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.
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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.
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."
Yeah, I'll never understand that Emmy nomination. Or Alec Baldwin's win.
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.
The Safelite skit from earlier this season has been taken out of reruns and online streams:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
So, they had Steve Bannon take off his hood on tonight's SNL to reveal...
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
For some reason I really like Che’s “neighbor” Willie on update.
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?
"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"