Maya & Marty: Best and Worst Sketches With Amy Poehler, Will Forte, Seinfeld

Maya & Marty on Tuesday was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good just OK.

The penultimate hour of the Peacock’s variety experiment featured Jerry Seinfeld’s sit-down with Jiminy Glick and Martin Short doing his (best?) Larry David impersonation. (Fun fact: This evening marks the 27th anniversary of Seinfeld, so it was quite fitting that the comedian put in an appearance on his former network.)

Episode 5 also welcomed Maya Rudolph’s fellow Saturday Night Live grads Amy PoehlerWill Forte and Ana Gasteyer in a series of subpar sketches involving steroid-addicted teen olympians, self-loving scientists and a puppeteer with seven broken fingers. Academy Award winner Kevin Kline was also on hand to demonstrate why certain children’s books should not be adapted for film.

Lo and behold, our picks for best and worst sketches:

BEST: JIMINY GLICK’S CELEBRITY SENSATIONS
Before getting to the bottom of Glick’s sick, tortured psyche (which may have something to do with the conspiracies he keeps to himself regarding the death of Princess Diana), the egg-shaped interviewer insulted Seinfeld by referring to him as being “from the ’90s” and asking if he ever wanted to do a show as funny as Veep. His feelings about the comedian were best summed up when he told him that his success was “unfair to the talented.”

RUNNER-UP: GYMNASTICS
We were hoping for “Bronx Beat,” but instead we got this sketch about a pair of 14-year-old athletes who were obviously doped up on steroids. While the joke grew thin, we remained mildly amused as Poehler and Rudolph continued to deny taking performance-enhancing drugs while breaking everything in sight, from gym lockers to pommel horses.


 

HONORABLE MENTION: COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE 
Seinfeld’s long-running Internet chat show has featured a parade of A-listers, from recent Tony nominee Steve Martin to the late Gary Shandling. (President Obama even put in an appearance last year.) This overlong parody offered viewers glimpses of guests who didn’t make the cut, such as Khloe Kardashian (Rudolph), Neil deGrasse Tyson (Kenan Thompson) and a pregnant lady from behind the pizza place (Poehler). The highlight came in the form of Larry David (Short), who was putting in a second appearance on the web series but still didn’t quite understand its purpose.

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WORST: EVERYONE POOPS
Much like the pointless Independence Day sequel, this sophomoric sketch was beyond mind-numbing. Granted, a sketch about defecation was never going to redefine comedy, but there was nothing particularly funny about Kline’s delivery of lines like “I have to go pee-pee now,” or Gasteyer as the wife and mother whose family was falling apart following her discovery that, well, you know.

Was this Maya & Marty‘s most disappointing hour yet, especially given the A+ guest roster? Grade the episode below, then sound off in the comments.

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8 Comments
  1. Ed E. says:

    At a time when America needs a good laugh on a weekday, (as well as a Saturday), I find it a refreshing break from the cop and coroner fare, the zombies and grims, (not to mention depressing election coverage) and tonight’s show really made me laugh. The closing harmony of Maya, Marty and Keenan sung in earnest, made them even more endearing to me. I think the show is just gaining momentum, give it a chance to grow, maybe it’s time for Americans to lighten up and have a good time for once on network television, not unlike “The Good Old Days” the Donald talks about. This is IT, until someone else decides to compete in the format, plus I also like the fact that the writing seems to intentionally avoid topical humor, except perhaps the gymnast “doping” controversy. It’s obvious the intention of Maya & Marty is to entertain in a way that is outside the conventional SNL format, (despite that this a Lorne Michaels project). I wish critics would get off the comparisons of SNL, just because of the connection with actors who perform on that show. It reminds me of the years critics spent comparing the “Not Ready For Prime Time Players” to all the new actors, and speculating when the next ‘Belushi’ or Farley would come along. There is no “next” anything, It’s a waste of time to be negative on Maya & Marty just yet, lighten up and have fun, it’s silly stuff, but there is plenty of laughter in it’s format as it is, and I believe there is much more potential, especially if SCTV alumni join in with Short, as well as celebrities as note-able as Seinfeld, in future shows. Don’t destroy the only free comedy variety left on over-the-air broadcasting, don’t make millions of people who need a catharsis, other than syndicated shows with canned laughter, have to turn to Netflix or other pay-per-laugh services. America used to laugh together at live shows each night, and that was probably why it was a more peaceful time. All I’m sayin’, is give this ‘piece’ a chance…

  2. TV Gord says:

    I like almost everyone involved with this show, and I’m so embarrassed for them.

  3. …and i thought the whole “Everyone Poops” was absolutely high-larious…. Some of the numbers are not the funniest but on the whole it is a fun and entertaining show that to me, is a breath of fresh air. And I adore Maya.

    • Eli says:

      I, too, loved Everyone Poops. The gravitas of the whole trailer was freakin hilarious. My guess is the reviewer totally missed the point of the whole thing.

  4. Whatevah says:

    I love Jerry Seinfeld.

  5. BillyBobJohnson says:

    You missed the point of “Everyone Poops”. It was a satire of the brain dead Hollywood studio executives and producers who only know how to do sequels and reboots these days. They’re so desperate for something original that they have finally sunken to the lowest level. Sheer brilliance.

    • LAwoman says:

      I thought it was great. Of all the kid books to choose from to make that point, Everyone Poops was perfect. It probably will be made into a movie someday.

  6. Anna says:

    Lolz, Ryan, I think you missed the point of “Everyone Poops” – it’s a satirical take on the overabundance of incredibly mind-numbing blockbusters that have insanely stupid premises. Of course the idea is sophomoric – just like all of the sophomoric summer hits that people flock to the theater to see, no matter how dumb they are. They even spell it out for you at the end of the sketch by just having the word “SUMMER” spelled out across the screen.