Saturday Night Live

Season 32 Episode 17

Shia LaBeouf/Avril Lavigne

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 14, 2007 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's... Kenan Thompson!

Sketches include "Reverends Jackson and Sharpton," "Hathaway Moustache Rides," "The Prince Show," "Beer Purchase," "The Dakota Fanning Show," "Hide and Seek" (film), "Sofa King," "SliceCo Salesmen," "An Intimate Moment with Jessica Simpson and John Mayer," and "Shia Rhymes with Maya."

Avril Lavigne performed "Girlfriend" and "I Can Do Better."moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • “What you say, what you say, what you say…”

    A Review by “HelloStuart,” Amateur Critic and Disgraced Radio Personality

    This week’s host is Shia Labeouf, the former Disney Channel ragamuffin that may or may not be breaking through to full-fledged movie stardom in upcoming films like “Disturbia” and that “Transformers” movie. Ex-child actors hosting SNL is usually a sign of a good show; as far as I recall, only Robert Blake and Lindsay Lohan have tarnished the track record, and there are two Hollywood lifers in the Five-Timers’ Club (Drew Barrymore and Candice Bergen). The only drawback is that Labeouf is probably the most obscure host so far this season.

    The musical guest is Avril Lavigne, who like Shia was a fixture on the Disney Channel five years ago and is now trying to garner respect as a brash young twentysomething. Now on musical duty for the third time, it’s safe to say that once a punk poseur, always a punk poseur.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: No surprise here- the Reverends Jesse Jackson (DH) and Al Sharpton (KT) discuss the big media event of the week, the suspension/firing/vilification of Don Imus. They turn his descent from grace into a celebration of their newfound relevance, which segues into a plug for their new racial rehabilitation center. Geez, hasn't he been punished enough already?

    MONOLOGUE: Shia’s excitement to hosting is tarnished by the usual doldrums of the cast and crew. Only Kristen and her Glinda the Good Witch getup can salvage Even Stevens’ unadulterated jubilance. It was certainly a different type of monologue, one that was fairly custom in the late 80s/early 90s, but I honestly can’t picture everyone being that crotchety behind the scenes.

    “Hathaway Moustache Rides”: Another Alec Baldwin cameo? What, does he live at 30 Rock now? (That’s a joke, people.) In this ad spoof, he plays the idealistic 1880s entrepreneur who invented a euphemism for cunnilingus. It’s a clever pun and everything, but who knew something like this would slip past the censors?

    “The Prince Show”: Tonight, Beyonce (MR) and the man in aubergine (FA) play host to Tobey McGuire (Shia) and his allergic reactions as well as a bemused Nancy Grace (AP), whose attempt at singing scares The Artist. I can no see why this recurring sketch has lasted so song; it’s more about the guests than the show itself. Compared to past Purple Rains, it’s in the middle of the pack.

    “Beer Purchase”: A convenience store clerk (KT) is unfazed by a convoluted attempt by four college-age kids (Shia, AS, BH, WF) to buy beer without IDs.

    “The Dakota Fanning Show”: The pint-size intellectual (AP) plugs the new Tom Stoppard play, continues to alienate her bandleader (KT), and treats her sister Elle (Avril, of all people) as her inferior. To accentuate the postitive, I’d give points to Andy and Shia for characterizing Cole and Dylan Sprouse as the friendless merchandising tools that they really, truly are.

    DIGITAL SHORT: Bill and Andy, not to mention Shia and some passerby, pump each other full of lead to the tune of Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek.” I learned after the broadcast that this was a spoof of the second season cliffhanger from “The O.C.”, an obscure pop culture reference that doesn’t distract from the bloodless absurdity that prevailed.

    “Sofa King”: Remember what I said about moustache rides and network censors? Well, double that up. A heavily accented family of undetermined origin shills sofas, but their constant reference to the store’s name sounds like an certain expletive. Hathaway went the right way; this was just plain stupid.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Whoever suggested that the flimsy pseudo-rocker “Girlfriend” was going to be the next “Hollaback Girl” should have their hearing checked. In her defense, the song is kinda catchy.

