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Date Posted: 17:11:32 08/12/17 Sat
Author: shirt....haha, boobs, am I right? (High five)
Subject: Most memorable thing about this episode was Katy Perry in the Elmo
In reply to: Stooge 's message, "Amy Poehler / Katy Perry - September 25, 2010 (S36 E1)" on 13:15:14 08/12/17 Sat

>Here's the original review I posted back when this
>episode first aired. This was the first episode for
>Taran Killam, Vanessa Bayer, Jay Pharoah, and Paul
>Brittain. Fun fact that I pointed out a few months
>ago: Vanessa's first and last episode both had Katy
>Perry as the musical guest.
>***** = Excellent, a possible future classic
>**** = Great
>*** = Average
>** = Meh
>* = How'd this get past dress?
>Cold Opening - Christine O’Donnell at RNC
>• Now here I was, hoping that SNL would give the
>Christine O’Donnell impression to Abby Elliott. This
>could’ve been the breakout role that Abby
>desperately needs. But - surprise surprise - they gave
>the impression to Kristen Wiig instead. Oh, joy. I can
>see we’re in for yet another damn season of Kristen
>hogging all the main female roles while Abby just
>takes up space all year. Way to show progress, SNL.
>• The writing for this actually was decent for the
>first several minutes, and I liked Bill and Jason as
>the straight men.
>• The details about Christine O’Donnell’s
>masturbation habits, the “3 ½ minutes later”
>title screen, and the dog fights revelation were all
>pretty funny. However, the problem is that the sketch
>was stretched out a little too long and lost steam in
>the last two minutes.
>• The over-the-top flying witch ending also fell
>flat with me.
>Stars: **½
>Opening Montage
>• Is it sad that I already miss Will Forte’s
>• Seeing Abby now as a repertory player and seeing
>her so early in the opening montage doesn’t feel
>right. I guess they HAD to promote her simply because
>it’s rare nowadays for someone to stay a featured
>player for three seasons, but this promotion just
>doesn’t feel well-deserved for someone who does
>practically nothing aside from the odd celebrity
>impression every few months. I mean, I guess Abby’s
>marginally better than Jenny Slate, but is that really
>saying much? Nasim mops the floor with both of them
>anyway. Oh, and for anyone who wants to know my
>thoughts about Jenny Slate being fired, all I have to
>say is “Good riddance, Jenny”. I actually gave her
>an open-minded chance in the first half of last season
>unlike SOME people, but ultimately it became painfully
>obvious that she just wasn’t right for SNL. My
>review of the Taylor Lautner/Bon Jovi episode looks
>awfully embarrassing now in retrospect (I devoted so
>much space in that review to defending Jenny and
>saying all this crap about how she will overcome her
>awkward start and can potentially become a successful
>castmember... *cringe*).
>• On the other hand, I was definitely happy to see
>Bobby as a regular castmember now. His promotion was
>long overdue.
>• The new castmembers’ shots all look pretty
>decent, with Jay Pharoah’s clip being my favorite.
>But let me just say what I’m sure a lot of people
>noticed: why in the world was Taran Killam credited
>AFTER Nasim Pedrad??? Last time I checked, K comes
>before P. Someone behind the scenes at SNL must have
>never learned their ABCs.
>• Maybe it’s just me, but Don Pardo’s voice just
>doesn’t sound the same taped as it does live. You
>can definitely tell the difference. I miss the raw
>enthusiasm in his voice when he used to announce live.
>Monologue - Amy Poehler
>• I was interested and curious before the show about
>what they’d do for Amy’s monologue.
>• This started out pretty slow, and the Nick
>Jonas/Taylor Lautner reference just made me groan and
>was obviously an excuse to have teen girls in the
>audience cheer out loud.
>• However, this really picked up with the whole
>dream sequence. It may have been a thinly-veiled
>never-ending cavalcade of cameo appearances, but at
>least their apperances were entertaining, the writing
>was very strong, and the monologue overall was really
>• My favorite part was Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon
>returning to take over Update and bossing Amy around.
>And I always like seeing Rachel Dratch on SNL; she’s
>so underrated it’s insane.
>• The bit with Nasim as Amy’s Kaitlin character
>amused me, too. I don’t even like that character,
>but Nasim did a pretty good impression of her and it
>was cute.
>• The only parts I didn’t care for was the weak
>ending with the spinning top, and Kristen mugging in
>front of the camera as she slowly danced away.
