Saturday Night Live

Season 31 Episode 7

Dane Cook/James Blunt

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Dec 03, 2005 on NBC
7.9
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Live from New York, it's... the entire cast of SNL! (more or less) Sketches include "The Tree Re-Lighting," "West Bedford Drama Club," "Taco Town," "The Long Ride Home: The Jay Feely Story," "Wool Sweater," "Lettuce" (film), "Target Greatland," "24-Hour Coma," "Fight Back with Victor Santos," and "Morgan Stanley." James Blunt performed "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye My Lover."moreless

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  • Super Finger, Activate!

    7.5
    A Review by “HelloStuart,” the Amateur Critic of Rage



    It appears that lately wherever I go, controversy follows. After allegedly blindsiding my readers three weeks ago (I’m still not sure what that was all about), it appears that I may unwittingly insulted an entire web site. In my last review, I compared the quality of the show’s writing to snlyou.jt.org, a web site where SNL diehards can write and submit their own sketches. Shortly after I submitted my review, I received some more heated feedback stating that I shouldn’t be insulting snlyou on the merits of its writers. I wrote a prompt rebuttal to these e-mails, and if I have insulted anyone connected to snlyou I do wholeheartedly apologize… again.



    This week’s host is Dane Cook, an observational comedian that has developed a devoted grass roots following on college campuses across the country, thus earning him that fateful “next big thing” status. While I do think Cook is funny, I just don’t think he’s worth the hype. This week’s musical guest is James Blunt, an up-and-coming British singer-songwriter but a relative unknown in the states. His leadoff single “You’re Beautiful” is getting some radio play, and there is a possibility you’ve seen the clip at least once on MTV, so don’t get the idea that the show is pulling random people off the street.



    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: Live from Rockefeller Plaza, it’s the Tree “Re-Lighting,” complete with a religion-neutral agenda that unveils the general absurdity of political correctness. Even The Donald (DH) can’t seem to find a way out of the ambiguous nonsense as he butchers a heavily-censored telling of the nativity.



    MONOLOGUE: Like most comedians that host, the monologue consisted of a sampling of Dane’s stand-up schtick, and for seven minutes he covered a lot of ground, traveling from taking vacation photos to the concept of legacies to something I’m gonna try later tonight with a cashew.



    “West Bedford Drama Club”: The high school theater geeks “perform” the morning announcements because, quite frankly, they have nothing better to do. Maybe my memories of high school are still relatively fresh, but this was a sketch that I wasn’t expecting to be funny, and yet I laughed out loud a couple of times.



    “Taco Town”: After the technical gaffe from Heder/Simpson, I was happy to see this ad spoof in its entirety. I don’t why I’m a sucker for illogical humor, I just am.



    “The Long Ride Home”: Taking a topical jab in the seemingly seldom-touched sports world, Giants kicker Jay Feely (Dane) loses whatever credibility he had before his double-choke at last week’s Seahawks game while flying back to Jersey. A potential disaster in the “Airport” vein turns Feely into a hero for about ten seconds, so at least this guy earned some sort of redemption.



    “Wool Sweater”: An Average Joe (Dane) discovers that his big, hot sweater has proven to be a very foolish purchase, especially when his pride gets in the way of his general wellbeing. Cook turns out to be uniquely acclimatized at slapstick, but that’s not enough to save this sketch.



    FILM: As a somber talk between Forte and Samberg has told us, when life brings you down, you can always eat head lettuce. I’ll stick with the cashew thing, thank you very much.



    “Target Graceland”: Kristen channels the spirit of Cheri Oteri’s fading acting career as the slow-witted cashier at a sprawling superstore, as she and her trainee (Dane) create delightfully awkward moments with their customers.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Surprise, surprise- Mr. Blunt follows the MTV hype with his only hit to date, “You’re Beautiful.”



    WEEKEND UPDATE: Tina sure loves her criticism of the war in Iraq, doesn’t she? At least she can brag that she hated Bush before hating Bush was cool. Otherwise this was a so-so Update; Rachel’s expose of living in a fat suit avoided the normal “chubby chaser” clichés yet didn’t feel earnest, while Michael Irvin’s (KT) response to his latest drug bust went the other direction and came off as pacified drug humor.



