SNL: Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga Kill It (Review)

 Saturday Night Live - Season 42

It says a lot about Tom Hanks that, after guest hosting SNL for the ninth time, he was allowed to do the opening monologue all by himself.  While America’s favorite actor was not in every skit, he killed it in each one that he appeared in.  Musical guest Lady Gaga effortlessly reminded the world that she is one hell of a performer…Twice.

Hanks put on a cardigan and spoke to his “imaginary” son about the state of the country and the elections. It was not hysterically funny but was geared more to the “favorite dad” tag given the two time Oscar winning performer.

The show’s cold open feature Hanks as moderator of the last presidential debate. Alec Baldwin reprized his Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon made her Hilary the best one of the season. Baldwin, a favorite on SNL who could almost be classed a regular, came back to work with Hanks on the Cockpit sketch.

The skits this week were a mixed bag. Black Jeopardy was a stand out as Hanks play the only white contestant. Wearing a “Make America Great Again” ball cap and a goatee, Tom worked well with Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata, and “emcee” Kenan Thompson.

At one point Hanks had Jones breaking character as she struggled to stop laughing. The sketch was also memorable  for giving Zamata, one of the most underused cast members on the show, quite a lot of screen time.

Haunted Elevator “with 100 floors of frights” was a close second to the Jeopardy skit. Hanks played “David Pumpkins” a annoying and oddly fright-less stop on several floors. Kate McKinnon and Beck Bennett are confused about this inclusion to the ride.

The punch line is like an overly long “knock-knock” joke when Pumpkins’ promise to “scare the hell out of you,” is eventually delivered.

The rest of the skits, and even Weekend Update, were a tad weak. Leslie Jones was the highlight of the Update segment, with Cecily Strong come in a close second with her “Drunk Girl” act. The jokes by Che and Jost were all aimed at the political candidates. Both Trump and Clinton got their fair share of digs from the hosts.

A Girl’s Halloween and America’s Funniest Pets were the weakest skits this week. Cecily Strong, Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer played three girls whose night out ends up in a drunken mess. The highlight of that skit was a green Ken Davidson appearing twice as the Incredible Hulk. Once in the pizza place where one of the girls vomits on their pizza and later in Bryant’s character’s bed.

One of the funnier, and spot on, sketches dealt with CBS. The pre-recorded bit poked fun at the network for losing its award winning comedy shows. Hanks took part in this segment, sadly not available for viewing outside of on-demand or Hulu, and it is slyly funny.

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CBS depressing comedy.

Lady Gaga performed two songs from her new album and they both marked a change to the performers style.  “Mommy Monster” lost the overly outlandish costumes and instead focused on her singing and songwriting skills.

Both numbers featured Gaga in a ’60’s style pink hat and more clothes that she usually wears on stage. Whether this was a concession to appearing on television, albeit late night television, or just a move to “tone it down” in deference to the songs, it fit both musical numbers like a Gaga glove.

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Lady Gaga a superb number in a subdued fashion.

It is always interesting to watch the cast and guests mingle at the show’s conclusion. Tom Hanks and Lady Gaga were clearly excited to be sharing the show. Hanks’ infectious enthusiasm made the hugs and end of show caring and sharing time a tad more genuine.

Alec Baldwin appeared in the final moments and,  above all else, Gaga proved her devotion to fellow musicians.

While both Hanks and Lady Gaga killed it in this episode, as well as Baldwin who showed he can give excellent “straight man,” the writers dropped the high level of comedy that the season started with. There were less “laughs per minute” than there should have been.

SNL continues to air Saturdays on NBC.

American Horror Story: SDCC News Jessica Lange Tease

Kathy Bates at SDCC AHS Panel
San Diego Comic Con, aka SDCC annually mades headlines when the creators, cast and other various members of the entertainment industry give out early information about iconic games, TV shows and movies. American Horror Story gave fans a bit of news about the next season and Ryan Murphy decided to tease fans of the series about past star Jessica Lange. While Lady Gaga fans are overly excited about the face that their Mommy Monster will be in the show, acting only – sorry kids – the news that award winning actress Lange will not be in this newest ensemble was more than disappointing to say the least.

