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Sam Jackson's F-Bomb the One Sour Note In An Otherwise Festive "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | December 16, 2012 | Comments ()


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Last night's Christmas episode of "Saturday Night Live" was an amusing and occasionally downright hilarious episode, featuring host Martin Short, who turned out to be an unexpectedly perfect guy for the gig, bringing in a lot of old-school humor and playing well with the many celebrity cameos. The only sour note of the night came from Sam Jackson, who needlessly threw out an F-bomb during the "What's Up with That," sketch, and as if to punctuate the fact that it wasn't an inadvertent slip, Jackson followed it up with a "bullsh*t," although Kenan Thompson came back with the perfect ad lib. (Jackson, for his part, insisted on Twitter that he only said FUH, but the K is fairly apparent).

Anyway, the cold open struck the perfect note in light of the tragedy in Connecticut, as a New York City children's choir led with a rendition of "Silent Night" (they would return later in the night to sing that terrible McCartney Christmas song, "Wonderful Christmas Time," with Paul McCartney).

Martin Short kicked off the rest of the show with a holiday musical number ("The Most Amorous Time of the Year") that featured a number of cameos (Jimmy Fallon, Sam Jackson, and Tina Fey), but it's not yet embeddable. Alec Baldwin showed up as Tony Bennett to do the "Tony Bennett" Show but that, likewise, isn't embeddable either (it was fairly forgettable, save for a squeamish hemorrhoid joke).

The sketch of the night, however, was Royal Family Doctor, which featured Martin Short playing the family doctor and discussing with Kate Middleton's gynecologist about the proper protocol (Hader, again, nearly loses it on a few occasions).

Charlie Brown's Rat Bastard Christmas featuring Hader's Pacino as Charlie Brown was also fantastic, especially Edie Falco as Lucy.

Seth Meyers appropriately avoided bringing up the Connecticut shooting in a stellar series of Weekend Update jokes, while the Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation at a Party with was the best one, so far.

What's Up with That, besides the Sam Jackson sourness was, as always, exceptional thanks mostly to Jason Sudeikis, who I could watch dance in a red track suit for the rest of my life and never stop smiling. (The Jackson F-Bomb is muted in the embed)

Also not embeddable, but worth finding later this afternoon, was Paul McCartney's reunion with surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as the Foo's Pat Smear, to perform "Cut Me Some Slack."








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  • Chris

    How the F* can it actually bother you that Sam Jacksom said F*? Are you eight years old? Living in 1954?

  • lowercase_ryan

    What's up with that is horrible. Not even funny adjacent. I think Sam Jackson was pissed that they wasted his time.

  • dizzylucy

    I thought it was a very enjoyable episode. They handled the terrible circumstances as well as possible, and Martin Short was great.

    Jason Sudekis dancing in the track suit cracks me up too. Every time.

  • I know he didn't have many lines in the sketch, but did no one provide Sam Jackson with a script to at the very least explain to him how long the sketch would be?

  • jen

    "what up with that?" is my favorite running sketch in recent years. it's the same sketch over and over, but with slight tweaks that make it completely... surreal. lindsey buckingham in that low cut v-neck tshirt, the always bizarre music act that shows up in the middle (usually with a creepy early 80's klaus nomi vibe) and jason sudekis dancing in that red track suit. LOVE IT!!!

  • It looked to me like Paul was desperately trying to remember how to play the bass and the show was doing their best to bury his vocal in the mix. Sad.

  • Green Lantern

    During which song? He was playing lead guitar in "Cut Me Some Slack", and his vocal was surprisingly sharp.

  • e jerry powell

    Kenan may yet become a superstar. Still a bit young.

    Oh, and Short being back reminds us of how little the world needs Fred Armisen.

  • Ginger

    I love Martin Short. That is all.

  • ,

    Why aren't you people out drinking?

  • Three_nineteen

    Why do you feel the need to go out to drink? Needlessly expensive most of the time. Besides, I can't get Surly Furious in the bars around here. My friend had to infiltrate Minnesota and smuggle some out.

  • ,

    Because ... it's Saturday night?

  • Three_nineteen

    I have a soft spot for Alec Baldwin's Tony Bennett impression. I still laughed, even though shoehorning in Martin Short hurt the skit.

  • I'd like to point out that Pat Smear joined nirvana for their In Utero tour, so he is actually, technically, a surviving member as well. Also, Martin Short's Larry David impression was SPOT ON. At first, I wasn't sure if it was actually Larry David.

  • dizzylucy

    I thought it was Larry at first too.

  • seanx40

    I love how the "featured" players have basically taken over. Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon are just amazing. So much so that when Kristen Whig showed up last night I realized that I had completely forgotten her.

  • I'm kinda pissed they haven't given ANY time to the new guy. At least give the dude a chance.

  • Gavin Smith

    Keenan saying "That costs us money, man" killed me.

  • Please, please do not associate Wonderful Christmas Time with The Beatles. That travesty is all McCartney's doing post-Beatles.

  • Jezzer

    "Wonderful Christmas Time" makes me want to set a jolly old elf on fire. It is seriously the worst, even more so than the embarrassingly mawkish "Christmas Shoes."

  • L.O.V.E.

    Drinking fully-loaded eggnog and singing "Wonderful Christmas Time" is great Holiday fun.
    Grinch.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    ha, my roommate and I discussed this last night, Lennon's "War is Over" vs "Wonderful Christmas Time" - not that there is any comparison.

    The whole episode left me tickled. Well, until I fell asleep during Weekend Update, but that was because I was really sleepy.

    Martin Short. He's just so good. Came in and showed all those young whippersnappers how it's done.

  • Natallica

    Sorry, but a Sam Jackson F-bomb could NEVER be a sour note

  • NoPantsMcLane

    Yeah, that was the best part of the episode. Dustin is such a prude.

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