SNL: So How'd Sofia Vergara Do?

Saturday Night Live S37E18: "Sofia Vergara/One Direction"

Sofia Vergara is one of the most appealing people on television, it's just a matter of how she appeals to you. A huge amount of the population may simply enjoy how she looks, but I'm pretty sure it's her comedic chops that propelled her to into the zeitgeist so quickly. It doesn't matter that her accent may or may not be exaggerated for comic effect or that she might have been built in a lab using the DNA of Lucille Ball, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Charo. The fact is, the lady is just straight-up entertaining. The question was not whether she'd do a good job hosting SNL, the question was whether SNL would do a good job featuring Sofia Vergara. So how'd SNL manage this can't-miss proposition? It didn't knock it out of the park, that's for sure. It was more like a ground-rule double. (Quick question: What is baseball?)

So while the episode was an average one for SNL (admittedly, nitpicking the quality of an SNL episode is about as useful as discussing the weather), there were definitely some highlights and many of them Sofia Vergara-related. Basically, whenever she was allowed to play funny characters (Fran Drescher!) or just be weird (the Hunger Games reporter), she was amazing. But when she was relegated to straight-man parts (Sex-Ed teacher) or sketches involving how funny her accent sounds (Pantene commercial), the show did her a disservice.

But let's talk about the show! There were some other notable happenings, namely the addition of new cast member Kate McKinnon, plus two performances and a cameo by One Direction, the most diabolical British invention since the umbrella dagger.

Here are the sketches in the order in which they aired. (Apologies up front to international readers, Hulu is a bit of a jerk sometimes.)



Cold Open: Mitt Romney Campaign


Merely okay. It's debatable just how much SNL has to say about modern politics with shows like The Daily Show and Colbert Report transmitting brutally incisive brilliance four nights a week, so SNL and resident political sketchwriter James Downey (he of the incredible Billy Madison speech "Mr. Madison, what you just said... ") have settled for toothless and wacky. Mitt Romney is all things to all people, so let's have him pretend to be tons of random things while a random heckler shouts "We don't believe you!" It was funny in a listicle sort of way, but really the most notable part was the brand-new blonde cast member standing wordlessly beside Sudeikis's Romney about midway through. Welcome to SNL, Kate McKinnon!



Sofia Vergara's Monologue


Charming. Those of us not completely distracted by Vergara's leather bustier were treated to some solid "I'm from Colombia" jokes, complete with a cutaway to Vergara's thirtysomething grandparents (everyone ages slower in Colombia).



Fake Ad: We're Just Friends


The coolest sketches are definitely ones about straight dudes that—ickily enough!—seem gay! Related: If Andy Samberg leaves at the end of this season, can he take head writer Seth Meyers with him? Enough of this stuff.



Bein' Quirky with Zooey Deschanel


This was fun! First of all, this was the second installment of this sketch, so huge congrats to Abby Elliott for scoring a recurring character! It's about time, girl. And normally I disapprove of parodying comedy, but Elliott's impression of Zooey Deschanel was hilarious, as was Kristen Wiig's Drew Barrymore, Taran Killam's Michael Cera, and especially Sofia Vergara's half-crazed Fran Drescher. She was seriously crazy! Not the most accurate impression, but it didn't matter, I was laughing so hard.



Fake Ad: "Almost Pizza"


This was the best, I think. Yeah, it was the best. Super short, perfect idea. It hit a little too close to home for me (that box looks A LOT like Digiorno's, which I eat shamefully often.) But the pizza shattering, then morphing back together, then scurrying under the oven? Such a good video! They should've played it three or four times throughout the night, just peppering it in every now and again.



News Team Promos


This was fine, mostly because of Fred Armisen doing whatever it was he was doing, plus how INTENSE Sofia Vergara's face looked in the end. This was a good example of her being forced to play a straight character but still managing to pull off some secret laughs against the cue cards' wishes.



Gilly in Sex Ed


Ooh, the widely loathed Gilly character! You know, I don't hate Gilly. Sure, to enjoy these sketches one needs to be a bit masochistic, but I really appreciate Kristen Wiig's commitment here. That dance. That wig. The aggressively formulaic setups. Oh and the button at the end of the dream sequence got me good. Really, I was fine with this sketch.