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Yeah, we get it- Don Imus is old and irrelevant, thanks Amy. Maya conducts an interview with Howard K. Stern (Shia) that channels a post-fight chat with Howard Cosell; I never would’ve thought of something like that, but the execution was exceptionally dry. In lieu of another dull bit with the gay couple from Jersey, we get a similar twosome from Connecticut (FA, BH) who prove to be almost as one-dimensional if not more cartoonish. At the end of the segment, Imus himself (DH) apologizes again, only to dig a deeper hole for himself.

    “Slice Co. Salesmen”: A pushy salesman (WF) and his naïve protégé (Shia) fail to impress the wife (KW) of the man of invented the Ginzu knife during a sales demonstration. If the odd coincidence was a reach, Will’s severed thumb and proficient bleeding threw the sketch even further from plausibility.

    “An Intimate Moment…”: Jessica Simpson (KW) and John Mayer (BH) have little in common and don’t go into context as to why they’re even dating, but they end up having sex anyway. For what was over-glorified, one-joke time filler, this actually was worth a chuckle.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Avril comes back to perform a song that sounds almost exactly like the one she performed earlier, so it’s somewhat ironic that the name of the tune is “I Can Do Better.”

    “Shia Rhymes with Maya”: What starts as a simple, insipid icebreaker backstage turns into a private dinner is Ms. Rudolph’s dressing room. Our host plays along to Maya’s paranoid rambling in a sketch that proved dreary and pointless.

    Overall, this turned out to be a decent but flawed show, a trial-and-error watching experience not too dissimilar to what we’ve sat through this season. Compared to the largely uneven affair that Year 32 has been, this was a first-division episode, but just barely. After a two-episode absence, Darrell came back swinging and even did the honor of playing himself in a sketch, a very rare occurrence; this proved my theory from my Dreyfus/Patrol review wrong on both counts. Shia was a decent host, but that doesn’t mean I’m in any rush to see Raven-Symone or Hannah Montana follow his footsteps. As for Avril… well, at least she took a stab at sketch acting.

    Sketches/Segments That Will Probably Be Removed in Repeats: “Sofa King,” “Slice Co. Salesmen,” “I Can Do Better,” and “Shia Rhymes with Maya.”

    Next Week: Scarlett Johansson blesses the SNL stage for the second time, while Icelandic chanteuse Bjork makes her first appearance on the show in nearly a decade.

    Coming Up in May: “The Best of 2006-07.” No, I don’t see what the point is either.

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  • I thought this was a pretty decent episode overall. Only two recurring sketches (Prince and Dakota Fanning) were used and they stayed away from the reviled ones like Deep House Dish, Bronx Beat and Target Lady, even though she was in Thursday's promo.moreless

    Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton cold open - This was a very disappointing opening for the hot topic of the week. Instead of having Darell "ham it up" Hammond do his Jackson impression, why not have him do his Imus as a counterpoint to Kenan's Rev. Sharpton. He could have let loose with all kinds of racial epithets and then demanded that he was sorry and he didn't really mean what he said. The only problem is that SNL would get blasted for propagating the same kind of hatred as Imus and the rap industry. As social satire (which can be serious too, y'know) I think it could have worked. Grade: C-

    Monologue - The backstage tour thing has been done a zillion times before, but I am always a sucker for it. Kristen was great and again, thanks for the lack of singing. Much appreciated! Grade: B+

    Hathaway's Mustache Rides - It's always good to see Baldwin on the show, even in a commercial. The mustache ride concept was first done last year on the Jason Lee episode, but it was taken much further this time. One of the funniest commercials of the year, along with Urigro. Grade: A-

    Prince Show - Fred's Prince impression is always pretty funny. Shia did a really good job as the neurotic Tobey Maguire. My only problem with the sketch is that there was not any development of the jokes. They just kind of fell flat. Still, it wasn't bad and it beat the pants off of Bronx Beat. Grade: C+

    Beer Run - A funny and original sketch. The old beer run. I can relate to this sketch since I used to work at a convenience store to help pay my way through college and saw some stuff that was as crazy if not crazier than this. There was a nice twist at the end where the clerk knew the guys all along. Good to see Andy getting some screen time. Grade: A-

