The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a Halloween Party hosted by Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton that she was throwing for her fellow contenders to become the Democratic Presidential nominee. Her guests included Will Forte as John Edwards who came disguised as a bindle carrying hobo and the real Barack Obama who came disguised as himself. Throughout the evening all Hillary did was talk as if she had already won the job of President. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, Obama was mainly there for the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Brian Williams then officially opened the show with a monolog about how our host wondered briefly if hosting the show would mar his reputation as a serious news anchor, only to end up deciding that all preconceptions will change after tonight and that he is okay with it. Makes me wonder if this is when his focused switched to becoming a frivolous entertainer over being a legitimate reporter.
Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi then returned with more chattering between Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph who played the hosts of a public access show where this time they talked over Brian Williams who played their slow-witted fireman/guest.
Riley's Way was a parody of the final episode of the CW show with the same name. I’ve never even heard of this show, so I didn’t get a single reference, but Brian Williams played the school’s principal who broke the fourth wall to express his anger over not being invited to be part of the college-based spinoff show.
Publishers Clearing House had Brian Williams as the winner of the fifteen-million-dollar award and seemed unimpressed about his sudden windfall because his character was such a bore. Even after being shown clips of the last several winners who were unable to contain themselves, Williams remained his boring self, only to end up getting over the moon excited when a pizza man arrived with a free delivery of cheesy bread.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called A Day In The Life Of Brian Williams that revealed the new anchor standing on the street ready to be recognized. They also had him pulling pranks like throwing pennies at Al Roker and Matt Lauer before delivering the Nightly News.
Feist then took to the stage to perform 1234.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen dropped by as an NBC executive to discuss the impending Writer’s Guild strike. Kenan Thompson also dropped by as the Weekend Update nanny, Barbara Birmingham to comment on the past week’s Halloween events.
Larry King Live had Fred Armisen as Larry King to interview Amy Poehler as J.K. Rowling as the two viewed deleted scenes from Harry Potter while focusing on the fact that Dumbledore was actually gay. This sketch also contained clips “from the new movie in the series,” that had Bill Hader as Dumbledore who acted progressively more gay with each new shared clip.
This was followed by a fake ad to iPhone where Fred Armisen played a man who highlighted the ways that his new iPhone allowed him to get away with having a secret mistress.
Democratic Nominees Backstage took us behind-the-scenes prior to a Democratic Debate held at Drexel University. Brian Williams played himself to tell the nominees that the media is set on Hillary Clinton securing her party’s ticket. This got the non-Clinton nominees to start to work together to find a way to discredit Hillary’s chances.
Feist then returned to the stage to perform I Feel It All.
Nightly News New Theme had Brian Williams and a few NBC executives meet up with a group of studio musician to come up with a new theme song for the news that might help to bring in a younger audience.
Finally, Brian Williams closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.