One Direction "What Makes You Beautiful"


I don't even know what to tell you about this. It doesn't really matter what year it is (2012, for the record) or how much self-awareness our society has about awful boy bands of yore. As long as there are little girls there will always be boy bands. Deal w/it. In the case of British boy group One Direction, they had tons going for them: Elaborate haircuts, clumsy dance moves, passable singing voices, adorable faces, and mix-and-match outfits that suggested they quickly got dressed after a five-way naked wrestling match on their tour bus. "Hurry, lads, you're on in five!" "Blimey! You're wearing m'slacks!" Anyway, they were better than Karmin.



Weekend Update


I don't like Seth Meyers, let's put it that way. It's partly to do with how shouty he is, and partly to do with the fact that most of his jokes are based on wacky stories (which feels like cheating to me), and partly to do with the smug, nailed-it, self-satisfaction he slathers all over his material regardless of whether it works or not. SSB (sorry so bitter)!! I would say 'don't quit your day job, Seth Meyers,' except whoops, his day job is HEAD WRITER of this show, so yeah, maybe quit your day job, Seth Meyers?



Drunk Uncle


I love Bobby Moynihan's Drunk Uncle so much. I could probably watch a whole show of this.



Manuel Ortiz


If you predicted that there would be an installment of the Manuel Ortiz Show during Sofia Vergara's hosting stint, then congratulations, you won your office pool! The bad news is the sketch wasn't super strong. For a bit that really has one joke (it's a GOOD joke, but still), nothing felt particularly inspired about it, especially not the shoehorned-in cameo from One Direction wearing fake mustaches. I appreciated the verve with which the second-to-left one shimmied, but for the most part this sketch worked best as a showcase for all the amazing wigs.



Lil' Poundcake


Here's an old (but great) fake ad that got a re-airing. Yup, still horrifying! I love the quick double-take Kristen Wiig does at the end when a doll looks at her.



Watch What Happens Live


Here's a parody that was so spot-on, I almost disliked it as much as I dislike the real thing! Everyone knows Bravo's Watch What Happens Live is a nightmare trash heap of a thing, but I almost wish SNL hadn't even dignified it with a parody. Taran Killam's impression of Andy Cohen may have been pretty brutal and perfect, but I ended up feeling bad for Taran. Same with the time he had to play Rush Limbaugh in a go-nowhere sketch a few weeks back: He was really just trying his hardest to make the non-existent material work. Yeah, I did not care for this sketch, especially not its lazy throwaway jokes about gays and Persians. I dunno, Andy Cohen's actual talk show is definitely offensive on its own, but this was still kind of obnoxious on SNL's part. But oh! There was new cast member Kate McKinnon doing a pretty serviceable Tabatha impression! It didn't get laughs, but I wonder if that's because the audience doesn't trust the new face enough to laugh just yet?



One Direction: "One Thing"


Oh, I didn't realize this, but One Direction went and remade the old Backstreet Boys hit "I Want It That Way"! Fortunately, that was a great song, so no harm no foul. So yeah, here they are kind of wandering around the stage in a very loosely choreographed rendition of that song and some of them occasionally yammer into microphones between the hooks.



Pantene Commercial


So this was the sketch in which Kate McKinnon really got the spotlight, and she was great! Playing a thickly accented Penelope Cruz, the joke was that she had to read complicated words while Sofia Vergara got easy ones. I really enjoyed how confident Penelope Cruz was while mispronouncing things, that's what's known as a good "choice" in acting terminology. Kate McKinnon seems like she has chops, you guys! Unfortunately the sketch itself was kinda blah, relying a little too heavily on foreign accent humor. I don't know, I just think if you had to write a sketch for Sofia Vergara on SNL, maybe a shampoo commercial sketch would be Level 1 thinking? Let's take it up to Level 2 next time, guys.



Hunger Games Reporter


I usually look forward to the last sketch of the night, they can be super weird and memorably half-assed in ways that I genuinely love. This one was Hunger Games-related and made almost no sense even if you've read the books or seen the movie. But still, it all worked because of how committed Sofia Vergara was to her weird character. "Ungerr Gaaaaaaaames!!"


So I complained a lot about this episode because I'm a reprehensible comedy snob, but I did find it had a lot of entertainment value. While definitely not as strong as the Zooey Deschanel, Channing Tatum, or Melissa McCarthy episodes, Sofia Vergara acquitted herself nicely and was able to overcome a lot of SNL's bad habits. Is it too early to hope they'll bring her back with even better material? Probably none of my business, let's be real.

 


QUESTIONS:

... How do you think Sofia Vergara did?

... What kind of impression did Kate McKinnon make on you?

