR talk show style.
  6. TV Funhouse also returned for another installment of Fun With Real Audio where they animated Bill Clinton’s recent State Of The Union Address which highlighted the ever-present divide in our two-party political system which included an interruption from Ross Perot who was portrayed in a straitjacket even though he seemed to be the one making the most sense considering Bob Dole also joined in on the conversation to represent the right at one point during the animation. In the end, the giant rabbit that Ross Perot rode in on was the only thing that got everyone to agree even though he only spoke with a horrifying squeak.
  7. We also got another visit from The Spartans Cheerleaders/parody of Scream where this time the two school-spirit addicts tried to hype up Neve Campbell’s high school party as she portrayed her character Sydney from Scream who was Cheri Oteri’s cousin as well. The sketch parodied Scream in that every time the sketch seemed to be setting up a scary moment like one from the movie, the Spartans would chime in with a cheer scaring the guest more than the killer would have.
  8. Janet Reno's Dance Party was another sketch to get a return visit where once again Will Ferrell as Janet Reno hosted a dance party show from her basement and snuck in political talk while trying to interact with her dance party guests. This series of sketches seems to be a joke that this dance party show was Reno’s attempt to cope with the aftermath of the Wacko Incident that happened a few years before the original airing of this episode.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, David Spade dropped in for a special Hollywood Moment where he gave us an update on the going ons in Hollywood since Spade had left the show.
  10. David Bowie then took to the stage to perform Little Wonder.
  11. We then got a parody of 20/20 where Ana Gasteyer portrayed Mia Farrow to talk about the recently revealed affair with Soon-Yi. Meanwhile, David Spade returned for another cameo where he played Woody Allen who was at home watching the interview with his stepdaughter turned wife from his apartment, only to have Mia and several other characters from his life step through the TV screen to confront the perverted director in the style of one of his movies.
  12. Urban Teens was almost a reboot of the Spartans sketch only with Cheri Oteri and Neve Campbell playing two white girls from the hood who try to hook up with people playing a pick-up game at the neighborhood park. The fence that separated the girls from the player gave it that cheerleader feel but they would also randomly dance from time to time not really to be encouraging but to show off what they got.
  13. Hitler Speech was a sketch where Colin Quinn played a Nazi named Rolf who gossiped with other Nazi’s behind Hitler’s back why he was trying to give a famous speech. Meanwhile, Tim Meadows and Lorne Michaels give the sketch the same treatment as they start to gossip about everyone involved as the sketch continued to play out on the screen in Lorne’s office.
  14. David Bowie then returned to the stage to perform Scary Monsters. 
  15. Adventures Of The White Trash Disaster Trailer was a sketch that shows the trials and tribulations of the white trash folks who live in Tornado Alley who also have an incestuous drive towards procreation.
  16. Finally, Neve Campbell closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S22E11... HOST: DAVID ALAN GRIER... DATE: JANUARY 18, 1997

SNL: S22E11... HOST: DAVID ALAN GRIER... DATE: JANUARY 18, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a Genitalia Line-Up where Cheri Oteri as Paula Jones attempted to pick out President Clinton’s penis from a line-up following another sexual misconduct claim. Of course, to make things more fun they threw Bob Dole, Al Gore, and Clarence Thomas into the line-up as well. Ted Kennedy also joined the line after everyone else was introduced but he just thought he was taking part in some sort of pervert party. With this being the opening sketch, all of this eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”  
  2. David Alan Grier then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was excited to be back hosting the show along with some stand-up about the upcoming inauguration for round two of Bill Clinton’s presidency. This Clinton talk led DAG to sing a song called Let’s Get Butt-Naked In The White House.
  3. We then got a parody ad for a new video collection that parodied the classic prank show for a sketch called Death Row Bloopers & Practical Jokes where we got to see bloopers and pranks with the federal prison as the backdrop with the hosts making their cheesy, old fashion, clip-show-style jokes.
  4. This was followed by a parody of 20/20 where Cheri Oteri as Barbara Walters managed to offend the real Snoop Dogg during her interview by asking him a bunch of dumb questions about his latest hit album.
  5. We then got a sketch that showed DAG, Tim Meadows, and Tracy Morgan all tearing up while hanging out together to watch the movie Waiting To Exhale while Snoop Dogg waited for the crew to watch a basketball game with him at the local bar.
  6. Both Sides With Jesse Jackson was a panel talk show that brought back Ana Gasteyer’s MTV News character name Kincaid who attempted to discuss the topic of Ebonics with Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson and several other cast members playing black pundits who had no idea what this white girl was rambling on about while also trying to explain the importance of this new brand of black speech.
