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It's the season premiere.

Seth McFarlane is hosting and musical guest is Frank Ocean.

Jay Pharaoh plays Obama for the first time. But who's going to play Honey Boo Boo Chile? Bobby Moynihan?

by Anonymousreply 20709/23/2012

Three new cast members make their debuts tonight.

by Anonymousreply 109/15/2012

Why is he hosting? Is he an actor also? Doesn't he sing?

by Anonymousreply 209/15/2012

Seth can act?

by Anonymousreply 309/15/2012

He does sing, he does act (voices on his show, e.g.) and had a surprise hit movie this year, so why shouldn't he host?

Hope this season is an improvement over last. Glad Sudeikis is still around.

by Anonymousreply 409/15/2012

Frank ocean rocks! Jay Pharosh is brilliant!

by Anonymousreply 509/15/2012

[quote]why shouldn't he host?

He has creepy squinty eyes.

However, he's also unfunny, and he's infamous for working a joke into the ground. So he's perfect for SNL.

by Anonymousreply 609/15/2012

When will Sudeikis admit he's the father of January Jones' baby? Why the big secret? Was he still married to Kay Cannon at the time of conception?

by Anonymousreply 709/15/2012

I hope Seth MacFarlane does a funny voice.

by Anonymousreply 809/15/2012

JGL hosts next week, then Daniel Craig.

by Anonymousreply 909/15/2012


by Anonymousreply 1009/15/2012

This is going to be a brutal season to watch without Kristen Wiig. She WAS SNL for the past few years.

by Anonymousreply 1109/15/2012

Well, the political opening was pretty funny.

Mitt Romney is nothing more than a joke now.

by Anonymousreply 1209/15/2012

Honey Boo Boo and June should host this season.

by Anonymousreply 1309/15/2012

Wow, the main cast seems to be all men, with a single woman. I wonder how much time the supporting cast willl get.

by Anonymousreply 1409/15/2012

He looks like George Mochael.

by Anonymousreply 1509/15/2012

No, the over-reliance on Wiig the last couple years hurt the show. And I like her.

Hopefully they will come up with some good material and spread it around the cast.

by Anonymousreply 1609/15/2012

He also looks like Peter Brady.

by Anonymousreply 1709/15/2012

His voices are amazing

by Anonymousreply 1809/15/2012

Seth is a surprisingly good singer!

by Anonymousreply 1909/15/2012

They are REALLY ripping on Romney. Love it.

by Anonymousreply 2009/15/2012

It's kind of amazing that Seth does so many voices on Family guy... Brian, Stewie, Peter, Quagmire...

by Anonymousreply 2109/15/2012

I really liked the cast member Paul Brittain and was sorry to see him go last year.

by Anonymousreply 2209/15/2012

There's actually two women in the main cast right now. Nasim Pedrad and Vanessa Bayer. It's a little women light because Abby Elliot quit the show. (Thank God.)

by Anonymousreply 2309/15/2012

Lame so far.

by Anonymousreply 2509/15/2012

Okay the sex therapist skit SUCKS.

by Anonymousreply 2609/15/2012

I don't understand why people watch SNL live. It's a lot easier to stomach the bad sketches when you can FF them.

by Anonymousreply 2709/15/2012

Now the're ripping on Eastwood.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2012

Hader is still funny.

by Anonymousreply 2909/15/2012

Dude, he's such a complete BUSH!

by Anonymousreply 3009/15/2012

Someone please explain the appeal of Psy. The man held a concert on the Today show and the plaza was filled to capacity.


by Anonymousreply 3109/16/2012

pa Gagnum Style. That was great.

by Anonymousreply 3209/16/2012

I'm not sure, Mia. But he makes me laugh.

by Anonymousreply 3309/16/2012

Bill Hader rocked that puppet skit!

by Anonymousreply 3409/16/2012

The scary puppet sketch was seriously laugh-out-loud funny. Dear god.

by Anonymousreply 3509/16/2012

Frank Ocean gives me chills!

by Anonymousreply 3609/16/2012

Seth is doing well too. And I don't like him.

by Anonymousreply 3709/16/2012

Seth is HILARIOU as that olympic douchbag.

by Anonymousreply 3809/16/2012

OMG the Brian Lochte skit is KILLING me.

by Anonymousreply 3909/16/2012

The bit about Mama June and Honey Boo Boo on Weekend Update was not funny at all. They could have done so much more with this as a skit. Vanessa Bayer was just terrible.

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by Anonymousreply 4109/16/2012

My guess: Seth wrote all the funny bits.

