SNL: S37E10... HOST: JIMMY FALLON... DATE: DECEMBER 17, 2011

SNL: S37E10... HOST: JIMMY FALLON... DATE: DECEMBER 17, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a visit from the Boston Teens where Jimmy Fallon and Rachel Dratch reprised their classic rowdy teen characters for an update where now they are adults, married and still up to the fame fun and games. For this reunion, the two tried to sneak into their old high school’s Winter Formal in an effort to recreate their second date. At first, all of the present day students kept goofing on the couple for being so old, but then when they heard Jimmy’s name, they all knew of the two as school legends and then all they wanted to do was hang out and listen to old stories of their school. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Jimmy Fallon then officially opened the show with a monolog about how happy he was to return to the show to host the Christmas episode. He then danced through the halls of Studio 8H singing Christmas Time (Coming Home Again) song along with the cast a crew.

  3. We then got a parody of Today where Kristen Wiig and Nasim Pedrad played Kathie Lee and Hoda once again for more morning show banter-based jokes. Their guest this time was Jimmy Fallon as Regis Philbin who dropped in for a surprise visit to announce his retirement plan failed and that he’d be back on the air really soon. So soon that he then pushed Hoda right out of her chair and took over.

  4. We then got a fake ad for Michael Buble Christmas Duets which was a phony album filled with Buble Duets with the real musical guest from the night singing alongside our host and the cast impersonating popular singers from this time.

  5. We then went to Jimmy Fallon’s Dressing Room where Andy Samberg played our host’s reflection as he pondered how his hosting performance was going do far, with Samberg providing the feedback.

  6. Holiday Party took us back to 1928 where our host and the cast played socialites from the time where Kristen Wiig returned as her character who struggled to fight the urge to steal the spotlight to sing. This time, Jimmy Fallon joined in as a guy who resisted the same call to steal the spotlight with a dance, ruining the festive event in the process.

  7. Half Jewish Half Italian Completely Neurotic had Fred Armisen in the titular role as he put on a one-man off-off-Broadway show on the subject, only to alienate the entire audience with his in-your-face performance.

  8. Season's Greetings From Saturday Night Live brought back the entire old band for yet another perform Horatio Sanz’s I Wish It Was Christmas Today to celebrate this holiday episode.

  9. Michael Buble then took to the stage to perform Holly Jolly Christmas.

  10. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, we got another installment of In The Cage where this time Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage’s special guest was the real Jude Lay so that he could ask why he wasn’t invited to be part of Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows. Seth was then joined by Amy Poehler for a quick reunion to tell a couple of stories only to be joined by former Weekend Update team Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey so that the four could go on to have a Weekend Update Joke-Off. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  11. Ode To Joy took us back in time so that Jimmy Fallon could portray Ludwig van Beethoven who just finished orchestrating a performance and went on to introduce his backup band the same way a singer would in a modern rock concert.

  12. Once again, we went to another play where Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig were two audience members for an extremely low budget performance of War Horse where Jimmy Fallon played the horse by putting his hands up to his head as if they were ears. Kristen and Hader broke up the quirky stage action by adding their input of what they were expecting versus what they got, making it easier to follow the deeper references that I wouldn’t have gotten from not having seen the real play.

  13. Michael Buble then returned to the stage to perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

  14. We then met Jesus In The Broncos’ Locker Room where Jason Sudeikis played the creator’s kid to explain to the team how he wouldn’t be able to help them out on their upcoming game because of prior engagements.

  15. Finally, Jimmy Fallon closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S37E09... HOST: KATY PERRY... DATE: DECEMBER 10, 2011

SNL: S37E09... HOST: KATY PERRY... DATE: DECEMBER 10, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a parody of On The Record With Greta Van Susteren where Kristen Wiig as the titular show host spoke with Darrell Hammond, Andy Samberg, and Bobby Moynihan as Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. During the interview, Trump was disappointed that Santorum and Gingrich were the only two Republican candidates willing to participate in a debate that would be hosted by our future President. As always, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Katy Perry then officially opened the show with a monolog about her weird wardrobe choices for her appearance and music videos, claiming they were based on people she knew growing up. This then led a line up of cast members acting like ordinary town folks from our host’s youth who all had traditional jobs but dress like Katy Perry from her more over-the-top music videos.

