SNL: S36E22... HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... DATE: MAY 21, 2011

SNL: S36E22... HOST: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... DATE: MAY 21, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch called Strauss-Kahn's Cell that took place in Rikers Island where Taran Killam as Dominique Strauss-Kahn was admitting into jail following his arrest for sexual assault charges that came right after he started to go against the powers that be at the International Monetary Fund. As soon as he entered the cell, he was then accosted by inmates, Kenan Thompson, and Jay Pharoah, who just wanted to discuss the world economy. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”  

  2. Justin Timberlake then officially opened the show with a monolog about his past performance as host and how he wanted to try something new. This led our host into a song where he sang about the fact that he wouldn’t be singing on tonight’s episode.

  3. We then went to the streets for a sketch called Liquorville which continued Justin Timberlake’s mascot-themed series of sketches. This time, Justin played a Mickey’s looking beer bottle character to team up with tonight’s musical guest, Lady Gaga to have a dance off with Kristen Wiig as a Tea Bag to promotes Liquorville over Wiig’s tea shop.

  4. WXPD News brought back Bill Hader as the grumpy old reporter who seems completely over his reporting job during his live remote at a high school following a carbon monoxide scare.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short that was a bit of a parody of Three’s Company featuring Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg as their Dick In A Box characters as two Jacks from the show who attempt to engage in a three-way with Lady Gaga as Chrissy. Actually, this was a music video for a song about having a three-way called The Golden Rule which was also about how this was the only time that it was okay to be naked in the same room with another dude. The Three’s Company aspect was just a quick reference in passing.

  6. Lady Gaga then took to the stage to perform the songs The Edge Of Glory and Judas back to back.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Seth Meyers played a game of Really?!? over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revelation that he’d been sleeping with his maid for fourteen years. Andy Samberg returned for another round of Get In The Cage, where he, as Nicolas Cage interviewed the real Bradley Cooper over his involvement in The Hangover II. Stefon also stopped by to join Seth in saying goodbye for the summer. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  8. What's That Name? returned for a celebrity version of this game show sketch where contestants just have to guess the names of people who they should no very well. In the sketch, both Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga played themselves. Where Justin played up an asshole-ish attitude, unable to name the many women he slept with or ex-members of his band, Gaga was charming and instantly knew any person who they threw her way, even just fans from the audience.

  9. Merryville Love Tunnel Ride returned for another installment of this sketch were animatronic characters in a Tunnel Of Love-type ride, attempt to attack the trapped riders when the attraction had to be shut down mid-ride to make repairs.

  10. Secret Word was another sketch to return for another installment. This is the game show sketch that super repetitive with Kristen Wiig and Justin Timberlake playing two old-timey actors who are so full of themselves and out of it that neither can figure out how to play this straightforward Password-style game.

  11. Lady Gaga then returned to the stage to perform Born This Way.

  12. The Barry Gibb Talk Show was Justin Timberlake-specific sketch to return along with Jimmy Fallon who portrayed Barry Gibb so that he and Justin as Robin Gibb could host another installment of their talk show.

  13. Finally, Justin Timberlake closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E21... HOST: ED HELMS... DATE: MAY 14, 2011

SNL: S36E21... HOST: ED HELMS... DATE: MAY 14, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of The Situation Room where once again, Jason Sudeikis as Wolf Blitzer threw to a speech being delivered by Fred Armisen as Barack Obama where he was addressing the immigration crisis instead of going overboard with patting himself on the back over killing Osama bin Laden. Wolf Blitzer was eventually joined by Vanessa Bayer as a second commentator to provide the play by play as the President’s speech became, pretty much, a Def Jam performance. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York.”

  2. Ed Helms then officially opened the show with a monolog where he attempted to relate how he equates the art of baton-twirling with pursuing a career in show business. He did this by reenacting a baton routine after telling a tale from his childhood where he learned to twirl to perform for his brother’s birthday party only to be beaten by the boy and his friends with the same baton he used for the show. Only there was no reenacting of the beating part, this was just Ed recapturing his pride.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Corn Syrup Producers Of America ad from earlier in the season. This was an ad that made fun of a Nasim Pedrad as a mother who trusted the corporate science that said high fructose corn syrup using a pretty compelling argument. That is until the end the ad when it showed how unhealthy her kid was because of these misguided views that any “science” can be trusted, even when profit is involved.

  4. What Up With That? then returned for another installment of my favorite repetitive series, where, as always, Kenan Thompson, continually cuts off his guest to perform his theme song instead of giving a proper interview. This week, Kenan’s special guests were tonight’s musical guest, Paul Simon, Chris Colfer, and for the first time, the real Lindsey Buckingham who had a hilarious integration with Bill Hader who was Lindsey Buckingham as well.

  5. We then got an extremely special/classic installment of TV Funhouse where we got to see a live action version of The Ambiguously Gay Duo that was filled with an amazingly star-studded cast.

  6. Paul Simon then took to the stage to perform Rewrite.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan dropped by as his character to share more secondhand news. Jay Pharaoh returned as Will Smith to defend the fact that he left his dressing room/trailer in the middle of a very busy New York street while making Men In Black 3 by reminding everyone that things are always better in his presence. Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen also returned as their two news characters Kat and Garth to come up with new vacation-themed songs on the spot. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  8. Song Memories brought back another repetitive sketch that I enjoy but wouldn’t say that I really love, where several male cast members play drinking buddies who share increasingly crazy stories in between singing the chorus to a popular song which tonight was Cat Stevens’s Wild World.

  9. One Take Tony took us back to the old days of the silver screen where Andy Samberg played an actor who swore that he could perform all of his scenes in a single take while Ed Helm as the director allowed him to give it a shot and just let the camera roll. Of course, this led to one of the most terrible performances in the world.

  10. Paul Simon then returned to the stage to perform So Beautiful Or So What.

  11. Ann-Margret Tries To Throw Away A Wad Of Paper Into A Trashcan had Kristen Wiig as Ann-Margret to dance all around the house in her pursuit to throw a wad of paper away for her new boyfriend who was played by Ed Helms.

  12. Republican Candidate was a fake political ad where Ed Helms played a generic Republican candidate for President who delivered a brief and generic message of hope.

  13. Finally, Ed Helms closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E20... HOST: TINA FEY... DATE: MAY 7, 2011

SNL: S36E20... HOST: TINA FEY... DATE: MAY 7, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with Osama Bin Laden’s Video Will where Fred Armisen portrayed the terrorist leader for a pre-recorded reading of his last will and testament that was extremely ironic considering how his final days actually went down in his compound. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Tina Fey then officially opened the show with a monolog about the fact that she was pregnant for this appearance. She was then joined by a pregnant Maya Rudolph, and the two performed a duet about being pregnant, dedicating their performance to their unborn children who were eventually portrayed by Kristen Wiig and Kenan Thompson.

  3. We then got parody coverage of the GOP 2012 Undeclared Candidates Debate where the off-putting nature of Tina Fey and Darrell Hammond as Sarah Palin and Donald Trump, along with a handful of other castmates portraying other Republican long-shot candidates throughout the debate almost assured a Democratic win in 2012.

  4. Below The Waves was a knock-off parody of The Little Mermaid that provided a lively musical performance by Tina Fey as an underwater princess and her sea creature friends, who were all interrupted when Osama bin Laden’s dead body floated into the scene.