>• Did anyone notice at the very beginning of the
>dream sequence when they showed random images, one of
>them was a photo of Amy from that Big Wigs sketch
>(from the Jaime Pressly episode in ‘06)? I wonder
>why they’d want to remind anyone of that disastrous
>Stars: ****
>[2017 UPDATE: I didn't know at the time, but the
>"weak ending with the spinning top" was actually a
>reference to the movie Inception, which was one of the
>big movies that summer. Now that I get the reference,
>I take back my complaint about it being a weak

>Sketch - Bronx Beat
>• Ugh. I was definitely expecting this to return
>tonight and, of course, it HAS to be the first sketch
>of the episode.
>• At first, I was surprised they didn’t include
>Maya Rudolph among all the cameos in the monologue,
>but then I realized they probably didn’t want to
>spoil the “great” surprise of there being a Bronx
>Beat later on.
>• People complain that Amy cameos on the show so
>much that it feels like she never even left the cast,
>but you can say the exact same thing about Maya. And
>I’d take Amy over her any day of the week. At least
>I actually like Amy for the most part and can tolerate
>her cameos; Maya... well, I’m sure you know my
>thoughts about her, and it seems like her cameo
>appearances always come as an annoying recurring
>character of hers or in some singing sketch (or even
>worse, as a singing recurring character of hers). I
>sure hope Maya never gets the opportunity to host SNL,
>because boy will I despise that episode.
>• Most of this was the usual laughless Bronx Beat
>dreck. And am I the only one who has a hard time
>understanding most of Maya’s lines? She always talks
>way too fast as this character.
>• Katy Perry’s outfit was a nice subtle jab at her
>Sesame Street controversy from earlier this week, and
>the interview segment with her had potential but it
>didn’t go anywhere after the initial set-up.
>However, I did get a laugh from Amy’s response to
>Katy’s cleavage-revealing top: “Today’s episode
>is brought to you by the number 38 and the letter
>Double D”.
>Stars: *½
>[2017 UPDATE: "I sure hope Maya never gets the
>opportunity to host SNL, because boy will I despise
>that episode." Well, guess what? Maya DID end up
>hosting the show the following season (oh, and of
>course, Amy herself made a cameo for a "Bronx Beat"
>sketch), and to my surprise, I DIDN'T despise the
>episode. The episode wasn't anything particularly
>great, but it was overall decent and certainly better
>than what I was expecting.]

>Commercial - Bosley Hair Restoration
>• An entire fake ad about pubic hair wigs? Are you
>• And of course, the studio audience ate it up as if
>this was cutting edge comedy to them. I’m getting
>the feeling that the audience really WAS filled with
>teens like I mentioned in the monologue.
>• Why do the season premiere commercials always go
>for the obvious and cheap joke instead of actual
>clever and creative satire? This was done in a very
>similar style as that Bladdivan commercial from last
>year’s premiere, but at least THAT one had a few
>laughs. Tonight’s commercial was completely lame and
>had no laughs to speak of.
>Stars: *
>Sketch - Maternity Matters
>• Yeah... this premise has officially been run into
>the ground.
>• I loved the first time they did this with
>Woman-to-Woman and felt it was one of Fred’s few
>truly great moments from last season, and the second
>installment with Teen Talk was a lazy re-write and a
>big step down but still had a few funny moments. By
>tonight’s third installment, I’m just completely
>sick of the entire routine and it’s not a good thing
>when I’m able to accurately predict 90% of Fred’s
>lines right before he even says them. How many times
>are we supposed to find Fred repeatedly asking his
>guests to speak up and him constantly saying “Well,
>honey, I dunno what to tell ya” funny?
>• The only things in this I really liked was
>Fred’s complaint about his water bill and him
>questioning why Amy would want to feel pretty and
>advising her to simply put on a dress and tell her
>husband “Sorry, this is what you get”.
>• Was there any particular reason why Amy’s
>character was named Terry Facials?
>Stars: **
>Commercial - Mosque at Ground Zero
>• This actually had a really creative idea loaded
>with potential, but it was ruined by the writers once
>again taking the cheap, easy road by centering it
>around a gay wedding. Why does SNL go to the gay well
>for laughs so often these days? It’s so tired, I
>can’t even chuckle at it anymore.
>• It’s too bad, because this ad actually
>could’ve been a near-classic if they’d found a
>better core punchline than a gay wedding.
>• Loved Bill’s performance as the enthusiastic
>pitchman, and his wry delivery of the line “It’s
>nothin’ to worry about” at the end reminded me of
>Phil Hartman for some reason (always a good thing).
>• The “IT COULD HAPPEN” screen at the end and
>the “paid for by the RNC...and 70% of the DNC”
>disclaimer was a funny ending.
