Category Archives: SNL

SNL Preview!

Helen Mirren, unquestionably the sexiest sextagenarian in existence hosts SNL for the first time tonight, with musical guest The Foo Fighters.

It’s the sixth time musical guesting for Dave Grohl and co. They first played the studio 8H stage in 1995 for host Anthony Edwards and most recently in 2007 for host Bon Jovi.

Here are the promos.

Tina Fey hosts SNL’s 700th episode on May 7th.


SNL Preview! Sir Elton John x2

As we all know Elton John firmly believes that Saturday Nights are for fighting, but it also seems they’re for hosting and musical guesting on SNL. Click over to NBC for those damn unembeddable


This is the sextegenarian’s first time hosting but not his first time performing, he performed in 1982 with host Johnny Cash. Lately SNL’s (when not in the hands of a capable host) been strongest when using songs to convey it’s comedy ideas so having John on tap will probable prove at least minimally entertaining.

The next host is also a sextegentarian Brit. Helen Mirren hosts next week with musical guest Foo Fighters.


SNL Preview! That’s pretty cool.

Tonight studio 8H welcomes Miley Cyrus to grace it’s stage for the first time with musical guest The Strokes.

SNL’s Vanessa Bayer (above on the right) does a killer Miley impression in the very funny Miley Cyrus Show skits it’ll be nice to see them work the stage together at some point. Check out the episode of The Miley Cyrus Show where she discusses the video of her salvia use.

And the promos!

And more Miley Show!

What’s On: Backstage Sunday

Here’s our recommendations for tonight, nerds, it’s Sunday February 20, 2011.

The Hots:

Season Premiere Alert!

The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business “Premiere” 8:00 on CBS

The Amazing Race is taking the TC: All Stars route by bringing back fan faves who’ve never won the Amazing Race – returning teams include, the Harlem Globetrotters, the Yale A Capella geeks, the Goth and my pick for the winners; the cowboys Jet and Cord. Also! This is the first cycle of the Amazing Race to be shot and broadcast in HD.

The Simpsons “Angry Dad: The Movie” 8:00 on FOX

A semi-sequel to season 13’s “I Am Furious Yellow” in which created an internet cartoon called Angry Dad, tonight Angry Dad becomes a movie and not just any movie, an Oscar movie as Russell Brand, Halle Berry, animator Nick Park and Ricky Gervais guest voice as themselves. Also Curb’s JB Smoove guest stars too.

Desperate Housewives “Farewell Letter” 9:00 on ABC

Lynette kicks the twins out of the house in order to force them into being adults. Also Susan uses her disease to her advantage, Gaby visits her home town to confront her past and Keith (Brian Austin Green) asks Bree to move to Florida with him. Uh-Oh looks like this is BAG’s exit.

SNL: Backstage Special 9:00 on NBC

NBC’s press release says: This special takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour throughout the show’s long history, including how the show got on the air in 1975 and why it became a hit, to the inner workings of the guest host experience. The show is both a sentimental journey through the years and an insider’s view of how and why it continues to be the trendsetting show that it is. The special will also include never before seen interviews with many of the show’s brightest stars, writers, and guest hosts, as well as some of the most memorable characters and sketches.

Season Finale Alert!

Episodes “Episode 7” 9:30 on SHOWTIME

This series got a lot better as it went along, it’s likely not going to get a second season as it’s ratings are less than stellar. I particularly enjoy Kathleen Rose Perkins as Carol Rance, the network exec, zany, sarcastic and just plain funny, and my problem with this series is that I find Beverly (Tamsin Grieg) to be completely unlikable.

The Rest:

American Dad 7:30 on FOX – The League’s Nick Kroll guest stars as Roger’s replacement.

Extreme Home Makeover 8:00 on ABC – Boo hoo.

NBA All-Star Game 8:30 on TNT – Fancy shmancy millionaires throw a ball in a hole.

Bob’s Burgers 8:30 on FOX – Linda puts on Burger Dinner theatre.

Big Love 9:00 on HBO – I thought Don (Joel McKinnon Miller) was a surly a goner last week when Alby tried to have him killed. But he lived, and the reaper sheathes his scythe for now.

Californication 9:00 on SHOWTIME – I’m mixed on this season so far, but it’s definitely better than the last two and no where near the greatness of the first.

Family Guy 9:00 on FOX – German Guy – Watch it and you’ll get it.

Undercover Boss 9:00 on CBS – Mack Trucks.

Cleveland Show 9:30 on FOX – It is revealed tonight why Terry is such a hit with the ladies – it’s because he’s nailing Justin Timberlake.

CSI:Miami 10:00 on CBS – No.

Shameless 10:00 on SHOWTIME – Yes!

Brothers & Sisters 10:00 on ABC – NEVER AGAIN!


SNL Preview!!! Well isn’t that special…

SNL legend Dana Carvey hosts with musical guest Linkin Park.

