SNL: S34E03... HOST: ANNA FARIS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2008

SNL: S34E03... HOST: ANNA FARIS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 27, 2008

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of CBS Evening News which made fun of part four a series of interviews between Amy Poehler as Katie Couric and Tina Fey as Sarah Palin where the governor’s folksy responses drove Couric out of her mind since nothing was actually being said. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it ultimately led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Anna Faris then officially opened the show with a monolog about her new movie House Bunny and how like most of her other roles she plays another dumb blond. She doesn’t say this as a complaint but as a fact before she turned to address the audience to let them in on a secret that deep down, she’s actually a dumb blonde in real life.

  3. Making New Friends started with Anna Faris and Jason Sudeikis dropping off their new double-date buddies Bobby Moynihan and Casey Wilson and then went on to contemplate whether or not they managed to offend their new friends while at dinner as the two continued on toward their home. As one would expect, the scenarios they explained sounded so extreme that it would be impossible to enjoy spending any time with this couple in real life.

  4. This was followed by parody coverage of The Presidential Debate where Chris Parnell had a cameo as Jim Lehrer who moderated the event. This sketch made fun of the first round of debates between Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and Darrell Hammond as John McCain. The main topics of concern were where they stood on the banking bailout plan, the war, and the nuclear arms issues in North Korea and Iran. Armisen was pretty spot on with repeating Obama’s promises up hope, up to the nuclear arms issue which was actually treated as a joke. Meanwhile, Hammond’s McCain sold how often he opposed the policies of George W. Bush to distance himself from King Dummy. Of course, Amy Poehler also had to chime in as Hillary to continue to keep her name in the spotlight in case either candidate might have to back out, proving once again that it wasn’t just the conservative who found joy in dragging Hillary’s name through the mud.

  5. Rowboat Date was as the title suggests a date between a dimwitted Anna Faris and her beloved boyfriend, Kenan Thompson. During their midnight/romantic boat ride our host realized that this wasn’t a date at all and that Kenan was a hit man who was out to kill her, but then realized that these thoughts could all just be in her head. In the reality of the sketch, it was clear that Kenan was there to kill her based on their conversation where Faris shared how she was to blame for a recent major drug bust that ended with the drug lord swearing that he’d seek revenge.

  6. Duffy then took to the stage to perform Mercy.

  7. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Darrell Hammond dropped by as Bill Clinton to admit that he can’t quite bring himself to endorse Barack Obama. Kristen Wiig also returned as her travel writing character to once again, make nervous jokes throughout her entire appearance because she didn’t have the confidence to be herself. (Clip 2)

  8. We then went to the strip club Scores where Anna Faris, Kristen Wiig, and Casey Wilson played a trio of strippers who were opposed to closing off the infamous champagne room simply because the Wall Street bailout meant that their regular Wall Street clientele would no longer be able to afford their services.

  9. Deep House Dish then returned after a much-needed break so that Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg could revise their MTV-4 V.J. characters in order to introduce their fans to the latest house and hip-hop groups. This was the same sketch it always is complete with our host as the lead singer of one of the music groups.

  10. Googie Rene's Slightly Stained Wedding Dress Basement had Kenan Thompson as the titular pitchman in order to promote a collection of bridal gowns available at a discount because his entire inventory comes complete with horrible stains.

  11. Duffy then returned to the stage to perform Standing Stone.

  12. My Ex-Boyfriend had Bill Hader as a guy who was overly excited to show off his new girlfriend, Anna Faris, to his friends, only she won’t shut up about her ex-boyfriend.

  13. Finally, Anna Faris closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S34E02... HOST: JAMES FRANCO... DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2008

SNL: S34E02... HOST: JAMES FRANCO... DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2008

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started behind-the-scenes for a fake political ad called McCain Approves where Darrell Hammond as the Republican Presidential hopeful witnessed the producers insert his digital approval of various semi-truthed attack ad focused on Barack Obama that claimed he was anti-American with his Liberal beliefs. These half-truths included thing like Obama’s want for Universal Healthcare would also cover Osama bin Laden since he does live within the universe. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. James Franco then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was taking a break from acting and was skipping his freshman orientation at Columbia University in order to host the show. This led Jason Sudeikis as Franco’s dorm Resident Assistant to interrupt so that he could demand a better explanation for our host’s no-show at the school.

