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post #51 of 105

I enjoyed it overall, though I couldn't help but wonder if Chance's frequent near breaks were just due to inexperience or him thinking the crowd loves it when people break.

post #52 of 105
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I enjoyed it overall, though I couldn't help but wonder if Chance's frequent near breaks were just due to inexperience or him thinking the crowd loves it when people break.

I remember how Lorne loathed people breaking at first, because that's what they did on Carol Burnett. Now it's the most reliable positive reaction the show gets.

post #53 of 105
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I enjoyed it overall, though I couldn't help but wonder if Chance's frequent near breaks were just due to inexperience or him thinking the crowd loves it when people break.

 

I can't see someone being desperate enough for audience approval to walk up to that line intentionally, but still having the self-control to pull back from going all the way once they've started tittering.  

 

But I also didn't even notice that from him.  Maybe I was too distracted by thinking "wow, 5 years in, and Leslie Jones still can't deliver two consecutive set up lines without stumbling over them.  Great pick, Emmy voters."

post #54 of 105
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But I also didn't even notice that from him.  Maybe I was too distracted by thinking "wow, 5 years in, and Leslie Jones still can't deliver two consecutive set up lines without stumbling over them.  Great pick, Emmy voters."

Yeah, I'll never understand that Emmy nomination.  Or Alec Baldwin's win.

post #55 of 105

Baldwin was an FU to Trump.  That I get, even if I wouldn't have done it.  But Jones is, without exaggeration, the worst sketch performer in the show's history.  It's not like I hate her, but it's a quantifiable fact that she can't hit marks and read off cue cards with baseline competence.

post #56 of 105

The Safelite skit from earlier this season has been taken out of reruns and online streams:

 

https://www.avclub.com/saturday-night-live-quietly-scrubs-creepy-safelite-guy-1820797905

 

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Now, weeks later, the sketchy Safelite guy sketch is back in the news, but not because people are laughing at what a great bit it was (it wasn’t). SNL has quietly taken down the clip from online sources and replaced it in reruns with a parody sketch about “The Last Fry.” It’s possible SNL realized, amid the now hourly revelations about abusive creeps in Hollywood, that a sketch about an adult vandalizing a family’s car in order to chase after a teenager wouldn’t really play well anymore. But neither the show nor NBC has commented on the removal, though Safelite tells Decider, “When the SNL sketch featuring Safelite first aired, we expressed our disappointment with how it negatively portrayed our people. It was SNL’s decision to remove the content, and they have not shared their reasons behind that decision.”
post #57 of 105

Really solid outing this week.  I've never understood the distinction between "Featuring" and main cast status (I'd guess it's mainly that featured player contracts can be dropped midseason), but it's getting kind of ridiculous that they have an equal number of both, and Mikey Day and Alex Moffat are in the second class despite anchoring more sketches than several of the mains.

 

Anyhow, Theresa May the Twitter Bitch was the highlight for me.  And I was especially amused that the Office Running filmed piece was dropped smack dab into the middle of the show rather than relegated to the 10-to-1 hinterlands.

post #58 of 105

I caught some of this last night and Weekend Update was really, really strong.  Kate's Theresa May fucking KILLED, and I hope that we see more of her doing that.  Michael Che's comment regarding the GOP tax plan being like rushing a new will onto a dying man's deathbed was so, so appropriate.

post #59 of 105
I thought Ronan was a really strong host, too. Definitely one of the stronger outings this season.
post #60 of 105

Yeah, Ronan was great.  

 

How long until they scrub the American Girl store sketch from rebroadcast like they did the Safelite?  

 

Also, kudos for realizing that the Walmart sketch didn't need an intro or outro, and just keeping it punchline-punchline-punchline-over.

post #61 of 105

I guess I haven't been keeping up with U2. Was this representative of where they're at now? Kinda sloppy.

post #62 of 105

This was a pretty damned funny episode.  The opening bit with Santa and the kids, while filled with flubs from the children, was pretty spot on (thanks especially to Kate as the helper elf).  The Spelling Bee and the Gift Wrapping sketch destroyed me, though.  Everything else had some funny moments (ZA vs SUH wasn't great but I'll be damned if Franco didn't sell it through sheer force of will) with very few duds.  Good one.

post #63 of 105

I never seem to find the sketches that revolve around the blood/vomit hoses as amusing as the audience does. 