  7. The Rocky Roads were a motivational troupe who performed for school assemblies that were introduced during Grier’s last visit to the show. They returned this week to talk to the kids about how to respectfully speak with women. Though their positive examples are definitely less offensive than they’re examples of how not to act, all of the advice that was given was also rather bizarre.
  8. Maya Angelou Endorses Butterfingers was a parody ad for my favorite candy bar in the world.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Colin Quinn dropped in and refused to apologize to Michael Irvin following a recent false accusation about the football star’s involvement in cocaine fuel case of sexual aggression that he was apparently cleared after some new evidence was revealed.
  10. Snoop Doggy Dog then took to the stage to perform Snoop's Upside Ya Head. 
  11. Ex-Porn Stars Don Wong & Reggie Owens was a sketch where Jim Breuer and Tracy Morgan played two ex-porn stars who now have to navigate the world as fast food employees after losing their sex worker careers. The only problem is they struggle to avoid speaking with sexual innuendos as if they were trying to start a porn scene.
  12. Maya Angelou Endorses Froot Loops! was a follow up to the Butterfingers ad where this time the famous poet promoted the fruity morning cereal that I like a lot but is not a favorite like the product from the last ad.
  13. Shopping At Home Network then returned for another parody of the Home Shopping Network with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan playing pitchmen who would rather die than sell their product as cheap as the network’s demands. Where last time the two were hocking a bust of Shaquille O’Neal this week they were pushing a bust of Scottie Pippen but for the most part, the sketch is the same.
  14. TV Funhouse then returned for a segment where they simply showed live action footage of dog’s going about their daily routines.
  15. Snoop Doggy Dog then returned to the stage to perform Vapors. 
  16. Mark McKinney as Bill Gates then dropped by for a segment where he hijacked the show with a system of satellites in order to share his plans for future technologies that were, pretty much, just convoluted replacements for already existing technology as opposed to any sort of predictive parody.
  17. Maya Angelou Endorses Pennzoil was a third in the series of Maya Angelou pitching unexpected products on TV.
  18. Monster Trucks was a parody ad for an upcoming Monster Truck event that used a lot of real footage along with low budget animations to make fun of the now cliché brand of Monster Truck marketing.
  19. Finally, David Alan Grier closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S22E10... HOST: KEVIN SPACEY... DATE: JANUARY 11, 1997

SNL: S22E10... HOST: KEVIN SPACEY... DATE: JANUARY 11, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with the introduction of SNL's Sketch Ratings System where Michael Palin and John Cleese dropped in for a special appearance to explain the new sketch rating system, making fun of the fact that this was around the time where TV shows started to provide age-appropriate ratings after returning from every commercial. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it also eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Kevin Spacey then officially opened the show with a monolog about being happy to host the show to show a more silly side of his personality which then turned into a segment where he sang the song In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning while the captioning shared how Spacey was as big of a psycho in real life as he is as the characters he portrays.
  3. We then got a parody of Late Show With David Letterman with Norm MacDonald as Letterman in order to interview Kevin Spacey as William Hurt who struggles to cope with Letterman’s distracting style of interviewing.
  4. We then got a parody PSA called Prescriptions that joked about how easy it is to get a prescription for marijuana following the passing of a California initiative that made prescribed pot become legal before the whole medical marijuana thing was as omnipresent as it’s become since the airing of this episode.
  5. This was followed by parody behind the scenes footage of The Star Wars 20th Anniversary Re-Release where we got to see several impersonations of celebrities who failed their auditions for very famous Star Wars roles.
  6. Janet Reno's Dance Party was a sketch where Will Farrell as Janet Reno shared a dance with Kevin Spacey as Donna Shelala while hosting a basement dance party in an effort to take a break from her political career.
  7. We then got another installment of the fake auditions for The Star Wars 20th Anniversary Re-Release where we got to see some more funny impression of potential Star Wars actors.
  8. Beck then took to the stage to perform Where It's At?
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Molly Shannon dropped in as Courtney Love to share how she was able to play such a good junkie for the move The People Versus Larry Flint.
  10. Chirs Kattan then returned as monkey-man, Mr. Peepers where this time he made Will Ferrell completely uncomfortable while trying to run tests in a lab.
  11. TV Funhouse then introduced a superhero parody cartoon called The X-Presidents where a collection of former Presidents set out to save the day with their newly found superpowers.
  12. The Joe Pesci Show also returned for another installment where this time Kevin Spacey played Al Pacino to be Breuer as Pesci’s co-host in order to put on the usual The Joe Pesci Show sketch which never really did much for me since I’ve never been a fan of the mobster genre of film.