... How many One Direction posters will your mom let you put up on your wall?

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SNL is SNL and has always been SNL. I notice that the people who regular put down SNL are usually from my generation, who were around when SNL debuted. As we mutured (grew old) we became tired of seeing the same old routines performed by younger cast members. When you hear the same joke over and over and over, it's no longer funny to us, but to the younger audiences it's new (again) - so that's why it still appeals to the younger crowds. My young nephew laughs his head off at SNL while I yawn. SNL is about shear outrageous humor and has always been that way. Is the "Bass-a-matic" or "No coke pepsi" anymore humorous than the skits of today? I don't think so. Chevy Chase, John Candy, and Chris Farley fell down all over the stage and we roared - so what's difference? Kristen Wiig now falls all over the stage and people are still roaring! The only difference is my generation has seen it all before and we don't laugh as hard, but it's the younger generations that are now roaring. SNL is still SNL - so lighten up and let the show appeal to those who are next in line to enjoy it.
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Who cares how she did? Does anyone still watch this dated show? This is the worst collection of cast members ever. Maybe it'as time to give SNL the boot!
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When are they going to rename this show properly: Saturday Night Dead...
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Seth Myers makes the show. I don't know WTF the idiot who wrote this is talking about. She did awful because she is awful. You can write all the skits you want, if the person hosting the show can't act then what's the difference? Weekend update is always good because Seth Myers is legit. Unlike the person who wrote this article.
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-I think she did fantastic. As you said, it wasn't the best of their material, but with how good this season has been in general, I can live with an off night, and when you have someone working as hard as Vergara was to make it work, it comes off all the better even for that.

-At the very least, she was clearly not too nervous to do her job well, and that's more than you can say for a lot of new cast members. I approve (so far).

-I almost never watch the musical guests. My music tastes run in the opposite direction of modern culture.
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I can't WAIT to see more of Kate McKinnon. She won me over instantly, which is saying a lot more than Casey Wilson, Nasim Pedrad, or especially Jenny Slate ever did. But hey, remember Mikela Watkins? She was PHENOMENAL and they shoved her under the rug. After Kristen leaves, ALL the women are going to be super young.
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i cant stand her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sofia was, simply put... adorable. Seriously, I know she's a bombshell, but when you only look at her face (I know, I know, a very hard task indeed), she's incredibly cute. And she can act! And she's game for anything! Love that girl.



Don.'t understand your hatred of Seth Meyers... and, really, I couldn't care less of about it. I don't know how young you are, but I still remember quite vividly remember how the Weekend Updates were like before Tina and Amy took over... Oy vey. And, like it or not, Seth is essentially the man version of those two, especially Amy, so there you go. Also, how exactly can you dislike Meyer, yet love Drunk Uncle? What, do you seriously think he didn't have a hand in that? C'mon now...



As of One Direction... boy bands like these and "Twilight" are one of the many clear signs proving that the 21th century will still be dominated by men. Really, I'm barely kidding. Honestly, I got nothing against those kids, they're just living the dream, but how brain-damaged must any girl be to actually enjoy their music? Oy...
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Great review, as always, Price. I didn't know that when actors say a line a certain way that's called a "choice." How do you know so much about acting terminology?
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i was really presently surprised with how well vergara did. i was really afraid that they'd just picked her for exploitational purposes (think young lindsey in small hogwarts costume.) and was glad they they kept the exploitation minimal as well. anyway i thought the monologue was probably the the best or at least clued me into her being a capable host.
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I thought Sofia did her best with what she was given. SNL hasn't been great in years but this one was one of the best ones this season. I hate Gilly (I thought that was retired?) and Seth Meyers. That news sketch with Armisen was terrible. Why can't Armisen and Meyers leave instead of Samberg and Sudeikis? I liked the Monologue, Being Quirky and Bobby's Drunk Uncle. I could watch a whole show of Drunk Uncle. I'm going to wait to see what the new girl does later on before I pass judgement but she seemed okay. As a 46 year old man, I also enjoyed looking at Sofia whenever she was on screen. There really isn't much else to say about the sketches, which is sad. The episode also felt very short, I can't remember seeing the full credits roll in a long time. I guess the whole show is going to be built around Taran Killam and Bill Hader next season. And I don't have daughters or nieces, thank God, so I've only vaguely heard of that boyband, but I wish these kids the best. They seem like passable singers and the songs were catchy enough I guess. I actually like that they don't seem to dance and they seem like snazzy dressers. Them appearing during that Manuel sketch with the pornstaches and the outfits and dancing like that made that stupid thing bearable. Too much damn hair though and that red jacket one should ditch the others and go solo.
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Haha, yeah I can't stand Seth Meyers either! Enjoyed your perspective on the episode... I thought she did ok too.
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I thought this episode was strong in the first half, and then Weekend Update took the wind out of the writers' sails or something because the second half flummoxed.



