Just before the midway point, the audience is asked to sit back and enjoy the Weekend Update Halftime Show Halftime Spectacular. This includes performances by Whitney Houston (Maya Rudolph), Kenny G. (Seth Meyers), Sarah Hughes (Amy Poehler), Savion Glover (Dean Edwards), Bobbi Brown (Tracey Morgan) and a load of cheerleaders. After the shows one and only (Honda) commercial, Tina Fey is scolded for her second fart joke of the evening by the jury from American Idol (Chris Parnell, Poehler and Morgan). See what I mean about those American Idol obsessed writers? Well, maybe it's because they have to give each cast member a moment to pull out an impression. Case in point: Gene Shalit (Horazio Sanz) comes out next to give his opinion on the nights super bowl commercials.
Running out of jokes and Update correspondents, we cut to an 'excerpt' of last weeks "Hardball with Chris Matthews" (Darrell Hammond) interviewing Reverend Al Sharpton (Tracey Morgan again) and Joe Lieberman (Chris Parnell once more). This is followed by a fake ad featuring Dean Edwards as Don Cheadle. The last five minutes of the show is reserved for a performance by "The Jimmy Fallon Situation", which segues into the end credits. All in all a nice little extra helping of SNL and an extra paycheck for everyone involved (even Fred Armisson).
8 out of 10