Tuesday, May 28, 2024

SNL: Dana Carvey and Pals Come to Rescue, plus Justin Bieber (Hmmmm)…


Dana Carvey (a pleasure to see) brought a reluctant and kind of icy Mike Myers with him, plus Jon Lovitz, to try and save “Saturday Night Live” from its torpor. I’m not sure it worked, or anything can. This season has been a disaster, and it just gets worse and worse. The additional cast members, whose names no one knows or cares about, are just terrible. The “vets”–Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, Kristin Wiig, Kenan Thompson–are over it, as they say. The stand out sequence, toward the end, was the “Regis” parody–dead on, actually and very funny. “Wayne’s World” returned with Carvey and Myers, who riffed on the title of “Winter’s Bone” for the Oscars. Oy. The best moment in the whole show comes at 1:31 on your DVR, at the very end, when Myers folds him arms and stands way to the left of the screen. Jon Lovitz tries in vain to engage him. Myers mouths “how are you?” then backs away. Then one of the new cast members tries to speak to him, and Myers signals that he can’t speak, as if he has laryngitis.

Two more things about SNL: Justin Bieber, smaller than Dana Carvey’s teen sons, and wearing girl’s red rain boots with inch high platforms. He did not sing on the show. Even in his “Church Lady” scene with Carvey, he didn’t even hum. I always say, singers want to sing. Look at Steven Tyler on “American Idol.” He’s ready to break out into song at any moment. (Jennifer Lopez is not.) I hope Bieber’s movie makes him a lot of money, and that he manages to save and invest it. The clock is ticking.

And the James Franco bit on “Weekend Update” was actually pretty funny. “I like having jobs!” the guy says, as he handles the cue cards and cleans the desk. Whoever played Franco got it.

PS Linkin Park: good timing, six months after their album came out. Talk about marketing.


Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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