Miscellaneous Soup Reviews: Saturday Night Live Season 38, Episode 2: Joseph Gordon-Levitt/Mumford & Sons


 Zarion:It’s Saturday night, and it’s time to party! Welcome to Miscellaneous Soup, where the SNL review can be rambling, but descriptive!

Tigerboy: Remember me? I’m the cohost of Miscellaneous Soup! Anyway, Zarion received some feedback from the crew here. The main complaint was that the descriptions were good for warning of dirty jokes, but bad for actually giving the plots. So, after Zarion describes the sketches, I will say what they were about, and I’ll try my best to avoid spoilers. For the musical guest, I’ll say what song the band (in this case, Mumford & Sons) played.

Zarion: And I’ll do what I usually do. Ramble, and help alert about dirty jokes. So, let’s enjoy the party and have some fun watching Saturday Night Live!

Host: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Why he’s hosting: A movie called Looper

Musical Guest: Mumford & Sons

Why they are playing: Reason unknow (S0rry!)

Cold Opening: “Live With Kelly and Michael” Jay Pharoah is hilarous. “I just can’t believe this is a job!” “It’s like I’m living the life of a rich bear!” Hooray for Vanessa Bayer! “That’s why I stopped blinking!” HILARIOUS picture! Great! A Twilight parody! Bill Hader is Robert Patterson! I miss the sketches with Amy Poehler playing Kelly Ripa, but oh well. “When I’m down in the dumps, which happened twice. ” Ha! Bill Hader, sometimes I’m like this *sad face* and sometimes I’m like this *sad face*. Jay Pharoah! “We’re getting paid to do this??” It;s over? Could have been longer. C+

Monologue: Yep. Looper and The Dark Knight Rises were mentioned. Okay, weird dancing, smoke machines, and lights. What’s going on? What’s Magic Mike? I’m assuming that it’s a movie. Okay, this is getting dirty. This must have been in the movie. Why is this funny? Okay. Pieces of paper. It’s over????? F

Undecided Voter: HA! “What are the names of the two people voting?” “Who’s President right now?”  “Can women vote?” This is hilarious! Stupid voters! “Just what is oil?” “If you burp, fart, and sneeze at the same time, will you die?” This is great. A

Caricacture Detective: Bill Hader is funny. Okay, this is starting out looking like a normal parody. Joseph sounds like Plankton from Spongebob. Ha! The photos are caricatures! That’s funny! “Guilty as charged..” Ewww….Dirty caricature. That’s a funny drawing of a monster…Wait, it’s over? TOO SHORT! C

Son of The Most Interesting Man In The World: “When he tips, he puts a negative amount.” “He has multiple parody Twitter accounts.” Ha! His father sees him! Again, really? This was mildly good the first time. Okay, swearing. Bad words. I don’t like this. More swearing. D-

Tommy Berganon, Hypnotist: This seems good. “You, sir! The gentleman avoiding my gaze!” Still seems good…HA! The nam is behind him, mocking him! I love this! Best. Sketch. So. Far. That’s a funny dinosaur impression! Ewww…..Okay, two sketches with this…YAY! Dinosaur impression again! Okay…mating impression…Hey, that’s Aidy Bryant!  FEMALE DINOSAUR IMITATION!! HAHAHAHAHAH! Yay for Kenan Thompson! Now he really gets hypnotized! “I’m cheating on my wife with my sister!” HAHAHA! Now the man and his wife are mocking him! Okay, some dirtiness. Eh. Still relatively good.  B-

GOP T******: Eww…..Dirty sketch. I’m assuming that it’s dirty. Please, make this stop. I’m just going to edit out the word, even though it’s not a swear word.  This is a dirty sketch that would be better suited for Seth McFarlane! EWWW! Oh, good, it;s over.  F- – –

Musical Performance #1: I think I hear the banjo! No, wait, it’s the banjo. I like the banjo. Music is good. I can’t really hear the lyrics, but I’ll look them up to see if they’re dirty. Hooray for the banjo! Read the lyrics…I enjoyed that. The song was sad, but good. A

