I hate to have to admit this but it has been quite some time since I have watched a new episode of Saturday Night Live on Saturday night. I have a few theories as to why this happened. The first has to do with a garden hose, three watermelons and Invisaline Braces (ah here is goes) while the second involves my 21 year old drivers’ license, rainbowchair, greychair and a number of establishments that happen to serve alcohol from 10:30 to 12:00 on most Saturday nights. That being said, SNL has not made funniest moment of the week until Maya Rudolph hosted this past Saturday. I did manage to pick one specific skit from the episode but it merits mentioning how good the episode was as a whole. Lead by the amazing, ex-cast member host Maya Rudolph, the episode boasted enough guest stars to make me think that the episode was a season finale, which is not the case. Beyond the host and musical guest, Sleigh Bells, Amy Poehler and Justin Timberlake both make surprise appearances. Leave it to a past cast member, who opened the episode with a song that involved the entire cast, to host an episode that was hilarious from opening to close. The specific sketch that earns Saturday Night Live the funniest moment of the week revolves around Beyonce, played by Maya Rudolph, and Jay-Z’s, Jay Pharoah, new baby. In the skit, a number of different celebrities come by to bring the new child gifts. During any given episode of SNL, no celebrity is safe. Anybody and everybody gets made fun of but in this specific skit, more parodies are made than in some single episodes. Cast members seem to pour into the room making fun of celebrities: Fred Armisen as Prince, Kenan Thompson as LL Cool J, Masim Pedrad as Nicki Minaj, Kristen Wiig as Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake as Bon Iver. The celebrities spoofs all come together to make this skit the funniest moment of the week.
Nomination: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
This marks the first of a series of posts based on this year’s (2012) Oscar nominations. My goal, within the next eighteen days, is to write a post about every nominee in the Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor and the Best Film categories. I still have some movies from the list to see (thank you On Demand) and a lot of posts write but I’m going to try and reach my goal. Some of my posts will talk about multiple nominees while some will get a post of their own.
This year, Melissa McCarthy earned herself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the film Bridesmaids. Of all the nominees, this is the one I have heard the most complaints about. I have heard it said that the woman from Bridesmaids has no business going up against nominees from Albert Nobbs, The Artist or the Help. How can a woman who uses a sink as a toilet in her role be nominated? She can because she deserves it. Do I think Melissa McCarthy will win the Oscar? No. Do I think Melissa McCarthy should win the Oscar? No. Do I think she deserves to be nominated? She most certainly does.
It takes a lot of skill and talent to properly and perfectly deliver a comedic role. In Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy does just that. She throws herself into the role of Megan so fiercely that I still have trouble imagining her playing any other role. Despite the belief of those who haven’t seen it, Bridesmaids is much more than just far and puke jokes. Not only is the film quite witty, the characters also show a good amount of depth. Melissa McCarthy is no exception on either account. In any other comedy movie with any other case, McCarthy would have completely stolen the show. Surrounded by a powerhouse cast of comedic women, including Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph, McCarthy is the best of an all star case. Every moment she is on screen, McCarthy delivers lines with expert timing, giving Megan enough insanity to be hilarious but enough heart to be real. Even in her few serious scenes, McCarthy works in enough humor to keep the audience constantly laughing.
There is no doubt in my mind that McCarthy deserves the nomination she has earned. Sadly, I do not thing she will win nor do I want her to win. As of this point in time, my vote goes to Octavia Davis but that could change as I see more of the nominated performances. I thought McCarthy did an amazing job in Bridesmaid. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite actresses but I don’t’ think the roll was enough to beat out her competition and bring home the Oscar.
I have already stated the following two facts in a number of different posts but it never hurts to emphasis. I am a nerd and I am completely obsessed with television. That being said, it makes sense that during television season (when new shows come out weekly) NBC takes all meaning out of TGIF. Every Thursday night, NBC premieres their stellar, comic lineup which includes Community, The Office, Parks and Recs and as of last Thursday, finally 30 Rock. Comedy Thursday, as I have come to call it, is the highlight of my work week. Sure, the week technically eneds Friday but I look forward to the comedy that follows the end of the work day on Thursday. This year however, there was a glaring flaw in my NBC Comedy Night and its name was Whitney.
I am NOT saying that Whitney Cummings is not a funny comedian. She is not my favorite but in the right situation, her raunchy style of humor can be very effective. The problem is, a show with a laugh track is NOT the right situation. The humor on Whitney seems forced and out of place and it certainly does not belong on NBC Comedy Thursday. To make matters more frustrating, MBC launched a comedy this season that belongs on Comedy Thursday. Up All Night, the hilarious show starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnet as new parents, originally aired on Wednesdays. Maya Rudolph rounds out the show’s stellar cast. From the first minute of the first episode, I found myself wondering why the show was on Wednesday nights. The style and humor of the show is quite reminiscent of the Comedy Thursday shows and the show is good enough to be in that lineup.
Over the Winter break, someone at NBC heard my mental frustration. Last Thursday, when the lineup returned new, Whitney had bee bumped to Wednesday night while Up All Night replaced it as the comedy night closer. For the first time this year, Comedy Thursday felt complete. Instead of turning my television off a half an hour before comedy night should have ended there was finally a worthy show filling the final half an hour. I have heard the argument that Up All Night does not fit in its new Thursday slot, an argument I would chose to disagree with. I think most of us can agree that whether it belongs there or not, it is certainly a better fit than Whitney. Personally, I think the show belongs there. It is a hilarious, witty show that belongs on NBC’s best night of comedy.