Saturday Night Live “Louis CK/Sam Smith” Live Blog/Review (39×16)

29 Mar

louis-ck-explains-his-initials-in-saturday-night-live-promos.jpg HEALTHCARE.GOV: Sigh. This topic is past the point of being funny, but the show’s able to milk some entertainment from it, most notably from Kate McKinnon’s Justin Bieber. However, the sketch never truly gels, instead coming off as shaky and unfinished. I wonder how a “Between Two Ferns” parody would’ve turned out. Can you even parody that? GRADE: C+

MONOLOGUE: I love Louis CK, and I’m so happy that we get a stand-up routine from his monologue. There’s excellent stuff in here about God/religion and gender issues, and this just proves what a great talent he is. Man, I am so excited for Louie this May. GRADE: A

BLACK JEOPARDY!: This is some excellent stuff, and Louis CK and Kenan Thompson are on their A-games here. There are a plethora of jokes, and the best one is probably the Vick/McLachlan one; there are barely any duds, though, and the weakest segment–the ads–is still fairly amusing. GRADE: A-

MR. PATTERSON: Listen; Beck Bennett’s great at playing a baby, but I feel like this is one of those sketches that only works one time (brilliantly, too). There are a few extra touches thrown in this time, but its surface-level comedy brings diminishing returns. GRADE: B-

JOS. A BANK: The execution isn’t perfect, but the premise is enough to carry this sketch. I love the idea of the suits being used to clean up around the house, and although it’s a one-note joke, it’s entertaining. GRADE: B

WEEKEND UPDATE: Man, Arizona losing hurt my bracket bad. Anyway, the weekend update itself is unusually short (probably due to CK’s really long monologue, which I’m totally fine with), and it’s light on jokes. The only guest is Jay Pharoah’s Stephen A. Smith, who makes for some fun moments, but isn’t the strongest guest to bring out. GRADE: C+

MR. BIG STUFF: The best part of this sketch is when CK transitions into a short stand up-esque routine, which helps the segment end on a better note. The song itself isn’t bad, but it’s definitely not enough to hold up a sketch. GRADE: B-

IT’S BETTER TO KNOW: This kind of sketch relies on a fairly simple joke throughout, and it definitely gets less funny as it progresses. However, the awkwardness at the beginning between CK and the doc is excellent, and the subtle parody in there is nice. GRADE: B

PAJAMAS: “How many holes are you okay with?” This is a really strange sketch, which I’m sure is the point; then again, at some point, it gets a bit too strange. Still, I’m a sucker for weird, and as long as it’s entertaining, I’m all for it. This sketch goes on too long, but Louis CK messing up the line at the end and going “What..?” is awesome. At the end of it all, I’m confused. I honestly don’t know what to say about this. GRADE: ?

DYKE AND FATS: The sketch doesn’t start off great, but it slowly evolves into a well-formed, funny sketch at the end when we realize there’s a personal connection for Bryant and McKinnon. Interesting sketch, and I welcome it. GRADE: B

SAM SMITH: Man, this guy has got an amazing voice. I’ve never heard his music before, but this makes me want to seek out some more. The vocals themselves for the two songs–“Lay Me Down” and “Stay With Me”–are great. GRADE: A-

CHRIS FITZPATRICK FOR ASB PRESIDENT: I’ve been down on these newbie sketches recently, but this one is almost a return to form. It’s basically just 3 minutes of jokes thrown at us and seeing what sticks, and it fits really nicely within the sketch’s storyline. GRADE: B+

THREE MINUTES: Well, we’re closing out the night with strangeness. Louis CK does some nice work here, but the sketch certainly has its problems (the music is a bit annoying, for one). I feel like the writers are just writing these sketches as they go along, and that’s fine for some of them; however, there should be some kind of mini-plan for each one. GRADE: B-


NEXT WEEK: Anna Kendrick, first-time host of SNL. I adore Anna Kendrick, and I hope we get a great show next week; she’s definitely going to be entertaining, and I’m looking forward to this more than I was back when Jennifer Lawrence hosted for the first time. With Kendrick and Pharrell, how can you go wrong? This would’ve been a great opportunity to have Kendrick Lamar as the musical guest, by the way.

Photo credit: NBC, Saturday Night Live


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