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Which is good, cause he's stumbled over the few cue cards he's had.
I gotta give Deniro credit for going all out in that Blizzard Man sketch. I really liked the ten-to-one sketch, particularly Ben Stiller's second appearance of the night at its conclusion.
Was Diddy even in his second song? Sitting on stage surrounded by women is scenery, not performing.
I actually enjoyed the show tonight. I was so glad to see Blizz return. De Niro wasn't that bad. I liked the monologue.
Though for such a great actor, I always forget, he doesn't show much emotion in real life.
Eek, I thought I changed my sig. It's still Thanksgiving? Must have forgotten.
|as always, a great job with what up with that. but keenan, will you please sing the RIGHT words. what, not what's.|
Haha, you are sooo right! Love that skit. Don't care how often it is on (never get's old), but the wrong lyrics annoy the hell out of me.
I promised I'd have this posted by early Sunday night, but my server was down for most of the evening and I had to go to bed early. Without further ado, my thoughts:
+ That might've been the best cold open of the season. Addressing the Julian Assange/WikiLeaks controversy by juxtaposing secret documents with the syndicated paparazzi trash-fest "TMZ" was brilliant. I'd always wondered how world leaders could be applied to our celebrity-obsessed culture, and the mash-up was on the money. I was half-expecting to see Amy reprise Secretary Clinton, but Vanessa did fine in a pinch. Considering Jim Downey's spotty record of late, this was a clever reprieve.
+ Speaking of cameos, Robin Williams was fair game on "What Up With That?" (his first SNL appearance since 1988 ) and Ben Stiller (1999) was a treat in two later sketches. Maybe they knew DeNiro's comedy chops needed an outside bolster.
+ A parody of Weekend at Bernie's with Bob as Terry Kiser? Apparently, somebody in the writers' room changed the TV from GSN to TNT.
+ Compared to some of Kristen's alter egos, I didn't mind fitness guru Janet Juditran all that much. It was a fair parody of '80s workout videos, and it lacked the wig and weird cadence that normally comprise Wiigy's characters.
+ Abby Elliott was fine, but it probably would've been funnier if a guy played Khloe Kardashian in drag. Just saying, of course.
+ I was skeptical about Sean Combs returning to SNL, and my concerns were mostly justified. Diddy-Dirty Money, his east coast hip-hop fusion of The Black Eyed Peas and Tony Orlando & Dawn, was as generic and banal as could possibly be. The train station motif of SNL's musical backdrop was well-suited for Diddy's new EP Last Train to Paris -an oddity, to say the least- but that's the only praise I can give this performance. Not surprisingly, Diddy sat out the first two minutes of his second song; he let Swiss Beatz and Dawn do the heavy lifting. Congratulations on making Kanye West look self-effacing, Sean.
+ After being cut from all but one dress rehearsal so far this season, "I, Hippie" finally aired… and it was nothing special.
+ Where was Jay Pharaoh? He stood around in the cold opening, and that was it.
+ I'd like to think that there is such a thing as being too famous to host SNL. Julia Roberts will never host, neither will Brad Pitt, or Angelina Jolie, or Tom Cruise, or Al Pacino. For the longest time, people assumed DeNiro fell into that category; he could pull off a cameo about once every five years and that was that. Now that DeNiro has graced SNL three times, we can say we've had a wish fulfilled but simultaneously say we've been mostly underwhelmed. Tonight was by default Bob's strongest stint as host; it was an imperfect 90 minutes loaded with recurring characters, both well-established and soon-to-be, but give credit to an Oscar winner for finally taking his eyes off the cue-cards for more than 15 seconds at a time. He even played a hoochie mama, for chrissakes. Bob should win a "most improved" award, but the show itself was a 5 out of 10.