Unlike first go-round, there was no trace of the Church Lady here, and only a hint of Hans (or was it Franz?). Instead, Carvey and his crew of writer-sketch comics parodied several TV series and movies, a time-honored format that works fine here.
Opening production number — cast members touting current sponsor Mug Root Beer — warned that “he better not breast-feed any puppies today” as he did in a segment last week portraying President Clinton. (Saturday’s “Mad TV” showed Bob Dole wearing a nipple ring in an effort to reach young voters, but that was at 11 p.m. and on Fox.)
Highlights included Stephen Colbert as Oliver Stone, promoting his upcoming biopic ofGeorge Washington, starring Antonio Banderas (Carvey). When the Father of Our Country is seen sniffing white powder off a mirror, “Stone” explains, “Washington didn’t have a documented coke problem…. This is an amalgam of several people…. Sometimes you have to put aside specific facts to get to the greater truth.”
Carvey shone especially in parody of Charles Grodin’s CNBC talkfest. Sounding more like Forrest Gump than Grodin, he did manage to duplicate the actor-turned-host’s endless, self-involved, rambling drone, nodding off in the middle of his own monologue. If there was a fault with the bit, it’s that he didn’t take the Grodin parody far enough.
The opening monologue, hockey promo spot and second weekly episode of intentionally inane “Leftover Beatles Memories” fell relatively flat. Tech credits were OK.