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WELCOME TO MY SATURDAY NIGHT LIFE
Formerly Known As Seeso Many Saturday Nights!!!
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with another parody of The Lawrence Welk Show which was the same as usual from this series with Kristen Wiig’s tiny-handed character named Dooneese and her antics as her and her sisters sang and old-school tune with special guest Jon Hamm as their new lead singer for the night. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Mick Jagger then officially opened the show with a monolog where he shared some of the weirdest questions that he's ever received from fans and then went on to share his answers that he wouldn’t give at the time he was asked.
This was followed by another installment of Secret Word where, as usual, Kristen Wiig and Mick Jagger played old-timey actors to parody of ‘70s Password style game, only both old-timey performers are so full of themselves that they can’t figure out how to play this simple game. (Bonus Clip)
We then went to a Karaoke Bar where Mick Jagger played an uptight insurance salesman who can’t comprehend his co-workers’ inaccurate performances of The Rolling Stones songs and their impersonations of the lead singer.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short where Chris Parnell returned to team up with Andy Samberg and rap about a Sunday filled with mimosas and brunch and their plans to see the Broadway rendition of Sister Act and their song was called Lazy Sunday 2.
Politics Nation brought back Kenan Thompson as Al Sharpton to host his fake political talk show where this week, he attempted to discusses the effects that Wall Street has on the economy with his panel of guests.
Mick Jagger switched to musical guest mode and took to the stage with Arcade Fire to perform The Last Time.
So You Think You Can Dance At An Outdoor Music Festival was a parody dance reality show where dirty hippies performed their hippy dances to compete for who’s the best festival show-style dancer.
Mick Jagger switched back to musical guest mode and this time took to the stage with Foo Fighters to performs the songs 19th Nervous Breakdown, and It's Only Rock 'n Roll back to back.
Once again, Mick Jagger switched back to musical guest mode and this time took to the stage with Jeff Beck to perform Tea Party.
She's A Rainbow had Kristen Wiig as a seven-year-old student who graduated from SNL’s Class Of 2012 and danced with her new castmates. It turns out that I totally misread this while doing my previewing legwork, and she wasn’t playing a kid. Instead, this was sketch was a celebration/farewell to Kristen after her seven years with the show.
Finally, Mick Jagger closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started in Biden's Room where Jason Sudeikis as Joe Biden confides in Fill Ferrell as George W. Bush over the fact that he felt disappointed that Fred Armisen as Obama was getting all of the credit all of the progress when it comes to gay marriage. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Will Ferrell then officially opened the show with a monolog about the fact that it’s the Mother’s Day episode where our host struggled to use his own words after ditching the script to tell his mother Kay, who made a special appearance, that he loved her live on the air as way to celebrate Mother’s Day.
We then got a fake ad for One-A-Day Extra Strength Nasaflu where Kristen Wiig played a pitchwoman who tried to promote her family’s preferred cold medicine while her husband, Will Ferrell, laid down beside her as one of those people who feels the need to scream as they sneeze, making a mess of a commercial.
The Culps then return for a reunion that brought back Ana Gasteyer as Will Ferrell’s music teacher sidekick to perform their brand of cover songs at an LGBT dance/event.
Stay Free Maxi Pads Ladies Long Drive Championship 1994 brought back Jason Sudeikis and Will Forte as their ‘90s ESPN announcer characters who always end up getting too hung up on the feminine product sponsor to properly call the featured female sport. As the title suggests, in this installment, Stay Free Maxi Pads was the featured product while Kristen Wiig and Vanessa Bayer battled it out in a game round of golf. Moments into the sketch, Sudeikis reminded us that it was 1994 and the sketch then jumped back and forth between the golf event and the reports of the O.J. Simpson white Bronco getaway attempt that had Will Ferrell as the on the scene reporter.
This was followed by the 100th SNL Digital Short where the SNL Digital Shorts team along with Justin Bieber sang a song about how they were all going to perform self-fellatio to celebrate this impressive accomplishment. The song also summarized all 100 of the Digital Short installments.
Usher then took to the stage to perform Scream.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Seth played a game of Really!?! over why he’s against the breastfeeding of what looked to be her eight-year-old kid for the cover of Time Magazine. It was on the verge of sounding anti-breastfeeding, but the kid really did seem too old. Get In The Cage also returned where Andy Samberg brought on Liam Neeson to grill the cameo guest as to why he wasn’t invited to work on the adaptation of the board game, Battleship. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
The 2012 Funkytown Debate had Kenan Thompson as Doctor Silky Delicious, Will Ferrell as Captain Catfish, Nasim Pedrad as Janet Nichols to have a debate over who should be the next President Of Funkytown.
Usher then returned to the stage to perform Climax.
Anniversary Toast brought back the reoccurring sketch where we go to an event with Jason Sudeikis as the host who has to deal with the more fringe guests as they refuse to move past the toasting portion of the night. This time, Jason Sudeikis played a priest just trying to get through an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary between Hill Hader and Kate McKinnon.
This was followed by a repeat of the Almost Pizza commercial from earlier in the season where Kristen Wiig tries to trick her family into eating the mysterious pizza impostor that she just picked up at the store.
