The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with An Address From “The All-But-Certain-To-Be Next President” that had Amy Poehler as a smug Hillary Clinton who anticipated being the Democrat’s nominee and two-term President that she preemptively shared her acceptance speech. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
LeBron James then officially opened the show with a monolog about how his team swept their competition during the year’s NBA Championship. This led to a parody of LeBron’s latest Nike ad where we saw our host’s family members, all played by himself, who criticized LeBron’s performance while watching the show from their home, ala Eddie Murphy in The Klumps.
This was followed by a fake ad for Angry Dog which was marketed as a high energy dog food that promised to transform any family pet into a canine killing machine, making fun of the recent Michael Vick dogfighting controversy.
Penelope brought back Kristen Wiig’s one-uping character who this time kept trying to one-up LeBron while participating in a charitable dating auction.
We then got a parody of High School Musical 3 where LeBron played the new kid on the basketball team who refused to join in on all of the singing and dancing. That is until he realized that song and dance would lead to more time with a naked Gabriella Montez who was played by Maya Rudolph.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Iran So Far where Andy Samberg performed an ode to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as played by Fred Armisen, with background vocals provided by the real Jake Gyllenhaal and Adam Levine.
Read To Achieve had LeBron James attempt to film a literacy PSA directed by Bill Hader only to end up getting continually interrupted by Jason Sudeikis who played a stagehand who kept throwing the basketball off cue, throwing off LeBron’s delivery in the process.
The Lyle Kane Show had Will Forte as the slow-witted white guy host who awkwardly debuted his own show on BET with LeBron as his first special guest.
Kanye West then took to the stage to perform Stronger/Good Life
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kenan Thompson dropped in as O.J. Simpson to daftly explain his logic in stealing his own memorabilia that eventually landed him in jail. Fred Armisen also returned as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the not to explain in great detail through his translator, Maya Rudolph, why homosexuality doesn’t exist in Iran.
Best Of Solid Gold had Kenan Thompson as a guy named C. Micah Kring who gushed over the new Time-Life’s Best Of Solid Gold DVDs as he focused on watching Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, and LeBron James as the classic Solid Gold Dancers.
TV Funhouse then gave us another Ambiguously Gay Duo who haven’t been seen in a while. Tonight, the segment was brought back with Big Head and Dr. Braino hosting a fake backyard barbeque with hopes to catch the questionable gays in a similar scandal to the one involving Senator Craig, by attempting to trick them into some gay hijinks while inside the Port-O-Potty.
106 And Park had Kenan Thompson and Maya Rudolph as two characters named Terrence and Roxie who cornered tonight’s musical guest Kanye West about all of the recent award show controversies that he was involved with from his claiming the George Bush doesn’t like black people, to stealing the spotlight from Taylor Swift.
Kanye West then returned to the stage to perform Champion/Everything I Am.
Great Moments In Guidance Counseling had LeBron James as a high school student whose guidance counselor, Jason Sudeikis advised him to choose the NBA over school because “college is for losers.”
Finally, LeBron James closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.