SNL: S17E19... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE: MAY 9, 1992

SNL: S17E19... HOST: TOM HANKS... DATE: MAY 9, 1992

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with fake political spot for the Ross Perot For President 1992 campaign where Dana Carvey and the tiny millionaire started out talking about the Rodney King Riots claiming that if he were President at the time he’d simply write a personal check to clear up all of the problems and then he would train all of the Crips and Bloods to take on the Chinese Technical industry in exchange for five percent of all future profits. He then went on to make a similar promise to the entire country if they would simply elect him to be the next President of The United States. As always, this being the opening sketch is eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”  
  2. Tom Hanks then officially opened the show with a monolog about how excited to host the show with Bruce Springsteen and how he is actually filling in for Joe Pesci who had to back out because the filming of Home Alone II ended up running long. This makes me a little nervous because looking at the lineup of sketches the show looked a little rushed even before I learned of this fact. It also didn’t help that this monolog seemed rushed as well. We then followed Tom Hanks backstage where Tom Hanks and the cast openly joked about the concerns that I just expressed until it turned into a quick parody of the, “What do I look like a clown to you…” scene from Goodfellas.
  3. We then got a fake ad for John Cabrizio Chevrolet Mazda Hyundai where Rob Schneider played a local car dealer who was using the insanity of the Rodney King Riots to pass on his crazy deals on cars that were damaged during the incident.
  4. Sabra Price Is Right was an Arminian parody of The Price Is Right where Tom Hanks revisited his deal pushing Arminian character to host the show while wheeling and dealing with the contestant and making them purchase what was supposed to be their prize.
  5. This was followed by one of my favorite sketches of all time where Tom Hanks tries to start a Mr. Belvedere Fan Club that met at the local community center. There was a pretty good turnout, considering the subject, that range from obsessed fans to Tim Meadows who was only there for the open mic night that was taking place later in the evening. The main point of this meeting is for the group to come up with a special name to secretly share their love for Belvedere when meeting with fellow fans. In the end, they all eventually agree on Brocktune.
  6. Bruce Springsteen then took to the stage to perform Lucky Town.
  7. Once again, Kevin Nealon gave us the news. This week, Jay Leno made a special appearance to share what he witnessed during the Rodney King riots while Kevin Nealon underhand pitched him the setups for what was more of a stand-up routine. David Spade also dropped in to talk about his family history as Mother’s Day started to near. Queen Shenequa also got a segment to talk about her West Coast family’s experience with the Rodney King Riots as well.
  8. She Turned Into Her Mother!!! was a horror movie parody where Tom Hanks and Julia Sweeney were discussing their day over dinner with Julia evolving in front of Tom’s eyes, starting slowly by saying similar things then builds to take on her voice and ending with her taking on her mother’s physical appearance as well.
  9. Bruce Springsteen returned to the stage to perform 57 Channels and the song Living Proof back to back.
  10. The Dark Side With Nat X then returned for another installment where this time the host of the only fifteen minute talk show on television interviewed the Rodney King Jury about how they even selected to serve let alone how they came up with the not guilty verdict that triggered the riots that week.
  11. This was followed by a Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey where Jack pondered whether or not God liked enchiladas playing of the claim that he lives within all of us.
  12. Showcase Playhouse Theater was a PBS style show where the host introduced a play called They Wanted To Fly where Mike Myers and Julia Sweeney played little kids in a stage play where we could see that they were attached to stunt strings but never lifted off of the ground.  
  13. Finally, Tom Hanks closed the show by thanking the audience and saying his goodnights.
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