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Last Night on "SNL": Dear Zooey Deschanel -- Stop Doing that Thing with Your Voice

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 12, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | February 12, 2012 |

After it was announced that Zooey Deschanel had split from her husband, my first thought was, “How?” She’s too nice to break up with anyone, and why would anyone divorce her? She’s too nice! But then I started thinking about it, and I worked out the scenario for the divorce inside my head:

Ben Gibbard: Can you just be yourself for a few minutes, so we can have an actual conversation?

Zooey: This is my real self?

Ben Gibbard: Really? This is not some sort of elaborate put-on that’s been going on for the last five years? You really act like this all the time?

Zooey: Yes.

Ben: No, really. Please stop doing that thing with your voice.

Zooey: (*singing*) I’m not doing anything with my voooooiiiiiice.

Ben: OK. I’m out.

That’s kind of how I felt about last night’s show. I thought we’d get to see another side of Zooey Deschanel, but it turns out, Zooey Deschanel only has one side. Yes, she’s adorable, and nice, and lovely to look at. But it’s starting to feel like one elaborate, decade-long Borat sketch.

Zooey Deschanel Monologue — This was the first indication that we weren’t going to see anything new. Instead of coming out, introducing herself, telling us a bit about herself, and maybe making a few jokes about her “personae,” Deschanel sang a quirky song because of course she did.

Clint Eastwood’s Chrysler Ads — The first one was OK, but they got increasingly better as the night progressed. There were actually four, but only three are embeddable right now.

Les Jeunes De Paris — The night’s highlight — this is the only recurring sketch on “SNL” right now worth a damn, and bringing on Jean Dujardin (who flew in from Paris on Friday) was a stroke of genius.

Weekend Update: In the Cage — Funny, but would’ve been funnier if Nic Cage — who played opposite Andy Samberg’s version of Nic Cage — had actually gotten more speaking lines.

Technology Hump — I may be in the minority, but I think this sketch is hilarious, even if it is practically the same as the first time they featured the sketch.

The Bad


Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig would make an awesome fast-talking 1930’s comedy-of-remarriage couple, but Zooey Deschanel completely ruined this skit.

The Really Bad

Being Quirky with Zooey Deschanel

Deschanel’s impression of Mary Kate Olsen was actually good, but the rest of the skit only served to remind us what some of us find increasingly annoying about Zooey Deschanel.

The Absolute Worst Skit of the Season

What would possess anyone to put this one on air? I can only imagine how bad the sketches that got cut in favor of this one was.

Musical Performanc: Karmin

I don’t know who this person is.

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