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Saturday Night Live “Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars” Live Blog and Review (40×07)

22 Nov

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SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK: SNL seems to have a trend going of not really tackling the issue its political cold opens are really about, and that’s the case here with the subject matter of Obama’s immigration executive order. However, the cold open finds laughs with the physical comedy of Thompson and Moynihan, and the idea of bringing Schoolhouse Rock into things is pretty funny. GRADE: B-

MONOLOGUE: This is a pretty generic monologue, but I wasn’t expecting anything better, to be honest. The Shrek question is mildly entertaining. GRADE: C

BACK HOME BALLER: Great concept here, and all the cast members involved seem to have a lot of fun with it. I especially love the long Wifi password, Aidy Bryant’s awkward shuffling away from her neighbor, and Leslie Jones going on about her bowls. GRADE: A-

BLACK ANNIE: Jones gets a sketch of her own here, and she does a great job anchoring it. She really helps bring the comedic energy to the proceedings, and Thompson showing up to sing “Black Annie” at the end is glorious. GRADE: B

NEST-SPRESSO: The concept could’ve used a bit more polishing, but it’s so strange that it’s endearing. Bayer’s constant “I don’t know how that works” are amazing, and her performance in general elevates the sketch. It’s pretty short and doesn’t have time to develop, but it still brings some laughs. GRADE: B-

WOODBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL THEATER SHOWCASE: This is great. Pretentious theater is always ripe for ridicule, and the one we see in this sketch is perfectly terrible. Thompson’s audience member is also confused about the unnecessary box moving, and that provides a nice side plot here. GRADE: A-

WEEKEND UPDATE: Kate McKinnon as Angela Merkel will never get old, and her talking about “resting bitch face” is comedy gold. Star Burton and Charles Manson don’t really get going until the tax evasion reveal, but Killam and Strong are great here. GRADE: B-

BABY BOSS: I’m of the opinion that this was the best as a one-time sketch, and I found the first time the show brought it back a pretty mediocre showing. However, there’s a change in setting here, and it works to the sketch’s advantage; there is opportunity for a different set of physical comedy, and Bennett and Diaz are great with each other here. GRADE: B-

DR. DAVE AND BUGGLES’ ANIMAL HOUR: Oh, Kenan Thompson. What starts as a fairly shaky sketch just gets funnier as it progresses, as Thompson continues to pile on the complaining about the monkey and the exit sign. It’s one of those sketches that overloads on one joke, and works because of the performer. GRADE: B+

I’M GOING TO FIGHT ANDY RYDELL: The physical comedy of Bennett and Mooney fighting in the hallway is gold, and the explosion shots are always fun. This is one of the Bennett-Mooney shorts that works. GRADE: B+

POETRY CLASS: The “Do one about the Fed Ex guy!” is probably the funniest line of the sketch, which is fairly eh throughout. I definitely enjoy Vanessa Bayer as the overly excited teacher, though. GRADE: C+

BRUNO MARS, MARK RONSON, MYSTIKAL: The production design on the musical sets is much better this year, as is the sound. Bruno Mars gives a fun, energetic performance with “Uptown Funk”, and Mystikal appears and has the second performance to himself (he also has a bit of trouble with keeping it clean for TV). You can tell the audience is going, “Who is this? We want Mars.” GRADE: B+

NIGHT RUMORS: This is, yet again, a very strange sketch, but the three women sell the hell out of it. Cecily Strong, especially. GRADE: B

Ha, Kenan Thompson hugging himself during the end credits! Also, the end credits don’t get cut off?! Wow.

GRADE: B

ON DECEMBER 6TH: JAMES FRANCO AND NICKI MINAJ

Photo credit: NBC, Saturday Night Live

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8 Responses to “Saturday Night Live “Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars” Live Blog and Review (40×07)”

  1. sarah9461 November 24, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I’ve been a fan of Bruno Mars ever since he played a toddler Elvis Impersonator in the movie “Honeymoon in Vegas.” I’ve seen him in concert and he is one of the best entertainers performing today.

  2. Douchebag Batman November 24, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Because I totally needed another SNL review to obsess over lol. Overall I’d say an above average episode, mostly due to Diaz being a total gamer for the skit. My favorite skit was the Bennett-Mooney short. Those always get me.

    • Douchebag Batman November 24, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      I will say I don’t see any other musical guest topping Prince. The closest was Kendrick Lamar but that’s because I’m a massive fan.

      • sarah9461 November 25, 2014 at 6:26 am #

        PRINCE is my main man! No one can match his ability to write, produce and perform music. Bruno Mars comes very close for me.

      • polarbears16 November 27, 2014 at 1:38 am #

        Agreed. I do think that even if you aren’t the biggest Lamar fan–I am, like you–you have to admit that he killed it up there. That first performance was spectacular.

      • Douchebag Batman November 28, 2014 at 12:50 am #

        I also love that instead of debuting his next single, which I think would have been huge, he gave the spotlight to Jay Rock. That earned major points with me.

  3. CMrok93 November 24, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    An okay episode. A lot better than I expected, considering I am not a fan of Diaz in most of what she does.

  4. Mel November 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

    I love when we get to hear the end credits song all the way to the fabulous saxophone player hitting those ultra high notes. He is awesome. I hear his main ax is actually the conch shell.

    It looks to me like Mark Ronson was the musical guest. On his CDs he has a different featured singer on each song. (I’m a big fan). He brought the other artists with him. I don’t know why they had to give Bruno Mars top billing. He’s not even on the second song.

    Good recap.

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