Sunday, September 25, 2011



From the first word to the next-to-last line, (the flat and off-putting last line -"I'll tell my mom she's fat."), the SNL Season Opener with Alec Baldwin and Radiohead was one of the best SNL shows ever.  Even stumbling through a few line readings, Alec Baldwin was funny, in character and terrific in almost every sketch. (Well, he didn't jam with Radiohead.)  The Radiohead segments were OK.  I never like the SNL mix, which makes the vocals hard to understand.

Here's a brief synopsis:

=> A great opener that slashed the Republican candidates to pieces.

=> Host Monologue was pretty good.  The steroid test worked! But is it really funny to re-hash the who-has-hosted-more? issue every time Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin hosts? (Maybe it'll become funny again in a few years, just by repetition.)

=> Red Flag mockumercial. Great style. Just the right attitude. Not that funny.

=> All My Children / Susan Lucci / Farewell Party.  An amusing sketch -- "or was it pushed!?"

=> WDHX was funny from beginning to end. A classic sketch. Kristin Wiig was on location as an anchor with a serious time delay (and apparently no live cameraman). Attacked by one after another creepy, crawly, biting things, she was not aware until -- after that deadly time delay -- the in-studio anchors warned her of the dangers.

=> Weekend Update was funny from beginning to end.  Every joke worked. Alec Baldwin was pitch perfect as Tony Bennett (the film critic).

=> Who's On Top?  SNL quiz shows are always fun and this was one of the better ones.

=> Top Gun. Hilarious riffs on different celebrity auditions for the movie.

=> The Power. A child psychologist who knows his kid!

=> Angel in the Trenches / Last Wishes. Except for that awful last line, this was a classic sketch.

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