Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 1

Dane Cook/The Killers

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Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Sep 30, 2006 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Jason Sudeikis! Sketches include "Eckstrom for Comptroller," "DHS Training," "Hugo Chavez Political Roundup," "Cubicle Fight" (film), "Al Pacino Checks His Bank Balance," "Amy, Seth, and Brian Williams," "Poland Spring Delivery Boys," "Farrah Fawcett for Ocean Save," "Let's Go," and "Geico." The Killers performed "When You Were Young" and "Bones."moreless

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  • "Did you hear? She committed suicide… she took her own lifestyle”

    7.0
    A Review by “HelloStuart,” the Battle-tested Amateur Critic



    The thirty-second season of SNL commences with even more question marks, changes, and adjustments than last year’s eventful off-season. Due to network-wide budget cuts, Finesse Mitchell, Chris Parnell, and Horatio Sanz were shown the door after 18 ½ combined years on the program; their departures occurred after Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch jumped ship to test the waters of the sitcom world. As a result, last year’s overpopulated cast has been whittled down to eleven, with virtually no new fresh faces for the first time since 1997. Seth Meyers not only usurped Fey’s position as co-head writer, but also took her spot at the Weekend Update desk as well. One year after leaving the show to produce a stillborn sitcom pilot, Paula Pell is back as head writer, sharing the title with Meyers and Andrew Steele. After eleven seasons on the show, director Beth McCarthy Miller was dismissed and replaced by morning news show veteran Don Roy King. Inexplicably, Darrell Hammond is still a cast member, continuing to do spot-on impressions of nearly every member of the Bush administration in his record-breaking 12th season on the show. It might also be worth noting that two shows are premiering this fall that are both interpreting the SNL legend in their own unique little way, one with a bunch of lower-tier movie stars and the other starring Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin.



    As I now enter my second year being of a college of episode reviewers at TV.com, I seem to have found a weird form of excitement and euphoria that I haven’t felt towards the program since Will Ferrell left. It seems as if every problem that has dogged the show since 2002 has been resolved- better writing, a tighter cast, and most importantly a sense of direction.



    Tonight’s show brings back a pair of familiar faces: the host is Dane Cook, who as you may recall was the master of ceremonies of the most divisively love it/hate it broadcast of last season. The musical guest is The Killers, the Duran Duran-loving quartet that may or may not be feuding with every other rock band you can think of.



    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:



    COLD OPENING: Yes, it’s another “Bush am dumb” sketch, but what other kind can we expect? He’s a below-average president that has never really revealed his intellectual side. Either way, tonight he’s bored senseless and making idle chatter at a rally for the Republican candidate (JS) for South Carolina state comptroller.



    OPENING CREDITS: Everybody’s at a rooftop party in Hell’s Kitchen. Doesn’t it strike anyone as odd that they’d invite someone who’s twenty years older than everyone else like Darrell? Maybe it’s just me.



    MONOLOGUE: Remember that incredibly lengthy monologue Dane had the last time he hosted? I guess lightning struck twice, but this was far from excruciating; I especially enjoyed his riffs on lie detecting and YouTube. Time for a new rallying cry: “A:F6! A:F6!”



    “Department of Homeland Security Training”: A small group of potential DHS officers, each one more thickheaded than the next, test the patience of their instructors (Dane, JS) with their inability to differentiate solids from liquids. The only student with any horse sense (MR) gets brushed over, which turns your ordinary workplace sketch into a muted political satire.



    “The Hugo Chavez Political Roundup”: Yep, another topical sketch, with the “President” of Venezuela (FA) welcoming Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (BH), Pervez Musharraf (DH) and Kim Jong Il (AP) to his America-bashing talk show. With a truncated cast, I was sort of expecting some out-of-the-blue impressions, but nothing of late caught my eye like Amy’s Kim Jong Il impression. Her interpretation was way more spot-on than Horatio’s; right down to his creepy giddiness.



    “Cubicle Fight”: Two middle-management stooges (Dane, BH) fight over a tiny workspace while a very Lumberghian boss (JS) drops by intermittently to banter. Though there normally isn’t a theme in their work, are Samberg and company morphing into champions of the working class? God, I hope not.