Finally, Will Ferrell closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Night I Expected A Sports Star
And Got Instead A Boring Businessman
Though I don’t like sports at all, as far as SNL goes, I’d say that up to this point they have a ninety-five-percent success rate when it comes to their sports star hosts. I don’t know what it is, because their acting is usually terrible with their eyes locked on the cue cards while delivering each line. At the same time, since they’re often not trying to transition into an acting career, it can seem like they’re there for some genuine fun making them, more often than not, up for some more experiment routines because they just play along with the experts.
I pretty much know Eli only by name since, by the time he hit the scene, I wasn’t even loosely paying attention to sports while hanging out with roommates because I was living alone and had no active fans still in my life. Because of this, I don’t even know the common knowledge complains or positive attributes like I have with sports host from the past, so I’m not all that sure what to expect from this viewing.
Aside from all that, it’s also Christmas Eve as I write this so sorry if this review and sharing of the real-time viewing experience ends up seeming more sloppy and rushed than usual since I am rushing to get things done to head up to my sister’s to celebrate Christmas with the family. With that, it’s time for me to hit play and share what I think of tonight’s show as it goes.
Though I’m growing to not mind the openings once again, now that they’ve broken from the weekly routine of having a talking head talking politics behind a podium, I still get a bit bored by the sketches about Fox News. Not because I think it’s being unfair or anything, but because there only seems to be one note to these jokes that I’ve heard enough and don’t need it continually bashed over my head how Fox News is bad. That said, at least the energy from the sketches about the morning show idiots make it a better start than a political address.
I feel like back in the day I took more pride in my knowledge of NYC from the several trips that I made back when I used to live in Delaware, and one epic journey with some friends. Now, however, I’m no longer as interested in city living in general, so I don’t feel the same sense of wanting to connect and find myself bored with the NYC specific content. Yeah, it can still be fun, but it also can feel like a cheap way to get noise from the hometown crowd. This could be why I wasn’t all that into Eli’s awkwardly read jokes about the city and his interpretation of what fun from his meager New Orleans’ raised perspective.
As side from the jokes in the opening monolog, Eli has the energy of a businessman who thinks he’s funny and not like a sports figure who’s genuinely fun. The Mother’s Day masturbation sketch was kind of fascinating because I think for the first time since I’ve started this challenge that there’s been a sketch that treated female masturbation this way. More casual and for themselves, not a reassurance that woman do it. It was treated more like a given and not just to “keep up,” more like how they joke about masturbation with men.
As I often point out, I used to work in film, and have worked and several movies that have used a green screen. Granted, most of these project weren’t shot in a screen capture room like in the sketch, but I have seen some silly things go down that look hilarious before the final graphics were added, so I got a kick out of the making of Madden ’13 routine. The court case sketch that followed started out slow to the point where it almost felt like a real court case, and since I’m not humored by text messaging perverts, I opted to stay zoned out. Plus, Eli Manning still has the energy of a boring business guy who thinks that he’s good at telling jokes since his staff always laughs at team meetings.
I loved the Little Brothers ad because I like the idea of this organization that not only offers mentoring through its service, but the Big Brother volunteers also take on their little one’s bullies and tormentors. It would be nice to live in a world where the little ones do feel protected with their bullies having an acceptable level of fear of adults. Though none of them have really reached a bully age yet, I’m seeing in my nephew's friends that these new school kids have no fear to say what they want.
Once again, with Eli Manning seeming like a businessman, I didn’t like him in the Occupy Wall Street sketch. Plus, Eli’s slow cue card reading delivery once again made the sketch feel like a real news segment that left me too zoned out to really enjoy the segment. This carried over through Rihanna’s first performance, who I don’t mind, but since I didn’t know either of the two songs that she merged together, it didn’t catch my attention.
I was excited for the news for the first time in a while because Kristen Wiig impersonated Tan Mom who’s been on Howard Stern a lot over the past couple of weeks since she just debuted a new song. I know Tan Mom from these later appearances on Stern and not from her tanning controversy, so I’m looking forward to these early impersonations now that I’m more familiar with the real Patricia’s quirks. As crazy as Kristen Wiig got, she didn’t come anywhere close to catching the craziness of the real woman. She was way too calm while sharing the right line of crazy ideas. That could just be the way the real Tan Mom presented herself while defending tanning before she became more of a tabloid celebrity.
It was also fun to see Sacha Baron Cohen return to the show, because I’m a big fan of all of that guy’s work, even though I’m not always a fan of him when he’s out to promote since his characters can sometimes feel a bit abridged. Also, The Dictator is my least favorite Cohen character, but I still liked his performance on the news. I wanted to like the next sketch this much because I’m a fan of the game show parody genre but Eli’s just too big of a bore so hearing him work through a relationship-based comedic routine was hard to get excited about.
I wouldn’t say that I dislike Chelsea Handler but her TV show started to get big right around the time I quit cable and started to get most of my entertainment from the internet, so I’m not familiar with her work. This means that I didn’t get any of the show specific references making the humor from the sketch that showed a Swedish parody of the show seem more like it was just making fun of the Swedish language with nothing funny outside of the character’s silly voices.