Because this is WAY more funny than most SNLs.

by Anonymousreply 4209/16/2012

Lenny Kravitz ‏@LennyKravitz

Frank Ocean just killed it on Saturday Night Live. Beautiful performance brother. Lenny

by Anonymousreply 4309/16/2012

I'm laughing out loud. I haven't done that during SNL since Belushi. The Honey Boo Boo was kind of mildly funny, but that's hysterical compared to some of SNL of the past. The "do I stutter" one is very funny.

by Anonymousreply 4409/16/2012

So to hear a singer who actually sings and doesn't hide behind autotune.

by Anonymousreply 4509/16/2012

was frank any good. Reading on twitter that he sucked

by Anonymousreply 4609/16/2012

ocean was offal and awful. did not get him at all.

by Anonymousreply 4709/16/2012

They seem to be having a great time. Hader and the water . . .

by Anonymousreply 4809/16/2012


by Anonymousreply 4909/16/2012

Love Ocean's shirt.

by Anonymousreply 5009/16/2012

John Mayer accompanying Frank Ocean on guitar

by Anonymousreply 5109/16/2012

Lenny Kravitz ‏@LennyKravitz

Frank Ocean just killed it on Saturday Night Live. Beautiful performance brother. Lenny

by Anonymousreply 5209/16/2012

James Butler ‏@jamessbutler33

I swear Frank Ocean makes being bi okay.. But only if it's him.

by Anonymousreply 5309/16/2012

Not a great show, but considering some of last season's, not bad. Some yucks. And surprising how attractive Seth looked, even in those wigs.

by Anonymousreply 5409/16/2012

Okay, that flew by. Usually I've turned it off because it's so lame. Very well done SNL.

I like Ocean's singing and his shirt and PSY!

by Anonymousreply 5509/16/2012

Adrian ‏@Adrian_VISIONS

Frank Ocean and John Mayer made me cry lol

by Anonymousreply 5609/16/2012

Domenic Pugliano ‏@FLICKSTER77

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If Frank Ocean died, I'd buy his dead and like hang it on my wall.

by Anonymousreply 5709/16/2012

Jaime Kuntz said they made fun of him, what did they do?

by Anonymousreply 5809/16/2012

Obama's Mistress ‏@_iamDala

Lemme find out John Mayer and Frank Ocean are besties 😒😒😏😏 They're fucking

by Anonymousreply 5909/16/2012

R56 which asshole is that ?

by Anonymousreply 6009/16/2012

Agree with R55.

I can't remember the last time the show seemed to fly by, and where I actually laughed out loud multiple times.

It can only be down-hill from here.

Good job, Seth!!!

by Anonymousreply 6109/16/2012

Maggie ‏@howcoral

Oh my god when frank ocean waved bye at the camera my dad waved back at him

by Anonymousreply 6209/16/2012

What happened to the lesbian, Kate McKinnon?

Is she still on?

by Anonymousreply 6309/16/2012

Why does some asshole keep posting lame fucking tweets to this thread?

by Anonymousreply 6409/16/2012

Someone asked how Ocean did. He's answering. Bad day R64?

by Anonymousreply 6509/16/2012

Ocean was great. Can't wait to steal his sound.

by Anonymousreply 6609/16/2012

One of the newbies, Cecily Strong, played Mimi Morales on Weekend Update. She wasn't bad.

by Anonymousreply 6709/16/2012

It seemed like the skits were shorter and there were more of them. Get in and get out. They didn't have time to run them too badly into the ground.

by Anonymousreply 6809/16/2012

Can't wait fit Jon Hamm to drop by for an appearance now that everyone knows how hung he is.

by Anonymousreply 6909/16/2012

[quote]I'm laughing out loud. I haven't done that during SNL since Belushi.

Come on now. That's just eldergay bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 7009/16/2012

So what video game was Frank Ocean playing during the John Mayer solo. Some say Donkey Kong while others say Pac Man.

by Anonymousreply 7109/16/2012

The opening Obama segment was funny. Romney is a douchebag.

by Anonymousreply 7309/16/2012

I had to mute my tv for that latino sketch during Weekend Update.


by Anonymousreply 7409/16/2012

SNL should stick to political satire and spoofs on such shows as the The View, Kathie Lee & Hoda and Kelly Ripa. That's when SNL excels. But its original comedy sketches seem to fall totally flat.

by Anonymousreply 7509/16/2012

Is Frank Ocean this season's Lana Del Ray?

by Anonymousreply 7609/16/2012

[quote]But its original comedy sketches seem to fall totally flat.

Yeah heaven forbid they should be forced to come up with an original idea.

by Anonymousreply 7709/16/2012

...and keep the new with Seth Myers. Honey Boo Boo and the Latina were pretty damn funny.

by Anonymousreply 7809/16/2012

Seth Macfarlane has to be gay. The skit with the gay boyfriend, a bi guy as the musical guest, and a commercial for same sex marriage.

by Anonymousreply 7909/16/2012

r76 Come on he wasnt BAD At all

by Anonymousreply 8009/16/2012

I hate to admit it but I want John Mayer in the worst way.

by Anonymousreply 8109/16/2012

I have a crush on Hader, he's funny.

by Anonymousreply 8209/16/2012

It was better than I thought it would be.

by Anonymousreply 8309/16/2012

frank ocean's Video for his new single starring John mayer came out seconds ago

by Anonymousreply 8409/16/2012

Seth McF is fucking hot. I'll bet he has sluts crawling all over his ass, and not just because he's worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He probably hosted the best wrap party ever, too. Hookers and blow for everyone!

by Anonymousreply 8509/16/2012

Guys like Seth McF. make me believe in a God who has a wicked sense of humor (for making Seth straight).

by Anonymousreply 8609/16/2012

Lorne Michaels obviously felt guilty for taking "Obama" away from the seriously unfunny Fred Armisen and giving it to Jay Pharoah so he allowed him to introduce the opener and then gave Armisen the prime spot for his stupid sex therapist skit.

