The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with another parody of Hardball where once again Darrell Hammond played Chris Matthews in order to badger his guest, which this time was Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton who was promoting her plan to run for President in 2008. Since this was before she was the lesser of the two evils next to Trump, “Her” treatment by the show wasn’t as favorable, as the road her for flip-flopping on the issues and saying anything to win even one vote, while Matthews blew smoke up her ass. There were also plenty of jokes about how she felt that she deserved to be president without even needing to run. Of course with this being the opening sketch this all built up to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Jeremy Piven then officially opened the show with a monolog where he attempted to make a genuine connection with an old lady from the audience claiming that making such a connection would mean more to him than anyone would ever know. His efforts included talking dirty about dolphins which the audience woman awkwardly smile as she tried to play along.
The NFL On CBS had Jeremy Piven and Jason Sudeikis as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms who were joined in the play-by-play booth by Andy Samberg as a Make-A-Wish kid who suffered from A.D.D. (Automatic Dying Disorder) and whose dying wish was to comment on a big game. At first, the two sports host thought that A.D.D. had the traditional meaning which led them to question why he was allowed to make this wish, only to feel like complete jerks when they found out the real definition, and the little guy dropped dead.
TV Funhouse then gave us the first Fun With Real Audio in a long time where Robert Smigel Animated George W. Bush as he attempted to improve his image by dressing up like a chipmunk for his public appearance. When they stopped working, he tried other, less desirable options to the soundtrack of a real interview from a 2007 episode of Frontline.
The First Person In The History Of The World To Dance was, as the title suggest, a sketch where Jason Sudeikis played a caveman who was the first person to notices how certain combinations of sound made him want to dance.
We then got the debut of another one of my favorite sketches from this time which was Will Forte as MacGruber. If you’re unaware, this was the first installment of a series of MacGyver parodies where Will Forte would always find himself trapped in a sticky situation only to end up blowing himself and everyone else up when trying to make a MacGyver-esque escape using the random thing around him. This time his bomb-making materials were a paper clip, some twine, and a piece of dog turd.
Two A-Holes At An Adoption Agency had Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig as my two favorite a-hole characters who did their a-hole thing, this time while trying to adopt a child from Jeremy Piven as an adoption agent.
AFI then took to the stage to perform Love Like Winter.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by to impersonate impressionist, Rich Little in order to comment on his upcoming White House dinner with George W. Bush, following a criticize White House dinner visit from Steven Cobert.
Common And Blizzard Man brought back Andy Samberg’s terrible white rapper character Blizzard Man, this time to be featured on a song by the rapper Common, who actually played himself.
Save A Unicorn Foundation took place in a community meeting where the locals planned to tear down their magical forest that was home to a magical unicorn in order to build a shopping mall. This went on until an old-timer, and Amy Poehler as an elf reminded the ungrateful town folks that it was this unicorn’s fulfillment wishes that allowed the town to be the success that it turned out to be, after starting out as a town that was known for its production of mud. That said, this reminder didn’t stick as the townies decided to build their dumb mall anyway.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Nurse Nancy where Andy Samberg assumed all the roles ala Eddie Murphy in most of his later movies. At first, this actually seemed like it could be legit but then went a little overboard by claiming he also played a monkey and Mayor McCheese.
AFI then returned to the stage to perform Miss Murder.
Lansford Brothers And Associates had Will Forte, and Bill Hader as to hangmen-at-law who promised to do a hanging job the right a proper Texas way in this parody commercial.
Finally, Jeremy Piven closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.