Then there's musical guests the Kinks, who debut with a medley of their greatest hits. I can just imagine the SNL talent booker breaking the news to the Kinks: "We love you so much we want you to play the show and do all your hits! Assuming of course that you compress them all into a four-minute mega-medley! It's time-savingtastic!" The Kinks later get to perform "Sleepwalker" in its entirety. Such are the perks of being rock and roll royalty. Oh and a doctor skit with Martin and father Bill Murray angling to pull the plug on John Belushi is deliciously rife with gallows humor.The Bad: Lily Tomlin shows up to plug her Broadway show but after initially getting off some good lines (like earnestly telling Martin just how much she "deserves" to play Broadway) she subjects audiences to a time-killing production number ("Broadway Baby") and a short film where Tomlin plays a vast cross-section of incredibly broad caricatures: it's uncannily like the Alanis Morrissette video for "Ironic" and somehow manages to be nearly as annoying. In an otherwise funny Weekend Update (Curtin scores an icy early laugh by referencing her bra-flashing stunt and assuring audiences that it won't be repeated since she "has a headache") Curtin screws up a joke, rights herself and repeats it again in its entirety, a process that's both embarrassing and kind of exciting. Final Verdict We've hit a rough patch on SNL as of late, with Chevy Chase long gone and Bill Murray still wearing out his training wheels as a Not Ready For Prime Time Player. Today's episode was pretty funny but given the line-up I was expecting something more than that. Thankfully we have a full-on train wreck just two episodes from now in the form of the notorious Broderick Crawford episode Grade: B Stray Observations –Did anyone read the Steve Martin stand-up memoir that came out not too long ago? I hear good things and Scribner never publishes anything that's not inconceivably awesome but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Too busy with that "Confessions Of A Video Vixen" book I guess –Sorry this is going up so late. I learned I had a second film to review relatively late in the day so I was getting my Tyler Perry on like a motherfucker. Aw. Yeah. –That new Tyler Perry movie is unbelievably awesome. I tried to give it an A+++++ but apparently an A is the highest grade we're allowed to give –Hey, "30 Rock" is coming back. That show makes me happy. –The musical guests for Martin's first two shows as host were Kinky Friedman and the Kinks. That's the kind of kinky shit Morrissette would undoubtedly refer to as "an uncanny coincidence". You know, like ray-ay-ayn on your wedding day, or good advice that you just didn't take.
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