Most of this episode has failed to keep my attention, so I continue to remain zoned out during the second performance from Rihanna because, once again, I wasn’t familiar with the selected song. That said, I did like it better than the first song because there were points that sounded like the Johnny Cash song I’ve Been Every Where.
I’ve become a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race since this episode originally aired so I was intrigued to see how this sketch parody of a drag pageant would handle the culture as a joke now that I know me, reality show expressed details. Though I don’t think the sketch got to the point where it was offensive in what they got wrong, it definitely felt like an outsider take on the drag world that can be more fun than anything that came from this sketch.
I also had high hope for the final sketch that was a parody of Cheech And Chong where Eli played a square who was part of the original trio. I think this was the first sketch of the night that was legitimately fun because Fred Armisen and Bill Hader were great as Cheech And Chong, and the finally found a fit for Eli by having him play his lame self.
I was so happy for Eli to return to the stage to say his good nights. On top of it not being a good show, and me being in a rush to get ready for Christmas Eve my internet services were terrible to the point where it took damn near an hour just to rebuffer through the last three segments, and that almost drove me out of my mind and then drove me more crazy when it started to run smoothly as soon as the Hulu stream was done.
With that, I’m just going to jump right into the details of each sketch and consider this one to be done, as I give you...
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of another Fox And Friends where Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, and Bobby Moynihan played the Fox News morning crew to criticize Obama while annoying Fred Armisen as Rupert Murdoch with all of their on-air errors. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Eli Manning then officially opened the show with a monolog about what it’s like to live in New York after being picked up by the Giants. He then went on to give some misguided cultural and dining rookie NYC resident suggestions to the audience.
We then got a fake ad for Amazon Kindle that pitched the book reading gadget combined with a digital copy of Fifty Shades Of Grey as a Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving by providing the perfect erotic literature to meet all of her masturbatory needs.
We then went Behind The Scenes At A Motion Capture Session For Madden ’13 where Eli Manning looked like an idiot with ping-pongs all over his body while he awkwardly attempted to capture his custom victory dance.
Text Message Evidence took us to a trial where Eli Manning played a guy who attempted to prove his innocence in a murder case. To do so, he allowed his attorney, Jason Sudeikis, to read his flirtatious text messages that he was attempting to use as an alibi.
Little Brothers showed us what it would look like if Eli Manning joined a Big Brothers-style program, only instead of being a mentor, he was a big brother type who loved to continually pick on the bullies and real older brothers to his little kid friends.
WXPD News New York brought back Bill Hader’s grumpy old reporter character who was on the scene of Occupy Wall Street on Ash Wednesday where he struggled to care what protestor, Eli Manning was saying while having a gigantic ash mark still smudged on his head.
Rihanna then took to the stage to perform the songs Birthday Cake and Talk That Talk back to back.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig debuted her impersonation of Tan Mom Patricia Krentcil who had to continually moisten her dry throat while trying to defend her recent/controversial tanning behaviors. Sacha Baron Cohen also got a quick segment to plug The Dictator as his character from the film, and he revealed that he had taken Martin Scorcese hostage, who we then got to see as a captured special guest. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
What Is This? was a game show hosted by Abby Elliot where she takes advantage of her show’s format to question her boyfriend, Eli Manning, about the status of their fledgling relationship and not use the questions that were actually written for the game.
Rihanna then returned to the stage to perform Where Have You Been?
Miss Drag World 2012 showed us the results of a Drag runway contest where Eli Manning as a drag performer named Chicken Fried Steak was so upset by his as her third-place showing that he disrupted the rest of the pageant and even attempted to steal the trophy.
Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials then gave us a parody of a Cheech And Chong film that was supposed to be from when Eli Manning was part of the team as a square third wheel who kept ruining the two stoner’s fun.
Finally, Eli Manning closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
Though I hated tonight’s episode as a whole for multiple reasons, at least these three sketches that contained my three favorite moments of the night were at least a little fun. First, I loved Turner Classic Movies: Cheech, Chong, and Richard because the Cheech and Chong impersonations were one of the few things from this evening to get me to laugh. Next, I really liked the Little Brothers because I like that it promoted the protection of little kids from bigger bullies. Finally, I was a fan of the fake Amazon Kindle ad because I thought it was a refreshing take that flipped the script by featuring women as random masturbators just like men and not that their fantasy time was more sensual and/or male exclusive.
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This week's show started at a Bar filled with the members of the cast impersonating various Republican candidates to celebrate the impending nomination of Jason Sudeikis as Mitt Romney by singing a song about how this years campaign was the time of their lives. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Josh Brolin then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he likes to host SNL because it gives him a break from his serious work and allows himself to just be stupid. He then told a few silly jokes to prove this point before taking part in a brief main stage performance of a scene Men In Black 3 with Jay Pharoah as Will Smith after sharing he was hired for the young Tommy Lee Jones role.
HBO First Look took us behind-the-scenes to take a look at the making of Game Of Thrones where it’s revealed that the series’ excessive/gratuitous nude scenes were added by Andy Samberg as the show’s thirteen-year-old creative consultant.
