SNL: S32E11... HOST: JEREMY PIVEN... DATE: JANUARY 20, 2007

SNL: S32E11... HOST: JEREMY PIVEN... DATE: JANUARY 20, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. 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…”

  2. 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.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Urigro which had Jason Sudeikis bragging about the renewed vigor of his pee stream thanks to the parody of Flomax-style drug.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. MacGruber then returned for more fun and games where everything else was the same only this time the bomb materials were pine needles and pubic hair.

  10. AFI then took to the stage to perform Love Like Winter.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. MacGruber then returned to complete the comedic rule of three and this time his bomb material was nothing but some hobo’s sperm.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. AFI then returned to the stage to perform Miss Murder.

  17. 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.

  18. Finally, Jeremy Piven closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S32E12... HOST: DREW BARRYMORE... DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2007

SNL: S32E12... HOST: DREW BARRYMORE... DATE: FEBRUARY 3, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of American Idol where Jason Sudeikis, Amy Poehler, and Kenan Thompson played Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson to travel the country to offer criticism to animal contestants for the new season of the show. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Drew Barrymore then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this visit qualified her for the Five-Timers Club and how she loved hosting the show because it allowed her to perform standard comedy as opposed to the typical rom-com content she’s usually cast to perform. She then headed backstage to track down the special Five-Timers Club room and on the way, bumped into Andy Samberg which unraveled a series of romantic-comedy film clichés as she continued to hunt for the club.

  3. The Dakota Fanning Show had Drew Barrymore as the brainy kid actress who hosted a show where she failed to connect with her acting peers that she had on as her guests, including Bill Hader as Daniel Radcliffe and Drew Barrymore as Abigail Breslin.

  4. Poison Therapy had Kristen Wiig as a couples counselor who was trying to mend a rocky relationship between Will Forte and Drew Barrymore who sought therapy over Drew’s continuous attempts to poison will with dioxin which led to a crazy lesion outbreak on his face. Throughout the session, both Drew and Will seemed utterly rational and treated this poisoning situation as just a standard quirk that they’re working on.

  5. This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Body Fuzion which was a parody of a workout tape from 1986 which featured Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph all working up a pretty tough sweat while performing an almost casual looking workout routine. To add to the fun, this sketch appeared to be shot with a home video camera giving it the image quality of old school porn.

  6. Target Greatland returned for more fun and games with Kristen Wiig as the over-enthusiastic Target employee who is known for wandering off in the middle of ringing up customers when she finds any impressive deals. For this installment, Wiig was training Drew Barrymore as a new hire who had similar interest to her trainer only her short attention span issues were even worse.

  7. Nervous Job Interviewee had Drew Barrymore in the titular role to fanatically sip on an iced caffeinated beverage while openly insulting a company’s hiring team because she couldn’t control her spun out ramblings.

  8. Lily Allen then took to the stage to perform Smile.

  9. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kenan Thompson dropped by as a nanny character to demonstrate how to properly discipline a surly child with some help from an adorable fake baby who Kenan Nanny stared down and threatened over an acted out.

  10. Versace Super Bowl Party brought back Maya Rudolph as Donatella Versace to host her brand of Super Bowl Party with several cast member and Drew playing her celebrity guests.

  11. Jojo The Valet had Amy Poehler as the gawky/spunky country club valet who let out his feelings for a recently-divorced club member Drew Barrymore as Ashley Sanderson who wasn’t sure about this wiry little man.

  12. This was followed by a fake ad for Firestarter Smoked Sausages where Drew Barrymore revised her childhood role as the Firestarter to hawk her new line of smoked sausages.

  13. Lily Allen then returned to the stage to perform LDN.

  14. The Formosa had Bill Hader as a drunken Peter O’Toole in order to reminisce with Drew Barrymore about the good-old days of decadent behavior that found it perfectly fine to let Barrymore drink at such a young age.

  15. This was followed by yet another repeat of the Nelson Baby Toupees commercial from last season which was an ad for a wig line for children.

