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‘Can You Just Call My Mom Or Something??’ Channing Tatum Hosts The First SNL Of Sweeps!!

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Zooey Deschanel hosts next week with musical guest Karmin.

My favorite sketches from the previous new episode:

Talkback poll question! Did SNL stop being funny before or after this aired:

11:30 p.m. Saturday. NBC.


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  • Feb. 4, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    Electronic Store Is A Dream Killer

    by thelordofhell

    Sony Guts

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Great: America's favorite Whigger

    by Phategod2

    God I can't stand this guy, him dieing was the best part of haywire and trust me I did not spoil the movie I just did you a favor.

  • That or that it stopped being funny after the original not ready for prime time cast moved on. IMO, SNL has always been funny. It just has its major lows to match the major highs. Every season is like a roller coaster.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Oh no! A white guy embraced black culture!

    by Nerd Rage

    Hang him from the highest tree. Send a message loud and clear.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 7:44 a.m. CST

    It's a child's bank...

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Love me some Sabra Price is Right...

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    There were always bad sketches. Remember 'Cochise at Oxford'?

    by tangcameo

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Tatum AND Bon Iver...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    Christ. Glad I didn't throw away my cyanide pill

  • SBecause it is MADE OF WOOD!

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by The Alienist

    He is the World's Hottest Guy with the World's Worst Name.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I love that "Sabra Price Is Right" sketch.

    by Tacom

    Watch him.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Channing Tatum

    by BeMoreFunny

    is the male Kim Kardashian. There's no difference between them, other than a penis.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Thanks for spoling Harry Potter with that clip

    by Mugato5150

    I was thinking of actually watching those movies one of these years. And yeah, SNL used to be somewhat edgy. I remember Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor arguing about racism. Chevy: "Jungle bunny!" Pryor: "Honkey!" Chevy: "Nigger!" Pryor: "DEAD HONKEY!" Yeah, they don't do anything like that anymore.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    So when you call this guy a whigger

    by Nerd Rage

    It's not because he embraced a form of black culture? And did you end your post with "racist idiot" as a signature because it suits you, you moronic klansman.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    The poor man's John Cena?

    by Mugato5150

    Man, that's cold. John Cena is like David Schwimmer only not as confident and likable.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    There has to be a skit where he punches nerds, right?

    by Pvt. Duke

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    I've probably watched 90-95% of the live shows...

    by Blanket-Man

    ...since the show premiered in '75, and it still makes me laugh. (Yeah, I even watched the 1980-81 debacle of a season.) The current cast is among its strongest ever, IMO, but the writing is just mediocre. It's still Must-See TV for me.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Who cares if Tatum is a wigger. That's not the point.

    by atlatl

    He's boring and braindead. I can think many vastly more entertaining wiggers than him.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Can I be racist for calling him a Whigger if I'm black?

    by Phategod2

    Just asking.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST

    As a black person you should know

    by Nerd Rage

    that the term whigger is just as insulting to blacks as it is to white guys who act black.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST


    by Nerd Rage

    You don't deserve the word "brothers' in your name you racist gasbag. You lost the argument, now go back under your bridge.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Why can't I stop thinking of Stewie reading this thread

    by thelordofhell

    Cool Whip

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Channing Tatum in DRAGONBRAIN

    by Pvt. Duke

    I am but a humble servant with a California accent. I must sell merchandize, and franchise rights to theme parks.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    the Wife just cracked up at Downton Abbey on Spike TV

    by theBigE

    I didn't get the jokes, but she's rolling. I guess it was funny.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Downton Abbey but I found that funny

    by jim

    Actually, so far it's the only thing I've found funny tonight.

  • Good lessons there: Haven't we all found ourselves in awkward situations by not realizing the dowager was listening?

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Are these lyrics?

    by memento108

    I haven't understood a single word coming out of the singer's mouth.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Moon President was classic.

    by jimbojones123

    Me like. Sedakis is just too straight of a straight man though. He really ruins a lot of sketches as generic loud talking guy. He's like the anti-Wiig. Ruining skits by underwhelming instead of overwhelming.

