The Barry Gibb Talk Show
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The Barry Gibb Talk Show is a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live about a talk show starring Barry Gibb, lead singer for the Bee Gees, and his brother, Robin Gibb. It features Jimmy Fallon as Barry Gibb and Justin Timberlake as Robin Gibb. The sketch was created by writers Ken Scarborough and Steve Higgins.
The sketch is characterized by Barry Gibb's falsetto voice, used throughout most of the sketch and his extremely short temper and tendency to verbally berate his guests, usually political figures. Meanwhile, Robin provides lackluster answers to Barry's questions (usually "No. No, I don't.") as well as humorous backup for their call and response falsetto singing, particularly in the opening and closing credits. Both he and his brother appeared on the March 16, 2010 episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they all performed together.
The sketch uses the Bee Gees' 1975 hit "Nights on Broadway" as its theme, but with different lyrics.
Five episodes of The Barry Gibb Talk Show aired. It has not been used since Robin Gibb's death in May 2012.
October 11, 2003
Justin Timberlake hosted and performed as the musical guest on the premiere episode of The Barry Gibb Talk Show. Barry's guests included Al Franken (played by Jeff Richards), Arianna Huffington (Rachel Dratch) and the then-Lieutenant Governor of California, Cruz Bustamante (Horatio Sanz). At the time, both Huffington and Bustamante were running for Governor of California amidst the recall election that eventually ousted Gray Davis. The show is memorable for Timberlake's inability to maintain a straight face during Fallon's rantings. He can be seen lowering his head occasionally in an attempt to disguise his laughter. This was the only Barry Gibb Talk Show sketch in which Fallon was still in the cast.
April 9, 2005
Host Cameron Diaz was dating Timberlake at the time. Fallon returned because he was about to premiere in Fever Pitch with Drew Barrymore (who also guest-starred as one of the talk show's guests). Barry's other guests were Nancy Pelosi (Diaz), Ann Coulter (Barrymore), and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (Sanz).
December 16, 2006
In the skit's third airing, Timberlake hosted for the second time and Fallon returned to portray Barry, whose guests were former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor (Kristen Wiig), Thomas Friedman (Fred Armisen), and Jimmy Carter (Darrell Hammond). Timberlake was more composed in this episode, but a little giggle escaped.
May 9, 2009
For Timberlake's third hosting turn, Fallon returned to the Barry Gibb role. Barry welcomed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Kristen Wiig), CNN Commentator Roland S. Martin (Kenan Thompson), and NYU Economics Professor Nouriel Roubini (Armisen). The sketch referenced the Shamwow guy.
May 21, 2011
Fallon returned for the season finale, Timberlake's fourth hosting turn. Guests included Rachel Maddow (Abby Elliott), Roland S. Martin (Thompson), and Benjamin Bernanke (Armisen), but the Gibbs spent little time conversing with them except for Bernanke, who occasionally interrupted (drinking water, cell phone ringing). Timberlake managed to keep composed; the dancing and singing were also more crisp and seemed better-rehearsed than in previous episodes. Barry yelled "I survived The Rapture!", referring to the then-recent end of the world predictions. After Robin revives Barry using gold medallions that produce the same result as a defibrillator, the Gibbs close the sketch by rapping the "Rappers Delight" lyrics over the closing theme.