A few things were clear after watching this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live"
- We still miss Chris Farley and we'll soon miss "Blockbuster Video."
- Kayne West won't be coming back to sing on SNL any time soon.
- President Obama and his health care plan have created more jokes than new policy holders.
- A 47-inch 1080p LED high-def TV screen isn't kind to Lady Gaga.
Toronto's crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford, was the subject of the show's cold opening [above] and the mayor's real life antics were still hard to separate from fiction. Ford even found a news outlet and a reporter who would believe his story, that being Lara Logan of "60 Minutes."
Ford is a live-ringer for Farley in so many ways, both physically and in their indulgences. The ghost of Farley [yes, it rhymes with Marley] appeared very slightly in the form of Bobby Moynihan..
Farley would have been just too good as Ford. Perhaps he is Ford. For a minute Saturday, we were reminded of that tremendous talent that we lost when Chris [called him Chris when we lived on the same college dorm floor sophomore year] died. If Moynihan was trying to bring back Chris' memory this week, he did a pretty good job.
Jay Pharoah continued to make no friends in both the White House and in the world of Kimye.
His President Obama found relief for his current health-care blues and a case of lame-duckitis in the form of "Paxil - Second-Term Strength."
It's strong enough to handle symptoms like the NSA, IRS and AP scandals, Benghazi and Obamacare web site. Of course, it's not covered by Obamacare.
"Paxil Republican Strength" is available for any house speakers currently besieged by caucus members dressed in American colonial garb.
Pharoah absolutely destroyed Kanye West, while Nasim Pedrad repeated her stellar take-down of Kim Kardashian in "Waking Up With Kimye." That sketch also featured Lady Gaga as a geeked up Apple store employee.
The perfect way to start the day.
Faux speech critic Jebidiah Atkinson of the real-life Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Patriot & Union came back to life to offer his stinging critique of Lincoln's Gettysburg address and few other notable speeches, including Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
"Four snores and seven yarns ago, this reviewer watched the president's speech at Gettysburg and let's be honest, Abe, you dropped a real Lincoln log ... and the acoustics, a field, sorry I couldn't hear it, it was in the second row ... and don't get me started on that beard, what was her name, Mary Todd."
And yes, SNL remembered Blockbuster video, too, which announced last week it would be closing all of its stores.
NFL fans have the "Red Zone" each week to watch all nothing but highlights each Sunday without sitting through the mundane parts of live games. The "Rose Zone" does the same thing for fans of ridiculous yet often-boring TV reality shows.
It's for viewers who don't care about back-stories but "just want to see women destroy other women."
Gaga was a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen when she twisted and twerked her way during a performance of "Do What U Want" with surprise guest R. Kelly.
Gaga spent much of the episode mocking herself, which raises the question of whether or not her "regular" antics are the real joke.
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