Saturday Night Live

Season 30 Episode 17

Tom Brady/Beck

Aired Saturday 11:30 PM Apr 16, 2005 on NBC
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Live from New York, it's...Chris Parnell! Sketches include "A Message From Tom DeLay," "Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice" (edited version), "The Bad Thrower," "The Falconer," "Dr. Phil," "Tom Brady's Falafel House," "Behind The Music: The Super Bowl Shuffle," "The Oak Room," and "Backstage Quarterbacks." Beck performed "E-Pro" and "Girl."moreless

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  • Hike!

    A Review by the Former "Heystu," The All-American Amateur Critic

    Before I start this review, let me just say that I have a great respect for Tom Brady as an athlete. I am by no means a Patriots fan (I'm from Chicago and we'll leave it at that), but there is without a doubt no finer quarterback in the NFL. I've been following his career from the get-go, from the moment I bought his rookie card* for one measly dollar five years ago. The card was only worth about a buck fifty at the time (what a steal!), but once he resurrected New England from mediocrity with three Super Bowl wins in four years, that card experienced a thirty fold increase in value. Despite my earlier hesitance, I don't think I've ever made a stronger investment in my life.

    More than likely, my glowing opinion of Tom Brady will not be affected by his performance tonight on SNL. Athlete hosts are consistently mediocre, from the blatant cue-card reliance of Wayne Gretzky and Andy Roddick to the utter stiffness of Deion Sanders and Derek Jeter. Heck, even early athlete-hosts like OJ Simpson and Fran Tarkenton left a very minimal impact on the show. This may not help the show in any way, but at least we can count on another wacky performance from Mr. Beck Hansen, tonight's musical guest and a certified five-timer.

    And now, the sketch-by-sketch analysis:

    COLD OPENING: Majority Leader Tom Delay (CP) straightens things out while trying to quell the scandal that will eventually end his political career. It looks good at first, but the whole sketch goes off the deep end when he repeats that one joke Tina made on "Update" last week, and then shows a stock-footage montage of his opponents being wiped out.

    MONOLOGUE: The cast tries to prevent Tom from doing an embarrassing song-and-dance number, only to hesitantly join in. Not even the blatant exaggerations could make this funny.

    "Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice": A third go-around for the faux impotence remedy.

    "Football Toss": An Average Joe (Tom) with an apparent learning disability can't seem to get the football through the target, even though a very pregnant woman (RD), an old woman in a Rascal scooter (AP), and two life partners (FA, SM) beat him to the punch. He eventually settles for a smaller prize, thus bringing this lame sketch to an anticlimactic end.

    "Dr. Phil": Darrell Hammond finds yet another great impression up his sleeve as Quick Draw McGraw, who gives nonsense advice to a husband (Tom) too dense to listen to his wife (RD). All in all, this was an passable skit that semi-accurately depicted the goings-on of the hit daytime talk show.

    "The Falconer": It's truly a "Freaky Tuesday" when a lightning bolt forces our feathered hero and the dude with the beard (WF) to switch identities. A parade of non-sequiturs ensues, from a hiker (Tom) carrying a backpack full of Snickers bars despite an allergy to peanuts to a Chinese apothecary (HS) staging a cockfight. I've always had a soft spot for this delightfully daffy recurring bit, but this was the weakest one yet.

    SMIGELFILM: That's right, film. To be specific, a 1950's hygiene film produced by GE focuses on the topic of sexual harassment, where an attractive men (Tom) is treated more compassionately than someone not as eye-catching (FA). Okay execution, but it lacked the aesthetic.

    "Tom Brady's Falafel City": In the proud tradition of Derek Jeter, Reverend Al Sharpton, and The Donald, tonight's host opens a vanity exotic-food restaurant in central New Jersey, complete with a jingle that would put Jan & Dean to shame. Despite an unnecessary appearance by Dennis DeYoung (HS) that proved that our host is capable of emotion, this was a pretty good ad spoof.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: From his new album Guero, Beck plays the crunchy lead-off track "E-Pro."

