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Top Chef Parody on SNL Last Night

MMRuth Apr 6, 2008 06:38 AM

Did anyone see it? Just watching now ...

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  1. TrishUntrapped RE: MMRuth Apr 6, 2008 08:23 AM

    Yep, I saw it. As a Christopher Walken fan I made myself watch SNL. I was disappointed in Walken for appearing to read the teleprompter for most of his sketches. Although I did find some stuff funny.

    I liked the Top Chef parody, the bit about the faux hawks, the absurd challenge, the Padma impersonation and the guest judge Wylie thingy.... I thought it was good...not great...but good.

    Will someone pleeeeeeeease give Christopher Walken his own cooking show!!!! Now that I would love!

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped
      Elyssa RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 7, 2008 10:30 AM

      Christopher Walken was on Jon Stewart and apparently he's an excellent chef and loves to cook, so that wouldn't be too much of a stretch.

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        farmersdaughter RE: Elyssa Apr 7, 2008 11:33 AM

        Walken grew up in Astoria and his dad ran a bakery. Lidia Bastianich used to work in the bakery when she was a teenager, and she and Walken became close friends as a result of both of them working there together (and still are, I believe). So I would guess the bakery is the genesis of his cooking chops.

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          TrishUntrapped RE: farmersdaughter Apr 7, 2008 02:09 PM

          Righto. There is a video of Chris making a chicken and pear crisps somewhere on YouTube.

          Instead of "More cowbell," he might say, "This dish needs more Babybel..." on his cooking show.

          1. re: TrishUntrapped
            sharonlouk RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 7, 2008 02:20 PM

            Here's a link to the video.


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              Indy 67 RE: sharonlouk Apr 8, 2008 04:19 AM

              Thanks. Just watched the video and, more than being impressed by the small details that clearly indicate Walken knows what he's doing in the kitchen, I was impressed by his diction. He spoke in a rather normal manner with none of the odd rhythm I usually usually associate with Walken. I guess I'm not the only one since that rhythm was the basis for the humor in the Walken family reunion skit on SNL.

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      nosh RE: MMRuth Apr 6, 2008 09:01 AM

      Please -- if anyone finds the sketch on YouTube, the NBC website, or anywhere else, please post a link. I was asleep, and I'd love to see it before the reruns.

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      1. re: nosh
        southernitalian RE: nosh Apr 7, 2008 08:26 AM

        That was a rerun.

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          MMRuth RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 08:38 AM

          Was it - the intro was topical in terms of the election, I thought.

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            southernitalian RE: MMRuth Apr 7, 2008 08:46 AM

            I could swear that I have seen that birth control commercial (which was hilarious by the way) and that Panic at the Disco CD is really old. Not sure why they would perform those songs now.

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              MMRuth RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 08:49 AM


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              LindaWhit RE: MMRuth Apr 7, 2008 09:35 AM

              But the election's been going on for the last year anyway, so a repeat might not have been all that off in topicality. :-)

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                MMRuth RE: LindaWhit Apr 7, 2008 09:38 AM

                True - but it was about Hillary getting out of the race, so it seemed pretty timely to me ;-).

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                  LindaWhit RE: MMRuth Apr 7, 2008 09:50 AM

                  Well, I've been saying she should get out of the race since she entered the race, so..... :-)

                  I would love to see this clip if anyone finds it on SNL or YouTube. I was already snoozing away by the time SNL came on this past Saturday. Can't remember the last time I actually stayed up to watch it.

            3. re: southernitalian
              TrishUntrapped RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 11:32 AM

              I don't think it was a rerun.

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                Indy 67 RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 12:53 PM

                I don't think so. The cold opening was about the release of the Clintons' tax returns and that is a recent event.

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                  Dave and Stuff RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 02:30 PM

                  That was not a rerun.

                  But it was the 10,000th time that Walken has hosted.

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                    invinotheresverde RE: southernitalian Apr 7, 2008 02:51 PM

                    The birth control skit commercial wasn't new; I've seen it before. I think they use it to fill space, kind of like they did with the commercial last season for stronger urinary flow (Urigro?). They must've played it five times or more last season.

                    Glad they busted on the faux-hawks. Those things just look ridiculous. It's hard to be all, "Look at me! I'm so cool and novel" when more than one person is doing the same exact thing.

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                      southernitalian RE: invinotheresverde Apr 7, 2008 03:17 PM

                      Thanks. I thought I was losing my mind. Panic's CD was really old so not sure why they were promoting it, Tina Fey was on that birth control commercial (weilding an axe - how funny was that?) and she's nolonger on the show, and he has hosted so many times it is hard to recall. But I thought the Top Chef skit with the fauxhawks was too current to be a rerun so I was confused.

                      1. re: southernitalian
                        boingo2000 RE: southernitalian Apr 9, 2008 11:28 AM

                        Panic's CD is brand new; it just came out last week.

                        Sometimes they re-run the fake commercials - that was the only old thing on the show.

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                          southernitalian RE: boingo2000 Apr 10, 2008 08:08 AM

                          "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" was on Panic's CD "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" that came out in 2005. Odd. Regardless, I loved the show and the Padma performance was spot on.

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                            boingo2000 RE: southernitalian Apr 10, 2008 09:29 AM

                            Ah...I didn't watch the second-song performance. Their first song was the single from the new CD.

