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Saturday Night Live Episode: "Michael Phelps; Lil Wayne"

Season 34, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Season 34 opens with Olympic gold-medalist Michael Phelps as host. Rapper Lil Wayne is the musical guest. Appearing: Tina Fey and William Shatner.
Original Air Date: Sep 13, 2008
Guest Cast William Shatner Michael Phelps Lil Wayne
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Season 34, Episode 1
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Michael Phelps Hosts, Lil Wayne Performs Season 34, Episode 1

Tina Fey is in the house as Sarah Palin and a very pregnant good sport Amy Poehler rocks her Hillary Clinton impression! This was a much anticipated and hoped-for pairing and we got it! Not only because Tina is the perfect person to play lookalike Palin, but because Barack Obama had to cancel at the last second (something about not-so-little Hurricane Ike arriving to beat the crapola out of the Texas Gulf Coast). Guess he thought that would be in bad taste (good guess). Hello, SNL fans! Erin Fox here, back to blog the most exciting episodes this season. I won't be covering every single episode, just the ones with extra special buzz. Why? Because I'd like a life on Saturday nights. Stop laughing. It's just gonna be the way we roll this season. Now, on to the show. Opening: A Nonpartisan message from Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton OMG! How awesomely perfect is Tina Fey as Palin? Thank goodness they coaxed her back! She nails Palin's mannerisms and accent. Poehler is amazing as Hillary; her timing is better than ever. My favorite line was Tina saying "I can see Russia from my house!" The skit is all about asking the public to respect them and stop calling them names like, "Attractive, beautiful, MILF," (or for Hillary) "bon*r shrinker and flerg." It's brilliant and perfect given the current media obsession with attention given the former Mayor of "Alaska's crystal meth capitol." Watch it here: Monologue Michael Phelps, who I've always found completely devoid of a show-biz personality, must be shaking in his Speedos. Let's hope they help him out by giving him, well, not a lot to do. Amy Poehler plays his mom who keeps interrupting his monologue to cheer him on and wave American flags. Whoa! William Shatner pops up during the audience Q&A portion. He weighs in on what Phelps should endorse now. His suggestion is Priceline. Ha! Quiz Bowl Jason Sudeikis hosts a quiz show with Richmond High vs. the (home-schooled) coif-challenged Jasper Family (from a religious sect... think FLDS polygamists). The Jasper family keeps answering the questions with things like "Jesus!" and "Lack of faith!" This skit isn't that funny. I'm not sure you can make home-schooled sect members funny. Kristen Wiig does show up as their crazy mother, which is actually chuckle-worthy. Fake Commercial Kristen can't open a jar and needs something to help her. But before we see what she's trying to sell to open the jar, they tell a whole Fugitive-like story about her accidentally killing her husband with the jar (because it flies out of her hands as she tries to bang it open). It's really weird and not that funny. Swimming Team Sketch Phelps plays a swimmer (shocker!) and Will Forte plays their coach giving the crappy team a pep talk. Phelps scores a laugh when he says he almost fudged his Speedo out of pre-meet nerves. Ew. That's the only real laugh in this lame sketch. Luckily, Phelps doesn't say much, but they do let him do a goofy dance at the end. Dinner Party Sketch Bill Hader plays a boss who has his team over for dinner. He shows a picture of "the kids" at Epcot Center and the guests all try not to be horrified... I see where this is going! Kristen Wiig is back as Stasia the awkward and socially stunted teen. Phelps plays her head-geared cousin, Craig. Heh. I love Wiig's awkward Stasia. When they ask what the two have been up to all night, she says, "We've been playing in big boxes." Ha! She's at her best when she plays freaks of nature. Lil Wayne I have no idea who Lil Wayne is... I mean, I've heard of him, but never heard his music. Yes, I'm that square (imagine me making an air square with my fingers). Hmm, I like this Lil Wayne. It's a catchy song. Much better than the lame sketches so far. (His second song is Lollipop - Now I know