  16. Finally, Drew Barrymore closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S32E13... HOST: FOREST WHITAKER... DATE: FEBRUARY 10, 2007

SNL: S32E13... HOST: FOREST WHITAKER... DATE: FEBRUARY 10, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Happy Valentine's Day From The Cheney Family where Darrell Hammond and Kristen Wiig plays Dick and Lynne Cheney to read the various Valentine’s Day cards that they received that mainly told the couple off through the use of poems. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Forest Whitaker then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was excited to host before working in a plug for The Last King Of Scotland. Maya Rudolph eventually joined the Fast Times star to blow smoke up his ass even though she openly admitted to not seeing any of his new work. This led to a bit of a fun back and forth that ended with the two performing a duet of the song Get Ready.

  3. Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi then returned with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as hosts of a public access show. This time, the two Bronx broads chattered about how cold it was in New York while attempting to interview Forest Whitaker and Kristen Wiig who kept trying to promote a blood drive to help a recent event.

  4. This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Andy Popping Into Frame where, as the title suggests, we would watch an ordinary short film-style scene play out until Andy Samberg would make it extraordinary by popping in. Towards the end of the short, Will Forte attempted to steal some of Andy’s thunder but doing some photobombing of his own, only to quickly be inspired to stop when Andy pulled out a gun and aimed it at his head before returned to the fun and games.

  5. Singing Waiter had Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, and Maya Rudolph all out to dinner where they had to endure endless singing from Forest Whitaker who kept insisting that he sing each entire song, even though the group preferred that he just move on.

  6. We then got a repeat of the Urigro ad from earlier in the season which was pretty much a parody of the Flomax ads for a pill that promised to promote a stronger pee stream.

  7. Man Vs. Beast had Forest Whitaker as Greg Gumbel to call a man vs. animal fight to the death which was being pitched as the latest new hit show from FOX.

  8. Keith Urban then took to the stage to perform Stupid Boy.

  9. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond and Kenan Thompson returned and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to measure presidential candidate, Barack Obama as to where he landed on the “Blackness Scale.” Jason Sudeikis also dropped in as the scandal-ridden astronaut Bill Oefelein to tell his side of the crazy story about him that was making the news, all the while flirting with Amy Poehler.

  10. Whitney Houston's Valentine’s Day Special had Maya Rudolph as a love-starved Whitney Houston to host this holiday special only to end up too obsessed with thoughts of Bobby Brown to fully focus on the task at hand.

  11. Am I a Crazy Street Person? was a game show hosted by Jason Sudeikis where contestants were supposed to guess whether or not a panelist was a professional business person or a crazy person from the street.

  12. Keith Urban then returned to the stage to perform Once In A Lifetime.

  13. A Message From The State Island Zoo had Kristen Wiig as a Zoo official who showed off an inaccurate video on the rocking lifestyle of the sloth.

  14. Finally, Forest Whitaker closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S32E14... HOST: RAINN WILSON... DATE: FEBRUARY 24, 2007

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The American The Office came out while I was living up in Canada attending the Vancouver Film School. As I’ve pointed out in the past, by this time, I was already pretty much over with scripted television due to too much disappointment cause by serialized shows getting canceled before they were allowed to get to the point where they could find their groove. Because of this, I had never heard of the British The Office but base on the feedback from the international students, it really looked like the American version wouldn’t last.

Since I was in Film School for writing, was intrigued to watch both shows to first had the difference between a hit show and a flop while both putting out practically the same exact content. I think that was the biggest problem with the first season of the American The Office, which I continued to watch for a couple of years. Between this connection with the show that made our host famous and my love of his movies like The Rocker and Super, I had no concerns about this episode.

That is, of course, until I started the pre-viewing legwork for the night. Not only did I instantly see something that I despise when seeing only thirteen segments to make up the night but this was another night where I wasn’t a huge fan of the reference material and can’t stand a couple of the reoccurring characters who made up half of the show. With that said, I probably wouldn’t have had one issue back when this episode originally aired.

