SNL: S21E01... HOST: MARIEL HEMINGWAY... DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 1995

SNL: S21E01... HOST: MARIEL HEMINGWAY... DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 1995

The Wicker Breakdown:

  1. This week's show started with O.J. Today which was another sketch that provided parody coverage of the O.J. Trial that was still going strong even after the summer break. In the sketch, we got introduced to an entire morning news crew who reported on everything O.J. including O.J. weather, traffic, and sports. Other than that, this sketch pretty much just continued making fun of the fact that the case had become a fiasco. As always, this being the opening sketch, it eventually built to the announcement of, “Live from New York…”
  2. Mariel Hemingway then officially opened the show with a monolog where she introduced a mostly new cast by quickly pointing out all of the men and making out with all of the women to highlight the fact that she’s gay. I’d say that if a guy tried to pull this off that it would be super offensive, but considering the time, this playful form of sexual harassment was apparently fine to joke about. I’m by no means trying to say “but no one seems to mind when…” as I point out this type of behavior whenever there’s a “hot host” on. This just happened to be the first case where an openly gay woman got to join in on the fun.
  3. This was followed by a fake ad for A.M. Ale that promoted early morning malt liquor drinking as the right way to start your day.
  4. Get Off The Shed! was a sketch that had to be an homage to the Steve Martin, “What the hell is that thing?” routine, and the several similar sketches that have played out over the years. In this version, we never actually see the kids, but we do watch their parents get more and more frustrated as they continue to yell, “Get off the shed!”  
  5. We then got a parody of Nightline where Darrell Hammond made his debut as Ted Koppel interviewed Tim Meadows as Colin Powell about how the public was pushing him to run for president, while Norm MacDonald as Bob Dole was furious because he had to hard-sell the public on why he should be in control.  
  6. Mariel Hemingway then portrayed Showgirls era Elizabeth Berkley for a sketch called Leg Up! This was a talk show sketch hosted by Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri as Ann Miller and Debby Reynolds who interviewed their guest about dance but weren’t quite ready for “Berkley’s” pole dancing routine.
  7. Once again, Norm MacDonald gave us the news. This week, Nancy Walls made her news debut to deliver the “Head Shaking News” where she read a bunch of horrible stories for her and Norm to shake disappointingly shake their heads at how disappointing this world can be.
  8. Blues Traveler then took to the stage to perform Run-Around.
  9. The Telephone was a sketch where Mariel Hemingway got stuck on the phone with her long-winded relatives, so she turned to her husband, played by Will Ferrell, to help her get off the call only his efforts are more disturbing and/or creepy than being helpful in any way. In fact, his efforts are so bad, Mariel went as far as to take Ferrell to get tested to see if he was actually “retarded” (their words not mine.)
  10. Spade In America was pretty much an extended version of David Spade’s Hollywood Minute news segment where he got a little extra time and attention to rip on celebs making headlines. This week’s focus was on the Unabomber, so the segment’s not as similar to Hollywood Minute as I thought, but it does still use the same pithy brand of humor.
  11. This was followed by a parody of A&E Biography where the featured subject was Mariel Hemingway for a parody profile about how she landed her role on Central Park West, which in the world of the sketch, she won out over four men playing the single female role who all crammed themselves into one gigantic dress.
  12. Fuzzy Memories was the follow up to Deep Thoughts By Jack Handey, only instead of the stories being told via text, Jack’s quirky tales got acted out in single camera short films. This week Jack remember back to his grade school days when he used to get up by bullies and how this led his father to want to move since he was afraid of his son’s bully’s father.
  13. Blues Traveler then returned to the stage to perform Hook.
  14. Mark McKinney then tapped into his Kids In The Hall character portfolio for The Chicken Lady Show where the Chicken Lady hosted a public access show with her co-host Mickey The Dyke to discuss various forms of fetishism amongst their panel of guests.
  15. Finally, Mariel Hemingway closed the show by thanking the audience and saying her goodnights.
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