McFarlane was MVP of the night. Great monologue, super versatility and very easy on the eyes. Wish they had found a reason to show him in a hot tub or something.

by Anonymousreply 8709/16/2012

I liked McFarlane is some things but at other times I just didn't get him. What was he trying to be in the Gangnam Style skit?

But he was very funny as Ryan Lochte.

by Anonymousreply 8809/16/2012

Frank Ocean's album is gonna experience another spike in sales this week, just like it did after the VMAs. The hype around him is huge.

by Anonymousreply 8909/16/2012

Oh my GAWD! Joseph Gordon Levitt next week!!!!

by Anonymousreply 9009/16/2012

Was that John Mayer playing with Frank Ocean? I only watched the first hour.

by Anonymousreply 9109/16/2012

It was a strong start to the season. Losing Wiig will be a great thing for the show. Lorne adored her and let her do broad, time-sucking sketches that featured only her to the detriment of the rest of the cast. All of her characters were too similar. She was a camera hog.

The Hader puppet sketch was brilliant, and it was original. Can't wait to see Hader shine while seeing more of Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, Kate McKinnon and Vanessa Bayer.

by Anonymousreply 9209/16/2012

It was a great episode. Apart from 'Do I stutter?' all the skits were quick and didn't ride on one single punchline. But then I do love the skit with the puppets best.

by Anonymousreply 9409/16/2012

Wow, that's pretty harsh! I think his high voice makes him more interesting of a singer.

by Anonymousreply 9509/16/2012

R93 is a bitter eldergay. Stick to Lucy repeats, hon.

by Anonymousreply 9609/16/2012

I'm more likely to buy Ocean's music now. I thought he was great.

by Anonymousreply 9709/16/2012

Is Seth MacFarlane gay or bi? He doesn't appear to have a wife or girlfriend, and you can't tell me that he hasn't been propositioned by men -- he's too good looking.

The show was not bad, and I made through the entire first hour before turning it off.

Wiig's presence is missing, and that's not a bad thing. Someone from among the women will emerge in the next few weeks, I'm sure.

Congratulations to Jay Pharoah for taking over President Obama. He did well.

One thing that needs to change: Seth Meyers on Weekend Update. He needs a co-anchor, like he had back in the Seth and Amy days.

by Anonymousreply 9809/16/2012

I don't think Seth MacFarlane is gay. One of the gossip sites had him desperately chasing after Dianna Agron at a Fox party, but she wasn't interested.

I'm hoping Kate McKinnon gets a fair shot even though she's only a recurring character. She's hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 9909/16/2012

Sausage party last night.

by Anonymousreply 10009/16/2012

I honestly can't remember a worse episode, and I used to be a big fan of the show. Seth's song at the beginning was hugely predictable. When he has to resort to making his voices, it's all downhill from there. The Fred A sex therapist skit is a one joke skit that we've seen too many times now. The fact that they lead off with it in the season opener just screamed out that they have no new ideas and no new talent. The show lacked bite. The new Obama is no better than the old Obama. Hader is phoning it in now with one foot out the door. Sudekis is only there until the election is over and it shows. It's time for an all-new cast with lots of new talent. And Seth Meyers needs to go, too. I love him but last night he seemed bored with stale jokes. The guests during the news were not funny. If this is the best talent they have this year, cancel the show and show old re-runs instead.

by Anonymousreply 10109/16/2012

I missed Wiig. She would have been much funnier than Nasim in that "I was like" sketch.

by Anonymousreply 10209/16/2012

Show stunk, including Ocean.

by Anonymousreply 10309/16/2012

Best/funniest skits: the puppets, Seth MacFarlane's Ryan Lochte during WU, the Obama/Romney opener

Worst/least funniest: the sex therapist show (been done so many times before), the Lids store (what was Seth was supposed to be?), the "I was like..." dating couple

Can't remember others at the moment. Wasn't too impressed with the music.

by Anonymousreply 10409/16/2012

Seth did his voices during the intro so the audience would know why he's there, aka, why he's famous.

I really liked the puppet sketch. This "Psy" gangham style thing is played out. Frank Ocean is "meh."

by Anonymousreply 10509/16/2012

R101, you [italic]honestly[/italic] can't remember a worse episode? There've been so many bad episodes within the past fifteen years to choose from.

I thought it was okay. I still don't get why they keep Kenan. His characters are all the same, and he really can't do impersonations. His Steve Harvey could've been anyone.

by Anonymousreply 10609/16/2012

R101 obviously never saw the January Jones episode.

by Anonymousreply 10709/16/2012

r101, guess you haven't been watching this show for the last decade!

by Anonymousreply 10809/16/2012

I never thought that Seth McF was straight. He looks like a Ken doll and you know what that means.

by Anonymousreply 10909/16/2012

I watched the show, but I didn't understand some of the skits. The hat store one made no sense at all. It was surprising how easy it is to watch McFarlane, he's a seriously attractive guy even with that hair piece. I wonder how bald he actually is? No doubting his talent either. He out performed everyone from SNL.