  13. Michael Palin and John Cleese then returned to recreate their famous Dead Parrot Sketch from their Monty Python show.
  14. Beck then returned to the show to perform Devil's Haircut. 
  15. Ana Gasteyer then played her one percenter, Mrs. Attebury character who bored the hell out of Kevin Spacey with her monotonous stories while he tried to install a home burglar alarm.  
  16. Finally, Kevin Spacey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E09... HOST: ROSIE O'DONNELL... DATE: DECEMBER 14, 1996

SNL: S22E09... HOST: ROSIE O'DONNELL... DATE: DECEMBER 14, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton kicked of the Christmas season spirit by attempting to make up with Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole now that the election season is over with. He also offered a position in his cabinet which Dole accepted with the added incentive of a Tickle Me Elmo which was the Christmas hit at the time. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it also eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Rosie O'Donnell then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy she was to host again before promoting her brand new daytime talk show which led into a bit of a routine about TV show theme songs.  This line of jokes led her to invited sing I Got You Babe where Penny Marshall and Whitney Houston to join her on the stage to sing along with our host.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Darnette Disposable Toilets which as the title suggest was a toilet designed to be thrown away after using it only there’s no special quick install technique as this product is actually just an ordinary toilet with the ad making fun of our wasteful ways.
  4. The Spartans Cheerleaders then returned for another installment where this time the two cheered to promote seasonal sales at the local Pepperidge Farms and are eventually joined by Rosie O’Donnell who was kicked off the real cheerleading team due to her weight and decided to team up with the two cheerleader wannabes.
  5. Mary Katherine Gallagher also returned to the show where this time the awkward Catholic schoolgirl performed the song Little Drummer Boy at a school event.
  6. Delicious Dish was another segment to return to the show where this time the two dull-voiced NPR hosts droned on about their love of gingerbread and citrus.
  7. TV Funhouse then gave us another installment of The Ambiguously Gay Duo where this time the questionable-gay superheroes tried to save Santa from their big-headed nemesis.
  8. Jim Breuer then returned as my favorite character of his for a sketch called A Christmas Greeting From Goat Boy where, as the title suggests, Goat Boy wished Merry Christmas to his fan while acting like the goat-human that he is.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Beavis and Butthead made a magical appearance to joke it up about Christmas with Norm.
  10. Whitney Houston then took to the stage to sing I Believe In You And Me.
  11. Rita Delvecchio was another reoccurring character to return for the night where this time the “I keep it now,” neighborhood crazy lady made up with her bickering neighbor who was played by Penny Marshall.
  12. Tim Meadows and Tracy Morgan then revised their money collecting thuggish Russell & Tate characters to offer a Christmas special to those who could use their services.
  13. Colin Quinn also returned as his Joe Blow character for another installment of The Local News where once again, he’s off of Weekend Update and is now sharing news that so local that it only affects him that he now broadcasts out of his basement.
  14. Whitney Houston then returned to the stage to sing I Go To The Rock.
  15. Finally, Rosie O'Donnell closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S22E08... HOST: MARTIN SHORT... DATE: DECEMBER 7, 1996

SNL: S22E08... HOST: MARTIN SHORT... DATE: DECEMBER 7, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of The O.J. Simpson Child Custody Hearing where once again, Tim Meadows portrayed O.J. to show his courtroom antics this time while trying to win custody of his children while making jokes that he probably killed their mom. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Martin Short then officially opened the show with a monolog about the peaks-and-valleys throughout the history of Saturday Night Live and how his interest in the show shifted accordingly. We then got a quick flashback to the night where Lorne Michaels saved Martin Short’s life in order to get him back as the host. We then went back to the main stage where Short sang a song listing the hosts of the show while bashing the bad years and celebrating the good.
  3. Celebrity Jeopardy! then made its debut with Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek having to wrangle in Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery, Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds, and Martin Short as Jerry Lewis who are all too unfocused to get a single, simplified Celebrity Jeopardy level question, correct. 
  4. Martha Stewart's Topless Christmas Special was a sketch where, as the title suggests, Ana Gasteyer played a Topless Martha Stewart to share her hosting tips for holiday events.
  5. Martin Short then reprised his most popular SNL role for a sketch called Ed Grimley In Heaven where our pointy-haired friend met with Chevy Chase as Merriweather at the gates of Heaven only to be sent back to Earth after being told to get a life.
  6. The Roxbury Guys then returned for more head-bopping to the song What Is Love, while aggressively trying to dance with chicks with their new friend played by Martin Short.
  7. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Colin Quinn returned as his character Lenny The Lion to gripe about the current state of health care.
