Each week I think to myself, “Oh, so-and-so is hosting SNL, this should be good,” but honestly, there have been a lot of Saturday nights as of late that have left me slightly disappointed. Â While last night’s episode featuring Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo didn’t totally blow me away, I’m glad I stuck around for the whole show. Â Especially since the first sketch after the mediocre monologue, “Bitch, What’s The Answer” was fucking horrible.
The cold open featured a press conference with President Obama and Speaker John Boehner. Â If SNL decided to dedicate an entire show to Bill Hader’s facial expressions, I would gladly watch. Â And while Key and Peele are by far my favorite Presidential impression duo, I adore Jay Pharoah’s Obama.
I get what they were going for with the Tyler Perry/Alex Cross/Madea idea, but it felt a little flat to me. Â I would have preferred more of Jamie Foxx’s Madea and less of everything else.
For awhile Â now, the best part of SNL has been Weekend Update. Â This week was no different. Â Aidy Bryant appeared as a sexually repressed Mrs. Claus and she was absolutely delightful. Â The mental image of a Chardonnay-guzzling, Comcast porn-watching, Criss Angel-loving Mrs. Claus was everything I needed it to be. Â She also might win for the best line of the night: “My nickname in the bedroom is ‘Elf’…because I’ve got fast hands and a whole lotta toys!” Â Amazing.
While “Swarovski Crystals” wasn’t anything remarkable, it cemented Cecily Strong‘s place in my heart. Â She nailed the empty, glass-eyed look of a former porn star who loves tacky jewlery. I like Vanessa Bayer, but it’s becoming more evident that if she’s not playing Miley Cyrus she’s kind of forgettable.
And my favorite sketch of the night: “Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney?” Â Mainly because I think everyone in America has struggled with this confusion at some point in their lives. “Derbil McDillet?”