I personally have a thing for guys of Scottish ancestry, John Barrowman, Ewan Mcgregor etc and McFarlane fits the mold.

by Anonymousreply 11009/16/2012

I liked it all. I thought it was probably the most funny episode in at least a decade. Seriously, name a better one.

by Anonymousreply 11109/16/2012

R110, that hat sketch was riffing off of an internet meme/sensation (they actually had the Korean guy himself). if you're unfamiliar with that, then yeah, you probably didn't get it.

by Anonymousreply 11209/16/2012

Here's Seth singing standard "Anytime, Anywhere" with some of his voices, including Paul Lynde/Roger Smith at 1:42

He's great!

by Anonymousreply 11309/16/2012

MacFarlane is straight, but very gay-friendly.

Taram Killam married Cobey Smulders of How I Met Your Mother just last week - he won't be around much longer. He and Sudeikis will be gone by January.

by Anonymousreply 11409/16/2012

I was hoping for witty, romantic and droll music from Ocean, who I had heard was gay. Alas, 'twas not to be.

by Anonymousreply 11509/16/2012

[quote]Is Frank Ocean this season's Lana Del Ray?

R76. Based on last night's performance...Yes.

by Anonymousreply 11609/16/2012

That Frank Ocean monstrosity cannot have gone over well with anyone but people who were already his sycophants... right? Because it was truly terrible, and I had high hopes prior to the show based on all of the hype surrounding the guy.

by Anonymousreply 11709/16/2012

R114, why will Killam be gone? He's early in his seven-year contract. It was reported that Sudeikis came back for the first half of the season because of the election.

by Anonymousreply 11809/16/2012

I'm not a big fan of Seth Macfarlane. I think he's passive agressivly homophobic towards gays. I might be the only one who is not a fan and thinks he's got issues with gay people - even though he "supports" gay rights.

by Anonymousreply 11909/16/2012

For its premiere, SNL was generally not funny. It had its moments, e.g., the Obama opening, the news, but that's about it. It had unfunny skits, not necessarily Seth MacFarlane's fault.

by Anonymousreply 12009/16/2012

If you didn't think the puppet sketch, or the "did I stutter" sketch were funny, there's something wrong with you.

by Anonymousreply 12109/16/2012

R121. Both skits sucked.

by Anonymousreply 12209/16/2012

At least for the past few years they've had Wiig to save the show. last night they were seriously in trouble without her. really shines a light on how bad the writing is without a comedienne like Wiig to hid the flaws and make it work.

by Anonymousreply 12309/16/2012

The puppet skit was hysterical. If you didn't like it, no big deal. But enough people did to consider it, and the night, very successful. Ocean was great the second song, but a bit off the first song, IMHO.

by Anonymousreply 12409/16/2012

Wiig was a one-note camera hog and I'm glad she's gone.

Not sure what will happen to the show without her, but her last few years she WAS the show, and that was not a good thing.

by Anonymousreply 12509/16/2012

Wiig is so not funny! SNL is rarely ever funny. Wiig or no Wiig!

by Anonymousreply 12609/16/2012

I'm not a Wiig fan. I found her irritating more often than not, so I don't agree. All I know is that I laughed out loud several times and that hasn't happened in years. Also the 90 mins flew by.

by Anonymousreply 12709/16/2012

I thought it was a good show, I laughed. I missed the first 10 minutes of it.

by Anonymousreply 12809/16/2012

I like that Seth did a Marty McFly impression. Who does Marty McFly?

by Anonymousreply 12909/16/2012

Forget trying to creat original skits, they're not funny.

For a successful show, go with political, etertainment and pop culture spoofs (remember Donatella Versace years ago).

by Anonymousreply 13009/16/2012

I liked the stutter was really funny and I liked the puppet skit too. I also thought the dancing skit was funny. I had no idea who the guy was but it still made me laugh.

by Anonymousreply 13109/16/2012

I didn't miss Wiig for even a minute, in fact I forgot she wasn't there. I laughed at the Honey Boo Boo routine also. I didn't see anything wrong with the writing.

by Anonymousreply 13209/16/2012

Why do I want to have sex with Taram Killian?

by Anonymousreply 13309/16/2012

Someone said they hadn't laughed out loud since Belushi? What an old fool! There have been sooooo many funny comedians on the show, how could you have missed them?

