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The Ambiguously Funny SNL Episode: Ed Helms

May 15, 2011
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What a dud.  SNL managed to take comedian Ed Helms and render an utterly unfunny episode, save for a kind of awesome cartoon-digital short match up. I cannot remember being this bored with an episode in a long time. Plus, Helms was oddly underutilized. Why bothering having a host?

Musical guest Paul Simon is a great musician, but this particular episode could have benefited from a more lively musical guest who could jolt everyone awake after suffering through a dull, uninspired episode. Playing solitaire on my iPhone during the commercial breaks was exciting compared to watching the show.

I liked the cold open a lot more than most people, and consider it a highlight.  Mining the Osama Bin Laden death for a few more laughs, the skit showed Barack Obama cutting loose on CNN’s “The Situation Room” after the capture. He smokes openly on air, and surrounds himself with ridiculously over-the-top “patriotic” performers. Take a look.

The only other laughs came from a pretty funny skit that started out as a cartoon of “The Ambiguously Gay Duo” entitled the “Dark Clenched Hole of Eagle”. The cartoon served as a typical episode of the escapades of Gary and Ace, but morphed into a cool live action skit featuring Jon Hamm, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert in addition to the regular cast and host Helms.

That was it. Weekend Update? Stunk! Yet another “What’s Up With That” skit, a repeat of a the corn syrup commercial, and a lot of other stuff I have already forgotten. Truly awful. Maybe the show should be put out of its misery. We have one more episode, with Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga, then a merciful break until next season.

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One Response to “ The Ambiguously Funny SNL Episode: Ed Helms ”

  1. Greg on May 16, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    The Ann-Margaret skit was very weird. The Cay Stevens sing along was also unfunny. The ‘One Take Tom’ or whatever his name is was terrible.

    Bad episode. I didn’t care much for the opening.

    Cartoon/Live action thing was excellent. I’m glad Colbert and Carell still do those voices. I remember being in college and that cartoon premiered on the short lived, but hilarious Dana Carvey Show.

    I still find ‘What’s Up With That Funny’ though.

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