SNL Recap: Charles Barkley and Kelly Clarkson Episode of Saturday Night Live

For whatever reason Charles Barkley was hosting SNL last night. My guess is Weight Watchers coughed up some cash to get him on there, so he could promote their product. Barkley was also on with Jon Stewart earlier in the week promoting the product, and he was all over NBC’s coverage of the NFL playoffs.

Kelly Clarkson was the musical guest, so I also had to try to muster my way through that.

This is the first SNL of 2012, and I think they dropped the ball with Barkley as the host. He was fine the first two times he was on it, but he isn’t a very exciting guest or a good actor.

Remember, Spoiler Alert!


Cold Opening

Andy Samberg looks just like Rick Santorum, but his impression of him is kind of weak.  Mostly because Rick has a plain voice and its seems easier and funnier to do a impression of someone that has a unconventional voice, like Bush or Obama.

Anyways, this bit was about Rick was planning on to go to every single county in America to raise votes so he can become president. Rick even is going to his worst nightmare . . . San Francisco.

Average cold opening, but I think will be seeing more Santorum on SNL and in the presidential race.

Grade: C+

Opening Monologue

Some of the basketball jokes were a hit or missed, but I liked the jab at Michael Jordan. I knew he was going to bring up the Weight Watcher thing, but the joke how it took him 25 years until he considered losing weight was pretty funny.  And the turkey leg bit was funny too.

Grade: B-


This new alternate for quitting smoking has some severe side-effects. For example, killing your husband and jazz hands! The voice over lady was creepy and sounded a little like the kid from “The Shinning“. “Red Rum . . .  Red Rum!!!

Another weak commercial, it has seemed like SNL has hit a dry spell on their past few commercials.

Grade: C


You knew a NBA on TNT skit was going to happen and it didn’t disappoint.  Bill Hader was Ernie Johnson, Jay Pharoah was Kenny Smith, Keenan Thompson was Charles Barkley, and Barkley was Shaq.  The whole skit was basically about the guys on NBA on TNT just joke around and tell stories.

I really like Thompson’s Barkley impression, and his go-kart joke was the funniest part of the bit.

Watch here.

Grade: B+

White People Problems

I was really excited when I heard the title of this bit. I always like the “White People Problem” meme, it’s always funny.  But I thought this skit could have been a little better.

Barkley struggles at acting when it isn’t about basketball or sports. Someone like Samuel L. Jackson I think could have really nailed this bit.  The airport segment was good, and I liked how the employees would go on their break when ever a “problem” happened.

Grade: B-

ESPN Bowl Madness

This skit was poking fun at the excessive amount of sponsors and bowl games in college football. Pretty funny skit, my favorite bowl was the Fidelity Four Loko Life Begins at Conception Bowl.

Watch here.

Grade: B+


Charles Barkley in drag is much funnier then you might think, but that couldn’t save this skit.  In this bit Joanne (Barkley) finally came out of the closet.  Her friends were supportive, but she still didn’t tell her boyfriend (Paul Brittan).

Having Brittan, the smallest and scrawniest cast member, as her boyfriend was predictable, but still sort of funny.

Grade: C

Charles Barkley Post game App

Best skit so far, SNL is really pounding out these sports skits; at least they’re working.  Sir Charles has a new app that helps explain confusing post game press conferences. For example, during a Mike Shanahan press conference Charles interpreted Shanahan’s mumbling as “When I had John Elway, my face never got this red.”

My favorite was about D-Wade and the rest of the Miami Heat, “Should shut my damn mouth, we haven’t actually won anything yet.” Also, comparing Jordan to God was pretty funny.

Watch here.

Grade: A-

Weekend Update

Probably the weakest “Update” of the season.  Any “Weekend Update” with Nicholas Fehn is always up for contention for such a dubious honor, unfortunately Fehn was on and it bombed as usual.

We get it, Nicholas Fehn is suppose to be that friend that everyone has that brings up issues in the news, but has no idea what he is talking about. Its not funny, it never was funny.

Other appearances like Michele Bachmann and Drunk Uncle were solid.  Best headline joke goes to the Girl Scout/Porn name joke.

Grade: C+ (Yeah it’s low, but any Weekend Update with Fehn doesn’t deserve anything higher than a C+)

Lord Wyndemere

Brittain’s second best character (number 1 is of course Sex Ed Vincent).  The loveable Lord Wyndemere is back, and is spending some quality time with his girlfriend’s father (Jason Sudeikis) and his buddies. Similar to the first sketch, like Lord Wyndemere is still demanding sweets and Steven still won’t get him any.

Jason Sudeikis is also great as the dad, whether it’s yelling at Steven, or trying to pinch Wyndemere’s bottom.

Grade: B+

Porn Awards Memoriam 

The good folks at the Adult Video Awards were nice enough to pay respect to some of the fictional porn stars that have past away. I didn’t care for this skit, they bombed on most of the porn names, but Dong Corleone, and Mac Stevens as the clean up guy were both good.

Grade: D+

Convoluted Jerry

Not a strong start for Digital Shorts for 2012. Convoluted Jerry seemed way more random then the usual Digital Short.  I think this Short could have been better if Andy picked an popular artist to parody. Jerry explaining Inception was okay.

Grade: D+

Mayan Calendar

This sketch seemed to fall a little flat, which is disappointing because I think it had potential.  Once again Barkley did a poor job acting that handicapped the skit, but it didn’t really matter because the writing wasn’t that good anyways.

Grade: C-

Random Thoughts

  • “STEVENNN!!!”
  • “Hey someone pinch that bottom”
  • We haven’t seen too much of Jason Sudeikis this season, which is too bad because he is probably the best all-round cast member.
  • Tim Tebow. Sorry, but I am desperate for page views.


  1. This was the worst SNL of this generation. Did the writers go on strike? Even Update was terrible. Hope they bounce back.

    • Brandon Onda says:

      I would agree that this was a weak episode, but I blame Barkley for the bad show, his poor acting hurt the show.

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