Dana Carvey, a SNL star from 1986 to 1993 is certifiably one of the funniest men alive. Present and partly responsible for one of Saturday Night Live’s strongest eras. Since leaving he’s hosted three times most recently in 200o. It’s cool to see them going for a host that isn’t pimping some new movie. Carvey’s got a bevy of recognizable characters and it’ll be interesting to see which one’s he pulls out.

Linkin Park, who are effectively hasbeens, are the musical guest. Does NBC think Dana Carvey fans are also Linkin Park fans? Or are they more likely throwing a dog a bone. I intend on fast-forwarding through their performances, they couldn’t possibly hold a candle to Nikki Minaj who killed it last week.

I hope they take every advantage of having a veteran and a skilled comedian like Carvey around and give a really great show tonight. And I’d like me some Church Lady.

Check out the promo…

Last week’s episode was mostly hit and a little miss. Jesse Eisenberg was a versatile host and seemed game for anything. The night started out fun with a zippy and wordy opening monologue that culminated in Eisenberg meeting Mark Zuckerberg for the first time. It was pretty cool…

The skits went on from there and some were kinda forgettable, like the Don’t forget the lyrics sketch, that had Eisenberg messing up easy songs with his really wrong things like; It’s not unusual to get a boner at the movies. The best part was Jason Sudeikis’ Mark McGrath impression.

A sketch called Mr. Wizard, a parody of science show from the 80’s that had kids rubbing each other learning about static electricity. Nasim Pedrad touched Jesse Eisenberg’s junk. Pedrad is amazing as children.

But by and large the funniest skit of the night was Bride of Blackenstein. Which had Jay Pharoah as the Dr., Kenan Thompson as the Monster and Nikki Minaj as the Bride. You just have to watch for yourself… word can hardly do it justice…

Amazing right? Damn Minaj is funny, she even wore her Bride of Blackenstein wig during her subsequent musical number as a sort of victory lap.


Jesse Eisenberg and Nikki Minaj make their debuts on 8H

Freshly minted Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg is hosting SNL for the first time. He worked with castmembers Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig in 2009’s Adventureland, so it’ll be nice to have a little reunion. I’m occasionally a fan of Eisenberg’s, loved him in Zombieland and The Social Network, hated him in Cursed and Adventureland. I hope he’s versatile enough to make a good host – I’m cautiously optimistic!

Platinum selling recording artist Nikki Minaj who’s 2010 album Pink Friday was released at the end of 2010 to great reviews and massive sales also makes her debut tonight. I’m a big Minaj fan, I love the clarity in her voice’s tone. I hope she pops up in a sketch or two.

I’m hoping to see Eisenberg go a little wacky, maybe play a lady. Check out tonight’s promos.

and check out Minaj in action.

The last Gwyne-fied epsiode was a mixed bag with some hearty chuckles:

Like her addition to Garth and Kit.

The previews from Victorian England theatre were absurdly wacky.

And she completely overshadowed Kristen Wiig doing a sort of Kitty Carlisle impression as a socialite/columnist on the 60’s gameshow parody Secret Word. Absolutely hilarious. Game Butler.

But the night also had moments that fell completely flat. Like the skit-intro for Cee Lo in which Gwyneth and co. played record execs replacing the word Fuck with Forget, like the watered down version of Green’s song. It was incredibly weak. See for yourself.

The highlight of the night for me was a skit in which a kid at a bar-mitzvah, Jacob (featured player Vanessa Bayer) who’s uncle is a music big shot and a parade of celebs are going to sing their hits with a “Bar-Mitzvah twist”. Paltrow played Taylor Swift, Jay Pharoah showed his uncanny Jay-Z impression with Nasim Pedrad as Alicia Keys, Abby Elliot as Katy Perry and Cee-Lo as himself. It was a decent sketch, but the standout was Bayer as the 13 year old Jacob. She was incredible, I could gush for hours or post the clip. So here’s the clip

What’d you think? Is Bayer a star  or what?


Gwyneth and Cee Lo!

Tonight brings Gwyneth Paltrow back to studio 8H for her third hosting gig, but her first time in 10 years. I think little Miss Paltrow owes a huge debt of gratitude to Ryan Murphy for putting her in Glee and therefore back on the cultural radar, she returns to the Holly Holiday role for two more likely may sweeps episodes.

Cee Lo Green, who’s recent album Ladykiller was my favorite album of 2010, musical guests for the first time solo; part of Gnarls Barkley he performed on the SNL stage in 2008 with Ashton Kutcher as host. (In that episode, the last sketch of the night featured Casey Wilson as Dusty the Paraplegic stripper in one of the funniest sketches I’ve ever seen.)

Expect Gwyneth and Green to perform the watered down version of Fuck You together and my bet is that Gwyneth sings more than once.

Check out the SNL promos.

and Gwyneth on Glee.

and Cee Lo’s new single, which will probably be song #2, It’s Ok.

Do you think Gwyneth will do a good job or will she join the ranks of talented recent hosts who couldn’t make it work?

On another note how great was Jim Carrey last week? He gave it 110% – the Black Swan sketch alone was worth the price of admission.

This oddball sketch from the end of the night was also damn funny.