First off, the show got me feeling sad when the first fifteen minutes were devoted to making fun of Anna Nicole Smith who had recently died from an overdose. Though the joke’s true target was the news for focusing on this tabloid inspiring story instead of cover what really matters to the world as someone who’s suffered from substance abused, the shrapnel that hit Smith killed any humor in the jokes that I probably would have made myself at the time.

As for the characters who killed my interest, both the Nunis and the Introverts can be fun during nights with fifteen or more segments to keep their airtime really short, but I can’t stand when they're on nights like tonight, eating up time with their one-note jokes. Other than these three segments, the rest of the night left me with very little to complain about, especially since, as I said, my disinterest in the content mentioned above is a pretty new development and could see even these three segments being for me back in the good old days when everything was fair game.

Other than that, I don’t have all that much to say about tonight’s episode, so, I’ll now wrap this one up by sharing what I saw, as I give you…

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of The Situation Room where once again, Darrell Hammond played Wolf Blitzer, this time to try and maintain CNN’s integrity as a news leader in spite of the endless bottom of the screen crawl that is heavily focused on the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Even Wolf’s correspondent, as played by Rainn Wilson traded in his integrity to follow and report on false leads on the Smith story as if the crawl wasn’t enough. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from NewYork…”

  2. Rainn Wilson then officially opened the show with a monolog about his role on the show The Office before going on to insist that there were no similarities between the two shows. To him, the big difference was that the last thing he expected was to make it as an actor only to land an office-themed gig. This led him to take us backstage to show what I real television show was supposed to look like only to land in a parallel existence with each SNL cast member syncing up perfectly with the characters from our host’s show.

  3. Danny's Song took place in a bar where the sounds of the titular song playing on the jukebox, spurned memories of unusual life-changing events for four buddies played by Rainn Wilson, Bill Hader, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis, who all got darker and more twisted as the enthusiasm for singing continually grew. By the end of the song, after a bit of a touching moment, it was revealed that the men were really there to rob the establishment.

  4. This was followed by another SNL Digital Short. This one had Rainn Wilson as a corporate head who leaned on his collection of bizarre staff members for suggestions on how to cut cost within the organization. The staffers started out normal with Will Forte’s red hair being the strangest look of the bunch but as the sketch went on we learned that Rainn also employed a mountain man, a crazy man, and a giant talking turkey sub which may have led to the financial hemorrhaging that inspired the meeting in the first place.

  5. The Nunis then returned after a long hiatus to show Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph as the two Nunis have an interview with Rainn Wilson that was supposed to land them a profile piece in Architectural Digest, only to once again have the central joke of the sketch be the weird things that the Nunis used for chairs.

  6. Peeping Tom had Rainn Wilson as the titular peeping creep who turned out to be the only witness to a homicide. The problem then became, how he could identify the killer from a police line-up without recreating the peeping point-of-view which led Rainn to have to hide behind one of the detective’s jacket to feel a little more at home.

  7. Arcade Fire then took to the stage to perform Intervention.

  8. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen dropped by as Judge Larry Seidlin in order to comment on his loony sense of logic in the Anna Nicole Smith custody trial. Kristen Wiig returned as Amy Poehler crazy aunt to give more of her one-word movie reviews, this time with the theme being, movies nominated for this years Oscars. Andy Samberg also stopped in as Prince Henry to share his sudden disgust at the thought of witnessing the Iraqi death toll firsthand now that he’s a recruit and could technically be sent off to war.

  9. Will Forte and Kristen Wiig returned as the Introverts. This time, instead of going to the bar for the first time once again, only to get hypersexual after a drink or two, they stayed in the office to get a bit violent and twisted with their plans while training Rainn Wilson as the new guy who was also introverted and one-hundred-percent on board.

  10. White Possum Scream was a trailer that parodied Black Snake Moan, only this version had Kenan Thompson in the Samuel L. Jackson role while Rainn Wilson played the part that was initially performed by Brittany Murphy.

