Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Usher
Season 37, Episode 21, Aired May 12, 2012
Political sketch - Will Ferrell as George W. Bush I think. His impression was WAY off the mark making this sketch pretty much garbage.
Opening Monologue - Will Ferrell's "unscripted" Mother's Day speech brought some audience chuckles but for me it fell flat.
Nasaflu sketch - Will Ferrell just scream-sneezing. This was not humorous at all.
Marty Culp and Bobbi Mohan-Culp (Classic sketch) - Will Ferrell's heart didn't seem in it, plus it appeared that he forgot some of the lyrics for his solo during one song. Disappointed.
ESPN Stay Free Maxi Pads sketch - Will Ferrell plays news correspondent that is saying things on camera but unaware. Another miss.
100th Digital Short - This was semi humorous. I appreciated the throw backs to all the old digitial shorts more than the humor. Will Ferrell had a few lines, but it didn't add anything to the song.
Usher - He did well; I enjoyed the song.
Weekend Update - Mostly enjoyable as usual with a few laughs. No Ferrell during the update which, at this point, was a slight glimmer in this dark hole of a show.
Funkytown Debate - Will Ferrell and Usher singing / debating. Dumb.
Broadway Sizzle - Will Ferrell singing songs for girls instead of guys. Mostly stupid and forgettable.
Usher - He does well again; I did enjoy his first song better.
25th Anniversary Speech sketch - These are rarely funny. Random people come up to make speeches. Another fail in a failure of an episode.
Almost Pizza sketch - Previously aired sketch. I don't get it. Is it making fun of DiGiorno? And this is how they end the show? I guess I shouldn't be surprised.
This episode was so bad that after watching it once, I actually watched it a second time just to be sure. During my second watch I wrote this review. I'm still amazed how bad this episode was. Damn. Were my expectations too high for Will Ferrell? I don't think so. He won the Mark Twain Award for comedy last year and he's been in some great movies, so I guess I just have to chalk this up to a fluke. Oh well.