SNL: S25E01... HOST: JERRY SEINFELD... DATE: OCTOBER 2, 1999

SNL: S25E01... HOST: JERRY SEINFELD... DATE: OCTOBER 2, 1999

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started at Ross Perot's Reform Party headquarters where we got our very first SNL reference to Trump as a potential President as Darrell Hammond impersonated him in order to pitch why he would be a better replacement over Pat Buchanan for Ross Perot’s open spot as the Reform Party’s candidate. Perot felt that the problem was that the people of America wanted a president EVEN MORE NUTTY than him, which led both Trump and Buchanan to feel like they were a perfect fit, until Will Ferrell as Jesse “The Body” Ventura burst through the door to inform everyone that he was the perfect fit if America really wanted crazy. With this being the opening sketch it then wrapped up with the announcement of, “Live from New York…”    
  2. Jerry Seinfeld then officially opened the show with a bit of his stand up about what he is doing now that the Seinfeld show is off the air. First, we learned that he moved back to New York, but other than that he said he mainly watched TV especially the show Wings which seemed to be constantly airing on multiple channels at that time. After listing off several other mundane shows that kept him busy he ended his update by sharing that he also had affairs with a couple of married women.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for an investment firm called Dillon/Edwards Investments that that seemed very typical at first until we learned that their web domain was clownpenis.fart thanks to the fact that they were late to the game in taking their company to the internet leaving this to be the only domain that was left.
  4. Morning Latte the returned for another installment with Cheri Oteri and Will Ferrell playing their over-caffeinated morning talk show host. During this segment, the two morning show mental-patients talked about the fact that Oteri was attacked by her gay hairdresser after she snapped at him for being late to the show. As Oteri explain how she became a victim, sounding very confused, we quickly learned that her approach to dealing with the hairdresser was homophobic with a touch of racism thrown in from time to time. We also met the shows new producer played by Chris Parnell who was so uptight that he didn’t even talk. They then went on to talk about movies and other morning show thing before finally bringing out Jerry Seinfeld who played the author of a crazy diet book that was a rip off of The Zone that had a very simple restriction where you could only eat fruit and meat. At times it felt like they crammed so much into this sketch that every time I tried to settle in to enjoy the path I thought they were taking, I’d have to shift gears to try and figured out the through-line of the sketch to where it felt almost too scattered to be funny.
  5. Mary Katherine Gallagher also returned this time Molly Shannon’s spastic Catholic school girl character fell for Jerry Seinfeld as a little Jewish boy while hanging out on a basketball court as they all waited for the school’s interfaith basketball playoff. At first, he blew her off, acting too cool for school but then as soon as all of the other were gone we learned that the true reason he was ignoring her was that his parents would never allow him to date a non-Jew. Eventually, Mary managed to win him over by sharing a monolog from the movie Yentl.  
  6. This was followed by another fake ad that started with Will Ferrell in a babies room where he talked about the first time that he changed a baby’s diaper, very lovingly as if this were going to be a diaper ad. That is until Ana Gasteyer came through the door and was shocked to find this home invader, which led Ferrell to panic and jump out the window. That’s when it was revealed that this was actually a fake ad for the Javis Home Security Systems that promised to save your family from this type of weirdo.
  7. Action 8 News Watch had Jerry Seinfeld and Ana Gasteyer who would only throw out fear mongering teasers for upcoming stories without ever getting to the actual news.
  8. Once again, Colin Quinn gave us the news. This week, we got introduced to Weekend Update: The Millennium which was promised to be a new segment to recap the 1000s wind down the millennium as the year 2000 grew near. Part one focused on sharks, and how they will remain the same no matter how advanced humans become, complete with historical examples. Jerry Seinfeld debated Jimmy Fallon as Jerry Seinfeld over their views of the store The Gap when they were supposed to be talking about campaign finance reform.
  9. David Bowie then took to the stage to perform Thursday's Child.
  10. Oz was a parody of the old prison show with the same name that had Jerry Seinfeld transfer over to the Oz facility as a spin-off of the Seinfeld show since that ended with them all going to prison. Though the sketch didn’t have anyone else from Seinfeld, even through impersonations, this sketch was super cool because the entire real cast from the Oz show took part in this sketch and stayed in their characters while reliving some of the situations from Jerry’s classic sit-com that we all know and love.
  11. 1-800-EAT-SHIT had Will Ferrell as a motorist who dialed the 800 number to report a rude driver. Though his wife, Ana Gasteyer, thinks the number to the “How Am I Driving?” sticker is just a joke and they both end up shocked to find that not only is the number legit but the people working the lines turn out to be even bigger jerks than the driver while speaking with very polite tones as they genuinely suggest they eat poo.
  12. ...And A Pizza Place was a sketch that showed what happened to the last have of the title “Two Guys A Girls And A Pizza Place,” which Will Ferrell greenlit without having a strong grasp of the concept. We then went to the see a clip of the show that turned out to be nothing more than security footage of a pizza shop with a laugh-track. We then went back to the network meeting that started the sketch to see all of the execs try to figure out what went wrong as if it wasn’t obvious. They then made a few adjustments, and next thing you know, we were at an award show was Chris Kattan announce the suggested ricotta cheese as one of the nominees for best supporting-actor. Finally, the sketch crammed in one more reference by having A.J. Benza finish the sketch off by throwing a piece of pizza to the grand before delivering his famous catchphrase from the time, “Fame, ain’t it a bitch,” for what seemed to be no reason at all.  
  13. David Bowie then returned to the stage to perform Rebel Rebel.
  14. Keeping Him Alive had Will Ferrell as the leader of a gang of thugs who kept killing and reviving Jerry Seinfeld with his henchmen in order to be both good cops and bad cops as they tried to get the information that he needed out of our host. Though this sketch was pretty funny from everyone going overboard, it was never made fully clear who these people were or why this information was so important.
  15. Finally, Jerry Seinfeld closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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