Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday

So, on Thursday night, SNL's Thursday night edition premiered on NBC. There was a debate sketch, weekend update & Hall and Oates. What more could you ask for?

The show was a hit, getting 10.6 million viewers, the highest in its timeslot.
So, what did I think?
I really enjoyed the debate sketch, and the surprise appearance by Bill Murray as a disappointed Cubs fan was a hoot! I was also happy to see Chris Parnell reprise his role as moderator, this time lampooning Tom Brokaw.
Weekend Update on the other hand, wasn't so good. The jokes were pretty hit and miss, as is the nature of Update, but given that they don't have a show to do this Saturday, I was expecting a little better.
Kenan Thompson came on halfway, to act as Weekend Update's new banking and financial expert. It involved him shouting "Fix it!" for two minutes. Pretty lame.
But then WU was saved with Will Forte and Fred Armisen coming on as 80's legends Hall & Oates to perform an ode to the two presidential candidates. As everything Forte and Armisen do, it was hilarious.
Overall, it was a nice way to spend half an hour. In amidst this economic crisis, and news of banks going under every day, it sure is nice to tune into SNL.

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