Whether he's playing a Scout Master seducing "Canteen Boy", a French teacher annoying his students, a Tough Guy or just talking about his famous "Schwetty Balls", Alec Baldwin is undoubtedly one of the funniest SNL hosts o... more »f all time. He's become a regular, playing in sketches throughout the years with some of the SNL greats including Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell. You're sure to enjoy some of Alec's hilarious celebrity impressions, such as Tony Bennett and Charles Nelson Reilly. And if you've ever wondered what it?s like to actually host SNL, you'll want to check out the DVD extras and bonus features, such as the audio commentary from Alec Baldwin himself as he comments on various sketches, as well as never-before-seen footage from dress rehearsals that never made it to television!« less
Danielle T. (sugarkane) from FITCHBURG, WI Reviewed on 12/3/2010...
Two words "Schweddy Balls". Best ever SNL skit( aside from Cowbell that is). Thank you Alec Baldwin!
OMG This is SO LOL Funny I Fell Off the Couch
Anthony Ian | Chicago, IL United States | 01/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Alec Baldwin has always been the best host of SNL (along with Walken and Spacey) and this makes a pretty good case why.
The opening sketch with the press conference about Prince Charles is priceless. And what could be more demented than "Canteen Boy." Baldwin is so over-the-top in that that what is a really, really sick joke is actually funny.
But the home runs come with three of the funniest sketches of all time: The Tony Bennet Show (I was seizing during this one), The Joe Pesci Show (with Baldwin doing DeNiro) and the "Zinger" sketch, which just got funnier as it went along. Even better was the voicemail sketch where he keep re-recording his greeting, only to listen back to it and hear a gay man.
There are a couple of clunkers: "Planet Truth" was just not that funny and maybe two others didn't need to be here. Including one so-so opening monologue that probably was only included because it included Paul McCartney.
The bonus features include one great sketch that never made it on-air, and a great audio track by Baldwin and the Producer of SNL which provides lots of really, really entertaining stories about the cast and the sketches themselves.
Dreamboats CAN do comedy!
M'Hannah | Michigan, USA | 03/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There is no more manly man, chiseled of jaw and steely of glance, than Alec Baldwin at his peak. This DVD is thus a double delight: we see him act well and handsomely in these sketches, and we get to watch him, time and again, play against type. There is a fair amount of homo-humor (Alec as the British prince's press secretary using every possible elaborate metaphor for buggery in a skit that Baldwin co-wrote; Alec as a predator to Adam Sandler's Canteen Boy), and a fair amount of silliness (Alec as an exacting high school french teacher, a PG-rated skit, has been a favorite of my family's since it aired). Alec hawking Pete Schwette's Balls on NPR is probably the best known skit ever to challenge the SNL actors to maintain their composure, and he pulls it off. The only Baldwin masterpiece not on the DVD is Alec as "The Mimic," another utterly silly piece that should not have been omitted. The DVD follows the typical format of others in this series and indeed of the show itself, beginning with a vintage monologue before moving into skits. Baldwin's excellent preparation (you never see him glance at cue cards), his swooning masculinity, and his penchant for the goofiest material that never causes him to break character make this DVD special in the Saturday Night Live retro series."
Nobody's mentioning Greenhilly?
T. L. Cox | Austin, TX United States | 03/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I remember Alec Baldwin's first SNL show very fondly, which included Greenhilly. Easily one of his funniest skits ever, I was extremely pleased when I saw it was the first skit on his best of DVD. Alec needs at least 2 DVDs of his own to really capture it all, but Greenhilly, the skit where he's a stranger blowing through a diner and it's almost all in innuendo, Schwetty Balls and one of the priceless Bill Brasky skits makes it more than worth the money right there. His impersonations are great. The writers love playing with his leading-man good looks to comedic advantage. And while I'm a fan of Fallon and Ferrell (and the Carol Burnett show) when they break character to laugh, I laugh just as hard because Baldwin *never* breaks character when he's got every right to.
I've only seen about 7-8 of the SNL best of's, but Alec's is by far the best of them all. There's a good reason that this is the hardest SNL DVD to find."
Better than you would expect
A reviewer | Watertown, MA United States | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Considering that the SNL 'Best of' DVD's can often be very hit or miss with their selections, the majority of the selected sketches on the Baldwin DVD are indeed very funny. As someone who has hosted the show so many times over the years, there is a lot of solid material to choose from. Some highlights include one where he gets a promotion at his job, but is unable to record a voicemail without it sounding less than manly when he does the playback. A zinger vs. burn skit between him and Seth Meyers is a riot, and it ends with a 'Bill Braksy' bar scene that also features Will Farrell and John Goodman that is absolutely hysterical. While there are a few sketches that are not quite as good and you'll probably want to skip over once you've seen them, the majority of the material on this DVD makes it well worth buying for any SNL fan."
I Like Things That Are Greeeeeeat!!
K. Swanson | Austin, TX United States | 09/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
This is worth it just to watch Baldwin as Tony Bennett singing I Like Things That Are Great. I've seen it a dozen times and it just keeps getting better. Baldwin gets deeper into his characters than most hosts (he is indeed a good actor), and tends to rely less on cue cards than even much of the cast, which lets him really be the character (hello, cast of snl: learn a line or two; you've only got a few dozen a week!). Best of all, Baldwin is always willing to laugh at himself and his public personas, and goes the extra mile to get the laugh most every time.
Schwetty Balls is still funny, as is Greenhilly (Jan Hooks shines here, as does Hartman, as always), and the Pesci skit has some nice bits. Not all of this dvd is great, but most of it is. Interesting that Baldwin did so many poofy characters, and they're all pretty funny. Canteen Boy is almost too much, but Sandler somehow keeps it light.
I hope Baldwin rolls with the answering machine scandal; still waiting for it to come up next time he hosts. That would be ballsy. "