Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 3

John C. Reilly/My Chemical Romance

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Oct 21, 2006 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Will Forte! Sketches include "Fox News Special Report," "Colonial Williamsburg," "Doug Frangelo," "Korean Central Television," "Two A-Holes at a Trainer," "Mexican Restaurant," "House of Carters," "Harpoon Man" (film), "A McMillan Family Moment" (three parts), and "Operation Bearshark." My Chemical Romance performed "Welcome to the Black Parade" and "Cancer."moreless

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  • Oreo Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

    A Review by “HelloStuart,” the Toe-Tappin’ Amateur Critic

    If there’s something I’ve subconsciously ignored, it’s “30 Rock” and “Studio 60.” Granted, I briefly stepped on that base in my first review, but I really haven’t commented on either show. Hopefully, when the time is right (i.e. when I’m not being swamped by schoolwork) I’ll make sure to write show reviews for both programs. Believe me when I say that I have quite a bit to comment on.

    This week’s host is John C. Reilly, the veteran character actor best known for his work in films like “The Perfect Storm,” “Chicago,” and “Talladega Nights.” The musical guest is My Chemical Romance, who at this time are the “it” band for sulking, black-clad high school students. Before you ask, yes, Will Ferrell is making a cameo tonight; then again, this particular piece of news was reported last week, so it’s really not what you’d call a huge surprise.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: Brit Hume’s (DH) taped interview with President Bush (WF, but not that WF) suggests that our leader has very little to say, not to mention indifference towards any progress in Iraq. As much as the writer of this sketch was trying to flog a dead horse, the execution was flat-out lazy.

    MONOLOGUE: Well, here’s that over-hyped Ferrell cameo; it’s good to see that his James Lipton impression is still spot-on, even if the insane quotient is now pushing into the red zone. I tend to shrug off the monologue with near-efficiency, but this was definitely the biggest highlight of the night; sadly, it’s also a sad reminder of how far the show has deviated since Will left.

    “Colonial Williamsburg”: An employee at the historical site (John) is dressed down when he takes his job too seriously, especially in regard to race relations. For all his passion and constant use of the word “harken,” he is inflicted with several subtle moments of hostility from his minority colleagues (MR, KT). As amusing that this sketch’s commentary was, I wouldn’t have put it in the post-monologue slot.

    “Doug Frangelo”: A thirty-something, delusional Olympic hopeful (WF) sees his aspirations take a bizarre turn when a legendary coach (John) straps himself to his student’s body and practices several “techniques” that border on the homoerotic. This type of sketch tends to have a love-it-or-hate-it appeal; on one hand, it’s various double entendres aim for the fourteen-year-old comedy geek inside all of us, whereas it can also be perceived as being sophomoric, disturbing, and as a whole a colossal waste of time. Personally, I lean towards the latter.

    “Korean Central Television”: Amy performs her daffy Kim Jong Il impression again, declaring massive cuts on government-sanctioned supplies and pretending to apologize for testing nuclear weapons. This attempt at satire felt more like a throwaway than a statement, and closing the sketch with the “Looney Tunes” theme was a bit over the top.

    “Two A-Holes Work Out With a Trainer”: America’s favorite bastions of self-absorption (JS, KW) hector a sensitive physical trainer (John). It’s your typical A-Holes sketch, save for an unusually thin-skinned straight man and very weak impressions of Hanna-Barbara cartoons. Still, with Ferecito, The Needlers and The Falconer having run their course, at least the show can milk this sketch out of everything it has.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Androgynous lead singer Gerald Way marches though the anthem “Welcome to the Black Parade.”

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Why must a black guy that looks nothing like Flavor Flav have to play him in an incredibly stupid skit about political nicknames? Are the writers feeling pigeonholed in their need to represent minorities in sketches, now that Kenan is all they have left? Outside of that moment of confusion, this was a marginal improvement over the segment from two weeks ago; Amy’s farewell letter to Seth whilst scoring weed in Colorado was an understated gem.

