SNL Recap: The Jimmy Fallon and Michael Buble Episode of Saturday Night Live

Hosting Saturday Night Live last night was former cast member Jimmy Fallon and Michael Buble.  If you have no idea who Buble is ask your mother or your aunt, and they will tell you everything you need to know about him. “He’s like a young Sinatra, and he’s so handsome.”

Okay enough of that, this was the last SNL of 2011, and I was really looking forward to it.  I wasn’t the biggest Jimmy Fallon fan while he was on SNL, but he has had a lot success as the host of his late night show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.  I had high hopes coming in this week thinking I writers and the performers would work extra hard for the last show of the year.

As always, Spoiler Alert!

Cold Opening: Boston Couple

For whatever reason I love Boston accents, I like any movie where the characters have Boston accents. (Good Will Hunting, The Town, The Departed, and The Fighter).  I used to like the Boston Couple a lot, but this skit didn’t really work. Most of the jokes weren’t funny and they kinda forced Amy Poehler in it.  I wish the baby names were funnier, like if they named them after famous Bostonians.  I did enjoy NOMAR!!!  

Grade: C

Opening Monologue

Jimmy playing his guitar was a fun way to start the show; songs can hit-or-miss in the monologue, but this one was fun and captured the Holiday spirit. I really liked when he mentions how he ruined “More Cowbell”, “Debbie Downer”, and “Barry Gibb Talk Show” because of his laughing.  Also we found out that Andy and Vanessa Bayer are Jewish. And like a lot of Christians, Jimmy just ignores their Holiday.

Grade B+

NBC News: Today

I think Nasim Pedrad is like the ninth person to play Hota Kotb, but anyways she has a new boyfriend even though Kathy Lee does not believe so.  I didn’t have high expectations for this sketch, but Wiig had some pretty good come backs that saved the bit. Fallon played Regis Philbin that didn’t really do much for the sketch.

Grade: B

Michael Buble Christmas Duets

A little different from last week’s Dog singing sketch, but I liked this one more.  Basically Buble would sing a duet with some of today’s most popular artist.  I thought Sting, Taylor Swift, and Russell Brand were all solid.  Buble’s reaction to when M.I.A shot her gun was funny.  I nearly lost it when Fred Armisen was Thom Yorke and nearly had a seizure.  Also, Jay Pharoah as Kanye West was amazing.

Grade: A-

Jimmy Fallon Mirror Sketch

It did not start off great Andy’s impression of Fallon was kinda poor.  As the sketch went on you can tell that Fallon knew it was bad too, so he was doing an impression of Andy Samberg doing an impression of Jimmy Fallon. You get what I am saying? I enjoyed when they were thinking of ideas for the show and Fallon wanted to do his Jerry Seinfeld impression, but Andy couldn’t do it so they decided to dump it.  The spit take was hilarious, and the best part was when Andy wished Jimmy a “Merry Christmas” and Jimmy responded with “Happy Hanukkah.”

Grade: B+

Don’t Make Sing/Dance

Not a huge fan of this character, you know the punch line already and it is repeated over and over it becomes repetitive.  Jimmy’s character who always wants to dance was nice little twist, but not enough to save the bit.

Grade: D

Half Jewish, Half Italian, Completely Neurotic

I really like Fred Armisen, but I did not care for this character. Like a lot of Armisen’s characters he is awkward and weird, but this character didn’t really work.  Two bright spots in this poor sketch were when he spent half the show trying to get a video to work and when he got up into Bill Hader face, asking him if he was a bad boy.

Grade: C-

Seasons Greeting

Horatio Sanz, Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan were all back to perform their famous Seasons Greeting song and dance. I liked it when Kattan randomly poked his head out in the middle of the shot, but that’s really all.  It didn’t have the same magical as the original.  Also, how much weight has Tracy Morgan gained? He was almost as fat as Horatio Sanz, which is a sentence that I thought I would never say back in 2000.  He also looked like he did not want to be up there at all.

Grade: C

Weekend Update

Another great Weekend Update, not as many great headline jokes, but guest appearances made up for it. A new segment called “Inside the Cage” where Nicolas Cage talks the fine craft of acting. Andy Samberg’s impression of Nicolas Cage is always hilarious, because that’s how I imagine Nick Cage acts on a daily bases.  The high point of the episode was when Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Jimmy Fallon joined Seth Meyers for a “Joke Off”.

Grade: A-

Beethoven’s Band

Last night’s weird late sketch was Beethoven introduces his band to the audience.  Beethoven introduces each member kinda like a Roaster Master would and it was surprisingly funny.  Some of my favorites were the guy with the slight fever, Triangle Sally, and Horatio Sanz’s character who played a Mozart number and Beethoven called him out on it.

Grade: B

War Horse

I didn’t like this bit mostly because I don’t want to see the movie. I have never been one of those people who have a weird attachment to horses. Probably because a horse has a much better chance trampling and killing me then being my best bud. Two parts I liked were when the horse (Fallon) started talking and at the end when they were chanting U.S.A, U.S.A, U.S.A.

Grade: C

Tebow and Jesus

TEEEEEEBOOOWWWWWW!!!!!!! Jerod didn’t care for this skit, but I liked it.  Taran Killam’s Tebow was awesome, and I think Taran is a rising star on SNL.  Tebow was up in Jesus face telling him how much he praised him and Jesus told him to take it down a notch.  Jason Sudeikis played a cool, calm, relaxed Jesus, which is how I like my Jesus to be. Or I like to picture Jesus in a tuxedo t-shirt cause it says, ‘I want to be formal, but I am here to party too’ cause I like to party and I want my Jesus to party too.  Some people might have been offended by how they made fun of Tebow’s religion, but it didn’t offend me.  I like it when shows poke fun of religion as long as it’s tasteful and they don’t just pick on one group.

Grade: B+

Random Thoughts

  •  I was not very excited to see that Charles Barkley is hosting next episode.
  • “The Holy Bible is my playbook”
  •  The number 1 element that Nick Cage looks for in a movie is it exist.
  • “Jesus I am sooooo much better than you” Kanye West . . . Okay Jay Pharoah said that, but I won’t be surprised if Kanye were said that.

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