Weekend Update: Funny joke.”He claimed 47% of Americans as dependents…” Ha! Ewww…”Hey, who likes soup?” Yeah! A new segment! “What are you doing?” “Hey, everybody, remember my campaign slogan? Yeah….I can’t do that.” Joe Biden betting his life savings…Seth Meyers is funny! “Look, if you make a Facebook page, we’ll like it! That’s the least we can do! It’s also the most we can do!” New Jersey insult. The two best friends segment again….Mildy funny at best. Let’s hope it gets better this time. Okay, this is funny. Ha! “Seth, it’s sort of like you feel about the new cast members!” What?? Someone who dresses up as Elmo? “A hundred rats working together…” “Wow, I can’t wait to read that, said 1998.” Cool! Ann Romney! Is it the real person? I doubt it. This is funny. Who’s playing her?? Racist joke. Bad. Oh, it’s Kate McKinnon playing her. Yay! She’s funny. YAAAYYYY! Bill Hader plays Rick Perry in a surprise appearance! Wait, that means no Stefon….Oh, well. She’s singing…This is funny! Great…more news from Paris Hilton. She is a horrible person. A cat that steals underwear? I like these stories. DId they just make a racist joke about Brad Pitt’s kids? Old man wrestling an alligator? Weird…YAY! Jay Pharoah as Steven A. Smith! “Seth, I love you, but you’re a joke.” “My mustache isn’t receding, it’s running away from my mouth.” “I know God, and he’s a dear, dear, friend of mine.” Okay, this segment is over. C+

Song Memories: Ew..dirty joke. That band looks like The Beatles. Wait, this is the “Song Memories” sketch. And Mumford & Sons make an appearance. This isn’t funny. Sad joke about Bill Hader’s character. And Joseph’s character. What song is the band playing??? It’s annoying. Now they’re dancing by the audience…and it’s over. Oh, they were a Beatles tribute band. That explains a lot.  F

The Finer Things: Hooray! Kenan Thompson and Jay Pharoah! Ha! The song names are funny. I’m confused. Hey, Anne Hathaway was mentioned. I think she hosted. Oh! CAMEO! Who is it??? “Scardigan..” That’s a funny name. They keep saying “The Finer Things.” That reminds me of a cheap version of Wayne’s World. Sketch is over. Was that a cameo? Hmmm…F

Musical Performance #2: I like the piano playing, as well as the guitar. I like this. Once again, I’m going to look up the lyrics. Okay….I really like their playing. OKay. I don’t understand the lyrics this time, but they seem sad. There’s no banjo this time. 😦  B+

Presenting Evelyn: HAHAHHA! Joseph is cross-dressing as a girl! That’s funny! Did they just make a dirty joke? Okay…the people are performing…WOw, they are really desperate for someone to date and marry Evelyn. This is funny. I like the music. They’re good singers…Yodeling! Yay! I’m not sure, but I think Tom Robinson is playing either Evelyn or Tom. HA! They’re firing him! Surprise twist. Good for a final sketch. B-

Powers & Powers Real Estate: Okay, apparently, THIS is the final sketch. Ewww…..This is dirty. They’re talking about crude billboard defations. I hate this. Seth McFarlane, you have defaced Saturday Night Live and make it permanently dirty! Hopefully, the next one with Daniel Craig will be better. This is really dirty. I don’t like it. F x 1,000

Good-Nights: Okay, this confirmed what I knew. No cameos. Good nights get cut off.

Best Sketch: Really, almost all of the sketches were bad, “Live with Kelly and Michael”, I guess, because it had NO DIRTY JOKES. Presenting Evelyn gets an honorable mention, because it was relatively good. Maybe part of Tommy Bergman, Hypnotist, or Caricature Detective.

Worst Sketch: Powers & Powers Real Estate, because it was dirty, unlike The Finer Things and Song Memories, which were just awful and not funny.

Best Commercial Parody: “Undecided Voter” was hilarious.

Worst Commercial Parody: Either “The Son Of The Most Interesting Man In The World” or “GOP T******”. Ugghhhhh…..

Closing Comments: I was wrong about the cameos. Powers & Powers Real Estate

Tigerboy: Now, here’s my description of the sketches. Spoilers NOT included.

Live With Kelly and Michael: Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan talk with Robert Patterson and banter.

Monologue: Joseph Gordon-Levitt performs unusual dance moves.

Undecided Voter: Questions to help undecided voters vote.

Caricature Detective: A detective spies on people in an unusual manner.