  5. For this week’s SNL Digital Short The Lonely Island attempted to lay down a new hip-hop track with the real Michael Bolton who turned out to be too obsessed with the idea of singing a Jack Sparrow-themed song from The Pirates Of The Caribbean instead.

  6. Ellie Goulding then took to the stage to perform Lights.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Jason Sudeikis returned as The Devil to comment on the death of Osama bin Laden, who was already making an ass of himself down in hell. Fred Armisen and Vanessa Bayer also dropped by as two of Muammar Gaddafi’s best friends from childhood who tried to defend their friend’s actions while at the same time distancing themselves from his behavioral quirks. Stefon was the last guest of the news, and once again, he shared more New York tourist spots this time making recommendations for Mother’s Day. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  8. Birthing Seminar brought back Maya Rudolph so that she could portray the parent-to-be/star of an outdated birthing video that proved to be more nauseating than educational to our pregnant host and the rest of the birthing class.

  9. Bedelia's Sleepover brought back Nasim Pedrad in the titular role as her kid character who is more interested in hanging out with her parents over her peers. This time, Tina Fey played her mom who joined Bedelia at a teenage slumber party.

  10. Ellie Goulding then returned to the stage to perform Your Song.

  11. Pregnant In Heels had Abby Elliott as a pregnancy coach who attempted to prepare our pregnant host for a glamorous delivery where she would be dressed to the nines.

  12. Googie Rene's Slightly Damaged Prom Wear Barn brought back the series of sketches were Kenan Thompson as the titular pitchman attempts to hawk his raggedy old clothes.

  13. We then got a fake ad for the Hallmark "Mother" Collection which claimed to be the perfect greeting card for weirdos with an unhealthy mother fixation with Paul Brittain as the weirdo in question.

  14. Finally, Tina Fey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E19... HOST: HELEN MIRREN... DATE: APRIL 9, 2011

SNL: S36E19... HOST: HELEN MIRREN... DATE: APRIL 9, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where once again Fred Armisen portrayed Barack Obama to announce that everyone in America is unhappy that the government shutdown was averted since this was the point where some people started to feel we were better off without our own government getting in the way. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Helen Mirren then officially opened the show with a monolog about how at the time she was mostly known for her portrayal of the Queen after her playing her the movie. This led her, along with the male members of the cast dressed as sailors, to sing the song, There Is Nothing Like A Dame, to prove that she’s actually not that stuffy of a human being.

  3. Andy Samberg then returned as Mort Mort Feingold: Accountant For The Stars to play with more Jewish stereotypes while pitching his accounting services and sharing his high profile clientele.

  4. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Helen Mirren’s Titties where Nasim Pedrad’s eyes get opened to the natural beauties of the world that are our host’s breast through a full-on breast groping session that sent her to heaven.

  5. This was followed by a parody of Fox And Friends where Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Bobby Moynihan played Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade who all make random political statements while Fred Armisen played a geriatric fact-checker who struggled to even keep up on what was being said.

  6. Helen Mirren then portrayed Mary Shelley who, while at hosting a party, kept insisting to her guest that her novel Frankenstein was not based on her monster-like landlord Frank Stein, as played by Fred Armisen or his idiot son, Igor, as played by Paul Brittain.

  7. Foo Fighters then took to the stage to perform Rope.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bill Hader returned as James Carville to comment on the near-government shutdown. Kristen Wiig also stopped by as a flight attendant with Bride Of Frankenstein-looking hair to discuss a recent near crash that was making headlines at that time. Kenan Thompson also returned as French Def Jam Comedian Jean K. Jean to tell a few jokes about the fact that America just became the top consumer of wine. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  9. The Best Of Both Worlds was a talk show sketch hosted by Andy Samberg as Hugh Jackman who interviewed fellow actors who tend to tackle roles that reveal two different sides or their persona. Like how Hugh himself will take on a sensitive musical role one minute then the next minute, he’s Wolverine. These guest included Kenan Thompson as Ice Cube, Jason Sudeikis as Gerard Butler, and Helen Mirren as Julie  Andrews who killed her assistant Bobby Moynihan for not properly fixing her tea.  

  10. Jason Sudeikis and Nasim Pedrad then reprised their DJ Super Soak and Lil Blaster characters to promote the underground-underground Crunk-Ass Easter Festival filled with more bizarrely named bands.

  11. The Roosevelts was a parody of a Reelz Channel historically inaccurate mini-series based on the lives of Bill Hader and Helen Mirren and FDR and Eleonor Roosevelt. Most of the humor came from the false fact that FDR worked with Taran Killam as Adolph Hitler and was the real ringleader of WWII with the plan to make him a hero.

  12. We then got a fake ad for Perspectives Photo Studios where Jason Sudeikis played a pitchman who promoted the trick photography techniques that he uses to make men’s penises look their largest for when his clients send dick pics.

  13. Foo Fighters then returned to the stage to perform Walk.

  14. Bongo's Clown Room took place at the titular strip club where Jason Sudeikis played the deejay who announced that tonight was his final night on the job having just won $9,200 from a scratch-off ticket that he bought right before his shift at the club.

  15. Finally, Helen Mirren closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E18... HOST: ELTON JOHN... DATE: APRIL 2, 2011

SNL: S36E18... HOST: ELTON JOHN... DATE: APRIL 2, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another parody of The Lawrence Welk Show for the same old but hilarious routine with Kristen Wiig as her tiny-handed/large-foreheaded character who always sings the same tune with her three other sisters. This installment was extra fun because they got Elton John to play along as the piano player/lead male vocalist of the group. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Elton John then officially opened the show with a monolog about his new life as a gay father, that was good enough to feel more like a stand-up routine as opposed to the typical filler they usually write for the host’s intro.

  3. KY Jelly Ladies Shot Put Championship 1985 brought back another one of my favorite series of sketches where this time, Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte played their ‘80s ESPN obscure women’s sports reporters who get more hung up on the female product sponsor than the sport. Tom Hanks also helped out with this sketch as their new sideline reporter, and Carmelo Anthony stopped by for a cameo as Kristen Wiig’s shot putting competitor.

  4. We then got fake news coverage of a world event that the news was calling Knights Of The Realm. Paul Brittain played a news anchor who threw to a story where Elton John led a ragtag collection of knighted British celebs and their effort to fight off a dragon invasion taking place in England. Some of these knighted celebs included Bill Hader as Richard Branson, Tom Hanks as Michael Caine, Taran Killam as Ian McKellen, Andy Samberg as Bono, Fred Armisen as Ringo, and Kenan Thompson as Sir Mix-A-Lot.

  5. We then got another installment of Laser Cats for this week’s SNL Digital Short. For this version, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg kidnapped the volleyball Wilson from the movie Castaway in their effort to secure Tom Hanks’s sponsorship for Laser Cats: The Musical that had Elton John as an evil villain named Droz.

  6. Elton John then switched to musical guest mode and took to the stage with Leon Russell to perform Hey Ahab.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen dropped by as Muammar Kaddafi once again, this time to update us on how he’s handling the assault on Libya that eventually ended with his death. Kenan Thompson also got a segment as Zookeeper Barry Lewis to talk about an instance in the news where a poisonous cobra got out of its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo. Andy Samberg then rounded out the guest portion of the news as Nicolas Cage who debuted his new news segment called Get In The Cage where he interviewed the real Jake Gyllenhaal about his latest film where the main question he had to ask was “Why wasn’t I in that?” He then went on to criticize Gyllenhaal’s acting and appearance while talking up his own looks and career. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4) (Clip 5)

  8. Royal Engagement brought back Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as very aggressive versions of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip who both tried to coerce Elton John into performing their musical selections at Andy Samberg as Prince William’s upcoming wedding. The sketch ended with the Queen taking to the drums and Prince Philip grabbing a guitar to provide the music for Elton to sing another legitimately good punk rock song that I ended up liking more than either of Elton’s actual performance.

