- May 20, 2007
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I wondered about the orange hair reference. At the time thinking Animal? But I think you're right with Beaker. Beaker doesn't create explosions a la Harry but he is an agent of chaos. And it may not have been the best way to invoke the character I bet a number of viewers made the leap. Lily Tomlin hosted SNL 3 times and had a memorable sketch singing a duet with Scred. So there is a history there. And Melissa Villasenor does a good impression of her. Melissa may have been involved in the writing and the result was Lily. As for the ad, SNL does now have sponsors who pay to be featured in a sketch. The argument SNL offered in favor of this was that they would take one fewer commercial breaks, and still have the sponsorship dollars. Farrow and Ball paint for example. Or Olive Garden. Both were made the butt of the joke, but the sketches were funny. Disney + may have done that in this case. As for the puppetry: at first I thought it was bad. And then so bad maybe that was somehow part of the joke. And then I decided it was so bad that even if there was a joke about it that it was not worth it. Though there was a bit by the performer of Kermit who did a nice Kermit scrunch and did a good job silently puppeteering a frustrated frog.Somebody on Facebook thought that the inclusion of Lily Tomlin was meant to be a reference to the fact that the Muppets were on Saturday Night Live, but I’m not really getting that as a reference. Of course there are many celebrities who could have been featured as the guest star (would have been cool of Steve Martin made a surprise appearance, since he was on TMS and is one of SNL’s most-frequent hosts), I guess it is better that the guest star was one who was never actually on TMS.
I wasn’t expecting an opening referencing TMS on Disney Plus. I’m guessing that was the main reason to do a Muppet Show parody (which is kind of sad). I should watch it again but I’m thinking the Disney Plus thing was kind of straight forward (maybe Disney Plus is an important sponsor).
One of the bouncers made a comment about a guy with orange hair who blows things up. I wonder if they were referencing Crazy Harry but got the hair color wrong (maybe we’ll see the dress rehearsal version and See a difference), or if they were randomly referencing Scooter or Beaker causing explosions. Or maybe they were just referencing explosions without it being intended for any actual character.
Yes, Falcon....is a real show. It's very popular so maybe folks were laughing with recognition of the show? Maybe while the clip of the show was running on TV the studio audience saw Kermit and Melissa and/or the balcony set and laughed at that? I've been at some dress rehearsals for SNL and the crowd there can be pretty generous with their laughter.Watching the beginning again, I now see that the third Disney Plus program is a joke, but I also noticed before that, the audience starts chuckling at Falcon and the Winter Soldier, I checked to make sure that's a real show and not a joke (and if it was a joke, I'm not familiar with those characters to know what the joke would be). Don't know why they were laughing over the mention of two real programs before a made up one.
So Saturday Night Live is eliminating one commercial break by putting product placement into the show. Any special reason? I'd like to think to do more show, but I'd expect the time allotted to commercial breaks to be the time they use to swap out the sets, of course they could do that also with the pre-recorded stuff. Are they doing more pre-recorded content or are they doing segments that are way longer?