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Alternative comedy favorite, Zach Galifianakis hosts, while quirky Paul Simon influence rock quartet Vampire Weekend make their second appearance.
Cold Open- Health Care Reform- Pres. Obama (Fred), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kristin), and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (Will) speak about how unpopular healthcare reform is and the likeihood of reelection is 2010 for Reid and Pelosi. The topical political sketch is out of the way. Too bad is wasn't that funny.
Monologue- Zach explains what he look likes (there were many of these, my favorite, marijuana santa claus), living in Brooklyn, and explains more about himself while playing piano. Probably the best monologue in quite some time.
Volgolcheks at Grandpa's Funeral- The kissing family (Fred, Kristin, Bill, Bobby) continue their overly affectionate antics, this time while at their patriarch's funeral. Next...
Beidet- A couple (Zach, Kristin) querie a bellboy (Andy) about the beidet in their hotel bathroom and all its features. Thin premise, but for some reason the delivery of Zach's line made me smile.
Galifianakis Drops By the Set (film)- Zach finds himself in various scenes of tv shows, from 30 Rock to Saturday Night Live circa 1984. Something about Zach as a child with a beard sitting in the audience of the Robin Williams/Adam Ant episode of SNL makes me giggle.
Today Show- Hoda and Kathie Lee (Jenny, Kristin) chat, check Facebook messages with correspondent (Abby), while Zach appears from outside the chagrin of Hoda. This was saved only by the oddness of Galifianikis.
Vampire Weekend perform the rapid melodicism (is that a word?) of "Cousins"
Weekend Update- Mo'Nique (Kenan) about not being able to fit acceptance speech at the Academy Awards into the allotted 45-seconds; a goat chase set to the "Benny Hill" theme; Will sings "Women's Herstory: Do You See What I did". Fairly bland Update
What's Up With That? - Lindsay Buckingham (Bill), is joined by Paul Rudd and New York Times columnist Frank Rich but all are ignored as Deondre Cole (Kenan) continues to sing his show's theme song. You know what is up with the writers for allowing this weak sketch to appear four times in five months.
The Situation Room- Wolf Blitzer (Jason), Jack Cafferty (Bill), Gloria Borger (Kristin), Christine Amanpour (Nasim) report on issues facing campuses but only find homoerotic college pictures and a dancing party guy (Zach). Eh
Vampire Weekend return with more melodic nerd rock on "Giving Up the Gun"
Pagaent Talk- A southern pagaent father (Zach) and his Miss Teen USA winning daughter (Jenny) endures banter with cigarette smoking wife (Kristin) and effeminate male paegant contestant (Bill). Apparently, the character Zach played is apart of his stand up act. Decent 5-to-1 sketch however.
While most of this show was reheated material, Zach gave it his all in a few sparks and flashes. 6/10moreless
That was not very Raven..
Tonight's host is Zach Galifianakis, who has become into the mainstream comedy since his big movie, The Hangover, back in summer 2009. He is always playing some character that he says is him, somewhat like Stephen Colbert. It should be good. I'm also very happy to see Vampire Weekend on again. Their sophomore album "Contra" is very good, just like their debut self-titled album.
Health Care Reform: This wasn't the opening I wanted for Zach's show. Nothing too special. I'm kind of getting really sick of Fred's Obama, and I'd like to see others take up on the Obama.
Monologue: This was, by far, the best monologue of the season. It was a real monologue. I think this is one of the most bizarre, funniest monologues I've seen since I've watched SNL.
Vogelchecks: I really don't like these characters. The "irony" of same-sex make-outs, our whatever they go for, is gone. It's just not surprising, nor funny.
Bidet: This was a decent sketch, but nothing too funny. So far, the episode is kind of being a let-down with a host like Zach, who has already proven himself in his monologue.
Zach On Screen: This was a hilarious digital short. Zach appearing in all these shows were hilarious.
Today Show: I'm not too much of a fan of this sketch continuing since Michaela left, but, I've already stated that, I think. Anyways, this sketch was better than the disastrous January Jones plug. I enjoyed Abby being that random computer chick that always shows them facebook stuff. Anyways, when Zach appeared again, it was hilarious. I like the tie-ins between taped stuff and live sketches that SNL has been doing lately, such as back in the Jon Hamm episode.
Musical Performance: Vampire Weekend performs "Cousins" which is a really good song. The percussion part is nearly impossible, if you listen to it closely, by the way.
Weekend Update: It was pretty decent tonight. Kenan's commentary as Mo'Nique was alright. And Will's song was probably weaker compared to his other songs he's done on Update, but it was still good.
Whats Up With That: This kind of redeemed the phoned in Christmas version of this sketch. Paul Rudd was a pleasant surprise, and whoever the columnist was was a surprise too (?) ... but, yes, I still don't mind this sketch.
The Situation Room: This sketch was pretty funny. It made a good point on the technical gaffes that could be completely avoidable in these live news shows.
Musical Performance: Vampire Weekend performs "Giving Up The Gun" which is my favorite song from "Contra". A very good performance.
Pageant Talk: Firstly, I noticed Zach shaved his beard?? Anyways, this sketch was so bizarre, yet so freakin hilarious. Jenny's brain-washed pageant girl had me laughing out loud. One thing I noticed, though, is the same character that Kristen Wiig played in the season premiere??? I don't even know why they copied and pasted that. It was weird. But, man, this was the kind of sketch I wanted SNL to use more of tonight, with such an out there host such as Zach Galifianakis.
I feel like they under-used Zach Galifianakis. It was still an enjoyable show, and I had a lot of fun watching it. I'm giving this episode the benefit of the doubt, and rating it as a good show. I've been generous, giving this show and last week's show the benifit of the doubt. But, SNL really has to stop the heavy reliance on recurring characters. Anyways, Vampire Weekend rocked. No disappointment there. And, so did Zach.
I really mean it though about the recurring issue. I hope SNL doesn't keep this trend going. They're getting worse and worse at copying and pasting sketches used before. They only change the settings, and slightly alter the joke set-ups.
Next week: Jude Law hosts with musical guest Pearl Jam.moreless
This was one of the funniest ones I've seen in a while!
When I first heard that Zach Galifianakis was hosting SNL, I was dissapointed. "Oh boy, here we go. SNL is so desperate their getting the fat dude from The Hangover to host." But as soon as he opened his mouth in the momlouge, I realized how hilarious he was. "I live in Brooklyn...*audiance clapping*...I hate it." I admit, the skits weren't 100% LOL, but they were funny. Especially when we see Zach visiting the sets of popular TV shows. "Hey Anthony...bang bang!" (Law and Order). I was very pleased with this episode and hope he comes on again. Way to go Zach! :)moreless
Maybe it's because Zack is from NY, but why was everyone dying of laughter so badly?
Didn't mind this episode too much. It was okay at best. Some good parts and some not funny parts = overall meh. Zach G... (yeah, lazy to spell it out) delivered a great opening monologue. Grade: A (I loved when he snapped at the SNL band). Opening: Political... not that funny. Grade: D
The Kissing Family: best part was the dog though, have to say. Overall, just meh, done already. Grade: C
The Bidet: I actually liked this one. A little over the top, but well done. Grade: A-
Zach Appears On Set: I agree with -thefanof-. It was kinda dumb. I don't know why everyone was laughing so hard? I guess Zack just looks so out of place. But him just standing there doesn't make me laugh. I did like the Law and Order bit though. Giving this a Grade: B- Weekend Update: Have to agree, it was pretty weak. Keenan as Monique wasn't that great. Grade: C+ (even the news headlines weren't that great this week).
What's Up With That: Not bad... Kinda getting repetitive now though. Give it about a B- overall.
Final Sketch: Thought it was okay as well. Not that great though, but slightly funnier than some others. Grade B.
Overall: Zack is funny (I've seen his standup), but I don't understand why the audience laughed so hard when Zack just stood there most of the time? Probably b/c he's from NY, just like most of the audience.moreless
The man whose name you cannot spell, Zach Galifianakis was your host tonight. Would he become an American hero like Hulk Hogan or Stonewall Jackson, or would he be the next January Jones?
Cold Opening: Your generic political opening sketch, minus the laughs.
Monologue: This is the first time I've probably heard Zach say more than a few words, and I am not a fan.
The Kissing Family: Yet another sketch that has become recurring on the show, this one after first appearing on James Franco's episode. If you saw the first one then this shouldn't shock you.
The Bidet: A sketch about a couple that obsesses over the usage of a bidet for their sexual endeavors. Not funny.
Zach Appears On Set: Stupid. weekend Update: Two bad stop-bys for Kenan and Will, and not any good Seth zingers. Nothing bazinga about this episode thus far.
What's Up With That: It's sad that the first appearance of Jason Sudeikis was him dancing in the background of this. It'll be a good day when SNL finally ends this. Final Sketch: Bad. Just bad.moreless