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Category Archives: Saturday Night Live
I think that Harry Potter should stick to more dramatic roles. The guy isn’t funny, he’s awkward. Daniel Radcliffe hosted this week on Saturday Night Live, and despite some awesome sketches, it was a let-down episode.
The best sketch had to have been one near the beginning, featuring Jason Sudekis as Ricky Gervais. It had Jason playing host to the most ridiculous award shows you could imagine, like the Westminster Dog Show and some flower arrangement show. Good stuff, and Jason’s impression was pretty decent.
Worst sketch was the only Harry Potter one they did. Harry was played by Radcliffe, obviously, and it was ten years after the last film. Harry apparently turns into a townie and clings to his former heroic life. It’s a cute idea, but it seemed more awkward than anything else. Every time Radcliffe tried to deliver a joke, not just in this sketch but throughout the evening, he faltered. He just seemed so uncomfortable. It didn’t come off as natural at all.
Weekend Update was great as always, with Seth Meyers proving once again why he’s the top writer on the show. Jay Pharaoh is still a cast member, as he got a few seconds of screen time this week, although I feel it was more to just let people know that he’s still actually around. He’s got a lot of talent, so it’s odd that he’s rarely featured on SNL.
The musical guest was someone I didn’t like that I can’t even remember the name of. I usually end up skipping over the musical guest numbers these days. Maybe I’m getting old.
I love when former Saturday Night Live performers come back as hosts. You can tell that the crew is just having a blast and it’s transcended normal work for them. They aren’t just plowing through their lines, they’re living their dreams the passion really permeates the screen.
It also usually means that we get a ton of cameos. The opening sketch had Rachel Dratch reprise her role alongside Fallon as a pair of Boston baseball fans. Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, Horatio Sans, Kris Kattan, Amy Poehler, and several more people jumped on screen as well throughout the night. Just little completely random celebrities always makes for a better SNL.
Michael Buble was the musical guest, and I nearly fell asleep both times he performed. I’m sure he’s great, and he has his fans swooning, but…he’s singing Christmas carols here. I get enough of that constant bombardment of holiday cheer during the entire month. I don’t need it on SNL.
The highlight of the week was Fallon and Fey versus Poehler and Seth Meyers on the Weekend Update. Each pair came up with better punchlines for the same joke. Pretty much all of them were instant classic one-liners, and I’ll probably be looking up the segment on YouTube before long.
While I wasn’t really looking all that forward to tuning into SNL this week (I’m not a big Katy Perry fan), I’m really glad I did. The opening scene, before the credits run and the monologue starts, featured a sorely missed Darrell Hammond. He popped up impersonating Donald Trump, poking a little fun at the upcoming debates.
I’ll be honest – I almost wish that Trump would run as an independent for the presidential election just so Hammond will rejoin the cast.
Otherwise the episode wasn’t really that spectacular. The Weekend Update was good, but only because Alec Baldwin popped in to portray the same pilot that booted him off an American Airlines plane just a few days ago. It’s been all over the news, so it was pretty awesome to see such a quickly drafted sketch put on the air, using the celebrity featured in the original story.
The Digital Short wasn’t bad. It’s very hit and miss with Andy Samberg, as he relies heavily on music that just isn’t very good. I was much more interested in seeing Matt Damon and Val Kilmer, among others, do cameos.
So, overall, SNL was good this week because of the random celebrities stopping by. The standard cast was average, and Katy Perry was very blasé. The musical guest, Robyn, is some Swedish chick that was typical weird European trend pop. Not my bag.
SNL is known for their political satire, as well as their presidential impressions. In fact, whenever it’s an election year, all of the cast members seem to bring their A-Game to see who will be able to portray various candidates. Fred Armisen’s Barack Obama sounds spot on, but he isn’t very funny as the president. Maybe I just yearn for the days of Darrell Hammond’s Bill Clinton.
I guess I just get tired of all the political stuff. While it’s usually entertaining, there comes a point where enough is enough. I see enough politics during the day and on the weekends I’d really just like to veg out and laugh at some stupid stuff.
Steve Buscemi hosted this week. He’s just an odd fellow. He’s done a bunch of classic movies that have a huge cult following, but it doesn’t transfer very well to sketches on SNL. He was regulated to small bit roles throughout the night, which was fine, and makes me wonder if SNL even really need a host anymore. A cameo by Mya Rudolph as Whitney Houston really stole the show, though.
The Digital Short this week, featuring Batman popping in on Commissioner Gordon at inappropriate moments, was the best one in weeks. Andy Samberg doesn’t always hit a home run with those, but this week was one that I’ll be definitely watching again on YouTube.
This season of SNL just hasn’t been too great so far, but I have high hopes because Charlie Day (from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) is hosting this week. I’ve always enjoyed him in everything that I’ve seen him in. The episode started off well with a funny Fred Armisen opener (featuring the ghost of Momar Qaddafi), and then moved into Charilie’s monologue that had Danny DeVito pop in.
Clever skits included a Kardashian divorce and a ruined Greek economy on Mount Olympus. The rest were average for the show, but these two, like the best SNL sketches, were very topical. I love when they do stuff that’s currently trending, because they show the writers’ ability to be fresh and quick with culture.
The Weekend Update with Seth Meyers was once more the high point of the episode. As head writer, Meyers has really earned the top spot on SNL. He just has great delivery for his punch lines and he always interacts with the other characters flawlessly. The Rick Perry interview was priceless.
Maroon 5 was the musical guest, and they really put on a great show. The last few musical guests have kind of been phoning it in, and it makes me think that they don’t really take SNL as a serious venue. Maroon 5, however, definitely put a lot of energy into their performance. It felt like one of their normal concerts instead of just a few guests songs.
I’m a little sick of Kristen Wiig. She’s okay in small doses, but she was really oversaturating the show in the past few years. She didn’t really do too much in this episode, at least not much more than the others. She really just works better in a few cameo roles.
Charlie Day was a much better host than the majority of the hosts from this season. Usually whoever hosts doesn’t make me want to watch whatever they are in the media to promote, but this time around I could really go for some more Charlie Day stuff.
Anna Faris hosted this week, but you’d barely know it if you tuned in midway through the episode. Over the last few years the producers and writers of SNL have apparently decided to make the host obligated to less and less of the actual live broadcast, and I absolutely concur with this decision. Many hosts that take the stage with the veteran performers are dreadful watch, beginning with the monologue. Anna Faris falls into this category easily.
Maybe I just don’t get her brand of “comedy.” I just don’t think she’s funny, and even though I laughed considerably during the broadcast, not one chuckle stemmed from her performance. Seth Meyers was funny, as per usual, during the Weekend Update segment. Andy Samberg even yanked a few guffaws from my gut during his routine SNL Digital Short (which aren’t as good as they used to be). But Anna Faris was relegated to background characters several times throughout the show and I’m glad she was. It allows guys like Bill Hader and Fred Armisen to do what they do best, without beign bogged down by a diva host.
Drake was the musical guest, and while I’m not familiar with his music, his performance was entertaining. He certainly brought an impressive lighting rig with him, which proved to be just as impressive as his showmanship. Often SNL acts just go unplugged, and I just as often shake my head in wonderment.
The best sketch of the night was easily the show opener. Fred Armisen portrayed Michael Bloomberg, current mayor of New York City. While a few of the jokes were obviously aimed at the native New Yorkers, the bulk of it was a hilarious proxy for what our country is really like. It had sarcasm, metaphors, and even a touch of toilet humor, all wrapped behind a political shroud. That’s what I like from my SNL, and you’ll notice that the host wasn’t anywhere near that scene.