Sunday, March 12, 2006

Matt Dillon hosts SNL with the Arctic Monkeys

Over the past weekend, actor Matt Dillon of Crash hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guest, the Arctic Monkeys. After the last show with Natalie Portman and a depressing loss by the Wildcats, I was really looking forward to the show.

Cold Opening: With my spring break ending and many beginning this past weekend, SNL went with a spring break-oriented sketch with Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Kristen Wiig as students on spring break. Chris Parnell and Paula Pell play the parents of one of them. One reference to Natalee Holloway, who is still missing and assumed dead, appeared in this sketch. Live from New York, it's Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Kristen Wiig, Chris Parnell and Paula Pell.

Monologue: Matt Dillon delivers the speech he had wanted to deliver at the Academy Award Ceremony. He sucks up to all the races he offended while filming Crash. This commercial was for all those desperate women seeking love only to find it at prison cells and giving Finesse Mitchell some screen time. Rachel Dratch and Amy Poehler were also in this sketch.

SportsCenter - Dan Patrick (Seth Meyers) and Stuart Scott (Finesse Mitchell) host an episode of SportsCenter dealing with Barry Bonds. I listen to a lot of ESPN Radio and Seth Meyers needs to work on his impression of Dan Patrick. Kenan Thompson plays a steroid-using Barry Bonds with Matt Dillon as his trainer, Greg Anderson. Don't forget Lou the Seal (Andy Samberg) who was also on steroids.

Digital Short (Look-a-likes): This digital short has Seth, Andy, and Will Forte looking for look-a-likes during their lunch hour. Horatio Sanz plays some random guy on the street that Seth and Will think is Andy. Will ends up shooting Andy. Am I the only one upset that Andy was killed off in this short?

Two A-Holes at a Travel Agency: I thought we would see these two again after they made their debut on December 17, 2005, when Jack Black hosted with Neil Young. SNL was wise to give them recurring characters. I enjoyed this sketch the first time and I enjoyed it last night. Matt Dillon plays a travel agent. And one of the A-holes wants to drive to Europe.

How to Order Sushi Like a CEO: Matt Dillon plays a CEO who writes a book named "How to Order Sushi Like a CEO." The waitress, Maya, seemed very unamused with the CEO.

JJ Casuals: A rerun from early on in the season with Andy Samberg as Jack Johnson.

Joplin: Alive! Podcast: I think this will be a recurring sketch for Jason Sudeikis and Bill Hader. It reminds me of Jarett's room or the radio show that Jimmy Fallon hosted while he was on the show. The debut sees Jason and Bill at a Bennigan's in Joplin, Missouri. One guest gets the ladies with his French accent. That was either Matt Dillon or Andy Samberg.

Arctic Monkeys sing "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor."

Weekend Update: MetroStar jokes, Horation Sanz is an Arab spokesman, Will Forte sings about Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds.

Vincent Price’s St. Patrick Day’s Special: Bill Hader is Vincent Price. Kristen is Katherine Hepburn. I've noticed that Darrell does impersonations the most of the guys and we're seeing the same from Kristen when dealing with the females. Dillon is very impressive as Twilight Zone creator Rod Sterling. They paid tribute to Don Knotts as Barney Fife as well and Darrell Hammond does a good job of that.

Inner Harmony: This sketch had Maya, Fred Armisen, and Matt Dillon recording a meditation CD. The director was either Jason or Seth. While everyone was soft, Matt was the loudest.

Appalachian Emergency Room: The usuals...Seth, Parnell, Hammond, Amy, Maya, Kenan, and Matt.

Arctic Monkeys sing "A Certain Romance." While they have sold more albums then Coldplay and are going places, I really did not enjoy their songs this time around. Don't expect me at their concert anytime soon though as they yelled "That man just yawned!" I will give them a second chance though.

DeCicco Brothers’ Unicornery: Bill Hader and Matt Dillon try and sale unicorns.

SNL returns on April 8th with Antonio Banderas with a musical guest to be named later. My guess is that there will not be a show the week later due to the Jewish holiday of Pesach

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