Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon 4/15/17

SNL Jimmy FallonApparently with SNL, it’s all about managing expectations (I guess the same is true about life, if you want to get really deep on it). Several times this season I’ve been excited by the host, or to see how different current events are handled by the show, and the delivery has just fallen flat. Coming into last night’s episode, I had low, low expectations.

I think Jimmy Fallon is very ok. He’s charming yet safe, and I never really warmed up to him as a cast member or conquering hero when he returned to host. His classic recurring characters were never my cup of tea. Whether it was “Jaret’s Room”, “Sully and Diane”, or “Barry Gibb”, I always found myself fast forwarding or flipping the channel. His calling card as a cast member was never being able to keep a straight face. It’s a great trait for a late night host, but a pretty terrible one for an SNL cast member.

Having said that, I really liked last night’s episode. And dare I say, I enjoyed Fallon. He started out hot with a Jared Kushner impression, (complete with blazer and flak jacket) and never looked back. I even usually dread the often lazy musical monologue, however Fallon took a detour. Instead of coming up with a song last-minute in the Writer’s Room, he basically covered Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” as he strolled through Studio 8H. It was pretty cool.

The lesson, as always: lower expectations.

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Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K. 4/8/17

SNL Louis CK

After a lengthy vacation, SNL made its triumphant return to the airwaves with Louis C.K. as host. It was the comic’s fourth time hosting, and his previous trips to 30 Rock had me excited and optimistic for the show to kick off its stretch run with a strong episode.

In the end, it was fine.

So much happens so fast in today’s current climate, and with no new episodes since early March, the show tried to cram everything into only a handful of sketches. The result was, well, it was fine.

Louis C.K. was, as usual, at his best during the opening monologue. He wasn’t given the same sheer volume of over-the-top, weird characters as we have seen in past hosting stints, and at times it felt like he disappeared for long stretches of the show. All told, it was a serviceable edition of the show. Next week Jimmy Fallon hosts, which will be… something.

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Top Ten Wrestlemania Matches of All Time

It’s time for the grandaddy of ’em all. Or fine, whatever, THE ULTIMATE THRILLRIDE (that just felt dirty to type). On the morning before Wrestlemania, I thought I’d share Lunch Mod’s first Top Ten list, fittingly, the Top Ten Wrestlemania matches of all time.

Admittedly, this was a little tougher than I thought. The cut down to 20 was relatively easy, as was trimming another five matches off the list. Going from 15 to ten, however, that was brutal. Sadly, you’re not going to read about the war for the Intercontinental title from Wrestlemania V, pitting newly minted Hall of Famer, Ravishing Rick Rude against the Ultimate Warrior. You won’t see my favorite recent Wrestlemania match, Triple H vs Daniel Bryan, from Wrestlemania 30 on this list either. No Hogan/Warrior, no Undertaker/Edge, and possibly controversially, no Iron Match from Wrestlemania 12 (it’s great, but it’s sooooo long, you guys).

The following are the Top Ten Wrestlemania matches of all time, as told by me. You can check out these matches and many, many more on the WWE Network. It’s pretty great. So as a reminder, this is super subjective and not reliable in the least. Carry on.

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Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson 3/11/17

SNL Scarlett Johannson

Somehow this is the fifth appearance Scarlett Johansson as the host of SNL. I would never have guessed. Despite having such a seasoned host, the episode got off to a bit of a slow start, which gave me pause as to whether the show was struggling with a 2017 funk. Luckily for me (and I guess for the show too, but mostly me), that wasn’t the case with Scar-Jo’s fifth time.

Perhaps her greatest quality as a host is that she just looks like she’s having a blast. It’s a novel idea, I know. Throughout the night, in character or not, she routinely flashed the hint of a smile and it was clear that she was having the best time. Sometimes that’s all it takes. Continue reading “Saturday Night Live: Scarlett Johansson 3/11/17”

More Baseball Previews, YEA!

In an attempt to wear my finger to the bone, I’ve been pumping out more MLB division previews over at Lunch Mod. Despite my complaints, it’s been really fun so far. The regular season can’t come soon enough.

Here’s the NL East: http://lunchmod.com/mlb-preview-nl-east/

Here’s the AL West: http://lunchmod.com/mlb-preview-al-west/

Here’s the NL West: http://lunchmod.com/mlb-preview-nl-west/

The AL/NL Central previews will drop next week. Stay tuned!