  9. The Silver Screen was a movie review show parody where Elton John and Taran Killam played two old gay classic film buffs who bickered with one another while attempting to interview Nasim Pedrad as Vanessa Hudgens.

  10. The Old West took place at a western saloon where Elton John played a gay cowboy who only had eyes for, fellow cowboy, Jason Sudeikis who does not reciprocate any interest.

  11. Elton John then switched back to musical guest mode and returned to the stage with Leon Russell to perform Monkey Suit.

  12. Finally, Elton John closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E17... HOST: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS... DATE: MARCH 12, 2011

SNL: S36E17... HOST: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS... DATE: MARCH 12, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of Selection Sunday where, to kick off March Madness, Kenan Thompson and Jason Sudeikis played Greg Gumbel and Jim Nantz to share their brackets, not for basketball, but for determining who is the craziest person in the world, only they threw an upcoming commercial break instead of announcing the winner. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, they did end up announcing, “Live from New York...”

  2. Zach Galifianakis then officially opened the show with his brand of stand-up routine where he introduced a couple of his new bizarre characters and then lip-synced Tomorrow while dressed as Little Orphan Annie.

  3. This was followed by a parody of The Talk which was pretty much just a parody of The View with different impersonations. It was sort of fun with Zach Galifianakis as a confused fan of The View who was extremely disappointed to be in the audience of this knock-off show, especially considering the fact that this was his birthday gift.

  4. The Original Kings Of Catchphrase Comedy was a parody of The Original Kings Of Comedy that featured a collection of hacky comedians who are more focused on working in their semi-funny catchphrases over their actual content.

  5. We then got another parody of Scared Straight where this time Zach Galifianakis joined Kenan Thompson as a Hannibal Lecter type to once again attempt to scare children out of a life that may lead them to jail by stealing horror stories from popular films from the time.

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Zach Looks For A New Assistant where our host interviewed children who were far more mature than him for the oafish role as his assistant.

  7. Jessie J then took to the stage with B.o.b to perform Price Tag.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig dropped in as the recently dismissed director of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, to discuss why she felt she was let go. Andy Samberg then returned as Liam, The Teenager Who Just Woke Up to comment on the fluctuating oil prices as it pertained to the weird dream that he just woke up from. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  9. Noodles had Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig as a pair of parents who tried to find a gentle way to break the news to their kids that their family dog, Noodles, died from autoerotic asphyxiation.

  10. Celebrity Scoop was a kind-hearted Canadian celebrity gossip show hosted by Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen who both had nothing but pleasant things to say about American celebrity train wrecks who were making headlines around that time.

  11. Jesse J then returned to the stage to perform Mamma Knows Best.

  12. We then got a fake ad for Corn Syrup Producers Of America which was sort of like one of those ads for milk, or chicken in general and not a specific brand, only this ad was pushing the virtues of high-fructose corn syrup.

  13. We then got a parody of a history lesson about the Titanic where Zach Galifianakis played the ship’s captain who dressed like a woman to save himself first and sneak on to an already packed lifeboat.

  14. Finally, Zach Galifianakis closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E16... HOST: MILEY CYRUS... DATE: MARCH 5, 2011

SNL: S36E16... HOST: MILEY CYRUS... DATE: MARCH 5, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a talk show sketch called Duh! Winning! With Charlie Sheen that had Bill Hader as meltdown era Charlie Sheen to host a talk show where he interviews other delusional celebrities to discuss their wacky ways. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Miley Cyrus then officially opened the show with a monolog about how Hannah Montana explored the duality of her character and how for the most part, she as Miley is an angel for the most part but does slip up from time to time in reference recent low-key scandal after she was caught smoking salvia. She then apologized for her mistake before being joined by Bobby Moynihan and Kristen Wiig who assisted her in singing, I’m Sorry But I’m Not Perfect.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Baby Spanx commercial from earlier in the season which was a slimming spandex bodysuit for infants.

  4. Our Time! With Taboo And Apl.De.Ap! was another talk show hosted by Kenan Thompson and Andy Samberg portraying the titular members from the Black Eyed Peas. The two host this show specifically to try to gain as much recognition in the music industry as will.i.am and Fergie.

  5. The Essentials With Robert Osborne returned to share another TCM presentation this time by showing deleted scenes from The Sound Of Music where Fred Armisen played a Hispanic comedian who kept stealing each scene with his comedy that was performed in the style of an Off-Broadway One-Man-Show.

  6. The Disney Channel Acting School had Miley Cyrus as herself and Kenan Thompson as Raven-Symone hold a masterclass where they demonstrated the terrible acting techniques used while performing in Disney teen sitcoms.

  7. The Miley Cyrus Show was another sketch to return for another installment with Vanessa Bayer as Miley Cyrus who thinks she’s cool with her impersonation of Charlie Sean while attempting to interview the real Miley Cyrus as Justin Bieber.

  8. The Strokes then took to the stage to perform Under Cover Of Darkness.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week Jason Sudeikis returned as The Devil to share that he didn’t support the Westborough Baptist Church’s protesting of gay military funerals. Bobby Moynihan also returned as his character who shares second-hand stories even though he’s always wrong. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. Les Jeunes De Paris was another reoccurring sketch to return where for this installment the dance-off in the French café was between Miley Cyrus and Taran Killam.

  11. Beastly was a fake trailer for a parody of the movie Thinner, in a way where Andy Samberg played a man who was so vain that when he disrespected a which she turned him into Beastly, an ugly guy who had one year to try to find love with his out appearance matching the ugliness of his insides.

  12. Rock-A-Billy Lady Party Moisturizing Facial Cream was a bit of a parody of an Avon type deal where Miley Cyrus and Kristen Wiig pitched free Rock-A-Billy CD to anyone who would buy any of their moisturizing products.

  13. The Strokes then returned to the stage to perform Life Is Simple In The Moonlight.

  14. We then went to a Cruise Ship where Miley Cyrus played the ships performer who sang not so subtle songs about how gross she finds everyone on the boat to be.

  15. CBS Gurney Promos was a fake commercial to promote the fact that March is Gurney Month on CBS which means their shows will feature lots and lots of dead bodies since every show was some form of a CSI-style program.

  16. Finally, Miley Cyrus closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E15... HOST: RUSSELL BRAND... DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2011

SNL: S36E15... HOST: RUSSELL BRAND... DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of The O'Reilly Factor where Jason Sudeikis as O’Reilly presented part three of his pre-Super Bowl interview with Fred Armisen as Barack Obama where O’Reilly pretty much just second guessed everything that Barack had to say. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Russell Brand then officially opened the show with a monolog where he rambled through one of his stand-up routines with that Russell Brand/British delivery that he’s known for. Most of his jokes focused on the fact that he may be unknown in America but in England, he’s a big deal.     

  3. We then got a fake ad for Gublin And Green which was a pair of attorneys whose primary practice was collecting settlements for people injured while working for or attending the Spider-Man musical, Turn Off The Dark.