    “Al Pacino Checks His Bank Balance”: Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds. The Oscar-winner (BH) rambles on while discussing his finances with a very patient Wells Fargo operator (KW). As much as I enjoy Hader’s Pacino impression, especially since he doesn’t go straight to the “Hoo-wah!”, maybe I prefer it in smaller doses.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Is that Brandon Flowers or Colonel Sanders’ gawky nephew? Either way, he really soared through “When You Were Young.”



    BACKSTAGE: Awkwardness ensues when NBC newsman Brian Williams (the real McCoy) mistakenly believes that he’s Tina’s successor. Fear not, Bry; I’m sure you’re destined for bigger and brighter things.



    WEEKEND UPDATE: Picking Seth to work alongside Amy seems so natural, doesn’t it? They already have that built-in chemistry, so it was worth a shot. Nonetheless, Seth’s deflowering at the remodeled Update desk was pretty solid; I didn’t think he would have the stone-faced smarminess needed to handle the segment, but his rookie outing showed a lot of poise. Elsewhere at the desk, a commentary by Bill Clinton (DH) and Condi Rice (MR) deviates into a recollection of a one-night stand from many moons ago; Senator George Allen (JS) tried to backtrack on a few allegedly racist remarks by making up gibberish; and Dustin Diamond (AS) plugged his new amateur sex tape.



    “Poland Spring”: Two water-addicted delivery boys (Dane, WF) get busted for hoarding the goods by their superior (KW). After a fantastic, pour-it-on sight gag with at least a hundred empty bottles, our newly-unemployed heroes break the fourth wall and reference “30 Rock” and “Studio 60.” Hey, as long as this sketch had an ending.



    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Brandon and his boys break out the bodacious horns for the non-album cut “Bones.”



    “Ocean Save”: Farrah Fawcett (AP) wanders from discussing the environment to randomly leaping into the next sketch. Is this Monty Python-lite surrealism or just an obtuse way to kill time? I really haven’t decided yet.



    “Let’s Go”: It’s closing time at a popular watering hole in Kansas City*, where the owner/managers (Dane, JS) use bullying tactics to remove the patrons one by one. This prototypical ten-on-one sketch was tempered by a clever, sight-gag ending.



    “Geico”: Paying homage to those goofy ads I’ve been seeing all summer, Whitney Houston (MR) helps a college student (AS) spin a yarn about a recent car accident the only way she can. You have to admit, she’s not as fun to mock when she’s on the road to sobriety, is she?



    With a condensed ensemble, it seems that the show is actually showing signs or regaining past relevance. Amy carried the show, though Suds and Forte both had their moments. This year’s season premiere was for the most part the strongest one I’ve watched since Damon/Springsteen in Year 28; I will even go as far as to pardon the various one-gag sketches that sprinkled the show. Love him or hate him, Dane Cook is turning into a solid go-to host, and The Killers were actually much more fascinating to watch than they were nearly two years ago. Most importantly, this broadcast was heavy on impressions but very low on annoying new recurring characters, which might suggest another new direction for the show, unless next week’s show features “Needlers vs. The A-Holes,” then all bets are off. Though I will miss the presence of Chris Parnell and Finesse Mitchell, it was time to cut away some deadwood.



    Segments That Will Probably Be Removed In Repeats: “Cubicle Fight” and the last twenty minutes of the show.



    Next Week: Emmy-nominated “My Name is Earl” star Jaime Pressly hosts with musical guest Corinne Bailey Rae.



    Since he wrote his first episode review in 2003, “HelloStuart” (formerly known as “heystu”) has become one of the leaders of the SNL internet fan community. Feel free to send him your questions and comments to sma17kc@netscape.net .



    *If that doesn’t make it incredibly obvious that Suds wrote this sketch, what does?moreless
  • Bleep Blop Bloop Beep Giggles, California

    6.5
    So, we're a week from the 34th season premiere, and after a half-month hiatus, Conner's summer reviews return. And, yes, even more than 2 months after it expired, the SAG is still going after a better deal.



