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Episode Discussion Thread: Hugh Laurie/Kanye West (12/13/08)

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    TheDiamondDog

    [121]Dec 14, 2008
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    Maybe I was so dissappointed because I had high expectations, and this show didn't come close to meeting them.
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    algetrig91

    [122]Dec 14, 2008
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    I thought that this was an okay episode, but it was under my usual expectations of a Christmas episode.
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    HelloStuart

    [123]Dec 14, 2008
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    avmon wrote:
    friendfan13 wrote:
    the episode wasn't real solid but it had some strong points. I dont know what you guys are talking about but i thought bronx beat was hilarious. the best sketch of the night. Update was also really funny. Its sad that amy is gone for good. she was the best cast memeber.

    Ditto to that last post! And I was also wondering about Elroy Jetson on Kanye's second number. Did the estate of Hanna-Barbera approve this character's usage?

    As I mentioned in a previous post- the footage of the Elroy Jetson painting is from the music video for "Heartless." All the other Jetsons appear in the video, but I have absolutely no idea why...
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    mp34mp

    [124]Dec 14, 2008
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    The cold opening & Weekend Update was the highlight for me, on Blagojevich. That said, I expected a better show with Hugh Laurie hosting which he spent most of using his American accent. Laurie is a great actor despite breaking character at the Bronx Beat, and all of the New Yawker & NY governor references in WU that completely blew over my head. I don't know who David Paterson is, but he (like Armisen wandered about) but he just seems like one messed up old fart. I liked Laurie's first hosting duties over this one.
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    HelloStuart

    [125]Dec 15, 2008
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    mp34mp wrote:
    The cold opening & Weekend Update was the highlight for me, on Blagojevich. That said, I expected a better show with Hugh Laurie hosting which he spent most of using his American accent. Laurie is a great actor despite breaking character at the Bronx Beat, and all of the New Yawker & NY governor references in WU that completely blew over my head. I don't know who David Paterson is, but he (like Armisen wandered about) but he just seems like one messed up old fart. I liked Laurie's first hosting duties over this one.

    David Paterson was the Lt. Governor of New York until Eliot Spitzer resigned. He's the first blind governor in American history.
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    Water78

    [126]Dec 15, 2008
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    Looks like nobody can take a joke

    I find it strange when madTV would do this nobody would care but when SNL does it people attack with their words. Then again that could explain why Mad got cancelled.

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    whoaitsconner

    [127]Dec 15, 2008
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    Um, this is my half-way through thing. I didn't put it in my review, because it would have been a huge cop-out of Stu, so, I'll put it here, for whoever is interested.

    BEST COLD OPEN:
    Vice Presidential Debate (10/4)

    WORST COLD OPEN:
    Biden/Murtha (10/25)

    HONORABLE MENTION "YOU'RE A CASTMEMBER AGAIN" AWARD:
    Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey

    SKETCH THAT WASN'T THAT BAD, BUT STILL BOMBED WITH THE AUDIENCE:
    Narc School (10/1

    BEST ROOKIE CAST MEMBER (Between Moynihan, Watkins, Wilson, Elliott):
    Bobby Moynihan

    ANOTHER AWESOME ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO SHOWS REAL POTENTIAL:
    Michaela Watkins

    A GOOD ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO STILL HAS YET TO PROGRESS:
    Casey Wilson

    CAST MEMBER WHO REALLY HASN'T PROVED ANYTHING YET, BUT STILL HAS PLENTY OF TIME:
    Abby Elliott

    BEST WOMAN:
    Kristen Wiig

    BEST MALE CAST MEMBER:
    It's a 3-way tie: Armisen, Hader, Forte

    WORST CAST MEMBER:
    I'd say Kenan, but he's showed improvement in my eyes. Thompson or Samberg, really.

    WORST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Ludacris & T-Pain
    2. Lil' Wayne
    1. T.I.

    BEST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Duffy
    2. The Killers
    1. Coldplay

    WORST HOSTS:
    3. Josh Brolin
    2. James Franco
    1. Michael Phelps

    BEST HOSTS:
    3. Anne Hathaway
    2. Jon Hamm
    1. Ben Affleck

    WORST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Paul Rudd/Beyonce
    2. Josh Brolin/Adele
    1. Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne

    BEST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Ben Affleck/David Cook
    2. Jon Hamm/Coldplay
    1. Anne Hathaway/The Killers

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    Water78

    [128]Dec 15, 2008
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    Forte is not funny
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    HelloStuart

    [129]Dec 15, 2008
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    whoaitsconner wrote:

    Um, this is my half-way through thing. I didn't put it in my review, because it would have been a huge cop-out of Stu, so, I'll put it here, for whoever is interested.

