Saturday, September 22, 2012
SNL -- SEP 22, 2012 -- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WITH MUMFORD & SONS
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JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT WITH MUMFORD & SONS
SEP 22, 2012
This was kind of an amusing but low energy, low-laugh kind of show. It got off to a bad start -- even before it started -- with a sour promo about the host cutting himself in half, and it ended on another sour note with a not-very-funny sketch seemingly running overtime and getting cut off in the middle by a commercial.
The show was generally amusing but had no bite! It was kind of a disappointing SNL, after the fine start last week in the premiere, with several very funny sketches.
After some notes about the host and musical guest, see the brief recap below!
Joseph Leonard Gordon-Levitt (age: 31) is currently in Looper and in Spielberg’s Lincoln (as Robert Todd Lincoln)
He’s been in…
(500) Days of Summer,
The Dark Knight Rises,
3rd Rock from the Sun (Tommy Solomon)
10 Things I Hate About You,
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and
He also has a number of credits as a director, including Sparks, which was shown at Sundance.
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT - WIKIPEDIA
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT – IMDB
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT’s FILMS ON AMAZON
MUMFORD & SONS
Mumford & Sons is a 5 year old grammy winning English folk rock band. Their members include Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, "Country" Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane.
MUMFORD & SONS – WIKIPEDIA
MUMFORD & SONS’ MUSIC ON AMAZON
COLD OPEN: A dead-on parody of Kelly and Michael's Morning Show. But who cares?
MONOLOG: The words were not too interesting, but the Magic Mike "stripper-dancers" was the most energy in the whole show. Still, it was pretty tame; it could have gone much further.
UNDECIDED VOTER: The sharpest sketch in the show. Questions the remaining undecided voters need to know. Like, "Who's the President?" "We want answers!"
SON OF THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD: An amusing ad for Tres Equis. But even with a good concept, and a follow-up sketch, it never amounted to much.
YOUR WIFE IS CHEATING ON YOU: Another great concept that never went anyplace. The PI draws caricatures instead of taking photographs.
HYPNOTIST: (Ditto:) Another great concept that never went anyplace. (Ditto:) Still, it was pretty tame; it could have gone much further. There are two ways this sketch could have gone -- the hypnotist is a fake, and the hypnotist takes advantage of his hypnotee. Both ideas were hinted at, but neither was developed for any good jokes.
TAMPON AD: Tampons designed by the people who really understand women: the men of the GOP.
MUMFORD & SONS: They have a pleasant sound, with nice harmonies, and simple, well articulated lyrics -- which works well on the SNL music mix.
WEEKEND UPDATE: The jokes were OK. The "What Are You Doing?" segment on Obama's remark -- that you can't change government from the inside -- was sharp. Neither Assads Two Friends, nor Ann Romney, nor Stephen A. Smith were particularly funny. .
LONDON: Men in a bar listening to a Beatles cover band and telling tall tales never quite hit the mark and ended up a bit nasty.
HIP HOP FINER THINGS: (Ditto:) Another great concept that never went anyplace. A Hip Hop group that raps about "the finer things" and high fashion. It was a two-smile sketch.
EVELYN: Her (Joseph in drag) parents present her in song to a suitor. Sketch had no good beginning, middle or end.
POWERS REALTY: The Powers object to how their posters and billboards were defaced with obscene additions. It wasn't funny and it was cut off in the middle by an ad. A bad end to a mediocre show.
The show seemed under-written (excellent concepts that never got fleshed out in good jokes) and underplayed (not much energy). The sharpest sketches were somewhat political; the non-political sketches never managed to gain any momentum.
See also our recap of last week’s premiere:
SNL -- SEP 15, 2012 – SEASON PREMIERE!
SETH MACFARLANE WITH FRANK OCEAN