  4. Ultimate Vacation Giveaway returned for another installment of a sketch from this series where Kristen Wiig plays the host of a contest, this time with the prize being an ultimate vacation only she’s more excited about the situation than Russell Brand who played the actual winner of the grand prize.

  5. This was followed by a fake trailer for a movie called Don' You Go Rounin' Roun To Re Ro where all the lines where delivered to quietly and unintelligible due to the accent that it was almost impossible to follow what the hell was going on.

  6. The King's Taster took place in old-timey days where Russell Brand played King Reginald with Taran Killam playing his taster who was reluctant to accept his role after witnessing the King go out of his way to harass the chef who was played by Bill Hader.

  7. Chris Brown then took to the stage to perform Yeah 3x.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen returned as Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to share his version of what went down during the Arab Spring. Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam also stopped by as Lil Wayne and Eminem to debut their new extremely misogynistic Valentines song. Stefon then concluded the news with his usual/hilarious routine. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  9. This was followed by a sketch called Livin' Single that wasn’t a parody of the old show but was a parody of a talk show hosted by Vanessa Bayer who claimed to enjoy her single lifestyle yet is easily aroused by Russell Brand who played an amorous pastry chef/guest.

  10. A Spot Of Tea had cast member portraying old/proper British ladies who attempted to enjoy their tea and talk, despite a constant barrage of earthquakes.

  11. Chris Brown then returned to the stage to perform No Bullshit.

  12. Time Machine took place at a party where, to finalize a dumb debate regarding the Founding Fathers, Jason Sudeikis traveled through time to bring back George Washington as played by Russell Brand to settle the argument. The only problem was, Washington didn’t take well to the time travel or dealing with his modern surrounding to the point where he had to be put down after he started to attack the crowd.

  13. Finally, Russell Brand closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E14... HOST: DANA CARVEY... DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2011

SNL: S36E14... HOST: DANA CARVEY... DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a bit of a Wayne's World reunion where Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reprised their roles as Wayne and Garth to make their opening show Oscar picks like they used to back in the day. One of the highlights of the two goofballs joking moments was when they both got hung up on the movie title Winter’s Bone. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Dana Carvey then officially opened the show with a monolog about his history with the show which led into him singing a song, with a little help from Jon Lovitz about how the 1986-93 cast that he was a part of was the best cast in SNL’s history of putting on shows.

  3. This was followed by a repeat of the I-Sleep Pro commercial from earlier in the season which was a hi-tech device for black travelers who struggle to sleep minus the ambiance of “black noise” they’re used to while in their urban abode.

  4. Church Chat was another sketch to return for a bit of a show reunion with Dana Carvey as the Church Lady to mock Nasim Pedrad, Vanessa Bayer, and Abby Elliott as the Kardashians before arranging an ill-fated exorcism for Snooki, and fawning over special guest Justin Bieber the entire time.

  5. Celebrity Teen Crisis Center was a parody of a “new” VH1 show that featured several cast members impersonating oblivious celebrities who operated the phones at a teen crisis center.

  6. We then got a fake movie trailer for a movie called The Roommate where Justin Bieber played a college kid who discovered his new roommate, Andy Samberg harbored an insane obsession for him in somewhat of a parody of Single White Female.

  7. Linkin Park then took to the stage to perform Waiting For The End.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Seth broke down the Winners/Loser from the week the Arab Spring in Egypt. Paul Brittain also dropped in as James Franko to share that he has many jobs. Kristen Wiig also introduced a character who was a meteorologist/former disco queen who attempted to deliver her winter weather update only to end up breaking into a weather themed songs instead. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  9. We then got a parody of Live With Regis And Kelly where Dana Carvey as Regis announced he was retiring from the show. This caused Nasim Padrad as Kelly to reassure Regis that he’ll be missed while Kristen Wiig as Kathy Lee to upstage her former co-host’s announcements by performing one of her songs.

  10. Little Miss Little Girl Pageant had Dana Carvey and Kenan Thompson as to foppish pageant host who presided over a pageant for preschool aged little girls.

  11. Deidra Wurtz: Downsizing Expert had Abby Elliott as a downsizing expert who sold her services to deliver the bad news to employees affected by downsizing with ease and the vernacular of a vapid Valley girl.

  12. Linkin Park then returned to the stage to perform When They Come For Me.

  13. Fingerlings had Taran Killam as a bar owner who pulled no stops for this year's Super Bowl party which included performances by his wife’s brother’s titular band who performed a bizarre new wave song to celebrate the big game, which didn’t go over all that well with the patrons in the bar.

  14. Finally, Dana Carvey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E13... HOST: JESSE EISENBERG... DATE: JANUARY 29, 2011

SNL: S36E13... HOST: JESSE EISENBERG... DATE: JANUARY 29, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of a CNN Special Event where Kristen Wiig played Michelle Bachmann to make a half-hearted second attempt to respond to Barack Obama’s State Of The Union Address after her first effort went so terribly wrong. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Jesse Eisenberg then officially opened the show with a monolog about what it was like to play Mark Zuckerberg in the movie social network. He was then joined by Andy Samberg and the two traded tips about how to impersonate the Facebook founder being that he’s one of Samberg’s go to characters. The two were having fun until the real Mark Zuckerberg joined the two on the stage and ruined all of their fun.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Once Daily Estro-Maxx which was a once a day estrogen pill that gives all the sex-change hormones transgendered men need to become the woman they want to be.

  4. We then got a parody of Mr. Wizard's World where Bill Hader played Mr. Wizard to experiment with balloons and static electricity, only the experiment gets strange when Jesse Eisenberg and Nasim Pedrad used the technique for some self-imposed eroticism as the two teen assistants discovered their bodies for the first time.

  5. Don't Forget The Lyrics was a game show sketch where Jesse Eisenberg played an overexcited contestant who kept frustrating Jason Sudeikis as the show’s host, Mark McGrath by continually blurting out inappropriate lyrics.  

  6. WXPD News New York brought back Bill Hader’s old guy reporter character for another out of it interview, this time with Jesse Eisenberg, while also bickering with Jason Sudeikis who played the reporter back in the studio.

  7. We then got another SNL Digital Short/music video called The Creep which was pretty much an attempt to come up with a new viral dance.

  8. Nicki Minaj then took to the stage to perform I Ain't Thru.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Fred Armisen dropped by as the president of Egypt to comment on his countries recent string of issues. Kenan Thompson also stopped by as Tyler Perry to share his plans to make a Madea-style version of the movie Social Network. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  10. TCM: The Essentials had Jason Sudeikis as a movie show host to introduce the 1970s blaxploitation classic The Bride Of Blackenstein which featured tonight’s musical guest, Nicki Minaj in the titular role while Jay Pharoah played the Doctor and Kenan Thompson played the cuckolded monster.

  11. We then got a parody of the show Skins where to keep advertisers onboard with this controversial teen drama the promiscuous teenagers were heavy-handed in the product placement marketing efforts during an ultra-sexy party.

  12. Spa Talk was a talk show sketch that took place in a spa in the middle of the guests’ spa treatments.

  13. Nicki Minaj then returned to the stage to perform Moment 4 Life.

  14. El Shrinko had Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Samberg as two authors who promoted a pill that helped to shrink their large penises to a more manageable size that the ladies prefer.

