The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch that took place at Amy Poehler's House circa 1986 to the night where Jon Bin Jovi jumped out from one of her posters to offer words of condolence to the future SNL star who was moping around about life the way one might expect from a grounded teen. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Jon Bon Jovi then officially opened the show with a monolog about his history with the show as the musical guest which led him to get interrupted by a couple audience members who were like me and shared their less-than-enthusiastic reaction to finding out that Bon Jovi was this week’s host. Unlike me, they weren’t disappointed because of his hosting role but because they were hoping to hear him play a few hits as the night’s musical guest. I would prefer neither, but this was when Richie Sambora joined our host on the stage to coax him into performing Lost Highway with him and the rest of his band.
Ohhhhh! Was a game show sketch that was promoted as a show hosted by guys from New Jersey for guys from New Jersey where contestants were quizzed on New Jersey’s most current trends that mainly consisted of stereotypical Jersey/Italian interests like Italian food and verbally abusing their wives and children (the show’s choice in humor not mine.)
A Visit With Former Vice-President Al Gore had Darrell Hammond as our former VP who recently won a Nobel Prize and was there to show off his medal along with other awards and trophies he recently earned.
La Revista Della Televisione then returned with Bill Hader as the fast-talking Italian who interviews the hosts as themselves even though they don’t speak Italian leading them to never know what’s being said. Tonight was more of the same only with Jon Bon Jovi as himself trying to navigate the Italian’s questions.
Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Maya Rudolph dropped by as an NBC employee to practice a few news jokes after sharing the fact that there may be a writers strike that might lead her to need to step in as a scab during the upcoming year. Andy Samberg also wandered in a naked guy who wasn’t the Naked Cowboy from a recent incident in Time Square. Fred Armisen then wrapped thing up as a political comedian who scoured the newspaper headlines in an effort to come up with a few jokes on the spot. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
Foo Fighters then took to the stage to perform The Pretender.
What To Call The Band took us back to Sayreville, New Jersey in 1984 where we got to see how Jon and the band settled into naming the group Bon Jovi instead of something more unique like Natural Disaster which was the top of the rest of the band’s list.
Bon Jovi then took to the stage to perform Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Finally, Bon Jovi closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.