The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with parody C-SPAN coverage of Andy Samberg as Rahm Emanuel’s announcement of his resignation where he had to step down as the White House chief of staff to run for the mayor of Chicago. Following this announcement, Rahm pulled Bobby Moynihan who played his successor Peter Rouse aside to aggressively inform the new chief of staff that he’ll have to be tough to survive in Washington D.C. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
Bryan Cranston then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he’s an actor where more people know as his typical underwear-clad characters and not as an actor who actually has a name. So, in an effort to build his name recognition he broke into a song and dance with the cast providing backup support even though no one involved seemed to have any idea who our host actually was.
This was followed by a fake ad for Pepto-Bismol Ice which was pitched as an ice malt-liquor style version of this aid for upset stomachs and indigestion without interrupting a night of reckless partying.
The Miley Cyrus Show was a fictional talk show that had Vanessa Bayer as Miley who attempted to interview Paul Brittian as Johnny Depp, only both were so caught up in their own wacky ways that the interview made very little sense.
What Up With That? then returned for another installment for more of the same fun and games only this time Kenan Thompson’s Diondre Cole character kept interrupting, special guests, the real Morgan Freeman, and the real Ernest Borgnine by continually breaking into his theme song.
Sexy Shana also returned where once again, Kristen Wiig played a ditsy woman who all the men love based on her looks but then turns everyone off with her actions as well as every word that comes out of her mouth because she is so freakin’ vapid. The one thing that made this sketch different from the rest of the series was that it took place at a basketball game and Wiig’s character was a new cheerleader.
We then got another SNL Digital Short called Rescue Dogs 3D where Andy Samberg played a man who attempted to thwart a home robbery by calling 911, only to end up buying ninety-nine tickets to the movie Rescue Dogs 3D instead when he had to hang up and contact 911 through their new app that was filled with ads for the film. It turned out, by the end of the sketch, a Rescue Dog arrived to save the day.
Kanye West then took to the stage to perform Power.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan returned as his Anthony Crispino character to deliver more erroneous second-hand news only to get defensive anytime Seth attempted to straighten out any of his mistakes. Andy Samberg also returned as Cathy from the comic strips to announce the end of her thirty-four-year run in the comic business. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
We then got a “classic rebroadcast” of a game show called Kid Smartz from 1972 where Brian Cranston played to host who would inappropriately make out with all of the underaged contestants in the same way that Richard Dawson used to lecherously kiss all of his female contestants.
The Bjelland Brothers had Brian Cranston and Fred Armisen as two brothers from Minnesota who performed their bottom-of-the-chart song Bottle Of Sparkling Apple Juice over and over again while in concert to what could barely be considered an audience.
Kanye West then returned to the stage to perform Runaway.
This was followed by a fake ad for I-Sleep Pro where Kenan Thompson played the example of a typical customer/businessman who is unable to sleep without drifting off to the comforting “black noise” which was made up of ambient sounds one might hear through thin-walled apartments in a black neighborhood.
Finally, Bryan Cranston closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.