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Date Posted: 09:48:25 04/04/17 Tue
Author: times one of his sketches bombed (I thought it was funny)
Subject: Haha, I think Hader still continues to bring up "Fartface" to this day as en example of the worst
In reply to: Stooge 's message, "Josh Brolin / Adele - October 18, 2008 (S34 E5)" on 20:52:13 04/03/17 Mon

>Here's the original review I posted back when this
>episode first aired.
>
>---------------------------------------
>
>RATINGS SYSTEM
>***** = Excellent, a possible future classic
>**** = Great
>*** = Average
>** = Meh
>* = How'd this get past dress?
>
>
>Cold Opening - Sarah Palin Press Conference
>• I was wondering if Fey would appear tonight since
>the real Palin was showing up. They didn’t even
>really interact in this, though. Just passed by each
>other quickly. Maybe that was for the better.
>• Tina as Palin listing the states she considers
>un-American and her line about liberal elite media and
>liberal regular media were good lines at the beginning.
>• Wahlberg! Surprised to see him. I never would’ve
>thought he’d do this after his negative reaction to
>Samberg’s impression and him subsequently bashing
>current SNL in that one interview, but it’s nice to
>see he’s a good sport after all.
>• Baldwin!!! Very surprised (and happy) to see him
>as well. His mistaking Palin for Fey, then later
>flirting with Palin after Lorne corrected him was
>great. It looked like he was glued to those cue cards,
>though, which is unusual for him. Unless he just
>didn’t want to make eye contact with Palin (due to
>personal political reasons) and was looking away from
>her.
>• Also loved Baldwin forcing Lorne to tell Palin he
>hosted 175 times.
>• Tina’s “Byeeee” exit was funny.
>• I was dreading Palin’s appearance before the
>show started, but this didn’t turn out bad at all.
>Stars: ****1/2
>
>
>Monologue - Josh Brolin
>• Pretty enjoyable monologue. Brolin breaking it
>down step-by-step on how to do a Bush impression was
>good.
>• This almost turned out to be the third straight
>solo-monologue in a row, before Oliver Stone showed up
>for about 5 seconds. His cameo was pretty much useless.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Mini-Sketch - MacGruber #1
>• I had a feeling they’d have trouble topping the
>last set of MacGruber shorts with his gay son and I
>was right. Tonight’s MacGrubers didn’t even come
>close to the Labeouf ones, but they were still okay.
>• Mixing in the current stock market situation with
>MacGruber wasn’t exactly one of the better
>storylines for this character. He’s still one of the
>very few enjoyable current recurring characters,
>though, since they have him actually doing different
>stuff in each installment instead of re-using the same
>script each time.
>• Will’s “What the f…” followed by the
>sudden explosion made me laugh out loud.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Sketch - Surprise Sue
>• Remember what I just said above when I mentioned
>recurring characters that re-use the same script each
>time? Uh-huh…
>• I feared this character would be made recurring. I
>wasn’t even all that crazy about this the first time
>it appeared, but I gave Kristen credit for being able
>to go all out like that and I did get a big laugh the
>first time at her smashing a bottle over her own head
>and jumping out the window. But I knew this character
>would get annoying fast if they brought her back.
>• Tonight’s Sue sketch was flat out horrible, and
>not even the studio audience seemed amused. This was
>literally an exact carbon copy of the first Sue
>sketch, only this took place in a sushi restaurant
>instead of a living room setting. Everything else was
>the same, right down to the casting: Bill, Amy, and
>Will played the same straight parts as last time, and
>Casey was the one who they were throwing a surprise
>for like last time. And couldn’t Kristen have done
>something else at the end of the sketch instead of
>just smashing a bottle over her own head and jumping
>out the window ONCE AGAIN? Did they really think that
>would work a second time?
>• This just adds on to what I said a few episodes
>ago about almost all of Kristen’s recurring
>characters being annoying and/or one-note (with the
>two a-holes being the one exception I can think of at
>the moment). I’m fine with pretty much everything
>else Kristen does on the show, she just needs to stay
>the hell away from characters like this.
>Stars: *
>
>
>Mini-Sketch - MacGruber #2
>• Interestingly, tonight seems to have a lot of
>consecutive sketches without a commercial break in
>between.
>• Okay, I laughed at the toilet paper bit in the
>opening credits and at Forte breaking the bottle in
>half and threatening Brolin and Wiig with it. The rest
>was nothing, and they didn’t do anything special
>with the explosion ending. By far the weakest of
>tonight’s three MacGrubers.
>Stars: **
>
>
>Sketch - The Suze Orman Show
>• Tonight’s episode is turning into The Kristen
>Wiig Show.
>• Kristen’s Suze Orman impression continues to be
>100% spot-on, but the jacket jokes are getting really
>stale and overdone. They need to lay off of that stuff
>if they do this sketch again. The rest of the jokes
>were fine, and the Master Pussies book and the “I
>had a great time with dick” bit at the end were
>hilarious.
>• Brolin had some really good lines as the pathetic
>homeless guest, although it was a little similar to
>Sudeikis’ barrel commentary on Update. Brolin’s
>missing nipples was the funniest part.
>• An interesting thing I noticed: every time
>they’ve done a Suze Orman sketch, they also used
>MacGruber that same night (Jonah Hill, Shia Labeouf,
>and now Josh Brolin). Strange.
>Stars: ***1/2
>
>
>Miscellaneous - Mark Wahlberg Talks to Andy Samberg
>• So the confrontation finally happens.
>• This was pretty funny and it’s cool Wahlberg can
>make mock himself like that.
>Stars: ***1/2
>
>
>Sketch/Commercial - I'm No Angel
>• I didn’t know what the heck to think of this,
>although it showed Amy’s a trooper for being able to
>do all that while so far into her pregnancy and the
>guys looked funny with the hair and moustaches.
>• It was interesting seeing a sketch with barely any
>dialogue, but I don’t think this turned out as
>special as they wanted it to be. The punchline/twist
>at the end with this being a perfume commercial just
>confused me, but Will appearing as Greg Allman was
>very funny and saved this.
>Stars: **1/2
>
>[2017 UPDATE: Although I feel this sketch is a
>bit overrated, I would definitely give it a higher
>rating today than I did back then, though I'm not sure
>what that rating would be.]

