I don’t know if my love for Kristen Wiig clouded my judgement, or if it was the shots of Tequila Rose or if SNL was just entertaining on its own, but I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday Night Live last night. Â The entire hour and a half maintained a steadiness with good sketches, good writing, and good performances. Â That doesn’t happen very often, as we saw with the Vince Vaughn disaster last month. Â Of course it doesn’t hurt that Wiig is 100% in her comfort zone at SNL, and has only been gone from the show for a year. Â Maybe some people are Wiig-ed out (I’ve actually heard this said a few times…??!), but I’m definitely not.
Also worth mentioning was that the ladies of SNL came alive last night. Â They complemented each others’ talents nicely, and overall it made for a very enjoyable episode. Â Also, anytime a VERY pregnant Maya Rudolph makes an appearance on the show gives it an automatic ‘A’ in my book. Â Kristen Wiig’s promos this week may have been a little “meh” but last night definitely wasn’t. Â Whew!
Without further blathering from moi, here are my top 5 sketches from last night:
1.) Cold Open: Benghazi Hearing
SNL is at its best when it pushes boundaries, and if throwing Jodi Arias and Ariel Castro in a skitÂ this week in particular isn’t pushing boundaries, then I obviously need to look up “boundaries” with Merriam Webster.
2.) 1-800 Flowers
I don’t know about you, but I bought a bouquet from this website about 4 years ago, and I was inundated with emails from them for Mother’s Day every two hours this week. Â Kate McKinnon was awesome, as always. Â ”It was an Asian porn, Kathleen.”
3.) Target Lady
My absolute favorite of all Wiig’s characters, and my future Halloween costume. Â I’m also a fan of anything that combines Target Lady and Stayfree Maxi Pads. Â Enjoy.
4.) The Californians
Okay, I know I’ve said before that I’m over this skit. Â And I am. Â But Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig work so well together here, you can’t help but laugh. Â (Of course it gets bonus points for featuring the knocked-up Maya Rudolph.)
You know what we just don’t see enough of anymore? Skits like this. Â Physical or “slapstick” comedy. Â I absolutely loved the impression of “Dr. Chang” and the “Sham-wow” line… brilliant.