  15. Finally, Jesse Eisenberg closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E12... HOST: GWYNETH PALTROW... DATE: JANUARY 15, 2011

SNL: S36E12... HOST: GWYNETH PALTROW... DATE: JANUARY 15, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of a segment called Fox News: Embracing Civility. In this sketch, Kristen Wiig as Greta Van Susteren and fellow Republican/Fox pundits made a slight effort to put aside any heated rhetoric while discussing political viewpoints that were different from their own. They were able to manage to keep things, at least somewhat stable, until the bating by Bill Hader and Abby Elliott as James Carville and Rachel Maddow got them to lose control. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she now fancied herself a country music enthusiast following her starring role in the movie Country Strong. She then made a half-assed attempt to sing a duet of the song Islands In The Stream with Jason Sudeikis as Kenny Rodgers until Kristen Wiig as Dolly Parton interrupted to show Gwyneth how the song was meant to be sung.

  3. The was followed by a String Of Fake Trailers For NBC Midseason Replacements that were all crime-dramas that focused on an obscure piece of clothing.

  4. Secret Word then returned for another installment of the Password style game hosted by Bill Hader that always features Kristen Wiig and the host for the night, this time Gwyneth, as to fictional old-timey actresses playing the role of celebrity contestants who are too out of it, due to their oblivious celebrity ways to understand any aspect of the game.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short where Andy Samberg met with the real Pee Wee Herman at a bar so the two could go on a crazy drinking bender where they beat the real Anderson Cooper with a chair before both were treated to an intervention for being a bad influence on one another.

  6. We then went to a Bar Mitzvah where Vanessa Bayer introduced her Bar Mitzvah kid character who’s probably better known from future episodes when she as he becomes a regular part of the news. For this sketch, Bayer’s character thanked the people attending his rocking Bar Mitzvah which featured performers like Gwyneth Paltrow as Taylor Swift, Jay Pharoah as Jay Z, Nasim Pedrad as Alicia Keys. Abby Elliot as Katy Perry, and Cee Lo Green as himself, who all performed Jewish inspired covers of their popular songs.

  7. What The Forget! had Gwyneth Paltrow as tonight’s musical guest, Cee Lo Green’s manager to espouse near-obscenities in her quest to lift the FCC’s censoring of Cee Lo’s latest curse word-titled hits song.

  8. Cee Lo Green then took to the stage to perform Forget You.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Seth got a segment to claim that the Founding Fathers wouldn’t have given us the right to bear arms if they ever saw the guns of today. Kenan Thompson returned as The Rent Is Too Damn High guy to announce he was running for president. Vanessa Bayer also played a field reporter to catch up with Golden Globe nominees at a pre-award show party. Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig returned as their characters who make up new songs on the spot, this time with help from Gwyneth Paltrow who turned the singing duo into a trio to make up a couple of Christmas songs. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. False History took place at The Old Globe Theater back in 1594 with Gwyneth Paltrow and Taran Killam as two Shakespearean actors who attempt to perform previews of their upcoming plays to a very disgruntled crowd who all had no time for the nonsense, the same way that some people get annoyed by all of the previews at movie theaters.  

  11. Fresh Prince Lost Episodes was as that title suggests, a parody of a lost episode of The Fresh Prince with Jay Pharoah as Will Smith and Kenan Thompson in the Carlton role for this fictional collection of clips where Will and The Fresh Prince kept overreacting inappropriately to every single scene. Whether he was making funny noises when he was supposed to be sad or tapping into one of his action hero roles when he was supposed to be understanding, his mood never matched the tone of the rest of the TV world.

  12. Sportscenter Deportes was a parody of a Spanish ESPN show where Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul Brittain played sports reporters who went over the top with the Americanized accents whenever attempting to recite American phrases, like how American reporters go overboard when rolling their “R”s whenever anything Spanish come up.

  13. Cee Lo Green then returned to the stage to perform Bright Lights Bigger City.

  14. Parker/Spitzer Auditions took place at CNN studios where Bill Hader as Eliot Spitzer auditioned new co-hosts after the departure of his former co-host Katherine Parker. The audition process kept going terribly wrong due to because Spitzer is such an unpleasant creep.

  15. Finally, Gwyneth Paltrow closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E11... HOST: JIM CARREY... DATE: JANUARY 8, 2011

SNL: S36E11... HOST: JIM CARREY... DATE: JANUARY 8, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The Mayor Of New York City where Fred Armisen played Mayor Michael Bloomberg to share his contingency plan for the “once-in-a-lifetime” snowstorm that recently hit New York City. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Jim Carrey then officially opened the show with a monolog about how thrilled he was that this was the final full year before the 2012 apocalyptic predictions would take us out of our misery. He then went on to talk what seemed to be a legitimate audience member into marrying him before it was too late.

  3. We then got another repeat of the Bosley Hair Restoration commercial that has already aired a couple times this season and is for a hair restoration system that uses its client’s pubes to fill in any missing head hair.

  4. This was followed by a parody of Black Swan where Bill Hader played the director while Nasim Pedrad took on the Natalie Portman role as The Swan Queen and Jim Carrey played Mila Kunis’s part as The Black Swan.

  5. Finding Your Power was a talk show sketch hosted by Jason Sudeikis where Jim Carrey, Andy Samberg, and Vanessa Bayer played guests on a panel that all claim to have overcome adversity because they were so strong, only hidden cameras, in the craziest places, proved the exact opposite to be true.

  6. Grady Wilson's Tantric 'N Tasty brought back Kenan Thompson’s hilarious character to give more of his sex tips to the elderly with some help from Jim Carrey.

  7. The Worst Of Soul Train was a parody compilation that, rather than highlighting the greatest moments of the show, opted instead to showcase some of the dance program’s lowest moments.

  8. The Black Keys then took to the stage to perform Howlin' For You.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig dropped by as Nancy Pelosi to pass the gavel to the new House Speaker John Boehner, who was played by Bill Hader. During this pass-off process, Pelosi took joy in conjuring up enough patriotic images to make Boehner cry. Bobby Moynihan also returned as his character who is way off on the facts while sharing more secondhand news stories. Following a run of many birds randomly dropping dead from out of the sky, Andy Samberg joined the news desk as a Red-Winged Blackbird to warn of the Aflockalypse, before Taran Killam joined the scene as a fish to warn about the Apocafish thanks to us humans destroying their world. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. Merryville Trolley Ride took place in a carnival ride where Kenan Thompson and Kristen Wiig played a couple who got stuck in the middle of the ride, right next to an animatronic barbershop quartet. At first, the ride seems innocent enough as the announcements came in for the rider to sit still while they fix the issue. This was when the robots switched from being harmless and cute to being homicidal towards Kenan.

  11. Psychic had Jim Carrey as a washed up impressionist comedian from the ‘80s who was now selling himself off as a legitimate psychic. It didn’t take long into a reading with a client that it became clear that the only spirits he was able to contact were the same celebrities that he used to do in his old comedy routine.

  12. The Black Keys then returned to the stage to perform Tighten Up.

  13. A Taste Of New York took place in a conference room in a Marriott Hotel during a corporate meeting where Jim Carrey, Fred Armisen, and Kristen Wiig played a bunch of junkies who were hired to be the house band. The band played a bunch of dark and twisted songs despite the request for upbeat music from the guests who were there to have fun.