    Dakota Fanning Show - I didn't care for this the first time around and it still doesn't grab me. If it HAS to be on there though, why not have the young, brainy Fanning match wits with some of the most pompous and ridiculous Hollywood stars like Tom Cruise and Angelina Jolie? Grade: C-

    OC digital short - OK, first I had no idea what the reference point was for this sketch until I saw another thread discussing it. Having said that, I must say this is one of the strangest digital shorts I have ever seen. I guess the humor lies in the pretentiousness of the film making and the Tarantino-style ultra-violence. For me it was more poignant than funny, but what do I know? Grade: B-

    Sofa King - Yes, this type of commercial has been to death on SNL. One of my favorite was the chandelier commercial with Scarlett Johansen. But, this one had a nice trio of goons as the sons and some truly god-awful sweaters and background music. Amusing but not exceptional. Grade: C+

    Weekend Update - What a horrible opening joke about Imus! The Anna Nicole paternity bit was hilarious and was probably my favorite WU sketch all season. The two gay guys from Connecticut were also worth a chuckle but not as good as the NJ guys. Hammond's Imus routine totally stunk up an otherwise decent WU. Grade: B

    Knife Salesmen - I love it when we get to see original sketches. Even weak ones are usually better than weak recurring sketches. Will makes a great, slimy salesman ala Dan Akroyd. Spraying Kristen with the spurting blood was a nice touch and is what should have been done with that sketch earlier in the year where Sudeikis was mauled by a mountain lion. I love the ending with the dog attacking the mannequin. Grade: B

    John Mayer/Jessica Simpson - Hader's faces as impersonated Mayer playing guitar were spot on and hilarious. Good stuff. Although, I must take issue with using a synthesizer to emulate the nylon-string guitar. Couldn't the SNL band guitarist have played a few licks instead of the keyboardist? Still, it was a funny little bit that highlighted the only thing that Mayer and Simpson have in common is the mutual love of sex. Grade: B-

    The Seduction of Shia - Oddly enough, this was Maya's funniest sketch of the season and she was playing herself. It was more believable and less annoying than Whitney, Donatella, Oprah, and the Bronx Beat lady. It's sometimes good to see these little backstage moments like when Belushi and Candice Bergen acted out their "affair" backstage. Not a bad ending to the show. Grade: B-moreless
  • You've got the look! You've got my bug! ... oh I don't know how those lyrics go!

    Shia LaBeouf, Disney Channel's main man in 2002, is the host tonight, to promote Disturbia, with musical guest..... Avril Lavigne. Just because Shia was at one point a Disney Channel kid, doesn't mean you have to automatically count him out. We'll see how he develops tonight.

    Revs. Opening: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson open the show to talk about the Don Imus situation that had happened. Didn't really have the ears to listen to all of this :P.

    Monologue: While Shia's excited, no one else is, for the show. Of course, it's always fun going back stage. Well, usually. But, anyways, this was no exception. What made it was Kristen freaking out towards the end.

    Hathaway Moustache Company: Alec cameo? Geese... random! I had heard they shot this during an off week, and it was decent. Hard to laugh out loud at, but decent.

    Prince Show: If it weren't for the new wierd things the writers' keep on coming up with, I'd have to say that this sketch keeps on going into the same cycle that it always does. But, Shia's Toby was enjoyable, while Nancy Grace was a pleasant surprise.

    Under 21: This was actually pretty clever. It was very entertaining to see all the plans that they had, to be successful. Perhaps the ending line ("See you back at the dorm!") sort of ruined it.

    Dakota Fanning Show: Slams on Reggie were enjoyable, while the Sprouse twins were, too. Oh, look. Avril Lavigne is in a sketch. I guess she didn't do that bad of a job.

    The Shooting: For me, this was hilarious. At first, you're kind of put off, but it was very enjoyable. It was great right to the end.

    Sofa King: Look at us! Trying to slip the F Bomb through censors! It worked. This was pretty funny, but, I mean, how long can you go with this joke? Well, they exceeded it.

