Originally Posted by DSperber
I thought last night's show was one of the very best in many seasons. Every sketch was a winner.
Ryan Reynolds turns out to be a terrific comedian.
I love Fred Armisen's "porcelain fountains" sales parody, and Scarlett's reprise of her previous role in that skit was just as hilarious this time as it was last time. Ryan's crazy son-in-law who does the installations was a riot.
Seth Myers may be the best Weekend Update writer/deliverer they've had. That stuff is just flat-out laugh-out-loud funny.
The "Celebrity Family Feud" hit on the John and Mackenzie Phillips story was terrific. I think rubber-faced Bill Heder may be the best impressionist they've ever had (I love his Keith Morrison and Al Pacino and the Italian TV interviewer and the list goes on and on). Jason Sudekis as Richard Dawson was also excellent. Abby Elliott (as Marie Osmond) was surprisingly disappointing.
"So you committed a crime... and you think you can dance" was inspired. The crazy inmates each demonstrating their own unique psychotic behaviors were hysterical, especially Will Forte who kept running after his partner because he wanted to touch her, and Fred Armisen who kept dancing toward the exit door to try and escape. Ryan Reynolds as the Australian dancing coach in filmed rehearsal segments was hilarious.
It goes on and on... I thought each sketch was a winner. This was a superb night.
And remarkably, I actually watched both of the musical numbers... something I NEVER do. Usually it's an instant FF, to get to Weekend Update.
In fact, I think the SECOND musical solo number by Lady GaGa might be the most shockingly and surprisingly great musical performance I've seen on the show! She was FANTASTIC... out of character, playing the piano like a real pro, singing with a real voice (that was excellent), looking into the camera and relating to the audience... I mean this was just superb! Absolutely a total surprise. Completely unexpected. Obviously the Lady GaGa character is an act.
And then we had the surprise cameo of Madonna... singing a comedy duet with Lady GaGa (both dressed skimpily and both looking terrific... with GaGa's g-string totally visible under her rather sheer stretch-shorts) followed by a cat fight on the couch.
Even the SNL Digital Short with Andy Samberg singing rap while they cut to various characters acting out the words he was singing in scenes was very amusing.
Darrell Hammond continues to appear (this time as an excellent Ahnold), despite the fact that I thought he'd retired. Again, very funny stuff.
All in all, EVERYTHING WAS A HIT! Not one loser, and not one FF. I wanted to see and hear everything, and I even rewound on some of the super-funny stuff just to hear it again.
Funniest bit of the night for me was the Weekend Update interview with smiling-faced silent Mahmoud Ahmadiniejad (Fred Armisen) who speaks no English and his very hip and wise-acre street-smart English-speaking Iranian wife (Nasim Pedrad) who mocks her husband. She was fantastic, describing how she can say anything to him in English because he understand nothing. Seth couldn't believe she could get away with it. This is the first actual bit they've starred her in and she REALLY SHINED. When she called out the NY cab driver who cut off their limousine, screaming at him that "your a** has a hole in it!" I lost it.
So, if you missed it, make a mental note to catch it when they repeat it in just a few weeks (if their past seasons' first two months show schedules hold true). This one was a keeper.