    “44-Hour Coma”: A party animal (Dane) learns that a heck of a lot has happened since he was put into an induced slumber for a broken toe nearly two days beforehand. Like so many other sketches recently, the weirder the concept, the funnier it is (a rule learned from “Mr. Show” so many years ago). Plus, Dane’s latest demonstration of versatility (as the beleaguered straight man, no less) is what really seals the deal.



    “Fight Back with Victor Ramos”: Whenever you see the name “Horatio Sanz” combined with the phrase “street guardian,” you know you’re in for a really bad sketch. No matter how hard he tries, I just couldn’t see anything worth meriting in this five-minute snooze.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Jimmy rides the piano for the ballad “Goodbye My Lover.”



    “Morgan Stanley”: Wait a minute- did they just air this ad spoof four times in seven shows? Is this the “Show Us Your Guns” of a new generation, or perhaps the second coming of “Huggies Thong”?



    After the Eva Longoria mess of two weeks ago, this turned out to be an enjoyable show. Solid acting on top of hints of emergent chemistry overshadowed a high-water point for the show’s perpetually inconsistent writing staff. Perhaps this is what SNL needs; when stand-ups host, they provide an obvious knowledge of comedy that not only strengthens the show but also fortifies a flawed ensemble. Also of note tonight was Kristen Wiig’s performance; she’s only in her third episode yet she coasts through sketches like she’s been on the show for years.



    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed in Repeats: the entire last half-hour of the show.



    Next Week: From one pleasant surprise comes another- Alec Baldwin returns to host for the twelfth time with hip-shaking musical guest Shakira.



    Contact “HelloStuart” at sma17kc@netscape.net. Please don’t hurt him.moreless
  • Merry "Holiday" wishes from SNL and Dane Cook...

    7.3
    After watching Saturday night’s Season 32 premiere, I had a good time reviewing it and decided to revisit some older episodes that I still have and where better to start than Dane Cook’s previous hosting stint, with musical guest James Blunt? Cold Open: Megan Mullally (KW), Harry Connick, Jr. (JS) and Al Roker (KT) host the tree-relighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center where the NBC Peacock choir (the rest of the cast) sing religiously neutral “Holiday” songs before the Donald (DH) stumbles through a censored version of the nativity story. Monologue: Dane was great albeit a bit too long. I particularly enjoyed his jabs at taking vacation photos.



    West Bedford Drama Club: A bit too long but there were a few laughs there.



    Taco Town: A re-air that was just as funny the second time around.



    The Long Ride Home: The Jay Feely Story: Giants Kicker Jay Feely (Cook) takes heat from his teammates (KT, FM) for missing three game ending field goals before having to land the plane between two radio towers (how ironic?). Feely’s redemption though funny, doesn’t last long…



    The Turtleneck: Keith (Cook) is meeting his date Carrie (AP) at a party hosted by their friends (SM, RD). Carrie is running late and Keith is sweating to death in the $800 turtleneck he bough to impress her. Cook proves he can do slapstick as he “is raped by a wookie”.



    Digital Short: Two guys (AS and WF) mourn the loss of a friend and are consoled by lettuce and that’s all I’ve got to say.



    Target: An annoying salesclerk (KW) and her trainee (Cook) succeed in annoying their customers (RD, BH) with their suggestions, comments and leaving in the middle of sales. I expected less from this sketch but the pure awkwardness made it work. Musical Performance: I’m not fond of James Blunt’s voice but I can’t help but like the lyrics to “You’re Beautiful”.



    Weekend Update: Bush is planning for victory by 2047 and Amy finds it humiliating to be paid in change. Take out Rachel’s trip undercover as a fat woman and the visit by Michael Irving (KT) discussing his drug bust and this was a pretty funny Update. One Day Coma: Jerry (Cook) awakes from a medically induced coma to find out that his girlfriend (AP), married another guy (KW) and sold his ‘65 Mustang for a dollar. His incompetent doctor (CP) puts him back into a coma and he awakes 15 minutes later to find out the doctor got the girlfriend pregnant. This was one of my favorite sketches thanks to Dane and Amy. Fight Back with Victor Ramos: Watching this made me even gladder that Horatio is gone.



