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Date Posted: 11:38:06 04/29/17 Sat
Author: weird to see now reference to a girlfriend in the monologue)
Subject: This was so long ago I don't think NPH was out at that point yet (there was that
In reply to: Stooge 's message, "Neil Patrick Harris / Taylor Swift - January 10, 2009 (S34 E12)" on 10:56:57 04/29/17 Sat

>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 - The Rachel Maddow Show
>• I was very surprised to see Abby in this role.
>After only being on 4 episodes and barely uttering any
>lines, she suddenly gets the lead role at the
>beginning of the show in the cold opening and even
>gets to say LFNY! Amazing. I’m happy for her, but at
>the same time, I kinda feel bad for Casey Wilson for
>some reason.
>• Jason had a lot of great lines as Blagojevich,
>especially the “sex you” parts, his names for
>Maddow, and the 'Dutch kid/thumb in a dyke' line at
>the end.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Monologue - Neil Patrick Harris
>• NPH criticizing Fred Savage’s SNL episode from
>1990 was very funny, especially the quick “Why
>won’t you kiss me?” quote from NPH’s girlfriend.
>• I also liked NPH nitpicking the audience
>hecklers’ jokes and their reactions to that.
>• Andy’s return as Wahlberg was a funny surprise,
>and “Say hi to the cast of How I Met Your Mother for
>me, alright?” was great.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Sketch - Today
>• I wasn’t too crazy about this. It didn’t
>really seem to have much of a focus and although
>Kristen’s Kathie Lee impression was accurate, it
>didn’t make me laugh that much and she could’ve
>toned the mugging down a bit.
>• Nice to see Michaela in a big role, though. The
>new girls seem to be taking over tonight.
>• The biggest laugh I got from this was Michaela
>punching Kristen during the exercise.
>Stars: **½
>
>
>Sketch - Saving Broadway
>• A good ensemble sketch with everyone each getting
>a moment to shine.
>• Jason was a good straight man as usual, and I
>loved him calling Blue Man Group a bunch of blue
>dicks. The delayed chandelier drop was great, too.
>• The racism part was the funniest, as was the
>Fiddler on the Roof ending.
>• Was having Fred as one of the Blue Man Group
>members an inside joke since he actually used to be a
>drummer for them.
>Stars: ****
>
>
>Sketch - Penelope
>• I groaned when Penelope showed up tonight like I
>do with almost all of Kristen’s recurring
>characters. Tonight was the same-old same-old tired
>Penelope shtick, and the only part I found funny was
>her randomly appearing in the DVD.
>• I heard before about Liza Minnelli making an
>appearance this weekend, but I’m surprised it was in
>this sketch and not in the preceding Broadway sketch.
>Stars: *½
>
>
>Digital Short - The Doogie Howser Orchestra
>• At first, I thought this was going to be NPH
>making up lyrics to the Doogie Howser theme music.
>• This may be the first digital short without an
>obvious joke/punchline, but it worked. A nice
>experimental change of pace.
>• A clever way to work in the inevitable Doogie
>Howser piece of the night and this was a nice
>throwback to the classic sitcom theme song. And
>NPH’s look into the camera at the end with the tear
>rolling down his face sealed the whole thing perfectly.
>• I like how they got the whole cast involved in
>this short.
>Stars: ****
>
>
>Weekend Update - Seth Meyers, featuring Sir Charles
>Barkley, Will Forte
>• Finally, they started officially crediting this as
>a solo Update with Seth and they shortened the Update
>set. I was hoping for a brand-new Update set, but this
>will do.
>• Best jokes: Five presidents, Bill Clinton, Michael
>Jackson, Home school
>• Strange seeing the Update guests to Seth’s right
>side now instead of his left.
>• I groaned a little at first when the Charles
>Barkley piece was introduced, but it actually didn’t
>turn out too bad. Kenan’s impression of him still
>needs improvement, but he had a few lines that made me
>laugh, like the TNT comments.
>• Another Forte Update song! As usual, his song had
>me laughing a lot, especially the “S my D” line
>and the Bush stuff.
>Stars: ****
>
>
>Sketch - Two First Names
>• A random and silly idea for a sketch, but it still
>turned out to be pretty funny. I always enjoy a
>multiple-impressions sketch.
>• Several people were saying before about how Abby
>resembles Jamie Lynn Spears, although I didn’t see
>any resemblance until now when she played her.
>• Fred as David Lee Roth was hilarious, especially
>the fake leg kick.
>• Andy as Billy Bob Thornton was so strange that it
>made me laugh.
>• I think this was the first time I’ve seen anyone
>impersonate Julia Louis Dreyfus. I wonder if having
>Michaela play her was another inside joke since she
>made some appearances on JLD’s sitcom.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Sketch - Air Traffic Controllers
>• I got a laugh at the beginning at seeing NPH in
>drag, but that was pretty much it. NPH did the best he
>could with the material, but this was really dull
>overall.
>• The phone booth story was the only other minor
>laugh.
>Stars: *½
>
>[2017 UPDATE: Very obviously an Anderlette
>sketch. I mean, you have the male host in drag,
>Kristen Wiig as the co-star in a typical annoying
>goofy role, over-the-top huge wigs, everyone having
>goofy Southern accents for no reason, poorly-written
>script, etc.]