The Californians then made their show debut for this sketch that is pretty much a room full of west coast versions of Stefon talking about the literal roads travel to get to any destination over saying anything with any sustenance. (Dressed Rehearsal)
America's Next Top Empire State Of Mind Parody Artist was a competitive reality show hosted by Andy Samberg as Weird Al in his effort to find the very best parody of the Jay-Z song Empire State Of Mind. Jay Pharoah also portrayed Jay-Z to help out with the judgment of each song.
This was followed by another SNL Digital Short where we got to see Laser Cats 7 that referenced a few elements from ET and other Steven Spielberg films since he made a cameo as the director of the latest LC film.
Gotye then took to the stage to perform Somebody That I Used To Know.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig and Fred Armisen returned as their characters who come up with songs on the spot, this time to improvise a couple of spring-themed songs. (Clip 2)
Woodridge High took place in a high school where Fred Armisen played a principal who gave Vanessa Bayer a tour of her brand new school. This started out pretty typical but then they got to a haunted segment of the hallway that Armisen warned makes everything run at a really slow speed. We then got to see our host walk through the haunted hallway to provide an example of this quirky feature of the school.
We then got yet another SNL Digital Short where Andy Samberg and Taran Killam were hiding in musical guest Gotye’s dressing room by camouflaging themselves like the people from the band's classic video. Or at least classic enough that I’ve seen it before.
This was followed by a sketch that took place at a Prom where Jay Pharoah kept interrupting the fun to give announcement and threats towards the students throughout the night whenever they would break a rule. The first rule broken was booze being added to the punch bowl which leading Josh Brolin, as a teacher to relapse and started admitting to past relationships with students.
Finally, Josh Brolin closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with fake C-SPAN coverage called Road To The White House where once again, Jason Sudeikis played Mitt Romney and continued to fail to connect with the voters in his efforts to sell himself as the potential next President. This week had Mitt actually out and about amongst a couple of different Republican gatherings, and it was clear that he wasn’t accepted by one. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Sofia Vergara then officially opened the show with a monolog about her life in Columbia before she was discovered by America, then introduced us to her son who was sitting in the audience, all the while making every word sound extra sexy with her Spanish accent.
We then got a fake ad for Just Friends Booty Shorts where Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg played two best friends who were very into gay antics and used these short shorts to literally tell the world their “just friends” and not gay lovers while they are goofing around.
Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel then returned for another installment of Abby Elliot as Zooey who this time interviewed Kristen Wiig, Taran Killam, and Sofia Vergara as her quirky friends, Drew Barrymore, Michael Cera, and Fran Drescher from the kitchen of her quirky little apartment.
This was followed by a fake ad for Almost Pizza where Bill Hader played a dad who kept questioning his wife, Kristen Wiig, just what is going on with the mysterious pizza facsimile that she keeps trying to get him to eat.
We then got a News Promo where Sofia Vergara and Fred Armisen played two members of a news team trying to film this ad only Fred Armisen can’t seem to wrap his head around how to merely turn to the camera and smile.
One Direction then took to the stage to perform What Makes You Beautiful.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan returned as Drunk Uncle wearing rabbit ears to bitch and complain while also explaining why he wasn’t looking forward to Easter. (Clip 2)
This was followed by a repeat of the Lil Poundcake commercial from earlier in the season which was the doll that had a secret needle that dispenses a shot of the HPV vaccination.
Watch What Happens: Live was a parody that had Taran Killam as Andy Cohen to make fun of the real talk show that I’ve never seen before and the jokes that got the audience laughing were foreign to me, so I didn’t really follow the fake talk show’s narrative.
One Direction then returned to the stage to perform One Thing.
Pantene Commercial introduced us to Kate McKinnon in her first big scene where she impersonated Penelope Cruz so that she and Sofia Vergara struggle to get through the simple script because their accents made them unintelligible.
74th Annual Hunger Games took us to a parody of the Hunger Games where Sofia Vergara is a field reporter who is so loud when questioning contestants for interviews that she gives away their hiding positions.
Finally, Sofia Vergara closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of The Rush Limbaugh Show that ran right after the blowhard of a host referred to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a whore and a prostitute. For the sketch, Taran Killam played Rush who was reluctant to read the lower-grade live ads that he had since all of the big sponsors left his show. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Jonah Hill then officially opened the show with a monolog about his recent Oscar nomination before he threw to clips from behind-the-scenes of how this acknowledgment has gone to his head. He also does eventually realize the error of his ways, which got him a salute from Tom Hanks for figuring it all out.
They then brought back Jonah Hill’s Six-Year-Old character from his last visit to embarrass his divorced dad, Bill Hader while tagging along for an online date with Vanessa Bayer by telling his Borscht Belt jokes over dinner at Benihana’s.
J-Pop America Fun Time Now! then returned for another installment of Vanessa Bayer and Taran Killam as misguide J-Pop fans who think that they know Japanese culture based on their favorite anime. This week they interviewed Jonah Hill as a wannabe ninja.