  8. No Doubt then took to the stage to perform Don't Speak.
  9. Cheri Oteri then portrayed the famous lispy-voiced host for a parody of The Barbara Walters Special where she interviewed Martin Short as his character Jackie Rogers Jr. about some of the most embarrassing moments of his career.
  10. We then got a fake ad for Larry Azaria's Mostly Used Mattresses where Mark Mckinney played the titular pitchman who sells mostly used mattresses at prices that couldn’t be passed up. These mattresses are so mangled that not even a homeless person would sleep on them but McKinney still stands by his deals. At one point he even had on Martin Short who played a failed actor who once played a scientist on a TV show to verify that these disgusting beds were safe enough to sleep on.
  11. The Terry Gantner Family Workout was a sketch where Will Ferrell played a karate instructor who teaches karate themed fitness with his family. While showing off, our fitness guru broke his hand while sharing a simple chopping technique and then spent the rest of the sketch screaming in agony over the pain while the families he was training tried their hardest to see if they could help.
  12. The Tinseltown Tattler was a talk show sketch where Martin Short played a character named Pinky Nye who gossiped with Molly Shannon as Rhona Patton about celebrities from the time.
  13. No Doubt then returned to the stage to perform Excuse Me Mr.
  14. Happy Holiday Tales was a sketch where Will Ferrell played the host of a story time show where he introduced the tale of Cheri Oteri’s character Mickey The Dyke from the time where she came out her family that she was a lesbian. This fun tale was also a bit of a musical where Mickey The Dyke sang a song before meeting a leather-clad homosexual mouse with the mustache of the biker from the Village People who turned out to be the only person she could turn to when home for the holidays.
  15. Finally, Martin Short closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E07... HOST: PHIL HARTMAN... DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 1996

SNL: S22E07... HOST: PHIL HARTMAN... DATE: NOVEMBER 23, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with an O.J. TV Trial Reenactment which was parody coverage of the civil case that followed the O.J. murder trial where one again Tim Meadows played the Naked Gun star turned murderer as he pulled his usual shenanigans while being cross-examined while in the witness booth. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Phil Hartman then officially opened the show with a monolog where he started out with the usual expression of excitement to be back on the show before he went on to discuss his many endorsement deals while sneaking in plugs for products whenever he could fit them in.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for the Lux 420SL which was an ad where Cliff Robertson endorsed a car designed for crazy people.
  4. House Of Congress was a parody of MTV News with Ana Gasteyer as VJ Kincaid who rambled on in her youth from the late ‘90s way while interviewing Darrell Hammond as Jesse Helms and Phil Hartman as Ted Kennedy.
  5. TV Funhouse the returned for another installment, this time with a cartoon where Michael Jackson goes ga-ga over a bunch of little boys.
  6. Texaco was a sketch where Tim Meadows played a new spokesman trying to squelch the recent claims of racism that had recently been made against the company.
  7. NEA Thanksgiving Songs was a sketch where members of the National Endowment For The Arts had to sit through several auditions for a Thanksgiving song that the organization was going to try to start to promote as a new holiday anthem.
  8. The Joe Pesci Show then returned for another installment of more of the same where this time Phil Hartman as Frank Sinatra joined Pesci in attacking his guest which this week included Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. This week ended with Pesci getting beaten by Frank’s henchmen after taking offense to Sinatra’s jokes and trying to attack old blue eye’s first.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, the real Rodney Dangerfield dropped by to do a bit of a routine about what it’s like to be seventy-five-years-old.
  10. Bush then took to the stage to perform Swallowed.
  11. The Gossip Show was a parody talk show hosted by Cheri Oteri as a super hyper Julie Brown who not only shared private information about celebrities that went beyond the harmless hearsay but she also shared several government secrets including the launch code to the US nuclear arsenal.
  12. Phil Hartman then revised his acting instructor character to host another Acting Workshop where Hartman verbally abused his student while continually name-dropping the D-list celebrities that he’s worked with while working on his D-level roles that made up his career.
  13. Bush then returned to the stage to perform Insect Kin.
  14. Soldiers Not Coming Back was a sketch where Phil Hartman played a WWII general who singled out his soldiers to warn them which ones wouldn’t be coming back which turned out to be them all. Not only did he know that everyone would die, he had predictions of how they would meet their demise and chuckled as he matter-of-factly shared his insights while reassuring that he’s always been right in the past.
  15. We then got a fake ad for Froonga which was a Jenga-like game only it involved a stack of wine glasses from the Grelco line of dangerous games for kids.
