March 17, 2013

Best Comedy Bits from Justin Timberweek on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Last week was "Justin Timberweek" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where Justin Timberlake was the interview guest on Monday and Friday's show, and he performed as musical guest each night of the week.  But in addition to that, Timberlake participated in many comedy bits, and as evidenced by his hilarious 5 times hosting SNL, Timberlake is great when it comes to comedy sketches.  

After kicking off the week with a two-part interview and musical performance on Monday night's show,  he did his first bit on Tuesday by joining the Ragtime Gals in a Barbershop Quartet version of his hit song "Sexyback":

Wednesday night's show contained two great bits. First, Justin and Jimmy impersonate Michael McDonald singing "Row Row Row Your Boat" in the round, only to be joined by the real Michael McDonald himself!

Later in the show, Jimmy and Steve Carell showed a clip of their Canadian soap opera "Jacob's Patience", where Steve made everyone in the cast use mannequin arms.  Justin Timberlake of course joined in as well:

March 16, 2013

TV Star Spotlight: Jenny Slate

It seems lately that Jenny Slate, the short-lived SNL star from the 2009/2010 season, has been popping up all over our TV screen. So we thought we'd take a look back at some of our favorite Jenny Slate TV appearances (plus one viral viral video sensation)!  Check it out:

We first saw Jenny Slate on the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's recurring series 7th Floor West, a spot-on parody of The Hills.  Jenny played Jenny, an NBC page who Jimmy finds attractive and eventually hires to be his assistant:

That bit must have caught the eye of Lorne Michaels (who is the executive producer of both SNL and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon) because shortly after that Jenny was cast on Saturday Night Live.  Though she only lasted one year, we were always big fans of her work on the show, especially her recurring character of Tina Tina Chanuse:

After leaving SNL, Jenny created the adorable viral video sensation "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On". Jenny co-wrote the film and voices the titular character of Marcel, a tiny shell wearing shoes.  The video was so successful (it has over 20 million views on YouTube) that it later spawned a sequel video and even a hardcover book.  Check out the original "Marcel the Shell with Shoes On" and the sequel below:

March 11, 2013

Classic SNL References on JT Hosted SNL

Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live to host for the 5th time last weekend, and he brought along with him a slew of former SNL hosts and cast members making surprise appearances    on the show.  But in addition to that, there were many references to classic SNL that some younger or more casual fans may not be too familiar with.  Below, we breakdown some of these references that you may have missed.

When it was first announced that Justin Timberlake was going to be this week's SNL host, much was made of the fact that it was his 5th time hosting and that he would be joining the prestigious "Five Timers Club".  The "Five Timers Club" has been references many times on SNL, but it all started back in 1990 when Tom Hanks hosted for his 5th time. His classic monologue was mirrored quite closely by Justin Timberlake's monologue, by showing the audience his official Five Timers Club membership card, going to the Five Timers Club Lounge, and being greeted Paul Simon, Steve Martin, and other people who have hosted the show at least five times.  It's also interesting to note that Justin Timberlake's monologue had the Five Timers Club lounge doorman played by a mostly unknown SNL writer named Mike O'Brien, (host of the web series 7 Minutes in Heaven).  The Five Timers Club lounge doorman for Tom Hanks was also an unknown SNL writer at the time, who happens to share Mike O'Brien's last name - a very young Conan O'Brien.  Check out the similarities and differences between the the two monologues below:

When it was announced that Justin would be hosting there was also a lot of speculation about if Andy Samberg, who left the show at the end of last season, would return to reunite with Justin Timberlake to play the guys from the "D*ck in a Box" Digital Shorts.  To the delight of many fans, Andy did in fact return and everyone's favorite 90's R&B duo was back on the show, but they weren't the only ones!  Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, who were previously seen in the "Five Timers Club" monologue (above), reprised another popular SNL duo - the "Wild and Crazy Guys"!  Steve Martin hosted many times back in the 70's, and he and Dan Aykroyd would often play the Festrunk Brothers, two Czechoslovakian  swingers who go around looking for some "American foxes" to hook up with.  Known for their over-usage of American expressions and their popular catch phrase "We are two wild and crazy guys!"  the sketch was done four times during the 70's, as well as one time in 1998 with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan's Roxbury Guys characters.  Here's the historic return of the Festrunk Brothers, followed by a classic Festrunk sketch from 1978:

When Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase all appeared together in the Five Timers Club monologue, Justin Timberlake said exactly what I was shouting to my TV set at home, "It's the Three Amigos!"  Three Amigos (which eagle-eyed fans might recognize from the movie poster in the back of Lorne's office from some of the "Laser Cats" Digital Shorts, pictured to the right) was a 1986 comedy film written by SNL Creator/Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and Steve Martin (along with singer/songwriter Randy Newman) starring Martin, Short, and Chase as actors who star in a series of successful western films as the crime fighting trio The Three Amigos.  A woman in a poor Mexican village sees the Three Amigos in a movie and writes to them to help save their village from the evil bandito named El Guapo (which if anyone knows Spanish, comically translates to "The Handsome").  Due to a misunderstanding, the Three Amigos think she wants them to come to film a movie, not realizing that the terrifying El Guapo is actually real.  Hilarity ensues.  During the monologue, Timberlake asked them to do "The Three Amigo Salute", to which only Martin Short took part in.  Later in the show however, the Three Amigos return, in full costume, and all do the Three Amigo Salute in unison as they introduce Justin Timberlake's second musical performance:

And here's the actual Three Amigos Salute from the film.  The best six seconds in cinematic history:

Finally, this is my personal favorite scene from the film.  To set up the clip, a German man walks into this saloon and warns everyone that his very tough and fast-shooting friends will be arriving soon, and that they don't mess around.  Of course, The Three Amigos then enter, with everyone in the saloon frightened thinking that they're the tough friends of the German.  Once again, hilarity ensues:

Let us know if we missed any other classic SNL references from the episode!  And if you haven't seen Three Amigos, you should really check it out. Highly recommended.

March 3, 2013

Jimmy Fallon gets Quizzed in the Face!

Last Friday, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon reached a big milestone when it celebrated its 4-year anniversary.  To celebrate, they had a big show featuring a lineup of legends including Mariah Carey and musical guest Prince.  But our favorite part of the show was the short segment in between featuring one of our favorite new comics - Billy Eichner!

We've previously posted about how much we love the show Billy on the Street.  On the show, Billy runs around the streets of New York playing various games such as "Quizzed in the Face" or "For a Dollar" by asking strangers random pop culture questions for money.  Well on Friday's show, he decided to play a round of "Quizzed in the Face" with Jimmy Fallon, using his audience for the lifelines.  The results were hilarious.  Check out Billy's short interview followed by a rousing game of "Quizzed in the Face" with Jimmy Fallon below!

And in case you've never seen a real game of "Quizzed in the Face" on Billy on the Street, here's a clip from the show, featuring one of the best contestants in Billy on the Street history, Mr. Singh:

Catch Billy on the Street every Friday night at 10:00pm on FUSE!