Jamie Foxx's Back-Loaded 'Saturday Night Live' Serves Up a Heaping Spoonful of Maine Justice
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Jamie Foxx's Back-Loaded 'Saturday Night Live' Serves Up a Heaping Spoonful of Maine Justice

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | December 9, 2012 | Comments ()

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If you went to bed after "Weekend Update" last night, disappointed with the first half of the show, I wouldn't have blamed you. Save for Jamie Foxx's amusing monologue, which combined a stand-up routine with another opening singing performance, the first half of last night's show was kind of terrible. The Cold Open -- where Jay Pharoah's Obama conceded to the Republican's demands on the fiscal cliff just so they'd stop bullying poor John Boehner -- was terrible. The "Bitch Game Show" was flat, unfunny, and Foxx's delivery was terrible; I hate the J-Pop sketches more than "The Californians," and save for Foxx's brilliant Tyler Perry impression, the pre-taped segment, Alex Cross: 2, didn't really work, either.

But in the second half of the show, the brilliant cameos arrived, Jamie Foxx loosened up, and the show lifted off. But let's start with the only worthy thing from the first half, Foxx's monologue. You know that Foxx has a great voice, but you forget it until you hear it again.

As for Weekend Update, thanks to impressive delivery, there were two jokes that flat-out killed me last night. Guess which two:

In the first of two solid Weekend Update segments, Mrs. Claus came out to talk about her lousy sex life with Santa, and the milk farts she has to endure the month after Christmas.

This, I think, was the tipping point for Jamie Foxx: During a segment in which he played a Hostess Ding Dong, his moustache kept falling off, Foxx tried to hold it together, and the audience finally started to warm up to Foxx.

The first sketch back after Weekend Update was obvious, and yet hilariously successful: A game show in which three black contestants were asked to tell the difference between Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney. I know the difference, and yet the longer the sketch went on, the more the two began to blur in my mind. The sketch was also capped with a brilliant cameo.

Another pre-taped segment -- this one concerning pimps selling Christmas trees -- was a lot better than the first pre-taped segment of the show.

The absolute best sketch of the night, and maybe the most bat-nuts sketch of the year was "Maine Justice," which made no f*cking sense, and was all the better for it. Plus, another cameo, this one from Charlie Day.

I'm not sure if Swavorski Crystals was really that successful, but after Maine Justice, I was so loopy and receptive, I might have laughed a "Californians" sketch. Still, former porn stars selling jewelry is a funny idea, right?

There was also a dress rehearsal sketch that didn't make the show, and while the sketch itself wasn't very funny, if you like to see Fred Armisen and Bill Hader completely lose it to the point of crying during a sketch, this is excellent.

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  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    When Foxx mispronounced Swarovski during the sketch, I was dying. He just had a look like WTF am I doing, oh well.... It was great delivery. I never particuarly liked Jaime Foxx, but that entire episode was great.

  • TheAggroCraig

    "Maine Justice" didn't do much for me.

  • oilybohunk7

    I actually hated the monologue. A lot.

  • duckandcover

    Who is their goddamn right mind thought the Dylan McDermott / Dermot Mulroney sketch should be 5 goddamn minutes long? That was excruciatingly painful.

  • OK that Crystals sketch had me cackling. It was all in the ridiculous delivery.

  • Edgar Allen

    for reviewing Saturday Night Live, Dustin. I missed the show last night because
    I got stuck working late in my office at DISH. Thankfully, DISHOnline.com posts
    the show the day after it airs, so I can get caught up whenever I have the
    time. I just watched the episode, and I thought it was pretty mediocre. The
    McDermott or Mulroney sketch was pretty good, but none of the others really
    stood out for me.

  • phase10

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  • Mitchell Hundred

    "Lighthouse full of 'gators" is redundant.

  • InvisibleCinema

    "Tree Pimps" better than Jamie's "Alex Cross"? Wow. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

  • I would like to note for the record that J-Pop is my absolute favourite recurring sketch right now.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    You mean, 'right now aduhr' (Phonetically spelling racist speaking tics is not my strong suit, sorry)

    I love it too - I don't even know why, but I do. Partly it's Taran Killam's insanely hilarious wig, and just the general enthusiasm that he and Vanessa Bayer have for those characters is so infectious. I was actually wondering to myself if I would want the theme song on my iPod, but decided against it. I think it might cross the line to annoying if I heard it several times a week.

  • sean

    We need more Maine Justice. The crystal sketch had me dying of laughter. Best 10 minutes to one am sketch in ages.

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  • katy

    The Californians can quickly become grating, but it's one of the few sketches anymore that consistently gets laughs from my husband, which is no small feat. He spent many teenage summers in LA with his grandmother and valley girl cousin (in the 80s, no less), and says the caricatures in the Californians are dead on. I have no such background and don't quite get it either, but I can find the humor through his enjoyment.

  • QueeferSutherland

    I thought the Mulrony/McDermott skit was far too one note to last as long as it did, but the other three - size especially Maine Justice - were fantastic. Maine Justice might be the second best skit of the year behind Lincoln.

  • JH

    I loved Maine Justice- I watched 3 times in a row. Batshit amazing!

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