  3. J-Pop America Fun Time Now! then returned for another installment where once again, Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam played two J-Pop fans who love the music genre but are way off on their interpretations of Japanese culture. This time the two had on Katy Perry who played the Hello Kitty-obsessed friend that suffered from the same case of cultural unawareness.

  4. We then got a fake trailer for The Apocalypse which was a parody follow up to the movie Valentine’s Day that had the cast as the same ensemble of characters to show how they would cope with the ending of all time.

  5. Kalle was a talk show sketch based out of Finland hosted by Kristen Wiig as Kalle. For this debut of this character, Kalle interviewed Katy Perry as herself, only to fluster our host with an extensive collection of clips that her research team dug up that showed Katy in situations that perfectly fit the last word that the Kalle character would say.

  6. We then got another SNL Digital Short called Best Friends where Andy Samberg sang a song by the same name with Katy Perry as they introduced us to a cavalcade of cameos from their celebrity friends acting like dirtbags. For example, Matt Damon as a drug addict, and Val Kilmer as a brilliant lunatic, as well as several cast members acting as influential people from the past.

  7. Doggie Duty was another fake ad for a soundtrack for a kids album where our host and several members of the cast played popular performers who shared their contributions to the album.

  8. Robyn then took to the stage to perform Call Your Girlfriend.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig stopped in as a flirting expert to try to win over Seth. Alec Baldwin then made a special appearance as the captain of the airplane that Alec was kicked off of for refusing to stop playing a dumb game on his phone when they were attempting to take off. Bill Hader also returned as Stefon to share more hip tourist location throughout NYC to any potential Christmas visitors. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. Royal Pregnancy brought back Fred Armisen and Bill Hader as the rowdy Queen and Prince Philip who this time, belittled Abby Elliott as Kate Middleton for not yet being pregnant with Prince William’s baby while praising Katy Perry as Pippa for her rebellious ways.

  11. Politics Nation With Al Sharpton brought back Kenan Thompson’s impersonation of Al Sharpton to host a new talk where he missed all of the cues while talking politics with Katy Perry and Taran Killam as Kelly O’Donnell and Jim VandeHei.

  12. Robyn then returned to the stage to perform Dancing On My Own.

  13. Soulmates had Katy Perry at a piano bar in search for her soulmate where she finds Bobby Moynihan and discovers the two are a perfect match which leads her to want to marry him on the spot, but then Katy instantly died by falling down an elevator shaft as the two attempted to leave the building.

  14. Finally, Katy Perry closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S37E08... HOST: STEVE BUSCEMI... DATE: DECEMBER 3, 2011

SNL: S37E08... HOST: STEVE BUSCEMI... DATE: DECEMBER 3, 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 share with America the list of people and institutions who are actually more powerful than he is, despite him being the “leader of the free world.” Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Steve Buscemi then officially opened the show with a monolog about his career since hosting the show back in the ‘90s, having just landed his role in Boardwalk Empire. He then attempted to tackle questions from “audience members” who all work as stereotypical character actors who would love his advice on how to evolve in their craft to start being cast in lead roles since he managed to do so with his career.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Frozen Mexican Dinner where Paul Brittain played a musician who was complaining about feeling constipated. This led fellow band member Fred Armisen to offer up a single dose of Frozen Mexican Dinner as the fail-safe solution.

  4. The Miley Cyrus Show then returned for another installment with Vanessa Bayer impersonating the show’s pop star of a host. This week she interviewed Steve Buscemi as a pothead so that Jason Sudeikis as Billy Ray Cyrus could bring in Maya Rudolph as Whitney Houston to moderate an intervention for his daughter who was recently caught smoking pot with her first guest.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short that had Steve Buscemi as Commissioner Jim Gordon who is repeatedly flustered by Andy Samberg as Batman who kept make unannounced appearances through during the Commissioner’s personal affairs.