Mostly she performed well, she played into the comedy when needed and she pulled back when needed. The only time I thought her performance went flat was during the boring and poorly-written Manuel Ortiz bit, a bit that has been funny never and has nothing to say. She did however have a couple misses, pronouncing "giggling" as "jiggling", and just dropping her cue (or stepping on it and waiting for the director to reboot it). Still, she was generally funny and understood the material, best host I can think of who started out as a model in another country. Also, she wasn't a zombie-eyed cue-card reader host, for that I was amazingly thankful.



Ms. Vergara's outfit during the monologue was amazing, I really have no clue how they kept her in that from all the movement her bosom was making. She had another outfit during Manuel Ortiz that was even more impossible since it kept her in while dancing, but it wasn't a particularly appealing outfit. I swear they just physically glued her into each.



Mitt Romney cold open worked better simply by jumping through so many gags so quickly, the concept itself wasn't anything but that they just kept hammering away at it without getting actively stupider and stupider. Normally they'd just go with 3 or 4, the last one being ridiculously over-the-top like "Romney at a dragon convention" and then he's wearing a pair of dragon wings.



It wasn't that folks aged slower in Colombia, it's that they look the same attractive adult from 5 until well into old age. Her son seemed amused by the "grandparents", it must be such an unusual thing to be HER son.



The Just Friends shorts bit was funny for 30 seconds, held the line of too much absurdity as long as it could, then dropped itself until cheap gags for the big broad jokes towards the end, leaving it feeling like a joke that sat around and festered.



Wiig's Drew was pretty funny, she has the voice and mouth down, and she dials back her wacky-eyes to actually play the character. Sofia's Fran Drescher was mind-blowing, she got the notes right, which is more important than being a perfect sound-alike, I suspect this was a character she already did at home and brought the idea of using it to the writers because nobody would have suspected she could have pulled it off without knowing her better, and Drescher while great is not really a great fit for the Bein' Quirky format.



Almost Pizza was almost funny, it was way too similar to the '90s "That's Not Yogurt" and also just kept going and going. I think if they had been able to pull of bigger gags with the actual pizza shattering and whatnot, or if they had been able to do this bit live, it would have justified its length (I know you think it was "super short", but it's meant to be a commercial parody, yet it's a minute and a half).



News Team didn't work for me, it had a little misfire from Sofia in her second look, it wasn't particularly clever, and nobody but Fred was written to do anything, while he just did the same schtick over and over.



While I haaaate Gilly, and here it wasn't really any different, the material AROUND Gilly was funnier than usual (even Keenan, despite playing essentially the same outraged blame-victim he gets too often). Moynihan once again shows that he can play sketch material without going too big, he's a surprise break-out this season (and having to set up that boner-pop gag couldn't have been comfortable :D ). The actual Gilly writing was still grating and pointless, and even Wiig seemed like she felt tired of it, though she did stick to the character. But still, it was more risque than the writers normally go, with Gilly's 'fro as pubic hair alone being ballsier than anything I can remember from this writing staff.



I didn't even bother watching one second of One Direction's musical bits, so thanks for the recap on what they were about.



Weekend Update, you nailed everything wrong with Meyers' iteration of it in the first two sentences. Although Drunk Uncle worked out ok if a bit long, generally the other problem with Update is the horrible over-reliance on crap characters that fill 3 minutes of time with repetitive, nothing gags.



Whoa whoa whoa, you think Manuel Ortiz has a GOOD joke?!? That stopped me in my tracks, it's a horrible bit and it says nothing, it's the same gag over and over with nothing to say whatsoever. The only good thing I can say about it is at least involves more people than What Up With That, another dance-heavy nothing-to-say repetitive mess of a regular sketch. Looking at Ms. Vergara's eyes in this sketch, I thought she looked unhappy, or tired, or bored -- maybe she was acting, giving voice to the poor audience.



Lil Poundcake's not that old, which is why bringing it back felt so wasteful. Also, it could use some editing to punch up the gag - I know they had to justify the budget on the first go-round, but here they could throw away a lot of little stuff to get to the essence.



