>Here's the original review I posted back when this
>episode first aired.
>***** = Excellent, a possible future classic
>**** = Great
>*** = Average
>** = Meh
>* = How'd this get past dress?
>Cold Opening - Michele Bachmann’s Response
>• Kristen being cast as Bachmann was a no-brainer.
>• Unfortunately, the writing wasn’t up to par. Not
>a very creative parody of the Michele Bachmann video,
>and the joke here got old pretty fast.
>Monologue - Jesse Eisenberg
>• Well, I’ll at least give them credit for not
>doing a song-and-dance or Q&A monologue like I
>• Eisenberg seemed like a nervous wreck during this.
>• This whole monologue was fairly predictable and
>light on actual laughs. The Zuckerberg/Eisenberg and
>Samberg confrontation didn’t end up amounting to
>• Andy’s “Awk-berrrrrg” line was good for a
>Commercial - Estro-Maxx
>• Meh. A very lame and sophomoric premise, and it
>seemed like SNL already did a fake ad like this before.
>• My only real laugh actually came from Kenan’s
>facial reaction to Bobby at the airport.
>[2017 UPDATE: This commercial, which was about a
>hormone replacement therapy pill for pre-op
>transsexuals, actually caused some
>when it originally aired, and as a result, was cut out
>of all of reruns (IIRC).]
>Sketch - Mr. Wizard’s World
>• Is it a coincidence that Kenan was cast in an
>old-school Nickelodeon sketch, considering that’s
>where his career began?
>• This got predictable after a while, but overall,
>this wasn’t too bad. There were some funny parts
>throughout, like Nasim and Jesse’s hair standing on
>end and all of Bill’s reactions.
>Sketch - Don’t Forget the Lyrics
>• Similarly to the Mr. Wizard sketch, this was
>another sketch with a predictable premise but this one
>got old much faster and was less funny.
>• Jason was great as Mark McGrath and had some funny
>one-liners that saved the sketch. The “Marky Mark”
>mix-up was pretty funny as well.
>Sketch - WXPD News
>• I enjoyed the first installment a lot, but I was
>afraid they’d eventually ruin it by making it
>recurring and not changing anything in the script.
>Sadly, I was right. This didn’t work nearly as well
>the second time and this was basically a lazy rewrite
>of the first installment, even down to using the exact
>same fake-out ending with Bill’s character
>“dying”. They REALLY couldn’t think of another
>way to end this sketch? Seriously?
>• The back-and-forth between Bill and Jason still
>got some laughs from me, and Bill cracking up and then
>attempting to hide his face from the camera so we
>couldn’t see him laughing at least established some
>difference between this and the first installment. I
>also liked Jason ad-libbing “Keep it together,
>Herb!” during Bill’s laughing.
>Digital Short - The Creep
>• This was pretty good and while not anywhere near
>as classic as the Lonely Island probably wanted it to
>be, I was still entertained by this.
>• The John Waters cameo was a creative addition.
>• I know there’s been previous shorts where Andy
>rapped with either just Jorma or Akiva, but is this
>the first musical Digital Short on SNL where all three
>Lonely Island members sang together as a group? If so,
>then it’s about damn time.
>Weekend Update - Seth Meyers, featuring President
>Hosni Mubarak, Tyler Perry
>• Best jokes: Comcast, Charlie Sheen, elderly drivers
>• Fred being cast in the role of the president of
>Egypt was just as predictable as Kristen being cast as
>Michele Bachmann. Sometimes I forget that Fred’s
>even still on the show; he barely appears anymore
>these days. An obvious sign that he’s on his way
>out. Anyway, this Update commentary was pretty
>forgettable overall and didn’t have much of a point,
>although Fred’s high-pitched “You know what I
>mean?”s throughout this gave me a chuckle.
>• I’ve always said that Kenan’s Update
>commentaries never fail to bore the hell out of me,
>but his Tyler Perry commentary tonight actually
>wasn’t bad. Most of my laughs came from the random
>non-sequitur one-liners he kept throwing in (“My
>best friend is Oprah”; “I own an island”).