  11. Arcade Fire then returned to the stage to perform Keep The Car Running.

  12. Riverbliss showed a group of New Age band members get into a massive fight over their failure to win a Grammy award.

  13. Finally, Rainn Wilson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

I know I complained about the long sketch format but thanks to sketches like these that contained my three favorite moments of the night, I actually didn’t mind this format that I usually dread. First, I loved the Danny's Song because as it played out, I also got so into it that I too started to sing along. Next, I really liked the White Possum Scream parody trailer because, to this day, I will still randomly make fun of the title Black Snake Moan. Finally, I was a fan of the opening monolog because it was impressive to see how little effort the show had to make to turn the SNL cast into a collection of The Office doppelgangers.

 
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SNL: S32E15... HOST: JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS... DATE: MARCH 17, 2007

SNL: S32E15... HOST: JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS... DATE: MARCH 17, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with an SNL Special Report: Road To The White House where Chris Rock made a special appearance to perform a stand-up routine of sorts while giving his political insights on the candidates who were running for president in 2008. Though he started out talking about both parties, he eventually shifted his focus to compare Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I was intrigued by these insights because, where I thought there would be some Hillary bashing but instead, Chris Rock was blatantly honest that his personal bias was to credit for his backing of Barack. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Julia Louis-Dreyfus then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she had a blast hosting last year and was happy to be back before working in a plug for her Emmy win for her show The New Adventures Of Old Christine. She then shared how being back in the spotlight wasn’t always all that great which then led her to show several clips that proved her claims that her life is constantly under the scrutiny of the media even though each clip shared examples where the scrutiny was justified.

  3. Maya Rudolph the revised her Oprah impersonation for another parody of the Oprah show where she loudly praised Amy Poehler who played the author of the new book The Secret which almost seems biblical to the Oprah crowd.

  4. This was followed by a fake ad for Monex where Kristen Wiig played a gold enthusiast who praised the power and allure of gold and gold covered objects as she pitched buying as much gold as you can, just to touch the precious metal.

  5. Restless Penis Syndrome had Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a woman who was convinced that her husband, Jason Sudeikis was having an affair behind her back which led her to confront him on the issue. Sudeikis then attempted to justify his behavior by claiming to have Restless Penis Syndrome before quickly pulling out a camcorder in order to film an impromptu PSA as a way to double down on his alibi.  

  6. La Rivista Della Televisione Con Vinny Vedecci brought back Bill Hader as a fast-talking Italian talk show host who attempted to interview Julia Louis-Dreyfus as herself only she didn’t speak or understand the Italian language so she had no idea what was going on throughout the entire show.

  7. Snow Patrol then took to the stage to perform You're All I Have.

  8. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen returned as the Anna Nicole Smith judge from last week to, once again, using his loony logic to discuss the possible resignation of Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales.

  9. Deep House Dish then returned for another one of my least favorite segments where Kenan Thompson plays DJ Dynasty Handbag with his sidekick, Andy Samberg in order to introduce a few new house and hip-hop bands to their MTV-4 viewing fans.

  10. CBS Cares had Julia Louis-Dreyfus attempting to film a CBS sponsored PSA for Breast Cancer Awareness only to end up continually fighting with Jason Sudeikis as an obnoxious boom operator who kept hitting her with his microphone while the director treated his actions like it was no big deal.

  11. Home-Bots had Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Sudeikis as a couple who recently won the lottery and bought a group of robots that were played by Will Forte, Fred Armisen, and Kenan Thompson who were not only slow and inefficient but also repaired one another in exchange for group sex benefits.

  12. Snow Patrol then returned to the stage to perform Chasing Cars.

  13. The Search For The Next Pussycat Doll was a parody of a new reality show from the CW network that had several cast members as Pussycat Doll hopefuls who tried to win their spot in the band.