  16. Finally, Phil Hartman closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E06... HOST: ROBERT DOWNEY JR... DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 1996

SNL: S22E06... HOST: ROBERT DOWNEY JR... DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Norm Meets Bob Dole which was a sketch where the real Bob Dole dropped by the show to tell Norm MacDonald to stop impersonating him now that he lost his run to become the President. Since this was the opening sketch it also led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Robert Downey Jr. then officially opened the show with a monolog that was accompanied by a slide show that revealed incriminating evidence of what Downey Jr. was up to during his summer vacation which mainly focused on a recent arrest during his battle with drugs.
  3. The Spartan Cheerleaders then returned for more of their quirky/unwanted cheers where this time they attempted to share their spirit while rooting for the high school bowling team.
  4. A Message From The President Of The United States was a sketch where Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton attempt to thank the supporters who made it possible for him to win his second term as President. He started out his speech by eliminating the people who either didn’t vote at all or HAD to vote of him due to favors and party-lines only to find that there was only one single person who OPTED to vote for Bill without any external pressures at all.
  5. Don King Press Conference was a sketch where Tim Meadows as Don King spoke highly of Tracy Morgan as Mike Tyson in an effort to boost his confidence following his defeat to Evander Holyfield only to quickly shift gears to talk up the real Holyfield when he took to the stage to address the crowd.
  6. TV Funhouse then returned for another installment of Fun With Real Audio where this time a twisted animation played out to real audio from participants of the O.J. Trial highlighting how much of a circus the case actually was.
  7. Mr. Music was a sketch where Robert Downey Jr. played a wedding D.J. who was very inappropriate with his choice of songs.
  8. Cobras was a sketch that made fun of The West Side Story where Norm MacDonald played a tough guy gang leader who lost his mind whenever his gang would burst into a song and dance whenever it came time to fight.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, the real Bob Dole joined Norm once again in order to get the SNL newsman to stop joking about his failed attempt to become The President Of The United States.
  10. Fiona Apple then took to the stage to perform Shadowboxer.
  11. Delicious Dish then made its debut with Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon as two NPR radio host who shared their dull-toned outlook on their favorite foods.
  12. Melanie's Make-Out Party was a sketch where Mary Katherine Gallagher got her first awkward kiss from Robert Downey Jr. while playing make-out party games.
  13. Robert Downey Jr. then played an L.A. detective in a sketch called The Streets Of L.A. where Downey Jr.’s banter about drugs seems to hit a little too close to home with our host’s personal experiences with substances.
  14. We then got a fake ad for Milsford Spring Water where Tom Bodet narrated the history of the product and how a mob from Milsford massacring a neighboring town over bottling rights was actually the reason for the great-tasting locally bottled water.
  15. Shopping At Home Network was a parody of a sports segment on the Home Shopping Network with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as two pitchmen who were hard-selling a plaque of Shaquille O’Neal.
  16. Finally, Robert Downey Jr. closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E05... HOST: CHRIS ROCK... DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 1996

SNL: S22E05... HOST: CHRIS ROCK... DATE: NOVEMBER 2, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with The Fishing Dock which was a sketch where Dana Carvey made a special appearance to portray George Bush Sr. in order to prepare Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole for his inevitable loss to Bill Clinton while the two peacefully fish on a dock. Bush speaks from experience having lost to Clinton himself when running for his second term. As always, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Chris Rock then officially opened the show with more of a stand-up routine than a monolog where he joked about how there is no longer a real America since everything’s been replaced by strip malls. This led to his routine about the white mall vs. the black mall and eventually transitioned into jokes about Bill Clinton and sexual harassment.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Excedril which was a pain reliever that lacked any scientific evidence as to how or why it works which made it extra valuable to its users since it seemed more magical.
  4. Chris Rock then revised his I'm Chillin' talk show host character with Jim Breuer taking over the Chris Farley role as his new sidekick. Other than the lack of Farley the sketch was the same fun routine where they shared their new malt liquor sponsor before sharing the Mother Joke Of The Day.
  5. Dole/Kemp '96 was a political ad where “A Black Guy” played by Tim Meadows, “A Woman” played by Molly Shannon, and “A Gay Man” played by Mark McKinney had a message to people like themselves to not vote because their efforts are pointless and no single decision could either make or break a candidates run to become President. It then turned out that this apathetic pitch was endorsed by Bob Dole since he knows no one that fits any of these descriptions would vote for him in the first place.
  6. Chris Rock also revised his The Dark Side with Nat X segment where this week he had on Cheri Oteri as Tori Spelling, Darrell Hammond as Jesse Jackson and Tracy Morgan as Mike Tyson to make fun of the group for incidents that they were involved with at the time.
  7. Mark Russell's Election Year Comedy Special was a sketch where Mark McKinney played a political song satirist who sang parody songs about the upcoming elections that were more spot on about the issues but weren’t that funny at all.