    “Mexican Restaurant”: Homely, whiny Jennifer (John) has a complete breakdown while dining (pigging?) out with her supportive girlfriends (AP, MR, KW). Just when you think the premise will go somewhere, it doesn’t; five minutes of repetitive nothingness go by until Jen’s boyfriend Robert (FA) waltzes out of nowhere to make out. How anything this sloppy made it out of the early rehearsals is beyond me.

    “House of Carters”: A faux promo for the E! reality series finds the singing idiot brothers (JS, AS) at odds over anything and everything that occurs when they make direct contact. To enjoy trashy non-scripted programming like this, you have to put your sense of schadenfreude in overdrive, and that’s exactly what they did here; the performances were blah but the inspiration and necessity was there.

    FILM: “Harpoon Man” takes a look into the struggles of a misplaced Alaskan fisherman (John), “Shaft”-style. As uneven as the SNL Digital Shorts can be, this was definitely one of the stronger pieces that have aired; I especially enjoyed Andy’s twist ending.

    “McMillan Family Moment”: What starts off as a split second of syrupy father-son bonding gets ugly when Dad (John) calls junior (AS) ungrateful for neglecting some sort of family tradition involving licking the cream off Oreos before dunking them. Fine, it’s subversive, but not terribly interesting.

    “Operation Bearshark”: A secret government project involving the mutation of two dangerous animals proves to be easier said than done on various levels. This somehow segues into a bossa nova musical number by John and Maya, which is followed by a blunt but hilarious epilogue from Suds.

    “McMillan Family Moment”: It’s the same father-son tender moment again, except that Dad is attempting to pass on the cream-licking tradition to some kid (KT) from the Big Brothers mentor program, with the same apprehensive results. For every Oreo that gets crushed by an Xbox, a little bit of me dies on the inside.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Another 12:45 AM musical performance, another forgettable ballad. This time around it’s an unfinished idea called “Cancer.”

    “McMillan Family Moment”: As it turns out, even Grandpa (JS) thinks Pop’s a douche bag. Why oh why must all those Oreos suffer?

    After last week’s banality, the show took a different direction for this broadcast, one that seemed dull at first but simmered into something entertaining. Several sketches either overreached or never evolved into anything coherent, which makes me wonder if the scribes are being incredibly lethargic or has completely forgotten how to write for a smaller cast. The performances were equally ham-handed; as much as I like John C. Reilly as an actor, you could tell that he was trying way too hard to bolster the show, as if he were Will Ferrell without the charisma. I was also disappointed to see Kenan taking on roles that seemed like leftovers for the deservedly departed Horatio Sanz; it makes you wonder if SNL how has an unwritten quota for annoying bit characters. Upon reading the credits tonight, it was nice to see that Jim Downey is back on the writing staff after a one-year absence, even the presence of a legend can’t shake off what a slow start we’ve had to this particular season.

    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed in Repeats: “Doug Frangelo,” “Mexican Restaurant,” and all three “McMillan Family Moments.”

    Next Week: Emmy-nominated British actor Hugh Laurie hosts, while Beck makes his sixth appearance as a musical guest on SNL.

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  • Let's give it up for Sean C. Reilly!

    Welcome to the 2nd stop at Conner's SNL Summer Review Tour 2008! If you missed out on the first one, the premiere was Jaime Pressley/Corinne Bailey Rae. I'm not going in any order, that's just the way I did it.

    As I said in that review, the beginning of SNL's 32nd season was both awkward, yet revealing. This episode's host was John C. Reilly and musical guest, My Chemical Romance!

    NBC Special Report w/ Brit Hume: Brit Hume interviews George W. Bush on the war in Iraq, and Bush doesn't know what Brit is talking about at all. He just nods his head, throughout the whole thing. Yet again, another sketch saying "Bush is dumb".

    Monologue: Who didn't see this coming John C. Reilly's Taledega Nights co-star, Will Ferrell shows up as James Lipton, making a self-congratulatory speech about John C. Reilly. They end up singing a song. Of all the Lipton sketches I've seen, it was really never my cup of tea, and this one fits in with the rest.