  14. Finally, Julia Louis-Dreyfus closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S32E16... HOST: PEYTON MANNING... DATE: MARCH 24, 2007

SNL: S32E16... HOST: PEYTON MANNING... DATE: MARCH 24, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where once again, Jason Sudeikis played George W. Bush. This week, the President addressed the nation about the controversial dismissal of eight US attorneys who our President thought were playing unfair because they seemingly sided with the Democrats when it came to ruling on the horrible policies being promoted by the Bush administration. After a while, he brought out Fred Meyer as Alberto Gonzales, who kept nervously reacting to Bush’s threats to fire him next if he weren’t to play along. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live From New York…”

  2. Peyton Manning then officially opened the show with a monolog about achieve his life goals which included starring in half of the commercials being aired on the television, and more importantly, winning the Super Bowl. He then shared a joke that a geriatric man told him while visiting an old folk hope before going on to introduce his NFL football playing family, except for his mom who wasn’t good enough to make any teams.

  3. This was followed by a parody ad for United Way where Peyton Manny treated young children pretty rough while serving as their mentor and going full force out on the field.

  4. Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi then returned for another installment of Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph’s Bronx-based public access show, where this time they chattered it up with trying to interview Peyton Manning as a very attractive zookeeper.

  5. ESPN's NCAA Tournament Pool Party had Amy Poehler as a ditzy secretary who was killing it in an ESPN sponsored March Madness pool, even though she had absolutely no knowledge of basketball or sports in general, at that.

  6. Penelope, The Party Pooper, was a bit of a rip off of Debbie Downer only instead up ruining the fun by sharing random dark facts like Debbie would, Kristen Wiig as the titular party pooper attempted to one-up anything said by one of her guest partygoers.

  7. TV Funhouse then gave us a parody of Dora The Explorer, only in this version of the show our little explore was named Maraka who along with her trusty pet cat, sought audience participation to rescue a baby penguin. Unlike the actual Dora show where the advice sought is innocent and adorable, Maraka’s questions focused on much darker themes like whether or not Robert Blake murdered his wife.

  8. Locker Room Motivation took us to a basketball locker room during halftime, where Will Forte played a coach who attempted to inspire his losing team by playing the 1967 theme from the original Casino Royale, instead of offering any real advice on how to better their game.

  9. Carrie Underwood then took to the stage to perform Before He Cheats.

  10. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Will Forte returned as the monotoned politician named Tim Calhoun in order to announce his bid to join the race to become President in 2008. Seth Meyers discussed the fate of a polar bear club during a new segment called zoo news, and Andy Samberg wrapped things up by impersonating Sanjaya from American Idol to sing his new song. His performance brought tears to most of the audience which included Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and special guest Dan Aykroyd.

  11. This was followed by a parody of 300 where we got a behind-the-scenes look at the climactic battle where Peyton Manning played an actor who was frustrated with the film’s director, who was played by Jason Sudeikis. The problem was that he refused to throw a gigantic rock at Fred Armisen because he was easily confused and thought that all of the action would be added in post-production.

  12. Carrie Underwood then returned to the stage to perform Wasted.

  13. Coffee Chat had Kristen Wiig and Peyton Manning as a married couple who dispensed distasteful gossip while enjoying their hot caffeinated beverages on their back porch.

  14. Meatloaf Lovers was a fake ad for a car where Peyton Manning share his pride in the new Mercedes-500 line that offered a featured which allowed drivers to cook meat while also traveling pantless, with the pants part being the final reveal. 

  15. This was followed by a fake ad for the new Air Force One line of shoes that were marketed toward white guys who don’t have any basketball skills.

  16. Finally, Peyton Manning closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S32E17... HOST: SHIA LABEOUF... DATE: APRIL 14, 2007

SNL: S32E17... HOST: SHIA LABEOUF... DATE: APRIL 14, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch called Wings Of Hope where Darrell Hammond and Kenan Thompson played Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to speak out against the “nappy-heads hoes” controversy that was ignited by Don Imus. Inspired by Imus’s hate, the two reverends also announced the new Wings Of Hope organization to help white folks who think similar to the radio host cope with their bigotry. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Shia LeBeouf then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was nearly-unknown making it even more thrilling for him to be on the show as the host. Meanwhile, the glum Not Ready For Prime Time Players didn’t share the enthusiasm of the untested “kid,” as he strolled around the backstage area to give us a taste of what the night had in store.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for The Hathaway Moustache Ride Company where Alec Baldwin played the founder of the company as we learned the elegant history of the Free Moustache Ride.

