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Saturday Night Live Episode: "James Franco; Kings of Leon"

Season 34, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: James Franco is the host. Music guest: Kings of Leon.
Original Air Date: Sep 20, 2008
Guest Cast James Franco Kings of Leon
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James Franco Hosts, Kings of Leon Perform Season 34, Episode 2

After the much buzzed premiere featuring Tina Fey's dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin, will SNL be able to top themselves this week? Not even close. Cameron Diaz did make a cameo appearance, but I think the only way to top Fey's Palin would be to have Palin herself on the show. Cold Opening: Darrell Hammond reprises his role as John McCain who is at a recording session for TV campaign ads. Bill Hader plays a voice over artist with a gift for sarcastic tones. The campaign ads are completely over the top, and McCain asks if the facts in the ads are true. Kristen Wiig plays an adviser who spins the facts to make McCain "Approve of this message." Besides Hader's sarcastic voice, this opening falls flatter than a pancake. I get where they were going with it, but they couldn't drive it home. Monologue: Oooh, James Franco is looking good! He talks about moving to NYC to attend Columbia - but just as a student - not the movie star (wink, wink). Jason Sudeikis comes out as his R.A. He's peppy and ridiculous like a freshman R.A. should be, but it's not that funny. I'm really worried about this episode. Are the writers on vacation? If not, maybe they should go on vacation. The Cougar Den: Amy Poehler, Kristen and Casey Wilson rock their heinous outfits, hair extensions and deep voices. Cameron Diaz makes a cameo appearance as KiKi and talks about a new makeup for cougars called, "Hide My Face." Ha! Franco comes out as KiKi's boytoy, "Madison"... he looks like an Emo tool. The outfit is kinda awesome, but once again, the skit is mediocre at best. MI-6 Sketch Bill Hader does an amazing snooty British spy accent while he calls for 007. Well, he's busy, so they call in Agent "420," played by Franco. Clearly this was inspired by Pineapple Express since Franco appears in a tux, but with long stringy hair and a sweat headband. Kristen Wiig and some "Bond" dancers even do a special little song for Agent 420. Once 420 is on his missions, he's too high to do anything but laugh at things like the name "Wang," or tripping out over stupid stuff. I wish I could trip out instead of watching this god awful sketch. O.J. Simpson Jury Selection Sketch Hader plays a lawyer trying to find jurors who know nothing about O.J. Simpson. The only one that passes is a guy that just awoke from a 20-year coma. A guy with a head injury, an alien, a chick raised by wolves and a castaway all seem to know O.J. as a murderer. Oh how I wish it was funny. Digital Short: Murray Hill Franco plays a brooding, but douchey self-centered guy who acts like Chuck Bass with a flask. He keeps telling Kristen that he has a tiny ding-dong. He's obsessed with his ding-dong and scares Kristen away. But wait! Blake Lively makes a cameo and saves the skit! She says, "I hear you have a really small penis." When Franco confirms this, she responds in a deep man's voice, "So do I." Ha! OK, that was funny. The Closer/The Looker Sketch I'm so glad someone finally made fun of Kyra Sedgwick's bulls---t accent on The Closer. Kristen is in an interrogation room with a suspect and yells in his face to "Con-fe-yess!" That should have been the end of the skit, but they move on to TNT's new show starring Penny Marshall: The Looker. Fred Armisen plays Marshall, wearing a blonde wig, frameless glasses and an apathetic expression. Ha! All he does is stare at the suspect and he folds. I want more spoofing of Kyra! Kings of Leon They look as bored as I am. Sorry guys. Weekend Update Thank god I hope. There are a couple of funny stock market jokes. They bring in Sudeikis as the head of Lehman Brothers who looks like a hobo because he's wearing a barrel with suspenders for clothes. He talks about losing all his money and.... You know what? It's not worth describing. It's just not funny. Poor Seth Meyers is struggling to get laughs... he gets one with a joke about Star Trek's George Takei's wedding being "Stunnnning!" Next up, the prez of American Apparel has been sued for the fifth time for sexual harassment... specifically, parading around in his underwear. Enter Fred Armisen enters wearing tighty-greenies and Amy Poehler can barely keep her s--- together. Which, by the way, is funnier than the sketch. His body hair is beyond disturbing. In the end, Seth and Amy (sorta) save the show from being a complete waste of time. This show is a complete disappointment tonight, and I'm not going to blog any further I'll skim through the rest tomorrow morning and if there's anything noteworthy, I will add it. I need to go shower this stink-o of a show off of me now. show less
After the much buzzed premiere featuring Tina Feys dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin will SNL be able to top themselves this week Not even close Cameron Diaz did make a cameo appearance but I think the only way to top Feys Palin would be to have Palin herself on the show Cold OpeningDarrell Hammond reprises his role as John McCain who is at a recording session for TV campaign ads Bill Hader plays a voice over artist with a gift for sarcastic tones The campaign ads are completely over the top and McCain asks if the facts in the ads are true Kristen Wiig plays an adviser who spins the facts to make McCain Approve of this message Besides Haders sarcastic voice this opening falls flatter than a pancake I get where they were going with it but they couldnt drive it home MonologueOooh James Franco is looking good He talks about moving to NYC to attend Columbia but just as a student not the movie star wink wink Jason Sudeikis comes out as his R read more

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