Saturday Night Live

Season 34 Episode 14

Steve Martin/Jason Mraz

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Jan 31, 2009 on NBC

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  • Steve Martin hosts.

    Steve Martin is your host tonight, for the 15th time. You may know him from a lot of bad comedy films, and if you don't, feel free to waste $10 next weekend by seeing Pink Panther 2.

    The opening sketch is a Presidential Address from Barack Obama, still poorly played by Fred Armisen who sounds nothing like him. It's clear the writers support him as there are various things to make fun of him by and yet they can't produce a single valid one.

    This followed with a commercial about eating diapers. That's about as far as I want to analyze this. The next sketch was a MacGruber short, featuring the actual MacGyver. It didn't feature funny lines though.

    The first real sketch of the evening featured three annoying people played by Wiig, Martin and Forte, discovering their first true Super Bowl. This is on track for a really, really bad episode.

    Yes, the return of Laser Cats! Finally, something good. Could it live up to the first three? Well, no, it was not as good as it's predecessors, but it was still a breath of fresh air on an already irritating installment of SNL.

    "Issues" with Clarence Thomas (Kenan Thompson) is our next sketch. Kenan needs more screen time, but outside of his stare here, not much to talk about. Fred Armisen played scam-artist Bernie Madoff again in a sketch solely around his annoying Jewish accent.

    We had another backstage skit with the female cast falling for Steve Martin. Textbook definition of time filler. As was the third MacGruber sketch of the night. God, they really need to end this.

    Weekend Update is next, but so far Seth's joke are all swings and misses. Jason Sudeikis is playing former Governor Rod Blagojevich. He's pretty much become their go to guy for impressions. Fred Armisen is also playing Governor David Patterson, and this has already gone on for way too long. For the UFC fans out there during this Georges St. Pierre is currently besting BJ Penn.

    Oh God, it's another annoying Kristen Wiig centric character. What is wrong with this show that they have to put this schtick on every week?

    Next we get Steve Martin performing "Late for School". This is surprisingly not that bad, better than the majority of this episode. And St. Pierre just defeated Penn via towel throwing.

    Next is ESPN Classic video of "The Gun" a player with a good arm who used an actual gun. This was actually pretty clever, but still not enough to save this episode.