The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of 60 Minutes where Dan Aykroyd made a special appearance as Bob Dole in order to have a point/counterpoint debate with Darrell Hammond as Bill Clinton over the impending war in Iraq. Clinton’s main point was how he was such a great President that he should be allowed to rule again while tip-toeing around the actual topic which led Dole to share his counterpoint by calling Bill Clinton an ignorant slut before going on to promote the war in a tradition republican war-mongering fashion. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Queen Latifah then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited she is with her new acting career before giving a shout out to her hometown. This shout out led to the sound of horns as Seth Myers, Horatio Sanz, and May Rudolph joined the Queen on stage dressed as her royal subjects to give our host and the crowd an update on the state of the Kingdom Of Latifah.
106 And Park Top 10 Live was the parody of a B.E.T. show that had Jeff Richards revise his baby rapper character Baby K along with his new manager/nanny Queen Latifah at a radio show where Baby K debuted his new music video for his latest rap song.
This was followed by a parody of Live! With Regis & Kelly where Queen Latifah played Frenchie Davis from American Idol in order to yuk it up with Darrell Hammond and Amy Poehler as Regis and Kelly.
Who Farted? was a parody of a game show where contestants were all packed into a cramped room where they have to seek the answer to the titular question, Who Farted?
Where Are They Now? was a parody of a profile show that shared the rise and of a ‘60s-style woman’s singing group called The Cherylettes who sang a song called The Wiggle, that brought them to the top only to follow that song with a bunch of knock-off flops with other songs named after simple dance moves that just didn’t go over well with their fans.
This was followed by the parody game show I'm A Celebrity: Who Farted? which was just the celebrity version of the regular Who Farted? show.
Once again, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey gave us the news. This week, Horatio Sanz dropped in as terrorist leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in order to share that he didn’t like the new photo of him, where he looked like Ron Jeremy, that was being shared by the news. Jeff Richards then stopped by as Dustin Hoffman to some convoluted logic to explain how he didn’t host the Grammy’s because New York City hosted the show and then rambled on with some more rambling thoughts. Chris Parnell also introduced a character named Trevor The Broadway Guy who shared his sadness over the fact that the eighteen Broadway shows were closing due to a strike.
Ms. Dynamite then took to the stage to perform Dy-na-mi-tee.
Give Up The Ham took place in a grocery store where Queen Latifah and Amy Poehler were interested in buy the same piece of ham and fought with one another over who deserved it more. Rachel Dratch eventually joined in with Amy Poehler as her and the Queen continued to have a meat-based tug-a-war which added a racial angle to the message of the sketch as Maya Rudolph joined Latifah. Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan also chose obvious sides based on racial lines as each one felt their race’s representative deserved the ham. Eventual, Chris Parnell joined the scene as an announce who explained that the writer of the sketch was wasted off of free beer when he wrote this bizarre scene that may or may not have been intended to be a world peace analogy because he was blacked out by the time he sent it in.
TV Funhouse then gave us another installment of The X-Presidents where this time the former leaders attempted to cast SpongeBob Squarepants in a role for a new piece of pro-war propaganda that attempted to convince the citizens that the Iraq War was warranted after show samples of propaganda filled cartoons from the past.
This was followed by a parody Profiles In Jazz that shared the history of Queen Latifah as Alberta Jones who was a singer in the forties who was outwardly-obvious with the suggestive lyrics that made up her popular tunes. There were also many side interviews where people would attempt to explain her lyrics as if they were subtle even though each tune was blatantly pornographic.
We then went to a local pharmacy where Horatio Sanz and Queen Latifah played typical drug store employees who had no problem openly talking about the medicines and products that their customers could barely admit that they need. In the end, we found out that the service was so bad because it was actually a fake commercial for Walgreens who were attempting to make themselves look better by throwing the competition under the bus.
This was followed by a Mr. Rogers Tribute where Horatio Sanz sand You Are My Friend in remembrance of the late and legendary children’s show host.
Finally, Queen Latifah closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.