    Musical Performance: Blunt sings “Goodbye My Lover” and I hit the ff button.



    Morgan Stanley: Unlike “Taco Town”, this sketch is losing its appeal, though rightly so considering it’s the fourth time its been shown.



    This was a better show then I remembered and while I’m not familiar with Cook’s work outside of the show, I’m becoming a fan and will have to keep a look out his future work, after that ridiculous looking movie with the elder Simpson that is.moreless
  • Dane Cook and James Blunt were awesome! Cook gave the show a "new funny" outcome. They need to consider hiring Cook to bring the show back! Wiig's new character from Target is hilarious!!!!moreless

    9.0
    Dane Cook and musical guest James Blunt were awesome! I actually saw the rerun on E!, and laughed out loud with my husband! We don't watch the show like we used to, but we are enjoying the reruns on E! The "Target" sketch was our favorite! We are looking forward to seeing that character (Wiig) again! Cook also made the show! He adds a "new funny" sense to the new skits. We are a fan of the "old school" skits, but enjoy some of the new ones, like the "Target" skit and "Debbie Downer". We use the sound effect after something negative we say or hear! Wiig also brought new meaning to the word "Cash!!" Loved it!moreless
  • Dane Cook: No Steve Martin

    8.9
    Dane Cook is a stand-up but will he equal the talent of the great Steve Martin?



    Cold Opening: The cold opening was a politically correct when it comes to the holidays and it seems like it was the first to feature the whole cast say "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!" Jason Sudeikis played Harry Connick, Jr. Kenan Thompson was NBC weatherman Al Rokeer. Newcomer Kristen Wiig played Megan Mullaly.



    Monologue: Dane Cook seems rather long in the monologue. Usually, they go 5 minutes tops but he's gone like ten minutes right now. Sure, he is a stand-up comedian. Hey, I used to be one! It seemed like he wouldn't stop.



    West Bedford High School: Chris Parnell has the Drama Club perform the morning announcements. This sketch features Amy Poehler, Dane Cook, Seth Meyers, Kenan Thompson, Rachel Dratch, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen. This sketch was not that funny.



    Taco Town Commercial: Is awesomer a word? That's a big taco! However, it's not kosher.



    The Long Ride Home: The Jay Feely Story. Dane Cook plays Jay Feely. Kenan Thompson, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch and Jason Sudeikis are also in this sketch. Chris Parnell's character said wind doesn't help. Cook tries singing, and is forced to shut up. Gets interesting now, the pilot passes out. Safe landing for Jay Feely. Scratch that, the landing was bad.



    (Next week: Alec Baldwin with MG Shakira)



    Wool Sweater: The next sketch features Dane Cook, Seth Meyers, Rachel Dratch, and Amy Poehler. One of the new guys is in the sketch in a supporting role...Samberg.



    Digital Short: Will has a beard in this one. Andy Samberg is the other guy. Lots of lettuce in this one. This was sponsored by the lettuce growers association.



    Target Graceland: Rachel, Dane, Kristen, and Bill Hader are in this one. I don't get the point of this sketch at all.



    Weekend Update: Bush speech on Iraq. Victory By 2047? Thirty-five pages on victory in Iraq. The Pentagon paid for stories in Iraqi newspapers? Rachel wore an obesity suit. World Aids Day was observed with some terms I missed. The tree in Boston was renamed a Holiday tree. A joke about the Xbox 3260. Ronald McDonald was charged with hamburgularly at Wendy's. A British man made a jazz record to chase away teens. The most literate city: Seattle. Michael Irvin (Kenan) talks about the latest incident. Wal-Mart poll: 56% think it is bad. The other 44% work there. Tree lighting joke.



    Good Samaritan Hospital (44 Hour Coma): Dane, Chris, Amy. Dane woke up from a coma from a karaoke accident after 24 hours. Amy's character married Will Forte's character. She sold his car for $1. Oy, I'd hate to be that guy.