  8. Dana Carvey then returned as Charles Grodin to preview other celebrity-hosted political shows that were going to be his competition.
  9. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week was an all Norm week where he did his usual good job at sharing the news without being interrupted by any special guests.
  10. The Wallflowers then took to the stage to perform One Headlight.
  11. TV Funhouse then returned with another installment of the Ambiguously Gay Duo which was more of the same questioning of the gayness of our heroes during an episode entitled Queen Of Terror where a villainess thinks she can trap the questionably gay superheroes by using her sex appeal with the villain Big Head has his doubts.
  12. Dole's Speeches was a sketch where Norm as Dole was practicing his victory speech in front of Ana Gasteyer as Elizabeth Dole until Lorne Michaels stepped in to break the news to Norm as himself that there was no way Dole would win in an effort to prepare Norm for the reality that he was going to have to give up his favorite impersonation in the upcoming year.
  13. My Son, College Graduate was a sketch where Chris Rock played Tim Meadows dad and Tracy Morgan played the grandpa and the two made fun of Meadows for getting a college education instead of keeping it real like them.
  14. The Culps then made their debut with Will Ferrell and Ana Gasteyer as Marty and Bobbie Culp who sang a medley of popular songs in almost a church hymn type of way.  
  15. Russell Simmons' Def Emergency Room Jam was a parody Def Jam Comedy Hour combined with an ER docu-series style show where Chris Rock played a foul-mouthed Dr. who ran the emergency room.
  16. It then became 4:43 in the AM which meant it was time for another installment of Perspectives where host, Lionel Osbourne, interviewed Chris Rock who played one of the people who took part in the Million Man March in his usually calming way.
  17. Finally, Chris Rock closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E04... HOST: DANA CARVEY... DATE OCTOBER 26, 1996

SNL: S22E04... HOST: DANA CARVEY... DATE OCTOBER 26, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Larry King Live where Will Ferrell as Larry King had on Dana Carvey as Ross Perot to take on other third-party candidates in an unofficial no-holds-barred debate prior to the ’96 Presidential Election. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Dana Carvey then officially opened the show with a monolog where he quickly ran through many of his reoccurring characters that he used to perform on the show while singing a song about them called, I Like To Be These People For You.
  3. Goat Boy then returned for another installment of the MTV show parody, Hey, Remember The 80's where this time Goat Boy interviewed Dana Carvey as George Michaels about nostalgic pop-culture moments from the ‘80s which included a visit from the driver of the Exxon Valdez who was still struggling to cope with the fact that he had caused such a terrible accident.
  4. We then got a parody of The Barbara Walters Special where Cheri Oteri as Barbara buddied up with Ana Gasteyer as Elizabeth Dole while interviewing her about her presidential candidate husband, Bob Dole.
  5. Dan Carvey then played the titular role in a sketch called Tom Brokaw Pre-Tapes where Brokaw pre-recorded several options for a death announcement of former President Gerald Ford just in case he managed to die while Brokaw was on vacation since Ford was pretty sick at the time of the original airing of this episode.
  6. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Colin Quinn returned as his character Joe Blow to reminisce about several moments from Yankee Stadium after taking his children to a recent game and how unpleasant going to a game has grown to be since the good old days when he was a kid.
  7. Dr. Dre then took to the stage to perform Been There Done That.
  8. Dana Carvey then revised his Church Lady character for a brand new installment of Church Chat where she took on Tim Meadows as O.J. Simpson and Molly Shannon as Madonna to yell at them for their sinful ways.
  9. Bob Dole's Time Tunnel was a sketch where Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole traveled back in time to stop Dana Carvey as a young Bill Clinton from ever getting started with his political career by trying to catch a few shots of the young president back in his hippie days when he was a pot-smoking dreamer who mainly wanted to make weed legal.
  10. Rita Delvecchio then returned for another installment where this time the “I keep it now,” crazy neighbor dealt with pranksters during Halloween.
  11. Phil Donahue And Johnny Carson: The Retirement Years was a sketch that showed the lives of Carvey as Carson and Hammond as Donahue now that their shows were over, mainly focusing on the two old talk show hosts struggling to find Carson’s keys which turns out to be a reoccurring issue whenever Donahue drops by Carson’s house for a visit. In fact, it seems that it happens so much the two almost treats it like an Abbot and Costello style routine.
  12. Russell And Tate was a sketch where Tim Meadows as Russell and Tracy Morgan as Tate played two thugs who claimed that they would use their legal skills to get you any money you may be owed.
