The Wicker Breakdown:
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…”
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.
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.
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.
Arcade Fire then took to the stage to perform We Used To Wait.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Arcade Fire then returned to the stage to perform Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains.
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.
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.
Finally, Scarlett Johansson closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.