Saturday Night Live

Season 27 Episode 11

Jack Black/The Strokes

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 19, 2002 on NBC
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Jack Black/The Strokes
Live From New York, It's... Jimmy Fallon! Sketches include: "The Pretzel Incident," "Flenderson's," "Russell Putnam: Investigative Reporter," "Tales of Valor: The Virgin Sacrifice," "Mountaintop Lovers," "Friends," "Now That's What Actors Call Singing," "The Bass-Off," "America Undercover," "Music International," and "My Big Thick Novel." The Strokes performed "Last Nite" and "Hard To Explain." Tenacious D performed "Hornet's Nest."moreless

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  • "New Happy Birthday Song" What else do I have to say?

    Definitely my favorite SNL of all time. I mean I am a huge Jack Black fan but even an unbiased fan would have to acknowledge the hilarity contained in this show. Every sketch was hilarious. My favorite being the "New Happy Birthday Song". I could watch this show over and over. "See you there...if you got the plums."

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Gorkenloch: And good luck getting her to go down south!
      Sir Parrish: Really?
      Gorkenloch: And if you do talk them into it, they think it's a chew toy! Arrgh!

    • Announcer: The following is a paid advertisement for Music International.
      Female guest: Okay, time to blow out your candles...
      Guests: Happy birthday to you/Happy birthday to you...
      Roger: You know what, um, let's just not do this.
      Guy in wig: Does this look familiar? I'll bet it does. There's no quicker way to kill a party than singing that tired, old happy birthday song. (disgusted noise)It's complicated, long, difficult to sing and impossible to remember. But it's the only happy birthday song there is, right? Well, not anymore. Because we here at Music International have finally come up with a birthday song that's really something to sing about. It was written by a semi-professional singer/songwriter. Whose father owns our company and who recently spent a little time in the hospital for sniffing glue. Just watch how the new song can liven up even the worst birthday party.
      Jack Black: (Baroque)Birthday, birthday, birthday for you/It's hard to believe another year is through/(punk rock)Slipping though the leaps of time!/Cosmic trav'ler with mirror eyes/doth peer from between his mother's thighs/Blood slick and with purple skin/The babe doth emerge from her vagina within/While the mother screams like a witch/ Like a bitch!/Happy birthday! (spoken, baroque) Stare into the cold light of life. You will see it again. You WILL see it again...
      Druid Choir: And what is this cold dark world/Upon whose shores I'm so rudely thust/ Love it. And doth the masked man delivers a smack/Unkind! Unjust!?
      Black: Father, is that you?/Though clouds of the dark mill flew/ It's a boy. It's a girl./It's a soul, or is it? (maniacal laughter) (spoken) Mother is that you? It's my birthday!
      Witch: (evil laughter) I have a secret for your ear, not your eye./The moment you are born you begin to die.
      Black: Crone, begone!
      Witch: Away! Fulfill your destiny. Unwind the clock. Happy Birthday! AAAAHHH!!
      Black: Thou knowest me not! With this sword, I claim thee into the world/Through the stormy deep the babe is hurled! Tretreh Gramerton!!
      Druid Choir: Ah ,ah, ah, ah. Happy birthday, happy birthday, happy birthday.
      Black: Oh, Braxis. Oh, Braxis I give myself to thee! (baroque) NOOOO! Why this shattered life?! Why was I born a woman?! Hideous vision, what wouldst thou with me?
      Vision: Happy birthday!
      Black: Weary taveller who are you?
      Vision: I'm Eternity!
      Black: Wiltst thou let me pass on this journey?
      Eternity: (punk rock)If you answer me this riddle/Than Ascott's treasure shall be thine/In the name of Thor! Who is your father? What is the answer? Mortal, speak!/Happy birthday!
      Black: No, can it be?/The answer that you seek is.../It's me!/It's me!/It's me!/Happy birthday! (falcon sceeches, music ends)
      Female Guest: Happy Birthday, Roger!
      Roger: It sure is!
      Guy in wig (still in Druid robe): It is now! Thanks to the new birthday song.
      Black: Order now!
      Announcer: (commercial music)Order Music International's New Birthday Song, and you will receive: sheet music, Druids robes, nightmare trees, doctor's mask, baby dolls, sword, clock of Eternity, witch hat and falcon puppet. Order Today.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The lead singer of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas, yells "F**kin' A!!" in the middle of their performance of "Hard To Explain." This performance is not seen in repeats.

    • In the "Friends Promo" sketch, Enya's song "Only Time" (used in the real "Friends" promos on NBC) is used as the background music for this segment, but is replaced by generic music in reruns.

    • Will Ferrell was featured in all of the promos for this episode to prove that he hadn't left the show.

    • After three and a half seasons, Jimmy Fallon finally says "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night."


    • Tina Fey: Earlier today, President Bush successfully ate a Pringle.

      This joke references Bush allegedly choking on a pretzel while watching a football game in January 2002.