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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