>
>
>Mini-Sketch - MacGruber #3
>• Will’s face looked hilarious and the ping-pong
>ball scene was good. They redeemed themselves from the
>weak second MacGruber tonight.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Musical Performance
>
>
>Weekend Update - Poehler & Meyers, featuring Tim
>Calhoun, Jean K. Jean, Gov. Sarah Palin
>• Jokes and delivery from Seth and Amy were much
>better tonight, compared to that mess of an Update
>they did on Thursday.
>• Best jokes: Brady Bunch, Sex offenders, blind
>driver, sterilization, boarding school
>• I can always tell when Tim Calhoun is going to be
>on just from the beginning of Amy’s introduction for
>him (as soon as she says something about an
>additional-party candidate) so I automatically cheered
>before the camera even panned over to him. He killed
>tonight as always. Funniest parts were the blind poll
>bit, his flag pin, and his opinion about the economy.
>• At first, I was wondering why Will was wearing a
>wig here since he usually just greases his real hair
>back when playing Calhoun, but his fake bald cap in
>the next sketch answered that question.
>• No!! Not the French comedian! Give it up, Kenan.
>• I usually don’t like it when Amy does singing
>stuff on Update, but her rap tonight was simply just
>awesome. Her performance was amazing, and stuff like
>Fred and Andy as the Eskimos, Jason as a dancing Todd
>Palin wearing a snow outfit, and Amy shooting the guy
>in the moose costume just added to the hilarity.
>• I, for one, am glad Palin had basically nothing to
>do here, and I actually laughed at her bopping her
>head to Amy’s rap.
>• By the way, I’m predicting that next week will
>be Amy’s last show and then she’ll leave. The baby
>is due in two weeks, right? It will be interesting to
>see if they do something special and give her a
>send-off next week or something. Actually, it
>would’ve been cool if the rap she did tonight was on
>her final Update instead.
>Stars: ****
>
>[2017 UPDATE: No, the following week DIDN'T end
>up being Amy's last show like I predicted, although
>she did give birth that week (just hours before dress
>rehearsal that Saturday), which put her on maternity
>leave until she returned for her last hurrah in the
>two December episodes.]