  14. Finally, Jim Carrey closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E10... HOST: JEFF BRIDGES... DATE: DECEMBER 18, 2010

SNL: S36E10... HOST: JEFF BRIDGES... DATE: DECEMBER 18, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of a holiday special called Christmas Eve In Washington, D.C. where Kenan Thompson played Frosty The Snow Man envisioned several cast members as various Democratic leader’s dreams about better headlines for their party in the upcoming year. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Jeff Bridges then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he is not The Dude from Big Lebowski and is actually a real human being while sounding exactly like The Dude character while sharing his complaint. He then retrieved a guitar to play and sing the song Silver Bells with the real Cookie Monster.

  3. We then got an update from Julian Assange who was just out of prison for the rape charges that were just referenced last week. This time Hader as Assange interrupted Andy Samberg as Mark Zuckerberg so that he could state that he was the one who should have been chosen as Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year because he was doing more for the world than Facebook.

  4. The Miley Cyrus Show then returned for another installment of Vanessa Bayer acting like the Disney era Miley to act wacky while interviewing Jeff Bridges as Nick Nolte who was all whacked out on drugs.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short/music video for the Lonely Island song, I Just Had Sex.

  6. This was followed by another parody of Larry King Live where Fred Armisen portrayed Mr. King for his final broadcast that he shared with a panel of weirdo celebrity guests.

  7. Crunkmas Karnival brought back Jason Sudeikis’s and Nasim Pedrad’s Juggalo characters who were now pitching an under-underground Christmas Rock Festival that was filled with bands that all had names that were crazier than the last.

  8. Eminem then took to the stage with Lil' Wayne to perform No Love.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kenan Thompson dropped by as Michael Steele to share that he was hip to running for a second term. Taram Killam stopped by as Brad Pitt to deliver the weather while Abby Elliott as Angelina Jolie delivered another adopted baby. Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Bobby Moynihan the joined Seth as David Paterson, Stefon, and Snooki to perform the Christmas classic Oh, Christmas Tree. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. TCM: This, You Call A Wonderful Life?! was a parody of the Jewish version of It’s A Wonderful Life that, in the word of the sketch, preceded the classic Christmas film.

  11. Jeff'd was a parody of punk where Jeff Bridges performed super lame pranks on other celebrities.

  12. Eminem then returned to the stage with Lil' Wayne to perform the songs Won't Back Down and 6'7 back to back.

  13. Tunstall General Store took place as an Old West general store where Bill Hader played the shopkeeper who reluctantly allowed his cousin, Kristen Wiig, and Jeff Bridges as her “special” effeminate friend to wrap customer’s gifts in flamboyant packaging that he felt was too much for the holidays.

  14. A Holiday Message from The Kardashians had Nasim Pedrad, Vanessa Bayer, and Abby Elliott as the Kardashians who wished all their viewers happy holidays in their signature vapid way.

  15. Finally, Jeff Bridges closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E09... HOST: PAUL RUDD... DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2010

SNL: S36E09... HOST: PAUL RUDD... DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another Message From The President Of The United States where once again, Fred Armisen played Barack Obama to address the nation after being held hostage by the Republican Party until he gave in to willingly authorize more tax cuts for the rich, going back on another campaign promise. As always, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Paul Rudd then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was excited to return to host his second episode. He also shared how he was surprised by the throng of fans who he heard chanting, “Paul! Paul!” outside of the outside of the building thinking they were cheering for him until tonight’s musical guest Paul McCartney joined our host on the stage to clear up any confusion. Featured cast member Paul Brittain joined the other two Pauls on stage thinking the chanting was for him.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Feline Culinary Creations which marketed succulent gourmet dishes. Though the description of each pet meal sounded amazing, when they showed the end product, it was just the same old wet square glop of cat food being flung into a food bowl.

  4. The Vogelcheck Family then returned for more man on man making out between our cast and the host to the backdrop of this over affectionate family. This time, the reason for the family get together was Christmas, and Vanessa Bayer played the outsider who learned to accept the family’s weird ways.

  5. What's That Name? was a game show sketch with Bill Hader as the host who asked contestants, Paul Rudd, and Vanessa Bayer if they could name people who Hader would share photos of or call out to the stage. Though both contestants could recognize every third-tier celebrity with easy, neither could place the people from their daily lives like Kenan Thompson who played one of their doormen and Kristen Wiig who played the other’s maid.

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Stumblin’ where Andy Samberg and Paul Rude stumbled through life while Paul McCartney played a tiny harmonica to a parody of Dolly Parton’s song 9-to-5.

  7. As the title suggests, Julian Assange In Prison took place in a prison where Bill Hader as Julian Assange was being held over his involvement with the rape scandal he was eventually cleared of from this time. In the sketch, Assange interrupted a MasterCard ad to threaten his return to do personal harm against some of the countries’ favorite websites.

  8. Sexually Speaking brought back Fred Armisen’s aggressive producer character who always plays an inappropriate last minute fill in for one of his talk show hosts. This week he filled in for a sex advice show that usually had a sensitive female host.

  9. Paul McCartney then took to the stage to performs Jet.

  10. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the show. This week, Paul McCartney joined Seth for a segment called Weekend Update Audio Caption with Prince Charles and Camilla where Seth played the voice of Charles and Paul provided the voice of Camilla to predict where the two might have said based on a paparazzi picture. Stefon also returned to share trendy NYC spots for people to visit around Christmas. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  11. Holiday Jam took place at a school’s Christmas event where Paul Rudd played a math teacher who loved to make horrible puns while Jay Pharoah got overemotional about the school’s mascot.

  12. Meryl Streep On Ice had Abbey Elliott as Meryl Streep to put on an Ice Capades style program based on her work despite the fact that she didn’t have any skating skills.

  13. Paul McCartney then returned to the stage to perform Band On The Run.

  14. Broadway Cares had Paul Rudd trying to perform a one-man show version of Cabaret but kept getting interrupted by a stagehand and some wacky antics from the person who worked the spotlight.

  15. Paul McCartney then took to the stage yet again to perform the songs A Day In The Life and Give Peace A Chance back to back.

  16. Finally, Paul Rudd closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights, before McCartney went back to the stage to perform Get Back.

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SNL: S36E08... HOST: ROBERT DE NIRO... DATE: DECEMBER 4, 2010

SNL: S36E08... HOST: ROBERT DE NIRO... DATE: DECEMBER 4, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch called  WikiLeaks: TMZ where Bill Hader as Julian Assange interrupted a message from Fred Armisen as Barack Obama to share footage of politicians caught in compromising positions with each video shot in the style of a TMZ ambush clip. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, this eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Robert De Niro then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy he was to be back in his hometown to host the episode, only to mix up several facts from other cities while sharing his love for New York.

  3. We then got a fake ad for The Abacus Conundrum where Robert De Niro as a prolifically published author named Harlan Kane to announce his latest tome of his work that was pitched with urgency to get it right away before the next flood of his titles would be released.

  4. What Up With That? then returned with more of Kenan Thompson as the talk show host who continually cuts off all of his guests by singing his show’s theme song. This week his guests were Robert De Niro and the late/great Robin Williams.

  5. From The Garden With Mr. Produce had Robert De Niro as the titular garden fresh cooking show host who attempted to shoot his demo only to discover that his produce is riddled with bugs. It then turns out that this happened because Andy Samberg as De Niro’s angst-ridden son forgot to spray the plant while his dad was out of town for his guest spot on The Today Show. This led the two to get into multiple passive-aggressive arguments while live on the air.

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Party At Mr. Bernard’s which was pretty much a parody of Weekend At Bernie’s with Robert De Niro in the Mr. Bernard role.

