Saturday Night Live “Chris Hemsworth/Zac Brown Band” Live Blog and Review (40×15)

7 Mar


HILLARY CLINTON: SNL‘s political cold opens are more miss than hit these days, but this one is great because of Kate McKinnon’s performance. Amy Poehler did a good job as Clinton, but McKinnon already seems comfortable in the role, and I look forward to seeing more of the impression as we move into election season. GRADE: B+

MONOLOGUE: This is a fairly bland monologue, and although Chris Hemsworth brings his brothers up there–including Kenan Thompson as Callum–there isn’t much to find funny about the bit. Thankfully, it ends just as soon as it starts. GRADE: C-

AMERICAN EXPRESS: It might be a “compliment Chris Hemsworth all the time” kind of night. This sketch rests upon that idea, and although it’s a simple premise, it’s one that finds the funny in Hemsworth enduring “difficulties” on his way toward The Avengers. Not laugh out loud hilarious, but still fairly amusing. GRADE: C+

BROTHER 2 BROTHER: Hemsworth does pretty much nothing in this sketch, but it’s made by people like Taran Killam and Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant. It’s not a very polished sketch at all, but I definitely love the teacher delineating all the ways in which the twins differ. GRADE: C+

EMPIRE: First of all, the ratings for this show are insane; I can see why it’s popular, but these kinds of numbers are pretty much unheard of these days. Anyway, I’ll admit to not being very taken with this parody; the inclusion of Hemsworth is a nice idea, but it never really goes anywhere because the sketch itself is so flimsy. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I don’t watch the show. Anyway, hey, it’s Michael Che! GRADE: C

MICROWAVING A CHICKEN: “She smells so good, and she was such a bitch.” This is a strange, strange sketch, and that’s exactly what I like about it. Not everything in it works, but it gradually builds up the humor until a chicken’s being microwaved and Kenan Thompson is waiting with a knife and fork. This is also Hemsworth’s best sketch thus far. GRADE: B

IGGY AZALEA SHOW: Meh. Kate McKinnon is always watchable, but even she can’t elevate a sketch that barely has a premise or any jokes. It seems like both she and Hemsworth are pretty uncomfortable throughout the segment, and as a result, they can’t really sell the material. It’s kind of funny when Zamata expresses her enjoyment of Hemsworth’s ass, though. GRADE: C-

WEEKEND UPDATE: “Congratulations, that’s assault.” I’m still ambivalent about Leslie Jones, but the Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started A Conversation with at a Party is always hilarious. “Everyone’s talking about HMOs…why don’t you just call them gay people?” Also, the Jost-Che dynamic is enjoyable for once, especially when Jost flubs the “3.6 inches” bit. GRADE: B

AVENGERS DEFEAT ULTRON: Not very surprising that the show would do an Avengers sketch, but sadly, it’s not a very good one at all. Hemsworth is enjoyable and energetic as Thor, but the material doesn’t consist of many funny moments. GRADE: C

ACTING COACH: I must say, I laughed quite a bit at those over-the-top acting moments. Thompson, Hemsworth, and McKinnon are all fantastic in this, and the only thing keeping this from being a great sketch is the ending; it’s quite rushed, and it all doesn’t build up to anything. GRADE: B

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN LIVE WITH BRIAN?: Man, the Bennett/Mooney stuff is not going well recently. It’s the same approach here they take toward all their sketches, but it’s really not working. Nice ideas and parodies throughout this one, but they never develop. GRADE: C+

DOLCE & GABBANA: I’m sure all the ladies appreciate Chris Hemsworth showing up half naked. Anyway, this sketch always brings a good number of quotable lines, and although it’s falling victim to diminishing returns, it’s always enjoyable seeing how dirty the writers make the jokes. The Strong-Bayer deliveries are also essential to the sketch, and they nail them. GRADE: B

NEXT UP: We don’t know yet. 

Photo credit: NBC, Saturday Night Live

One Response to “Saturday Night Live “Chris Hemsworth/Zac Brown Band” Live Blog and Review (40×15)”

  1. Marshall March 7, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

    I can get used to McKinnon as Clinton. When they showed the title card, I must say, I was expecting to see Poehler … but McKinnon killed it!

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