Judge Eric Profancik says this disc could've used more cowbell.
"Jimmy Fallon went from being one of Saturday Night Live's
biggest fans to being one of its biggest stars."
Granted, I do not watch Saturday Night Live (SNL) as often as I used to, but I think I've tuned in enough to know that Jimmy Fallon is not one of the show's biggest stars. He does not rank anywhere near the top with the unquestionable greats such as Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Jim Belushi, Eddie Murphy, and so on. Jimmy Fallon is, at best, an interesting supporting player who has a decent repertoire of impressions. But for someone in marketing to have the audacity to call Fallon a big star, that's unconscionable!
And that summarizes the problem—and ridiculousness—of this release: Fallon is not a star, was never a star, and this release should never have been created. It is just a sad ploy to milk a couple bucks out of people who love the show, coinciding with Fallon's "big" movie debut of Taxi (well, maybe not exactly coinciding). Of course, I'm sure a few people out there absolutely love Fallon and his humor, but the majority of SNL fans will merely dismiss him as someone who was lucky to get on the show and was even luckier to nab the coveted "Weekend Update" slot. But, if you've been paying attention, he wasn't given that great gig alone; he was paired up with the smarter and funnier (not to mention prettier) Tina Fey.
The main thing to be said about this release is that it's merely average. Some of the skits are amusing, while others are horrible. The few sketches that are better are so not because of Fallon but because of the ensemble comedians working with him in the sketch. Let's take a quick look at the skits included on this release:
• "Mick and Jimmy Backstage"
• "Jarret's Room"
• "Barry Gibb Talk Show"
• "Sully and Denise"
• "Flashback Songs"
• "Cork Soakers"
• "A Christmas Treat"
• "The Leatherman"
• "Van Morrison"
• "Nick Burns"
• "Bloater Brothers"
• "Abducted by Aliens"
As you can see, most of the skits are weak, and the quality falls quickly the closer you get to the end of the DVD. Also, the best skits either contain other, stronger SNL players or feature Fallon in quick bits.
Oddly, this DVD is fairly well loaded, adding to my pain. First up is a commentary track with Fallon, Mike Shoemaker, and Steve Higgins. When the guys aren't just rambling about mindless things, they do share a lot of interesting background information on the sketches. They're even honest enough to admit when a skit sucks ("The Leatherman"). Then you get Fallon's "SNL Audition" (8 minutes) showing how he earned his role. Next are two bits from Fallon's comedy CD, Bathroom Wall, the music video for "Idiot Boyfriend" (5 minutes) and a music segment from Carson Daly's Last Call, "Road Rage" (3 minutes). Last up is the "Drinkin' in the Woods" dress sketch from SNL, and that's the end of the disc.
If you're intent on ignoring my advice and picking up this blatant excuse to steal your money, you won't have any trouble with the full-frame video or Dolby Digital 2.0 tracks. Both are very clean with no significant problems, and both present the material better than what you'd get from television.
But, if you are wise, you'll listen to me and save your money. Jimmy Fallon does not deserve an SNL disc. There are many other, more-talented players from the show, and I recommend you pick one of those up instead.
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