Jeff’s Wacky SNL Season Finale Review: Natasha Lyonne/Japanese Breakfast

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SNL: Kenan Thompson, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner, Natasha Lyonne, Kate McKinnon

Big weekend for Natasha Lyonne. She was spoofed by Jinkx Monsoon in the Snatch Game on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and now she’s hosting the season finale of a little show called Saturday Night Live. She’s a New Yawker, SNL‘s a New Yawker, I bet it’ll be right up her alley.

And what about Michelle Zauner? I guess it’s only appropriate that her band Japanese Breakfast would eventually end up on SNL, considering that they probably actually are eating breakfast in Japan while SNL is airing in America. Actually, now that I look up the time difference, it might actually be lunchtime instead. Or maybe a late breakfast could still be happening! If anyone knows Japanese mealtime traditions, let me know.

Now on to the review section of this review! This whole season, I’ve been listing the sketches in various oddball orders, so for the season finale, I’ve decided to repeat the order that I enjoyed the most. And that order is… Views on SNL‘s YouTube channel (Most First). What can I say, I like getting a sense of what’s popping with viewers.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/20/22

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The American Rescue Dog Show (CREDIT: Maarten de Boer/ABC)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Downton Abbey: A New Era (Theaters)
Men (Theaters)
Emergency (Theaters and on Amazon Prime Video May 27)

TV
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 7 Premiere (May 20 on Paramount+) – It’s the Winners Season!
Don’t Forget the Lyrics Series Premiere (May 23 on FOX) – Another music game show?!
Beat Shazam Season Premiere (May 23 on FOX)
-The American Rescue Dog Show (May 25 on ABC) – Hosted by the Holey Moley guys.
That Damn Michael Che Season 2 (May 26 on HBO Max)

Music
-Flume, Palaces
-Harry Styles, Harry’s House
-Lykke Li, Eyeye

Sports
-147th Preakness Stakes (May 21 on NBC)
-French Open (May 22-June 5 on Tennis Channel and NBC)

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Selena Gomez/Post Malone

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SNL: Bowen Yang, Selena Gomez, Aidy Bryant, Post Malone (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

Uh-oh, Selena Gomez is finally a Saturday Night Live host! I don’t know why I said “uh-oh,” it’s not like this is bad news. I guess it just felt like a fun way to introduce my review. Hopefully I can maintain that much fun throughout the entire review!

You may have heard that the musical guest of this episode is Post Malone, and hey, my last name is also “Malone”! So here’s what I’ve decided to do: list each sketch alphabetically according to the last name (or stage name) of the first person to speak (or sing, in the case of musical performances) on screen. (So no narrators, because it can get a little tricky in that zone.)

Here it goes again!

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/13/22

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CREDIT: Prime Video/Screenshot

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Firestarter (Theaters and Peacock) – Related: Cheryl on Riverdale has always recently developed pyrokinesis.
On the Count of Three (Theaters and On Demand)
Pleasure (Theaters)

TV
The Kids in the Hall Season 6 (May 13 on Amazon Prime Video) – They’re back, and still Canadian.

Music
-The Black Keys, Dropout Boogie
-Florence + the Machine, Dance Fever
-Kendrick Lamar, Mr. Lamar & the Big Steppers
-Mandy Moore, In Real Life

Sports
-NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament (May 11-30 on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU)
-NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament (May 13-29 on ESPN, ESPU, and ESPN+)
-PGA Championship (May 19-22 on ESPN and CBS)

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Benedict Cumberbatch/Arcade Fire

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SNL: Benedict Cumberbatch, Arcade Fire, Ego Nwodim (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

It seems like whenever there’s a new Doctor Strange movie in the theaters, Benedict Cumberbatch is hosting Saturday Night Live. And it also seems like whenever Arcade Fire has new music, they’re performing it on SNL. Case in both of those points: this episode that I’m reviewing right now.