I know there have been some bad years but there have also been many GREAT years.

by Anonymousreply 13409/16/2012

I liked Kristin Wiig, she could be great, but she was WAY overused on SNL. I didn't miss her either last night.

by Anonymousreply 13509/16/2012

r133, maybe because he's unavailable?

by Anonymousreply 13609/16/2012

Good Lord R134. Didn't mean to step on your toes. Over the years I got bored by the lousy shows and the scarcity of good ones. I liked Candy, Crystal, Farley and lots of others. But it was sporadic for me. So I said what I said. Stop being a two year old about it.

by Anonymousreply 13709/16/2012

For those who don't know who Psy is:

by Anonymousreply 13809/16/2012

I also want to have sex with Seth Macfarlane.

by Anonymousreply 13909/16/2012

And for those who still don't understand Gangnam Style:

Gangnam Style, Dissected: The Subversive Message Within South Korea's Music Video Sensation

by Anonymousreply 14009/16/2012

"I was hoping for witty, romantic and droll music from Ocean, who I had heard was gay. Alas, 'twas not to be."

No, he is bisexual.

by Anonymousreply 14109/16/2012

I agree it's unlikely Taran Killam will be gone. He's only in the second year of a seven year contract. He won't be able to get out of it.

Sudeikis is another matter.

by Anonymousreply 14209/16/2012

For some reason I don't want to have sex with Seth Meyes.

by Anonymousreply 14309/16/2012

r141, link to statement of declaration of bisexualtiy?

by Anonymousreply 14409/16/2012

I think Wiig was funny, but I agree that most of her characters had similar traits: they were either confused and/or went ahead and did what they want anyway.

Jilly (Gilly), the Secret Word celebrity, Penelope... each grabbed attention, not caring what was going on around them.

But perhaps that's true of Gilda's Emily, Roseanne and Baba Wawa?

I miss Maya more than I miss Kristin.

by Anonymousreply 14509/16/2012

For R144 who is unfamiliar with teh Google.

If you click on the link in the article (outed himself as bisexual) you will be taken to his blog where he OUTS HIMSELF AS BISEXUAL.

by Anonymousreply 14609/16/2012

A friend of mine was at the dress rehearsal last night and she said there was a sketch that got cut which was about Mitt Romney being humiliated at a black tie gala by Sheldon Adelson (McFarlane) and the other one was a fake cable show co-hosted by trashy Russian sisters (Kate McKinnon and one of the new female cast members). She said the Adelson/Romney sketch was anti-semitic and the other one was simply not funny.

by Anonymousreply 14709/16/2012

They need some hot guys. The new one is very unfortunate looking...

by Anonymousreply 14809/16/2012

r146, no where in that link does Ocean say he is bisexual. Maybe cool it with the Google lessons.

by Anonymousreply 14909/16/2012

I thought that SNL was on Comcast On Demand, don't see it. Anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 15009/16/2012

thanks, R147. Good dish.

by Anonymousreply 15109/16/2012

[quote]I personally have a thing for guys of Scottish ancestry, John Barrowman, Ewan Mcgregor etc and McFarlane fits the mold.

I couldn't put my finger on who SM reminded me of's John Barrowman (or Donny Osmond or Christopher Knight).

by Anonymousreply 15209/16/2012

Oh my god, he totally looks like Donny Osmond. I can't believe I never noticed it before.

by Anonymousreply 15309/16/2012

R140, that's actually a really interesting read... thanks for linking that.

And there was a HUGE FUCKING THREAD on Ocean coming out as bi on this very forum... I don't know how anyone could have missed it.

by Anonymousreply 15409/16/2012


by Anonymousreply 15509/16/2012

Frank Lotion

by Anonymousreply 15609/16/2012

[quote]I'm laughing out loud. I haven't done that during SNL since Belushi.

John Belushi is one of the least funny people in the history of comedy.

I'm so glad he died.

by Anonymousreply 15709/16/2012

I can't believe so many on here still watch this unfunny shit.

I LOVE Seth and I still couldn't bring myself to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 15809/16/2012

Seth has Stewie's head so it's no wonder he needs to patch the huge thing with toupees.

by Anonymousreply 15909/16/2012

That video has 189 million views. Guess it pays to appeal to the Asians.

by Anonymousreply 16009/16/2012

Frank Ocean made me laugh with his self-indulgent performances. Jeez, that guy takes himself WAY too seriously.

by Anonymousreply 16109/16/2012

I had to fast-forward over Frank Ocean after a minute.


by Anonymousreply 16209/16/2012

R157 = moron

by Anonymousreply 16309/16/2012

After a summer of change at Saturday Night Live – stalwart castmembers Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg left the show, along with Abby Elliott – Lorne Michaels might have been expected to go the safe route for his Season 38 opener, relying on the easy name-recognition of stars like Robert Pattinson or Carly Rae Jepsen. But to put all eyes on Family Guy creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane, and the introspective Odd Future singer Frank Ocean? Gutsy. And hell if it didn’t work just right. Point, Lorne.

Michaels must have been pleased with Ocean, whose chart-topping album Channel Orange was praised as not only the most beautiful of the summer, but perhaps the year. And it was indeed beautiful live, with Ocean hitting his stride and the highest of notes during "Thinkin Bout You," something he wasn’t able to do at this year’s VMAs. Later, during "Pyramids," Ocean deferred to John Mayer’s guitar solo, and in a moment true to himself, he walked away to play with the video arcade games that sat on the side of the set.