  3. The Cougar Den then returned for another installment where the real Cameron Diaz revised her roles as a guest on the Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, and Casey Wilson as a trio of cougar hosts. This time James Franco played Cameron’s new youthful emo musician who she took on as her new young stud of a beau.

  4. Agent 420 had James Franco as a pot-smoking secret agent who had to fill in for a more competent member of the MI6 Operative and then attempted to thwart the efforts of Fred Armisen who played the notoriously-named Dr. Huang as he attempted to take over the world. The only problem was that James Franco couldn’t get over the fact that the top baddy’s name sounded like wang when said out loud. At first, this infuriated the evil Dr. Huang but then when activated the secret laser that he build to destroy the world, it caught Agent 420’s stash on fire leading our host and all of the bad guys to give up on all efforts toward anything in order to just enjoy the high.

  5. O.J. Simpson Jury Selection took us back to the courts for a new round of O.J.-based entertainment. This sketch was based on the case where O.J. had stolen some of his old memorabilia that he lost during his murder case and we got to witness the wackiness involved in the lawyers who attempted to find jurors who weren’t already aware of the case. The fact that his murder case was so highly publicized these jurors were made up of coma victims, aliens, and more people who were completely out of touch with what’s going on with this world.

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Murray Hill that took place at a party on the titular street. James Franco played a character who attempted to tell all the ladies about his small “ding-dong” with the hopes to impress them because he thought they appreciated his honesty and the way that he tried to sound deep while explaining the situation. This approach didn’t work at first until Franco met a woman who suffered from the same issue which led the two tiny ding-dong owners to leave to go and hook up.

  7. The Looker was a parody of a new TNT cop drama that had Fred Armisen as Penny Marshall who played an interrogator who gets confessions out of her suspects by merely staring at them intently.

  8. Kings Of Leon then took to the stage to perform Sex On Fire.

  9. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Jason Sudeikis dropped in as a financially-strapped CEO who complained about his financial situation while dressed in a barrel thanks to the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy settlement from this time. Fred Armisen also played a CEO but for the clothing store American Apparel and was there to obliviously address the sexual harassment charges that were recently made about him.

  10. New York Times Reporters sent fifty New York Times reporters off to Alaska to dig up whatever dirt on Sarah Palin that they could find, only the uppity group struggle too much with the minor inconveniences like dealing with polar bears and lack of readily deliverable Thai food, to be able to focus on the real reason they were there. In the sketch, there was a fun moment when Kumail Nanjiani checked in as one of the uppity reporters.

  11. This was followed by a parody of Of Mice And Men that gave us an alternate ending where Bobby Moynihan as Lennie gets outraged when he discovers that James Franco as George has been sugarcoating their reality the entire time in order to protect him. Learning this truth then led Lennie to freak out on George for filling his head with lies creating his simpleton-esque outlook on life. The real book ended was that Lennie got George back in the end when he accused his friend of killing the girl after avoiding the fatal shot to the head that ended the actual book.  

  12. Yankee Stadium Stories reunited Fred Armisen as Martin Scorsese and Amy Poehler as Rosie Perez to recall silly memories of Yankee Stadium in another campaign to promote New York City as a place to visit and/or live.

  13. Kings Of Leon then returned to the stage to perform Use Somebody.

  14. James and Willam Dafoe then reunited James Franco with Bill Hader who portrayed Willam Defoe as his Spider-Man role so that the two could attempt to kill Andy Samberg after Defoe was miffed by the Not Ready For Prime Time Player’s goofy impersonation of him.