  7. Diddy Dirty Money then took to the stage to performs Coming Home.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Nasim Pedrad, Abby Elliott, and Vanessa Bayer stopped by as the Kardashians to apologize for their failed attempt to start issuing their own credit cards. Andy Samberg also dropped in as Spiderman from the Broadway Musical and gets stuck hanging upside down while telling tales of accidents inflicted upon all of his predecessors. Kristen Wiig was the final guest as an aerobics instructor from 1982 to work out while providing weight-loss tips for the obese. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  9. Little Fockers took us behind-the-scenes of the movie De Niro was on to promote along with his co-star Ben Stiller. In it, Bobby Moynihan played a kid who got to visit the set and was blown away by everyone on the set but was totally unimpressed by Bobby D.

  10. Blizzard Man returned after a really long break that took place in musical guest, P, Diddy’s recording studio where Andy Samberg played a rapper named Blizzard Man and Robert De Niro played his mom, and the two were this to lay down a track as featured artists on Diddy’s next album.

  11. La Rivista Della Televisione brought back Bill Hader’s Italian talk show host character who doesn’t speak a lick of English, while Robert De Niro played his guest who knew not a word in Italian, while other wacky stuff goes on.

  12. We then got a repeat of the Bosley Hair Restoration commercial from earlier in the season which was a hair replace men system that uses their client’s pubes.

  13. Diddy Dirty Money then took to the stage with Swizz Beatz to perform Ass on the Floor.

  14. It's A Living took place in a bar where after a long days work, Andy Samberg made the joke, “Who do you have to screw to get a beer?” To his surprise, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller then appeared as two long-haired drifters who turned out to be the answer to his question.

  15. Greetings From American America: I, Hippie was another Fred Wolf animation that had Dana Carvey as the voice of an old hippie who’s tripping balls while talking about the good old days before it was revealed that he was actually at work in McDonald’s.

  16. Finally, Robert De Niro then closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E07... HOST: ANNE HATHAWAY... DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 2010

SNL: S36E07... HOST: ANNE HATHAWAY... DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of The Rachel Maddow Show where Abby Elliott as Rachel Maddow discussed the mid-term election results with Bill Hader as John Boehner, Kristen Wiig as Nancy Pelosi, and Kenan Thompson as Charles Rangel. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Anne Hathaway then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was breaking away from her Disney ways since doing her first nude scene in a film. This led all of the male members of the cast to approach our host to share their freshly rewritten pages where all of her characters are now naked, just so the guys could get a close-up view.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for the TSA where several cast members plane airline security agents to share how they looked forward to using the new seductive pat-down technique just in time for the holiday travel season.

  4. The Miley Cyrus Show then returned for another installment where once again, Vanessa Bayer played Miley to host a show where she acted wacky while interviewing Anne Hathaway as Katie Holmes who had a few quirks of her own.

  5. Penelope was another reoccurring sketch to returned where this time Kristen Wiig character attempted to one-up everyone who was trying to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner being offered at the local Lutheran Church.

  6. Visiting The Queen had Fred Armisen as Queen Elizabeth and Bill Hader as Prince Philip who both feel threatened by Andy Samberg as Prince William after he became engaged to commoner, Kate Middleton, as portrayed by Anne Hathaway.

  7. Florence And The Machine then took to the stage to perform Dog Days Are Over.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan dropped in as Guy Fieri to rave about his new boozed-soaked Thanksgiving treats. Jason Sudeikis also got a segment as the creator of Four Loko to comment on his recently banished caffeinated alcohol drink. Jay Pharoah also came out to impersonate a medley of rappers to perform a new hip-hop Thanksgiving song. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4) (Clip 5)

  9. The Essentials With Robert Osborne was a parody of a TCM show where Jason Sudeikis played the host to present deleted scenes from The Wizard Of Oz where Anne Hathaway as Dorothy ran into Fred Armisen as a talking weather vane who was looking for a new apartment to escape his crappy roommates.

  10. WXPD News had Bill Hader as an elderly on the scene news reporter who kept teetering throughout his entire live remote segment.

  11. Mega-Mart was a fake ad for a Wal-Mart-type store that had Bobby Moynihan as the store’s pitchman who attempted to work the viewers into a Black Friday frenzy by announcing an insane bargain that was marketed as a sale that only lasted twelve minutes.

  12. Camel Tame was a fake ad for a bulge insert for women’s pants pitched to businesswomen who want to avoid embarrassing camel toe while still dressing however they want.

  13. Florence And The Machine then returned to the stage to perform You've Got The Love.

  14. We then got a fake ad for a fictional soundtrack to a fictional movie called Horse Play where our host and the cast impersonated an assortment of musical acts in order to share their tracks from the album.

  15. Finally, Anne Hathaway closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E06... HOST: SCARLETT JOHANSSON... DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2010

SNL: S36E06... HOST: SCARLETT JOHANSSON... DATE: NOVEMBER 13, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody C-SPAN coverage of Barack Obama’s China Press Conference that was actually a follow-up sketch to a segment from last year. In it, Fred Armisen as Barack Obama once again managed to upset Bill Hader as Chinese leader, Hu Jintao, regarding the fact that the US still owed his country a ton of money while acting as if we were the ones doing his country so many favors. As always, with this being the opening sketch, this all built up to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Scarlett Johansson then officially opened the show with a monolog where she shared that she didn’t have a movie to promote which led her to share how she has no interest in getting attention during her downtime. She shared a couple of examples of what not to do before she was joined by Kristen Wiig as Dina Lohan and Abbey Elliott as Ke$ha to sing the song Class from the movie Chicago to emphasize how people in the entertainment industry no longer display any level of class.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for MTV where the M now stood for maternity that made fun of the fact that the channel no longer had anything to do with music as it went on to promote an endless smattering of reality-based teen pregnancy shows that their views had to choose from.

  4. We then got a parody of Millionaire Matchmaker where Scarlett Johansson played the show’s host who had no real interest in finding a suitable match for Vanessa Bayer who played a mousy lawyer/client.

  5. The Manuel Ortiz Show the returned for another installment of the Spanish talk show where everyone randomly breaks into dance every couple of minutes.

  6. We then got a parody trailer for a movie called Unstoppable where Jay Pharoah attempted to do his Denzel Washington impersonation once again to crack one-liners as he attempted to stop a speeding train in this new action thriller.

  7. Hollywood Dish also returned for more of Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader acting disinterested as they interviewed our host as herself trying to promote her latest film.

  8. Arcade Fire then took to the stage to perform We Used To Wait.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week Jason Sudeikis stopped by a George W. Bush alongside Jay Pharoah as Kanye West to share their miraculously forged friendship ever since Bush left the office. Vanessa Bayer also dropped by as Chatty Gladys Madden to relate her harrowing experience during a cruise that, but her complaints had nothing to do with the onboard fire, which was the reason the ship made the news. Fred Armisen played her husband who was old and bored and did nothing but tune her out. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  10. St. Katherine's Middle School had Kenan Thomson as a kid in a wheelchair whose optimism-induced friends who just got out of a lecture about the power of positive thinking, kept trying to force him to stand up and be healed even though he kept falling to the ground because he leg was legitimately broken.

  11. We then got another SNL Digital Short/rap video where Andy Samberg played a student who rapped a song called What Was That? to the UN Assembly in regards to the many head-scratching events from US history.

