May 202012
 
Stephen A. Smith Brilliantly Mocked By SNL's Jay Pharaoh. (Not Shown On Live Show)

(*VIDEO BELOW*)   This Saturday Night Live, hosted by Mick Jagger, was jam-packed with classic characters, possibly the last Digital Short (Lazy Sunday Part II) and will be most remembered by a last sketch goodbye to the woman who dominated the show for over 5 years – Kristen Wiig. Something didn’t make the live show that sports fans will appreciate. If you didn’t know, Saturday Night Live does two shows every Saturday and airs the second one after cutting sketches and bits … READ MORE

Feb 072012
 
Weekend Leftovers: SB XLVI, Notre Dame's Impact Now And In 2013, SNL With Channing Tatum & More

February’s First Weekend Was Jam-Packed With Great Football, Notre Dame Relevancy, and More Examples of Sports Melting with Entertainment Posted by Steve Herring on February 7, 2012 Hopefully sports fans have enjoyed February’s fast start and aren’t yet realizing that one of the worst portions of the calendar has officially set in. Another Super Bowl, in a striking display of consistency, ended in dramatic, edge of your seat, final snap, last second fashion. How lucky are fans of the game that America’s … READ MORE

Jan 212012
 
Saturday Night Live's 2011-12 Season Is Half Over. Here's The Top Ten LIVE Sketches So Far

Season 37 is Likely Past the Halfway Point. Here’s the Herring Bone List for Top 10 LIVE Sketches Heading Into the 2nd Half. Posted by Steve Herring on January 21, 2012 You and a friend are hanging around and there’s a laptop hand. They ask, “Has this season of SNL even been any good?” What sketch are you grabbing from Hulu.com to showcase one of your favorite shows? This aspect of technology is what has driven Lorne Michaels and SNL’s success in the modern age. People … READ MORE

Jan 152012
 
Daniel Radcliffe Was Fantastic on SNL While America Pondered "That Was The Worst Musical Guest Ever, Right?"

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Daniel Radcliffe & Musical Guest Lana Del Rey Posted by Steve Herring on January 15, 2011 I tried and therefore no one should criticize me – Radcliffe during the You Can Do Anything sketch Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.12 Original Air Date: January 14, 2011 Expectation Rating: 7.0/10 Episode MVP: Daniel Radcliffe Kristen Wiig Counter: 9 (3 Governor Commercials, Cell Phone Commercial, Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.5/10 The Herring Bone … READ MORE

Jan 082012
 
Charles Barkley Hosted SNL. It Wasn't Turrable, It Wasn't Great Either. Let's Review.

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Charles Barkley & Musical Guest Kelly Clarkson Posted by Steve Herring on January 8, 2011 Shaq, I’d rather be in Free Willy 2 than Kazaam 1 – Charles Barkley (played by Kenan Thompson) Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.11 Original Air Date: January 7, 2011 Musical Guest: Kelly Clarkson Expectation Rating: 7.0/10 Episode MVP: Bobby Moynihan Kristen Wiig Counter: 4 (Commercial, Update, Sketches 2 & 4) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 6.5/10 The Herring Bone After Party Review … READ MORE

Dec 182011
 
Jimmy Fallon SNL Review: The After Party

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Jimmy Fallon & Musical Guest Michael Bublé Posted by Steve Herring on December 11, 2011 Wow, so many memories. Barry Gibb Talk Show…Debbie Downer…Cowbell!! I laughed and ruined all of those sketches.” – taken from Jimmy Fallon’s monologue. Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.10 Original Air Date: December 17, 2011 Musical Guest: Michael Bublé Expectation Rating: 9.0/10 Episode MVP: Jimmy Fallon Kristen Wiig Counter: 6 (Monologue, Commercial, Sketches 1, 3, 6 & 7 ) Herring Bone Episode Rating: … READ MORE

Dec 112011
 
Katy Perry SNL Review: The After Party

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Katy Perry & Musical Guest Robyn Posted by Steve Herring on December 11, 2011 I eat filet mignon, I played hoops and beat LeBron. – Jason Sudeikis during the One Magical Night sketch. Welcome to the After Party (New Format!) Episode 37.9 Original Air Date: December 10, 2011 Musical Guest: Robyn Expectation Rating: 6.5/10 Episode MVP: Weekend Update Kristen Wiig Counter:  6 (Cold Open, Monologue, Commercial, Weekend Update, Sketches 2 & 3) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.0 The … READ MORE