>
>
>Sketch - Fartface
>• The premise and writing of the sketch was
>certainly questionable, but the writers were wise to
>cast Forte and Hader in the lead parts of the script.
>Both of them, especially Will, gave hilarious
>performances that elevated this to a funny sketch. By
>the time Will was screaming like crazy towards the
>end, I almost couldn’t breathe from laughing so
>hard. Forte going insane never fails. They need to do
>more sketches pairing up Will and Bill.
>• Good ending, too.
>• Too bad the studio audience wasn’t into this AT
>ALL. They were completely dead; I only heard them
>laugh once during the whole thing.
>Stars: ***1/2
>
>[2017 UPDATE: This has to be one of the hardest
>I've ever seen an SNL sketch bomb - not only with the
>studio audience, but with viewers in general, as I
>remember the online reaction to the sketch was mostly
>very negative - almost everybody flat-out hated it.
>I'll still defend this sketch to this day, though - I
>absolutely love Forte and Hader's performances &
>commitment to the material, and the premise was one of
>those cases of "So dumb, it's funny".
>By the way, IIRC, when Hader was on a talk show
>shortly afterwards (can't remember which one), this
>sketch was brought up and he talked about how awkward
>it felt performing something that died so badly with
>the studio audience, especially since he knew a lot of
>people would be watching the show that night due to
>Sarah Palin's guest appearance (it was one of the
>highest-rated SNLs ever, I believe).]

>
>
>Sketch - Narc School
>• Did anyone else notice the theme song sounded
>exactly identical to the MacGruber theme? What was up
>with that?
>• I thought this would be pretty funny when it
>started out, but I was disappointed by the outcome. A
>lot of it was just repetitive and didn’t really go
>anywhere. At least it was somewhat short.
>• Forte was easily the funniest character in the
>sketch, especially his “are you guys talking
>druuuuugs?” line. He’s really on a hot streak
>tonight. He’s been everywhere and has been the
>funniest part of almost all the sketches, which is
>refreshing to see after being underutilized for most
>of the season.
>• Darrell Hammond continues to earn his paycheck by
>showing up for only 2 seconds every Saturday. Kinda
>strange when you realize he got far more airtime and
>dialogue earlier this week in the Thursday night
>Update special (as McCain in the debate sketch and
>Jesse Jackson on Update) than he ever gets on the
>regular Saturday shows.
>Stars: **
>
>
>Commercial - Readitrade.com
>• Sudeikis plays a good commercial spokesman, but
>this ad wasn’t all that funny and it fell flat. The
>only laughable part was Jason quickly whispering
>“sell drugs”, and the freeze-frame ending with
>Fred yelling “WHY?!!” made me chuckle as well.
>• I can’t believe this is only the second
>commercial parody all season (Jar Glove being the
>first), and neither were shown in the normal
>post-monologue slot where they usually air the fake
>commercials. Are they phasing out the fake ads for
>good?
>Stars: **
>
>
>Miscellaneous - New York Underground with Trevor Dix
>• Was this supposed to be a digital short? They
>didn’t show the “An SNL Digital Short” title
>card before this came on, but it might as well have
>been a DS since the whole 4-minute segment was
>pre-recorded. Maybe the Lonely Island didn’t have
>anything to do with this.
>• While this wasn’t laugh-out-loud, in-your-face
>funny, it was very enjoyable and funny in a more
>low-key intelligent way. Definitely a nice change of
>pace. It gave the show an old-school/classic SNL feel
>that I liked.
>• It was nice to see Bill starring in his own
>segment; he was brilliant here. His character and
>British voice was awesome, and he had a really funny
>line about an obese 15 year old seeing theirself naked
>for the first time. More and more, I’m getting
>convinced that Hader is a genius. Too bad SNL
>doesn’t realize this yet, or else he would have
>taken over by now as the undisputed star of the show
>each week instead of being relegated to just playing
>the token straight man to “zany” Kristen Wiig
>characters every episode.
>Stars: ***1/2
>
>[2017 UPDATE: I'm a bit surprised this segment
>was never made recurring; it had potential to become a
>semi-regular bit with Hader profiling a different
>underground singer each time. I get the strong
>feeling Armisen wrote this short, so if this had
>become recurring, he probably would've been the one to
>play different singers in each installment.]

