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Date Posted: 06:39:14 07/09/17 Sun
Author: around last season when they were auditioning cast members
Subject: Now that Hamm had a box office hit (Baby Driver), maybe he'll finally host again...wasn't he hanging
In reply to: Stooge 's message, "Jon Hamm / Michael Buble - January 30, 2010 (S35 E13)" on 05:09:06 07/09/17 Sun

>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 - State of the Union
>• An okay parody of the State of the Union address,
>but this could have been much shorter. Although these
>State of the Union parodies are usually pretty long; I
>remember one from the early 90's with Carvey as Bush
>Sr. and Michael J. Fox as Dan Quayle that seemed to go
>on for about 10 minutes.
>• Most of the humor came from the various cutaways
>to real footage of people in the audience of the real
>State of the Union, especially the one of McCain and
>the random shot of Brendan Fraser laughing weird at
>the Golden Globes.
>• Fred had a few funny lines, like his comments to
>Martha Coakley (especially “You stunk up the
>joint”) and him complaining about the messy
>condition the White House was left in when he first
>arrived.
>• Fourth episode in a row with Fred saying LFNY.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Monologue - Jon Hamm
>• Probably one of my favorite monologues of the
>season. Hamm did an excellent job in this as expected.
>I liked his comment at the beginning about him hosting
>SNL a second time “just for the paycheck”.
>• The various clips of his earlier roles were all
>funny, especially the Def Jam one at the end.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Sketch - 1920's Party [a.k.a. Don't Make Me
>Sing]

>• Oh boy, here it is... Kristen Wiig + hammy
>character + unfunny one-joke script = you know how it
>goes.
>Stars: *
>
>
>Digital Short - The Curse
>• This was hilarious. All the various random
>appearances of Hamm as “Sergio” were classic,
>especially the fake-out with the breeze coming from
>Jason opening the window and Andy being relieved, then
>Jason suddenly exploding and Sergio appearing again.
>• I also loved the ending with Sergio coming out of
>the womb while playing the sax while being covered in
>“birth goo” (for lack of a better term), scaring
>the other characters.
>Stars: ****
>
>
>Sketch - New Senator
>• This was pretty good. Hamm was great as Scott
>Brown and the various things he was doing in the
>little “thought bubble fantasies” were funny.
>• Anyone could see the Barney Frank twist coming
>from a mile away (although Fred's facial expressions
>were priceless), but the following part with Robert
>Byrd fantasizing about Hamm in black-and-white dressed
>as a 1920's flapper girl was brilliant and came out of
>nowhere. Bill's facial reaction to that also cracked
>me up.
>Stars: ***
>
>
>Weekend Update - Seth Meyers, featuring Justice Sonia
>Sotamayor, Snooki
>• Best jokes: Gore, Obama/GOP, Octomom, Priest
>arrested, surfing
>• I swear I remember reading from someone who went
>to the dress rehearsal of one of the Weekend Update
>Thursdays at the beginning of the season that Jenny
>did a commentary as Sonia Sotamayor but it got cut
>from the live show that night. Yet it was NASIM who
>played Sotamayor tonight. Did SNL switch the
>impression from one new girl to the other, or was it
>Nasim all along who played Sotamayor back in the WU
>Thursday dress rehearsal and the person who reported
>that just got Jenny and Nasim mixed up? People seem
>to often confuse those two girls for each other.
>• I was happy to see Nasim get a big role again
>after being practically invisible for the last few
>episodes. She did a good job in yet another Update
>commentary (this is, what, Nasim's fourth Update
>appearance in just half a season?), and her comments
>about the Supreme Court's lack of diversity were good,
>especially the line about one of the Supreme Court
>members making Pat Sajak look like a Dominican drag
>queen.
>• I always love Bobby as Snooki, and I like how his
>skin progressively gets more and more orange each time
>he plays her. He got his usual laughs, and I loved the
>“spaulding” comparison at the end.
