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Saturday Night Live – Elton John / Elton John with Leon Russell

The Knights of the Realm take on a dragon, Laser Cats sing, and Sir Elton does a lot of kissing. A pretty decent episode of 'SNL' this week, and, as usual, we've got embedded clips of the sketches here when we get 'em.

- Season 36, Episode 18 - "Elton John / Elton John with Leon Russell"

Cold Open: Lawrence Welk Show — Well Elton John kicked things off on a high note with this sketch. I still love the crazy baby hand sister thing, but they’re teetering into the overdoing it phase of a repeating sketch, with that whole piano riff. What’s next, a movie about the sisters?

Monologue: Elton John — Though I’m not convinced he came up with these jokes himself, it didn’t matter — they were well-delivered and funny. Another nice addition to the start!

KY Jelly Ladies Shot Put Championship — Hey, it’s Will Forte! And nobody in the crowd noticed! But they did notice Carmelo Anthony and Tom Hanks.

Knights of the Realm — Oof! Botched Sting joke on Elton’s part … I think. Actually, it was sorta funny in a cute way that he botched the joke and fully reacted to it. Imagine if they could have gotten Paul McCartney to appear? Awesome. But I guess that was the whole pint of Ringo being there. I was surprised they were able to say “jizzed” on SNL, actually.

Laser Cats: The Musical! — The funniest part of this sketch this time was that Tom Hanks had something to do with it. Other than that, hasn’t everything they’ve been doing been done before?

Musical Guest: Elton John with Leon Russell — These were great and just what I’d want to hear from a duet like this. I’m not sure anyone who doesn’t hate Elton John didn’t enjoy these.

Weekend Update — My favorite part of this sketch (do we call this a sketch?) was Seth going off on the hypocrites of the world. Anyone else think Andy Samberg was going to come out as the cobra during that part of the segment? Also, now we have three cameos with Jake Gyllenhaal and faux Nick Cage. So are all these cameos here because it’s Sir Elton as guest?

Royal Wedding Plans — Alright, this ended off pretty awesome. Armisen was definitely really playing the drums, though I’m not sure about the guitar.

The Silver Screen — The funniest part of this sketch was how well Elton can keep his composure. Damn if they weren’t trying to make him crack a smile off-cue, but he’d have none of it.

The Old West Stranger — Elton John really is a great guest — I had no idea. He was able to throw in a casual ad-lib from his hat falling off with barely a twitch. The “twist” ending of this sketch was the icing on the cake.

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2 Responses to “Saturday Night Live – Elton John / Elton John with Leon Russell”

April 3, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I was really impressed with John. I was expecting a terrible episode, but he did a really great job, and he totally nailed the monologue. Nice job.

Perhaps the audience, like me, completely forgot that Will Forte wasn’t a cast member anymore. I didn’t realize it until you brought it up.

April 3, 2011 at 7:40 PM

“I was surprised they were able to say “jizzed” on SNL, actually.”
I guess you forgot about the Digital Short from a few years ago called Jizz in My Pants.

Elton John seemed to get better with his hosting duties as the night went on. Though thats probably because early on they sent Tom Hanks in to do the heavy lifting.

In the Laser Cats sketch I think thats the most pussy Elton John has ever had (I apologize for that terrible joke).