Review: Saturday Night Live, Dec. 12

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Dec. 12, 2009 — Host: Taylor Lautner — Musical Guest: Bon Jovi

SNL shows no indication of letting up on the Tiger Woods jokes anytime soon.

The tone was set with an “Adulterers Press Conference” cold open, in which politicians John Edwards (Will Forte), Mark Sanford (Jason Sudeikis) and John Ensign (Bill Hader) criticized the media for focusing so much on the Tiger Woods scandal… instead of theirs’. And while this was possibly intended as a pre-emptive deterrent for those of us who want to say “too much Tiger!” it didn’t work. TOO MUCH TIGER!

Nasid Pedrad’s portrayal of “Mistress #15″ on Weekend Update had an initial chuckle quality, but little more. Sudeikis as an emotionally deteriorating PGA commissioner, on the other hand, was quite a smart series of spots. Playing off of Woods’ recently-announced hiatus, it was a less gratuitous and therefore refreshingly funnier approach.

When the cast wasn’t chopping at Woods, it was spotlighting host Taylor Lautner, who appeared in all but the PGA skits. And while the young “Twilight” star wasn’t overwhelmingly funny, he was fearless and flawless working with what the writers gave him. He was an awkward foreign glee club singer, an awkward back-up backup quarterback, an awkward Hobbit-obsessed mama’s boy, an awkward “Twilight”-obsessed high school girl. Ironically, the only awkwardness in delivery was Lautner’s opening monologue. Impressively acrobatic, it was unfortunately stale in timing and cheesy in sentiment.

Absent from the clips you’ll find on the official site, Seth Meyers delivered the brightest moments of the night during “Weekend Update,” which, of course, also took a couple of swings at old Tiger. “As new reports of his alleged extramarital affairs continue to surface, Gatorade announced this week that it’s dropping its Tiger Woods-themed sports drink, while Birds Eye is going forward with its line of Tiger Woods side dishes.” Come to think of it, that line is far better on its own than in the midst of a Tiger Woods comedy onslaught.

But here’s one that plays just right either way. President Obama presenting a Kennedy Center Honors award to Bruce Springsteen with a quippy “’I’m the President, but he’s the Boss’” garnered one of the biggest laughs of the night as Meyers added “…at which point Springsteen ordered our troops out of Afghanistan.”

Next week’s host is James Franco and musical guest will be Muse!

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