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Episode Discussion Thread: Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo (12/08/12)

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    thecomedianky

    [23]Dec 8, 2012
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    Dylan or Dermot was funny. Especially with Dermot holding a photo of Dylan!
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    thecomedianky

    [24]Dec 8, 2012
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    rishabhpb wrote:
    Wait, so who did make the cameo?
    Dermot. He was holding a photo of Dylan.
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    danharr

    [25]Dec 8, 2012
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    WU was great Mrs. Klaus for the win!!!

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    danharr

    [27]Dec 8, 2012
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    Tree pimp man I miss the digital shorts

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    danharr

    [28]Dec 8, 2012
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    Game show was okay playing on the black people think all white people look alike gag. Mainers that act like Louisiana Cajuns was a good bit Jamie Foxx with the jerri curl lol.

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    danharr

    [29]Dec 8, 2012
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    As usual SNL brings us a bit so crazy it's funny wtf was up with that great crystals bit with ex porn stars?

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    JustinRAn

    [30]Dec 8, 2012
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    I'm gonna say it: Vanessa and Cecily have amazing bodies. I want their characters to return.
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    JustinRAn

    [32]Dec 8, 2012
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    rishabhpb wrote:
    I just realized: with Charlie Day there, that's three stars from Horrible Bosses on the show tonight.


    And I laughed more in that last sketch than in Horrible Bosses.
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    warqueen

    [33]Dec 8, 2012
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    Did everyone else notice how excessively rowdy the audience was tonight??From the woman who wo declared her love to Jame during the monologue to the guy who would wolf-how during 3 or 4 of the skits. Over thetop laughing and ad-libbing. My theoryis thatI got the distinct impression that tonight's audience was a majority 'black' crowd.


    Also Jamie was breaking face in half the sketches. The show tonight was aboutas messy as the Marquez/Pacquiao fight ((Marquez end of 6th round KO over Pacqiuao).

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    ShinyHubCaps

    [34]Dec 8, 2012
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    Unfortunately another episode where every sketch was either a TV parody, commercial parody, or trailer parody. I thought they had some good original sketches the past few weeks with Anne Hathaway and Daniel Craig. However this reminds me of the show a few years ago (when I stopped watching for a while) where literally every sketch was framed like a TV show, mostly talk shows and game shows.
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    83optics

    [36]Dec 9, 2012
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    learned:


    * i'm white...


    * remember In Living Color? the great writing, the memorable characters...*sigh*, a nostalgia arrow just hit me.


    * it's too easy to play the chocolate card, don't tarnish the legacy, R.I.P. Twinkie


    * Ne-Yo > yo-yo > yo


    * between the Treejob and the Crystal porn, my toothache is healed.

    Edited on 12/09/2012 6:39am
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    avmon

    [37]Dec 9, 2012
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    I actually think this was the funniest show of the season so far! Oh, and having the most of the Maine characters be actually from Louisiana (which is where I currently live)? Genius! Yeah, the show did feel a bit like "In Living Color" except I noticed both Jay and Keenan weren't on screen as much as the white cast members and Jay's spotlight was mainly limited to the Cold Open in which he gets to play Obama. That "J-Pop" sketch always gets me! Tyler Perry/Alex Cross/Medea was another kind of genius! I didn't know yesterday was the start of Hannakah (can you tell I'm Catholic?). Oh, and as a Filipino, I feel sorry for Pacqiuao, but honestly, I don't really care as I'm not a boxing fan so I wasn't missing it when I left my nationality's anual Christmas celebration just as that fight was starting (which is why I missed "SNL" live and just watched it on DVR about 25 minutes ago).

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    Ruckhappy

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    Jeez, the things watchers complain about. For the first time in a jillion years they write have a black host and actually write a good show for him/her--and people say the show was too "racial". Oh please, what a crock. For an athlete host they write sports sketches, why can't they do black sketches for Jamie Foxx? Beats the hell out of watching Foxx uncomfortable in a bunch of white-bread sketches.


    Foxx didn't break that much either. He shouldn't have broken during his Ding-Dong bit. In the Maine Justice sketch, though, Jason was practically foaming at the mouth right in his ear. Hard for the host not to break when someone like Jason is going waaaay over the top right next to him.

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    Ruckhappy

    [39]Dec 9, 2012
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    I went back and watched the Maine Justice sketch again. Foxx only breaks after Jason does that insane "sentencing" soliloquy and then kisses him. Nobody could stay in character after that.
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    TheDiamondDog

    [40]Dec 9, 2012
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    I thought the monologue was rather weak. And yes, many stereotypes. And two game show skits? Seriously.


    I did like Tree Pimp. That was funny.


    The Cross/Madea thing was funny too. I enjoyed the roll around fight with the baddie getting away.


    But the show seemed rather weak to me.