  4. We then got another installment of Prince Show where once again Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph played Prince and Beyoncé in order to act bizarrely while interviewing their quirky guests.

  5. Under 21 had Shia LaBeouf, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, and Will Forte as a group of teens who clumsily tried to buy beer from Kenan Thompson who played a cashier at a corner store. Rather than attempt to show a fake ID, the group talked loudly as they continually dropped hints about their age while dressed as if they had “grown-up jobs.”

  6. The Dakota Fanning Show returned for another installment of Amy Poehler acting as the child star who is unable to relate to her peers who she has on as her guests and mocks them for being unintelligent.

  7. We then got another SNL Digital Short called The Shooting which was a parody of a cliffhanger from the show The O.C. that featured multiple shootouts while Bill Hader played a character who was trying to pen a heartfelt note to his little sister. I’ve never seen the O.C. I’ve never seen the actual show so other then the play on the genre in general, I may have missed the subtleties of the sketch that got the audience to laugh. That said, the repetitiveness to the shootout did get me to laugh by the end.

  8. This was followed by a fake ad for Sofa King which was a furniture store run by Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph who had no idea how crass their company names sounds when heard and not read.

  9. Avril Lavigne then took to the stage to perform Girlfriend.

  10. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Maya Rudolph got a segment where she interviewed Howard K. Stern about Anna Nicole Smith after it was discovered that he wasn’t her kid’s dad. Fred Armisen and Bill Hader dropped in as two gay guys from Connecticut, playing of their two gay guys from Jersey characters, to talk about the New England’s state’s latest ruling on gay marriage. Darrell Hammond then wrapped this up as Don Imus who dropped by to apologize for his “nappy-headed hoes” comment only to make things worse with his choice of fords.

  11. Knife Salesmen had Shia LaBeouf and Will Forte as door-to-door knife salesmen who take things to the extreme while trying to pitch their product to Kristen Wiig who played the wife of Mr. Ginsu and already owned every knife she could ever want. They did manage to pique her interest by going as far as to cut off Will Forte’s thumb. Though she was impressed by the cutting, she would not accept the thirteen-ninety-nine price point.

  12. An Intimate Moment With John Mayer And Jessica Simpson was, as the title suggests a sketch about the two pop singers who barely say a word to one another while expressing their love.

  13. Avril Lavigne then returned to the stage to perform I Can Do Better.

  14. Maya And Shia had Maya Rudolph attempt to hit on our host after realizing how well their first names rhymed.

  15. Finally, Shia LaBeouf closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S32E18... HOST: SCARLETT JOHANSSON... DATE: APRIL 21, 2007

SNL: S32E18... HOST: SCARLETT JOHANSSON... DATE: APRIL 21, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody C-Span coverage of a President Bush Press Conference where once again Jason Sudeikis played George W. Bush where he took questions from the press about the events surrounding the recent resignation of Alberto Gonzales. This early resignation was linked to the events that brought to light the fact that our government practices warrantless surveillance on its citizen and used torture techniques in Iraq. Being that this was the opening sketch, it built to where W. was about to proclaim the traditional show starting line only to George was interrupted by a clip of the real Chuck Schumer who snuck in just to announce, “Live from New York…”

  2. Scarlett Johansson then officially opened the show with a monolog about how exciting it was to host the show for a second time, especially as an actual New Yorker which led her to share what she does whenever she returns home. Somehow, she transitioned into talking about how she was known for having a brilliant taste for music before she joined by Andy Samberg as, American Idol Vote For The Worst reject, Sanjaya and two to sang Something To Talk About because our host felt Sanjaya needed some cheering up.

  3. This was followed by a parody of Live! With Regis & Kelly where Derrell Hammond and Amy Poehler played the titular hosts to joke about the comeback episode following Regis’s triple bypass surgery. Rather than go easy on the old man, Kelly kept trying to get Regis to over-exert himself during an interview with Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump.

