SNL Review- Andy Roddick/Dave Matthews
Leafs- I think that the 7-1 drubbing gave them a good kick in the teeth as they have not lost since. I was actually at tonight’s game against Edmonton and they played with a lot of fire. The defence has really stepped up and it’s good to Eddie actually getting some help. They go on a long road trip now and I hope they don’t falter.
Canucks- They have just been unstoppable recently and still have yet to lose at home. Dan Cloutier has also really stepped up and may be blossoming into the quality goaltender that the Canucks need him to be. It’s also good to see the Sedins finally showing off their potential and Jason King is blossoming into a great player.
The 2003 Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils- They’re off to a solid unspectacular start but I’m digging the 6 game unbeaten steak. Beating Ottawa again always makes me happy. The offence really needs to step up though. A defencemen should not be your top points getter.
New Orleans Saints- These guys love to tease me. But that’s the life of being a Saints fan. I still can’t believe they beat Tampa so maybe there is life left to this team. So of course after the biggest win of the season- they get a bye week to capitalise on the momentum.
New Jersey Nets- They’re off to an okay start but this is without Kenyon Martin- who I believe is the heart and soul that drives the New Jersey team. I hope he comes back soon so this Nets team can start kicking some ass again.
[email protected] writes-
Bob, just read your review on the smarkboard (and of course SNL.com) and it was solid as always. Now I've read you reviews for about 3 years now and I don't agree with a lot of the things you say, but I really enjoy reading your work. I think you once said (or maybe you were quoting Lorne on this one) that people will always think the cast they grew up on will forever be the best. To me, NOTHING will top SNL from Sept. 91 -May 95, NOTHING. Hell, I e-mailed you once defending the 94-95 season and I will say to the end of eternity that season was not really that bad and had several shining moments. I grew up on Sandler, Farley, Hartman, Rock, Myers, Carvey, Spade, Norm, Schneider, etc and I knew in Sept. 95 when the overhaul happened that SNL would never be the same for me. The show had changed and not for the better in my opinion. I used to feel a rush when the show was about to start during those years and now I don't get that rush. The only time I got that feeling was when Farley hosted in Oct. 97 and when Sandler did the cold opening last November. I'm including this because I want to rant about females on SNL. You claim that SNL is no longer a boys club, using Tina's rise to power as your primary example. Now during 91-95, there was absolutely no question that the show was a boys club, NO QUESTION. The show was dominated by the male cast members and female members were reduced to playing small roles and rarely got any of the great punchlines or overall good material. I remember Julia Sweeney on that E Special on SNL told a story that she had written this sketch that she was very proud of and thought was very funny and it got cut because Sandler thought of a new song right before the show. She knew she was going to leave the second she found out her sketch was cut. My point is that SNL was a boys club and I still believe SNL is a boys club.
Bob, since Shannon, Gasteyer, Oteri left the show they have practically fallen off the radar screen. Yes, I know that Molly has had several supporting roles and that Oteri had a sitcom deal and did a few guest spots on Curb Your Enthusiasm and a small role in Scary Movie, but they really did not capitalize on the success they had on SNL. Gasteyer, as you know, will costar in Mean Girls, the script Tina wrote, and has made several guest appearances, including on Frasier. Now these women dominated SNL from about 96-2000, DOMINATED and yet they don't get the major roles. Horatio Sanz, who got much less airtime than those 3 during their time on the show together, got lead or semi-lead roles in Boat Trip and TomCats and I'm sure will have roles lined up. Will Ferrell is probably going to be the next 20 Million Dollar Comedic Lead and you know Jimmy is going to get film roles, you know it. Tracy Morgan is getting his own sitcom and I bet will land a few film roles. After their careers on SNL are over, do you think Maya is going to be a huge star? Dratch? I love her to death, but Amy? They will end up like Oteri, Sweeney, Curtain, Newman, Duke, Hooks, Jackson, Shannon, Hutzel, Walls, Dunn, the list goes on and on. SNL is still a boys club and will always be one. What did Rob Schneider do to separate himself from the females cast members, nothing really, but he gets leads in films. SNL is a forum to create male comedic stars, it always has been and always will be. Murray, Belushi, Chase, Akroyd, Murphy,Carvey, Sandler, Hartman, Farley, Spade, Myers all got that big push while the their female costars couldn't find work. Tina might be working hard to shatter this glass ceiling and her movie got the green-light, but I'm worried this will be the only chance she gets. To come full circle, SNL might not be the same for me anymore, but there is one commonality, it is still a boys club. Just needed to rant and I would LOVE to hear from you, because I know you are going to disagree.