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 11:28 p.m. CST

    worlds biggest douchebag actor

    by JaredP

    SNL has really sunk to new lows

  • Feb. 4, 2012, 11:31 p.m. CST

    I don't understand a single word in this monologue

    by jimbojones123


  • Feb. 5, 2012, 12:12 a.m. CST

    SNL sucks

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Yeah this is a typical AICN talkback sentiment but god that show has sucked forever. Who are you people who keep on going back to it? It's as if you once knew a chick who used to deep throat you, but then she had a stroke and can barely recognize anyone anymore or even speak clear English, but every now and then, you still head over to her place and keep her company, in the far-off hopes she might accidentally fondle your balls. I'll never forget the first episode of the horrific season when all the last decent remaining people were gone and Will Ferrell was new and he had the burden of bringing the funny, which he most definitely did not, unless you like the broadest kind of Humor for Dummies. Sure he's been ok in a few things since but Christ he was so hysterically over the top, the guy wouldn't have known subtlety if it crept right up his pants leg and (yes) fondled his balls. And don't get me started on Tina Fey. Christ have there only been 3 or 4 funny women in the history of television? And Tina Fey is not one of them. I remember thinking, god who is this smug person cracking the most obvious and tired types of jokes and references during Weekend Update. Oh shit, she's the head writer? God help us. All these latter day SNL people have one joke, and it's not even a joke, it's more of an eyebrow furrowing. Ha ha, ho ho. Fuck SNL. The show has been dead since Hartman left. Darrell Hammond had a shot but the snot-nosed fucks in that writing department kept on aiming so low, in their never-ending quest for the lowest common denominator, that he had to nearly drink himself to death to get through it all. People saying that SNL is "sometimes ok still" are like people who actually listened to any of the last 10 records that The Rolling Stones came out with, and said, "yeah sure this kind of resembles music..." Go down to Hollywood Blvd to the ImprovOlympic, any night of the week, and no matter who is on stage, you will see a completely off-the-cuff improvised show that is funnier than SNL has been in 15 years.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Hey deaft0ne

    by VoiceOfSaruman

    Well I guess you told me...

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Kinda early to be promoting GI Joe 2, isn't it?

    by Cash907

    Does Tatum have a movie coming out that I'm not aware of, or did no one else want to do SNL this week?

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:59 a.m. CST

    @cash907 - Tatum has "The Vow" coming out this month

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    w/ Rachel McAdams.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 8:59 a.m. CST

    On an objective level, SNL is as edgy as it's ever been

    by hst666

    It's just that TV is much edgier in general, so SNL is not edgy compared to what's on TV traditionally. Also skits like the coneheads, the nerds, bass-omatic, samurai deli, and Fred Garvin. male prostitute were not particularly edgy.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    kind of a forgettable episode

    by Shakes

    Nothing that bad, just kind of in one ear, out the other, only thing I remember now that its the morning after is Abby Elliot dancing at the table during the BatMitzvah sketch.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 12:09 p.m. CST

    I'm pissed at Kristen Wiig

    by BlaGyver

    I watched a couple of the skits last night. The "Guess the Word" game show (can't remember the name) has always been pretty hit or miss. I was actually enjoying the idea behind Tatum's character in it and was laughing pretty hard... Then Wiig hijacks the skit with her SAME FUCKING SHTICK SHE PULLS FOUR TIMES AN EPISODE. Did not laugh for the rest of the sketch. It is time for her to go. Now.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey is among SNLs greatest.

    by blackwood

    Her stint on Weekend Update (especially with Amy, but also Seth) was my favourite of all time, and her time as head writer was my most preferred period of the show. Channing Tatum Channing did a good job on a fairly weak night. His McConaughey was pretty great, and he took his shirt off/danced/humped through the rest in amiable fashion. He's handsome and game, and I dig that. I only recently discovered Bon Iver with his new album and was horrified! by how terrible that second song went. I wonder if the whole of the internet will now up and criticize everything about him like they did Lana Del Ray.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Must be a generational thing

    by DanielnocharismaCraig

    I personally could never really stand Will Ferrel as he seems to take from the Jim Carrey school of comedy where by being as obnoxious as possible equals comedy gold. Only problem is that you have to be Jim Carrey for it to work. SNL and really Adam Sandler have never been the same since 1997 which is the year both Hartman and Farley both died.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    "Kind of a forgettable episode". Understatement of the year.