  13. Finally, Dana Carvey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E03... HOST: BILL PULLMAN... DATE: OCTOBER 19, 1996

SNL: S22E03... HOST: BILL PULLMAN... DATE: OCTOBER 19, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Dole's Dream Debate where we got to see Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole debate Bill Pullman as Thomas J. Whitmore who was the fictional president Pullman played in the movie Independence Day. In the dream this was post-alien attack making Bob Dole think that he should have an easy win considering the attack happened on President Whitmore’s watch, only the voters still seem more impressed with the fictional sitting president. During questions from the audience, an alien burst from Tim Meadows chest and went on to announce, “Live from New York…”
  2. Bill Pullman then officially opened the show with a monolog about how proud he was to get to play the President Of The United States in Independence Day and how he was even more proud to now be considered a sex symbol by his fans.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Home Security Decoys which were pretty much scarecrows dressed like burglars designed to scare real criminals away from your house.
  4. AT&T Operators was a sketch where we got to see Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as female operators who chatted about work and other nonsense in between their calls. This sketch seemed more about the quirkiness of men overacting as women than any specific joke or storyline.
  5. Tic Tac Toe was a game show version of the classic three in a row game with Bill Pullman as the host and Norm MacDonald as a grumpy carpenter of a Vanna White who had to nail the game pieces to the wall as the players made their choice. Being that there was no additional aspect of the game like questions to earn your Xs and Os, there was a lot of waiting for Norm to nail the game pieces to the wall which led to a lot of frustration on both ends. At one point one of the game pieces fell on Norm which was clearly not part of the sketch since it went unreferenced with a follow-up joke.
  6. The Rules Show was an advice talk show hosted by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon who recently wrote a book about how to win over a man in order to “get the ring.” This week they had on Bill Pullman as their guest as an average guy to validate how well the rules work and since a bulk of the advice was to tend to men’s needs, he was a happy camper.
  7. TV Funhouse returned for another installment of Fun With Real Audio where this week they animated President Clinton and Bob Dole while using the audio from their latest debate.
  8. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Will Ferrell dropped in as Harry Caray to discuss The World Series from that year only to end up obsessing over his love of hot dogs.
  9. New Edition then took to the stage to perform Hit Me Off.
  10. Hollywood Party was a talk show sketch where Molly Shannon and Chris Kattan dished out some celebrity gossip as if they were from the black and white days of Hollywood only it was clear that they were from modern times because they had on Bill Pullman as himself in an effort to get behind the scenes gossip about the parties that must have gone on during the making of Independence Day.
  11. The Quiet Storm was a sketch where Tim Meadows played the radio DeeJay who was announcing sexy R&B songs during the late night shift for listeners who are trying to hook up. During his broadcast Bill Pullman entered the studio as the boss to fire Tim Meadows live on the air, only Meadows kept his calm composure to finish off his shift. He then spilled some hot coffee on his hand yet still managed to keep his composure just like he did when his girlfriend called to let him know she was having an affair. It was like a blend of the host from Perspectives and The Lady’s Man.
  12. New Edition then returned to the stage to perform I'm Still In Love With You.
  13. The Heyward Foundation was a sketch where Bill Pullman played an eccentric millionaire who paid for a lab to research how they can fit a camel through a needle’s eye in his desperate attempt to work around the biblical adage about how hard it would be for a wealthy man to get into heaven.
  14. Hidden Camera was a parody of a prank show only the pranks were just Fred Wolf hitting people with a wooden board while being distracted by Adam McKay.
  15. Women's Kick Boxing was a sketch where Bill Pullman played a fight promoter who oversold the promise that he could train any woman to kick another woman really hard.
  16. Finally, Bill Pullman closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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SNL: S22E02... HOST: LISA KUDROW... DATE: OCTOBER 5, 1996

SNL: S22E02... HOST: LISA KUDROW... DATE: OCTOBER 5, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Dole's Preparation which was a sketch where Norm MacDonald played Bob Dole and took questions from his assistants in order to prepare for his next debate with President Clinton. Rather than focus on the task at hand Bob Dole take the hypothetical practice to the next level by forcing his assistants to entertain him with a bunch of crazy impersonation playing up his borderline senile ways. We then got a quick glimpse at “the actual debate” that played out closer to the craziness that Dole was suggesting instead of the standard event that the assistants were prepping him for. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Lisa Kudrow then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she just started her third year on Friends but has always fantasized about hosting SNL and then went on to share how these fantasies played out where she treated the show like a person who was exciting at first but turned into nothing more than a one-night-stand who ate all of her food and left her alone in the morning.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Caribbean Essence Bath Oil with Tracy Morgan as the Jamaican face of the product who shows up in the bathtub in order to characterize the soothing powers of the bathing product.