    Weekend Update: So, most of those Imus jokes weren't funny. Especially Amy's starting one. Most other jokes were consistent. Maya Rudolphs interview with Howard K. Stern was funny, while Don Imus's commentary was totally dumpable.

    Knives Salesmen: Yeah, we had to wait 2 minutes before the joke actually came to us. And, even then, it was underwhelming. I'm telling ya, the days of "blood all over the place is funny" are up.

    An Intimate Moment with Jessica Simpson and John Mayer: This was actually really funny, despite being a minute long. Kristen's scatting at the end was very funny to watch.

    Maya & Shia: Maya gets romantic with Shia. As entertaining as this was, Maya freaking out on the stage manager, Gena, was the slice to the cake.

    Tonight's show was a good one. As some sketches sort of fell flat on their faces, others were good premises and flew. We didn't actually have a bad sketch tonight, like Peyton Manning's "Throw The Rock" sketch.

    Shia was somewhat a straight man througout tonight's broad cast. He did break characters at times (Prince texting, Maya flipping out), but I guess that's forgivable. Avril Lavigne's songs just didn't work out live. GirlFriend has a nice beat, but is annoying as hell.moreless
  • Well, this was a pretty good show,even if it was all over the place.

    Cold Open: This had its moments; the Jackson/Sharpton pair is obviously stale on SNL now, yet they still fit in some good lines. Their little rehab center was a cute idea, and the comment to the media was fitting. Oh, and hi Darrell.

    Monologue: Got off to a good start, and the only person I was unimpressed with was Amy. Kristen's reaction to Lorne's news looked awkward, and I wonder if that was intended.

    Hathaway Moustache Rides: Another old idea (two “moustache rides” fake ads in two seasons?). This was better for two reasons: one, they poured on the cheese to the point where the audience was probably supposed to start sobbing at the end. And two, no Horatio. But that doesn't totally make up for how lame the premise was to start with.

    Prince Show: You know, I wasn't entirely ticked off about this, especially since it's taken a little time off. Shia was just OK as Tobey Maguire (at least he tried), but I liked the absurdity of seeing Nancy Grace in this segment. She seemed to fit in oddly well.

    Beer run: Having a set of actors (Samberg, Hader, Forte) who all looked way over the age of 21 anyways didn't help things. But the premise was fine, creative enough.

    Dakota Fanning Show: I'm slowly growing on the character, though I still think there's too much of a contradiction present—if Dakota's presented as an overly-bright actor, which she is, then she can't be bouncing on sofas and eating snacks from Mom. Plus, too much was copied from the first Dakota sketch, and Avril was blah in a cameo. But really, I'm growing on this.

    Digital Short: I was actually confused and bummed out a little as this started, but that wasn't for long. The slow-mos and sad music were perfect complements to what turned out to be pretty funny. Well, as funny as shooting deaths can get.

    Sofa King: Ran too long. I did laugh the first two or three times I got the joke, but then it went for nearly a minute longer. And we didn't need the stupid eyebrows or Hader's bouncing.

    “Girlfriend”: Sure, SNL could always use more girl punk. But Avril is unquestionably one of the most unimpressive three-time MGs that SNL has seen. She has a knack for looking ungrateful about her life in general, despite, you know, all that she's raking in.

    Update: The Howard K. Stern bit was nice and short, and a few good Seth jokes were thrown in. But that's where the compliments end. The Connecticut gay guys, despite Hader's amazing voice, were much less of a cultural mashup that made the Jersey guys so fascinating. See, I could picture two gay guys in Connecticut similar to how Bill and Fred were, but not with the Jersey guys. As for Imus, Hammond's impression was spot-on, but much too safe. If you can't let out any REAL insults, better to not say anything at all.

    SliceCo: Lately, Forte has had an unnerving string of bad sketches. Here's the latest--it wandered from a stupid no/yes argument to the bloody finger thing, which if anyone is wondering, is STILL played out. Shia was eh.

    A Moment with John Mayer & Jessica Simpson: At this point in the show, things started to improve. Hader and Wiig have a surprising lack of chemistry, but their unnatural communication (in this case, they literally seemed to speak separate languages) made for a funny and accurate portrait of their weird coupling.