    The Colonial Times: A man who is too much in his character, treats black people who work there like slaves, while he treats people who play Native Americans like slaves. The manager has to talk to him, but the man can't seem to come out of character. A wooden sketch, if you ask me.

    Swimming Lessons: When a trainer tries to teach a man who to swim, he buckles bodies up and it gets a little too hands on. Of course, the only allusion this revolves around is "we're trying to look gay for five minutes.

    A Message from Kim Jong Il: KJI tries to address us, but also tries to look like some A list celebrity with her own show. It was okay on some levels.

    Two A-Holes with a Trainer: The famous characters return. This time they annoy a trainer to death. This was just like any other A-Hole sketch, silly and funny.

    Weekend Update: Jokes were funny. I'm so glad this was the only time Kenan ever did Flavor Flav. I also enjoyed the weed play Seth and Amy did.

    Mexican Restaurant: When 4 girls are out, one of them is a complete wreck after her breakup with a guy. I thought the facial expressions were priceless, while John was great in this sketch.

    House of the Carters: E! brings us the lives of Aaron and Nick Carter, and them living together. I thought this was hilarious! Just so stupid, yet funny.

    SNL Digital Short: Harpoon Man: As Harpoon Man goes through the city, the announcer starts saying false statements and just embarrasses him. The song was catchy, while the sketch was funny.

    McMillan Family Moment: As a father tries to teach his son how to eat Oreos, his son gives him attitude, and just wants to eat it like everyone else does. I thought this random bit payed off.

    The Bear/Shark Project: A sketch about nothing, shows two people dancing about how the Bear/Shark project, which is a project between a shark and a bear, fails. Jason tells us how it could stand for Iraq. I thought this had its moments, but the sketch in and of itself was too much to handle.

    McMillan Family Moment (II): As the same father adopts a "Big Brother Program" brother, he just crams in a bunch of Oreos. I thought this was also funny.

    McMillan Family Moment (III): The father reverts back to his father and tries to remind him of the Oreo way to eat. But, the father doesn't listen, causing the son to loose it again. Once again, a great random bit.

    Overall, post-Update seemed better than before Update. That's rare. The cast was still awkwardly transitioning to be normal again, and it started working out.

    My next stop in Conner's SNL Summer Review Tour 2008, brings us to Hugh Laurie/Beck. I know, once again, it seems like we're going in order, but don't worry, I'll mix and mesh it up. It should be up later this week. Like, Wednesday to Friday.moreless
  • The may know the proper way to eat an Oreo but they don't seem to remember how to write a good show...

    It’s been a long time since this episode aired so I won’t say much to introduce it, except to say that John C. Reilly was the host and My Chemical Romance the musical guest. Cold Open: Brit Hume (DH) interviews President Bush (WF) mainly on the war on Iraq. The sketch was rather flat with Bush just agreeing to every negative aspect that Hume brought up. Wasn’t funny back in October, although watching now, I really do miss Forte’s Dubya.

    Monologue: Reilly is surprised that asked him to host, but James Lipton (Will Ferrell-who was a pleasure to see) thinks that’s nonsense. Lipton goes on to list movie upon movie that John wasn’t in, and confusing his character in Chicago with Roxie Hart (rather than her husband). They go on to do a duet of “Nowadays”. This was one of the better monologues of the season.