>Stars: **½
>Weekend Update - Seth Meyers with guest co-anchor Amy
>Poehler, featuring Will Smith, Gov. David Paterson and
>Gov. David Paterson
>• Best jokes: Blockbuster video, Subway app, new
>American Idol judges
>• Only three jokes in, and they’re already doing a
>“Really” segment? We all knew this segment was
>inevitable tonight anyway considering our host, but at
>least keep us in anticipation of the segment. Don’t
>just abruptly jump right into it instantly.
>• And I hate to say it, but “Really” is
>beginning to lose its bite. Tonight’s segment was
>pretty disappointing and almost entirely forgettable.
>After a while, it just devolved into more of those gay
>jokes that the current SNL writers love so much. The
>only comment I remember actually laughing at was the
>one about Lady Gaga of all people trying to be the
>voice of reason.
>• And now Amy’s telling news jokes for the rest of
>tonight’s Update? Normally I might actually be a
>little relieved by this since it gives us a break from
>bland Seth and his tired smugness, but all it did was
>just remind me of how out-of-her-element Amy used to
>be as an Update anchor. A poster on another SNL forum
>mentioned recently how Amy always had to tell cutesy,
>cheesy-type jokes during her years on Update... that
>stupid “Kim Jong Not-Ill” joke tonight was a
>perfect example.
>• Update really picked up with newbie Jay Pharoah
>debuting his Will Smith impression. I was so happy to
>see it tonight, and it was a great way for Jay to
>breakout on his first SNL episode. His Will Smith is
>so eerily dead-on and funny; I’ve seen other people
>attempt an impression of Will before but Jay’s is
>the only one who came even close. He kept cracking me
>up throughout this commentary and he had several funny
>lines; my favorites were how he named his pet
>“Will.i.am.a.dog” and him saying at the end “I
>just punched a hurricane, WHOO!” I can’t wait to
>see more from Jay’s arsenal of impressions.
>They’ve GOTTA find a way to use his Denzel and Jay Z
>in their own sketches.
>• The parrot 911 call was just a carbon-copy of a
>previous parrot bit Seth and Amy did before (I think
>in the James Franco episode from ‘08), even down to
>Amy singing “Happy birthday to you” again and
>admitting afterwards that the voices were done by her.
>Nothing new here, folks. Although Seth saying at the
>end that the third voice was from Jesus was unexpected
>and made me chuckle.
>• The David Paterson bit... ugh, I don’t even want
>to waste time reviewing this. I couldn’t have been
>bored by this segment more. But let me rant anyway...
>Fred’s Paterson is long past its expiration date at
>this point and they’re not even trying anymore with
>the New Jersey slams they write. Then to kill this
>segment even further, they dragged the real David
>Paterson out there. Were we REALLY supposed to find
>this funny? I’m so sick of the forced, stale “real
>celebrity confronts the castmember impersonating
>them” gimmick. To say it’s been done to death
>would be an understatement. And the real Paterson’s
>commentary was way too damn long and a complete
>snoozefest. His little SNL bashing comment was done
>before by other politicians who appeared on the show
>(Giuliani comes to mind), and what was with his
>preachy, long-winded serious speech about his
>accomplishments as governor? Last time I checked, this
>is supposed to be a comedy show, not a soapbox.
>• The only interesting thing about the whole
>Paterson segment was seeing how much he and Fred
>really do look very similar to each other. The
>resemblance was almost scary. If Fred didn’t have
>the beard, I almost wouldn’t have been able to tell
>the difference between them.
>• Overall, I can see this is gonna be another rough
>season for Update. Seth really needs to step the hell
>down and let someone new take over the desk. I’m
>sure the only reason some reviewers are saying Seth
>didn’t seem quite as bad tonight is because he had
>Amy to play off of, and they’ve always had great
>chemistry together. Don’t worry, Seth will be back
>to his usual boring unlikeable self next week.
>Stars: **
>Sketch - The Lean Years
>• The opening scene with ladies from various
>Showtime series fell completely flat, although I kinda
>liked Nasim as Nurse Jackie. Kristen’s Mary Louise
>Parker, on the other hand, could not have been any
>farther off. It’s sad when you remember how great of
>an impressionist Kristen used to be in 2005-2007, and
>how lousy and half-assed her impressions have become
>• Amber the one-legged farting character? No. No!
>Nooooo! How did I not see this coming tonight?
>• I really have nothing positive to say about this
>awful sketch... at all. The writers weren’t even
>trying; this was even unfunnier than the usual Amber
>sketches. And the last thing SNL needs right now is
>more fart humor. I STILL haven’t gotten over that
>embarrassing Grace Kelly sketch from last year.
