What followed was perhaps the funniest part of the show, the NFL/United Way commercial parody. After telling a child who couldn't catch one of his passes, "You suck," Manning showed the kids how to break into a car. Then he gathered them around for some street wisdom."I'll kill a snitch," Manning told the children. "I'm not saying I have. I'm not saying I haven't."The bit ended with an announcer saying, "The NFL and United Way urge you to spend time with your kids so Peyton Manning doesn't."
Saturday, March 24, 2007
SNL's Peyton Place
Peyton Manning spent his 31st birthday guest-hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live. Tonight's show was one of those nights when every skit fell flat, particularly any involving Manning. The opening skit with him physically abusing kids at a football camp, repeatedly using the f-word in front of them and otherwise being a poor role model was a bad start for the night and it never got better as the show dragged on. The football camp was supposed to be a parody of a United Way promotion, but I found it to be in very poor taste. During his very brief opening monologue, Manning introduced his family, parents Archie and Olivia and brother Eli, who were in the audience. Noticeably absent was his wife, Ashley. The "Not Ready For Prime Time" Peyton would be well-advised to stick to his day job based on tonight's performance. His performance didn't come close to Tom Brady's appearance on the show.
UPDATE: According to a Star story, Manning was pleased with his performance. The skit I found offensive the Star describes as the funniest. The Star's Mark Alesia writes:
The Star indicates his wife, Ashley, was in the audience, although she wasn't introduced by him as part of his opening monologue. His brother Cooper was also present.