The Shins then took to the stage to perform Simple Song.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig dropped by as Paula Dean to defend herself after an ex-employee from one of her restaurants claimed her and her family were inappropriate and racist. Andy Samberg got a segment as Sarah Palin to comment on her portrayal in a docudrama that made her out to be an idiot with Andy being a last-second replacement for Tina Fey who “couldn’t do the impersonation” because she was sick. Stefon also returned for more Stefon fun and games. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
Primate Research Center may be one of the funniest sketches that I remember from this time where Johan Hill played a professor who wanted to share with the world that he trained Fred Armisen, as a monkey, how to speak. Right out the gate, the first thing that comes out of the monkey’s mouth is how Johan’s been having sex with him throughout the training process. The more and more Jonah tries to deny this, the crazier the sex tale grew to be.
Liza Minnelli Tries To Turn Off A Lamp was as the title suggests, a sketch where Kristen Wiig played Liza who damn near kills herself while trying to turn off a lamp before leaving the house to start her vacation with Jonah Hill.
The Shins then returned to the stage to perform It's Only Life.
Anniversary Song had Jonah with the support of a few female members of the cast performed a Coolio song as a surprise to his girlfriend, Kristen Wiig in honor of their anniversary.
Finally, Jonah Hill closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of Fox Report where Bill Hader Played a creepy Shepard Smith who wards of “Mother” ala Psycho while trying to interview Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig as Mitt Romney and his wife with other cast members also joining in a Romney’s children. Other than the Psycho element, the interview was another attempt for Mitt to connect to the commoners only to fail once again. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Lindsay Lohan then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she fine despite all of the recent reports of her latest troubles from the time. Cast member after cast member purported to trust our host, but they said this while double checking to make sure she wasn’t up to anything that might violate her probation. We also got to see the Jon Hamm was backstage on standby just in case she was to slip up.
This was followed by fake coverage of the 2012 Psychic Awards which was a quirky award show to highlight the best psychics of the year and then got to see said psychics act like weirdos as they accepted their awards.
Scared Straight then returned for another installment where this time Lindsay Lohan played herself as Kenan Thompson’s prison mate/sidekick to attempt to scare kids out of a life of crime, but as always, the kids catch on quickly that the two are just quoting movie lines.
Jack White then took to the stage to perform Love Interruption.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bill Hader returned as James Carville to comment on a string of the most recent controversial comments from Rush Limbaugh as well as a couple other Republican gaffes. Bobby Moynihan also returned as Snooki to comment on whether or not she’s pregnant and then went on to reveal that she was having Jon Hamm’s baby. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
Delinquent Girl Teen Gang took us back to the days from the movie Grease where Lindsay Lohan Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott played a clique of teenage girls carelessly danced in the streets after getting released from jail for dancing in the streets just earlier in the night. It started out fun like it would in an older film like this until Fred Armisen kept getting hit by passing vehicle.
We then got another SNL Digital Short/music video called Afro where Andy Samberg and Kristen Wiig sang about their grown together afros as a video invitation to their upcoming wedding.
B108 FM was a parody of a morning zoo formatted radio show with Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan as the wacky two guys and Lindsay Lohan as Illiterate Lisa who was their token female broadcaster that gave them the excuse to get away with their sexist content.
We then for a repeat of the fake ad for Chantix from earlier in the season that made fun of the fact that this anti-smoking aid was more dangerous than actual cigarettes.
House Sitting had Kristen Wiig as a homeowner who hired Lindsay Lohan to housesit because she was leaving town on vacation. The only problem was that Wiig wouldn’t leave the house due to the endless calls from a crazy stalker. Overhearing these snippets of conversation led Lindsay to second guess her decision to keep the gig. Then, by the end of the sketch, we learned that it was actually Wiig butt-dialing herself.
This was followed by another repeat of a fake from just a couple of shows ago. This was the ad for Verizon where Bill Hader was a little too into technical jargon when trying to sell cell phone service to an old/confused Fred Armisen.
Jack White then returned to the stage to perform Sixteen Saltines.
Rude Buddha! had Andy Samberg as the polar opposite of Buddha who made disparaging remarks about his disciples behind their backs right after dispensing his words of wisdom and encouragement upon them.
Finally, Lindsay Lohan closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a parody of New York Sports Now where Bill Hader played Dan Mardell who must be the host of the real show with Kenan Thompson, and Jay Pharoah played his sidekicks. For this parody, the sports reporting team admit to having Lin-sanity, for Jeremy Lin. Taran Killam played a third sidekick who ruined the fun by making racist jokes in an attempt to fit in with the comments being made by his black friends, who felt their racist comments were okay because they were in reference to an Asian. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it all led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Maya Rudolph then officially opened the show with a monolog about how much botty she used to get back when she was an active Not Ready For Prime Time Player. She was then joined by members of the cast and several male dancers as she sang a song called Do You Wanna Funk.
Bronx Beat With Betty And Jodi brought back the accent based Bronx morning talk show sketch from when Maya Rudolph was on the show. They also brought back her sidekick from the good-ole days, Amy Poehler for more parody morning banter. They also brought in special guest Justin Timberlake, who played their goofball of a boom-mic operator, and Andy Samberg as their camera guy to add to the fun and games.