  6. This was followed by another parody of Dateline, after a long break, where Bill Hader portrayed host, Keith Morrison who revels a little too much in the misery of The Mystery Of The Chopped Up Guy while interviewing Steve Buscemi as a murderer.

  7. Coach Bert had Jason Sudeikis as the head basketball coach for Central University, who attempts to make it clear that the titular Coach Bert, played by Steve Buscemi is not a pedophile. He does this due to the fears based on the news coming out of the Penn State scandal, not realizing that in the process, he’s making it look like their trying to preemptively deny an issue.

  8. The Black Keys then took to the stage to perform Lonely Boy.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kenan Thompson returned as Herman Cain to announce that he’s suspending his presidential campaign while also making excuses for his marital indiscretions. Bobby Moynihan then introduced his Drunk Uncle character to give advice on how to deal with family during the holidays. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  10. Surprise took us to the Playskool Toy’s Corporate Office where Steve Buscemi played a manager who wanted to surprise Vanessa Bayer with a job promotion, only Kristen Wiig’s reoccurring character who can’t keep a secret, once again, ended up ruining the entire celebration.

  11. "Sex" Ed Vincent's Couples Workshop Sex Intensive brought back Paul Brittain’s character to host another three-day symposium on sex to help couples spice up their marriage in both the bedroom and in the kitchen.

  12. The Black Keys then returned to the stage to perform Gold On The Ceiling.

  13. Ornaments had Steve Buscemi as a man who proudly showed off his favorite Christmas ornaments, pointing out each unique detail, while Kristen Wiig played a ditzy character named Sheila who simply added the decoration to the tree after Buscemi described each piece even though there wasn’t anything special about any of the decorations at all.

  14. Finally, Steve Buscemi closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S37E07... HOST: JASON SEGEL... DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2011

SNL: S37E07... HOST: JASON SEGEL... DATE: NOVEMBER 19, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with a sketch called Mitt Romney: Raw And Unleashed where Jason Sudeikis played Mitt as he desperately tried to prove that he can be less boring than he appears to be, in his effort to win over more votes. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Jason Segel then officially opened the show with a monolog about how lucky he felt at the time having landed one of the lead roles in the upcoming The Muppets film that he was there to promote, with hosting the show being the icing on the cake of him achieving two childhood dreams. He was then joined by his Muppet co-stars to sing a song about how great it was to host his favorite childhood show. All of the SNL praise led the Muppets to get disgruntled, wanting more recognition of their own as they sang along.

  3. We then got a repeat of the Red Flag Perfume commercial from earlier in the season which was a scent designed to scare men away from cray/creative women.

  4. Kelly Auditions took us to the set of the show formerly known as Regis And Kelly to see the auditions for Regis’s spot since he recently retired from the show. Nasim Pedrad played Kelly with our host and the cast swapping out pretty rapidly to impersonate each potential replacement.

  5. We then got a fake ad for the Kemper-Pedic Me Time Mattress where Jason Segel played the sample user/pitchman to promote his patented bed that allowed him to masturbate in bed without waking his wife, Vanessa Bayer, who slept soundly throughout the entire fake promotion.

  6. The Vogelchecks then returned for some man-on-man make-out action from this family that is too comfortable physically showing their affection towards one another, even in front of their first time Christmas guests including the real Paul Rudd, who randomly joined in on the action.

  7. Florence And The Machine then took to the stage to perform Shake It Out.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, the real Governor Jon Huntsman dropped by to comment on how his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination is going, especially in New Hampshire. Seth Meyers also played a game of Really?!? with Kermit The Frog in regards to pizza being declared a vegetable for the sake of school lunch programs. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  9. We then went to a Retirement Party for Fred Armisen that got marred by his secretary, Kristen Wiig’s inability to come up with something nice to say despite working for the man for so long. Jason Segel also fudged things up with his drunken plot to spill well-known company secrets during his farewell speech.

  10. A New Jack Thanksgiving had Bobby Moynihan as an eccentric music producer who attempted to promote his collection of New Jack Swing-style music for a holiday album while swearing the entire time that the style never went away.

