Will Ferrell returned to host SNL for the fourth time on Saturday. Simply put, he showed why he’s one of the greatest sketch comedians of all time. He was in literally every sketch (and Weekend Update) and gave SNL it’s highest ratings of the season. Fighter Pilots, Dinner Discussion & Reality Stars were all great. As was Next: For Men, which should absolutely be a real product. Commercial Shoot starring Ferrell and Kate McKinnon was my personal favorite, though.
Will Ferrell & Kate McKinnon – Commercial Shoot
This sketch is based on outtakes from an actual commercial from 2012 for a restaurant in Maine. The sketch starts funny and somehow keeps upping the funny until I was genuinely almost in tears. Ferrell’s mumbling delivery is perfect, as is the deer in the headlights stare from McKinnon. Ferrell’s character comes close at first but things shortly go off the rails. Nobody beats The Wiz was my personal favorite mess up. I love a lot of what SNL does, but my parent’s generation are used to a completely different kind of comedy. I knew this sketch was a hit when I went over to their house this week and they asked me if I saw this sketch. Will Ferrell – bridging generational comedy gaps.
Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll and a shit-ton of other funny people come together to make this unique and original comedy. Listen, all the movie studio had to do was say “Ferrell and Poehler” and I would have been in line for tickets. Adding a “This is the End”-esque ensemble cast is just overkill. Overkill that I welcome with open arms.
Jason Mantzoukas, better known as Rafi from ‘The League’, is finally getting a major role in a comedy, which is great news for movie go-ers. He and Nick Kroll have been floating in and out of every major comedy of the last couple years and 2017 is poised to be their true “break out” year. I truly believe they can lead in their own movies and ‘The House’ should help solidify my claim.
This looks like a genuinely funny movie and I can’t wait to laugh my dick off at the theater.
‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ & ‘The Californians’ Both Made Hysterical Returns During Last Nights #SNL40 Celebration
Last nights SNL 40 celebration was as great as expected, and maybe even better. In three and a half hours they paid tribute to stars that made show famous, as well as the crew, Lorne Michaels and all the legendary sketches and segments that have become apart of pop culture history. Two of the shows most well known sketches, Celebrity Jeopardy and The Californians, also made star studded returns. Celebrity Jeopardy was out first with Will Ferrell looking exactly the same as he did almost 20 years as Alex Trebek. Old faithful’s Sean Connery (Darrell Hammond), Tony Bennett (Alec Baldwin) and Burt Reynolds (Norm Macdonald) mixed it up with Justin Bieber (Kate McKinnon), Matthew McConaughey (Jim Carrey) and Christoph Waltz (Taran Killam). The best part of any Celebrity Jeopardy sketch involved the interaction between Trebek and Connery, and Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond just have a comedic chemistry that will never die (they were equally as awesome as Al Gore and George Bush). Norm MacDonald’s Burt Reynolds impression is always top notch, and his asinine Andre the Giant anecdotes were consistently hysterical. Alec Baldwin did a spot on out of loop semi racist Tony Bennett, and Kate McKinnon’s Bieber continues to be my new favorite impression. Also, Sean Connery turning simple expressions into dirty terms will NEVER get old.
The Californians was equally as funny, minus the Taylor Swift appearance. What kind of accent was that exactly? I understand she’s not an actor but if you have ALL THE GREATEST FEMALE SKETCH COMEDIANS EVER in one room and you choose to put T-Swift in a sketch she better deliver. She did not, but with awesome cameos from Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington and Betty White, the skit was still a highlight of the show. Also, how about that sweet embrace from Betty and Bradley? They’re the real America’s Sweethearts.
There’s just so much to love here. First off, Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are fantastic lip syncers. We already knew Jimmy Fallon could do it, but Will and Kevin just dominated here. Add lip syncing to the list of things that they’re better than 90% of the worlds population at. As good as Kevin Hart and Jimmy Fallon are, Will Ferrell is just amazing. He doesn’t just lip sync, he performs. His Beyoncé rendition of ‘Drunk in Love’ was hauntingly wonderful and I’ll probably never get those images out of my head. The surprises were also great, like Chrissy Teigen’s cry face floating around during Kevin Hart’s ‘All of Me’ cover and Drew Barrymore coming out to reenact the Dirty Dancing dance scene during Jimmy Fallon’s cover of ‘I’ve Had The Time Of My Life’. Also Kevin Hart’s atomic bomb shirt is AWESOME. A+ times a million.
Will Ferrell Knocked Out TNA Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell With A Basketball At Last Night New Orleans Pelicans Game
If you’ve been on the internet today, there’s a solid chance you’ve seen this video, in which Will Ferrell throws a basketball at the face of a New Orleans Pelicans cheerleader during halftime of their game against the Lakers last night. For those who haven’t seen it, or saw it and thought Will Ferrell has finally lost it, the stunt was part of a scene for his new movie with Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home. Thanks to the amazing people over at UPROXX, it turns out that the cheerleader who took the ball off the noggin’ and fell perfectly is none other than TNA Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell. When I first saw the video, I wondered how an actress could take such a realistic bump, but now it all makes sense: that basketball off the skull is nothing compared to some of the shit Gail Kim has done to her in the past. If you don’t know who Taryn Terrell is, look her up, because she is pretty much the only reason I’ll watch TNA Impact.
I hope whoever named this movie did it ironically, because you can’t name something ‘Get Hard’ and have it not be a porno. That just makes no sense. Anyway, Will Ferrell is a rich white man and Kevin Hart is a middle class black man (?) who finds Will Ferrell’s keys one day. Then Will Ferrell gets sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud, and while he’s waiting to be sent there, he asks the only black person he knows to teach him what it’s like in prison. This movie is not racist at all. The trailer doesn’t look particularly funny, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt because it has Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in it. Still kind of upset it isn’t a porno, though.
Over Saturday Night Live’s 39 years on-air there have been tons and tons of note worthy sketches. Sketches that have made generation after generation laugh uncontrollably, and while it is a seemly insurmountable task to choose just one as your favorite, we here at Average Nobodies will give it our best shot. Here we go! Read the rest of this entry
This weekend I had a discussion with a few of my amigo’s (or I had a dream. Either scenario is possible. I drank a lot this weekend) about why SNL has never released a Celebrity Jeopardy dvd. Watch that :30 second clip. Now imagine that kind of universal humor, only this time its part of a two hour dvd. I’ve never been one to toot my own horn, but toot toot baby. An SNL Celebrity Jeopardy dvd would sell like hot cakes. You have its greatest performer, Will Ferrell, plus a ridiculous supporting cast all absolutely nailing dumb downed version of celebrities. Its one of the best recurring skits in SNL history, and the needy side of me wants that greatness at the tips of my fingers. Enough of the sports extra skits or the commercial parodies dvd’s. We want Celebrity Jeopardy. Seacrest out.