>
>
>Musical Performance
>
>
>Sketch - Fall Foliage
>• This was going absolutely nowhere and dragging on
>and on, although Brolin did his best… but once he
>left, the sketch suddenly got a lot funnier at the end
>where Kenan of all people saved it. The rape stuff was
>priceless and came out of nowhere.
>• Will Forte continues his awesome night by getting
>big laughs with just his one line at the end of the
>sketch (“Yup…”).
>• This was the only real thing Bobby got to do
>tonight, although he was good here.
>Stars: **1/2
>
>_______________________________________________________
>__
>
>Episode Highlights:
>• Sarah Palin Press Conference
>• Weekend Update, minus Jean K. Jean
>• New York Underground with Trevor Dix
>• Forte and Hader’s performances in Fartface
>• Mark Wahlberg Talks to Andy Samberg
>
>Episode Lowlights:
>• Surprise Sue
>• Jean K. Jean
>• The first half of Fall Foliage
>• Readitrade.com
>• MacGruber #2
>• Narc School
>
>Best Performer of the Night:
>• Will Forte
>
>
>FINAL THOUGHTS
>A very uneven episode, with a bit more bad than good.
>The highs were great, but there were a few too many
>mediocre pieces scattered around for the highs to make
>that much of an impact on the overall show. It could
>be signs of the writers starting to get overworked
>from the very busy schedule this season, but
>personally, I’m more worried about the quality of
>the upcoming third live show in a row (November 1).
>Considering how long the writers and cast have been
>working since the season premiere and the fact that
>the writing is already showing signs of weariness
>tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised if the show two
>weeks from now turned out to be a complete disaster
>that not even Affleck could save.
>Josh Brolin was a decent host. Did fine with what he
>was given and got some good laughs but it would’ve
>been nice if some of his material was a little better.
>I was a bit disappointed not to see him actually play
>Bush tonight. They could’ve done something really
>interesting and fun with his and Sudeikis’
>impressions.
>
>[2017 UPDATE: I can see why I was so concerned
>with how the then-upcoming November 1 Ben
>Affleck-hosted show would turn out, due to the
>aforementioned hectic schedule they had in this early
>portion of the season (seriously, between all the
>consecutive live shows and Thursday night Update
>specials, they technically didn't get their first
>actual week off this season until November!), but all
>that worrying ended up being for nothing, because that
>November 1 show turned out to be your typical solid
>Affleck episode.]

>
>
>CASTMEMBER / HOST COUNT DOWN
>ARMISEN: 5 sketches (Press Conference, Sue, Update,
>Readitrade, New York Underground)
>FORTE: 11 sketches (Press Conference, MacGruber #1,
>Sue, MacGruber #2, No Angel, MacGruber #3, Update,
>Fartface, Narc School, New York Underground, Fall
>Foliage)
>HADER: 5 sketches (Sue, No Angel, Fartface, New York
>Underground, Fall Foliage)
>HAMMOND: 1 sketch (Narc School)
>MEYERS: 1 sketch (Update)
>POEHLER: 6 sketches (Sue, Wahlberg/Samberg, No Angel,
>Update, New York Underground, Fall Foliage)
>SAMBERG: 4 sketches (Wahlberg/Samberg, No Angel,
>Update, Fall Foliage)
>SUDEIKIS: 4 sketches (Press Conference, No Angel,
>Update, Readitrade)
>THOMPSON: 6 sketches (Wahlberg/Samberg, No Angel,
>Update, Readitrade, New York Underground, Fall Foliage)
>WIIG: 8 sketches (MacGruber #1, Sue, MacGruber #2,
>Suze Orman, MacGruber #3, Narc School, New York
>Underground, Fall Foliage)
>
>MOYNIHAN: 3 sketches (No Angel, Readitrade, Fall
>Foliage)
>WILSON: 5 sketches (Sue, No Angel, Narc School,
>Readitrade, New York Underground)
>
>JOSH BROLIN: 11 sketches (Monologue, MacGruber #1,
>Sue, MacGruber #2, Suze Orman, Wahlberg/Samberg, No
>Angel, MacGruber #3, Fartface, Narc School, Fall
>Foliage)

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  • Haha, on this week's Last Man on Earth Forte actually said -- "Ya friggin' fartface!" to someone, LOL, 10:49:24 04/25/17 Tue
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