SNL: S17E08... HOST: HAMMER... DATE: DECEMBER 7, 1991

SNL: S17E08... HOST: HAMMER... DATE: DECEMBER 7, 1991

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with A Message From The President Of The United States where Dana Carvey as Bush Sr. attempts to reassure Americans that the economy is just fine going into Christmas. He shares this information in a deceptive tone as he also pushes the citizens that he rules to run out and spend all their money in an effort to improve the economy even more while undermining any risks. He then goes on to pitch a bunch of cheesy Christmas presents before building to the announcement of, "Live from New York..." 
  2. Hammer then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited he is to host then goes on to pitch his latest album as well as his involvement in the Addams Family movie. He does all this while talking in the third person about himself which is a little confusing because it's unclear if this is a joke or the way he actually talks. After a while, Chris Rock joined the scene as Michael Jackson and starts to sing one of his popular songs only to be cut off by Hammer before he headed over to the music stage to perform Too Legit To Quit. 
  3. We then went to a group therapy session for people who suffer from Bad Haircuts. Where most of the others in the group are past the denial stage and open to the idea of getting help, Hammer played a new member and won't stop arguing that his hair is actually dope while claiming he's just there to support his wife played by Ellen Cleghorne whose hair is the same color orange as a 1970s rug.
  4. Pearl Harbor Headline was a sketch that took place the day after Pearl Harbor where we are in the writing room for a small market newspaper as a group of journalist pitch their front page story ideas. Even though Phil Hartman thinks that the Japanese attack is the obvious choice everyone else in the room thinks that the top story should be a lot more local. The fact that all the other writers were so calm as they casually pitched their mundane local ideas made Hartman panic even more as he seemed to be the only one in the room who saw this as a sign that we were about to join the World War which ultimately drove him crazy.
  5. Hammer then switch to musical guest mode and returned to the stage to perform Addams Groove. 
  6. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Ellen Cleghorne's Queen Shenequa character dropped in once again, this time to discuss the traditions of Kwanzaa while cracking pop culture jokes in the process.
  7. Tales From The Barbecue returned for another installment where Tim Meadows is out barbequing during the winter which led him to tell the tale of him joining Admiral Byrd as his expedition chef during the exploration of the North Pole which led to a reenactment. In this reenactment, Chris Rock played a young Meadows who managed to save Santa Clause with his barbecuing skills and then went on to kill and cook Santa's lesser-known flying cow.  
  8. Johnny Letter was a Western sketch with Mike Myers playing the titular role as the small town's letter writer. While hanging out at the bar Chris Farley played someone new to town who didn't know better than to mess around with this letter writing legend. After a quick confrontation that ended with Johnny Letter rushing out of the bar, Farley quickly learned the power of the letter writing man when he returned to his camp to find a very angry boss who just finished reading Johnny's note and forced Farley to apologize.
  9. We then got a repeat of the Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey sketch from last season where Jack shared the Disneyland prank that he pulled on his nephew.
  10. Remembrances Of Love With Wilt Chamberlain was a sketch that made fun of Wilt Chamberlain's claim to have slept with over ten thousand women then went on to share the story of woman #1399 who he hooked up with over a room service meal while #1398 was still in the bathroom. The best part of this sketch is Hammer's super long fake legs and the fact that he as Wilt makes these quick encounters sound memorable and romantic.
  11. This was followed by a new Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey where Jack explains that it takes a big man to cry and a bigger man to laugh at said crying man.
  12. Hammer switched back to musical guest mode once again, this time to perform This Is The Way We Roll.
  13. We then went to the offices of Dick Clark Productions where David Spade introduced his receptionist/assistant character who is way too passive aggressive with the gatekeeper aspect of his job as he denies everyone access to his bosses office no matter how urgent the situation may be. 
  14. Finally, Hammer closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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