who he is and recognize his naughty, naughty song!). Weekend Update Thank god! something funny. After an O.J. trial joke and a few political jabs, Forte comes out as "Alaska Pete," who comments on Sarah Palin. He looks like a lumberjack mated with the unibomber. He tells people to stop picking on Palin for being a MILF, soon to be a grandmother, or a GILF. Ha! And, Pete says to stop butting in to her personal business including her children... even though she holds her baby son up on stage like "the Lion King." Ha! Now, they bring out Fred Armisen as Nicholas Fehn. Ugh... this is only funny for a second and then gets older than the crowd at IHOP during the early bird special. In a new bit, Andy Samberg plays Cathy from the comic strip, speaking about the end of summer blues. His voice makes me want to claw my eyes out. Once again, the best part of Weekend Update is Amy and Seth. The Charles Barkley Show Keenan Thompson plays Barkley, who says he owes the Wynn Casino half a million dollars and does the show as payment - well, that and babysitting (he uses the kids he babysits as his crew). His first guest is Darrell Hammond as Bela Karolyi, the famous former U.S. Gymanastics team coach. He's not funny at all, which is weird because Hammond is usually awesome. Phelps comes out and plays himself, and once again, isn't funny. Neither is the sketch. Can someone please bring Tina Fey back? I beg of you. Top Five T-Mobile Jason, Casey, Kristen and Phelps reenact that Top Five commercial where the daughter lists off her top friends and the son says those are his pics too because the girls are so hot. When the daughter complains, the father says, "Maybe you shouldn't have such hot friends." That's where the commercial on TV ends... but the sketch keeps going. The mother turns to her husband and bitches him out for thinking 15-year-olds are hot. Heh. It turns into a huge drama after that. It's funnier than all the other sketches of the night. SNL Digital Short Samberg is the star of this short, as usual. He's wearing a bizarre costume that looks like it's from outer space. And it is. It's a commercial for the "Space Olympics" of 3022. This is just so completely weird and not funny at all! What the hell? Am I in the Twilight Zone of awful SNL sketches? Time to take these shorts away from Samberg, or bring back JT and "Dick in a Box." Uno's Pizza Bobby Moynihan plays a white guy wearing a do-rag and acting like a caricature of a flamboyant African-American. It's supposed to be funny because Keenan is right there and looks as though he wants to kick Moynihan's ass for being such a moron. I think he should kick the writers' asses for being un-funny. Michael Phelps Diet This sketch pokes fun at Phelps' insane calorie consumption. He instructs dieters to eat everything they want (including a gallon of coffee ice cream, a pitcher of hollandaise sauce and an actual pig in a blanket). It's a cute sketch. They even bring in Jared from Subway to say, "This diet sucks a footlong!" Ha. When Michael says goodnight and thanks all the guest stars, I notice Tina Fey's shirt. It says, "Vote Princess Leia in '08." That's the best idea I've heard all night. Be honest kids: What did you think of the season premiere of SNL? Related: " SNL Opener: Fey Flies, Phelps Sinks " Cheers: SNL's Palin-Clinton: That's the Ticket! show less
Tina Fey is in the house as Sarah Palin and a very pregnant good sport Amy Poehler rocks her Hillary Clinton impression This was a much anticipated and hoped-for pairing and we got it Not only because Tina is the perfect person to play lookalike Palin but because Barack Obama had to cancel at the last second something about not-so-little Hurricane Ike arriving to beat the crapola out of the Texas Gulf Coast Guess he thought that would be in bad taste good guess Hello SNL fans Erin Fox here back to blog the most exciting episodes this season I wont be covering every single episode just the ones with extra special buzz Why Because Id like a life on Saturday nights Stop laughing Its just gonna be the way we roll this season Now on to the showOpening A Nonpartisan message from Sarah Palin and Hillary ClintonOMG How awesomely perfect is Tina Fey as Palin Thank goodness they coaxed her back She nails Palins mannerisms and accent Poehler is amazing as Hillary read more

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