Son Of The Most Interesting Man In The World: This guy is creepy and disturbing.

Tommy Bergman, Hypnotist: Is he really hypnotized?

GOP T******: An unusual health product.

Musical Performance #1: Mumford & Sons play “Waiting For You.”

Weekend Update: As well as covering a wide range of news stories, Seth Meyers asks Barack Obama ‘What Are You Doing?”, interviews Stephen A. Smith, and Ann Romney.

Song Memories: A group of men recall their weird pasts while listening to a band.

The Finer Things: Kenan Thompson. Jay Pharoah. Weird fashion.

Musical Performance #2: “Below My Feet” was played.

**Note: I forgot to put this, but another “Son of the Most Interesting Man In The World” commercial played. I give it an F.

Presenting Evelyn: Parents really want Tom to date Evelyn.

Power and Power Real Estate: Defaced billboards. Honestly, I’m trying to make these sound good, but it’s really hard.

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Saturday Night Live Predictions for Joseph Gordon-Levitt


1. As established in the promos, Looper will most likely be referenced. Also, possibly The Dark Knight Rises, as Gordon was in it.

2. Anthony Crispino, played by Bobby Moynihan. This Weekend Update segment is always good for a laugh.

3. Stefon.

4. Sadly, I think the J-Pop sketch will be performed. Please, no! That is racist and annoying!

5. Cameos of other cast members from Looper or The Dark Knight Rises.

6. Jay Pharoah is Barack Obama, and Jason Suidekis is Mitt Romney.

Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday- ELECTION THEMED! Review


Zarion: Hi, ho, Miscellaneous Soup readers! The review of Saturday Night Live’s first election-themed special is coming at you live! I’m going to review it in parts, not counting the cold opening, based on the commercial breaks! My hedework is done, my review intro. is being written, and my dinner has been eaten! Let’s get this party started!

Part 1:

Cold Opening: Fox and Friends: This sketch is always good. Mitt Romney is hilarious. “Real quick, no one is recording this, right?” The camera joke is hilarious. Racist joke. Not good. More racist jokes. Bad. Romney spitting out the McDonald’s and insulting it. HA! Hilarious! Drinking his soda, and spitting it out! “Sugar blindness”…Classic SNL.Romney on Cash Cab. Hilarious! Hooray for Taram Killam, Bobby Moyhniham, and Vanessa Bayer! Or is that Nasim Pedrad? Mitt Romney singing in the shower….Weird, but sort of funny. YAY! The hilarious fact checkers! “The Bible was not a movie first!” B+

Weekend Update: Funny. I really like this. “It’s looking less and less like it’ll be your job.” Ewww…people procreating in a Yankee Stadium bathroom…What? Commercial break already? DARN! Okay….C+.

Part 2: Weekend Update: It’s back. WOOO! Yes! James Carville, aka the hilarious Bill Hader! I thought you would appear! Please let someone make a cameo…..PLEASE……”My momma was a water moccasin.” Ew…dirty joke. Looper reference, which is, as I thought, a reference to his hosting in two days. Yup, they mentioned it. Don’t like self-promotion. Seth McFarlane did too much of that in his episode. WAHAHHHA! A joke about James Carville killing someone! Sad joke about James Carville’s sister. James Carville has a face drawn on the back of his head! Funny! Cool! A voice-activated popcorn machine,and a funny joke! Yay, insult to Lindsay Lohan and Kristen Stewart! Ha! “Shortcut throught the zoo!” A

Convention Cutaways: This is funny! I didn’t expect there to be a commerial parody! This is great! I love this commercial! Bobby Moyhnihan is dressed up as an ugly kid! Eeww..dirty joke. “Order today so we should know if we should start making them!” A

Part Three: Weekend Update: YAYAYYAYYY! DRUNK UNCLE! Sure, he can sometimes be racist, but Bobby Moyhihan is hilarious. Eww..dirty joke. “I’m trending…I’m trending…I’m trending!” “Are these peanuts free rang”?” Racist joke. Bad. Dirty joke. Bad. Drunk Uncle’s impression of his wife on vacation…funny! Racist joke. Bad. He’s singing! That’s funny! “So I’m not a KFC fighter!” Racist joke about Mexico, bad. Again, a racist joke. Bad. Cool! Rosh Hashanah was mentioned! That’s funny! “150 easy meals to find a hair in!” “McNoodles…Unhappy meals.” Three hilarious jokes to end this part! B+

Part 4: Wait, this part might be the good-nights. Oh, well. I’ll find out. Yup, I was right. Ha! Drunk Uncle is walking around in the background! Okay….I’ll rate the goodnights just because of Drunk Uncle. A.

