How great is Jane Lynch? After bouncing around the supporting player circuit for the better part of the last 10 years, her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on Glee has finally earned her BOTH the respect of the mainstream and enough juice in the comedy community to host Saturday Night Live. Based on her outstanding work in Christopher Guest’s films and in the first season of the late, great Party Down, every indication pointed towards Lynch being the kind of host that Lorne could put on his short list of people who should host the show whenever they feel like it (think Baldwin, think Martin, think Hamm). And you know what? Lynch didn’t quite knock it out of the park, but she would easily find herself ranked in the top 20% of people who have hosted the show over the years. Definitely an excellent effort on her part. But what about the rest of the cast? Follow along to see how the Not Ready For Primetime Players performed on this week’s SNL Power Rankings.
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When the clock strikes 8pm on Sunday nights, chances are your friendly BWE editors are glued to CBS and the Amazing Race. Last night, however, the football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans ran over by almost an hour, which necessitated us flipping the channel over to Fox to catch the sabremetrics-focused episode of The Simpsons. Mere seconds into the program, we knew we were in for a delicious treat when the camera panned over the city of Springfield and a huge Banksy tag appeared on the Krusty billboard. However, we were not prepared for the harrowing direction the credits took when it came time for the show’s patented couch gag.
Some say too into Saturday Night Live. Youtube user crgmorgan has been making his own personal series of SNL lip dub videos for a few months now, but he hadn’t tasted the sweet nectar of viral video success until his imitation of Kristin Wiig’s perpetually surprised character Sue was uploaded yesterday (for those of you not familiar with the sketch he’s reprising, look no further). While we hope that crgmorgan is enjoying this time that he gets to bask in the warming rays of viral video glory — 50K views and climbing! — we highly suggest that he takes a few moments out of his day, puts his shirt on and backs up his videos onto his local hard drive. After all, as anyone who has tried in vain to search for SNL clips on Youtube will attest, NBC/Universal is crazy vigilant about keeping their prized content off of any video sharing site that doesn’t have Hulu or NBC in its URL.
A few weeks back, our own Dan Hopper turned his critical eye to the numerous ethical issues that are likely to be raised this Halloween when millions* of women dress up as a Slutty Cookie Monster. Well, in the spirit of iconic childhood figures suddenly becoming sexualized by calorie-craving candy fiends, we thought we’d call your attention to this Slutty Wookie (or, as it’s described by the lawsuit-cognizant copywriters over at Yandy.com, “Sci-Fi Furry Costume”) costume. Make no mistake, this is NOT a Slutty Chewbacca costume; everyone knows that Chewie is a dude! Rather, this classily dressed lady is clearly impersonating a female Wookie, albeit one with substantially less hair than George Lucas likely envisioned. We think that’s a good thing.
If this Slutty Wookie costume is too wholesome for you — we know a lot of you BWE readers are drawn to the Dark Side — there’s always this Slutty Darth Vaderette get-up to assist you with getting your Force on. However, regardless of what you dress up as some 24 days from now, though, there’s one thing we implore you to remember: No matter how drunk you get, don’t hook up with a Slutty Ewok. As everyone who ever saw Return Of The Jedi can tell you, that will only lead to disappointment.
[Thanks, The Daily What!]
*Well, maybe not millions, but surely dozens of people will have to deal with these issues.
While most of us would agree that it’s a stretch to still describe baseball as being Our National Pastime™, there’s little sense denying that every playoff baseball game played during the month of October is laden with the kind of dramatic tension that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. This post, however, is not really about celebrating the magic and mystery of America’s most revered professional sport. Rather, it’s about the celebrities who trot themselves out to the pitcher’s mound before games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
First, the facts: Every single Major League Baseball team plays 81 home games during the course of the season. This means that the poor public relations department of each team has to come up with 81 different ways to get the crowd excited before a game. In some of baseball’s larger markets, teams draw upon their access to a range of different celebrities, a list that runs the gamut from Hollywood’s A-List to downtrodden reality television flameouts, to get their fans excited over a long and often monotonous season. So we here at TheFABLife thought you would get a kick out of seeing celebs of all magnitudes — most of whom are not exactly known for their athletic abilities — attempting to throw a baseball sixty feet and six inches. So, if you pardon the expression, who throws like a girl and who throws like someone who could be called up to The Show? Now’s the time to find out. Play ball!
Every child who has ever spent any time on a swing set has, at one point or another, thought to themselves, “Hmmm, I wonder if I could swing myself so hard that I’ll be able to flip over the bar?” Most of us never pursued that thought any further, and instead went along to tackle something else playground-related (like playing hopscotch or a game of horseshoes) during recess. However, this brave soul enlisted a few of his buddies to help him conquer the what most astrophysicists consider to be the Final Frontier: a full 360° rotation on a swing set. Needless to say, it could’ve gone better.
She is, however, a … really … slow … talker. Why so SLOWious? It’s as if she prepared for a 15-second spot, but was told by the director the moment that she arrived on the (really creepy and really witchy-looking!) set that she’d have to stretch it out to a 30 seconds for maximum viral potential. Someone really ought to have her work with Amy Sherman-Palladino (or perhaps Phil Davison) before her next campaign spot.
Oh, and while we’re on the topic of Christine O’Donnell’s outlandishly hilarious clairifications to the voting public at large, it’s worth noting that her father Daniel O’Donnell did NOT work as an officially licensed Bozo The Clown, as previously rumored. As he explained to Mark Leibovitch of the New York Times last night, “To be an official Bozo, you had to go to a special school in Texas … I was the fill-in Bozo.” Do with that information what you will.
Oh no she didn’t! Actually, yes she did. We haven’t been watching much Family Feud since the departure of the great John O’Hurley, but this moment certainly caught our eye. When host Steve Harvey asked a contestant to “Name a part of your body that’s bigger than when you were 16 years-old,” she answered with the first thing that came to her mind. No, not “a boner” (although that HAS happened before); rather, she used the “medical terminology” (her words!) for the, um, male anatomy, which resulted in the prudish Harvey nearly passing out on the stage from shock. Geez, Steve, unprofessional much?
Rightly so, most of the conversation surrounding this weekend’s Bryan Cranston hosted episode of Saturday Night Live has revolved around Kanye West’s next level performances of “Power” and “Runaway.” Now that you’ve had enough time to digest those, we figured it was high time to start breaking down this week’s Saturday Night Live Power Rankings for you. After all, it was the first time that one of the newbies got an opportunity to play the lead in a sketch and, much to Lorne’s delight, it was totally F-Bomb free! So, please follow along and find out where Vanessa Bayer and the rest of her SNL brethren landed on this week’s Power Rankings.
Fellow Juiceheads, did you hear the news that our loveable guidos and guidettes from the Jersey Shore are now being syndicated in Japan? It’s not surprising that the antics of The Situation, Snooki, DJ Pauly D and the others are garnering them fame on an international level, but this is: The show’s title in the Land of the Rising Sun is The New Jersey Life of Macaroni Rascals!!! Which, of course, is obviously the best name for a television program since, well, Best Week Ever (R.I.P.). Shame on you, Sally Ann Salsano, for not coming up with this title first!
Now, on with this week’s Macaroni Rascals Top Ten Catchphrase Countdown!