  11. We then got another SNL Digital Short where, through an ‘80s style instructional video, Andy Samberg did a terrible job a demonstrating the are of  Seducing Women Through Chess.

  12. Andre The Giant Chooses An Ice Cream Flavor had Jason Segel as The Eighth Wonder Of The World who takes time to ponder over many mini samples at an ice cream shop with an extensive variety of flavors.

  13. Florence And The Machine then returned to the stage to perform No Light, No Light.

  14. The Blue Jean Committee was a sketch that featured another fake SNL band. This group was denim-clad from head to toe based out of Western Massachusetts who swore they were about to go national. They then attempted to wow the crowd at a local dive bar by performing a song called Massachusetts Afternoon.

  15. Finally, Jason Segel closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S37E06... HOST: EMMA STONE... DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 2011

SNL: S37E06... HOST: EMMA STONE... DATE: NOVEMBER 12, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with more parody coverage of another Republican Presidential Debate where this time Bill Hader as a wasted Rick Perry steals all of the other wacky candidate's thunder while trying to remember the three branches to the political system that he’s running to control. 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 where she shared that she was going to be in the next Spider-Man. This led Andy Samberg to lower down, upside down from the ceiling dressed as the superhero in an effort to reenact the show opening back in 2002 when Kirsten Dunst made this same exact announcement when she was the show’s host. Only this time, Samberg was disappointed to learn that Spider-Man was going to be British this go-around as Andrew Garfield, Emma superhero of a co-star joined the two on the stage.

  3. Secret Word then returned for another installment of the Password style game from the ‘70s and once again, as usual, Kristen Wiig and our host played two fictional entertainers from the time who are too out of it to understand this straightforward game.

  4. WXPD News was another sketch to return for another installment with Bill Hader as the grumpy old reporter who seems completely over his long career while interviewing Emma Stone as a resident involved an apartment safety dispute.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short/music video called Wish It Would Rain where Andy Samberg played a mullet-headed singer who was singing a song about how he needed rain to make his music video, but he picked the wrong city and wrong time of year.

  6. Coldplay then took to the stage to perform Paradise.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Jason Sudeikis returned as The Devil to share that he is outraged when he learns that the situation with Jerry Sandusky at Penn State was more than a simple recruiting scandal after a bit of a rant when Seth informed The Devil what the college coach was actually in trouble for. Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen also returned as their singing character to make up a few more songs on the spot with the help of Chris Martin who joined the duet, making them a trio with a new Thanksgiving-themed album to promote. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  8. Les Jeunes De Paris then returned for more fun and dancing at the French café where Emma Stone and Taran Killam had a rematch dance-off from the last time that she was on.

  9. Bridal Shower Gifts had Emma Stone as a socially-inept co-worker who was desperate to fit in as Kristen Wiig’s bridal shower but keeps making a mess of things by giving increasingly inappropriate gifts throughout the night.

  10. Coldplay then returned to the stage to perform Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.

  11. Sad Song was pretty much the same as the series of sketches of guys telling stories in between singing the chorus to a popular song over drinks. Only for this sketch, there was a blend of men and women who all sang Adele’s Someone Like You while sharing a cry as coworkers who just lost a major account.

  12. We're Going To Make Technology Hump had Emma Stone and Andy Samberg as to tech geeks who shared a video of their efforts to get technology to mate with each other to create hybrid products.

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

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SNL: S37E05... HOST: CHARLIE DAY... DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2011

SNL: S37E05... HOST: CHARLIE DAY... DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The Ghost Of Moammar Gaddafi where Fred Armisen as Gaddafi checked in from Hell to share how his capture and murder actually went down before sharing his new status in the afterlife. As always, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Charlie Day then officially opened the show with a monolog about his love of the show, having lived in New York up until he was two years old and how he was achieving a dream by hosting. He then shared that his plan was to just relax and not get all spastic like his character from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. At this point, co-star/past show host, Danny DeVito joined Charlie on the stage with the same frantic energy of his character from the show to work our host into a frenzy by telling him how important it is for him to put on a good episode which kicked off a duet between the two.

