Sketch – “Ultimate Vacation Giveaway”:
Film – “Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun To Re Ro”:
Sketch – “Royal Taster”:
Sketch – “Livin’ Single”:
Sketch – “A Spot of Tea”:
Sketch – “Congressional Time Machine”:
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thanks a lot for posting these! i tried to watch on the nbc website but it didnt work well for me. i really loved the monologue and when he talked about his pants. i did wonder about the jacket he wore cuz the sleeves seemed to be a bit short. also, i love the way he said juan and i can imagine him just chatting with a burglar like an old friend. my favorite sketch was livin single but im sure im not the only one who is jealous of that girl for getting to rub against russell.
Watched them all yesterday, and I know my expectations were way too high, I’ve been dying for this for so long…Russ on SNL, but the skits he was given were absolute shit… I loved all the shots in between, unfortunately they were the best bits for me :(…Wasn’t his fault though.
A couple of funny bits….The promo’s were good!
I agree, my favourite thing about the episode were the bumper pics between sketches/commercials. Oh well.
Some of the inbetween promo pics are really stunning. Having read the reviews and general opinion, I wasn’t expecting too much – I think the “cooking” one is the best for obvious reasons. The others are not his best work shall we say! In England we don’t have this show at all, so I’m really not familiar with its format/demographic, and obviously can’t judge it against other episodes.
It comes across to me that Russell is nervous during the monologue and it wouldn’t be my choice that he does such mainstream material, but again, I guess he shaped this to fit the target audience.
The sketch with the three elderly “ladies” is very similar to sketches on Little Britain.
Being as I live in North America, I’ve been watching SNL on and off for decades. I can tell you with complete honesty and conviction that the SHOW IS UTTER SHIT. The writers they’ve had for the past decade are so horrible. The show is completely unwatchable and NOT FUNNY EVER. It doesn’t matter who the guest is, even someone as brilliant as Russell, the writers present them with weird, boring, unfunny crap. He did the best he could, but these lame unfunny sketches were shit and they weren’t Russell’s fault. If he’d been writing them I have no doubt they would’ve been brilliant. SNL was funny in the 70s, 80s, and 90s but this new breed are little more than irritating morons.
I also live in North America, E., and I think you’re right. I’ve watched SNL on and off my whole life, but in recent years I’ve completely given up. My brother still watches it, and once in a while there will be the odd sketch that he tells me to watch and it’ll strike me funny, but most of the time it’s awful. I had really hoped Russell would elevate it, but I can’t see his influence in these sketches at all. It doesn’t seem like he was able to improvise at all like I hoped he would, either. We’ve seen Russell’s ability to improvise in the outtakes from FSM and GHTTG and the Tempest … he’s SO brilliant when he’s off on a flight of fancy. Sadly there was no avenue for this at all during SNL. 🙁
I’ve never been a fan of SNL over the years. I think some of the skits are stupid, but thought it was a sign of my age. I thought Russell did well with the material given to him. I liked the skit about English movies being hard to understand. I thought he looked cute in different wigs and clothing. So generally was ok – I recorded it so I could watch it with my DVR.
ive tried to watch snl but the skits are pretty bad. sometimes something funny will happen but most of the time it is crap. i think snl hasnt been funny since the time adam sandler and his group were fired. it was funny in the early 2000s with tina fey but not much anymore. i think some of it would be funnier if the cast didnt obviously look at the cue cards during the scene. my fav sketch off all time was when jon hamm hosted with michael buble as the guest and they did a skit together. it was really funny. still, russell did his best.
Yes, unfortunately SNL has definitely gone down hill quite significantly over the years… I always LOVE Justin Timberlake on the show (when I was never really a fan before)…
Hopefully next time Russell is on the show he gets better scripts & skits, and is maybe more involved in the writing himself.
I must be losing my sense of humour. Didn’t laugh at any of these sketches.
bring russell back to the UK, he’s totally out of place on a show like this.. stick him in a chair with matt morgan me thinks . fair play to him though big money and that
Jaffa cakes & PG tips on the counter in the film trailer: that’s quality right there.
I read an article about how they used costumes from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the “king’s taster” sketch. As I’m from Oregon, I thought that was kinda cool. 🙂 Here’s the article in case anyone’s interested:
I used to watch SNL from time to time about 5-6 years ago and it seemed funny enough that I kept on watching, but being from Mexico it’s not a very popular show or anything. To be honest, the only good bit for me was his monologue, the other sketches seemed TREMENDOUSLY overplayed, like the “Ultimate Vacation Giveaway” and “Royal Taster”, they were all just basically people screaming. Not cool.
hey star russells website has a link directing fans here to watch his snl appearence. how awesome is that?!
Russell is always best when he’s not reined in and SNL is pretty conservative for a “wacky” comedy show. It never really has any funny sketches, but comparatively Russell’s appearance made for one of the funniest shows they’ve had in a long time. SNL is pretty dry and Russell spiced it up as much as he could for the mainstream audience it was meant for.
“Cheeyrs, thaunks for clapping”
“Let me be clyeer”
“Thart would be horrible for myee”
What’s wrong with his accent? He doesn’t keep it up the whole time but it’s disturbing, maybe it’s a dare or something. ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Thanks for posting these! I should’ve known you would and done something more productive that Saturday night. I tried to watch the show when it aired but reeeally had trouble sitting through it and gave up 30 minutes in. As discussed, the current SNL is not what it was years (and years…) ago and even dear Russell could do only so much. That said, I think it was pretty good as a career move, if not as a display of comedic brilliance. After all, world domination does necessitate winning over the lowest common denominator – uh, mainstream. (Sigh)
BTW, the SNL writer who thought it was a clever idea to be “inspired” by Little Britain should look for other work. Painful.
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Russell Brand is a hilarious and magical human being no matter what situation or skit he is placed. He’s fantastic!
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