Saturday Night Live

Season 30 Episode 14

David Spade/Jack Johnson

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Mar 12, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Live from New York (and back to host), it's... David Spade in drag! Sketches include: "Martha Stewart Returns," "Art Dealers in Vail," "Deaf Judge/Idiot Doctor," "David's Stunt Double," Woomba," "Sherman Oaks Holding Cell," "Sean Penn's Celebrity Roast," "UPS Delivery Man," "Jingle Singers," "Bear City" (film), and "Dirt Ball and Burnout Convention." Jack Johnson performed "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing" and "Mudfootball" (with G. Love).moreless

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  • Et tu, Shucky Ducky?

    A Review by the Former "Heystu," Amateur Critic and Hero of the Soviet Union

    For the first time in nearly two years, an SNL alumni returns to the show to either A) promote a movie or B) prove his career is not on life support. Unfortunately, it's not someone the general public would love to see hosting, like Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler, so instead, we are treated with scrappy little David Spade, which I guess is a reasonable substitute. After all, he was a writer and cast member on the show for seven years, plus he's hosted before, so there's really nothing to complain about. And besides, shows hosted by former cast members always have a tendency to be fun to watch even if it's not consistently funny.

    The musical guest tonight is Jack Johnson, a respectable alt-pop singer-songwriter probably best known for his fleeting appearance in the Donald Trump/Toots and the Maytals episode from last season. His new album In Between Dreams arrived in stores earlier this month, and while the disc will probably only sell moderately well, he is an example of what SNL is famous for has become somewhat under-represented in recent years: an artist with reasonable critical acclaim that doesn't come off as overtly mainstream.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: Live via CNN, two anchors (AP, RR) squabble before going live to a press conference by Martha Stewart (Spade). Declaring herself a changed woman, she makes several statements about no longer being a mega-bitch and adjusting her prison life to the outside world. Spade, who has to be either the seventh or eighth actor to play the domestic maven on the show, clearly makes one of the better first impressions; the imitation wasn't dead on but he/she certainly hit all the other notes.

    MONOLOGUE: David takes questions from the audience, a rarity for a former cast member-cum-host. Essentially, they want to know about the guy he plays in the Capitol One ads, and when el presentador tries to explain that they are two separate entities, Tyrell (JB Smoove) get flustered while his wife (Paula Pell) hurls softball questions. I have no problem with the fact that they decided to do this recurring bit once more (it's practically a tradition), but when it seems like even the writers-pretending-to-be-in-the-audience are phoning it in, you've got trouble.

    "Art Dealers in Vail": Nuni and Nunë (FA, MR) and their alienating man-child servant (CP) strike back in the popular Colorado skiing community, bewildering their new neighbors (Spade, RD) with their East Village charm, not to mention their tongue chairs and enlarged meat capsules. It's essentially a rewrite of a sketch from the Topher Grace episode from two months ago, but I'll let it slide on account of its delightful weirdness.

    "ABC Spring Preview": Following the first-week success of the Steven Bochco vehicle "Blind Justice," the Alphabet Network follows it up with two remarkably similar shows with one-joke premises: "Deaf Judge," with Seth as the titular arbitrator, and "Idiot Doctor," with Mr. Spade as an ice cream-loving surgeon. Considering that the original show could easily be mistaken for a really bad sitcom rather than the deadly serious cop drama that it is, you could say this parody really hit the spot.

    "David's Stuntdouble": On the set of a buddy-cop movie he's filming with Vin Diesel (inexplicably played by HS), David finds himself irked when his body double is a lady (AP) who has seemingly caught all his quirks and mannerisms to a tee. The tension was funny, but watching Horatio play the "Pacifier" star as a borderline-retarded dolt could be read as either an inability to analyze the star or that just because he makes stupid movies that must make him an ignoramus himself. Granted, I'm not a big fan of Vin's films, but judging from an episode of Charlie Rose I saw three years ago he was very much an intellectual.

    "Woomba": A fake ad from earlier this season about a pubic-hair obsessed gadget gets another play. Weird thing is, it works even better the second time around.

    "Spider in the Cell": I swear this character has been on the show before, but I can't recall the instance. If my intuition is correct, the trashy little twerp returns after a very long hiatus to irk a car-theft victim (RR) in a Sherman Oaks, CA holding cell. Not a bad sketch, but it was probably funnier the first time around.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: David introduces Jack, who performs should-be hit "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing." As for the live performance, not too shabby!

    WEEKEND UPDATE: It would probably be best if I gave this a "good news, bad news" analogy. The good news is that the trend of Tina introducing a clip before making a one-liner has apparently come and gone. The bad news is that, as you might expect from David Spade hosting, there was no "Hollywood Minute." The good news is that tonight's edition included a preposterous "Hip Hop Breakdown" by Amy. The bad news is that we are also treated to another commentary by the slow-talkin' Jorge Rodriguez (HS), who apparently continues to be the willing patsy of the elusive bunko artist known simply as Pepe.

    "Sean Penn's Celebrity Roast": Dryly spoofing a statement made at last month's Oscar ceremony, the humorless thespian (SM) emcees a dinner for Clint Eastwood (DH) yet remains unclear of the concept. A putdown contest between Bernie Mac (KT), George Carlin (FA), and a crooked-nosed Owen Wilson (Spade), as well as the presence of Shucky Ducky (FM) and Bea Arthur (TF) can't hinder the shock and bewilderment of the "Mystic River" star.

    "The Delivery Guy": A UPS employee (Spade) with emotional baggage can't seem to win over a traffic manager (RD) at the front desk of a building he frequents. A week of stilted conversation comes to a head when he realizes that she's dating the FedEx guy (SM). Basically, this was a concept sketch with an ending that was intended to be explosive but otherwise gives a weird tangent to an otherwise underdeveloped character.

    "The Barrys": A husband-and-wife (Spade, MR) faux-soul duo reprise their greatest ad jingles for a very willing audience. At first I thought the show was beating the same idea into the ground over and over again, but his take on ditty-crooning was obvious though amusing.

    "Bear City": In the fifth installment of America's fastest-growing alternate-universe parable, a physically disabled anthropomorphic ursine is dismayed to find a non-handicapped bear using his stall in a public restroom. Another one-joke concept invested wisely.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: The jam-friendly trio of JJ, Adam Topol, and Mario Podlewski are joined by the harmonica work of G. Love for an album cut called "Mud Football."

    "Dirtball and Burnout Convention": An ad for a get-together for the world's rednecks and bottom-feeders, complete with an autograph session with the one and only Skeeter (DH). This was funny time-filler, especially if you like southern humor.

    As I mentioned before, when a former cast member returns to host, the result will usually be a pretty good show. Spade's return tonight is no exception, though it was at times a bit underwhelming. David was clearly doing this to promote his "The Best of…" DVD, even though it won't be released until later this year, and not to promote his ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules," a mediocre comedy that has struggled to evade the looming shadow of the late John Ritter. Jack Johnson, on the other hand, has above-average as musical guest, leading me to ponder if he's more at home on a concert stage than he is in a studio.

    Sketches That Will Probably Be Removed/Edited For Repeats: "Woomba," "Sean Penn's Celebrity Roast," "Flirty Delivery Guy," and "The Barrys."

    Next Week: Ashton "Kelso" Kutcher has a second go-around as host, with musical guest Gwen Stefani.

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  • Spade & Jack Johnson helped the show out!

    I really liked it when David Spade pays his old

    Place where he used to be with SNL for a few years

    A visit and also I am a huge fan of Jack Johnson

    Though he is underrated and doesn't get much fanfare

    But I bet Jack likes it like that! Good show in an otherwise used to be excellent show!
  • Spade\'s return helped

    David Spade was a good host [would of been better if Chris Farley was alive to help him]. A funny impersonation of Martha Stewart and Joe Dirt from Adam Sandler\'s \"Happy Madison\" movie \"Joe Dirt\" was a good homage. A good episode.

    STEWART RELEASE: Changed Martha Stewart tells her omnimedia staff that she is going to cut down on the homemaking. (Spade, Dratch, Poehler, Riggle, Rudolph)

    MONOLOGUE: David Spade comments on his new role of being the \\\"NO\\\" guy. (Spade, Liz Cackowski, John Lutz, Paula Pell, J.B. Smoove)

    ART DEALERS: Neighbors complain about the water leak coming from Nuni and Nonny Showner\\\'s house. (Spade, Armisen, Dratch, Parnell, Rudolph)

    ABC: Due to \\\"popularity\\\" of Blind Justice, ABC introduces Deaf Judge and Idiot Doctor. (Spade, Dratch, Forte, Meyers, Parnell)

    STUNT DOUBLE: David Spade is concerned that his stunt double is a woman. (Spade, Dratch, Meyers, Poehler, Sanz)

    WOOMBA: (Dratch, Fey, Poehler, Rudolph)