MacFarlane was equally impressive, considering that most of the viewing audience knew him just as the voice of Family Guy's Stewie or the director of this summer’s surprise smash teddy-bear comedy, Ted. Much like SNL-favorite Justin Timberlake, MacFarlane was pitch-perfect as a sketch actor, clearly willing to commit to any and every character, whether in a deadpan role or an impression. He reached beyond the crutches of his signature voices and his sometimes-sophomoric humor.

For a writing staff that in the past has struggled to bring hosts like Olympic hero Michael Phelps to life, it must have been refreshing to watch MacFarlane effortlessly turn into Phelp’s real-life foe, playing swimmer Ryan Lochte as a smug and barely literate guest at the Weekend Update desk.

It’s understood that SNL is not always like this; similar to a baseball season, there are going to be ups and downs, and fans shouldn’t overreact one way or another to any single result. (See: Psy, the Korean rapper who’s taken the internet by storm with "Gangnam Style." His brief appearance to dance in a sketch last night may have gone viral, but let’s check in again in fifteen minutes.)

Sometimes there are nights like this, though, where the whole lineup is hitting. And the biggest hit came from an "Introduction to Puppetry" sketch. While MacFarlane played the instructor, SNL tent pole Bill Hader channeled his old friend Will Forte’s gravely-voiced inappropriate-guest character, as a student in the class. Hader’s version, an intense, soft-spoken, long haired, aviator lens-wearing Vietnam vet, uses a puppet that is a spitting image of his character, down to the same dark memories of war in Vietnam.

Hader was also terrific in reprising his role of Clint Eastwood, this time in the traveling revue, "Eastwood and Chair," where Clint and his co-star from the Republican National Convention do political routines about "Invisible and Irritated Barack Obama," and attempt duets like "Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off."

In another winning bit, the always-hilarious Keenan Thompson portrayed talk show host Steve Harvey, who graciously provided a viewer with a complete makeover. The lucky man was revealed as Seth MacFarlane, grinning in bald cap, caterpillar mustache and enormous bright blue pinstriped suit.

Doubts be gone: MacFarlane's White Steve Harvey and Frank Ocean playing video games beat tabloid cover stars and YouTube sensations any day of the week – and especially on Saturday night.

Read more:

by Anonymousreply 16409/17/2012

'Pyramids' Video: Frank Ocean Drops NSFW Video For Song Off 'Channel ORANGE'

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Frank Ocean followed up his smooth "SNL" debut with a new video for "Pyramids," a standout track off the R&B star's highly lauded first studio album, channel ORANGE.

The NSFW spot features Ocean riding a motorcycle and stopping by a Las Vegas strip club (what else did you think "she's working at the Pyramid tonight" meant?) before finding himself in the shadow of some real pyramids. The majority of the video focuses on Ocean's complicated feelings for a stripper (mediated again, perhaps, by Ocean's semi-recent decision to reveal that his first love was a man).

It's not like they ever completely disappeared from the scene, but between this video and the visuals for Kanye West and 2 Chainz' "Birthday Song," women with extremely rotund derrières are really en vogue.

Nabil ("Swim Good," "Novacane," "Mercy") directed. John Mayer gets a cameo. "Pyramids" is available above, and more Ocean tracks can be found in the gallery below. Parting note: Frankie has some really white teeth.

by Anonymousreply 16509/17/2012

Frank Ocean hit the "Saturday Night Live" stage on September 15 and performed two songs. Against a vintage arcade backdrop, Frank sang "Thinking About You" and an abridged version of "Pyramids" and was accompanied by singer John Mayer on guitar. Mayer also appears on Frank's recent critically-acclaimed album, Channel Orange.

Fans loved the performance on Twitter. "John Mayer playing guitar for @FrankOcean.... night. made. Slam dunk," tweeted one fan while another poked fun, "Wait- Is Frank Ocean really playing PacMan while John Mayer is doing this guitar solo?" The usually-quiet Frank also appeared on promo spots for the late-night show with host Seth MacFarlane.

Frank just hit another big stage, the 2012 MTV VMAs, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The stripped-down number had no frills. Ocean's soaring vocals and an intensity that seemed to shut out everything around him. Earlier in the night, host Kevin Hart had saluted the 24-year-old — and simultaneously cracked a few jokes at his expense — recalling his decision to let the world know, via the liner notes for his album, that his first love was a man. Ocean has remained rather tight-lipped since sharing the note on his Tumblr account a few months ago, letting his music do all of the talking, and nothing changed that night.

by Anonymousreply 16609/17/2012

If last night's 2012-2013 season premier is any indication of what to expect from Saturday Night Live's 38th year on the air, this season could turn out to be one of the show’s finest in a long time.

A 14 member cast ranges from newcomers, Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson, and Cecily Strong to 12th season veteran Seth Meyers has me looking forward to seeing new characters develop, as well as enjoying the further adventures of all the old favorites.

The guest host, Seth MacFarlane, did an admirable job, and could easily be a regular cast member. Given the fact he is a little busy these days, this emmy award winning comedian, creator of “Family Guy,” co-creator of “American Dad,” and up and coming film star will not be a regular, but he adeptly managed to complement the emsemble cast without overshadowing them.