    “I Can Do Better”: Yeah, some more of the same. She has no energy at all, no matter how hard those guitarists do their guitar things.

    Maya/Shia: A great ending, this really brought out the best from both actors.moreless
  • Why does no one else share the guy's excitement?

    After a break from SNL, we return with an episode I would think would be for the teenie-boppers out there, considering we have a Disney Channel and a pop-punk pop star. I can’t say I was looking forward to this show, but I had an open mind and everything. At the moment, I don’t feel good and am suffering from writers’ block, so I will start my review.


    This week’s host is Disney Channel star Shia LeBeouf, starring in the #1 movie of the weekend “Disturbia” and got his big start in the Disney show “Even Stevens.” As a host, he wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed his monologue, where he showed a tremendous excitement but no one else did. He snuck up on Amy, surprised Kenan, and just no one else showed his enthusiasm, except Kristen, until she learned her skit, her dream role, was cut. That was funny. Shia was a good host. I didn’t notice him messing up in any of the skits, and he kept a straight face. A-


    This week’s musical guest is pop-punk pop star Avril Lavigne. Soft punk. Not hard-core. Child safe. You get the picture. Alright, I really didn’t listen cause I wanted to listen to music. And not hers. But I did see the performance, just with another song on, and I heard a little between songs, and it didn’t sound too bad. She performed “Girlfriend” and “I Can Do Better.” My guess is she didn’t write the latter for her husband. B-


    Cold Opening: Reverends Jackson and Sharpton – The Reverends address the issue of Don Imus, who is in a bit of a scandal at the moment. (At least, I think that is his name. Something like that). This was funny. I was working on something on the computer, but loved when they said how opposing white groups and black groups could work it out, like the KKK and the Wu Tang Clan. Great skit. A-

    Hathaway Moustache Rides – Alec Baldwin is the head of a company in the 1800s, and they decide to offer “moustache rides” to women who aren’t rich. Over 100 years later, they are still in service. This was funny, and just stupid. B-

    Prince Show – For guests on this installment, we have Tobey McGuire and someone whose name escapes me. I noticed that Tobey is really allergic to a lot. Is he really like that? I wonder. That’s what stood out for me. B+

    Beer Purchase – Two college boys, Andy and Shia, are trying to pose as men in order to get two cases of beer. And boy do they have a plan. I really thought it was fishy in the beginning when they kept discussing their age. After one failed attempt, a police officer, Bill, came in, awarding the man behind the desk an award for following the rules, but also tried to buy beer. After that, a man came in and “robbed” the men, taking only the “cop’s” wallet, mentioning how it says he is 24 on his ID. The guy at the counter still won’t sell, but after one of the guys offers him 5 bucks, he does and says, “See you guys back at the dorm.” That was unexpected. This was a funny skit. I really enjoyed it. A+

    The Dakota Fanning Show – We have the extremely mature pre-teen actress interview child stars on her talk show, but she is more advanced than them all, even more advanced than most people in their 20s and 30s. Here she interviews Disney Channel stars the Sprouse twins from “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” played by Shia and Andy. Here they are playing with their Kid’s Choice Award blimps, though Miss Fanning could care less about hers. After they don’t meet her standards, she shoos them away. Her next guest is her little sister, played by Avril Lavigne. She messed with her little sister a bit, before Mommy has to stop it. This was also a very funny skit. It was great. I always love Dakota’s extreme level of maturity. A-

    Digital Short: What You Say – In this short, one guy, Bill, is writing a letter to his sister, but gets shot by his friend, Andy. They shoot each other for a while. Then another friend, Shia, comes and gets shot by them, and also shoots them. Than the sister comes in and gets shot by the three. In the end, two cops are investigating this whole thing, when one reads the letter where it is all explained, and the letter ends with the cops killing each other, which happens. And apparently, this is a reference to the season 2 finale of the OC, a show I don’t watch. That makes sense, considering Andy is a huge fan of the show, as he once said. A

    Sofa King – A guy sells cheap sofas. Nothing to get excited about. Not very funny. B-