I didn't know about Bravo's Watch What Happens Live at all, so this pointed sketch was almost alienating just by sticking so hard to mocking a specific thing - my general familiarity with Bravo and knowing vaguely who Andy Cohen was kept it in check. Sofia's bit here didn't feel like anything, although Nasim's sister of her's got a laugh out of me. Andy Samberg was funny just doing nothing, the written material didn't get the laugh though. Desmond Tutu's inclusion could have been the writers' time to shine, they could have cued up the Peabody-winning Craig Ferguson interview for inspiration, but instead they went the boring nothing-to-say route they always do. I think the Tabatha bit required familiarity with the source material, since virtually nobody in that audience was familiar with the reference, the humor came from nowhere since the writers gave her nothing funny to do there.



The Pantene commercial I laughed, but it didn't work for me for two important reasons. One, Kate McKinnon's accent was very bizarre and didn't remind me a damned bit of Penelope Cruz, Kate sold the hell out of whatever she was doing, and if she hadn't been an imitation of someone so famous I think she would have outright won the day just on her work, but instead it fell flat just because of who she was supposed to be and failing to be sounding like. She sounded like she had a frog in her throat that also gave her a thick "shhh" lisp. My second reason is that the writers didn't make it funny, they didn't keep the humor in check, going very broad with ridiculous material instead of finding a much more real expression of the same joke, none of the words Ms. McKinnon's character was supposed to be reading would actually be in a commercial, yet they have plenty of words on the bottle that are in the real commercials that would be challenging in that situation for a thick-accented spokesperson. Finally, this bit just fell flat by running too long and waiting too long to share the humor with the host, the only joke Ms. Vergara getting was "refrigerator" a repeat of the pronunciation mistake.



The Hunger Games bit seemed like it had a very alien presence in the first half which derived humor, but then fell into cheap patterns and repetition of jokes by the second, leaving it a rather oddball piece. Sofia did a lot with her material, but the material itself didn't have life to breathe. I was surprised that Jay Pharoh made an appearance from the side of the screen and then disappeared, his face seemed like he could have made a funny character out of the situation.



The goodbyes at the end ran longer than I can remember any SNL running, it seemed like they actually got tired of hugging and celebrating while the credits slowly ran and they just started waving at the camera.



Anyway, Sofia was great and way better than I expected, if only the writers could have kept the material going like that. I did lament her not using her sultry Americanized accent she's shown off in talk shows before, but other than that I think she exceeded my expectations.



Kate McKinnon reminds me of Jay Pharoh, someone who is strong on impressions (although less known and less accurate than Jay's) but will take a while to break out of that into an SNL player in their own right since the writers are addicted to pop-culture references ahead of any actual comedy. I suspect she won't stick around long as her 2 performances here suggested someone who knows exactly what they're doing and won't meld well with the SNL directors and writers who might want her to do something else - in other words, she's already established the type of things she does in certain situations, and they won't be able to work with that. But we'll see, it's very early and there wasn't much to gauge from, maybe she'll be flexible to fit their needs and stick around, but I can't see the showrunners being flexible to work in her comedic voice and different style of sketch comedy.
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I liked it better when a guy named Seth was doing these reviews. Also, you liked the Channing Tatum episode? Yikes, that was actually awful.
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I hope Kritsen Wiig stays on one more season to mentor Katie McKinnon. She has so much potential that non of the other repertory players could help her fully realize.
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We have to watch a full 60 seconds of advertising for each one of these clips? That's more than if you actually watch the show.
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The first clip I cued up only had 5 seconds of ads, the second clip had 30 seconds of ads. Even 30 seconds was bad and frustrating, so I cannot imagine A) how you could stomach 60 seconds of 'em; and B) why they're pushing different amounts on different people. IMO, for a clip this length, they need to keep ad length under 15 seconds.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb7JFlF-yY8 harmonies thrown in randomly, and then you say they lip sync LOL you guys...
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One Direction is the best. Sofia Vergara was so adorable even though I didn't like most of the sketches, but she was spot on.