    “Colonial Williamsburg”: A worker at a historical reenactment villager (Reilly) takes his job too seriously in terms of his treatment of other races and is fired by the manager (JS) as a result. It was somewhat funny but an appearance by Kenan near the end ruined the sketch (a recurring theme these days)

    “Doug Frangelo”: An Olympic hopeful with no swimming experience (WF) meets with a legendary coach (Reilly) who obviously has no idea what he’s doing. Various hijinks ensue while the two are strapped together for “land training”. I remember thinking it was funnier when it first aired but a pointless ending and humor that comes off rather sophomoric aren’t great for second viewings. “Korean Central Television”: Kim Jong Il (AP) makes an announcement to the Korean people regarding the UN sanctions and the cutbacks the country will have to make as a result. I enjoy Amy’s impression but the sketch screamed filler (which it shouldn’t this early in the show). “Two A-Holes Work Out With a Trainer”: I always enjoy the A-Holes (JS, KW) and while they’ve had better outings, this was still pretty funny as they succeeded in flustering a trainer (Reilly) with their aspirations to physically own horses and cartoon impressions. Musical Performance: I was only vaguely familiar with My Chemical Romance before their appearance but I enjoyed “Welcome to the Black Parade”. Weekend Update: With this broadcast, Amy and Seth finally began to turn out good editions of WU. Amy had some great jokes, not to mention that hilarious goodbye letter to Seth. The one bad part was the unnecessary political commentary by Flava Flav (a horrible impression by Kenan) “Mexican Restaurant”: I can’t believe I thought this was funny the first time it aired. Jennifer (Reilly) drowns her sorrows in Mexican food as her girlfriends (AP, MR, KW) look on in empathetic horror. Her boyfriend Robert (FA dressed strangely like Dr. Evil) shows up and weakens an already painful sketch

    “House of Carters”: As an admitted Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter fan (I was young and naïve, alright?) I found this sketch pretty funny. I hate reality TV and have caught a few minutes of this show here and there and the content of the sketch was spot on as Jason and Andy portrayed the spoiled pop star brothers. Digital Short “Harpoon Man”: A “Shaft” inspired music video about the life of a whaler (Reilly), told through the voice of a Killer Whale (AS). Not a bad digital short but not one of my favorites either.

    “McMillan Family Moment”: A spoof on those Oreo commercials, with a father (Reilly) going into way too much detail as he tries to teach his son (AS) the family method of eating an Oreo, and then blowing up when his son could care less. Admirable concept but the laughs just weren’t there. “Operation Bearshark”: Jason’s epilogue saved this very loosely put together sketch about a group of scientists who were forced to cut short a project to create a bearshark species due to the various injuries the animal caused. I still don’t understand how it turned into a musical and am pretty sure I don’t want to.

    “McMillan Family Moment”: Same exact sketch as before except with the son being replaced by a kid (KT) from the Big Brother program.

    Musical Performance: MCR performs a nice ballad titled “Cancer” although the song itself should have been longer than it was. “McMillan Family Moment”: One last time, this time with Grandpa (JS) as the victim of the dad’s rage. I remember being a lot more impressed by this broadcast when it first aired, probably because I was so disappointed after the Pressley/Rae episode. It definitely did not make for a good repeat viewing. Next up: Hugh Laurie/Beckmoreless
  • hilarious!

    i've never thought that john c. reilly was funny before this, but he is extremely versatile! his monologue was especially good, mostly because of surprise guest will ferrell's appearance as james lipton. classic! i first saw this episode on itunes, so not all the sketches were available. some of my favorite sketches were the olympic swimmer one and the racist colonial williamsburg employee. other than that, the sketches were decent, but not memorable.moreless
  • Youve been smokin dream dust my friend.

    First off I am going to say this is my first review on a so called "broken toe". But one main complaint, how could Nick and Arron have a PSP yet the McMillans have to get the crappy oversized old XBOX... Isnt it $299 bucks for the poor people one, if 30 Rock has one why cant SNL HUH! .Now onto it.

    COLD OPENING: This was painfull, it was just Brit asking Dubya questions and him aggreeing... nice job writers good job earning your sallary.


    MONOLOGUE: Ferrell returns with his dead on James Lipton and inserts his energy back in and does a hillarious Monolouge.