    BEST COLD OPEN:
    Vice Presidential Debate (10/4)

    WORST COLD OPEN:
    Biden/Murtha (10/25)

    HONORABLE MENTION "YOU'RE A CAST MEMBER AGAIN" AWARD:
    Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey

    SKETCH THAT WASN'T THAT BAD, BUT STILL BOMBED WITH THE AUDIENCE:
    Narc School (10/1

    BEST ROOKIE CAST MEMBER (Between Moynihan, Watkins, Wilson, Elliott):
    Bobby Moynihan

    ANOTHER AWESOME ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO SHOWS REAL POTENTIAL:
    Michaela Watkins

    A GOOD ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO STILL HAS YET TO PROGRESS:
    Casey Wilson

    CAST MEMBER WHO REALLY HASN'T PROVED ANYTHING YET, BUT STILL HAS PLENTY OF TIME:
    Abby Elliott

    BEST WOMAN:
    Kristen Wiig

    BEST MALE CAST MEMBER:
    It's a 3-way tie: Armisen, Hader, Forte

    WORST CAST MEMBER:
    I'd say Kenan, but he's showed improvement in my eyes. Thompson or Samberg, really.

    WORST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Ludacris & T-Pain
    2. Lil' Wayne
    1. T.I.

    BEST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Duffy
    2. The Killers
    1. Coldplay

    WORST HOSTS:
    3. Josh Brolin
    2. James Franco
    1. Michael Phelps

    BEST HOSTS:
    3. Anne Hathaway
    2. Jon Hamm
    1. Ben Affleck

    WORST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Paul Rudd/Beyonce
    2. Josh Brolin/Adele
    1. Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne

    BEST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Ben Affleck/David Cook
    2. Jon Hamm/Coldplay
    1. Anne Hathaway/The Killers


    I can't disagree with too many of your picks. Rudd/Beyonce and Brolin/Adele weren't as strong as some of the other shows in the last three months, but they still had their positive qualities. 2008-09 is shaping up to be the best season of SNL since Ferrell left.
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    thecomedianky

    [130]Dec 15, 2008
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    Water78 wrote:

    Looks like nobody can take a joke

    I find it strange when madTV would do this nobody would care but when SNL does it people attack with their words. Then again that could explain why Mad got cancelled.

    Paging George Carling...
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    HelloStuart

    [131]Dec 16, 2008
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    thecomedianky wrote:
    Water78 wrote:

    Looks like nobody can take a joke

    I find it strange when madTV would do this nobody would care but when SNL does it people attack with their words. Then again that could explain why Mad got cancelled.

    Paging George Carlin...

    Heh heh heh, "looks"...

    The Paterson bit was more than just a blind joke, it was a wry commentary about how corruption in state government isn't limited to The Land of Lincoln. Plus, it's not the first time Army has done that wandering thing on Update.
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    Water78

    [132]Dec 16, 2008
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    HelloStuart wrote:
    whoaitsconner wrote:

    Um, this is my half-way through thing. I didn't put it in my review, because it would have been a huge cop-out of Stu, so, I'll put it here, for whoever is interested.

    BEST COLD OPEN:
    Vice Presidential Debate (10/4)

    WORST COLD OPEN:
    Biden/Murtha (10/25)

    HONORABLE MENTION "YOU'RE A CAST MEMBER AGAIN" AWARD:
    Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey

    SKETCH THAT WASN'T THAT BAD, BUT STILL BOMBED WITH THE AUDIENCE:
    Narc School (10/1

    BEST ROOKIE CAST MEMBER (Between Moynihan, Watkins, Wilson, Elliott):
    Bobby Moynihan

    ANOTHER AWESOME ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO SHOWS REAL POTENTIAL:
    Michaela Watkins

    A GOOD ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO STILL HAS YET TO PROGRESS:
    Casey Wilson

    CAST MEMBER WHO REALLY HASN'T PROVED ANYTHING YET, BUT STILL HAS PLENTY OF TIME:
    Abby Elliott

    BEST WOMAN:
    Kristen Wiig

    BEST MALE CAST MEMBER:
    It's a 3-way tie: Armisen, Hader, Forte

    WORST CAST MEMBER:
    I'd say Kenan, but he's showed improvement in my eyes. Thompson or Samberg, really.

    WORST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Ludacris & T-Pain
    2. Lil' Wayne
    1. T.I.

    BEST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Duffy
    2. The Killers
    1. Coldplay

    WORST HOSTS:
    3. Josh Brolin
    2. James Franco
    1. Michael Phelps

    BEST HOSTS:
    3. Anne Hathaway
    2. Jon Hamm
    1. Ben Affleck

    WORST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Paul Rudd/Beyonce
    2. Josh Brolin/Adele
    1. Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne

    BEST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Ben Affleck/David Cook
    2. Jon Hamm/Coldplay
    1. Anne Hathaway/The Killers


    I can't disagree with too many of your picks. Rudd/Beyonce and Brolin/Adele weren't as strong as some of the other shows in the last three months, but they still had their positive qualities. 2008-09 is shaping up to be the best season of SNL since Ferrell left.

    must agree, now that the dead weight is leaving the show is getting better, if only kenan and forte would get this message.
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    whoaitsconner

    [133]Dec 16, 2008
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    HelloStuart wrote:
    whoaitsconner wrote:

    Um, this is my half-way through thing. I didn't put it in my review, because it would have been a huge cop-out of Stu, so, I'll put it here, for whoever is interested.

