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Saturday Night Live “John Goodman/Kings of Leon” Live Blog/Review (39×09)

14 Dec

John-GoodmanHere we go.

OBAMA COLD OPEN: So our weekly political cold open is poking fun at the sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial service. Thompson is very entertaining here, and Kate McKinnon does a nice job, once again, as Angela Merkel; I love the “serious” and “fun” pictures they take. It’s a solid and silly cold open. GRADE: B

MONOLOGUE: “All I Want For Christmas Is Booty”. That’s great, guys, but this monologue isn’t all that entertaining. There isn’t much to the song, which I guess is the point, but come on; I expect a little more effort. Hey, it’s great seeing Goodman back, though. GRADE: C+

GUY FIERI’S FULL THROTTLE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: Even the audience doesn’t seem that into it. Kate McKinnon as Big Ang is absolutely brilliant, but the rest of the sketch is a dud. The impressions aren’t particularly great, and the production of the sketch is awkward and choppy. GRADE: C-

DEARBORN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE HOLIDAY PAGEANT: Now, this is great. It’s a simple, creative sketch that combines some great movements and facial acting from the cast members with some increasingly absurd voice over. “On the way here, I hit a man with my car. I didn’t stop because I thought this was more important!” I love this. GRADE: A-

THREE WISE GUYS: Jeez, how awesome is it seeing Goodman, Stallone, and De Niro in the same sketch? They’re all fantastic, even given how awkward the sketch is; it’s way too choppy for the awkwardness to be endearing. Still, they do a great job, especially with a good amount of one-liners about camels and Jesus and whatever they want. GRADE: B

WEEKEND UPDATE: Well, it’s Seth’s penultimate episode here, and we’re finally seeing some transition to Cecily; I like her interactions with Black Santa Claus, and Meyers does some good work with Drunk Uncle, as always-““We got ‘Black Friday’ now? Wasn’t ‘February’ enough?” In addition, the jokes are pretty solid. GRADE: B+

Second “Inside Llewyn Davis” promo tonight. God, those are beautiful.

GENEVIEVE CIVIL SUIT: Okay, John Goodman’s outfit already makes this sketch. In addition, Killam’s toned-down character suits the sketch well, and Beck Bennett does some awesome dancing at the end of the sketch. The Goodman-Thompson dynamic in particular is brilliant. GRADE: B

FIRE SAFETY: I liked this well enough back in Norton’s episode, and this one is a step down, most likely due to the lack in novelty. Still, it takes a while to get going and doesn’t gel as great as it did a few weeks back. Pedrad’s energy is always great, though, and it’s fun watching the kids exasperate Goodman. GRADE: B-

HALLMARK CHANNEL COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Eh. Thankfully this is short, because the concept is just “Let’s roll out a bunch of funny titles and see which one sticks”. At best, some are mildly amusing, but this is a mediocre segment all around. GRADE: C-

KINGS OF LEON: I like the guys, but are they half asleep or something? Anyway, these are perfectly pleasant songs to listen to; they’re not great or anything, but they’re an enjoyable group of guys. GRADE: B

THE CHRISTMAS WHISTLE: Basically, this boils down to a bunch of people yelling at each other, and I’m not sure where the overarching humor is. For some reason, though, there’s something endearing about all the yelling; I can’t quite place it, but the sketch is good for a few laughs. GRADE: B-

H&M SHOPPER: Well, this is a catchy song. It’s not hilarious or anything, but it’s a good use of a few minutes; it’s really entertaining, and Pharoah does good work here. It’s a very well-done jab at H&M, and in addition, Wale drops by. GRADE: B+

DONNELLY’S: These are always great, and Goodman’s fantastic in this role. McKinnon, as always, is on fire, and to be honest with you, this is a scenario you could probably see happening in real life. Anyway, there are some awesome lines (“We could 66. That’s you and me upside down in bed watching TV”), and it’s really entertaining seeing the two and whipped cream and whatever the hell. GRADE: A-

GRADE: B

Next week, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, and Seth Meyers’ last night on the show. I’ll be on the west coast then, so my live blog will follow accordingly, which is on a three-hour delay. So, expect it to start at 2:30 Eastern/1:30 Central, although I don’t know why you would still be up by then.

Credit to NBC and Saturday Night Live for all pictures. I own nothing.

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One Response to “Saturday Night Live “John Goodman/Kings of Leon” Live Blog/Review (39×09)”

  1. omarid513 December 14, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

    Really enjoyed John Goodman hosting in the past and glad he’s finally getting another hosting job. Hopefully the writing is up to performance.

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