This past weekend I thought I would have the pleasure of watching one of my favorite actors, Jim Carrey, tell great jokes in a really funny way. If you saw the show then you might realize that at least one part of that expectation is incorrect. Comedy experts, Daniel Joe and I, are going to breakdown the episode and try to determine where SNL went wrong with their first show of 2010 2011.
Bit One: Jim Carrey’s Monologue
DJ: The monologue was ok, I guess. I remember thinking something about it was lame or unfunny, but honestly the whole thing was pretty forgettable.
Roy: Jim Carrey had a lot of positive attitude. It was like four days ago, so it’s fuzzy. Carrey made fun of someone’s boobs? Oh, then he proposed to an actress in the audience. I think she was an actress. The thing was that he is really rich, so why would she ever say no? Because she was already married. So Carrey decided to go with the guy with boobs.
Bit Two: Black Swan
DJ: I remember the ballerina who wasn’t Jim Carrey was extremely attractive. Is she a cast member? Jim Carrey brought the HaHas on this one. He was absolutely crazy, had buffalo wings tattooed on his back. Bill Hader was kind of a retard though. B-
Roy: Oh, are we rating them now? Yeah, this bit was funny. Jim Carrey reminded me of Ace Ventura, so Cha-Ching. I mean, come on, a grown man in a ballerina costume? That is funny. Did anything else happen? Oh! Jim Carrey licked Bill Hader’s ear. And that’s gay, and gay is funny. B-
Bit Three: Grady Wilson’s Tantric n’ Tasty
DJ: Glad to see Keenan settling into his spot on the cast. Sometimes these things just take the better part of a decade. No need to rush. The Grady Wilson tapes are always pretty funny. This one is no exception. It’s exactly pretty funny. I wish Jim Carrey would have gone with a different character – I want hyper weirdo Jim, not pretend-stoned Jim. 3/5
Roy: Yeah, I like my Jim Carrey physical comedy to be Extreme!! This was a perfect set up for Carrey to get freaky. The best one was the ‘sneaky baboon’ when Carrey kept jumping off and on a ladder set up in Wilson’s basement recording studio. Really silly. Really funny. 4/5.
Bit Four: Worst of Soul Train
DJ: I actually thought this was very funny. It started off a little slow, but by the time it got to Keenan and the… I’m blanking on the name, but it was funny. Jim Carrey was icing on the cake doing a really bizarre late 70s/early 80s song in some kind of wacky outfit. **** (4 out of 4 1/2 stars)
Roy: I thought this one sucked. I am not blaming Jim Carrey at all; I think he brought everything he could to his performance, but the writing sucked. I specifically blame the Lonely Island guys on the writing staff who can’t seem to go an episode without singing something stupid. If they are going to keep that up they need to start writing funnier, more original lyrics. These weren’t funny. Jim Carrey had a lot of energy though, so that’s funny. 19 out of 20 Andy Sambergs.
Bit Five: Amusement Park Ride
DJ: Amusement Park Ride? What? When did this happen?
Roy: The Amusement Park Ride!!, that was the best one the entire night!!
DJ: I honestly don’t have any recollection of a bit based around an amusement par-oh wait. Yeah, this one was funny. Keenan, The guy who’s not Bill Hader and Jim Carrey were very funny.
Roy: Yeah, they should have just called this the “Keenan and Jim show. ” In this instance Jim Carrey was doing some really funny physical comedy.
DJ: If I HAD to rate it, I’d give it 5/5 Orange Sodas. No, wait. That’s Kel’s thing.
Roy: I would give it 10/10 “Aww, here it goes!” I’m hungry. DJ, are you hungry?
Bit Six: Fortune Teller
DJ: I’m starving. What are you in the mood for? A lot of places are probably closed. I’d do Chile’s if it’s open.
Roy: Chile’s would be pretty outrageous, but you know? What else does a snow-day call for but outrage? So, yeah, I could do Chile’s. Or we could do something simpler. Do you think we’ll be able to make our way out of this igloo? (Jim Carrey did some impressions, whatever.) I would give this 1 out of 2 lunch options.
The Black Keys:
DJ: They blew. Yeah, we’ll probably have to shovel the car out. We should have a backup if Chile’s is closed. I want to nominate Five Guys with Applebee’s as a total last resort.
Roy: Agreed. The Black Keys stunk. Let’s get a shovel.