    SliceCo Salesman – A man sells knives with his apprentice. Too prove how good the knife is to the woman who is married to the inventor of the Ginsu knife, he cuts off his own thumb. But the woman never buys a knife and the apprentice bails, and the man is over 150 miles away from a hospital. Meaning, the nearest hospital is in the next state? At the end, a dog kills the man. What a sad ending. B-

    An Intimate Moment With John Mayer & Jessica Simpson – I imagine this is how it is. They have nothing in common except sex really. B-

    Shia Rhymes With Maya – Maya tries to seduce Shia and run away with him, and in the end he goes for it. That was rather odd. B-


    The stuff with Andy that was all in a row. “Beer Purchase,” “The Dakota Fanning Show,” and “What You Say.” Those were all the funniest skits of the night and they all had Andy in em.

    WORST MOMENT: Everything after the digital short. I mean the skits. They were lacking.


    I didn’t expect to see Alec Baldwin for the millionth time this season. That was surprising. And Shia was a very good host. He was better than I expected.

    SKIT AVERAGE: 3.4/4 B+

    SHOW RATING: 8/10 Sparking Diamonds

    Next week we have an all female line-up, with Scarlett Johansson and Bjork. I’m not looking forward to that one either, considering I don’t care for either, but we’ll see. See you then.moreless
Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne


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Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf


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Phil Hymes

Phil Hymes


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Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin


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Lorne Michaels

Lorne Michaels


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Wally Feresten

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Melanie: I am Melanie Ginsu. I have, like, every knife in existence.
      Blade: But do you have a knife that can effortlessly cut through a grown man's pinky finger?
      Melanie: Actually, I don't-
      Blade: Bernard, please cut through your pinky finger.
      Melanie: Although the pinky finger's really not that tough of a bone to cut through.
      Blade: That's a good point. Bernard, please locate the thickest of your finger bones, and then cut through that. Is that more to your liking, ma'am?
      Melanie: I can't promise a sale, but I'm listening now.

    • Seth Meyers: For the second consecutive year the number of sex abuse claims against the nation's Catholic priests has dropped. Undisputable proof that fewer kids are going to church.

    • Amy Poehler: The Bush Administration on Wednesday extended the tours of active-duty Army troops in Iraq by three months, increasing their stay to a total of 15 months. Troops responded to the news saying, "I'm gay."

    • Seth Meyers: It's official- the Durham District Attorney raped three lacrosse players.

    • Amy Poehler: Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer said Friday that the team had accepted Don Imus' apology. The media responded by saying, "Yeah, this isn't really about you."

    • Maya: Come on, dont be Shia!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: Don Imus segment on Weekend Update, "Moustache Ride," "The Prince Show," "Knife Salesmen," "John Mayer & Jessica Simpson," and Avril Lavigne's performance of "I Can Do Better."

    • Sketches cut after dress rehearsal include: a sketch where Shia LaBeouf tries to get his fat roommates (Bill Hader, Will Forte) not to eat his food with help from the Jared the Subway Guy (Jason Sudiekis); a Target sketch where Shia is a worker who believes in ghosts and scares customers; a Digital Short about Andy Samberg rapping about his brother-in-law Roy; John Mayer and Jessica Simpson #1 - (note: in dress two other short sketches about John Mayer and Jessica Simpson aired. #2 is the one that's in the live show) John and Jessica (Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig) try to talk but end up in silence, John Mayer and Jessica Simpson #3 where Jessica asks John if she wants to have sex; a sketch where Shia pitches a movie to Maya Rudolph, Jason Sudiekis and Amy Poehler; a sketch where Fred Armisen and Kristin Wiig are shopping in a hardware store and Fred unzips his pants to drop things on his crotch; a sketch in which Shia tries to get rid monkeys from his bedroom after his parents tell him to stop "monkeying around"; Jason Sudiekis doing a Weekend Update commentary on the Stanley Cup.

    • Several of the songs that appeared on Avril Lavigne's third album were co-written by SNL Band guitarist Lukasz Gottwald.


    • The "What You Say" digital short spoofed the cliffhanger from the end of second season of The OC, which included the same song, "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap.