Friday, January 16, 2009

SNL 1/11/2009 - Neil Patrick Harris & Taylor Swift

Update: Added the Doogie Howser Theme and Burger King commercial and Fred visits the Audio Room. Originally posted on 1/11/09.


Neil Patrick Harris, best known as Doogie Howser, was also the genius friend in Starship Troopers. Currently he's known for "How I Met Your Mother" and the "Harold & Kumar" films.

Andy Samberg does his Mark Wahlberg impression again in the monologue, and he appears as a member of Blue Man Group in "Save Broadway." Take that, Mark Wahlberg!

SNL Promo

Check out Neil and Will Forte in this promo vid:

My favorite was the second one, about the rash.

Will just isn't as funny as the other SNL players. I think he's the next to go.

Cold Opening The Rachel Maddow Show

Rachel Maddow welcomes Roland Burris and Gov. Blago.

Abby Elliott ... Rachel Maddow
Jason Sudeikis ... Rod Blagojevich
Kenan Thompson ... Roland Burris

Abby gets her first chance to lead a skit. How did she do? I didn't think she was funny. She mostly just set up Kenan's not-so-funny jokes. Jason's jokes are much better. Jason saved this one.

Abby is pretty excited to say for her first time, "Live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"


Neil Patrick Harris opens the show.

Neil Patrick Harris
Fred Armisen ... An other guy (audience member)
Bill Hader ... An other guy (audience member)
Bobby Moynihan ... Turtle (audience member)
Andy Samberg ... Mark Wahlberg

Neil masterfully reminds everyone that he was Doogie Howser, and really makes it memorable that he's on "How I Met Your Mother." Nice job!

Hahahaha!!! Andy Samberg pulls out his Mark Wahlberg! Neil shows great comedic timing.


Kathy Lee and Hoda Kotb work the fourth hour.

Neil Patrick Harris ... Ian Price
Michaela Watkins ... Hoda Kotb
Kristen Wiig ... Kathie Lee Gifford

Kristen is so annoying that this is mildly enjoyable. Michaela gets to punch Kristen!

Save Broadway

The show must go on...

Neil Patrick Harris. Mark from Rent
Taylor Swift ... Annie
Fred Armisen ... Blue Man
Abby Elliott ... Peppeteer
Will Forte ... Blue Man
Bill Hader ... Music Man
Darrell Hammond ... Dude from Stomp
Bobby Moynihan ... Magical Mr. Mistophiles (from Cats)
Andy Samberg ... Blue Man
Jason Sudeikis ... Phantom
Kenan Thompson ... Miss Siagon writer
Michaela Watkins ... Wicked Witch (from Wicked)
Kristen Wiig ... Chicago performer
Casey Wilson ... Chicago performer

This is my favorite skit of the show. Bobby Moynihan is hilarious, as well as Bill Hader, and the Blue Man Group (Andy, Fred, and Will).

Penelope: Group Therapy

Penelope's two best friends are Liza Minelli and a tomato.

Neil Patrick Harris ... Dr. Hammill
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
Will Forte ... Bob
Bill Hader ... Video instructor
Kenan Thompson ... Lou
Kristen Wiig ... Penelope
Casey Wilson ... Sam

The video gag is hilarious. Good ending too.

SNL Digital Short: The Doogie Howser Theme

Neil Patrick Harris and the SNL Orchestra present...

Neil Patrick Harris. Himself
Fred Armisen ... Keyboard player
Abby Elliott ... Violinist
Will Forte ... Drummer
Bill Hader ... Saxophonist
Darrell Hammond ... Trumpeter
Bobby Moynihan ... Tuba player
Andy Samberg ... Drum pad player
Jason Sudeikis ... Bassist
Kenan Thompson ... Harpist
Michaela Watkins ... Violinist
Kristen Wiig ... Guitarist
Casey Wilson ... Violinist

With all the Doogie skit possibilities, not sure why they did one on the theme song. Still funny though. Andy on the um, what is that?

Musical Performance "Love Story"

Taylor Swift

Weekend Update

Seth Meyers ... Host
Kenan Thompson ... Charles Barkley
Will Forte ... Performs a song about the BCS

Update: Charles Barkley

Sir Charles Barkley discusses his latest traffic violation with Seth.

Kenan still isn't funny. Agree or disagree?

Update: BCS Song

Will Forte debuts his BCS song on Weekend Update.

Not the best, but still funny, and his songs gotta be what's keeping him on SNL.

Two First Names

Neil Patrick Harris.. Himself
Fred Armisen ... David Lee Roth
Abby Elliott ... Jamie Lynn Spears
Will Forte ... Joe Pantoliano
Bill Hader ... Daniel Day-Lewis
Darrell Hammond ... Tommy Lee Jones
Andy Samberg ... Billy Bob Thornton
Jason Sudeikis ... Philip Seymour Hoffman
Kenan Thompson ... Michael Clarke Duncan
Michaela Watkins ... Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Kristen Wiig ... Jamie Lee Curtis

I wish they posted this one online. So many caricatures in one skit!!!

Fran & Freba

These two ladies have everything under control.

Neil Patrick Harris ... Fran
Will Forte ... Gil
Kristen Wiig ... Freba

Neil plays a woman. This is a great idea. Not the funniest, but a great idea.

Frost/Other People

Journalist David Frost asks the tough questions...

Neil Patrick Harris ... David Frost
Fred Armisen ... Paul Lynde
Bill Hader ... David Bowie
Darrell Hammond ... Richard Nixon
Bobby Moynihan ... David Crosby
Jason Sudeikis ... Attorney
Kenan Thompson ... Fred Berry

Eh. Not so good. The little dance was funny though. Thankfully they didn't let it drag on.

Musical Performance: "Forever & Always"

Taylor Swift

Commercial: Burger King / Whopper Virgins

Neil Patrick Harris ... Interviewer
Fred Armisen ... Farmer
Bobby Moynihan ... Farmer
Michaela Watkins ... Farmer
Kristen Wiig ... Translator

Eh, it was okay. Bobby was a little funny, but Fred and Michaela weren't so much.

BONUS: Fred Visits the Audio Room

Fred does his improv thing. It might have actually been interesting to have the audio engineers talk about what they do. Oh well.

Overall: Andy busts out Mark Wahlberg and his Blue Man impression. Not the best episode, but it was still highly enjoyable.


1 comment:

djkorova said...

Good job on the review of this episode! Overall I thought it was pretty mediocre.

I'm suprised you don't like Will Forte. I think he's one of the funnier people on the show. Better than all the newest people like Casey and Bobby. Bobby's stuff is just to obvious for me. I don't really feel like he's bringing anything new to the show. Though he was funny as a cat from Cats.

I was pretty anti-Keenan too for a long time. But he's funny as that character that was Scarlett Johannsen's mom. And the "Fix it" thing on Weekend update was good too.

Anyway I think Andy Samberg is a genius. I recently watched a bunch of the digital shorts and didn't realize how many there actually were.

My favorites are Space Olympics, Ras Trent, Andy punches, and of course J in my P, and D in a Box. Hahaha...

Anyway I think a lot of people stop watching this show at some point and then never watch again and those are the ones who are in the "SNL used to be funny " camp. But is has its ups and downs.

I agree though that Dareell Hammond should be out. So tired of him. His Clinton is not good in my opinion, but I thought Phil Hartman's was the best.

Anyway keep up the good work buddy!

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