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Saturday, May 20, 2006  

SNL Season 31 ... REVEALED!

[pics via The SNL Archives]

The 21st Century sure hasn't been kind to one Kevin Spacey. Since capturing an Academy Award for his work in "American Beauty" in early 2000, his curriculum vitae has been tangled up in a Flat Spin of epic proportions ("Top Gun" stizz). Check it: "Pay It Forward", "K-Pax", "The Shipping News", "The United States Of Leland", "The Life Of David Gale", and "Beyond The Sea" ... I challenge you to find one other actor of Spacey's caliber whose career choices have been so durst. And from the looks of the trailers for "Superman Returns", his portrayal of Lex Luthor looks to be one of the most Honeybaked® performances ever committed to celluloid.

That said, Spacey is one of the most underrated SNL hosts of all-time. His work as a host back in `97 is widely classified as virtuoso level, driven mainly by his uncanny impressions of famous actors like Chris Walken and Jack Lemmon. So let's see what Nummer and H-Bomb have to say in their pre-show comments for the SNL Season Finale...

Episode 18: Julia Louis-Dreyfus / Paul Simon (5/13/06)

Season Finale time! Thanks to Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg and most importantly Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, this season was a notable improvement over the episodes that have dampend SNL since the kick ass 2001-2002 season. Each finale also raises the potential cast departures issue. As always, Darrell Hammond, Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph and Tina Fey are all on my list. Maybe May 2006 will be when I finally get my wish...and while we're at it, maybe its time to consider letting Finesse go too.

Hyping up his role as Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, Kevin Spacey is set to make his return to SNL. The January 1997 epsiode he hosted was brilliant. Not only did it feature those hilarious "Star Wars 20th Annivesary" outtakes with Spacey as Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau, but it was also the first time Norm MacDonald did his fabulous David Letterman/Late Show spoof. It was there Spacey let loose a dead-on William Hurt impression that I would not mind seeing again. "I experienced a CA-THARSIS!"

Also pushing a summer release is musical guest Nelly Furtado. Like Spacey, Furtado has some SNL experience under her belt due to a musical guest spot back in 2001. She was only given time for one musical performance in that episode, so maybe she'll get the full two-spot opportunity this time. I say minor buzz.

Kevin Spacey returns for a second time this week as SNL host and is, in my humble opnion, completely capable of putting on an amazing show, especially if his 1997 debut is any indication. Not many actors can pull off the truly best quality of being utterly creepy in movies yet surprisingly hilarious on SNL(ala Christopher Walken), but luckily for us, Spacey is one those that can. Despite being a great host, however, one also needs to have the power of superb sketch writing to acheieve a genuinely outstanding show. My newfound confidence in the writing crew has been wavering since the Hanks and Dreyfus episodes, both of whom were terrific hosts but whose episodes suffered because of mediocre skits. Hopefully the writers will pull it together this week, especially considering it is the season finale, and give Spacey a classic show to be remembered.

I have to say that Nelly Furtado seemed like a surprising choice for the season finale's musical guest. Other than the fact that she has a new album coming out, I haven't heard a thing about her in the last few years. I'm sure she'll do a decent job, as she seems to be a respectable musician. I guess I just pictured a more explosive act to take up the final musical slot for the season.

Which reminds me ... how did Julia Louis-Dreyfus fair as host last week? Check out Nummer and H-Bomb's review .

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date: 5.8.06
source: Tom's Oyster Bar
amount: $60.00
(12) oysters
(6) peel & eat shrimp
(4) glasses of pinot grigio
snl season 31
by Nummer & H-Bomb
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