                            As for the sketch, I thought it was a good idea, but the execution was a little half-a**ed....seems that TC is ripe for a really good satire, but this one seemed thrown together.

                      2. re: invinotheresverde
                        miss_bennet RE: invinotheresverde Apr 7, 2008 08:19 PM

                        I, too thought the faux-hawk part was hilarious. However, I don't see why it's impossible for more than one person to be cool and novel.

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                          invinotheresverde RE: miss_bennet Apr 10, 2008 07:55 AM

                          Sarcasm, mb; those faux-hawks so aren't cool OR novel anymore.

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                    Indy 67 RE: MMRuth Apr 6, 2008 09:15 AM

                    Where is the video posted? It's not on the NBC's SNL video page. I've sorted for new videos, and they're only showing links to last night's cold opening, the Walken family reunion, laser cats, suprise party, and pregnant man.

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                    1. re: Indy 67
                      MMRuth RE: Indy 67 Apr 6, 2008 09:26 AM

                      I has taped it on my DVR/Cable box.

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                      hungrystudent257 RE: MMRuth Apr 6, 2008 02:38 PM

                      my heart dropped when i saw the wiley character, but i thought the whole skit was great, especially andy samberg

                      1. TrishUntrapped RE: MMRuth Apr 7, 2008 02:18 PM

                        You can see the parody on:

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                          Miss Needle RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 7, 2008 02:25 PM

                          Thank you!

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                            nosh RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 7, 2008 03:23 PM

                            Thank you! Not their very best parody, but as a TC fan I found lots to like and laugh at.

                            Now if someone could only link me to a clip of the "Angry Dog" SNL parody ad.

                            1. re: TrishUntrapped
                              Lizard RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 8, 2008 12:07 AM

                              Thanks for posting. I think Christopher Walken was excellent, and I really liked his calling Padma 'lady'.

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                                LindaWhit RE: TrishUntrapped Apr 9, 2008 01:11 PM

                                I watched this last night. Thought it was very poorly done. Just not funny, for the most part, and Walken having to read the teleprompter was irritating.

                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                  The Dairy Queen RE: LindaWhit Apr 9, 2008 01:29 PM

                                  I once read that the producers schedule the skits in the order of how funny they think they are--the funniest ones go earliest. I did note that this skit appeared after the fake news, which is not a good sign.

                                  As someone mentioned previously in this thread and as you pointed out, Walken seemed to be reading from the teleprompter the entire show. Disappointing, I agree.

                                  Nevertheless, I still thought it was funny. Andy Samberg really cracked me up with the oddball almost-but-not actually-sense-making cooking lingo he kept blurting out. "My emulsion isn't separating!" "I have to make a roux!" "I need the olive oil, too." And I thought the faux-hawks were funny --but especially on Kenan Thompson on whom it looked most ridiculous.


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                                    LindaWhit RE: The Dairy Queen Apr 9, 2008 01:42 PM

                                    See, it's been so long that I've even watched SNL that I don't know any of the players anymore. :-) But if by Kenan Thompson, you mean the one wearing what seemed to be a fake black wig that with a big fauxhawk - yes, that was funny. :-)

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                                      The Dairy Queen RE: LindaWhit Apr 9, 2008 02:03 PM

                                      Yep, that was Keenan!


                              2. The Dairy Queen RE: MMRuth Apr 8, 2008 05:17 AM

                                HA! Funny. Thanks for posting this or I might not have made a point of watching the show.

                                The fake "annuelle" ad with Tina Fey was a repeat--Fey hosted the first SNL that aired after the writers strike ended and it aired for the first time then, but the rest of Saturday's show was new.

                                Apparently, Walken (and Alec Baldwin) has a standing invitation from Lorne Michaels to host SNL. All Walken has to do is call Michaels up and say he's ready to do the show again and they work him into the schedule. Funny, eh?


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                                1. re: The Dairy Queen
                                  Ryan Goldschlager RE: The Dairy Queen May 8, 2008 07:54 AM

                                  Apparently Walken won his bet with Baldwin about who could host the show while stoned on Klonopin.

                                2. Chew on That RE: MMRuth Apr 8, 2008 01:04 PM

                                  I didn't get a chance to see this and I can't find it anywhere online. Anyone have a link?

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                                    MMRuth RE: Chew on That Apr 8, 2008 01:05 PM

                                    There's a link in a post above ....


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                                      hungry_pangolin RE: MMRuth Apr 9, 2008 07:49 AM

                                      Unfortunately, the panel says "Video not found".

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                                        Justpaula RE: hungry_pangolin Apr 9, 2008 09:45 AM

                                        Try this:


                                  2. Chew on That RE: MMRuth Apr 9, 2008 03:42 PM

                                    I finally saw it! For anyone that thought it was "pea" foam...that's Marshmallow Peep foam! Too funny!

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                                      LabRat RE: MMRuth Apr 10, 2008 07:12 AM

                                      The ending was pretty weak. They had Walken walking around with the raw beets the entire sketch. IMO it would have been funnier if when they asked him what he had prepared he just handed them to the judges and said "I have some beets". Then he wins due to his minimalist approach.

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                                      1. re: LabRat
                                        MMRuth RE: LabRat Apr 10, 2008 07:21 AM

                                        I know - I kept expecting that to be the ending as well.

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