Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Will Ferrell/King Princess

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CREDIT: Rosalind O’Connor/NBC

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Do you want to know a little secret? Will Ferrell is my favorite SNL cast member of all time! He regularly graced the Studio 8H stage from 1995 to 2002, and I don’t think it’s too out of line to say that he appeared in a lot of hilarious sketches that multiple people remember fondly. Since ending his tenure and moving on to other career ventures, he’s also made time to return for some visits, which has led up to him hosting for the FIFTH time on November 23, 2019, thereby becoming only the fourth former cast member to join the Five-Timers Club. Also appearing in an official capacity in this episode is musical guest King Princess. She’s only 20 years old currently, and I think she’s someone we’ll be noticing for a while.

Alec Baldwin-Trump showed up for the White House press conference cold open (Grade: 3/5 Large Pies, Extra Cheese), and somehow it felt somewhat fresh. It helped that it was just a few minutes long, and Will F. imbued some new energy into the proceedings as Gordon Sondland. You can always bank on an excellent Monologue (Grade: 4.5 New Blorks) from Will Ferrell (or as Tracy Morgan says, “Will fuh-RELL!”), thanks to his knack for subverting common monologue tropes. This time was no exception, as he became phantasmagorically puddly-lipped in the presence of surprise guest Ryan Reynolds.

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/3/19

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CREDIT: Philippe Bossé

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

Movies
Long Shot (Theatrically Nationwide)

Podcasts
Primetime (Premieres May 9) – Hosted by Vox Cultural Critic Todd VanDerWerff!
The Ron Burgundy Podcast – This premiered back in February, but somehow I’m only realizing just now that it’s available.

SNL Review January 27, 2018: Will Ferrell/Chris Stapleton

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CREDIT: Alison Hale/NBC

My letter grades for each sketch and segment is below. My in-depth review is on NewsCult: http://newscult.com/snl-love-itkeep-itleave-will-ferrellchris-stapleton/

A Message From the Former President – B+

Will Ferrell’s Monologue – B+

Air Force Squadron – B+

The House – B+

Dickenson’s Commercial Shoot – B

Southwest Flight Attendants – B

Next for Men – B+

Chris Stapleton (ft. Sturgill Simpson) performs “Midnight Train to Memphis” – B+

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B
Jacob Silj – B+
Bailey Gismert – B-

Cookout/Reality Stars (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

Dinner Discussion – B

Chris Stapleton (ft. Sturgill Simpson) perfomrs “Hard Livin'” – B

Office Breakroom – B+

Chucky Lee Byrd – B+

This Is a Movie Review: Daddy’s Home 2

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CREDIT: Paramount Pictures

I give Daddy’s Home 2 3 out of 5 Loaded Guns (Literal and Metaphorical): http://newscult.com/movie-review-daddys-home-2-amiably-almost-transcendently-sweet-except-nasty-side-mucks-things/

SNL Recap December 12, 2015: Chris Hemsworth/Chance the Rapper

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My full review can be found on Starpulse: http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2015/12/13/saturday-night-live-season-41-episode-

Announcement from George W. Bush – B+

Chris Hemsworth’s Monologue – B

Star Wars Toys – B-

On the Record – B-

Time to Bleed – B

Brother 2 Brother – C

Deborah’s Time – B

Chance the Rapper – “Somewhere in Paradise” – B

Weekend Update
The Jokes – B+
Angela Merkel – B
Leslie Jones – B-

Claire (BEST OF THE NIGHT) – B+

Pirate Ship – D

Chance the Rapper – “Sunday Candy” – B-

Hunk Junktion – B-

Aron’s List (from Elizabeth Banks/Disclosure) – Original Grade: B-