Best Part: James Carville, Convention Cutways.

Worst Part: Drunk Uncle, and the beginning portion of Weekend Update, after the cold opening. It could have been better.

Overall Rating: B+

Closing Comments: It wasn’t completely election-themed, but, oh well. No cameos, Sigghh….Still, it was good. I liked this, and I can’t wait for the next Weekend Update Thursday, as well as Saturday’s full-length episode with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Remember, come here for the reviews, stay here for the reviews! (And the comedy…)

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Saturday Night Live Season 38, Episode 1: Seth McFarlane, Frank Ocean: A Review


Zarion: It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The reviews will be made in the commercials, and I’ll post this after the good-nights! I grade on an A-F- scale (or lower, depending on the quality), and I’m a harsh reviewer. Watch out, McFarlane! I’m coming for you! If this episode is racist, dirty, vile, or crude (COUGH, COUGH TED COUGH, COUGH ), then I’m blaming you. Revenge is nigh!

Cold Opening: “Democratic Rally- Toledo, Ohio”. Jay Pharoah is AWESOME!!! “Uhh..uhhhh…uhh” He is much better than Fred Armisen!!! Taram Killam is excellent as Paul Ryan! “I’m just terrible with numbers! Let’s talk budget!” Mitt Romney….”Sorry I didn’t know all the animal noises!” Mitt Romney and Barack Obama singing…..EPICLY HUMOROUS!!!!! A +

Opening: Cool! They changed it! Neon lettering and new cast members!  N/A for Grading

Monologue: Seth McFarlane begging for a date with Farrah Fawcet. Funny, even I don’t know who she is. Ted and Family Guy are mentioned, and he imitates Ted and someone called Stewie, whoever that is. Also, a third person who sounds like a Jimmy Fallom character. Points taken OFF. A song about voices in your head, funny. Mentions of Ted and Family Guy AGAIN…Bad…I think they just did a dirty joke…Badder. Imitation of Droppy from Tom & Jerry…Impressive. Impression of someone who sounds like Gonzo. (The Muppet) Kermit the Frog voice combined with an anti-Semetic joke. They cancel each other out. This guy’s an impressive singer. C- Update: He was imitating all the Family Guy people. Once again, thank you Wikipedia. REVISED GRADE: D

Mitt Romney Attack Ad: Funny quotes, realistic style, mean quote…Kenan Thompson is hilarious. Herpes reference..Sad. B-

Sex After 50: Fred Armisen makes me laugh, but not now. I don’t like this sketch. I don’t want to review this. I’m disgusted…Pl!ease, make this stop!!! I’m just going to read a Spider-Man book now. Maybe I can review that instead. Venom appears, as well as the Lizard. It’s a trilogy book series. I really hate this sketch. Wait. it’s ending! F–

Clint Eastwood and Chair: “Why don’t you shut up?” “You go first!” “Jinx!” “You say potato….*holds the microphone to the chair*.  A

Lids: A weird hat store. What the heck is going on????? Someone is dancing….music, lights, smoke machine…I sense a cameo. Is this racist? Joke about hanging someone…That’s horrible. For the third time, dancing. Someone makes a cameo. No idea who….I really hate this. UDATE: Thanks to Wikipedia, I now know who cameod. Psy, a rapper, cameod along with Bobby Moynihan playing him.

Introduction to Puppetry: Man talking with his puppet. This looks good, so far. Bill Hader is funny. The puppets look like Muppets. Flamethrowers….Once again, Kenan Thompsons and Vanessa Bayer are funny. “Many people say OMG. I was saying TTYL to my innocence..” said Bill Hader’s puppet. Okay, Bill Hader is the star. Puppets acting out murder scenarios! Puppets kissing…Bill Hader is kissing the girl puppet…HILARIOUS! A++

Musical Performance #1: I like his guitar playing. I actually think that Frank Ocean is a good singer. I guess actually starting to review the music was a good idea. I actually like this. B+ Update: Frank Ocean was playing “Thinking About You.”