>• The sudden re-appearance of Bill as The Situation
>and the introduction of Jenny as his mom The
>Predicament were great as well.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Sketch - Game Time with Randy and Greg
>• This is a recurring sketch I don't mind seeing,
>although I wish they'd stick with their original plan
>of using Greg the Alien in different TV show settings
>each time (they were gonna do one last season with
>Greg co-hosting a children's show, but it got cut from
>the live show even though several people who were at
>dress said the sketch was really funny) instead of
>always going back to the old Game Time setting.
>• Hamm being turned into a Greg clone was a funny
>twist, and them multiplying into many different Greg
>clones (played by Will, Jason, and several of SNL's
>writers) took this sketch into a new unexpected
>direction. I think it would've been funnier, though,
>if Greg multiplied so many times to the point where
>they would eventually use the entire SNL cast
>(including the ladies) to play all of the multiple
>Greg clones, similar to the time-traveling installment
>of The Falconer when Kevin Spacey hosted where
>everyone in the cast played The Falconer at different
>points back in time.
>• Seth must write these Game Time sketches, because
>he ALWAYS plays one of the callers in each
>installment. I liked his “Classic alien” line
>regarding the two Gregs looking at the globe and
>whispering to each other.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Sketch - Hamm & Buble
>• When I realized this was gonna be a follow-up to
>the Jon Hamm's John Ham sketch from Hamm's first
>episode, I groaned a bit at first, but this actually
>turned out to be pretty clever and they took this into
>a creatively different, original direction.
>• Buble nervously singing about how the whole
>situation happened with him being held hostage, and
>Hamm's creepy demeanor along with his intimidating
>glances at Buble all made this work. I also laughed a
>lot for some reason at Hamm sternly saying to him
>“You are on the thinnest of ice”.
>Stars: ***½
>
>
>Commercial - Closet Organizer
>• A terrific commercial parody. This kinda felt like
>an actual funny version of that Jar Glove ad from last
>season (it had a similar black-and-white
>“dramatization” beginning with Kristen & the
>announcer, and both commercials used the exact same
>font-style/graphics at the end).
>• Will in that blue costume already had me laughing
>out loud from the start, and this just kept getting
>funnier and funnier with all the various bizarre stuff
>they would throw at him. The two meals-a-day and the
>bucket for him to “do his business in” just capped
>it off perfectly.
>• Another great part was Hamm's testimonial talking
>about having sex with a black girl who had a
>moustache. That had me laughing so much, especially
>how that testimonial had absolutely nothing to do with
>the rest of this ad. Hamm also looked funny in that
>goatee and wig.
>Stars: ****½
>
>
>Sketch - Alinda the Stenographer
>• This reminded me of that sketch from the Zach
>Braff episode in '07, where Fred played “Melissa”,
>a nerdy annoying office secretary who bared a strong
>resemblance to Ugly Betty. I wasn't crazy about that
>sketch and I didn't like this either. I'm starting to
>get tired of Fred playing these types of dorky
>unlikable female characters, just like I'm also sick
>of seeing him cast in gay roles. I mean, I still have
>some faith in Fred; I know he still has steam left in
>him in his 8th season and he does try his best to save
>terrible material like this, but I don't like how the
>writers have been using him for most of this season. I
>want to see more creative original stuff from Fred,
>similar to the Woman-to-Woman sketch from the Joseph
>Gordon-Levitt episode, and less nonsense like Alinda
>and Riley. Fred's much better than crap like this.
>• The only thing that made this sketch slightly
>tolerable was imagining how even worse it would have
>been if Wiig played this role instead.
>Stars: *½
>
>
>Sketch - Tarkie Fenzington, the Closet Organizer Guy
>• This started out as a funny little oddball sketch
>with a lot of good non-sequitur lines between Forte
>and Hamm, like Will's random “I'm not gay” when
>introducing himself and Hamm saying he graduated from
>a high school in Israel. Then the sudden callback to
>the Closet Organizer commercial from earlier in this
>same episode came completely out of nowhere and had me
>laughing a lot.