    “Colonial Williamsburg”: The overenthusistic employee gets overely racial with his ****** colleauges and the Racist Craker is gonna get jumped in the parking lot. I enjoyed this one a little bit


    “Doug Frangelo”: John really got ****** on with this show... we got to see him doing some sodomising to Forte in one of the most homoeroticly stupid things I have seen. As Stu put it "This type of sketch tends to have a love-it-or-hate-it appeal; on one hand, it’s various double entendres aim for the fourteen-year-old comedy geek inside all of us, whereas it can also be perceived as being sophomoric, disturbing, and as a whole a colossal waste of time.", I personaly lean towards the first one but the speedo's detract a few points


    “Korean Central Television”: Even though Amy has an incredible Kim Jong Il this is just painfull seing the wackjob lumbering about spouting insane retarded one liners and the "Looney Toons" thing was just annoying... But props to Amy for her "masterfull" impersonation of that insane ******.


    “Two A-Holes Work Out With a Trainer”: I enjoyed the a-holes [really what is so bad about the word "SNL" Writers] in their annoying antics at the Gym aggravating anyone arround them and proving that a-holes should be shot.


    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: “Welcome to the Black Parade”


    WEEKEND UPDATE: Wonder why they are constanly havign bad characters on WU... to hard to write little Monolouge News Jokes that the Latenight shows do every night guys. Flava Flav just annoyed me. But Amy's letter to Seth was great and the WU jokes were okay.


    “Mexican Restaurant”: 5 minutes of John in drag whinning... please kill me the foot hurts bad enough already.


    “House of Carters”: The singing dumbasses prve that the Carters are just complete idiots. [the fact that a PSP can be played while off still makes me laugh... yes I sent that in to the notes for the episode]. The singing was terrible but the Carters do suck anyways. I liked this little insult to the brothers Carter.


    FILM: “Harpoon Man” impales people while Andy does a hillarious talk/song about him. My favorite of the night.


    “McMillan Family Moment”: Please dont hurt the Oeros O.C.D. daddy! This dad is insanely obsessed with eating Oreos.


    “Operation Bearshark”: A good sketch about the Bearshark and poorly done fakely ripped off appendages making Phil Hartmans arms being ripped off in the all drug olympics lok like "Star Wars". And the song at the end and the joke about people being stupid was great.


    “McMillan Family Moment”: Well this dad is really obsessed trying to pass this tradition on to another kid, and every oreo smashed by the 20 pound Classic XBOX [beleive me I had one of them] is an Oreo I cant eat :'(.




    “McMillan Family Moment”: Stu put's it best "As it turns out, even Grandpa (JS) thinks Pop’s a douche bag." I concur completely.

John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly


Guest Star

My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance


Guest Star

Jorma Taccone

Jorma Taccone


Guest Star

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

James Lipton

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Amy Poehler: Rapper Fabulous was shot, early Tuesday, after leaving a Manhattan restaurant. His condition was upgraded from criticalous to stableous.

    • Seth Meyers: If recent polls are correct and Democrats win back control of the House and Senate, President Bush's administration will be transformed into an early lame duck. Worse, Cheney will then shoot it.

    • Amy Poehler: After 21 years and sales of nearly 7 million cars, Ford has announced that it will no longer make the Taurus, forcing many thirtysomethings to find a new way to show the world they've given up on their dreams.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Sketches cut in the 60 minute version: Flavor Flav segment on Weekend Update, "Mexican Restaurant," "Operation Bearshark," "Korean Central Television," "McMillan Family Moments" (3 parts), and My Chemical Romance performance of "Cancer."

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: a Support Group cold opening, where Madonna (Amy Poehler), John Mark Karr (Bill Hader), Paris Hilton (Maya Rudolph), Donald Rumsfeld (Darrell Hammond), and a stingray (Andy Samberg) are united to talk about their problems; ""; a sketch about a football coach (John C. Reilly) visiting one of his players (Andy Samberg) in the hospital; "Sale-Mart"; and a sketch about a spokesman (John C. Reilly) who hawks hot dog wrapper hats.

    • According to an interview with several cast members that was published the week after this broadcast, "Operation Bearshark" was much longer in dress rehearsal, and awkwardly edited for time, hence the audience's tepid and confused reaction.