    WEEKEND UPDATE: Jokes about "everlasting gobstoppers" and prescription breast implants lead into a segment with none other than Jiminy Glick, the obese concoction of former cast member Martin Short. After mangling Tina's name about a half-dozen times, we watch an awkward interview with young Lorne Michaels (WF), an interesting prerecorded bit marred by dialogue ripped straight out of last month's "First Five Years" special.

    "Caitlin The Bridesmaid": With "Debbie Downer" apparently having been laid to rest, the show's last remaining popular recurring character has a fourth go-around. This time, the super-spaz runs around annoying her stepfather Rick and her engaged Uncle Steve (Tom) while obsessing over her participation in a wedding. Amy usually knows where exactly she steps the line between spontaneous and annoying, which is what gives the sketch its delicate balance, but this time around she was way off the radar.

    "Behind The Music": Does VH1 still air this show? If so, the concept does feel a little dated. Either way, this particular edition of the long-running fame n' flameout documentary series profiles the '85 Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew, led by punky QB Jim McMahon (Tom) and Levitra-obsessed coach Mike Ditka (HS) describe the narcissistic rise and fall of the Super Bowl XX champs. I have two nitpicks about this sketch (remind you, I'm from Chicago, so bear with me): first, it would've been a lot more interesting if they had more cast members impersonating members of the team; secondly, it would've worked a lot better with the cast from five years ago.

    MUSICAL PERFORMANCE: Mr. Hansen and the boys bounce around with "Girl."

    "An Evening With Charlie Coffee": An alcoholic Minnelli-type (MR) stumbles her way through a performance and humiliates herself in the process. Essentially, this is another mediocre sketch with yet another stock Maya character that will fall into obscurity very, very fast.

    "Backstage": Tom is crossed in the hallway by a jealous Peyton Manning (SM), an indifferent Dovovan McNabb (FM) and his omnipresent mother (KT) in a three-minute period of ennui clearly written to kill some time before the credits.

    While the writing may not have been as lazy as it was last week, it was still mediocre overall, with the cast trying in vain to hide its flaws and succeeding to a point. Tom Brady was almost zombie-like in his stint as host, which I guess explains why athletes never host more than once. Beck proved to be, as he usually is, a bewildering and exciting stage presence with moments of spastic glee.

    Sketches That Will Probably Be Removed In Reruns: "Dr. Porkenheimer," "Football Toss," "Behind the Music," and "Backstage."

    In Three Weeks: Former "Jackass" star Johnny Knoxville is an out-of-left-field choice as host, with headbangers System of a Down as musical guest.

    The author of this article is a college student and sometime comedy writer based in Downers Grove, Illinois. Feel free to contact him at

    *2000 Playoff Prestige #286. It's pretty sweet. I also have his Bowman card from the same year, which is worth about half as much.moreless
  • No harassment here, boss.

    And now, we stop once again for the Conner 2008 SNL summer tour. Now, before I start, I want to point out how I have written a review for former cast member, Maya Rudolph. Check it out when you can.

    Boy, oh boy, oh boy. The 30th season, along with the 28th and the 29th were a mess. Not always bad episodes, but inconsistancy was like wild fire. Many blame it on the absence of most of the late 90s cast, while I blame it on the writting just having the attitude of saying "what ever." Between 2003/04 and 2004/05, I would have to say 2004/05 was worse. Many say 03/04 was horrid, while I think opposite.

    Just a note, I'm reviewing this episode when I saw it by NBC during the writers strike 4 months ago, on February 2nd, 2008. My memory may be a little shocked.

    This week's host was Tom Brady, who was fresh off the win of the superbowl for the Patriots.

    Beck was musical guest, and here we go.

    Tom Delay: Just kind of a boring opening. Lost interest 5 second through.

    Monologue: Tom Brady tries to proove he'll be a good host, while the cast couldn't agree less. Alright, I guess.

    Boner Juice: A repeat, of what I think, a boring commercial. The punchline of this commercial was a guy getting a boner for a while. If you want good sex jokes, you'll have to dig deeper than that.

