The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of An NBC Special Report where, once again, Jason Sudeikis continued as the new George W. Bush to hold a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, played by Fred Armisen, along with Will Forte as his translator who calmly translated the chaotic way the al_Maliki was forced into this new partnership with Bush. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Matthew Fox then officially opened the show with a monolog about how his life fell apart years several years ago when he was the only cast member from Party Of Five who was never asked to host SNL. He then went on to note Cliff from Cheers, Matt LeBlanc from Friends and Michael Richards from Seinfeld also suffered from this curse. Before he could get much further Bill Hader interrupted as Michael Richards who was desperate for airtime since this was the weekend following “Kramer’s” “n-word” outburst while doing a failed routine. Fox then sent Richards away before throwing to the first fake commercial of the night.
This was followed by a fake ad for Sale-Mart that proudly promoted a store that was able to keep their prices low by cutting corners on their employee’s benefits.
We then got another parody of Nancy Grace where once again, Amy Poehler played the titular host to discuss the recent Michael Richards’s “n-word” incident with Kenan Thompson. Thompson played a black college professor who didn’t seem all that bothered by the failed attempt at a joke because it didn’t affect him at all, even though he did think Richards was in the wrong. She also gave a hypothetical review of an O.J. Simpson special that was canceled before it was even produced and then went on to grill Matthew Fox who played a cop that gave her a ticket for parking in a handicapped spot.
Deep House Dish then returned with Kenan Thompson revising he DJ Dynasty Handbag character, only instead of Rachel Dratch, Andy Samberg played his new co-host. Other than that the sketch was more of the same with the two fully grown club kid introducing new house, and hip-hop music to their MTV-4 watching fans.
We then went on an Elevator Ride where Matthew Fox was bombarded by questions about Lost while trapped said elevator with a group of fans.
Tenacious D then took to the stage to perform Kickapoo.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond and Kenan Thompson dropped by as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton in order to attempt to deter racism by making the word “Kramer” the new derogatory term for black people. Meanwhile, there wasn’t even a hint of addressing the fact that Darrell Hammond was pretty much performing in blackface. Kristin Wiig then returned as Amy Poehler’s crazy aunt for more of her one-word movie reviews of movies being released for the Thanksgiving weekend. Maya Rudolph also stopped by as Whitney Houston to comment on her financial issues only to end up getting a bunch of prank calls on her cell phone.
Crazy Mountain Man had Matthew Fox as the titular mountain man who only wanted a piece of pie but instead had to settle for a kiss from Amy Poehler and Kristin Wiig who play a pair of pretty mountain woman. At first, Matt was going along with the sketch until he realized that this was just a ploy for the girls to write a segment where they got to make out with our host. This is a hot host trope that I can’t stand whether the host is a woman or a man, but at least, in this case, it was at least jokingly acknowledged as the sketch’s purpose.
Math Vs. History had Will Forte and Kristin Wiig as two history buffs who took it really hard when their son, Andy Samberg switched his major to math while off to school in college.
We then got a parody of a History Channel Documentary called The Mayan Empire that showed Fred Armisen as the Mayan tribe’s fearless leader who turned to complete mush after discovering the joys of hot cocoa.
Tenacious D then returned to the stage to perform The Metal.
Finally, Matthew Fox closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.