Here’s a question: When you introduce the novelty of having a well-liked alum host Saturday Night Live, do you not have to worry much about the actual content or quality of the sketches? Is the very presence of said host — and his triumphant return — enough to trick the viewers into believing they’re being entertained? Is Jimmy Fallon that powerful now? Maybe not. So SNL also brought back Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Rachel Dratch and Tracy Morgan. And although it was great seeing faces from SNL‘s past, most of the show felt uninspired. And we can see Fallon every night on the week. So, that novelty wore off pretty quickly.
Last night’s cold open was a special one, as it found our old friends Sully and Denise – the lovable and all-too amorous Boston teen-age couple (Fallon and Rachel Dratch) – back at their old stomping grounds in an attempt to crash a school dance. And, what’s that? Another special drop-in from an SNL alum— Amy Poehler! Well done.
First it was Michaela Watkins, then it was Jenny Slate and now it’s Nasim Pedrad. I’m talking about, of course, the current Hoda Kotb portrayer on SNL’s running spoof of the fourth hour of Today. Kristen Wiig maintains her spot as Kathie Lee. But how do you think Pedrad did? Tell us!
In the spirit of making fun of typical hack comedians, David Cross has suggested this joke construction: “What if the cast from Friends sang ‘We are the World’… I think it would go something like this…” His point is that there is no joke here. You can’t just take two concepts that have nothing to do with each other, jam them together and make a joke. And that’s exactly what this crap sketch is. What if we got a bunch of people that would never do duets with Michael Buble and make them do duets with Michael Buble? Horrible.
The mirror sketch, wherein Fallon sees a reflection of his old self – the one that laughed for no reason during his sketches on SNL and the one that really wasn’t all that funny – was simply a painful, annoying reminder of what used to be. Thankfully, Fallon has grown as a performer. I’m not sure how this was supposed to be enjoyable.
Feel free to explain to me what it is I’m missing here. Let me get this straight. The folks at SNL decided it would be a good idea to parody a movie that no one has even seen yet. I know, War Horse is a book and a play. But as I write this, there’s still a week before its release in theaters and we all know that’s how most people are going to consume this thing. So independent of that, the idea behind this sketch is: “what if a local theater group put on a version of War Horse, a movie no one has seen? It would be a really, really, really bad production, right? That would be funny, right?” No! Seriously, please tell me what I’m missing. I’m missing something, right?
It’s another blast from the past. Horatio Sanz, Tracy Morgan and Chris Kattan join Fallon in their classic Christmas song. Well done, though Kattan looked a little ill-prepared.
And here’s the version from season 27:
Hey, you know how everyone seems to think every Nicolas Cage movie is horrible and that he’s a horrible actor and that he never says “no” to a script? Well, here’s Andy Samberg playing to all those things we’ve heard and seen a million times before. And also, Jude Law drops by. Yawn.
Seth Meyers gets a lot of help this week at the Weekend Update desk as Fallon, Poehler and even Tina Fey join him for a joke-off. Fun stuff.
And here’s some more Weekend Update highlights.
Another pointless, much-too-long and annoying sketch. Enjoy!
This was the most painful sketch to watch this week. Fallon plays Beethoven. And Beethoven introduces his “band” the way a Las Vegas lounge act would. It sounds like it could be funny for about a minute. But this heap of unfunny lasts six.
In this sketch Fred Armisen does a fine job of revealing all the worst cliches of a downtown one man show production. Check it out.
Despite some weak sketches throughout, SNL finished strong, thanks to Jason Sudeikis’ performance as a level-headed Jesus who’s desperately trying to get Tim Tebow to stop shoving his religion down everyone’s throat. Check it out.
So, what did you guys think? Am I being too harsh? Sound off in the comments section!