BUT ONE DIRECTION. Like, I'm extremely sarcastic person but for them I fangirl like crazy. You should join me, Price. First of all, they have adorable songs. Second of all, they are so funny and crazy! There are so many funny interviews of them, that if you watched them, you'd become a huge fan. And I actually like that they can't dance and are all awkward. And their harmonies are impeccable.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb7JFlF-yY8 <3
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What does "sarcastic" have to do with anything? "Sarcastic" is not a descriptive term for one's personality :S
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lol I meant it in a way that I always mock things and never fangirl :P Like, you'd expect me to make a sarcastic comment about all of this but I won't :P



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One Direction is awful. I had to mute them. Such garbage.
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I'm sorry for your taste.
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One of the better SNL episodes in a while - the Watch What Happens Live parody was awesome, it was crying out to be mocked like that.
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Price, maybe YOU should quit your job. You would be doing us a huge favor.
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Yes, you're so insightful, I'm 100% positive you would do a better job!
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@TheLastBreath, What did you think of the episode? maybe we could learn from what you disagree with?
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Wow, ouch. Price is a unique voice on TV.com adding to a variety of unique voices here like Tim and Seth and Lily. I don't always agree with him on stuff, but he's not a piece of crap just because you don't agree with him.
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Price is one of the main reasons people enjoy TV.COM's show reviews. He's probably got a much higher approval rating than Seth Meyers.
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why so mean though?
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Personally, i looooved the Pantene commercial!!



It was the best.
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I don't know who on this show thinks that putting on a Gilly sketch is a good idea, but they need to be fired. That excuse for comedy is the worst thing that's been on this show in years! It's a 3-minute setup to a "joke" that isn't funny, and then the process is repeated for 5-20 minutes. I don't think it's a sophisticated in-joke about how formulaic comedy has become... it's just plain awful!
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Channing Tatum was an awful episode. You want type-casting? The entire episode was about how he used to be a stripper.



The shampoo commercial was the funniest sketch of the night. I nearly woke up my kids I was laughing so hard. Kate McKinnon, didn't really sound spanish, but my god was she funny.



Her Fran Dreschner was awful. Ruined an otherwise strong skit.



Taran Killam is unbelievable. This guy should be winning oscars. Best actor on the show by far.
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I can't BELIEVE you didn't point out that One Direction were CLEARLY lip syncing. There were lots of phantom voices without singers attached to it. Don't believe me? Just watch their second performance, "One Thing". Here are three specific, glaring examples:



1. When the blonde guy with the black V-neck sweater is singing his verse, there is a moment when he is singing on his own, something like, "Now I'm rounding the wall". Look at him and the other guys. The blonde guy is the only one with the mic to his mouth, but SOMEHOW, there's another voice singing a higher harmony part. Then, a couple of lines later, he says "All day and all night", and now the guy in red (who sounds exactly like the previous phantom voice) has the mic to his lips, and is pretending to sing the harmony part!



2. After the first chorus, there is a loud, Coldplay-like chanting of "Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh"s, while they clap. But who's singing the "Oh"s? There are clearly multiple voices on the track, but neither One Direction nor their band is actually singing at this moment. At this point, they're not even trying to trick us! They clearly need for us to know that they're "singing" over a prerecorded track.



3. Near the end of the song when they're all standing right up to the camera and singing the chorus, there is one guy who is supposed to be singing the higher, Aguilera-style note-holding harmony on "I don't know what it iiiii-iiiii-iiiii-iiiiis". He's the guy on the left. What his lips! His lips have already moved on to the next line of the song, but the voice that's supposed to be attached to him IS CONTINUING TO HOLD THE NOTE! Really blatant.



I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS ISN'T A BIGGER STORY, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE ASHLEY SIMPSON FIASCO!
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What now? If they were lip synching, wouldn't they sound much better than they did?



As far as I can tell, everybody in pop music uses backing tracks (see Rihanna) to some extent and SNL is notorious for having bad acoustics so that covers your first 2 points. And you were looking at the wrong dude for your third point, red jacket guy was doing those bits - I focused on him because he seemed to be the only one who could sing. Plus I'm sure SNL doesn't want another Ashley Simpson debacle so I highly doubt there was any lip synching. I'm 100% sure the solo bits were live because some of them sounded very bad.
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guuurl stop, they weren't lip syncing, if you hear their live performances, they weren't lip syncing at all, so sit your ass down. They had a backing track, yes, for like all those "echo parts" but those parts they don't even sing on the actual record so I don't see the problem really. The song is like that.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDv7efxb4No&ob=av2e here's without the backing track.



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LOL : )
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So were Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood and I think they're very talented. Hell, The Monkees were made for TV. What does it matter how they were formed? Now if you were pointing out their singing on SNL, whole other story.....
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they were a gift from God
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