  12. This was followed by a parody of A Treat From Paula Deen's Kitchen where Kristen Wiig portrayed Paula to share some fattening butter-filled food recipes and is forced to fit in a plug for eight-ply paper towels to suck up all of the extra oil for her more health-conscious TV viewers.

  13. Arcade Fire then returned to the stage to perform Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains.

  14. Stars Of Tomorrow was a parody of a documentary-style show that followed child stars that shared examples through  Scarlett Johansson and Vanessa Bayer as they performed monologs from films intended for a much more mature performer.

  15. We then got another end of the night fake ad for Mike's Busteria where Fred Armisen played a pitchman who attempted to sell ceramic busts to add that extra touch of class, is this follow up to the series where Armisen attempted to sell pillars and chandeliers.

  16. Finally, Scarlett Johansson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S36E05... HOST: JON HAMM... DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2010

SNL: S36E05... HOST: JON HAMM... DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The Vice-President Of The United States where during an address to the nation, Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden compared the plight of the Chilean miners who were stuck in a mine shaft with the problems facing President Obama. His most significant point was that these trapped miners were just happy to be alive despite all their struggles so we should be twice as happy since we don’t live under the ground. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, this comedic criticism led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Jon Hamm then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this was his third time as host but second time hosting the Halloween episode. He then talked about his role on Mad Men and then attempted to prove his worth as an actor portraying an advertising executive by creating on-the-spot slogans for random items chosen by “audience members,” only he was horrific idea man in the world.

  3. This week’s SNL Digital Short reunited tonight’s musical guest, Rihanna with Andy Samberg’s Shy Ronnie to sing a song called Ronnie And Clyde while the two robbed a bank for their music video.

  4. We then got another Vincent Price's Halloween Special which was more of the same from this series. I like this series of sketches, but it’s repetitive enough that I don’t always feel like digging deeper into the description.

  5. Back To The Future 25th Anniversary DVD as a fake ad for the celebratory release of this DVD that featured our host and several members of the cast impersonating ‘80s era celebrities who auditioned for the film.

  6. We then went to another Audition themed sketch where Kristen Wiig played an actress auditioning for a role, but before even attempting a take of the audition scene, Wiig went on to lay down her list of ridiculous demands and what she will and will not do to Jason Sudeikis who played the movie’s director. By the end of Wiig’s list, Sudeikis shared that she wasn’t cut out for the role. Jon Hamm then entered the room as her husband and acted his ass off with defending his wife’s acting ability before leaving and returning as the next auditioner who had a list of demands of his own.

  7. The marketing material for Back To The Future 25th Anniversary DVD returned for more impersonations of ‘80’s era actors who “auditioned” for the Back To The Future film.

  8. Rihanna then took to the stage to perform What's My Name?

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bill Hader returned as James Carville to share his crazy thoughts on the upcoming midterm elections. Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig also returned as their character who make up songs on the spot to share their “new” Halloween songs. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  10. I Didn't Ask For This was a talk show sketch hosted by Bobby Moynihan who interviewed Jon Hamm and others like him who unintentionally became famous after an online video clip of them turned out to be a viral sensation. This sketch is the one used in the classic meme where Bobby’s character is so terrified by the maze/zombie prank that he punched through his monitor as a result of the jump scare.

  11. Highway Cops was sort of a parody of CHIPs where Jon Hamm and Jason Sudeikis played two motorcycle cops who had to share the same bike which led them to miss their assignments because they were too busy frolicking and making out while riding around out in the woods.

  12. Darleek And Barney was a parody of a terrible lounge act with Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig as a duo who were horrible in their efforts to ad comedy to their routine by constantly pretending to fight in the old-timey stage show way.

  13. Rihanna then returned to the stage to perform Only Girl (In The World).

  14. Greetings From American America: Dog In Purse was a cartoon by Fred Wolf that featured a dog voiced David Spade who mused about his lot in life where he sees his world through the view of his celebrity owner’s purse.

  15. Finally, Jon Hamm closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S36E04... HOST: EMMA STONE... DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2010

SNL: S36E04... HOST: EMMA STONE... DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2010

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with C-SPAN coverage of a segment called Harry Reid For Senate. In it, newcomer Paul Brittain portrayed Democratic Senate hopeful Harry Reid who held a rally where he desperately tried to distance his association with Barack Obama in an effort to win, even though the President was right behind him ready to give an endorsement. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”

  2. Emma Stone then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she started acting before sharing that she was cast in the upcoming Spiderman sequel. This was enough to work up her nerd fans in the audience who all attempted to get our host to make out with them because of how often she’s played a nerd’s love interest in her films.

  3. This was followed by a fake ad for Babyspanx which was a body-slimming baby-stocking that allowed fat babies to be the envy of their parents and their parent’s friends.

  4. Dream Home Extreme was a bit of a blend of a parody of Extreme Home Makeover and The Publishers Clearinghouse Giveaway where Kristen Wiig played the host who turned out to be way more excited about giving away the grand prize home than Emma Stone, who played the actual winner that just wanted to be left alone to eat her chips. Though she took no interest in the free house, she was over the moon when she learned that her neighbor made too many hardboiled eggs and was giving her all the leftovers.

  5. WXPD News Channel 9 had Bill Hader as an action news reporter on the scene at a high school to get the scoop on disturbing new teen trends like “souping” and “trampolining.”

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short where Emma Stone played a high school girl who thinks she cool because she broke her arm after slipping on some jelly and sang a song that explained how this all went down only to end up slipping on the same spilled jelly over and over again breaking a new bone each time. Then, to finish it all off, Andy Samberg played the spilled jelly and rapped a rebuttal about how he wasn’t to blame for Emma’s troubles since she stepped on him.

  7. We then got another parody of The View with the cast impersonating the daytime babble as always only thing time Emma Stone played Lindsay Lohan who was out of rehab on a rare furlough.

  8. This was followed by a fake ad for Wrangler Open Fly Jeans which had Jason Sudeikis as Brett Favre to pitch this new line of jeans with no fly at all for those people like him who want easy access in order to expose themselves.

  9. Kings Of Leon then took to the stage to perform Radioactive.

  10. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kenan Thompson dropped by as Jimmy McMillan to promote his new The Rent’s Too Damn High political party/movement. John Mulaney then returned to do another commentary on current events, and Bill Hader’s Stefon dropped by to share more trendy spots in New York City. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  11. Les Jeunes De Paris had Emma Stone and Taran Killam as two French teens who compete in a café dance-off after the two had an argument over something while both speaking nothing but French.

  12. My Brother Knows Everything was a sketch that had Emma Stone and Nasim Pedrad as two best friends who film their own camcorder recorder talk show from Nasim’s bedroom where their main topic of conversation is how great Nasim’s brother, Andy Samberg, is. They also reviewed Jackass 3D but being that they were too young to get in to see the actual film their review was based on a conversation they eavesdropped in on between Andy and his friends.

  13. "Sex" Ed Vincent's Sex Symposium had Paul Brittain as Ed Vincent who hosted a three-day symposium on sex. Mainly, it was just Paul playing a weird guy pitching this sex seminar.

  14. Kings Of Leon then returned to the stage to perform Pyro.

  15. Googie Rene's Partially Damaged Halloween Costume Discount Basement was a fake ad where Kenan pitched the crappy costumes he had up for sale with Emma Stone and Vanessa Bayer at his side to model the filthy holiday attire.

  16. Finally, Emma Stone closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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