    Fair: I thought this sketch was actually some what creative.

    Dr. Phil: I liked Darrell's impression, and the sketch itsself wasn't that bad.

    The Falconer: I always enjoyed this recurring sketch, and this one was no different.

    Sexual Harrassment: Brady without pants, who know this would happen? Oh.. yeah, everyone. Okay, pretty funny sketch, if you ask me.

    Tom Brady's City: This recurring, "make fun of myself" commercial bit they did that season. Actually, not that funny.

    Weekend Update: The jokes were consistant, while MArtin Short's appearance was enjoyable.

    Kaitlin's Uncle: The sketch of Kaitlin was starting to get old after a while, and here's the hill.

    Behind The Music: They still did this recurring sketch? Was it even still on? It was alright I guess.

    Charli Coffee: Oh dear. This character that would soon make a second appearance 2 years later. A drunken lady sings. Maya. Hilarious. (obvious sarcasm there)

    Why Tom Brady?: A good last sketch. Seth's Peyton Manning needed serious work, though.

    Overall, Beck was good. And, the episode was just very, very uneven. It wasn't a waste of time though. Tom was just a host. He really didn't grab me, like POeyton Manning would two years later.

    My next review will bring us 2 years ahead, for Jake Gyllenhaal/The Shins. oh dear.moreless
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  • I love this episode!

    I am a huge Tom Brady fan and that I am glad that he hosted this show as it was very funny. At least they wouldn't do a show without a football sketch with him in it.

    Loved the sexual harrassment sketch as well as Tom playing a dumb as a rock husband and father on Dr Phil!
  • Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, hosted Saturday Night Live, with musical guest Beck.

    Tom Brady is no actor but I thought he did a great job as the host of this episode of Saturday Night Live. His opening monolouge was funny and so were his skits, which proved that he deserved to have that hosting job as much as any other actor. It was a very special episode--having a football player host SNL never happens and Tom did a great job. This episode was definitely one of my favorites of SNL. Ok, maybe I am a little biased because I LOVE Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but come on, it was good.moreless
Tom Brady (II)

Tom Brady (II)


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Martin Short

Martin Short

Jiminy Glick

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • IN Weekend update Amy Poehler says that Mei Xiang and Tian Tian mated, that is not true as Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are at the national zoo and they have not mated.

    • During the "Charlie Coffee" sketch, Maya Rudolph manages to perform a number of pratfalls without ever spilling the drink in her hand.

    • In the Jiminy Glick 'phony' interview clip of Lorne Michaels from 1975, Glick mentions that Lorne was born on the same day as the late 'Mama' Cass Elliott. Cass Elliott (born Ellen Naomi Cohen) was born on September 19, 1941 and died on July 29, 1974. The real Lorne Michaels (born Lorne Michael Lipowitz) was born November 17, 1944.

    • In the carnival sketch, Tom consistently pays for balls to throw in the hole. But there is a sign next to the booth that says "Play Until You Win".

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Amy Poehler: On her website Tuesday, Britney Spears announced that she and husband Kevin Federline are going to have a baby, or as Britney put it, "My new baby drops in September, ya'll."

  • NOTES (5)

    • Alec Baldwin was originally selected to host, but Lorne Michaels wanted an athlete to host, so he got football star Tom Brady. Baldwin finally hosted the December of that year.

    • Sketches not shown in the 60 minute version: "Dr. Porkenheimer's Boner Juice" (rerun from 10/2/04), "The Falconer," "Caitlin's Uncle," "Charli Coffee in the Oak Room," "Backstage with Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb," and Beck's performance of "Girl."

    • The Falconer sketch where Ken Mortimer (Will Forte) and his falcon Donald switch bodies was in the dress rehearsal of the Hilary Swank/50 Cent episode.

    • Martin Short has also appeared as Jimminy Glick on MADtv during the show's seventh season in 2002.

    • Beck Hanson joins the Five-Timer's Club with this broadcast.