  3. We then got a fake ad for an E! channel special called Kim's Fairy Tale Divorce that promised lots of glamour and excitement as it televised the “hot” divorce proceeding between Nasim Pedrad as Kim Kardashian and Andy Samberg Kris Humphries, which is a name that I’ve literally never even heard before this sketch.

  4. We then got a parody of The Dr. Oz Show where Bill Hader as Dr. Oz embarrassed Charlie Day as an audience member by offering horrific medical advice for how he should handle his dead rectum.

  5. The next sketch took us to heaven where we met a bunch of Greek Gods. Jason Sudeikis played Zeus who attempt to organize the other Greek Gods, including Charlie Day as a horny God who was late to the meeting after banging a goat that he thought was another God in disguise while at an orgy, to put their heads together to help the 2012 “present day” financial crisis in Greece.

  6. It's Getting Freaky With Cee Lo Green! had Kenan Thompson as Cee Lo to host a talk show where, with the help of Charlie Day as a mascot-looking guy named Freakasaurus, and Bill Hader as Colonel Nasty, the three attempted to offer advice to put the freaky back into the marriage between the show’s guests who were played by Andy Samberg and Abby Elliott.  

  7. We then got a fake trailer for The Original Kings Of Catchphrase Comedy Volume 2 where we got to meet even more catchphrase based comedians like David “Beef Jelly” Winfield, Goran “Funky Boy” Bogdan, Slappy Pappy, Addi “News Flash” Sweeney, Boston Power, and Fur Coat Rhonda.

  8. Maroon 5 then took to the stage to perform Moves Like Jagger.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bill Hader dropped by as Rick Perry to defend allegations that he was drunk while delivering a speech in New Hampshire. Kristen Wiig also returned as her travel guru character that is so unconfident in herself that she sneaks in jokes instead of ever getting around to what she actually trying to say. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)

  10. Because Of One Dolphin took us behind-the-scenes for the making of a new family film where Charlie Day is frustrated by both his dolphin co-star’s animal trainer and the boom mic guy. The trainer, who was played by Taran Killam, was the source of frustration because he was very distracted by the sounds he had to make for the dolphin. The boom mic guy, Kenan Thompson, irked our host because was extremely hostile whenever Charlie would question if he was pitching up all the trainers sounds. Kenan felt Charlie was questioning his ability to handle his job. When Charlie joking suggested to reverse their roles Kenan jumped right in and started acting.

  11. Maroon 5 then took to the stage with Travie McCoy to perform Stereo Heart.

  12. We then went to a Crime Scene where Charlie Day played a detective who pleaded ignorance to officer, Jason Sudeikis’s Seinfeld references while the two attempted to solve a murder that took place on a set that looked exactly like Seinfeld’s living room, and probably was the actual set considering it was shot by NBC.

  13. We then got a repeat of the Lil Poundcake commercial from earlier in the season which was the doll that injected it’s child users with a vaccine for HPV.

  14. Finally, Charlie Day closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S37E04... HOST: ANNA FARIS... DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2011

SNL: S37E04... HOST: ANNA FARIS... DATE: OCTOBER 15, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From Michael Bloomberg where Fred Armisen as the New York Mayor applauded the Occupy Wall Street protestors but then offers them a few words of advice of thing to do in New York City to any protestors planning to join instead of actually joining the crowds. He went on to share how he was all for the Occupy group and was meant as help to clean their facilities with pressure washers and that the water wasn’t meant for the protesting crowds. He also shared that they were using organic pepper spray before pointing out New Yorkers who were richer than him. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Anna Faris then officially opened the show with a monolog where she played up the character of herself that’s too dumb to even grasp the questions being asked by the audience. This led her to become over the moon she found Abby Elliott in the audience, looking like her twin who asked a question that revealed they were on the same page as far as intelligence levels may go.

  3. This was followed by another installment of The Manuel Ortiz Show again was pretty much the same Spanish rip off of What Up With That only with Spanish dancing interrupting every word from the guest instead of Kenan constantly interrupting with his theme song.

  4. What's Wrong With Tanya? was a game show sketch where moms from various Lifetime movies are challenged to determine what’s wrong with the show’s Tanya prototype based on a set of clues.  

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short where Andy Samberg performed a number of goofy interview concepts with tonight’s musical guest, Drake.

  6. Yet Another GOP Debate was a sketch that took place in a Marriott bar where the hopeless Republican Presidential hopefuls got down and dirty for yet another pointless debate since there was no way the GOP was going to win this year. This hopelessness also explained the low rent venue for the scene.

  7. Drake then took to the stage to perform Headlines.

  8. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan dropped by to share more secondhand news. Drake and Jay Pharoah also stopped by as two teens dressed as werewolves to rap about their new Halloween bag snatching trend. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  9. Tell Him took place in the ’50s where our host and the female members of the cast portrayed a group of teens from the time who used the power of song to teach their confused friend, Vanessa Bayer how to use deception to land a guy in the “modern” 2012 world.

  10. J-Pop America Fun Time Now! was a talk show sketch hosted by Taran Killam and Vanessa Bayer who were J-Pop loving American teens that are way off on their cultural facts while attempting to express their love for The Land Of The Rising Sun.

  11. Drake then took to the stage with Nicki Minaj to perform Make Me Proud.

  12. Lord Wyndemere had Anna Faris as a college student home for the holidays where she really hoped to impress her parents with her new foppish/spritely boyfriend Lord Cecil Wyndermere as played by Paul Brittain who looked like he just stepped out of Shakespeare In The Park and was entirely out of it.

  13. Ferrari Calendar had Anna Farris and Kristen Wiig as two airheads who get so excited when they see the new 2012 Ferrari calendar so they can scope out all the hot guys that their asses exploded from the anticipation before they even got a look inside the cellophane wrapped time tracker.

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

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SNL: S37E03... HOST: BEN STILLER... DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2011

SNL: S37E03... HOST: BEN STILLER... DATE: OCTOBER 8, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody C-SPAN coverage of a Mitt Romney Press Conference where Jason Sudeikis as Mitt desperately attempted to keep the press’s interest in his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination. To add insult to injury, the media turns out to be too saddened by Bobby Moynihan as Chris Christie’s announcement that he decided not to run to pay Mitt any attention. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Ben Stiller then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was starving due to the fact that he was fasting for Yom Kippur. Andy Samberg then approached as a Jewish Willy Wonka to temp our host with a magnificent array of Jewish comfort foods.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Lincoln Financial Group where Jason Sudeikis played a financial investor who meets with his future self. At first, it seemed like our pitchman traveled through time to prove a point only the meeting of the two versions of Sudeikis quickly turned into a make-out session between the both of them.

  4. We then got another parody of Fox And Friends where once again Tarn Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Bobby Moynihan portrayed the Fox New morning team. This time, they continued to make random political statements during an interview with a rowdy Hank Williams Jr., as played by Jason Sudeikis with Ben Stiller at his side as his media consultant to defend the fact that the country singer compared the President to Hitler.

  5. We then got the second installment of Lincoln Financial Group where this time Bill Hader played a time-traveling financial investor/pitchman who was utterly disgusted with his future self because he’s gotten so fat and gross that he contemplated suicide over making out with himself.

  6. The Best Of Both Worlds returned for another installment of the talk show sketch where Andy Samberg as Hugh Jackman interviews fellow celebrities who like to take on polar opposite roles, like how the real Hugh will star in a sensitive musical then jump right back into being an action star the second the final song is over. For this installment Abby Elliott played Nancy Grace, Ben Stiller portrayed Mandy Patinkin, and Bill Hader played Clint Eastwood. There was one more surprise visit from the real Hugh Jackman who played Daniel Ratcliffe question all of the quirks that Andy was getting wrong as part of his impersonation. Once again, the sketch ended with the killing of Bobby Moynihan as an assistant named Richie who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  7. We then got another SNL Digital Short called V-Neck where Andy Samberg is shopping for clothes when he notices Ben Still as a sleaze-ball in a deep v-neck shirt which leads the two into a Zoolander style deep v-neck shirt-off where they each pushed the extremes as to just how deep their v-necks could go. It ended with Ben in a shirt with a v-neck so low that it exposed his penis and balls, leading him to get arrested on the spot.