  15. Finally, James Franco closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S34E01... HOST: MICHAEL PHELPS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2008

SNL: S34E01... HOST: MICHAEL PHELPS... DATE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2008

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Non-Partisan Message From Sarah Palin And Hillary Clinton that brought Tina Fey as Sarah Palin together with Amy Poehler and Hillary Clinton to deliver a joint message about sexism on the campaign trail despite the fact that they still clearly had disparaging feelings toward one another. Throughout the sketch, Palin kept making claims that could set women back while Hillary could barely contain her bitterness about losing out to Barack Obama which seemed to be the only reason she agreed to team up in the first place. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Michael Phelps then officially opened the show with a monolog about his eight gold medal record-breaking run at the latest Olympics games. He then went on to explain the endorsement deals that were coming in and how he was trying to avoid making hasty decisions as to which deals he’ll take on to avoid being the next William Shatner who joined our host to defend himself and also promote Priceline upon hearing his name. We also met Amy Poehler who was portraying Phelps’s mom for a marketing pitch that didn’t last long before our host’s real mom joined in to throw to the actual show. Throughout the entire monolog, you could also see Guy Fieri’s head in the audience whenever they’d cut to the crowd, but he didn’t end up having anything to do with this appearance.

  3. Quiz Bowl had a family of home-schooled kids up against a group of public school students for a high school based quiz show. These home-school kids turned out to be home taught for kooky reasons leaving them to have crazy beliefs about history and science including the belief in a war between man and dinosaurs, but they still knew more than the publicly educated idiots who played their competitors.

  4. This was followed by a fake ad for The Jar Glove which was a product that offered a more viable solution to opening tight jars that doesn’t involve accidental homicide, complete with examples of the right and wrong way to use this and similar products.

  5. Locker Room Motivation had Will Forte as a swimming coach who tried to inspire his team of swimmers to come back from their impending loss by playing Dancing Plants which sounded like a thinking song for a game show that the team listened to as they thought. That is until Forte was swept up by the music and put on quite a show.

  6. Craig And Stacia had Bill Hader and Amy Poehler as oblivious business owners who didn’t see how annoyed their employees were with their frumpy daughter, Kristen Wiig/Stacia and her gangly cousin Michael Phelps/Craig. Wiig’s character was first introduced with Seth Rogen as her brother back last season when he was the host and Phelps was a cousin replacement, but the overall idea was still pretty much the same.

  7. Lil Wayne then took to the stage to perform Got Money.

  8. Once again, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Will Forte dropped in as a new character named Alaska Pete who took offense to the media’s bias against fellow Alaskan, Sarah Palin. Fred Armisen also returned as his comic character who once again attempts and fails to create comedy directly from newspaper headlines. Andy Samberg then finished off the new as the character Cathy from the famous comic strip, as he as she fretted about her life.

  9. The Charles Barkley Show had Kenan Thompson as the former basketball player turned parody talk show host who, in order to pay back a gambling debt and to interview Darrell Hammond as Bela Karolyi and Michael Phelps from a Las Vegas Wynn Casino’s daycare room. During the interview, we discover that the kid played all the roles on the TV crew because they were the only staff that Barkley could still afford.

  10. We then got a parody ad for T-Mobile where Jason Sudeikis played a dad who gets in trouble with Kristen Wiig as the mom after agreeing with his son, Michael Phelps that his daughter, Casey Wilson’s friends are all really hot.

  11. This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Space Olympic where Andy Samberg sang about the unearthly fictional event while Michael Phelps and other castmates provided the visuals as they prepared for the space competition.

  12. Pizzeria Uno feature newcomer Bobby Moynihan as a Pizzeria Uno waiter who attempted to take the order from Michael Phelps and Amy Poehler who were out on a date that was ruined by Moynihan’s obnoxious approach to customer service.

  13. Lil Wayne then returned to the stage to perform Lollipop.

  14. The Michael Phelps Diet shared the “fail-safe” weight-loss approach that suggested dieters eat as many calories as Michael Phelps during his peak training as if these dieters would then get the same results. The sketch ended with a surprise visit from the real Subway’s Jared who made a joke that knowing the future turned out to be a bit dark.

  15. Finally, Michael Phelps closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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