Maya Angelou's: I Know Why The Caged Bird Laughs! had Maya Rudolph as Maya Angelou to pull childish pranks on her celebrity friends like Jay Pharoah, Kenan Thompson, and Bill Hader as Morgan Freeman, Dr. Cornel West, and Stephen King.
Sleigh Bells then took to the stage to perform Comeback Kid.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Amy Poehler stuck around from her earlier cameo to play a game of Really!?! with Seth in regards to the Congressional birth control mandate debate that didn’t include a single woman. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
What Up With That? then returned for more repetitive fun with Kenan Thompson as the host who cuts off his guests’ every word by breaking into his theme song. For the most part, this was more of the same, but there was a President’s Day theme to the fictional episode.
Super Showcase was a game show sketch where Vanessa Bayer played a contestant who failed to win the grand prize but the announcer and show models showcased each prize item with an enthusiasm that one would think would be held for a contestant who did actually win.
The Obama Show was pretty much a parody of The Cosby Show only with the Obama Family filling all of the roles. Just like the real The Cosby Show, the primary storyline was Fred Armisen as Barack trying to sneak in a hoagie behind May Rudolph as Michelle’s back.
Sleigh Bells then returned to the stage to perform End Of The Line.
How's He Doing? was a talk show parody hosted by Kenan Thompson where he and his all-black panel of guests shared how they were willing to re-elect the first black President, no matter how crazy the scenarios being thrown their way grew to be.
Finally, Maya Rudolph closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with another installment of Romney: Believe In America where this time Jason Sudeikis as Mitt discussed his recent dip in the primaries and how it was actually part of his plan to secure the Republican nomination to run against Barack because he didn’t want to peak too soon. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Zooey Deschanel then officially opened the show with a monolog about how she was happy to be hosting the Valentine’s episode before she brought out a ukulele to sing, You Forgot It Was Valentine’s Day.
This was followed by a fake Clint Eastwood Chrysler Ad where Bill Hader as Eastwood got sidetracked while promoting the new line of cars to clear up the media’s confusion as to the real intent of his message. This was in reference to a line he delivered about America reaching its halftime as part of an ad for the Super Bowl and wasn’t meant to be a political statement.
We then got a parody of Piers Morgan Tonight where Taran Killam as Piers who interviewed Nasim Pedrad as rapper, M.I.A. over her controversial middle-finger salute while performing at the Super Bowl. Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and Jason Sudeikis chimed in as Madonna and LMFAO who were also a part of the real halftime show.
Clint Eastwood Chrysler Ad then returned for round two where this time Sudeikis as Eastwood chastised America for not being as hard-working as the people of China, then went on to promote Little Caesar’s Pizza.
Les Jeunes De Paris then returned for more, should be, last segment adorable dancing at the French café. This time the scene was shot in black and white in somewhat of a parody of the movie The Artist. Jean Dujardin also played along, who I guess is involved in the real movie?
We then went to the Daily Post for some Aaron Sorkin-style rapid-fire rambling between Jason Sudeikis as the newspaper’s editor and Kristen Wiig as a recently fired reporter who was angry about how things went down. The two old-timers were able to keep up with the crazy pace of the conversation while new girl Zooey Deschanel was entirely up to speed and spent the entire sketch completely lost.
They then concluded the rule of three for the Clint Eastwood Chrysler Ad where this time Sudeikis as Eastwood shared how he was annoyed that Mexico was taking over America, only to go on to also promote the new Trojan vibrating massager and the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
Karmin then took to the stage to perform Brokenhearted.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Nasim Pedrad dropped in as Arianna Huffington commented on recent women’s events in the news. We also got another installment of Get In The Cage where this time Andy Samberg as Nicolas Cage was joined by the real Nicolas who he claimed was created as a clone so that he could be cast in ever movie throughout the world. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
Bein' Quirky With Zooey Deschanel took place in our host’s kitchen with Abby Elliot acting as the titular host of this fake talk show where she discussed her quirky ways with the real Zooey as Mary Kate Olsen, Taran Killam as Michael Cera, and Kristen Wiig as Bjork who shared a few quirks of their own.
This was followed by a fake ad for Verizon where Fred Armisen played an older man who just wanted to buy a simple phone but couldn’t comprehend the endless crazily-named packages being pushed onto him by Bill Hader as a young, energetic sales person.
Crab Blast 2012 had Zooey Deschanel and Kristen Wiig who had grandiose ideas about hosting an event where they promised the world’s tastiest crab, only somehow they managed to forget to provide the featured item of the night.
Karmin then returned to the stage to perform I Told You So.
Victorian Ladies had Zooey Deschanel and Kristen Wiig as two Victorian-era spinsters who exchanged handwritten correspondences regarding their ill-fated romances with the creepy men who linger outside of their windows.
Finally, Zooey Deschanel closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch called Newt Gingrich: Moon President that took us to the year 2014 where Bobby Moynihan shared a message as Newt who was now the President of the moon since Barack Obama somehow managed to blow up Earth after winning his second term. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Channing Tatum then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was a real-life stripper well before his involvement in the movie Magic Mike. He then started to recognize various former customers from the club sprinkled throughout the audience. Though our host had no shame, said audience members were quite embarrassed when they were identified, especially the guys.