Dec 052011
 
SNL Review with Steve Buscemi: The After Party

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Steve Buscemi & Musical Guest The Black Keys Posted by Steve Herring on December 5, 2011 Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.8 Original Air Date: December 3, 2011 Musical Guest: The Black Keys Expectation Rating: 7.5/10 Episode MVP: Steve Buscemi Kristen Wiig Counter: 5 (Monologue, Digital Short, Sketches 2, 4, & 6) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 6.5 The Herring Bone After Party Review Hey look! It’s Barack Obama on Saturday Night Live! What a novel concept to … READ MORE

Nov 202011
 
The After Party: Reviewing SNL with Jason Segel

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Jason Segel & Musical Guest Florence + the Machine Posted by Steve Herring on November 20, 2011 Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.7 Original Air Date: November 19, 2011 Musical Guest: Florence + the Machine Expectation Rating: 7.0/10 Episode MVP: Jason Segel Kristen Wiig Counter: 6 (Cold Open, 1st Commercial, Sketches 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.5 The Herring Bone After Party Review There was general concern on my part … READ MORE

Nov 132011
 
The After Party: Reviewing SNL with Emma Stone

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Emma Stone & Musical Guest Coldplay Posted by Steve Herring on November 13, 2011 Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.6 Original Air Date: November 12, 2011 Musical Guest: Coldplay Expectation Rating: 7.0/10 Episode MVP: Bill Hader Kristen Wiig Counter: 7 (Cold Open, Weekend Update, Sketches 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.5 The Herring Bone After Party Review Probably good I didn’t write this piece after Weekend Update had finished. If … READ MORE

Nov 062011
 
The After Party: Charlie Day

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Charlie Day Posted by Steve Herring on November 6, 2011   Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.5 Original Air Date: November 5, 2011 Musical Guest: Maroon 5 Expectation Rating: 8.5/10 Episode MVP: Bill Hader/Charlie Day (Honorable Mention: Nasim Pedrad) Kristen Wiig Counter: 6 (Kardashian Divorce, Commercial Repeat, Catch Phrase Comics, Update, Sketches 2 & 3) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.0 After Party Review It’s safe to say that expectations may have clouded judgements on … READ MORE

Oct 162011
 
The After Party: Anna Faris

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Anna Faris Posted by Steve Herring on October 16, 2011 Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.4 Original Air Date: October 15, 2011 Musical Guest: Drake Expectation Rating: 6.5/10 Episode MVPs: Vanessa Bayer & Bill Hader Kristen Wiig Counter: 7 (Sketches 1-4, 6, 7 & the Digital Short) Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.5/10 After Party Review The Episode Preview noted this was the fourth consecutive week with a new Saturday Night Live. This is not common for a number … READ MORE

Oct 092011
 
The After Party: Ben Stiller

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Ben Stiller Posted by Steve Herring on October 10, 2011 Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.3 ◊ Original Air Date: October 8, 2011 ◊ Musical Guest: Foster the People Expectation Rating: 8.0/10 ♦ Herring Bone Episode Rating: 8.0/10 Episode MVP: Taran Killam ♦ Kristen Wiig Counter: 3 (Open, Weekend Update, Halloween Party) After Party Review You can’t start a review of this much hyped episode without mentioning that Eddie Murphy did in fact NOT appear despite a much ballyhooed promotion … READ MORE

Oct 022011
 
The After Party: Melissa McCarthy on SNL

Reviewing Saturday Night Live with Host Melissa McCarthy Welcome to the After Party Episode 37.2  ◊  Original Air Date: October 1, 2011  ◊  Musical Guest: Lady Antebellum Expectation Rating: 7.0/10 ♦ Herring Bone Episode Rating: 8.0/10 Episode MVP: Melissa McCarthy ♦ Kristen Wiig Counter: 4 (Open, Monologue, Commercial, Last Sketch ) After Party Review As far as hosts go Melissa McCarthy delivered the goods… and then some. Some actors and celebrities jump out of the door, trot down the steps and proclaim “I’ve always dreamed of being here hosting Saturday Night Live!”, … READ MORE

Sep 252011
 
SNL After Party: Season 37 Premiere with Alec Baldwin

Welcome to the After Party: Reviewing Saturday Night Live’s Season 37 Premiere Hosted by Alec Baldwin with Musical Guest Radiohead Episode 37.1  ♦  Original Air Date: September 24, 2011 Expectation Rating: 9.0/10  ♦  Herring Bone Episode Rating: 7.5/10 Episode MVP: Bill Hader  ♦  Kristen Wiig Counter: 5 (Open, Monologue, Commercial, Sketches 1 & 2) After Party Review I put together a list of odds of things we might see during the episode, so here’s some notables that either did or … READ MORE