To Bill Brasky! Scoring the Paul Rudd Hosted 'Saturday Night Live'
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To Bill Brasky! Scoring the Paul Rudd Hosted 'Saturday Night Live'

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | December 8, 2013 | Comments ()


Lots of cameos, but besides a three or four sketches, a fairly lousy show. Must Watch Sketches: The Monologue, Dan Charles #1 One Direction Fan, Jebidiah Atkinson, White Christmas, and the return of Bill Brasky. Everything else you can skip, and no, I’m not going to embed One Direction’s musical performances.

Cold Open — I wasn’t particularly excited about The Sound of Music parody, until — God bless her — Kristen Wiig’s Ugly Duckling Denise made a surprise cameo appearance. It didn’t actually improve the sketch (which was not very good) because Denise is terrible, but it may have been the first time we’ve ever seen Kate McKinnon crack an out-of-character smile, if ever so briefly. Still, there were so many amazing ways SNL could’ve used the Kristen Wiig (and very brief) Fred Armisen cameo. This was not one of them. (Score: 3/10)

Paul Rudd Monologue — One Direction vs. the Cast of Anchorman. IT’S TEARING ME APART. (It’s not. I have no idea who One Direction is, but each and every one of them has terrible hair). Anyway, the nine of them do an amusing rendition of “Afternoon Delight,” which works because of who it is, rather than what it is. (It’s not embeddable, but you can watch it here) (Score: 6.5/10)

Politics Nation — Not really even worth mentioning. Terrible. (Score: 2/10)

Dan Charles, # One Direction Fan — This pre-taped sketch might actually be funnier if Paul Rudd — who plays the over-enthusiastic number one fan of One Direction — didn’t actually look like a goddamn teenager, instead of the 44 year old man he is. I’m pretty sure that Rudd actually drinks the blood of boy bands to maintain his youthful appearance. The kids pretty much make this sketch, though. (Score: 7/10)

Paul Rudd Dancing Sketch — Paul Rudd Dancing Sketch! Paul Rudd Dancing Sketch! The conceit itself was pretty horrible — a couple negotiating an acrimonious divorce settlement break into dance every time their song comes on — but it involves Paul Rudd dancing, so … (Score: 1 Billion/10).

(Unfortunately, there is no embed, so these GIFs will have to do. I’d search for more, but for every Paul Rudd SNL GIF on tumblr right now, there are 8,000 One Direction GIFs.)


Weekend Update — Always reliable, and the Christmas Tinner joke was spectacular. (Score: 7/10)

Jacob the Podiatrist’s Son — Jacob was a little bit funny the first time they trotted him out. The fourth or fifth time? Not so much. To bring Jacob back for every Jewish holiday is actually a disservice to Jews. Please stop. (Score: 3/10).

Jebediah Atkinson Yes, he is recurring after appearing for the first time only three weeks ago (which he makes light of himself), but he delightfully shreds Christmas TV specials. As in his last appearance, he’s the highlight of the show. “It’s a Wonderful Life? Every time this movie airs, an angel blows its brains out.” (Score: 8/10)

Lorenzo — Rudd plays one of Michelangelo’s male models, for whom David was modeled. He’s not pleased with the tiny penis. So, it’s basically an entire sketch of tiny dick jokes, which actually makes it one of the night’s better sketches. (Score; 5/10)

White Christmas Trailer — “The first black holiday movie for a white audience … everything you expect from a black holiday movie, but with a white cast.” Great idea, and Paul Rudd’s hilarious turn as White Madea is the icing. (Score: 7.5/10)

Skinny Santa — Santa lost 150 pounds and looks like Paul Rudd with a white beard and says inappropriate things. (Score: 4/10)

Victor — Some woman is revisited by the memories of all of her ex-lovers, and an obnoxious Paul Rudd character keeps rudely interrupting. It doesn’t work. (Score: 3/10)

Bill Brasky — “Bill Brasky’s testicles have an IQ of 91. He once date raped Karl Malone on a dare! To Bill Brasky!” God bless, there was a reason to stay up for the entire show, after all. Classic. (Score: 10/10)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • The only two things I got from that episode were that Jebediah was hilarious, and that maybe One Direction wouldn't sound like singing fetuses so much if they didn't wear skintight pants.

  • "...besides a three or four sketches, a fairly lousy show" This seems to be a constantly re-occurring theme, which makes me wonder why you continue to subject yourself to it.

  • gnibs

    Because SNL never batted a thousand, or even .500 for that matter.

    When it's bad it's bad, but when it's good, it's GREAT.

  • kirivinokur

    What's going on (or not going on) with Noel Wells? Is no one (including her) writing parts for herself, or are most of her sketches being cut, or do they not know what to do with her? I feel like she's not really making her mark.

  • Kristalbailey

    She had that great Girls bit with Tina Fey, but hasn't had much of the spotlight since.

  • Logan

    What song is Paul Rudd dancing to in the divorce lawyer sketch? I can't figure it out, and I really want to know.

  • kaizee

    I think it's I Don't Want to Know - Fleetwood Mac

    Now you saying you really want to know, given the title, is making me laugh. I shouldn't work on Sundays, I get weird.

  • Logan

    That's it! Thank you. You've saved my head from certain explosion...

  • Sean

    I had never seen or heard One Direction until last night. I actually thought they were a sketch. A parody of a boy band. I had to call a friend of mine with teen daughters to ask if they were real.

  • gnibs

    No you didn't.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Is it just me, or does Paul Rudd look like Andy Samberg in that Bill Braskey sketch?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I thought he looked like Samberg in the Madea get up.

  • llp

    Denise is terrible? Realistically, I haven't seen a whole episode in over a decade, but someone sent me those clips of Wiig with the doll hands and I laughed and laughed. "With my by myself...."

    Maybe there is something wrong with me.

  • Elizabeth P

    Is her name Denise or Judice? I always hear a different name every skit.

  • Neither, it's actually Dooneese. I guess they didn't think her arms & forehead were funny enough, she needed a weird name to top it off?

  • llp

    I always thought it was Junice. I bet it is a different name every time.

    Edit: MelBivDevoe's mad Googling skills FTW.

  • The really sad part? I knew her name was Dooneese without Googling. I just wanted to provide a link to show I hadn't made the name up myself.

  • llp

    That's not sad, that demonstrates a nice attention to detail and a good memory, along with referencing and research skills. I wish I could hire you, in fact.

  • That might be the best compliment I've ever gotten here. Thanks!

  • Baffling decision to save Bill Brasky for the 10-til spot. That could have been moved way up

  • gnibs

    Correct me if I'm incorrect, but I think they always had the Bill Brasky sketch in the last spot.

  • Three_nineteen

    Baffling decision to have a Bill Brasky sketch this week when John Goodman is hosting next week.

  • Ryan Horan

    Stayed up late to see Paul Rudd, was extremely gratified to see Bill Brasky trotted out. Considering I then got up at 5:30 to prep a turkey and throw it in the oven, Braskey made it all worthwhile. That said, I was really sort of impressed with the first One Direction song. They still wear ridiculous clothes and have hair that makes me a little angry, but I thought their voices were excellent.

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