>Sketch - The Essentials presents: Bride of Blackenstein
>• I liked this sketch a lot and got some big laughs
>all throughout. Lots of funny one-liners, too, such as
>the one about the monster’s mouth coming from “a
>ho who didn’t know her place” and the similarity
>between black and Jewish women.
>• What’s with the recent trend of the musical
>guests appearing in so many sketches? Though I guess
>they had no other choice than to use Nicki Minaj for
>this particular sketch considering SNL has no black
>• Jay did a great job starring in a rare
>non-impression role. Hopefully, his performance goes
>over better with most SNL fans than his Principal
>character did (although I’m in the minority in kinda
>liking that one).
>• Bill stole the sketch with his
>surprisingly-convincing ghetto voice, which was
>hilarious. Is there anything Bill Hader CAN’T do?
>Sketch - MTV Skins
>• Was it intentional to make Andy look like his
>impression of Kevin Federline? I swear, he was wearing
>the exact same wig and clothes he used to wear when he
>• I wasn’t too crazy about this sketch overall,
>although a few of the fake sponsors made me laugh like
>C.P. Wang (“We sell fruit now”).
>• Other funny lines were Paul Brittain’s “I’m
>12” at the end and Andy calling L’Oreal “French
>• One of the biggest laughs was an unintentional
>one, from the blooper with Andy knocking over the
>moonman figure. I love how afterwards, he just
>carelessly threw it off the table when the audience
>wouldn’t stop laughing.
>Sketch - Spa Talk with Tyla Yonders
>• I tried to give this a chance, but it went
>absolutely nowhere and felt like complete waste of
>time. A very weak and laughless sketch, filled with
>annoying characters and unfunny bathroom humor.
>Sketch/Commercial - El Shrinko
>• Nothing special, but not too bad for a 10-to-1
>• I got some laughs from Vanessa’s bored potato
>chip-eating character, Nasim’s character squinting
>to read her lines off the cue cards and then stopping
>mid-sentence to ask “Wait, what is this for???”,
>and Bill (in ANOTHER scene-stealing appearance
>tonight) making a quick walk-on as the sleazy roommate.
>• Bride of Blackenstein
>• Digital Short
>• a few parts of Weekend Update
>• Spa Talk
>• Michele Bachmann’s Response
>Best Performer of the Night:
>• Bill Hader / Andy Samberg
>CASTMEMBER / HOST COUNT DOWN
>ARMISEN: 2 sketches (Estro-Maxx, Update)
>ELLIOTT: 3 sketches (Mr. Wizard, Skins, Spa Talk)
>HADER: 5 sketches (Estro-Maxx, Mr. Wizard, WXPD News,
>Bride of Blackenstein, El Shrinko)
>MEYERS: 1 sketch (Update)
>MOYNIHAN: 2 sketches (Estro-Maxx, Spa Talk)
>SAMBERG: 5 sketches (Monologue, WXPD News, Digital
>Short, Skins, El Shrinko)
>SUDEIKIS: 3 sketches (Don’t Forget the Lyrics, WXPD
>News, Bride of Blackenstein)
>THOMPSON: 6 sketches (Estro-Maxx, Mr. Wizard, WXPD
>News, Update, Bride of Blackenstein, Spa Talk)
>WIIG: 4 sketches (Michele Bachmann, Bride of
>Blackenstein, Spa Talk, El Shrinko)
>BAYER: 2 sketches (Spa Talk, El Shrinko)
>BRITTAIN: 2 sketches (Estro-Maxx, Skins)
>KILLAM: 0 sketches
>PEDRAD: 3 sketches (Mr. Wizard, Skins, El Shrinko)
>PHAROAH: 1 sketch (Bride of Blackenstein)
>JESSE EISENBERG: 8 sketches (Monologue, Mr. Wizard,
>Don’t Forget the Lyrics, WXPD News, Bride of
>Blackenstein, Skins, Spa Talk, El Shrinko)