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    JustinRAn

    [41]Dec 9, 2012
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    Ruckhappy wrote:
    I went back and watched the Maine Justice sketch again. Foxx only breaks after Jason does that insane "sentencing" soliloquy and then kisses him. Nobody could stay in character after that.


    I thought the Philosophy here was "They broke, They suck"
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    HelloStuart

    [42]Dec 9, 2012
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    My thoughts:

    + The sketch that elicited the most Sunday morning discussion was the fiscal cliff cold open, but upon seeing it the topic was more enticing than the sketch itself. At its core, you would think the Obama/angry translator sketches from "Key & Peele" were more cutting edge and on the ball, and those were written and filmed months ago. Turning John Boehner (BH) into a bully target --with Barry O warily defending him-- just didn't click.

    + Jamie Foxx cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian, long before the Oscar or the platinum albums, but it's pretty clear he hasn't written any material in a few years. If anyone besides him wrote the first two-thirds of that monologue, I would be pretty disappointed.

    + That was Two Chains in the monologue? I thought it was Pat Boone.

    + Our old friend Mark/mp34mp pointed out in another venue that this might be the first time there have been two game show parodies in the same live broadcast. Of course, save for the weird floor design they were apples and oranges; "#####, What's the Answer?" was a somewhat lazy attempt at racial humor, whereas "Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?" also played the black/white card, yet succeeded by using a completely different, left-field strategy.

    + "Maine Justice" was a strange, intriguing idea that completely exhausted itself and than some. The level of confusion and juxtaposition was compelling enough, though the pacing was as leisurely as a hot summer's day. Also, that camera cut to the boom mic and cue-cards was sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

    + "Tree Pimp?" Interesting idea, overdone execution. Do you see the pattern here?

    + I had heard of Ne-Yo but I wasn't really familiar with him. I assumed hip-hop and ended up with an R&B/soul artist who can hold his own on the dance floor. His first song "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" --not to be confused with another Ne-Yo tune with a similar title-- was a catchy dance track. His second song, much like Frank Ocean and Bruno Mars' second performance earlier in the season was a subtle, earnest ballad that wasn't particularly memorable.

    + I don't know what's in the water, but we've had some great ten-to-one sketches so far this season and "Swarovski Crystals" was just another ace in the hole. Vanessa and Cecily were both outstanding in this, and I'll even forgive Jamie for corpsing again.

    + Was the show too racial? No, though the "Key & Peele"/"Chappelle's Show" comparisons are hard to ignore. Was it funny? Yes, mostly. This was a rare instance (at least, nowadays) where a host's second show was noticeably stronger than his first. Foxx's 2000 stint was a mixed bag, but this was slightly more consistent. Foxx was also a fun host, either carrying the material handed to him (the Ding-Dong commentary on Update) or rolling with whatever didn't require extraneous effort ("Madea: Special Ops"). Under any circumstances, it'd be a shame if we had to wait nearly 13 years to see Jamie host again.

    6/10
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    JustinRAn

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    HelloStuart wrote:
    My thoughts:

    ...Jamie Foxx cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian, long before the Oscar or the platinum albums, but it's pretty clear he hasn't written any material in a few years. If anyone besides him wrote the first two-thirds of that monologue, I would be pretty disappointed...

    ...I don't know what's in the water, but we've had some great ten-to-one sketches so far this season and "Swarovski Crystals" was just another ace in the hole. Vanessa and Cecily were both outstanding in this, and I'll even forgive Jamie for corpsing again...

    6/10


    Have you seen his stand up specials? His monologue was an improvement over Lost, Stolen, Unleashed or Straight from the Foxxhole.

    I agree with the Crystals. I wouldn't mind that sketch recurring or those characters coming back.

    Is it too soon to put up "Tim Robinson Watch" or "Kate McKinnon Watch"?
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    Ruckhappy

    [45]Dec 10, 2012
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    JustinRAn wrote:
    Ruckhappy wrote:
    I went back and watched the Maine Justice sketch again. Foxx only breaks after Jason does that insane "sentencing" soliloquy and then kisses him. Nobody could stay in character after that.
    I thought the Philosophy here was "They broke, They suck"


    Hosts should be held to a lower standard. Also, when I watched it a second time, it was clear that Jason was deliberately trying to get Foxx to break. Sudeikis was chewing the scenery like a supercharged John Deere, and then when Foxx started to lose it--and was covering nicely, I might add--Jason kissed him. I mean, when your scene partner is going all-out to get you to break, that's on him/her.

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    Royce7815

    [46]Dec 10, 2012
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    As soon as I saw 2 chainz come out I knew it was going to be a good show, even though I honestly did think it was Jay at first. I had been looking forward to this for weeks and I enjoyed every minute of it; from the Madea special Ops to the Swarovski sketch everything was just great, also I think the voice Jamie used for Madea was his Ray voice or at least it sounded very similar.

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