    HOLDING CELL: Ballsy runt tries to make innocent guy his **** in a holding cell. (Spade, Dratch, Riggle, Thompson)

    \\\"SITTING, WAITING, WISHING\\\": (Johnson)

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Hip-Hop Breakdown: Amy Poehler recounts the hip-hop wars between 50 Cent and The Game; Jorge Rodriguez continues his lists of problems with doing his taxes. (Fey, Poehler, Sanz)

    SEAN PENN\\\'S CELEBRITY ROAST: Sean Penn is outraged when comedians poke fun at roast victim Clint Eastwood. (Spade, Armisen, Dratch, Fey, Forte, Hammond, Meyers, Mitchell, Parnell(VO), Riggle, Thompson)

    THE UPS GUY: Unstable UPS guy has awkward banter with the girl he likes. (Spade, Dratch, Fey, Meyers, Poehler, Rudolph)

    JINGLE SINGERS: Married couple recount their lengthy career in singing commercial jingles. (Spade, Forte, Parnell, Rudolph)

    BEAR CITY: Anthropomorphic ursine uses a handicap toilet.

    \\\"MUDFOOTBALL\\\": (Johnson, G. Love)

    DIRTBALL AND BURNOUT CONVENTION: Joe Dirt introduces convention that includes shooting at stop signs, meeting famous hicks, and competing in sunburn-or-grime contests. (Spade, Armisen, Dratch, Fey, Forte, Hammond, Meyers, Riggle, Sanz)

Jack Johnson (II)

Jack Johnson (II)


Guest Star

G. Love

G. Love


Guest Star

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

"Bear City" Sketch's Narrator (voice)

Recurring Role

David Spade

David Spade


Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In the "Sean Penn's Celebrity Roast" sketch in which Darrell Hammond plays Clint Eastwood, his fake old-person wrinkly skin is not fully attached.

    • In reruns, the ten-to-one sketch "The Dirtballs and Burnouts Convention" is moved up in the show, trading places with the "Sherman Oaks Holding Cell" sketch.

    • About midway through the "Jingle Singers" sketch, one of Maya Rudolph's earrings falls off.

    • During the Weekend Update commentary by Jorge Rodriguez (Sanz) the undertitle misspells his name as "Rodiguez."

    • Also in the "Sherman Oaks Holding Cell" sketch, when Andrew (Rob Riggle) pushes Spider (David Spade) against the wall, you can see the wall shake and the overhead lamp outside the jail cell rock back and forth.

    • In the "Dirt Ball and Burn Out" fake ad, David Spade almost cracked up when the camera cut from Skeeter (Darrell Hammond) trying to open a beer with a cigarette lighter to the last part of the commercial. Also: Spade's fake goatee peels off near the end (the same thing happened in the "Holding Cell" sketch with Spade's mustache).

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Tina Fey: Michael Jackson arrived over an hour late for his trial Thursday. Jackson explained that on the way to court, he got stuck in a twelve-year-old.

    • Amy Poehler: Psychologists are saying that teens today must face cyberbullying, in which other teens can insult classmates through message boards, e-mail and instant messaging. On the bright side, nerds can now hand over their lunch money using PayPal.

    • Tina Fey: (in response to Amy Poehler's Hip-Hop Breakdown) You know you're a three-foot-tall white girl, right?

    • (Tina grabs a gun out from under the desk and shoots at Amy six times)
      Amy Poehler: My body eats bullets, bitch!

    • Chrissy: Are you hitting on me?
      David Spade: (considers the question) I think I am. Seeing a female double of myself nursing a baby has given me an unexpected chub.

    • David Spade: Paul, she's got a camel toe, all right? I don't want people thinking I got a camel toe! I got enough problems with them confusing me for the dude from "Queer Eye."

  • NOTES (5)

    • A "David Spade's Hollywood Minute" segment was cut from Weekend Update after dress rehearsal.

    • One of the sketches cut after dress rehearsal featured David Spade as a record producer trying to the get a record deal for a singing group consisting of Kenan, Finesse and Maya. This particular sketch is featured on the Best of David Spade DVD.

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Jingle Singers," "Bear City," "Sherman Oaks Holding Cell," "Woomba" (rerun 12/18/04), "UPS Delivery Man," and Jack Johnson and G. Love's performance of "Mudfootball."

    • David Spade says "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night" for the first time.

    • One-time SNL host (and Full House star) Bob Saget was in the audience for the live broadcast; Spade and Saget are reportedly good friends.