 

The rerun had one of my favorite, stupid bits the show ever did:  Will Forte in the spelling bee, spelling "business" with 190 letters, mostly Q's.

post #64 of 105
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I never seem to find the sketches that revolve around the blood/vomit hoses as amusing as the audience does. 

 

Leslie Jones sold that skit with her reaction, a lot of which felt ad-libbed because she got the blood in her mouth.

 

Here it is, actually:

post #65 of 105

Shit, here's the Spelling Bee skit as well.

 

post #66 of 105
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Leslie Jones sold that skit with her reaction, a lot of which felt ad-libbed because she got the blood in her mouth.

 

Here it is, actually:

 

And that totally wasn't acting, she was legit trying not to throw up on live tv.  Actually, pretty convinced she did.

post #67 of 105

Here's the cold open:

 

God bless Kate in this.

post #68 of 105

I'm assuming that the elf character's name, Amy, is a tribute to Ms. Poehler, who probably wore that same costume years ago.

post #69 of 105
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And that totally wasn't acting, she was legit trying not to throw up on live tv.  Actually, pretty convinced she did.

I was waiting for her to legit barf. She seemed reeeaallly close.

Probably my favorite episode of the season. The “Za” vs “Suh” sketch had me laughing my ass off and my wife just looking at me like I was crazy. I just love really stupid stuff like that and Franco did the ridiculousness of it just right.
Edited by Adamclane99 - 12/10/17 at 9:33pm
post #70 of 105
I freaking lost it when he spit the “blood” at Jones but yeah, it was all due to her reaction, Keenan’s too.

I even half expected them to be setting us up for the barf hose also.
post #71 of 105
Yeah, Leslie Jones doesn’t ever act that good. I don’t think she was expecting it in the mouth.
post #72 of 105

I feel like this season has been quietly good.  I've enjoyed most of the guest hosts so far.

post #73 of 105
Tonight’s episode was horrible. Not a single funny sketch.

Wow.
post #74 of 105
Yeah that was awful. Especially the teddy bear/Christmas party sketch. What the hell was that?

I was talking to my wife afterwards and explained my utter befuddlement in how a sketch like that even makes it to air. From the writers room all the way to rehearsal, was it ever funny? Did somebody owe somebody a favor? I just don’t understand.
post #75 of 105
I laughed at the bathroom sketch if only for Kevin Hart’s faces and the Foo Fighters were great.

Everything else was crappy. I don’t get how that bear sketch made it to air either.

It’s like they knew they were about to get a month off a decided to call it a year early.
post #76 of 105

If That Teddy Bear sketch made it to air, you have to wonder what incredibly shitty sketches were executed in the dress rehearsal which were worse.

post #77 of 105

You know something's wrong when Guy Who Just Bought a Boat gets the biggest laugh of the night.

post #78 of 105
I actually laughed my ass off at the first half of the llama sketch. The second half where they were hiding the lama dick was fucking horrible. It was a weird thing, going from so fucking funny to not funny at all at the drop of the hat.
post #79 of 105

So, they had Steve Bannon take off his hood on tonight's SNL to reveal...

 

https://twitter.com/cjzer0/status/952398981111349248

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Bill's just warming up to play Bannon for real in "The Splendiferous Adventures of Jared Kushner: A Wes Anderson Joint".
post #80 of 105

Fucking brilliant. I think the last time I heard an SNL crowd go that wild was the last Celebrity Jeopardy! skit almost a decade back with Tom Hanks as himself, when, mid-game, Norm MacDonald appeared without warning as Burt Reynolds.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The genius thing about Murray is that it paid off their year, probably more, of portraying Bannon as a faceless, hooded Grim Reaper, so having it turn out to be who's arguably the most famous (living) cast member of their history was a slam dunk. It also helped that Murray's Bannon wig immediately reminded me of Ernie McCracken.