Just as expected, the show had strong political undertones with sketches that were relevant and well written. Saturday Night Live rarely ignores an opportunity to accentuate the ridiculous side of politics, so both parties got a good dose of vintage SNL satire.

Eight year cast member Bill Hader put on his high waisted pants and reprised his role as Clint Eastwood, who was promoting his upcoming comedy tour “Eastwood and Chair,” which was perhaps the funniest sketch in the show, regardless of anyone’s politics.

Hader has been one of my favorite cast members for years, and he certainly did not disappoint last night. I hated to see Andy Samberg leave the show, but with Hader and other tried and true veterans, hopefully Samberg withdrawal will not be too painful.

Another sketch spoofed Obama’s ads about Bain Capital, featuring Kenan Thompson as a man who loses job after job at the hands of Bain Capital’s alledged conspiratoral meddling. For viewers tired of the never ending campaign ads that will continue to monopolize TV till November, this sketch alone should ease your weariness for a bit, or at least until you turn the television on Sunday morning.

Frank Ocean discarded the sometimes over-the-top approach of many SNL musical guests in favor of sitting on a stool and letting his talent speak for itself. The concept worked beautifully; Ocean’s performance was exceptional.

I’ve been a fan of Saturday Night Live since its inception in 1975, and over the years some seasons have disappointed me enough to stop watching by mid-season. Yet, at the beginning of each new season I tune in, hopeful I will be entertained enough to watch throughout the entire year.

After watching last night’s season premier, I will definitely tune in next week; ever hopeful the quality will continue throughout the season.

The beauty of SNL is in its ability to evolve over the years without abandoning its comedic grip of current pop culture and all things political. Like any show, its success depends on the quality of the writing and a talented cast.

With the current cast, and with seasoned veteran Seth Meyers as head writer, success appears to be in SNL’s future, at least for this season.

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by Anonymousreply 16709/17/2012

Frank Ocean performed on Saturday Night Live last night, accompanied by John Mayer.

An American institution, Saturday Night Live returned last night (September 15th) promising another season of comedy skits and high profile guest appearances. Another notch in his rise to the top, Frank Ocean was invited to appear on the opening episode and did not disappoint.

Fresh from the release of 'Channel Orange' and that letter, Frank Ocean delivered a beautiful if somewhat bizarre performance. Rushing through 'Thinking About You' and of course 'Pyramids' the singer delivers an impressive performance.

Inviting John Mayer to perform with him, the blues guitarist adds an extended solo to 'Pyramids' and even throws in some enterprising facial

by Anonymousreply 16809/17/2012

[quote]In another winning bit, the always-hilarious Keenan Thompson

I stopped reading right there. That's like "the always-articulate George W. Bush" or "the always-pulled-together Lindsay Lohan."

by Anonymousreply 16909/17/2012

Agreed, r169. Kenan sucks. Even when he actually works well in a skit, there's still an aura of suck around him.

by Anonymousreply 17009/17/2012

Critics and fans Ate frank oceans performance UP and I guess thats what matters not some eldergays ON dl

by Anonymousreply 17109/17/2012

I see the NBC shill has been very busy here today posting reviews.

We'll tell Mr. Greenblatt you did your job very well, shill.

by Anonymousreply 17209/17/2012

Lord god, so many shills on this thread.

I laughed a few times. Somewhat funny. Not a fan, but Seth Macfarland was the funniest person on the show. I hadn't watched the show in five years, and now I remember why. It's always consistently mediocre.

Seth M. is eminently fuckable, though. Don't believe for one minute that he's straight.

by Anonymousreply 17309/17/2012

Keenan got super fat over the summer.

by Anonymousreply 17409/17/2012

I like Keenan, he's good and was great in that Bain skit.

by Anonymousreply 17509/17/2012

A brilliant episode! Honestly, I don't think Seth would agree to do anything that wasn't going to get a laugh. He wouldn't put up with dead silence from the audience.

I have to say it, Seth MacFarlane is one of the hottest fuckers on the planet!

I'm glad he showed off his singing voice.

The guy doing Barack Obama is amazing! It's probably the best Obama impersonation I've seen/heard.

About Comcast OnDemand, SNL episodes, like most stuff, is uploaded Monday, so today it should be available.

BTW, I saw Seth in his jeans in the closing - no bulge. What's that all about? Maybe he hangs low, and doesn't have a pointy.

He looked hot in all the wigs! Even styles that 19 year old guys would sport.

by Anonymousreply 17609/17/2012

[quote]I'm not a big fan of Seth Macfarlane. I think he's passive agressivly homophobic towards gays. I might be the only one who is not a fan and thinks he's got issues with gay people - even though he "supports" gay rights.

That's like saying Kylie Minogue is homophobic. Seth MacFarlane can't shut up about gay rights, even likened detractors to Nazis. He lived with a gay guy growing up in his house as a kid. He's a male fag hag!