It's Getting Freaky With Cee Lo Green! brought back Kenan Thompson as Cee Lo to team up with Channing Tatum as Matthew McConaughey and Bill Hader as Colonel Nasty in order to attempt to help, lesbian couple, Nasim Pedrad, and Vanessa Bayer put the freaky back into their relationship.
This was followed by a parody of Downton Abbey that showed how the acclaimed ITV/PBS show would look if it were to be picked up by Spike TV and reformatted to be a moronic reality series using actual footage from the show.
We then went behind the scenes for the making of a bottom of the screen Super Bowl Promo where they merely wanted the broadcasting team to pose and look professional for what’s supposed to be a quick insert shot, but the group kept messing things up.
Secret Word then returned for another installment of the Password-like game show where once again Kristen Wiig returned as her generic old-timey actress who along with Channing Tatum as an astronaut suffering from flashbacks, are both too out of it to be of any use to their non-celebrity contestant/counterpart.
Bon Iver then took to the stage to perform Holocene.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Bobby Moynihan dropped in as Guy Fieri to share a few bizarre snack ideas for the upcoming Super Bowl. Kristen Wiig also stopped by as last week’s musical guest, Lana Del Rey to defend herself from the backlash because it was apparently perceived as a bad performance, which surprised me because I thought she was pretty good. (Clip 2)
We then went to a Bat Mitzvah where Nasim Pedrad celebrated her special day with an inappropriately raunchy dance with Channing Tatum as an adult family friend in a performance that was choreographed by Kristen Wiig as Nasim’s mom.
Ruby Tuesday took place in a strip mall bar the night before the Super Bowl when Channing Tatum played Tom Brady who succumbed to Bobby Moynihan as a boisterous woman named Janet Peckinpah as she kept telling the quarterback to throw one in her. At the end of the sketch, it was revealed that his giving into the request ended up costing him the big game.
Bon Iver returned to the stage to perform the songs Beth and Rest back to back.
Bongo's Clown Room brought us back to the strip club where Jason Sudeikis is the deejay so that this time he could announce the strippers for a bachelorette party. Last time he claimed it was his final night because he won six hundred bucks in scratcher tickets. Tonight he claimed it was his final night because he was preparing to go on the lam to avoid an IRS audit. All the while, Channing Tatum and other cast members with dancing on the stage.
Finally, Channing Tatum closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with a sketch called Romney: Believe In America where Jason Sudeikis as Mitt brought his Presidential campaign to the people of South Carolina and awkwardly tried to relate to the commoners while dining at Jim Bob’s Kitchen. Of course, with this being the opening sketch it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Daniel Radcliffe then officially opened the show with a monolog about how he was over being pigeonholed as Harry Potter and how he really didn’t want to parody the series of films that are the entire reason for him becoming famous enough to host the show in the first place. As he was complaining, cast members kept approaching from behind dressed as Harry Potter characters only to look dejected and turn away when hearing just how much our host hated the references.
This was followed by a string of parodies of Ricky Gervais Promos where following a controversial hosting spot at the last year’s Golden Globe, Jason Sudeikis as Ricky Gervais promoted he’d be pushing the same envelope while hosting a slew of basic cable award shows.
The Target Lady then returned after quite a bit of time off. I love this series even though it’s always more of the same as it was for this evening only with Daniel Radcliffe as a scrawny stock boy who attempted be a tough guy in order to win over Wiig but stand up to Jason Sudeikis who played a harassing boss.
You Can Do Anything! was a talk show sketch where a panel of no-talent hacks who have posted their videos their videos online leading to their invite to perform their lame-ass schtick live on television.
We there then taken to a party where a game of Spin The Bottle broke out where Daniel Radcliffe with extreme trepidations about playing since every one of his spins kept landing on random homeless men.
Delaware Fellas was a parody of a lame/low-budget rip-off of Jersey Boys that followed a random doo-wop group from Delaware instead of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. As lame as the performance turned out to be, it was still endorsed by Joe Biden since he was Delaware-based.
Hogwarts Academy brought us into the Harry Potter world for a ten-year school reunion where we got a bunch of updates that went over my head. There was a Van Wilder angle that I did enjoy where our host as his Potter character was still attending as a hanger-on to his glorious/youthful ways.
Lana Del Rey then took to the stage to perform Video Games.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, with Kaddafi dead, Vanessa Bayer’s and Fred Armisen’s childhood friends characters were repurposed to where they did the same exact routine only now they were both Korean and life-long BFFs with Kim Jong Un. Daniel Radcliffe also dropped by as Casey Anthony’s newly-adopted Yorkshire Terroir to comment on the misfortune of having to now live with a murderous mom. (Clip 2) (Clip 3)
X27B Theater took us to the year 2112 where a theater group performed a play about how life used to be during the time of this episode’s airing. This led to a pretty entertaining look back at how we got to where we were in 2012, if only they knew just how wacky things would actually get a mere four years later.
We then got a fake political ad for Glenda Okones For Mayor where Kristen Wiig in the titular role wore a frowny face to run an attack ad on herself where she claimed that she was unfit for the position.
I’m guessing during the actual airing we would have gone to commercial before returning for round two of the Glenda Okones For Mayor fake ad where this time Kristen Wiig listed further flaws in her personality that would make her unelectable.
