omplete QPORIT: SNL -- JAN 19, 2013 --JENNIFER LAWRENCE with THE LUMINEERS

Saturday, January 19, 2013

 

SNL -- JAN 19, 2013 --JENNIFER LAWRENCE with THE LUMINEERS

 

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
SNL -- JAN 19, 2013
JENNIFER LAWRENCE & THE LUMINEERS

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/

Jennifer Lawrence comes off a Golden Globes win for Silver Linings Playbook, after winning for Hunger Games at the People's Choice Awards to host SNL.

She's just 22!

JENNIFER LAWRENCE - WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jennifer_Lawrence

JENNIFER LAWRENCE - IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2225369/

 
JENNIFER LAWRENCE ON AMAZON




 
The Lumineers, a folk-rock band, are the musical guests.  I've noticed that SNL's picks for musical guests are the hottest acts around.

THE LUMINEERS - WIKIPEDIA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lumineers

 
THE LUMINEERS ON AMAZON
 


 
 
Here's the recap...
 

It was a mixed bag.  There were a lot of good jokes and good ideas for sketches.  There was too much insult humor.  Jennifer worked hard, appearing in lots of sketches, but many seemed to have a great concept and terrific promise that was not fully realized, either because of the writing, the performances, or both.

 
COLD OPEN -- Piers Morgan with Lance Armstrong, Te'o and Jodie Foster.  Each segment was hilarious.  This was the highlight of the evening.  (If only this had set the tone and quality level for the whole show!)

"Jodie Foster" even managed to deliver (with laughs!) the joke she tried to make on GG night: (build up to a big "gay" reveal, then say something else.)


MONOLOGUE -- Jennifer was game enough to play with her I beat Meryl line at the GG by dissing all her Oscar rivals, but she didn't completely sell all the jokes and it was at best a modest success.  It was a pretty gutsy monologue considering that Oscar voting is still in progress.


VERISMO COMMERCIAL -- A funny and pointed commercial of a coffee machine that talks with other machines while getting the drink wrong and dissing the drinker. (Barista's take note: you can be replaced by a machine with all your worst foibles.)


REAL COMMERCIALS -- There were two (real) commercials for Silver Linings Playbook within a few minutes.  I thought this was a bit much.  But then they doubled down and many of the other commercials were also run multiple times.


GIRL FRIENDS TALK SHOW -- This idea was no better this time than it was the last time they did it. It's unpleasant insult/humiliation humor with no humor.  It's not funny and it's not fun.


HUNGER GAMES POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE -- This was a great idea for a sketch but the writing and performances were kind of flat with only a few good moments.  The best moment was perhaps a very tall Jennifer standing up.


SPLITTING HOBBITS -- How the Hobbits story will be split into 18 films.


INSULT CAFE -- A restaurant where the customers go to be humorously insulted.  But then Jennifer is a waitress who is sincerely insulting. There seems to be (I've noticed it in some other shows this year, too) a sense in the writers' room that insult humor, badly done, is funny.  It's not. It's just unpleasant.


THE LUMINEERS -- I liked their sound; their words... not so much.


WEEKEND UPDATE -- The jokes were funny.   SECOND HAND NEWS is a collection of garbled news items.  Some of these lines worked, some didn't.


DOG CHANNEL -- TOP DOG CHEF -- Here was another potentially good idea for a sketch that didn't quite deliver what it seemed to promise. 


B108FM -- Another staple of the SNL repertoire -- a bad broadcast show. 


DANIELLE -- A French erotic movie.  A clever idea but it was pale compared to the potential.


CIVIL WAR LETTERS -- An exchange of letters between a proper young lady and a horny soldier... Sexting circa 1865.


Jennifer was a game and hardworking host in a show that did not deliver as well as it might have.  It's live (of course) and it's created in a week or so.  This particular show could have possibly used another week of polishing the sketches.  But all in all it was fun.






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