I'd like to hear how you conclude that Seth is homophobic. Where are you getting this from?

by Anonymousreply 17709/17/2012

People that didn't like this episode are "Golden Girls" fanatics.

by Anonymousreply 17809/17/2012

As usual, SNL sucked. Hard to believe they can't find better writers. I guess there will always be a market for bad scripts and political pandering.

by Anonymousreply 17909/17/2012

Seth MacF is the most talented host they've had in years, with Mick Jagger in last season's finale a close second.

by Anonymousreply 18009/17/2012

It was ok. Remember when Seth McF was fat? Now's he's almost too skinny. Why can't Seth the regular give his cuter brother at LEAST a semi-regular gig? He was good like everyone else on MadTV...

by Anonymousreply 18109/17/2012

[quote]Hader’s version, an intense, soft-spoken, long haired, aviator lens-wearing Vietnam vet, uses a puppet that is a spitting image of his character, down to the same dark memories of war in Vietnam.

Rolling Stone needs to lay off the bong of the reasons the character is so strange is that HIS dark memories of the war are from Grenada.

by Anonymousreply 18209/17/2012

The Bain proof was hilarious, and for once, Keenan was very funny.

by Anonymousreply 18309/17/2012

"Why can't Seth the regular give his cuter brother at LEAST a semi-regular gig?"

Are you kidding? If not, there are some serious sibling issues to explore here...

by Anonymousreply 18409/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 18509/17/2012

[quote]I like Keenan, he's good and was great in that Bain skit.

Keenan is fine in the filmed stuff. It's "life" where he's weak.

by Anonymousreply 18609/17/2012

"I agree it's unlikely Taran Killam will be gone. He's only in the second year of a seven year contract. He won't be able to get out of it.

Sudeikis is another matter."

What's the deal with these two? They'd basically be leaving SNL due to their relationships? Neither of them have super hot film careers, they'd leave SNK because of theri relationships?

Both men are involved with actresses whose careers are based in Hollywood.

Jason Sudeikis is currently involved with evil eyed actress Olivia Wilde. He'd be leaving a steady SNL gig so he can be with her on California?

by Anonymousreply 18709/17/2012

None of it was as funny as this:

by Anonymousreply 18809/18/2012

R187, Jason would be leaving because he has a busy movie career, not because of any girlfriend.

by Anonymousreply 18909/18/2012

Seth singing more showtunes

- As Time Goes By - Dear Booze - The Things We Did Last Summer - That Was Then (And This Is Too) - The Second Time Around (with Frank Sinatra Jr.) - The Last Time I Saw Paris

by Anonymousreply 19009/18/2012

If old-school variety shows were ever allowed again, Seth MacFarlane would be the one to have one, and he'd be fantastic.

by Anonymousreply 19109/22/2012

In the stuttering sketch (why are people saying it was funny?!) Keenan Thompson was actually moving his lips to Seth MacFarlane's lines as Thompson read the cue cards waiting for his turn to answer with a one-liner. It was pathetic, and he looked like a first-grader in a school play.

Why did he even need to be reading the cue cards in the first place, when all he had was one line and one cue? (OK, maybe two).

I thought his acting couldn't get worse than his constant smirking throughout seven seasons ... and now this!

That having been said, I liked the show overall.

There oughta be a TV special with Timberlake, MacFarlane, NPH, and Hugh Jackman. The musical numbers alone would be gold.

Timberlake on first tenor, NPH second tenor, Jackman baritone, and MacFarlane bass. I'd pay for that (and the visuals).

by Anonymousreply 19209/22/2012

Yeah the music idea is a good one.

I liked the show but don't know who is on tonoight.

by Anonymousreply 19309/22/2012

THE current DL sex symbol is hosting tonight.

by Anonymousreply 19409/22/2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, r193

by Anonymousreply 19509/22/2012

I, for one, can't believe that they really make what seems like no effort to learn their lines. Any of them.

by Anonymousreply 19609/22/2012

Dear Lorne,

Thanks much for the shirtless JGL in the opening sequence, but next time, the pants need to go, too, m'kay?


by Anonymousreply 19709/22/2012

JGL wanted to be in porno ShortBus. He even gave the director a 'personal' video audition. Wonder if he would be having the same career he is now if he got the role?

by Anonymousreply 19809/22/2012

I hope they do a spoof of Third Rock from the Sun.

by Anonymousreply 19909/22/2012

Nice chest!!!

by Anonymousreply 20009/22/2012

that opening is so hott!!

i want the black dude hahah

by Anonymousreply 20109/22/2012

R199, yes, that would be timely.

by Anonymousreply 20209/22/2012

The hypnotize skit was horrible

Mum and sons wee good

by Anonymousreply 20309/23/2012

Joseph just made me cum in my shorts!

by Anonymousreply 20409/23/2012

Aside from the hawt opening and Ann Romney sketch, a weak episode overall that seemed to drag on forever.

by Anonymousreply 20509/23/2012

So the truth is, that Seth McFarlane IS the reason the show didn't completely suck last week. :(

by Anonymousreply 20609/23/2012

[quote]Mum and sons wee good

This is now one of my most favorite DL typos.

by Anonymousreply 20709/23/2012
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