    But, now, we're back at 2006. The cast suffered severe budget cuts, cutting Horatio Sanz, Finesse Mitchell, and Chris Parnell. Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch had also left the show before the 32nd season commenced. Many were to believe that some of that old fat was gone, and that the cast could come into it's own. Could it?



    Dane Cook, the overrated comedian, is our host for tonight's opener. The Killers, who produced one of the many hit songs of 2006, When You Were Young, were the musical guest.



    Comptroller Rally: The first sketch involving the new-looking cast is of a Texan man who is running for Comptroller. While he's trying to make his address, George Bush, who's in attendance, annoys the helpers for the rally. Funny thing in this sketch? Not much. Infact, after watching this sketch over plenty of times, trying to give it a second chance, I really don't see a joke in this sketch, other than "Bush is dumb and annoying". Isn't that a familiar tune?



    Monologue: So, home base looks about the same, and everyone expected this to happen. Dane Cook does stand-up. I actually enjoyed this though. The parts when he was explaining the negative people kind of slowed it down, but he came back. Most of the stand up made good points, and got me to chuckle here and there.



    TSA Homeland Security Training: Two instructors try to teach a class, of what it appears to be of morons, what the new rules for airplane checking are. This was a very enjoyable sketch. Most antics in this sketch were well pursued. Perhaps Fred's line "Yeah, I have been convicted of a felony..." wasn't needed.



    Hugo Chavez's Round-Up: So, if you watched this now, in 2008, you may not really get it, but Hugo Chavez said a few things of George Bush back at the UA meeting in September 2006. So, this sketch is about Chavez, and other country leaders, such as Mahmoud Admajeidahmad (don't mail me about the spelling. I know it's completely off), and, probably the funniest thing of this sketch was the spinoff of Andy Rooney's minute on 60-Minutes. This time, though, it was a moment with Sadaam Hussein.



    Cubicle Fight: The first digital short of the season, and yes, it's not a one starring Andy! This was pretty enjoyable, and including the parts with Jason as the boss interrupting was especially funny.



    Al Pacino Checks His Voice Mail: This was pretty funny. Bill's Al Pacino was very good, but perhaps this sketch aired to early in the night.



    Musical Performance: The Killers go through "When You Were Young". Brandon was PAINFULLY flat at times. I love the song, though.



    Weekend Update: Brian William's part was very, very funny. Who knew he was going to host a year later? As for the jokes? Oh, dear. Most of the jokes were just way to awkward and not really never had a punch at the end. Infact, the only memorable joke was "Give Me A Reason Bert". Clinton/Rice commentary was good, while the other two were slow.



    Water Bottle Sailsmen: This was a very good sketch. Of course, it avoided good writing, but the thing about it was just the idea, and the time duration of the falling bottles.



    Farrah Fawcett: Farrah Fawcett babbles on about Ocean Save, then runs across the stage. This was somewhat enjoyable.



    Closing Time: This sketch was, once again, somewhat enjoyable. You can't go that far with being funny when it's the same thing over again. "Leave. Leave. Get out. Leave." The Farrah Fawcett comment was a chuckler though.



    Musical Performance: "Bones" is this really interesting song with that cool little high pitched key board, and then the great horn section. Brandon was a little better in this one.



    Geico Commercial: Oh... it's Whitney Houston... Great. This made a good closing sketch, but then again, so did the last 4...



    Tonight's episode averaged out to a decent one. Aside from the cold opening, all sketches were more than watchable, and meet standards. But, as I said above, some of the sketches seemed like something you'd put as the last sketch, but were placed earlier. Al Pacino's call and Farrah/Bar Scene. Dane Cook proved to be a good host, like he did previously, while the Killers were a good musical guest. Brandon may need singing lessons, though.moreless
  • decent

    7.9
    i've never heard of dane cook before this episode, and also that movie with him and jessica simpson. lately SNL has not been what it used to be. i know dane cook is supposedly a comedian, but i failed to see what was so funny during his painfully long monologue. however, some of the funnier sketches were the Hugo Chavez Roundup, the Brian Williams Weekend Update, and the water delivery boy skits. It seemed like Cook was trying way too hard to get laughs.moreless
  • In the premiere episode of SNL's 32nd season, popular Massachusetts stand up comedian Dane Cook hosts, and Las Vegas alt rockers the Killers perform, and no laughs ensue.

