Saturday Night Live
"Saturday Night Live" opened with the Joe Manchin-Pat Toomey background check compromise this weekend, siding more with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's opinion that the agreement was "not significant," than with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's insistence that the deal is a breakthrough.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visits Seth Meyers on "Saturday Night Live," with an update about the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy. The skit included obligatory jokes about Christie's temper and a nod to the governor's wardrobe since the storm.
"I'm going to die in this fleece," he said.
Taran Killam, as Matt Romney: "Paul Ryan is doing feats of strength in the drawing room…"
Jason Sudekis, as Mitt Romney: "Yeah, well, I'd like to see him carry Wisconsin."
"I was wondering what either of you would do to keep dangerous assault weapons, such as AK-47s, off the street?" asked a husky-voiced and heavily accented Long Island character named Lisa Goldstein, during a "Saturday Night Live" spoof of the recent presidential debates.
"Nothing," said Jason Sudeikas, playing Mitt Romney.
"I would also do nothing," agreed Jay Pharoah, playing Barack Obama.
"Look, if you make a Facebook page, we'll like it. It's the least we can do. But it's also the most we can do," said Seth Meyers.
But Poehler, sans the marketshare of such A-listers, has a following based on something more personal and finely honed. Of course, she's spectacularly funny (she was especially so Friday night, constantly riffing for the hour-plus that she was onstage), but it's also Poehler's message of female empowerment, her apparent accessibility, and her brand of humor—pop culturally literate, a little folksy, oscillating between raunch and a cultivated naïveté—that create this sense of connection.(6)
So Eli Manning will host Saturday Night Live on May 5th. Apparently, the slot has been offered to him “a few times” through the years, but he turned it down until now. It just “feels like the right time,” he said.
This should be fun. The obvious source of humor with Eli is that he is slack-jawed, youthfully awkward and self-effacing—basically the opposite of the American archetype of the superstar quarterback.(1)
"Saturday Night Live" adds to its voice to complaints that House Republicans only invited men to a hearing to discuss contraception coverage.
At Upright Citizens' Brigade Theater, Fred Armisen drops in on an old network of comedian brothers-and-sisters-in-arms
In recent months, the variety has been intact, but the SHAC has not—the name is an acronym made from the first initial of each member of the troupe—with both the H and the C missing from the lineup. Heather Lawless, a comedian and actor, sold her pilot to Adult Swim last year and has been busy working on that, while Chelsea Peretti, a writer and actor who starred in the pilot of Louie, got signed as a writer for NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation to participate. So then the actual variety, at least in the past few shows, has come in the form of numerous guests to augment the remaining S (Shonali Bhowmik) and A (Andrea Rosen). Among last night’s scheduled guests were a New York-based comedy dance troupe, a musical theater act, Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi, and Saturday Night Live and Portlandia star Armisen.