>Stars: *
>Digital Short - Boogerman Theme
>• This was one of those digital shorts that I just
>don’t know what to make of, even after several
>viewings (the last short like that was Cherry Battle).
>• Very bizarre and I’m still not quite sure what
>the point was, but I did get a few good laughs out of
>• Bill was excellent during his scenes as a
>• I liked some of the quick Boogerman clips of
>various castmembers; my biggest laughs came from the
>clip of Fred as the villain and Jay Pharoah as the
>• New castmember Paul Brittain looked just like Will
>Forte in his clip as the scientist. I almost thought
>that actually WAS Forte at first.
>• Who was that playing Boogerman in that quick movie
>clip (where he dramatically states “I was born the
>Boogerman and I will die the Boogerman!”)? It
>didn’t look like any of the castmembers and I get
>the feeling it was someone famous. A poster in the
>Live Discussion thread (strummer, I believe) asked if
>it was Peter Sarsgaard, but to me it looked more like
>Neil Patrick Harris even though he was shown earlier
>in a stock footage shot as one of the celebrities in
>the audience.
>Stars: ***
>[2017 UPDATE: It was indeed Peter Sarsgaard
>playing Boogerman. Really random casting choice
>there. I guess he wanted to redeem himself from his
>awful hosting stint in 2006.]

>Sketch - Tiny Hat Rivalry
>• A ridiculously moronic and unfunny sketch. Various
>tiny hats and close-ups of Kristen Wiig mugging while
>stuffing food inside her mouth just aren’t my idea
>of comedy.
>• The restaurant’s name constantly changing
>throughout the sketch also fell flat.
>• The only thing I found even remotely humorous was
>Bill pointing to Kristen and crying “It should’ve
>been you!” after Amy’s character allegedly died.
>Stars: *½
>[2017 UPDATE: Wasn't there some controversy over
>SNL supposedly plagiarizing this sketch from
>somewhere? I'm pretty sure this sketch was written by
>Anderlette (one of the dead giveaways was the random
>apperance of a flamboyant gay character, who was
>played by Hader). Come to think of it, quite a number
>of Anderlette's sketches over the years have gotten
>called out on being plagiarized: the Lawrence
>Welk/tiny hands thing, that River Sisters/Proud Mary
>sketch from Sarah Silverman's episode... hell, even
>that well-liked Bird Bible commercial they wrote
>shared an awful lot of similarities to the premise a
>cat bible commercial SNL themselves did in the 80s.
>All of this kinda makes you wonder...]

>Mini-Sketch - Actor II Actor
>• Surprisingly, this was pretty damn funny. Yes, it
>was insanely short and essentially pointless, but
>that’s actually what made it work. I laughed harder
>at this than I did at most of tonight’s sketches.
>• In the Live Discussion thread, lordcrom made this
>comment about the sketch: “You get in, get the
>laugh, and get out. Short and funny”. Someone needs
>to tell the current writers to adopt that style of
>writing more often.
>Stars: ***
>Sketch/Commercial - The Unwatchables
>• I’m always a sucker for impression-showcase
>sketches with most of the cast, and this definitely
>• My favorite bits were from Bill as Steven Seagal,
>Jay Pharoah as Chris Tucker, Andy as Bridgitte
>Nielsen, Abby as Brooke Hogan with her father’s
>facial hair, Bobby as Hurley from Lost (you just know
>Bobby must’ve been dying to finally use this
>impression on SNL), and Taran Killam as Steven Slater.
>• The only part I didn’t like was Kenan as Tracy
>Chapman. Why do they keep sticking Kenan in
>out-of-place roles in these types of sketches? They
>did the same thing where he played Jennifer Hudson in
>last season’s “Bunny Business” sketch. And with
>a new and actual talented black guy in the cast, I can
>tell I’m gonna be even more intolerant of Kenan than
>EVER this season. Definitely time for him to get the
>hell out.
>• I hope I’m not the only one who realized that
>Bobby has spoken only a measly two quick lines in this
>entire show, in what’s supposed to be his first
>night as a repertory castmember. They’d better use
>him more in the future. Even Abby and some of the
>newbies got more airtime than him tonight.
>• For the record, this is actually the THIRD gay
>role Taran Killam has had in tonight’s episode
>alone. In the Ground Zero commercial, he was shown in
>a photo as a gay soldier getting married (Paul
>Brittain was the other soldier), he made a very brief
>appearance as a lispy gay guy during one of the clips
>in the Boogerman short, and now he played Steven
>Slater. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come
>from Taran, or it looks like Fred’s gonna have some
>serious competition in the “typecasted in gay
>roles” department.
