Monday, May 10, 2010

Notes on Pop Culture: White Wows on SNL, Beer-Swilling Ferrell Takes the Mound

Betty White Wows on SNL

Saturday night was the first time in a long time that I stayed awake all the way until the end of Saturday Night Live without falling asleep a few times first. The reason? Betty White. White took the material she was given and just killed. Loved seeing an 88-year-old woman, a comic veteran, get her props, and not in a you're-such-a-cute-granny-we're-just-gonna-pat-you-on-the-head kind of way either.

That being said, she wasn't handed top-notch material for every sketch and the skits weren't uniformly funny. But White did the best she could with it and was an inspiration. And seeing all those female former SNL stars -- including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Molly Shannon -- only added to an already enteraining episode. Here was one of the edgy skits in which I think White was an extremely good sport (second favorite was the census skit):

I also admired the snark that Poehler and Fey unleashed during the News Update, particularly when it came to the Greek debt.

Beer-Swilling Ferrell Takes the Mound

So there I was, Morning Joe on in the background, while I was making my kid a peanut butter and fluff sandwich for his school lunch this morning when I saw this video of Will Ferrell pulling an wacky stunt during a Texas minor league baseball game. Introduced as a fresh-from-jail pitched named Rojo Johnson, he popped open a beer can and took a long swig before tossing some warm-up pitches. As for the rest of the story . . . check out the insane video:

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