With their trend of getting frequent hosts or cast members as players in this point of history, I hope we eventually get De Niro as Mueller.
post #81 of 105

I thought Murray as Bannon was a disappointment (Murray's affability did not seem like any sort of fit for the guy they had been portraying as the Grim Reaper all year), but both commercial parodies were great.  The Drunk Boyfriend doll thread the needle of specificity that still feels universal (the charred pizza in bed and "are you mad at me?" bits), and Cecily was great in the not-an-actress pharmaceutical ad.

post #82 of 105
Yeah, was that impressed with Murray as Bannon. For some reason I really liked the Dog head/scientist sketch though.
post #83 of 105

It was an adorable dog.  And Rockwell brought just the right level of enthusiasm to it.  

post #84 of 105
Indeed. I loved when they showed the dog trying to eat the sandwich. And Rockwell totally sold the hell out of it.
post #85 of 105

I'm assuming Rockwell won't be back after that "F" bomb.  If true, that's too bad since he's the sort of-the-wall choice as guest host that I like to see.

 

Just seeing Murray is enough to make me happy, but I get the criticisms.  I was watching my cousin's dog that night, and it checked on me after my reaction of seeing Murray coming out of the robe.

post #86 of 105
Was that Tucci rap bit a parody of some real rap thing that I'm too old to get?
post #87 of 105

Apparently, there's an actual white rapper who's just named Pump, and an actual video called "Gucci Flow."

 

I learn something stupid every day.

post #88 of 105
The Bart Simpson sketch was kinda funny and there were a few good bits in Update. But otherwise..woof what a stinker.
post #89 of 105

I dunno, I liked that the game-show sketch took a meta turn.

 

McKinnon's Mueller was delightful, and Strong's Stormy was square on target.

post #90 of 105

McKinnon's creepily elaborate Mueller make up was jarring at first, and I did wonder why they had her do it at all when she already does half the Trump cabal.  But it made sense once I saw the "no spoilers!" take. 

 

And Bennett's White House doctor reading the not-fake results of Trump's medical exam was great.


Edited by Schwartz - 1/21/18 at 8:15am
post #91 of 105
Only a few stumbles (crate and barrel/Cracker Barrel, realty show couple, teen reviewer in update) in what I thought was the best episode of the season.

Farrell was funnier in the Bush sketch alone than he has been in his last 4-5 movies (or however long it’s been since Anchorman 2).

The champ was the flight attendant sketch though.

And was it me or was MacKinnon in like 1/2 the sketches she’s usually in?
post #92 of 105
The Bush sketch was absolute greatness. Probably the best opener this season.

Hot take: Cecily Strong is subtly better than Kate McKinnon. McKinnon is obviously talented, but her constant reliance on mugging to the camera gets tiresome.
post #93 of 105

Strong is a subtler performer than McKinnon, but that's not saying all that much.  She is better than I think she gets credit for, though.  Her character work can be really strong.  Her ditzy English girlfriend to the Rock's intrusive meathead adds so much to those sketches.

post #94 of 105

She's been the show's secret weapon ever since Girl At A Party You Shouldn't Start A Conversation With.

post #95 of 105
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If SNL was always as sharp as Natalie Portman rap, show would still be legendary. I loved how skit was framed as a riff on Eazy's "No More ?'s" . And the out of the blue nod to old school Kool Moe Dee made me jump off the couch.

post #96 of 105
I’m an inveterate SNL apologist, and there was a lot to love in this episode. But the Star Trek butt face guy is one of the worst comedy bits I have ever seen, in any medium. I was embarrassed for them both.
post #97 of 105
Yeah, the butt face was terrible. Cold open wasn’t all that good either. The First Ladies sketch and the Philly/Boston colonial sketch we’re probably my favorites. Not a big fan of the new Natalie rap video.

For some reason I really like Che’s “neighbor” Willie on update.
post #98 of 105

Sex dolls don't have toe tags, Willie!

post #99 of 105
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I’m an inveterate SNL apologist, and there was a lot to love in this episode. But the Star Trek butt face guy is one of the worst comedy bits I have ever seen, in any medium. I was embarrassed for them both.

 

Felt like some dumb 23-year-old Harvard douchebro came up with the killer idea to make one of the most beautiful women of her generation spend four minutes talking to a butt on national television. Where are the #METOOers when you really need them?

post #100 of 105
Thread Starter 

"This skit that was cut for time from Natalie Portman's SNL episode is way funnier than almost all of the ones they decided to run instead"

 

https://twitter.com/prasejeebus/status/960929772607074305

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