Reviews

Jude Law solid, but parody commercials outshine him on latest SNL

By | March 15, 2010 at 10:24 am | One comment

The writers seemed to make a greater effort this week to write for the show host, Jude Law. This fine actor took on a variety of roles (a 1960s Russian ballet master, a sauve Spanish murderer, himself) and he pulled each off perfectly. But in a week when the strongest...

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Shane Mauss: Jokes to Make My Parents Proud

By | March 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm | One comment

Sometimes, being juvenile can be a good thing. While often associated with being crass, on the other hand, when done right, there can be a childlike charm that proves good-natured and simultaneously devious. Shane Mauss is all of those things. On Jokes to Make My Parents Proud...

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Saturday Night Live disappoints, despite the brilliance of Zach Galifiakanis

By | March 8, 2010 at 10:24 am | One comment

The difference between the single funniest monologue I’ve ever seen on Saturday Night Live and pretty much the rest of the show this week? Night and day. Leave it to Zach Galifianakis to be his twisted self, but to find a way to make it palatable for Middle America. He...

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Dream team of SNL presidents turns up on Funny or Die

By | March 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm | One comment

It’s the interior of the White House, the president’s bedroom. It’s night. Gerald Ford stumbles in. He’s befuddled. He prat falls onto a table. “Live from New York…” But this is no Saturday Night Live sketch. History has come alive on Funny or Die in an exclusive,...

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Jennifer Lopez and the ladies impress with laughs on latest Saturday Night Live

By | March 1, 2010 at 11:39 am | One comment

Let’s hear it for the girls! First we got Jennifer Lopez pulling double-duty as guest and musical host of this week’s episode. But to top that, we also got a strong showing by female cast members Kristen Wiig, Nasim Pedrad, Jenny Slate and Abby Elliott throughout the show!...

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Ashton Kutcher unimpressive on SNL, but still plenty of laughs

By | February 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | No comments

Given how engaged and engaging Ashton Kutcher was prior to this week’s Saturday Night Live – hosting a series of live behind-the-scenes videos on Ustream – it was fair, I think, to assume that his fourth time hosting the show would inspire words like “edgy” and...

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Isaac Witty: Zero Balance

By | February 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm | No comments

With a name like Isaac Witty, you’d have, no, you’d better be funny, especially when telling not one, not two, but three consecutive cell phone jokes, the 21st century equivalent of the 20th century stand-up standby: the airline-food lament. It sounds like an improbable way...

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Mad Men’s Jon Hamm proves his comedic mettle on SNL

By | February 1, 2010 at 11:12 am | No comments

Funny. Really funny. Genuinely and truly funny! That’s not often said about modern Saturday Night Live, but that’s sure what we got on Saturday. Mad Men madman Jon Hamm hosted up a storm of characters and was sexy (almost) all over this week. Cutting to “clips” from his...

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Arj Barker: LYAO

By | January 22, 2010 at 12:08 am | No comments

While listening to LYAO, the new album from Arj Barker, it was hard for me to keep track of how often I found myself doubled over in laughter, hands on my head, shouting, “It’s so stupid!” Yet, to me, this is one of the best signs of great comedy: jokes that are so...

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