A few months ago, I listed the sketches in order of how many speaking/singing parts they had, most first. But I never did the reverse order! So that’s what I’m doing this time. A few points of clarification: narrators are counted, except for the introductions of Weekend Update and by Darrell Hammond during the monologue (since that’s more a part of the opening credits). The person introducing the musical guest IS counted for the musical performances, while backup singers generally aren’t counted if they only sing backup. Although in the case of Arcade Fire, it made sense to count Régine Chassagne’s vocals, since she gets enough of a spotlight. And for Weekend Update, the parts with guests are counted separately from the parts that are just Michael and Colin telling jokes. Got it? In that case … here we go!

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/6/22

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The Pentaverate (CREDIT: Zoe Midford/Netflix)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Theaters)

TV
The Pentaverate (Premiered May 5 on Netflix) – Mike Myers gets back to work.
Hacks Season 2 Premiere (May 12 on HBO Max)

Music
-Arcade Fire, We
-Soft Cell, Happiness Not Included

Sports
-Kentucky Derby (May 7 on NBC) – Would anyone like to make me a mint julep?

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/29/22

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Holey Moley Fore-Ever (CREDIT: Christopher Willard/ABC)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Hatching (Theaters)
Memory (Theaters) – This looks like any other Liam Neeson action of the past ten years, but Martin Campbell is directing, so…

TV
Undone Season 2 (April 29 on Amazon Prime Video) – One of my favorite new shows of 2019 is finally back!
-White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (April 30 on C-SPAN) – Trevor Noah hosts.
Duncanville Season 3 Premiere (May 1 on FOX)
Ziwe Season 2 Premiere (May 1 on Showtime)
Holey Moley Season 4 Premiere (May 3 on ABC) – The Muppets join Joe and Rob.
The Chase Season Premiere (May 3 on ABC) – Featuring three new Chasers this season!
Girls5eva Season 2 (May 5 on Peacock)

Music
-Bloc Party, Alpha Games
-Miranda Lambert, Palomino
-Let’s Eat Grandma, Two Ribbons – I don’t think I’ve listened to this band before, but I pretty much have to now with a name like that.
-Willie Nelson, A Beautiful Time
-Rammstein, Zeit

Podcasts
Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show – Milana Vayntrub finally joins my regular podcast rotation!

Video Games
Rifftrax: The Game (May 5 on Steam, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox One) – Now you can make monkeyshines at the picture show, too!

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/22/22

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Duke (Theaters)
The Northman (Theaters)
Petite Maman (Theaters)
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (Theaters) – Cage for Cage.
We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (Theaters) – This came out in limited release last week, and I should have included it then.

TV
The Simpsons: When Billie Met Lisa (April 22 on Disney+) – “Billie” as in “Eilish.”
Barry Season 3 Premiere (April 24 on HBO)
Three Busy Debras Season 2 Premiere (April 24 on Adult Swim)

Music
-Bonnie Raitt, Just Like That…
-King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Omnium Gatherum
-Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Night Gnomes

 

Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Lizzo/Lizzo

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SNL: Lizzo, Kenan Thompson (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

Big weekend for Lizzo (known on her birth certificate as Melissa Viviane Jefferson). It’s Easter, after all, and I don’t know if she celebrates, but she certainly strikes me as someone who appreciates a festive moment. And oh yeah, she’as also the host AND musical guest on a little show called Saturday Night Live.

For my review of last week’s episode, you may recall that I listed the sketches in order of how many views they had on SNL‘s YouTube page, from most to least. This time, I’m reversing it, going from least to most views. I hope you all find that appropriate for Easter, what with the rebirth and resurrection.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 4/15/22

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Roar (CREDIT: Apple TV+)

Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
Father Stu (Theaters)

TV
Roar Season 1 (April 15 on Apple TV+) – A new anthology series. I’m definitely going to watch the episode with Alison Brie.
Better Call Saul Season 6 Premiere (April 18 on AMC) – Final Season Alert!
Russian Doll Season 2 (April 20 on Netflix)

Sports
-NBA Playoffs (April 16-Mid-June on ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV)

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