>• The announcer’s line “Starts filming
>tomorrow... which means it’ll come out this
>Friday” was a great ending.
>Stars: ****
>[2017 UPDATE: Taran would later KINDA go on to
>be one of the show's go-to guys for flamboyant gay
>roles, but it was definitely not as annoying as when
>Fred was the go-to guy for those roles.]

>Episode Highlights:
>• Monologue
>• Jay Pharoah’s Will Smith commentary on Weekend
>• The Unwatchables
>• Actor II Actor
>Episode Lowlights:
>• The Lean Years
>• Bosley Hair Restoration
>• Tiny Hat Rivalry
>• Bronx Beat
>• the rest of Weekend Update
>• Maternity Matters
>Best Performer of the Night:
>• Bill Hader
>Well, I can see things haven’t improved from last
>season. Overall, a season premiere that I was mostly
>unimpressed by. The monologue was the definite best
>moment and the show did end on a good note with the
>solid final two sketches. And having various new
>castmembers debut tonight gave the show a feeling of
>excitement, although Jay Pharoah was the only newbie
>to leave a real impression on viewers so far
>(seriously, this kid is loaded with so much
>potential... I just hope Lorne realizes this). But for
>the most part, this episode suffered from the exact
>same things that plagued the 09-10 season: lazy
>uninspired writing, overreliance on carbon-copied
>recurring sketches that didn’t need to return,
>overuse of Kristen Wiig, an overlong mediocre Weekend
>Update, and an excess of gay jokes and fart humor.
>Nothing has changed.
>Obviously, it’s way too early to judge this season
>yet and the season premieres lately are usually never
>strong anyway, but tonight’s episode has done
>nothing to dispel my fears/predictions of this season
>becoming the new 94-95. If the show doesn’t want to
>continue the downhill slide that started in 09-10,
>then they’ve got a long way to go. Sorry, but the 3
>or 4 new writers they hired over the summer is not
>enough to cut it. They need almost a COMPLETE overhaul
>of the writing staff, clearing out all the dead weight
>and people who’ve been there for way too long (did
>ya’ll see the SIZE of that writers list during the
>goodnights?). For example, Paula Pell - this is, what,
>her 16th season as writer on the show? Absolutely
>ridiculous. And don’t get me started on Seth Meyers.
>The cast needs more tuning as well. They took a small
>step in the right direction by hiring 4 new
>castmembers, but there’s still a number of returning
>players who have no reason to be on and have already
>done everything that they can on the show.
>ARMISEN: 6 sketches (Monologue, Bosley Hair
>Restoration, Maternity Matters, Ground Zero, Digital
>Short, Unwatchables)
>ELLIOTT: 5 sketches (Maternity Matters, Ground Zero,
>Lean Years, Tiny Hats, Unwatchables)
>HADER: 6 sketches (Christine O’Donnell, Maternity
>Matters, Ground Zero, Digital Short, Tiny Hats,
>MEYERS: 2 sketches (Monologue, Update)
>MOYNIHAN: 4 sketches (Bosley Hair Restoration, Ground
>Zero, Digital Short, Unwatchables)
>SAMBERG: 6 sketches (Maternity Matters, Ground Zero,
>Lean Years, Digital Short, Actor II Actor,
>SUDEIKIS: 5 sketches (Christine O’Donnell, Bosley
>Hair Restoration, Ground Zero, Digital Short,
>THOMPSON: 4 sketches (Monologue, Ground Zero, Digital
>Short, Unwatchables)
>WIIG: 7 sketches (Christine O’Donnell, Monologue,
>Bosley Hair Restoration, Maternity Matters, Lean
>Years, Digital Short, Tiny Hats)
>BAYER: 5 sketches (Christine O’Donnell, Monologue,
>Maternity Matters, Ground Zero, Tiny Hats)
>BRITTAIN: 5 sketches (Monologue, Bosley Hair
>Restoration, Ground Zero, Lean Years, Digital Short)
>PEDRAD: 4 sketches (Monologue, Bosley Hair
>Restoration, Ground Zero, Lean Years)
>KILLAM: 4 sketches (Monologue, Ground Zero, Digital
>Short, Unwatchables)
>PHAROAH: 5 sketches (Monologue, Ground Zero, Update,
>Digital Short, Unwatchables)
>AMY POEHLER: 9 sketches (Monologue, Bronx Beat,
>Maternity Matters, Ground Zero, Update, Lean Years,
>Digital Short, Tiny Hats, Unwatchables)

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