With two new episodes of Saturday Night Live the last two weeks, Rob Cesternino is joined by SNL expert, Rich Tackenberg, to discuss all of the happenings in the world of SNL. This new podcast will cover everything from the last two shows hosted by Josh Brolin on April 15th and Sophia Vergara, hosted on April 8th.
This week’s show opened with another Mitt Romney cold open for what feels like the 10th week in a row according to Rob. The saving grace of this sketch for Rich was that all the Republican presidential candidates all screamed out “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night”. This made up for last week when Jason Sudeikis’ Mitt Romney flubbed the opening to the show which upset Rich greatly.
Brolin did a monologue that like Sophia Vergara’s monologue a week ago covered a number of different topics. Jay Pharoah made an appearance as Will Smith as Brolin plugged his upcoming Men in Black 3. After the monologue Rob and Rich both liked the idea for the Behind the Scenes feature about the nudity on Game of Thrones. While the idea was really funny, the sketch stalled a bit once it became one note on Andy Sandberg’s character.
The sketch that has gotten the most buzz from this week’s show was a soap opera parody called “The Californians”. Fred Armisen played the lead character on a soap opera about people from California drinking wine, talking in weird voices and giving directions about how to avoid traffic. Rich didn’t really care for it but Rob said this grew on him… though both Rob and Rich don’t know any actual Californians who talk like this.
Other highlights from the Brolin hosted episode include the funny cameo by Steven Speilberg in the Laser Cats sketch. While Rob and Rich are not normally fans of the Laser Cats, and Rich even compares himself to Lorne Michaels in the sketch, this was a pretty funny version of the sketch.
Turning to the Sophia Vergara hosted episode Rob and Rich focus on what worked and what didn’t work. Rob and Rich were happy to see the Zooey Deschanel show return with Abby Elliott reprising her role of the quirky girl and featuring Tarran Killam’s hilarious Michael Cera impression. Even Sophia Vergara impressed Rob with her Fran Drescher impression. Rich was not excited to see a return of Kristen Wiig as Gilly and even Rob, as a Gilly fan, felt like this sketch didn’t exactly work. Rob also enjoyed the Hunger games sketch and the Pantene commercial with Penelope Cruz.
Rob and Rich also break down which SNL cast members seem the most likely candidates to leave the show at the end of the season and how will the upcoming presidential election affect the decisions for the cast. Plus, Rob and Rich discuss the Chevy Chase / Dan Harmon feud on Community, some ways to fix The Office, the big insight into Ted’s future on How I Met Your Mother and Rob’s recommendation of Eastbound and Down.
Watch “The Californians” Sketch: