3/12/2011: Zach Galafianakis & Jessie J.

Stick Figure Night Live! is a series of stick figure comic “recreations” of episodes of Saturday Night Live. Just as the show itself is performed live, the comics are drawn “live” while watching the show (with the occasional assist from DVR or some digital clean-up post scanning).

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Lot of sketches this week with weird little tags and non-sequitors at or near the end, from Whoopi showing up on “The Talk” to the vet showing up and the singing in the Noodles sketch to the moose in “Celebrity Scoop” to the Captain’s “son” popping in at the end of the Titanic Life Boat sketch. In almost all those cases I’m not sure they helped the sketch.

Meanwhile, Kings of Catchphrase Comedy was pretty great (it seemed like that was one where the writers/performers likely made each other laugh a lot in the creation of it – though it’s interesting it was a filmed piece instead of done live, which seems like it could have been done live relatively easily), as was “Zach Looks for a New Assistant”, an unexpectedly cast-free bit (in a show with a lot of sketches that maybe didn’t make the best use of the weeks’ host).

Kristen Wiig nailed that Julie Chen impression though. The sound of the voice was pretty spot on.

On the other hand, were those Scottish accents they were doing in the “Celebrity Scoop” sketch? I’ve met and spoken to a good number of Canadians and none of them sounded like that. Maybe I’ve never met anyone from Winnipeg.

Jessie J., that…those performances felt like a sketch where prior to it starting we’d get a text crawl reading “record executives, looking for the next big thing, went into the lab and spliced current popular music stars Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Florence (of the Machine) to create…Jessie J!”. From the outfits to the lyrics to the singing/vocal inflections, she was like three parodies in one.

And while we didn’t see Seth Galafianakis, that was a solid Mr. T mohawk during the good nights. Curious what/if he did anything specific for the dress rehearsal audience.

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