  4. We then got a parody of the MTV dating show Singled Out with Mark McKinney as host, Chris Hardwick, and Lisa Kudrow as co-host, Jenny McCarthy. Mary Katherine Gallagher was then introduced as the nervous constant who tried to find her soulmate through this elimination style dating show.
  5. Chris Kattan’s mumble-mouthed character then returned for a sketch called Air Traffic Controller Suel Forrester where said character attempted to talk, flight attendant, Lisa Kudrow, through landing the plane after the pilots were knocked out of commission due to an unexpected illness.
  6. TV Funhouse then returned for a segment called Fun With Real Audio where they took a Larry King interview with Ross Perot and animated it to highlight the overall insanity of the interview.
  7. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Bill Clinton to review the movie Independence Day.
  8. Sheryl Crow then took to the stage to perform If It Makes You Happy.
  9. Single And Loving It was an interview show where a panel of women claimed to be loving their single life even though their claims were obviously untrue.
  10. The Randolph Hotel was a sketch where Jim Breuer, Chris Kattan, and Will Ferrell played a group of hotel bellmen who were extremely rough with the visitor's luggage yet were still upset when they didn’t get the tips that they felt that they deserved.
  11. Wymins Poetry Night was a sketch that took place at an open mic night with a bunch of lesbians sharing their original poems.
  12. Sheryl Crow then returned to the stage to perform Love Is A Good Thing.
  13. Colin Quinn then played a character named Ex-Con Gene who is now a waiter and made his guest uncomfortable while sharing his past in an effort to show that he’s now a changed man only to grow aggressive when they showed a lack of interest in him as a human trying to change his life.
  14. Brief Histories then returned for another installment where this time we learned the events that led to the invention of the Ferris Wheel.
  15. Finally, Lisa Kudrow closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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SNL: S22E01... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 1996

SNL: S22E01... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 28, 1996

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of an ABC News Election Report where Tom Hanks as Peter Jennings moderated an unofficial satellite debate between Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton, Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole and Cheri Oteri as Ross Perot who all showed their crazy sides while pitching themselves to be the next president. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Tom Hanks then officially opened the show with a monolog how he was happy to be back now that the cast is good again. He walked a fine line of bashing the show in a way that I hate but at least he was positive about this visit. He then started to complain that he didn’t win an Oscar for Apollo 13 which would have made three Oscars in a row and then went on to read the acceptance speech that he would have given if he actually won where he wished better luck to Nicolas Cage who actually did win for Leaving Las Vegas, which is one of my favorite movies of all time.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Big Brawn Feminine Napkins which was pretty much the Brawny of the feminine hygiene world with Will Ferrell as their lumberjack mascot.
  4. The Roxbury Guys then returned for more of their fun and games with Tom Hanks playing the role of the Butabi brother’s new sidekick to join in on their aggressive approach to get women to dance with them while at the club.
  5. Goat Boy returned to host his new MTV show called Hey, Remember The 80's where he discussed pop culture trends from the ‘80s with a handful of special guests.
  6. Tom Hanks then played the Spartan Spirit to visit the Spartan Cheerleaders at a high school ping pong tournament to let them know that even though they didn’t make the official Spartan cheer squad they still have more spirit than the rest of the squad which led to the performance of “The Perfect Cheer.”
  7. TV Funhouse then made its debut to SNL which also introduced Ace and Gary also known as The Ambiguously Gay Duo who battled their nemesis, Big Head, who was trying to dominate the world while also trying to out the unquestionably queer superheroes at the same time.
  8. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Ana Gasteyer made her news debut as an airhead named Kincaid who used to be part of MTV news and was there to make a commentary on the presidential election while vapidly referencing old TV shows to make her point. Kerry Strug and “her brother” Kippy, played by Chris Kattan dropped by to discuss Kerry’s experience at the Summer Olympic since it was a big year for the squeaky-voiced gymnast.
  9. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers then took to the stage to perform Walls.
  10. We then got a parody of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno where Chris Kattan introduced his monkey boy character named Mr. Peepers who eats apples like a crazy man and then went on to attack “Andie MacDowell” who was “Jay’s” first guest.
  11. Creativity Test was a sketch where Tom Hanks played a computer programmer who struggled to come up with an original idea during a creativity test that his job put him through in order to assess his value.
  12. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers then returned to the stage to perform Angel Dream.
  13. Classic Sing-along with the Drunken Asses was another fake ad for an album filled with people who love to sing but are too drunk to remember the songs.
  14. Brief Histories made its debut with a mini-documentary-style sketch that shared the tale of how cannibalism came to be the survival plan during the Donner Party incident.
  15. Finally, Tom Hanks closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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