>• This was a great idea for a sketch, and it worked
>out perfectly. Connecting one sketch to a completely
>different, unrelated sketch later in the same night as
>a running joke is something that SNL doesn't do nearly
>as often as they should.
>• I'm betting Will himself probably wrote this whole
>thing since this certainly seems like his type of
>humor. The show always benefits from a “Bizarre Will
>Forte Sketch of the Night”.
>Stars: ****
>
>
>Sketch - American Enterprise: Barnes and Noble
>• A nice, funny quick sketch to end the show with.
>No complaints about this at all.
>• I especially enjoyed the revelation/twist at the
>end that Barnes and Noble opening a bookstore was just
>a quick afterthought after their main “homeless
>bathrooms” idea.
>Stars: ***
>
>_______________________________________________________
>__
>
>Episode Highlights:
>• Closet Organizer
>• Digital Short
>• Tarkie Fenzington
>• Monologue
>• parts of Weekend Update
>
>Episode Lowlights:
>• 1920's Party
>• Alinda the Stenographer
>
>Best Performer of the Night:
>• Jon Hamm
>
>
>FINAL THOUGHTS
>A great episode, and easily the best of the season so
>far. Almost a flawless show from beginning to end,
>with only two sketches I didn't like. I haven't been
>too thrilled with the direction SNL has been going in
>this season, so a strong episode like this was a
>breath of fresh air. It felt like it's been a long
>time since this season has had an above average/truly
>outstanding episode, and I knew Jon Hamm would
>(temporarily) help SNL out of the rut it's been in.
>
>The first time Hamm hosted last season, I remember
>saying in my review that his overall performance
>reminded me of the very first time Alec Baldwin hosted
>in 1990. Well, now, after tonight's episode, I think
>it's definitely safe to officially call Hamm the new
>young Alec Baldwin of SNL. There are a lot of
>similarities between those two, and also just like
>Baldwin's first few times hosting in the early 90's,
>Hamm's presence seems to automatically snap the
>writers into shape and we can always expect a strong
>inspired episode with him hosting, even in a very
>shaky season like this.
>
>Another refreshing thing about this episode is that
>unlike most of this season, there were almost NO
>recurring characters at all, and the only recurring
>character we got (Greg the Alien) was actually a GOOD
>one!
>
>
>CASTMEMBER / HOST COUNT DOWN
>ARMISEN: 5 sketches (State of the Union, 1920's Party,
>Digital Short, New Senator, Stenographer)
>FORTE: 6 sketches (1920's Party, New Senator, Game
>Time, Closet Organizer, Stenographer, Tarkie
>Fenzington)
>HADER: 7 sketches (1920's Party, Digital Short, New
>Senator, Update, Game Time, Hamm & Buble, American
>Enterprise)
>MEYERS: 1 sketch (Update)
>SAMBERG: 2 sketches (Monologue, Digital Short)
>SUDEIKIS: 3 sketches (State of the Union, Digital
>Short, Game Time)
>THOMPSON: 2 sketches (Game Time, Stenographer)
>WIIG: 7 sketches (State of the Union, Monologue,
>1920's Party, Digital Short, New Senator, Closet
>Organizer, Stenographer)
>
>ELLIOTT: 2 sketches (Monologue, 1920's Party)
>MOYNIHAN: 3 sketches (Update, Stenographer, Tarkie
>Fenzington)
>PEDRAD: 3 sketches (New Senator, Update, Hamm & Buble)
>SLATE: 2 sketches (Digital Short, Update)
>
>JON HAMM: 10 sketches (Monologue, 1920's Party,
>Digital Short, New Senator, Game Time, Hamm & Buble,
>Closet Organizer, Stenographer, Tarkie Fenzington,
>American Enterprise)

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  • It's funny. I remember enjoying this episode a lot when it aired. Afterwards, I was -- hoping (the rest of the season would improve), 07:58:55 07/09/17 Sun
  • It seems like he had more of a connection with the Kristen/Fred/Bill cast and maybe -- after they all left he didn't feel as connected to SNL?, 09:19:07 07/09/17 Sun
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