The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started at the RNC Headquarters where Kristen Wiig played Christine O’Donnell to rattle off more problematic digressions from her past following her controversial unsupported winning the primary to represent the Republican candidacy for the Delaware Senate. Not only was she controversial for winning this spot as an outsider but, she also claimed to be a former witch who tried to create mice with human brains, and also hosted a dogfight or two that would make Michael Vick look like a piker. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Amy Poehler then officially opened the show with a monolog about how her dream of actually hosting the show was coming true. She then shared what she had been up to since leaving the show, before introducing the new featured players that literally lasted a second. She then finished her opening routine by sharing a flashback where we got to see her reoccurring stress dream from when she was on the cast and feared being late for the show due to a slew of gratuitous alumni cameos and newer castmates who attempted to rip off her characters.
Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi brought back Maya Rudolph to join Amy Poehler in order to reprise that Bronx Beat talk show host characters to make fun of Bronx stereotypes. This week, the two reunited fake show hosts interviewed tonight’s musical guest Katy Perry for the infamous sketch where she wore a low cut Elmo shirt and giggle and jiggled while promoting the fact that her character read books to children at the local library.
This was followed by a fake ad for the Bosley Hair Restoration System where Jason Sudeikis played a spokesman who shared how the company used clients pubic hair to replace the lost hair on their heads, whether the client is a man of a woman of any race.
Maternity Matters was another in the series where Fred Armisen played an aggressive producer who stepped in as a last minute replacement to has a show where the topic is way too sensitive for his temperament. As the title of the sketch suggests, this time, he hosted a show geared toward pregnant women.
Mosque At Ground Zero was another fake ad where Bill Hader played a pitchman who lauded a whirlwind of anti-Democratic activities that were taking place at the Mosque at Ground Zero. Some of the services being pitcher were things like how they hosted gay wedding, free naturalization for Mexican citizens, a pregnancy termination lounge as well as many other similar services that sounded more like things available at a mall than at any form of religious facility.
Katy Perry then took to the stage to perform California Gurls
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Amy Poehler joined Seth for another round of Really!?! in regards to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent speech where he predicted the defeat of Capitalism and that the US was actually involved in the 9/11 attacks. Jay Pharoah then made his news debut as Will Smith to explain how, even though he didn’t start in any summer blockbuster this year, he’s still thrilled that his spawn has been active on the screen in his place. The real David Paterson also stopped by to confront Fred Armisen about his impersonation that mainly made fun of him for being blind. (Clip 2)
The Lean Years brought back Amy Poehler’s foul-mouthed, one-legged character as the focus of a new Showtime series devoted to her and her, not so secret, missing leg. I guess with was based on a bunch of Showtime series from this time the featured women with major secrets since the introduction was made up of rapid parodies of these other shows.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short called Boogerman that took place at the Academy Awards where Katy Perry sand the title track for a film called Boogerman that starred, special guest, Peter Sarsgaard as the hero and Andy Samberg as said Boogerman.
Ladies Who Lunch took place at a luncheon where the women of the cast and our host were all super competitive and jealous over each other’s tiny hats that got tinier and tinier with each new character who was introduced to the scene.
Katy Perry then returned to the stage to perform Teenage Dream.
The Even More Expendables was a parody follow up to the Expendables that featured an ever-expanding collection of quasi-celebrities together into a bunches to create even more ensemble action films, even though most of these new characters, aren’t actors, let alone action heroes, at all.
Finally, Amy Poehler closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.