  4. Mrs. Hastings brought back Kenan Thompson to continue to play the stepmom of a revolving cast of stepdaughters so that this time he as she could help Scarlett Johansson as this week’s ghetto-acting stepchild find the perfect dress for her prom.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Roy Rules where Andy Samberg rapped about his brother-in-law Roy, as played by bit player Bryan Tucker because he rules.

  6. This was followed by a fake ad for Mike's Marbleopolis where Fred Armisen returned as his pitchman character Mike who once tried to sell us chandeliers and was now selling marble columns to gussy up our surroundings even more.

  7. WIIX News was a parody of a location morning news TV show with Kristine Wiig making her return as the recently divorced reporter was seems to be continually discovering that she’s actually a lesbian while providing interviews on location. Her crush for this installment was Scarlett Johansson who was being interviewed about how she saved an entire apartment complex from a fire by making sure everyone heard the alarm before leaving the building.  

  8. Bjork then took to the stage to perform Earth Intruders.

  9. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Seth and Amy played another round or “Really?” and Will Forte dropped in to perform a song to celebrate Earth Day only the actual lyrics focused more on the movie Battlefield Earth. (Clip 2)

  10. Kuatos also made a returned to the show with this time the mini-mid-body of a man met his match in Scarlett Johansson who played a mini-mid-body woman who host was Maya Rudolph, who also happened to be Kuatos’ host, Bill Hader’s, newly announced, fiancé.

  11. News Makers was a sketch that had Kristen Wiig as Jane Pauley who hosted this special segment that profiled several cast members and our hosts who all portrayed stars of some of the earliest viral videos from around the time that the internet started to truly evolve to the internet we use today.

  12. TV Funhouse then gave us a cartoon called Torboto that featured a robot that singlehandedly fought the war on terror by using all the terror techniques that America was caught doing around this time.

  13. Bjork then returned to the stage to perform Wanderlust.

  14. Finally, Scarlett Johansson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S32E19... HOST: MOLLY SHANNON... DATE: MAY 12, 2007

SNL: S32E19... HOST: MOLLY SHANNON... DATE: MAY 12, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of American Idol where Molly Shannon’s Mary Katherine Gallagher character tried out for the singing reality show. Of course with this being the opening sketch, Gallagher’s performance built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Molly Shannon then officially opened the show with a monolog about how great it was to be back on the show and particularly how unbelievable it was to be back as the host. The nostalgic filled greeting then took us to a flashback to the ‘90s after revealing her schoolgirl crush on Lorne Michaels so that we could see one of their awkward encounters play out.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Urigro commercial from earlier in the season which was the new pill that promoted its ability to facilitate an impressive urine stream in men who just want a stronger flow.

  4. Penelope then returned for another installment of Kristen Wiig playing Penelope, who ruined every attempt at conversation with her brand up-upsmanship during a meeting for residents of an apartment complex that had monthly meetings in an effort to build a sense of community. In fact, it got so bad that everyone left to hold a separate meeting minus our one-upper which led her to fade away with nobody there to hear her constant drone.

  5. Decision '08: The Fringe Candidates Debate had Darrell Hammond as Dan Rather to moderate the debates of the unlikely Democratic hopefuls from that year.

  6. We then got a parody of The Sopranos where Molly Shannon’s fifty-year-old and proud Sally O’Malley character auditioned to be a new stripper at the Bada Bing! club.

  7. Linkin Park then took to the stage to perform What I've Done.

  8. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Molly Shannon dropped in as here female comedian character Jeannie Darcy to tell a few painfully generic jokes for the Weekend Update’s new Comedy Cul-De-Sac segment of the news. Fred Armisen also stopped by as a blind chef who attempted to give a barbecue demonstration only to almost burn down the set. Amy and Seth then wrapped things up by debating the usage of the word “panties” for another new news segment called What’s In A Word? (Clip 2)

  9. Amy Poehler then revised her hyperactive Kaitlin character where this time we finally met her mom during a visit to a nursing home where it was revealed that the adorable twerp’s mother was actually Molly Shannon.