  8. Jason Sudeikis then returned as Hank Williams Jr. to sing All My Rowdy Friends with the band for a quick transition into the next set of commercials.

  9. Foster The People then took to the stage to perform Pumped Up Kicks.

  10. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kirsten Wiig dropped by as a party planner to promote her services only when put on the spot all that she could manage to come up with to sell herself were nothing but plans for pancake-themed events. Bill Hader also returned as Stefon to share more hip New York travel tips with the help of Ben Stiller as Zoolander. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  11. Sexy Shana was another character to return this time to get all of the guys hot and bothered while at an office Halloween party only to instantly turn them all off with the worlds that came out of her mouth and her bizarre attempts to come across as sexy as she looked.

  12. This was followed by round three of the Lincoln Financial Group ads where this time Ben Stiller was the time traveling financial investor/pitchman who ended up making out with a transgender version of himself in the process of promoting an investment plan.

  13. Columbus Day Assblast brought back Jason Sudeikis and Nasim Pedrad as DJ Super Soak and Lil Blaster to promote another underground-underground music festival to celebrate Columbus Day.

  14. Bruce Springsteen: Just The Stories was a parody of a video collection that featured Ben Stiller as Bruce rambling on with the mundane stories behind the making of his less popular songs.

  15. Foster The People then took to the stage with Kenny G to perform Houdini.

  16. We then got a fake trailer for a movie called Tinyballs where Taran Killam played a baseball coach who attempted to improve his teams’ performance by agreeing to, drug dealer, Ben Stiller’s offer to pump them all full of steroids.

  17. Finally, Ben Stiller closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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SNL: S37E02... HOST: MELISSA MCCARTHY... DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2011

SNL: S37E02... HOST: MELISSA MCCARTHY... DATE: OCTOBER 1, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with another installment of The Lawrence Welk Show with Fred Armisen as starting the sketch as Lawrence Welk per usual to introduce Kristen Wiig’s tiny-handed Dooneese character and her sisters to pretty much sing the same song once again. The only difference being, this time there was a Thanksgiving theme to the performance, and Melissa McCarthy as a muscle-bound, bucktoothed freak also got to play along. I do genuinely love this series, despite its incredibly repetitive nature. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Melissa McCarthy then officially opened the show with a monolog about how big of a fan of the show she is and then said goodnight to her kids, telling her mom to put them down for bed because thing might get too strange during the episode. She went on to share that despite loving her role as an actress when she was a kid she really just wanted to dance. This is when she enlisting the help of Kristen Wiig to show off a series of perfect dance moves until the two were joined by Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan who had a couple of steps of their own.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Lil Poundcake which was a realistic doll that gives HPV vaccination shots to the little girls who play with it.

  4. We then got introduced to Melissa McCarthy as a character named Arlene who hits on Jason Sudeikis at their office job by sending flowers and balloons to herself in an effort to make him jealous, only he had no interest at all.

  5. We then got another SNL Digital Short where Andy Samberg and Bill Hader played two cops who found solitude in their desk work by listening for musical sounds throughout the office. This turned into a Stomp-style song where everyday office items were used to make music until everyone opened fire on members of The Blue Man Group after they randomly showed up for no reason at all. It turned out, all of the cops thought that they were aliens.

  6. The Comments Section was a talk show hosted by Jason Sudeikis where he interviewed a panel of formerly anonymous Internet trolls (before they were known by that term) to relive their snarky comments. Of course, it turned out that each of the trolls was bigger trainwrecks than those they were making fun of. During each interview, their anonymity was put to the test when Sudeikis brought out the people who the trolls were making fun of.

  7. Rock's Way had Jay Pharoah as Chris Rock to showcase his various appearances in Broadway productions where he kept breaking the fourth wall to perform quick stand up routines that make fun of each of the plays’ content.