The Jay Pharoah Show gave Jay Pharoah a segment to test out his fictional talk show where he interviewed Daniel Radcliffe despite the fact that Pharoah was just like me and knew absolutely nothing about the Harry Potter franchise. It didn’t stop our fictional talk show host from performing his usual celebrity impersonations while attempting to force them into seeming relevant.
Lana Del Rey then returned to the stage to perform Blue Jeans.
Finally, Daniel Radcliffe closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
This week's show started with A Message From Rick Santorum where Andy Samberg as Rick Santorum to thank the voters for almost voting for him in New Hampshire before bragging about how close the race was, only the examples he used were absolutely pathetic. Of course, with this being the opening sketch, it eventually led to the announcement of, “Live from New York...”
Charles Barkley then officially opened the show with a monolog about how this is his third time hosting which meant he won a seventy-five thousand dollar bet against Scottie Pippen. He then went on to defend his endorsement of Weight Watchers and an Ann Taylor fashion line because he was proud of the fact that he’s at his lowest weight even though the coaches kept riding him over his size back when he was active with sports every day.
We then got a fake ad for Chantix where Kristen Wiig played the sample user/pitchwoman who desperately wanted to quit smoking, but the side effects of Chantix were far worse, making her afraid to consume this anti-smoking drug.
This was followed by a parody of Inside The NBA where Bill Hader played Ernie Johnson Jr. who struggled to get through the sports news segment due to his panel of practical joker sidekicks including Kenan Thompson as Charles Barkley, Jay Pharoah as Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley as Shaquille O’Neal.
White People Problems had Charles Barkley in a bit of an investigative reporter role as he got a segment to investigate the minor dilemmas of white people by fact-checking their claims their the black service workers who they typically deal with throughout a standard day.
We then got a fake ad for ESPN Bowl Madness where Andy Samberg played an over-the-top announcer who promoted the upcoming bowl games while introducing the zany and unexpected broadcast sponsorship.
Joanne's Announcement had Charles Barkley in the titular female role to break things off with her boyfriend, Paul Brittain before announcing that she was leaving because she was a lesbian who needed to spread her wings a fly.
Charles Barkley Post-Game Translator App was a fake ad for an app with our host as the namesake pitchman who attempted to sell this product that translated the coaches’ and players’ post-game mumbo-jumbo into layman’s terms.
Kelly Clarkson then took to the stage to perform Stronger.
Once again, Seth Meyers gave us the news. This week, Kristen Wiig returned as Michele Bachmann to comment on her recent withdrawal from the Republican nomination for President. Fred Armisen also returned as his comedian character, who feels like he’s been gone for years, to attempt to make more on-the-spot jokes based on newspaper headlines only to hopelessly fail. Bobby Moynihan also returned as his Drunk Uncle character to try to slur out his New Year’s Resolution. (Clip 2) (Clip 3) (Clip 4)
We then got another visit from Paul Brittain’s Lord Wyndemere, and once again, Jason Sudeikis’s amusement over the little twerp was funnier than the costume-clad character, which seemed to be the primary source of humor in this sketch. To add to the fun, Charles Barkley was just as hilarious with his fascination with the little guy.
The 17th Annual Adult Video Awards took us to a parody of the porno awards so that Bobby Moynihan and Abby Elliot could play presenters Ron Jeremy and Crystal Butt in order to introduce the In Memoriam segment for this year.
Kelly Clarkson then returned to the stage to perform Mr. Know It All.
We then went back to the past for a sketch where Fred Armisen played the inventor of the Mayan Calendar and had to explain to Barkley and the tribe how the thing actually works, but they’re just as confused by the elaborate design as modern man. We also got to see how the Mayan end times legend came about simply because they ran out of space.
Finally, Charles Barkley closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Buble then took to the stage to perform Holly Jolly Christmas.
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)
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.
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.
Michael Buble then returned to the stage to perform Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
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.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robyn then took to the stage to perform Call Your Girlfriend.
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)
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.
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.
Robyn then returned to the stage to perform Dancing On My Own.
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.
Finally, Katy Perry closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Black Keys then took to the stage to perform Lonely Boy.
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)
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.
"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.
The Black Keys then returned to the stage to perform Gold On The Ceiling.
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.
Finally, Steve Buscemi closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Florence And The Machine then took to the stage to perform Shake It Out.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Florence And The Machine then returned to the stage to perform No Light, No Light.
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.
Finally, Jason Segel closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coldplay then took to the stage to perform Paradise.
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)
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.
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.
Coldplay then returned to the stage to perform Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall.
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.
Finally, Emma Stone closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maroon 5 then took to the stage to perform Moves Like Jagger.
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)
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.
Maroon 5 then took to the stage with Travie McCoy to perform Stereo Heart.
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.
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.
Finally, Charlie Day closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
The Wicker Breakdown:
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...”
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.
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.
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.
Drake then took to the stage to perform Headlines.
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)
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.
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.
Drake then took to the stage with Nicki Minaj to perform Make Me Proud.
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.
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.
Finally, Anna Faris closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.