Well there’s no rule that says you have to write short letters. First off- thanks for the kind words. The cast from 91-95 is really not all that great. I place it below the 95-97 and 86-90 casts which were filled with talent from top to bottom. The 91-95 cast well had Janeane Garafalo. The 94-95 cast was bad- I’ve seen the reruns and aside from Norm- they have nothing. I can understand not liking a new cast- change is hard to deal with. Do I feel the same rush that I did in 1996 when SNL would come on? No- but I still look forward to most SNLs when they come on since I look forward to seeing my favourites in action. SNL was a boys club from 91-95- there is no denying that. But then again look at the females they had on the show. They all sucked.
Molly hasn’t fallen off the radar. She gets a lot of movie roles and is always in the news. Ana Gasteyer is concentrating on her stage work. Cheri had a sitcom deal with CBS that did not pan out. Horatio got 2 lead roles and they both flopped tremendously. He won’t get another one. Jimmy needs that movie he’s shooting with Queen Latifah to do really well. Don’t knock Jane Curtin’s post-SNL career. She was on two long running critically acclaimed shows and I’m sure she made a lot of money off both of them. Nora Dunn is in tons of movie roles- so she’s doing fine. What did Rob Schneider do? Befriend Adam Sandler. It’s not SNL’s fault they all got film careers- you could blame Hollywood as a whole for being sexist.
SNL isn’t a boys club today. Tina gets more press then anyone and is all over the place- she’s a woman. Maya Rudolph gets more airtime then almost anyone- woman. And the other two females both get a lot of good airtime. SNL used to be a boys club but Tina has done a ton to erase that stereotype.
Greg Haledjian writes-
Hey, this is Greg Haledjian, old reviewer from last season when
elses reviews were good and I'd just like to say you are doing a really
job this year. For some reason everyone likes making there reviews
boring, I used to do the old format of long reviews and those were the
people liked in my opinion. So, if you decided to stop the long reviews
go to short ones, defiently go back to it. Also, I agree on Horatio
He's been the biggest dissapointment over the last 6 years. I think
was waiting for a Farley type person, but instead we got Rob Schneider,
which yeah, you can probably assume what I mean by that. Alright, gotta
but great reviews, keep them going man. Later- Greg Haledjian
Once again- thank you for the kind words. I make my reviews nice and long because my reviews are really the only place I can vent about stuff. I know some people do find it annoying but I’ve tried writing shorter stuff and it just doesn’t work. I didn’t really have any expectations for Horatio so I wouldn’t call him a disappointment. A waste of time? Yes.
Chad Ruffner writes-
You said In a previous SNL Review that
you hated the entire 1998-1999 Season of SNL. Care to
elaborate as to why? I know some that regard that
Season as one of SNL's best. The Bill/Monica Stuff
practically wrote Itself. Just curious.
Just because it had easy stuff to make fun of doesn’t mean it was any good. John Goodman was on way too much and got less funny each time. They did have some really good shows like Cameron Diaz, Alec Baldwin, Ray Romano and others but look at the garbage they put out. That season was just so depressing to watch. Even the Best Of was really bad.
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A Minute with Stan Hooper
A Minute with Stan Hooper:
How good a show can be when they try to be funny…
Last week I found Stan Hooper to be a great new show. It didn’t have a lot of laugh out loud scenes but it did its job. A show like A Minute with Stan Hooper needs to establish all its characters while at the same time making the show funny enough. It’s a tough task but given the talent involved- they can and have done it.
Aside from Ryan- most of the characters are pretty well established now- and now the show can bring the funny and it brought it in spades tonight.
It’s amazing watching Norm’s transformation here. The first episode he seemed a bit unsure on how to play Stan- now he knows. And instead of being the straight man who watches the action and comments- Norm was funny as well tonight. The comment about women voting was classic Norm. Fear not Norm fans- while our hero from Dirty Work has changed- Norm has shown signs that he’s not completely done away with and it’s for the better.
The stupidity of Waterford Falls is a bit disconcerting at first but Norm is using them to their full comic extent. While the women not being allowed to vote story was a bit absurd- it did provide for a lot of great and humorous lines. While I’d like to see the people of Waterford Falls be given a little more credit- in the end I don’t care- as long as its funny.
The first scene was great. As long as it doesn’t wear thing I’d love for them to do a segment like that every week. It’s an easy way to open up the show with a laugh and it gets the viewer sucked in and laughing.
