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Apr 6, 2008 06:38 AM

Top Chef Parody on SNL Last Night

Did anyone see it? Just watching now ...

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  1. 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

      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.

      1. re: Elyssa

        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.

        1. re: farmersdaughter

          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: sharonlouk

              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.

    2. 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: southernitalian

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

          1. re: MMRuth

            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.

            1. re: MMRuth

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

              1. re: LindaWhit

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

                1. re: MMRuth

                  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.

              1. re: southernitalian

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

                1. re: southernitalian

                  That was not a rerun.

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

                  1. re: southernitalian

                    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.

                    1. re: invinotheresverde

                      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

                        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.

                        1. re: boingo2000

                          "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.

                          1. re: southernitalian

                            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

                        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.

                        1. re: miss_bennet

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

                  2. 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

                      I has taped it on my DVR/Cable box.

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

                          1. re: TrishUntrapped

                            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

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

                              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                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

                                  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.


                                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                    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. :-)