Granted fans of the show have known for sometime now that Lange would not be in Hotel, but the tease that she could return in a later season was a bittersweet treat for fans. It does feel a little like a bad joke, replacing Lange with Gaga? Really?

In a joint panel, stars from both AHS and the new horror comedy series Scream Queens, starring American Horror Story alumnus Emma Roberts and horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis, revealed certain noteworthy items from both shows. Curtis teased fans of her Laurie Strode character from Halloween that there would be a “wordless” nod to the role that helped to make her one of the original scream queens. Roberts is reportedly going to show up at the end of the latest version of Murphy’s brilliantly macabre creation, at least that is what the show’s creator told the panel audience at the SDCC.

The 24 year-old actress will apparently reunite with her one-time real life boyfriend and costar Evan Peters. It is interesting to note that the Scream 4 star had been arrested in 2012 for allegedly beating Peters up, he refused to press charges and the relationship limped along till June 2015 when they called the whole thing off.

Roberts will not be the only other AHS alumni member to reappear in the hotel setting of season five of the series. Ryan Murphy, the same man who brought the world Glee and “gleeks,” stated that other characters would be appearing in this newest season. Murphy has always insisted that the each season’s characters are interconnected, he proved that in season four by showing how Pepper, who was first spotted in Season three; Asylum, was placed into Briarcliff.

While this is welcome news to fans of the long running series, it is still a major disappointment that the one constant in all of the previous four seasons, Jessica Lange, will be missing. The two time Oscar winner stated after Freakshow had finished that she would not be in the next one. Her reason was that she needed a rest from the verse. Considering the different types of characters she played along with the intensity of her performances, it is no wonder that the 66 year-old performer took a break.

This absence may just be the missing ingredient from Murphy’s crowd pleasing cult favorite that spells disaster for its long running success. Lange was not necessarily the glue that bound each episode of every season together, but she was the steely spine of each and every story. The thread that held together through each twist and turn and bloody gruesome event.

Lange’s Elsa Mars, Sister Jude Martin, Fiona Good and Constance Langdon were all disparate creatures, and as much as Elsa was heart rending yet despicable, her Sister Jude will be the epitome of character arcs for the entire season; a journey that started with the viewer hating her overbearing nun and then crying real tears for her and that fall from grace.

SDCC saw fans of American Horror Story getting the latest news about the latest verse in Ryan Murphy’s creation and his teasing that perhaps other performers who will not show up might do so in another season, “aka Jessica Lange,” is a little exciting, if not bittersweet. Sadly Lange will not be back this time around and maybe that is the way it should be.

After all, how can she top Elsa Mars’ rendition of Bowie’s “Life on Mars.” Not to mention her sad success at the end of the season. Have a look at the video below of Elsa belting out this show stopper and think of the Comic Con and just what the latest season of AHS will be like without Lange.

Do not be afraid to shed a little tear…

Lady Gaga and American Horror Story: A Perfect Marriage

On top of the very sad news that Ben Woolf, Meep from Season four of American Horror Story, has died, it has been revealed that Lady Gaga will be joining the cast of season five, which one media outlet says is “partially” titled “Hotel.” This will be a perfect marriage of the weird and wonderful meeting the wonderfully weird. Gaga, Mother Monster to all her rabidly devout little monsters, will no doubt bring something to the AHS table.

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Lady Gaga ARTPOP Film For G.U.Y. Esoteric Imagery (Video)

Lady Gaga ARTPOP Film For G.U.Y. Esoteric Imagery (Video)

Let there be no mistake, Lady Gaga knows how to perform and her song, G.U.Y.along with the ARTPOP film that accompanies it, shows just what she can do with esoteric imagery. The “film” runs for an amazing 11 minutes and 46 seconds. Only seven minutes or so contains the actual song. While the credits roll, a long four minutes worth, another song by Mommy Monster, Manicure, plays over the endless track of who did what on the film.

 

Lady Gaga Puking Painter Tweets Angry Rebuttal to Demi Lovato

Lady Gaga Puking Painter Tweets Angry Rebuttal to Demi Lovato

Lady Gaga has started a feud between Demi Lovato, who slammed her for participating in a painter’s puking art form during her live performance at Austin’s SXSW, and Millie Brown, the artist in question, who has tweeted an angry rebuttal to Lovato’s criticism of the number.