Posts Tagged ‘Saturday Night Live’

Dirk Nowitzki would like more cowbell

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great sketches in “Saturday Night Live” history came a few years ago, when Christopher Walken was guest-hosting. In this skit, Walken played music producer “THE Bruce Dickinson,” and during a session with the band Blue Oyster Cult, he kept requesting “More cowbell!” from Gene, one of the band members, played by Will Ferrell. (As I’m writing about the skit, I realize it’s probably funnier and makes more sense if you just go watch the original skit here.)

Anyway, here’s the Dallas Mavericks’ version of that sketch, with Dirk Nowitzki as Bruce Dickinson and, well, all the members of the Mavs as Gene. I gotta have more cowbell!

VIDEO: Mav Cowbell

All Ball Fave Five: Players Who Should Host Saturday Night Live

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

You may not know this about me, but if you have read enough posts on All Ball you’ve probably seen enough links to surmise that I am a big fan of Saturday Night Live.

And with the start of the new season just around the corner, it got me to thinking: When will the next NBA player get a chance to host of the show?

Historically speaking, SNL invites a “sports figure” on average about once a year (this includes broadcasters, professional wrestlers, etc). Last year our own Charles Barkley became the first athlete to host for the third time, but overall basketball representation on the show has been sparse. Aside from the Chuckster, only Michael Jordan and LeBron James have ever hosted. Clearly, Lorne Michaels does not think much of the NBA’s collective comedic talents. But is that deserved, this allegation I’m making up on the spot?

It seems to me in this day and age there are more NBA players being funny than ever, and it’s just a matter of time before someone else gets a crack at being not ready for primetime.

But who? In this week’s Fave Five, we rank the top candidates to take to the stage in Studio 8H:

5. Roy Hibbert

The bonafides: A rising star on the NBA’s comedy scene, Hibbert has aligned himself with some very funny people in his burgeoning career. He’s guested on Parks and Recreation (the funniest show on TV for my money), hung out at Roscoe’s Chicken N Waffles with comedian Chelsea Peretti, and topped it off with Ben Schwartz‘s hilarious audition video for Hibbert’s cheering section. He seems pretty comfortable on camera — here he is from last year’s playoffs on Jimmy Kimmel:

Has he been featured on Funny or Die or Taiwanese animation? Not yet, but given who he hangs out with, it can’t be too long.


Bill Hader Takes Over Hosting Duties For GameTime

by Micah Hart

Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader is from Oklahoma, and along with Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne, is the Thunder’s resident celebrity fan. He’s also a master impressionist.

He joined the GameTime crew before tonight’s Game 2 and broke out a little of his Ernie Johnson impression, which he did earlier this season on the show when Charles Barkley hosted:

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Saturday Night Live Tackles Linsanity

by Micah Hart

Saturday Night Live has been known throughout its history for not only touching on the news of the day, but also for holding up a mirror to how the culture responds to certain events. So it’s no surprise that the show led its broadcast last night with this parody sketch about Jeremy Lin, the obsession with wordplay using his name, and how the issue of race has played a part in the coverage:

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Pretty sharp satire from the Not Ready For Primetime players. If Lin keeps up his play, I’m wondering if he might find himself with some hosting duties before too long.

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Everyone Needs To Join The Will Ferrell For All-Star Facebook Group

by Micah Hart

Facebook has the power to harness public sentiment and turn it into action. We’ve seen it before with Betty White and Saturday Night Live, and many attribute the recent Planned Parenthood reversal by the Komen Foundation to people’s reaction to it on the Social Network.

Given how much everyone enjoyed Will Ferrell’s performance introducing the Hornets’ and Bulls’ lineups the other night, someone took to Facebook to create the “Will Ferrell Should Announce The Starting Line-Up At The NBA All-Star Game” group, which everyone should go join immediately.

I cannot think of a single reason this shouldn’t happen, can you? Maybe bring Cal Naughton, Jr. in to assist?

Power to the people, people — let’s get cracking and turn this fantasy into reality.


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Shaquille O’Neal once made an appearance on SNL as well

by Micah Hart

Charles Barkley acquitted himself well once again as host of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, showing again his ability to poke fun at himself and be silly. But he’s not the only member of the Inside the NBA crew to pull that off on Stage 8H before, as I was reminded this weekend (via Splitsider) that Shaquille O’Neal, while he’s never hosted, did appear in a couple sketches back in the ’90s. Here is one of them, with Shaq singing while cradling Will Farrell:

Somehow, Shaq sings almost exactly as well as I thought he would.

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Charles Barkley brings the funny in his third hosting stint on SNL

by Micah Hart

For anyone who didn’t stay up for Charles Barkley‘s hosting gig on Saturday Night Live last night, here is his monologue to open what was a fairly amusing all-around effort:

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I love the shout-out to MJ. It’s almost like he wasn’t trying to make a joke about it, but then everyone inferred one, and then it was too late for him to take it back. Good thing Jordan doesn’t hold grudges.

For basketball fans, the highlight of the night was probably the Inside the NBA parody sketch with Barkley doing a deadpan (emphasis on the word dead) portrayal of his newest co-worker Shaquille O’Neal:

All in all, a solid night’s work for Barkley (White People Problems was probably the funniest overall sketch I saw), who once again showed he isn’t afraid to look silly or poke fun at himself, which is part of the reason people love him so much.

What did you think?

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Blake Griffin is angry about Rage

by Micah Hart

Blake Griffin has accomplished many things in his one NBA season — unanimous Rookie of the Year, All-Star, Slam Dunk contest winner — but the thing that I keep being impressed by are his acting chops. To wit:

A lot of athletes make silly commercials like this, but Blake is one of the few who comes across like he’s behaving almost naturally, and not wooden (cough, cough, LeBron’s State Farm commercials, cough). He is doing a lot of silly stuff here, but he sells it, and that makes the spot work. The kid has some comic chops.

In fact, I’m going ahead and calling it now. Blake Griffin will host Saturday Night Live someday, and he will be the best basketball player to ever host.

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Live from New York, it’s Carmelo Anthony!

by Micah Hart

Carmelo Anthony hasn’t been in New York that long, but as the city’s shiniest new superstar you knew it was only a matter of time before he made his way onto the set of the Big Apple’s favorite show, Saturday Night Live.

With Elton John hosting last night, ‘Melo joined Tom Hanks in making a cameo on the recurring digital short Laser Cats. Roll it!

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Anthony also appeared in an amusing sketch for an ESPN Classic showing of ladies’ shot put, but be warned there is some slightly adult-themed content.

What do you think? Did Carmelo show enough to get a chance as a host someday?

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