SNL: S23E03... HOST: BRENDAN FRASER... DATE: OCTOBER 18, 1997

SNL: S23E03... HOST: BRENDAN FRASER... DATE: OCTOBER 18, 1997

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch called Janet Reno's Fantasy where we got to see an emotionally disturbed Will Ferrell as Janet Reno, alone in her room where she talked to a giant stull lion as she fantasized about Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton while she watched him interact with a group of foreign leaders on TV. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Brendan Fraser then officially opened the show with a monolog where he started out promoting his new movie, George Of The Jungle and then went on to explain how the worst thing about being an actor is how people think they know the real him based on what they know of his characters. To finish off the joke, he then told the audience all of the things that he likes in a list that innocent but a bit bizarre.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Lemon Glow which was a floor cleaner that marketed the fact that it provides a renewed suburban existences for those housewives who used to live the wild life.
  4. We then got a parody of Xena: Warrior Princess where Molly Shannon played the Amazonian mythical hero who kept on dropping hints that she was lesbian while roughing up a bar full of drunks in order to remind them that no man stands a chance with her either through fighting or anything sexual. Brendan Fraser pretty much played a twin to Xena who was also her nemesis and the two ended up turning on another on during some random swordplay.
  5. Issues was a talk show sketch where Jim Breuer and Brendan Fraser played two stoner talk show host who couldn’t control their laughter while attempting to interview community leaders about their stances on local issues.
  6. Delicious Dish then returned for another installment where this time the two monotone NPR talk show hosts droned with their interview of Brendan Fraser who was playing a gourd expert who knew everything there was to know about squash.
  7. The Go-Lords then returned for another installment where this time the stop-animation-style religious puppets, of sorts, saved the day from a nuclear warhead that was stolen from Bill Gates.
  8. This was followed by a parody of Monday Night Football where Darrell Hammond as Frank Gifford couldn’t stop commenting on personal problems with his wife Kathy Lee following a recent scandal. In the sketch, Frank is so intent on clearing his name that neither of his co-hosts could fit in a single word about the sport they were there to watch.
  9. Cheri Oteri’s pill-popping Collette Reardon character then made her return to the show where once again she made a trip to the pharmacy to pester Brendan Fraser as this week’s pharmacist who had to refill her latest re-up of prescription drugs.   
  10. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Will Ferrell dropped in as Harry Caray in order to talk about the potential teams to make it to The World Series, focusing more on the mascots that the players.
  11. Bjork then took to the stage to perform Bachelorette.
  12. We then got another Biography parody where this time Darrell Hammond, as the host profiled Molly Shannon as Courtney Love for his 500th episode where they mainly focused on her years as a stripper and all of the drugs that she’s been known to use.
  13. Chris Kattan male stripper character Mango then made his show debut where he unwillingly put Brendan Fraser under a seductive spell even though he was portraying a straight family man but that’s just the power of Mango.
  14. We then got a fake ad for The Shark Channel which was a parody of an attempt to one-up shark week by having a channel that one-hundred percent devoted to shows about sharks.
  15. The night then winded down as Brendan Fraser broke into singing a couple of Buddy Songs about Will Ferrell while the rest of the cast got creeped out this weird celebration of short-term friendship and how Will’s hand wouldn’t leave Brendan’s knee. Norm was the only other cast-mate to be into the song and even joined in near the end.
  16. Finally, Brendan Fraser closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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