  10. MacGruber then returned for more fun and gamed were this time our TV hero gave up on making crazy bombs opting instead to make Bloody Marries with bizarre ingredients. Even though he swapped bombs for drinks, the results were still the same as the scene ended with an explosion anyways.

  11. TV Funhouse then gave us a cartoon called Tales From The Greatest Generation that showcased the rough life of Big-Boobed Einstein.

  12. The Oak Room had Maya Rudolph and Molly Shannon as two lounge singers who performed a set of songs at the Oak Room where the two put on a pretty boozy show as they drank whiskey whenever they had the chance.

  13. MacGruber then returned for round two of this new series where this time instead of building a bomb, our TV hero attempted to play an acoustic version of his theme song, only to once again end with him randomly blowing up.

  14. Linkin Park then returned to the stage to perform Bleed It Out.

  15. Trump Steaks had Darrell Hammond as Trump once again to hawk his new line of “The World’s Greatest Steaks.”

  16. MacGruber had our TV hero give up on everything only to end up exploding while rambling to himself.

  17. Finally, Molly Shannon closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S32E20... HOST: ZACH BRAFF... DATE: MAY 19, 2007

SNL: S32E20... HOST: ZACH BRAFF... DATE: MAY 19, 2007

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where once again, Jason Sudeikis played George W. Bush to address the nation this time to announce his plans to go on vacation and leave Maya Rudolph, as Condoleezza Rice in charge while he is gone. Not only did he announce his upcoming vacation, he also gave a progress report to show why he deserved the time off.  To do so, he used many of his flawed outcomes as evidence that he was doing something right, like how people claimed that we were only in Iraq to bring down the price of gas to American consumers, pointing out that this was a lie with oil prices reaching an all-time high around this time. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Zach Braff then officially opened the show with a monolog about how honored he was to host the season finale. This then got him talking about how he was raised nearby which led him to sing a New Jersey State Of Mind which he dedicated to his home state of New Jersey. He also sprinkled in a few fun facts about his home state as he took mini-breaks throughout the song.

  3. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Dog Love where Andy Samberg played a man looking into a room for rent only to find himself being seduced into some “Dog Love” by his potential new roommate, Zach Braff and his furry pal whose voice was played by Bill Hader.

  4. Prom Committee Meeting had Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as two snobby committee leaders who shut down every outsider’s idea for the prom’s potential theme that were being thrown out by their less-than-demure classmates.

  5. Deep House Dish then returned for more of Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg as two MTV-4 V.J.s who introduced more hip-hop and house acts to their deep cable watching fans.

  6. TV Funhouse then gave us a cartoon called Decision ’08: Spring ’07 Cleaning in which various Democratic and Republican presidential contenders came clean with the dirtiest secrets while on a visit to Oprah.

  7. The Weight had Zach Braff, Bill Hader, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis as four buddies in a bar who each get spurned by memories of increasingly unusual life-changing events, as they sang along to the song The Weight when it came up as the song on the jukebox.

  8. Maroon 5 then took to the stage to perform Makes Me Wonder.

  9. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig returned as Amy Poehler’s crazy aunt to give more of her one-word movies reviews. Fred Armisen then played Sam Waterson to share how he took offense to a joke about NBC’s renewal of Law & Order. Finally, Maya Rudolph wrapped things up as Whitney Houston who made a surprise visit where all that she did was ramble incoherently about Bobby Brown.

  10. La Revista Della Televisione brought back Bill Hader as the fast-talking Italian TV host who this time interviewed Zach Braff as himself, who struggled throughout the entire interview because he couldn’t speak or understand a word of the foreign language.

  11. Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi then returned with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph as the Bronx-based public access hosts who chatter their way through their interviews, this time with their guest being Zach Braff as one of the public access broadcaster’s interns.

  12. Maroon 5 then returned to the stage to perform Won't Go Home Without You.

  13. Melissa, The Receptionist, had Fred Armisen as the titular receptionist who had Bill Hader as her boss in order to hit on Zach Braff who was waiting for an important meeting.

  14. Finally, Zach Braff closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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