    by Cheif Brody

    That was, without a doubt, in the top 3 all time SHIT THE BED episodes of SNL ever to be broadcast. Ever. <p> Hey...I don't know if ya know it or not...but Channing Tatum USE TO BE A STRIPPER!!! Wow!!! Let's run with THAT idea!!! The writer's need to be FINED for phoning in episodes like this. I realize they are challenged by whomever the host is that week...but, damn....they didn't even TRY to step up their game for the talentless Tatum. Um...let's many times can we play up his stripper past and six pack abs? That's the best ya got? Then fuck you. <p> Kristin, Kristin, Kristin. Please retire "Secret Word" immediately. Unless you think that turd will get funnier the longer you run that skit into the ground. It was only kinda funny the first 8 times you did it...and it's just embarrassing now. Agree with blagyver...that was one skit where Channing's part was starting to shine...and you stomped all over it with your tired schtick. Enough. Your Lana Del Rey impersonation was your best moment last nite....and I've never heard that robotic wallflower, no name hack talk, so, I'm only guessing you nailed it...but, the skit fell flat because it immediately followed last night's musical (TRAIN WRECK) guest...Bon Iver. <p> NOTE TO THE MUSICAL GUEST BOOKER: <p> Throw your iPod, Ambien & Xanax into the Hudson River...and jump off the top of the Chysler building right now, you suicidal dumb ass. Jesus Christ. If you were trying to get people to stop complaining about your booking of Lana Del Rey...MISSION FUCKIN ACCOMPLISHED! It's fuckin SATURDAY NIGHT...Not an IRISH WAKE!! We need Bon Scott (RIP)....NOT Bon Iver! Where are you getting your musical influences from? The elevator? The waiting room at your dentist's office? <p> Lorne...Fire your music booker. Del Rey should have been the warning. Bon Iver was the pink slip. How many guys does it take to suck ass? Answer: Bon Iver. <p> I could nit-pick each skit individually....but it's not worth the key strokes. Better to forget this terrible episode ever happened and move on. <p> The only guy who needs to remember this one is Lorne Michaels...when it's time to clean house at SNL.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    @cash907....No. Tatum wasn't on to promote "The Vow".

    by Cheif Brody

    He was on to promote "This Means War" with Reese Witherspoon & Chris Pine. The commercial for it ran during the episode...and apparently was as forgettable as this SNL episode. <p> NBC should have just had Jimmy Fallon do a special hour & a half Live Late Nite from the Super Bowl last night than have run that pathetic episode of SNL.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    @cash907 - 21 Jump St. coming too

    by theBigE

    Don't watch any ads, do you?

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    You watch the music, Cheif Brody?

    by theBigE

    I DVR the show, and usually head to bed when the musical guest comes on. I haven't seen a musical guest's whole performance in a while.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Tina Fey is among SNL's greatest? NO no no.

    by Atomike2

    People think she was funny on Weekend Update? I would guess those are the exact same people who never saw Norm McDonald. A little comedy history will serve you well.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    I think Norm McDonald is crap.

    by blackwood

    But, well, taste. No accounting for it. Especially in comedy.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 8:28 p.m. CST

    Found Password

    by KlassAkt

    Cheif Brody - I had to rummage through 3 years of passwords to login here, just to say that I completely agree with your points - writing was pretty weak, Secret Word needs to go, and the musical guests recently have been abysmal at best - however I found the episode as a whole fairly enjoyable. Moon President and CeeLo with McConaughey were great. Weekend Update is still the most consistently funny bit of the show for me. I found the Lana Del Rey bit clever and edgy, without being offensive. And it didn't overstay its welcome as most skits do.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Wasn't too bad for this season

    by DougMcKenzie

    Only Fallon and Segal's episodes stand out for me this year. But at least It wasn't Faris or Stone level awful. Tatum surprised me with his ability to make fun of himself and embraced his stripper past for gags. He went up a notch in my book... now he's a notch one. Something is seriously off this season. I think we might be looking at the most wide-sweeping changes in this show since '06. It's almost like some of the actors and writers are just playing out the string at this point. I could see Armisen and Samberg out the door at the end of this year too. If next year Meyers gets a co-anchor on WU he could be leaving soon as well. I imagine he's got some concepts he would like to explore just like Fey and McKay before him. There seems to be significantly less recurring sketches this year, almost like they are looking for some new ones, and trying out a lot of different concepts. Which maybe shows a power shift in the writer's room too. Also no WUWT is inexcusable at this point.

  • Feb. 5, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    I thought Channing Tatum was going to be disastrous.

    by 3D-Man

    But he was halfway decent. And damn, I felt inferior looking at him. Time to cut out Twinkies and hit the gym!

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Oh...thanks, deaft0ne...That was BANE?.

    by Cheif Brody

    Wow...did not recognize him. But all these dudes, Pine, Tatum, Gosling, Worthington and Evans are all blurring together for me. <p> Klassy....Agree the lana Del Rey bit was a standout skit...that served only to POINT OUT A RECENT SNL DISASTER. I think Bon Iver was actually worse. <p> The Newt Moon President skit was ok...hit or miss...but every one of those references they made fun of were at least 2 weeks old. John Stewart turns around those jokes on a nightly maybe I'm spoiled? Having Hammond come back as Trump to start ordering Mit around would have been more topical. <p> Still standing by assessment that it was one of the worst ever episodes.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 12:13 a.m. CST

    Only joke I LOL at was...

    by Cheif Brody

    Guy Fieri calling Madonna an "old bucket of mussells". THAT caught me of guard. And it's funny cuz it's true.

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Unable to establish connection?!!?

    by darkgrafix

    Oh but it sure plays the commercial just fine. WTF!?!?

  • Feb. 6, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by FlandersBum

    ...great post. Absolutely correct.