Now for my complaints on the show:
Max Wright looked awful tonight- I guess someone’s been snorting a bit too much. He was given one scene to showcase his stuff and he failed. Norm and Max didn’t have the chemistry that they had on Norm- and I think that’s because he played such a pussy here tonight. At least Max stood up to Norm on ‘Norm’.
Reagan Dale Neis has got to go. The show has enough stupid small towners- she’s not really needed. Her relationship with Ryan isn’t necessary. Ryan already has two storylines on the show: Her character just holds Ryan back from two potential storylines.
I also would’ve liked to have seen the Ryan lives with Stan relationship explored a bit more but they only have 22 minutes.
I was right about Norm not overusing the butler. He was only on for a couple seconds and was really funny. I hope this trend continues.
The show was just hilarious tonight. The stuff with the Communist was hilarious- in fact I LOVED the whole debate. Norm has a great interaction with the people of Waterford Falls. He plays the straight man to perfection. If tonight is an indication- I’m really looking forward to seeing more of the Stan v. small town storylines.
Kudos to Fred Willard, Daniel Peterson and Garrett Dillahunt. Dillahunt had a lot more material to work with and I’m starting to enjoy him. Willard and Peterson were great as always.
It doesn’t look like Penelope Ann Miller is going to be very funny. I don’t mind it since there are many other people who are there just to be funny. She’s not.
This episode was MUCH better then the first one- which was no slouch itself. I hope the week by week trend of the show getting funnier continues- cause we could be in for a real treat.
Cast- Rachel Dratch, Amy Poehler
Thoughts- A nice way to start the show. I especially enjoyed the See You Next Tuesday joke- that got a really big laugh out of me. Making it two minutes though? You could’ve milked this skit for a little while longer and it could’ve been a lot funnier. Rachel did a really good Barbara Walters impression and I enjoyed Amy’s Martha Stewart. But this skit didn’t have anytime to get going and was ended way too abruptly. **1/2
Cast- John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Finnese Mitchell, Tina Fey, Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Dratch
Thoughts- John McEnroe!!! YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS! I think it’s quite sad that random black guy who looks like Dean Edwards but isn’t gets more screen time then Kenan Thompson- a guy with tons of sketch comedy experience. Finesse Mitchell is such an awful singer. He makes Tina Fey sound like she can almost carry a tune. I don’t know why but I really enjoyed this. Tina looked really hot and she’s quite the good dancer as are the other SNL women. This was a fun monologue that got the crowd into it and was a very nice way to start the show. ***
Cast- Chris Parnell, Poehler, Rudolph, Seth Meyers, Jeff Richards
Thoughts- It took them way too long to get the joke of the skit. Amy’s lactose intolerant line was pretty funny and there were a couple chuckles to be had but for the most part the humour fell flat. And it took them too long to make the Ted Williams joke. *3/4
Man in the Box
Cast- Roddick, Jimmy Fallon
Thoughts- I believe they aired this skit during the Eric McCormack show and I believe it sucked. While I do acknowledge that Jimmy is very talented in that he can do all those different voices at once- that doesn’t really make it funny. And Andy Roddick is just bad- he sucks at playing himself. His girlfriend obviously told him all she knew about acting. This skit had maybe one or two funny lines but Jimmy’s wacky voices just didn’t click. ½*
Tennis Hall of Fame
Cast- McEnroe, Roddick, Darrell Hammond, Thompson, Mitchell, Fred Armisen
Thoughts- Kenan and Finesse looked absolutely hilarious as the Williams sisters and were the sole highlight. Darrell’s impression of the tennis commentator did nothing for me since as SNL didn’t figure out-
NO ONE CARES ABOUT TENNIS
Fred’s impression of Billie Jean King was okay but the tennis match was just too predictable. Also- Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs was not the first Battle of the Sexes. Riggs also faced off against Margaret Smith Court in the match no one remembers. Why does no one remember it? Because Riggs won.