Weekend Update: Campaign plane…Funny. Innocence of Muslims..I thought that would be parodied. Yeah! Here Comes Honey Boo Boo parodied. Bobby Moynihan as the Mom, and Vanessa Bayer as the girl. Subtitles are appearing….HAHAHAHHA! Cat skeletons…classic. Green Lantern was mocked. YAY! Good Sportscenter joke. Is that the real Ryan Lochte, or Seth McFarlane. Either way, it’s funny. He sounds like Drunk Girl, a character from the Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey era of Weekend Update Anchors. “Those are commercials…” Wait, self-promotion. That’s Seth McFarlane. Walnutm powered farm..Where do they get these stories?? Blechh, a dirty joke. Jay Pharoah and Nasim Pedrad making an appearance to talk about the Latino vote in the election. I’m confused. Okay, I Googled Mimi Morales, so I think it’s not a cameo, because the person on Weekend Update doesn’t look like her. Jay Pharoah’s “I’m scared” face is funny. Okay, the sketch is over. B-.

Army Training Camp: Okay, Seth McFarlane is funny in this sketch. The ‘do I stutter’ joke is wearing thin. Oh, that’s the whole premise. Hey, is that new cast member Tim Robinson? Kenan Thompson is funny.  Singing to stop stuttering….Should I laugh or feel offended?  Okay, it’s happening again. I choose to feel….Three times. The soldier is stuttering. Fourth time. I’m offended now. Fifth time. Army soldiers repeating the stutter,…..should I laugh? I’m just going to choose to feel offended, but the singing part is funny, because Bobby Moynihan is funny. D+

Steve Harvey Morning Show: Hooray for Kenan Thompson! Ha, ha! A marmoset was called a “pocket monkey!” This is funny. Seth McFarlane has the same mustache as Steve Harvey! Was that an insult to Iranians? Ew, dirty joke. Kenan Thompson’s “Mustache Smile” is funny. I’m confused by that sketch. C-. It would be lower, but I like Kenan Thompson.

Imitations on A Blind Date: Kenan Thompson again. Yay! Tom Brokaw impression. Sounds like Chris Parnell’s. I like this sketch. “This needs to stop.” Kenan Thompson. Wait, racist joke. Bad. Cecily Stron appears! This could be the start for the next Kristen Wiig! I think this was an offensive joke with Bill Hader, as Gale the waiter. Robber. Funny. Boo! More self promotion, with a Family Guy reference! B, because of the Tom Brokaw impression.

Musical Performance the Second: I like the music. No offense to the singers, but I’m not really paying attention to the lyrics. John Mayer is doing a good job on the guitar.

Wooden Spoon Warehouse: Dirty joke. Weird voices. Dirty joke. I’m confused. I’m watching this again. This seems offensive somehow. This is not funny. I just don’t like this. “The river what took my son..” That’s sad. Bad for a final sketch. F

Goodnights: Good. I know everyone who cameod. Let me list them, just for fun: John Mayer and Psy.

Closing Comments: I was right. Ted and Family Guy were mentioned. Jay Pharoah was Barack Obama. Taram Killam was Paul Ryan. Racist jokes were made. Aidy Bryant and Tim Robinson. At least, I’m 55% sure it was Tim Robinson. I don’t know if Cecily Strong appeared. Oh, and crude jokes were made. Forgot that. Sorry. Also, I may have confused Vanessa Bayer with Kate McKinnon, so, if I turn out to be wrong about the cast, then I apologize. Finally, sorry if my review rambles, I was writing it while I was watching the episode.  Wait! THe self-promotion. I hated that.

Best Commercial Parody: Clint Eastwood and Chair. It was really funny.

Worst Commercial Parody: Well, there was only two, so the attack against Mitt Romney by default.

Best Sketch: Introduction to Puppetry. That’s probably on Hulu right now. Wait, not yet. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow.

Worst Sketch: Sex After 50. ‘Nuff said.  Also, tied with Wooden Spoon Warehouse and Lids. Those two were awful.

Well, good night and have a pleasant tomorrow. This has been Zarion Kreena, with helpful assistance from Silicon Kreena. Comment if you want me to do this again next week. Just a warning: If I do, it will most likely not be live. Zarion out.