Monday, May 12, 2008
Help Me Out Here
Okay, so that above was last weekend's SNL sketch, clearly a take-off on Match Game, obvious to anyone who's ever even heard of the show. But uncharacteristically for SNL, they opetd for thinly-veiled (very thinly-veiled) aliases instead of just using the panelists' real names. My question is why? Are there rights issues that were unexpectedly complicated? Were they afraid of dishonoring the booze-soaked memory of Charles Nelson Reilly and Bret Sommers? Did the show get in trouble after Alec Baldwin so perfectly sent up Reilly in that Inside The Actors Studio sketch? Baldwin's impersonation, by the way, ran circles around Fred Armisen's (I have to tell you, I'm getting reeeeeeeal tired of Fred Armisen in general). The entire sketch seemed like it missed the mark, didn't it? Maybe if they used real names! It's totally baffling.
So in the interests of clarity: Amy Poehler's playing the Bret Sommers, Armisen is Charles Nelson Reilly, Keenan Thompson is Nipsey Russell, Wiig is either Fannie Flagg, Marcia Wallace, or Joanne Worley, Lord knows who Casey Wilson is supposed to be (any guesses?), and then Dear Shia looks like Gallagher but acts like David Copperfield.
Strangely unsatisfying sketch, leaving many, many questions. Like why is Shia wearing a Planet Unicorn shirt? And where the blue blazes was the Richard Dawson???? Help me out here, guys.
(Oh, on the bright side, they did a Suze Orman sketch and Hulu's actually got it up. Yay!)