    1.0
    The premiere of Saturday Night Live\'s 32nd season was a stinker. We all know SNL has been in a funk for a while, but this one was just plain awful. Dane Cook\'s opening monologue was barely funny and most of the skits following it were even worse. The Killers, who I usually think are good in concert, were mediocre here, mainly because of the fairly lackluster material from their disappointing second cd, Sam\'s Town. Overall, this episode was very disappointing, and made me finally begin to lose hope once and for all in one of my favorite shows. Luckily, a couple episodes this season were pretty good, such as the Hugh Laurie and Alec Baldwin ones. Still, this was still a really bad season premiere.moreless
  • updated and current-not to mention funny

    9.7
    no offense but if you cant find dane cook funny, then there is something wrong with you. the cast has been fixed(even though i loved everyone that got fired or left the show-it wasn`t there fault-NBC budgetary cuts), the montage looks cool, and cook had a great opening monologue, probably one of the best ive seen. next followed a DHS rehersal over airline security, which was probably the best skit all night. then followed Fred Armisen impersonating Hugo Chavez, and Amy Poehler was great as Kim Joung Il.

    then was cubicle fight, where cook and bill hader got into a fight at work over a cubicle(just as the title staes). then was amy and seth confronting a confused brian williams at the update desk. the killers were "killer" performing "When You Were Young" and "Bones". then followed the new update with amy and seth. following that was a sketch where cook and will forte are water distributors that hid all there deliveries in the closet, and the bottles fell for about 1 minute and 54 seconds. after that was farraw fawcett for ocean save which lead to the bar skit where the bar was closing. lastly was a spoof of the geico commericals, where maya rudolph portrayed whitney houstonmoreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Maya Rudolph's character in the TSA Airport Security Sketch looks and sounds like her short-lived recurring character, Jackie. This character appeared in two episodes during the 2000-01 season.

    • Don Pardo stumbles in the opening credits when the picture of The Killers is on, prompting him to rush through saying "...and your host Dane Cook" before the picture left the screen.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Farrah Fawcett: She's getting married, and I'm Farrah Fawcett.

    • Seth Meyers: A man in Florida claiming to have a gun robbed a man of the new "Tickle Me Extreme Elmo". Fortunately, the robber was subdued by the new "Give Me a Reason, Bert."

    • Amy Poehler: Former infomercial psychic Miss Cleo revealed in the latest issue of The Advocate that she is a lesbian. Experts say this could be bad for business- who wants a psychic who didn't even know she was gay until she was 50?

    • President Bush: The Saints are 3-0... New Orleans has recovered.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Sketches cut in the 60 minute version: Bill Clinton & Condoleeza Rice and George Allen segments on Weekend Update, "Water Coolers," "Farrah Fawcett for Ocean Save," "Closing Time," and The Killers' performance of "Bones."

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: "Petroleum"; a sketch where Siamese twins (Will Forte, Dane Cook) teach at a learning annex; "Sale-mart," a commercial spoof of Wal-Mart; a second Geico ad where Jerry Lewis (Fred Armisen) explains customer's (Kristin Wiig) experience; a sketch about a woman (Kristin Wiig) who constantly complains while waiting at the airport; a commercial about "Grillz" dental accessories; a sketch where at a party a Kuato comes out a man's (Dane Cook) stomach; and "E-Zdate.com," a commercial where services rendered resemble prostitution.

    • The logo featured in the opening credits and bumpers were used for this episode only.

    • This episode features the first edition of "Weekend Update with Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers."

    • Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, and Kristin Wiig are promoted to repertory player status beginning with this episode.

    • Don Roy King's first episode as director.

    • This is the first live broadcast to not include any featured players or first-year cast members since Graham/Anthony in Year 25.

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