Dec 022011

Previewing Saturday Night Live with Host Steve Buscemi & Musical Guest The Black Keys

Posted by Steve Herring on December 2, 2011

Episode: 37.8 ◊ Air Date: December 3, 2011 ◊ Musical Guest: The Black Keys

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  • Steve Buscemi Expectation Rating: 7.5/10
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What Buscemi is Actually Promoting: Buscemi leads one of TV’s most talked about dramas as Nucky Thompson on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. The critically acclaimed show is powering through Season 2 and Buscemi’s star is certainly shining bright. He also stars with Woody Harrelson (and some other heavy hitters) in Rampart, a 90’s cop drama that releases in January.

Buscemi also plays a part in the adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s famous book, On the Road, which is set to release in 2012. The fact that Kristen Stewart headlines this film has me fearing for the over-Hollywoodizing of such a classic story. It’s one of my favorite books, and I’m sure to be seeing it in theater, so I’ll hold out hope that it can live up to my (and millions of others) lofty expectations. Steve Buscemi in a bit part can’t hurt.

Host/Musical Guest Vitals: The Black Keys return to SNL for their second guest appearance. They accomplish the rare feat of performing twice in a calendar year. The group was last in Studio 8H when Jim Carrey hosted on January 8, 2011.

Buscemi hosts for the second time. He last hosted on April 4, 1998 with Musical Guest..wait for it..Third Eye Blind! He had a pretty funny monologue that featured Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows doing some improv with the audience. The monologue below features a bonus of pre-cast member Tina Fey with a little more weight and a lot less hair…hilarity ensues.

Steve Buscemi Monologue from Season 23 – 1998

Recurring Herring Bone Current Events Note: There still have been zero appearances by President Obama on Saturday Night Live this season. It’s discouraging in that the show features two actors with very good impressions. I even plotted out a script idea that would allow the show to use both Baracks at the same time prior to Episode 1. The White House was hit with a bullet this week by some Occupy Wall Street activist. I don’t really attempt to write out the political stuff, but there’s gotta be something there…or are we just gonna get Muppets? A Muppet Obama?

Fun Steve Buscemi Fact: Steve was a New York City fire fighter from 1980 to 1984, with Engine Company #55 in the Little Italy section of New York. He showed up at his old firehouse the day after the World Trade Center tragedy in New York to volunteer, working twelve-hour shifts for a week after the terrorist act, and digging through rubble with his old comrades looking for missing firefighters.[15]

Show Expectation Grade: 7.5/10

Steve Buscemi is a real pro and if he’s given good material it can be a great night. The calendar is also his friend – it’s Buscemi and Jimmy Fallon as the only  male hosts between Jason Segel in mid-November and whoever hosts in mid-January – 2 full months. If there are good pieces that have been on the shelf, they’re going to get placed in the show with these two (as opposed when Katy Perry hosts next week). SNL is also coming off a healthy holiday break and can start doing Christmas sketches now. Buscemi can sell anything he is given and all of this points to a recipe for success.

Outside of these factors, I’m not getting a quality pulse on the rest of the episode. Maybe I’m still depressed over Notre Dame’s flame-out against Stanford, but I’m not as excited for this Saturday night as I usually am. My gut is telling me it might be a stinker, but I have nothing to base this idea off of other than my own frustrations with outside elements. Here’s Buscemi’s promos for the show. I’d put another clip from 1998, but those are all Hulu Plus subscription only:

Odds on Sketch Comedy

  • Cold Open is President Obama: 20/1
  • Jay Pharoah has replaced Fred Armisen as Barack Obama: 40/1
  • Steve Buscemi mentions being a NYC Firefighter in the Monologue: 20/1
  • Boarwalk Empire Sketch: 8/1
  • Big Lebowski Sketch: 20/1
  • John Goodman Cameo: 15/1
  • Adam Sandler Cameo: 9/1
  • Herman Cain in Cold Open: -20/1
  • Musical Guest The Black Keys ends up in a sketch: 8/1
  • Bill Hader’s “Stefon” makes an appearance during Weekend Update: 15/1
  • Over/Under on sketches Kristen Wiig appears in: 6.5
  • Over/Under on sketches Nasim Pedrad appears in: 3

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