  8. Lady Antebellum then took to the stage to perform We Owned The Night.

  9. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Vanessa Bayer and Fred Armisen returned as Gaddafi's two childhood best friend to whisper more secrets about their powerful friend in between praising his brand of leadership. Kenan Thompson also returned as Tyler Perry to comment on the fact that he was recently announced as the richest entertainer of the year by Forbes’. He then went on to promote his new brand of over the counter meds called Tylernol. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)

  10. We then went to a Focus Group for a new line of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing flavors where Melissa McCarthy was a little over ambitious in her effort to have her voice be heard by chugging bottle after bottle of test products and then enthusiastically shared her thoughts.

  11. The Essentials With Robert Osborne took us back to the ‘30s to see clips from the making of various movies with Jason Sudeikis as the titular direction. Melissa McCarthy played a character named Lulu Diamond who kept falling down the stairs in these rapidly-produced films that didn’t bother to reshoot the scene, opting instead to keep going.

  12. Lady Antebellum then returned to the stage to perform Just A Kiss.

  13. Complaints took place in a bar where Andy Samberg tried to flirt with Melissa McCarthy despite the fact that he was receiving complaints the entire time, from all of the women who he’s hooked up with from the bar in the past.

  14. Finally, Melissa McCarthy closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.

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SNL: S37E01... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2011

SNL: S37E01... HOST: ALEC BALDWIN... DATE: SEPTEMBER 24, 2011

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with parody coverage of Either The 7th Or 8th GOP Debate where Bill Hader portrayed Shepard Smith to moderate a debate between several of the most hopeless Republican Presidential hopefuls that they didn’t even bother to keep track of how many debates this has been. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, all of the political babbling built to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”

  2. Alec Baldwin then officially opened the show with a monolog about how Ben & Jerry’s just added Schweddy Balls to their line of flavors of ice cream. He then when on to boast about his triumph in taking the hosting record from Steve Martin with this being his sixteenth time hosting the show with Steve Martin still at fifteen. Martin then joined Baldwin on the stage to make sure that our host is doing so without the aid of steroids. Martin then employed the help of special guest, Seth Rogen, who was in charge of analyzing Alec’s urine test.

  3. We then got a fake ad for Red Flag Parfume which was an enchanting fragrance that warns would-be suitors that the attractive woman.

  4. We then went to the All My Children Wrap Party where Vanessa Bayer played Susan Lucci who toasted her glass to a room full of actors and actresses whose real-life quirks are just as, if not more over-dramatic than their soap opera characters.

  5. WDHX News was a parody of a news show that sounded like it was based out of Fargo where Kristen Wiig played a field reporter down in Costa Rica to report of a jungle-based story. Being that she was so far away that there was an awkward delay were Wiig couldn’t hear any of the in-studio warnings that dangerous animals kept crawling on her throughout the entire report. It turned out, due to Botox and plastic surgery, she couldn’t feel a single thing.

  6. Radiohead then took to the stage to perform Lotus Flower.

  7. Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, was a quick one for the first show of the year and just had Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennett to talk about summer movies, only to end up discussing women’s hygiene products instead, as the only Weekend Update guest. (Clip 2)

  8. Who's On Top? was a game show sketch hosted by Bill Hader where Alec Baldwin and Vanessa Bayer played two contestants who had to guess which of two male celebrities would be on top if they were in a hypothetical gay relationship with one another.

  9. Top Gun 25th Anniversary DVD was a segment where we got to see parody bonus material from the 25th Anniversary DVD edition of Top Gun.

  10. Child Psychologist had Alec Baldwin as the titular child psychologist while at home trying to enjoy a nice dinner date with Vanessa Bayer while neglecting his whiny daughter, as played by Nasim Pedrad throughout the entire meal.

  11. Radiohead then took to the stage to perform Staircase.

  12. We then got another Turner Classic Movies presentation of Angels In The Trenches. This time it was a parody of an old war movie where Alec Baldwin played a captain who gave Private Taran Killam the unusual final request to tell his family all of the bizarre bits of information that he was too big of a coward to tell him himself, after being shot by one of the enemy fighters. Some of these pieces of information included telling his son that there’s no Santa Clause, after telling his wife he was actually in love with her sister. After a while, more and more soldiers were shot and had bizarre requests of their own.

  13. Finally, Alec Baldwin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.

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