    BEST COLD OPEN:
    Vice Presidential Debate (10/4)

    WORST COLD OPEN:
    Biden/Murtha (10/25)

    HONORABLE MENTION "YOU'RE A CAST MEMBER AGAIN" AWARD:
    Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, and Tina Fey

    SKETCH THAT WASN'T THAT BAD, BUT STILL BOMBED WITH THE AUDIENCE:
    Narc School (10/1

    BEST ROOKIE CAST MEMBER (Between Moynihan, Watkins, Wilson, Elliott):
    Bobby Moynihan

    ANOTHER AWESOME ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO SHOWS REAL POTENTIAL:
    Michaela Watkins

    A GOOD ROOKIE CAST MEMBER WHO STILL HAS YET TO PROGRESS:
    Casey Wilson

    CAST MEMBER WHO REALLY HASN'T PROVED ANYTHING YET, BUT STILL HAS PLENTY OF TIME:
    Abby Elliott

    BEST WOMAN:
    Kristen Wiig

    BEST MALE CAST MEMBER:
    It's a 3-way tie: Armisen, Hader, Forte

    WORST CAST MEMBER:
    I'd say Kenan, but he's showed improvement in my eyes. Thompson or Samberg, really.

    WORST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Ludacris & T-Pain
    2. Lil' Wayne
    1. T.I.

    BEST MUSICAL GUESTS:
    3. Duffy
    2. The Killers
    1. Coldplay

    WORST HOSTS:
    3. Josh Brolin
    2. James Franco
    1. Michael Phelps

    BEST HOSTS:
    3. Anne Hathaway
    2. Jon Hamm
    1. Ben Affleck

    WORST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Paul Rudd/Beyonce
    2. Josh Brolin/Adele
    1. Michael Phelps/Lil Wayne

    BEST OVERALL EPISODES:
    3. Ben Affleck/David Cook
    2. Jon Hamm/Coldplay
    1. Anne Hathaway/The Killers


    I can't disagree with too many of your picks. Rudd/Beyonce and Brolin/Adele weren't as strong as some of the other shows in the last three months, but they still had their positive qualities. 2008-09 is shaping up to be the best season of SNL since Ferrell left.

    I actually graded Rudd/Beyonce lower than Brolin/Adele, but, now, I'd give the show a 5.5 with very small leanings to a 6.0. Post-Update went a lot better than pre-Update, with Forte's bizzare "Don't!" sketch, and Beyonce's dancing sketch. Also, it really does look like my bottom 3 musical guests show that I'm biased against hip-hop, but none of those songs performed wowed me. I can be a fan of hip-hop at [scarce] times. Kanye West almost topped my season 33 rankings. This season however, he'd probably lean more towards the bottom.
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    SNLFAN422

    [134]Dec 17, 2008
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    My episode status countdown for the first half of the season:

    11. Hugh Laurie/ Kanye West
    10.Tim McGraw/Ludacris & T-Pain
    9. Michael Phelps/ Lil Wayne
    8. Josh Brolin/ Adele
    7. Anna Faris/ Duffy
    6. Jon Hamm/ Coldplay
    5. Paul Rudd/ Beyonce
    4. James Franco/ Kings of Leon
    3. Ben Affleck/ David Cook
    2. John Malkovich/ T.I.
    1. Anne Hathaway/ The Killers

    BEST HOSTS:

    3. James Franco
    2. John Malkovich
    1. Ben Affleck

    BEST MG:

    3. Kings of Leon
    2. The Killers
    1. Duffy
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    Water78

    [135]Dec 20, 2008
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    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?

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    TheDiamondDog

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    Water78 wrote:

    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?

    He pulled an Ashlee Simpson? I wasn't watching his performances, but should go back and check.

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    mp34mp

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    Water78 wrote:

    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?



    lip-syncing. And I don't listen to that kind of music.
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    whoaitsconner

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    Water78 wrote:

    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?


    He wasn't. It was an auto tuner. Did anybody notice how he was terribly flat? That ain't lip-syncing.
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    TheDiamondDog

    [139]Dec 21, 2008
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    whoaitsconner wrote:
    Water78 wrote:

    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?

    He wasn't. It was an auto tuner. Did anybody notice how he was terribly flat? That ain't lip-syncing.

    I've heard other reviews of his album that say he can't sing, and they had no idea why he decided to not do a rap album.

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    whoaitsconner

    [140]Dec 21, 2008
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    TheDiamondDog wrote:
    whoaitsconner wrote:
    Water78 wrote:

    i was listening to the radio today and they were talking about kanye's new album, they said they didnt like the songs and found it strange that kayne himself said he was trying to show he can sing different type of style. The guy finished the conversation by saying he found that weird since he was lip sinking on snl

    did anybody else notice he was lip sinking?

    He wasn't. It was an auto tuner. Did anybody notice how he was terribly flat? That ain't lip-syncing.

    I've heard other reviews of his album that say he can't sing, and they had no idea why he decided to not do a rap album.


    It's all a loss to me, also. Some say he did that, knowing he was flat, and his album was supposed to be an off-key album about his recent tragedies with his mother, and his recent break up, but that doesn't exactly justify it.
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