Aside from the Williams sisters this skit had nothing. ¾*
Cast- Roddick, Dratch, Poehler, Parnell
Thoughts- And the parade of crap just keeps on rolling. Nice to see Roddick playing someone other then himself- even though he sucked. I don’t even understand what the point of this was. To show us Rachel can sing? It was hard to understand most of what Rachel was saying but I’m going to assume it was not funny. Mary Poppins came out like 40 years ago so if you’re gonna spoof something- at least try and be recent about it. This was just pointless drek. DUD
Parnell and McEnroe
Cast- McEnroe, Parnell
Thoughts- Hey- a funny skit. I almost forgot SNL did these. McEnroe and Parnell really worked well together and McEnroe’s lines about Roddick sucking were funny because they were really true. I also marked out for McEnroe saying ‘You cannot be serious’. This was a fun skit with good lines and it made me laugh. It was also a nice change of pace from Andy Roddick. ***1/2
Hall and Oates
Cast- Roddick, Forte, Armisen
Thoughts- When Will and Fred team up and are unable to bring the funny then you know this show is in trouble. Nice to see Andy Roddick not playing himself. The premise of the skit just wasn’t very funny to begin with. Forte and Armisen tried to make it work but they couldn’t rise above the material that was written for them. *1/2
Cast- Roddick, Thompson
Thoughts- Kenan tried- I’ll give him that. Andy Roddick once again finds new ways to show how horrible an actor he is. Why did SNL even let him host anyway? No one cares about tennis to begin with. People care even less about men’s tennis. Get LeBron James or something- at least people have heard and care about him. Kenan was really funny here while Andy was dead weight. **1/4
Thoughts- No they still haven’t changed the train sign. This wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. How do I know? I flipped over to Canucks v. Wild- but flipped back rather then stay and watch for a few minutes. Good to see the guy from Phish earning a second paycheque. Was he the accused child molester? This was decent unspectacular stuff. **
Cast- Fey, Fallon, Forte, Sanz
Thoughts- I said everything I wanted to say last week about the fat tub of goo. But it’s Lorne’s show. And if he enjoys unprofessionalism and ruined Updates then more power to him. Horatio wasn’t as bad as he was last week. But his appearances still was awful and was an insult to the viewers and aspiring cast members of Saturday Night Live.
The jokes were a step below last weeks jokes- Even though I enjoyed the jabs at Dennis Kuchnich and George Bush. I guess Jimmy learned the hard way that nobody watches David Letterman. It was also great to see Will Forte back at the Update desk as Tim Calhoun was once again hilarious and it was good to see Tim back. With the upcoming presidential election I hope they use him again.
Update was really good but my hatred of Horatio’s antics are making it hard for me to give them high ratings. Please leave him off Update next week. PLEASE. ***3/4
Cast- Roddick, Forte, Rudolph, Meyers
Thoughts- I don’t think Andre Agassi had hair when he married Brooke Shields. I know he shaved his head in 94-95 which is around the same time he married Brooke. The Andres was cute with Will Forte’s being the funniest. Scott Joplin may be one of the most annoying recurring characters that Maya has created- and that says a lot. This had a cute premise but not a very funny execution. *1/4
Merv the Perv
Cast- Roddick, Poehler, Dratch, Parnell, Rudolph
Thoughts- Maybe it’s because everything else has been pretty bad tonight or Chris Parnell was so out of the top- but this actually had me laughing. Merv the Perv’s intro he got was also very funny. The dirty jokes and double entendres that Merv spat out were quite funny on occasion. The cheesiness and Andy Roddick did drag this down a bit. It was post 12:30 and we’ve had nothing but crap so I’ll be generous. **1/2
Thoughts- This wasn’t too bad. I like Dave Matthews better with the Phish guy then I do when he is with his usual band. **1/4
Cast- McEnroe, Roddick, Richards, Meyers
Thoughts- John McEnroe was in 4 skits tonight. Kenan Thompson has been in two skits in the last two episodes. There’s something wrong with that. I like McEnroe and all but what’s the point of having him on the show to begin with? Why not spend time crafting skits around actual cast members and featured players who need the exposure rather then a retired tennis player who no one cares about. It just bothers me seeing funny people wasted on a comedy show. And Kenan is funny. This skit was just bad. Not even Seth Meyers could make this funny. And that’s really bad. I really don’t see why they still bother giving Jeff characters when he’s obviously not talented at doing them. Plus Darrell seems to be having a bad start to his impressions- so let Jeff have some fun out there and see what happens. Anything is better then this garbage. DUD
Cast- Roddick, Forte, Rudolph
Thoughts- Is it just me or does everytime SNL spoofs a news broadcast (aside from WU) it ends up not being very funny? At first I was laughing but then the loud music just became annoying. It would’ve been funnier had other stuff gone wrong with the news broadcast rather then just the music not cutting off. Just my 2 Canadian Cents. *
Bottom Line- Avg. skit was *.78 making this show not even close to thumbs in the middle territory. Andy Roddick was just awful here and dragged down skits with his horrible acting. I really wish SNL would stop booking athletes- they just aren’t very funny and the novelty wears thin very quickly. Thank God Alec Baldwin is coming back next week. He could give the show the shot in the arm that it needs. But when the hardest part of writing a review is finding different ways to say ‘that sucked’- then you know you’ve got an awful show.