    “Fight Back with Victor Ramos: Horatio Sanz, Amy and Dane in a sketch that I missed the name of.moreless
  • Dane Cook .. what more can I say?! I'm sure that that show got soo much time on EVERYONE and their mom's tvs!! ..all i gotta say now is: SWEATER SKIT!!moreless

    10
    Dane Cook .. what more can I say?! I'm sure that that show got soo much time on EVERYONE and their mom's tvs!! If Dane was on there every night, I'd put money on it that everyone would tune-in. ..oh, and ps. ..all i gotta say now is: SWEATER SKIT!!
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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Tina Fey: Last week the city of Boston sparked a controversy when it renamed the giant spruce tree in Boston Common a "Holiday Tree" instead of a Christmas tree. Also, the city's Christmas nativity scene will now be referred to as the "Holiday Homeless Family."

    • Tina Fey: A British man has created a device that emits a noise intended to chase away teenagers. It's called jazz records.

    • Michael Irvin: I was chillin', driving my car like I usually do. When a cop came out of nowhere and pulled me over. Now, I'm a rational man, so I thought to myself, "Should I kill him?"

    • Tina Fey: Many of the first people to buy the new XBOX 360 are returning the system because of crashes and glitches and maybe, just maybe a long hard look in the mirror.

    • Amy Poehler: In conjunction with the President's speech, the White House released a 35-page document titled "National Strategy for Victory in Iraq." Wow, 35 pages. Apparently they think that Iraq's problems will be three times easier to resolve than a Nancy Drew mystery.

    • Amy Poehler: A new poll reveals that 56% of Americans think Wal-Mart is bad for the country while the other 44% work there.

    • Trainee: Oh, don't worry. She's fast! Hey, why are you buying a bra?
      (Trainee pick up bra and plays with it)
      Customer #2: Well, uh, for your information, it's for my daughter. It's a training bra.
      Trainee: Oh, hey! I'm in training here, too. Is she here?
      Customer #2: No.
      Trainee: Is she in the car?
      Customer #2: No.
      Trainee: Do you want me to go get her?
      Customer #2: (hostile) No!
      Trainee: I just think that it's weird that we're both in training, her and I.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode marks the fifth time in SNL history that a foreign-born artist (the fourth Briton) has made their American network television debut on the show. The others were Kate Bush in 1978, Frankie Goes to Hollywood in 1984, The Tragically Hip in 1995, and Ms. Dynamite in 2003.

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: A "Carol" sketch (which aired the following week with Alec Baldwin) and a sketch involving Dane Cook as a car rental consultant.

      A sketch where Dane plays a fitness guru teaching his students to "Walk like an Egyptian" was scheduled to air in the live show but was cut at the last minute due to the show running late. A rerun of the Morgan Stanley commercial from earlier the season was aired to fill time.

    • Sketches/segments not shown in the 60 minute version: the Michael Irvin segment on Weekend Update, James Blunt's performance of 'Goodbye My Lover,' "Fight Back with Victor Ramos," "Daylong Coma," "The Long Ride Home: The Jay McFeeley Story," and "Morgan Stanley."

    • This episode features the longest monologue in SNL history, with Dane Cook performing about 10 minutes of standup comedy from his new album, Retaliation.

    • Maya Rudolph does not appear in this episode, as she was still on materinty leave.

    • This is the third time in the show's history that the entire cast has said "Live From New York." The first time was on March 7, 1981 (Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton) and the feat was duplicated on December 14, 1991 (Steve Martin/James Taylor).

    • This is the third time the "Morgan Stanley" advertisement has aired this season and the second for "Taco Town"

    • Though Rachel Dratch is an accomplished cello player, this episode marks the only time she ever played the instrument on SNL.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • During the "Weekend Update" segment, Tina Fey quotes the lyrics to George Harrison's 1988 hit "I Got My Mind Set On You" for the purpose of a punchline. The lyrics Fey quote are: "To do it, to do it, to do it right."

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