>
>
>Sketch - Frost/Other People
>• Another multiple-impressions sketch. These rarely
>ever fail.
>• Fred as Paul Lynde was funny as usual.
>• Bobby’s brief appearance as David Crosby was
>hilarious.
>• I loved NPH’s questioning about the What’s
>Happening/Doobie Brothers episode as well.
>• The various matching outfits Jason came out in
>were all funny, especially when he joined in on the
>Rerun dance.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Commercial - Whopper Virgins
>• This was brilliant and I laughed for the entire
>sketch. Bobby in particular was hilarious with his
>laughing and his silly actions.
>• The bit with Michaela revealing she lost her
>virginity to her uncle was a funny line.
>Stars: ****½
>
>_______________________________________________________
>__
>
>Episode Highlights:
>• Whopper Virgins
>• Saving Broadway
>• Digital Short
>• Weekend Update
>• Monologue
>
>Episode Lowlights:
>• Penelope
>• Air Traffic Controllers
>• parts of Today
>
>[2017 UPDATE: Hmm, the only three bad sketches
>in this episode all starred Kristen Wiig in the main
>role. Not a surprise at this point in her tenure.
>This is when she REALLY reached the point of becoming
>unbearable (is it a coincidence that this happened to
>be literally right after Amy Poehler left?). Wait
>until the next two episodes where she debuts two truly
>DREADFUL characters.]

>
>Best Performer of the Night:
>• Neil Patrick Harris
>
>
>FINAL THOUGHTS
>SNL makes its return from Christmas break with a very
>good episode. There were only a few weak pieces here
>and there, with plenty of funny sketches to make up
>for it, and a particularly strong closing sketch.
>Neil Patrick Harris was a great host as expected,
>which makes me wonder why they didn’t get him
>before. He put his all into every single sketch he
>appeared in, even the weaker ones, and made for some
>memorable performances. I hope he returns again in the
>future.
>
>[2017 UPDATE: "I hope he returns again in the
>future." We're still waaaaiiitttiiiing, SNL. With
>all the first-time hosts this season who ended up
>becoming frequent returnees (Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Anne
>Hathaway, James Franco), I don't know how NPH hasn't
>become one of them.]

>
>
>CASTMEMBER / HOST COUNT DOWN
>ARMISEN: 6 sketches (Monologue, Broadway, Digital
>Short, Two First Names, Frost, Whopper)
>FORTE: 5 sketches (Penelope, Digital Short, Update,
>Two First Names, Air Traffic)
>HADER: 6 sketches (Monologue, Broadway, Penelope,
>Digital Short, Two First Names, Frost)
>HAMMOND: 4 sketches (Broadway, Digital Short, Two
>First Names, Frost)
>MEYERS: 1 sketch (Update)
>SAMBERG: 3 sketches (Monologue, Digital Short, Two
>First Names)
>SUDEIKIS: 5 sketches (Rachel Maddow, Broadway, Digital
>Short, Two First Names, Frost)
>THOMPSON: 7 sketches (Rachel Maddow, Broadway,
>Penelope, Digital Short, Update, Two First Names,
>Frost)
>WIIG: 7 sketches (Today, Broadway, Penelope, Digital
>Short, Two First Names, Air Traffic, Whopper)
>
>ELLIOTT: 4 sketches (Rachel Maddow, Broadway, Digital
>Short, Two First Names)
>MOYNIHAN: 5 sketches (Monologue, Broadway, Digital
>Short, Frost, Whopper)
>WATKINS: 5 sketches (Today, Broadway, Digital Short,
>Two First Names, Whopper)
>WILSON: 3 sketches (Broadway, Penelope, Digital Short)
>
>NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: 9 sketches (Monologue, Today,
>Broadway, Penelope, Digital Short, Two First Names,
>Air Traffic, Frost, Whopper)

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