Saturday Night Live “Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons” Live Blog and Review (40×18)

11 Apr


HILLARY CLINTON COLD OPEN: It’s nice to see Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton impression again, and her changing facial expressions during that one bit are absolutely hilarious. Darrell Hammond shows up as Bill Clinton, and I hope this will be the sign of more to come; after all, SNL’s political sketches falter unless there’s a campaign going on. GRADE: B

COLD OPEN: This is not a very funny segment, and it’s the type of musical monologue that’s more dull than entertaining to watch. The other cast members get in a few solid lines, but this is easily forgettable. Anyway, one thing I want to see tonight, but most definitely won’t: a Person of Interest sketch. GRADE: C

DEPEND LEGENDS: “All the female DAs from Law and Order” is definitely the line that made me laugh the most here. This is a short sketch, but it’s fairly funny. GRADE: B-

HOT FOR TEACHER: Pete Davidson is awesome in this sketch. His nickname list is hilarious and perfectly delivered, and my favorite line of the segment is “I’d describe it as more like the end of Rudy.” He and Thompson have a pretty funny rapport built up, and Cecily Strong’s also pretty entertaining to watch here. GRADE: B+

HOME 2: I normally love impression sketches, but there aren’t really any standouts here. Henson’s Minaj isn’t particularly good, and while there are a few good moments here and there, the sketch is weak overall. GRADE: C

QVC: One thing’s for sure: Kate McKinnon is entertaining in this, as expected. There really isn’t much to this sketch overall, though, and it ends with a whimper. It never quite gets going, and although there are a few laughs from McKinnon trying to remember the various “ways”, it’s another weaker sketch. GRADE: C+

SOUTH CENTROS: I was excited when this sketch began, but it turned out to be a middling and unfunny several minutes. It’s nice to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau show up, but it all feels like an unfinished product that has potential, but never reaches possible heights. GRADE: C+

WEEKEND UPDATE: “It’s their least favorite thing to shoot.” Michael Che’s really starting to grow on me, and he’s still miles ahead of Colin Jost; still, though, Update’s generally becoming looser and funnier to watch. Anyway, both get in some good lines tonight, and both McKinnon and Bayer are great as the guests. Billy Crystal also shows up as Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy’s dad, and it’s definitely an enjoyable segment. GRADE: B

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT: Holy shit, that Nick Offerman impression. This is the second time I’ve heard it, and I can confirm that it is amazing. That alone makes these impressions better than the first go around earlier, and although this is yet another game show sketch, it’s an entertaining one. GRADE: B

HOW 2 DANCE WITH JANELLE: As with the first of this sketch seen in the fall, Kyle Mooney’s character is easily the funniest aspect. I’m not the biggest fan of this kind of sketch, but it definitely allows Henson to have the most fun she’s had all night. GRADE: B-

SESAME STREET: I haven’t seen Empire and don’t plan to, but I know the general vibe of Henson’s Cookie. This feels a bit like a rushed “Obligatory Cookie reference” sketch, and it’s pretty light on laughs for me. It doesn’t flow well, and although there are funny moments, it’s a good concept that doesn’t go anywhere. GRADE: C+

THEIR OWN LEAGUE: This is actually a sketch that does well by its message in the limited screen time it has, and it both gets some visual comedy out of Moynihan and some nice commentary from the ladies. It’s not the funniest sketch, but it works. GRADE: B-



IN THREE WEEKS: Scarlett Johansson, to promote The Avengers. I hope she shows up as her Under the Skin character.


Photo credit: NBC, Saturday Night Live

9 Responses to “Saturday Night Live “Taraji P. Henson/Mumford & Sons” Live Blog and Review (40×18)”

  1. MovieManJackson April 12, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    Taraji just doesn’t scream SNL host and skit performer to me. Seems like an odd and uneven choice as evidenced by your thoughts. Great post!

  2. Hepburn3 April 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm #

    The only thing that I loved about last night’s SNL was Mumford and Sons and Kate and Darrell’s Hilary and Bill.
    With Hillary Clinton announcing her running for president of your nation they will have tonnes of comedy fodder, so that is something to look forward too! and Kate and Darrell are great!

    Taraji was wasted last night, she did not get good characters and the writing was just tried.
    For example in that Pete Davidson thing, which I loathed because it just made me think of the sexist double standard if a male teacher seduces a minor girl student EVERYONE is outraged ( and rightfully so) but when it is a guy he gets high fives.
    I think that Davidson is my least favourite performer on SNL, he has the same tone and cadence for everything he says, he just seems to have mastered the young douchebag, be it a stoner, or a poor student or some jag who was seduced by his teacher. To me he still the son of Steve Buscemi and a bag of flour but without the charisma.
    It was such a dude/bro sketch with Taraji not having anything to do but be the straight woman setting up Davidson’s lame comebacks she was wasted as ANYONE in the cast could have done that part. He totally had me hating him when he mentioned the film Rudy which seems to be the only film that grown men will admit to shedding at tear to. I hated that sketch.
    The QVC sketch was done better and funnier by MAD TV with their Quackers shopping products, The Game of Thrones had promise but was rather weak in the end. Hollywood Game night was only good because of the Nick Offerman impersonation. Weekend Update was great because I love when Kate does that wacko Spanish artist and I liked Jacob and his guest dad Billy Crystal. Michael Che is coming into his own and is way funnier than the other guy on the desk with him, Che has a biting response, and it was funny and on point.
    Sesame Street was rather predictable, and that Voltron parody was as you said “WHAT!”.
    I too would have loved a Person of Interest sketch but the SNL crew would have most likely messed that up big time.
    My only consolation is that Taraji P Henson is going to be back on PoI this coming week in flashback mode! I am so stoked because Joss Carter was one of my favourite persons on Team Machine. 🙂

    See you on Tuesday Polar Bear! 🙂

    • polarbears16 April 12, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

      Yeah, I can see why you disliked that courtroom scene. I’m a fan of Davidson, but there were definitely some problems with it. I agree about Michael Che, and I’m not even sure if the SNL crew knows about POI in the first place, which is a shame.

      I’m excited for POI, too! See you then. 🙂

      • Hepburn3 April 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm #

        Yes it is a shame. I find it really sad that Taraji P. Henson who has done some amazing acting on PoI, was nominated for an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, and other good supporting roles is now praised for playing a rough Urban version of Joan Collins’ character Alexis on Dynasty. I find that pathetic to be honest. I am happy that Taraji is getting attention but I am a tad disappointed that it is for Empire and Cookie who sounds like she was an extra on Orange is the New Black.

  3. Hepburn3 April 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Oh to cleanse the lack of funny of last night’s SNL I re-watched season 2 of VEEP. That show is brilliant and the cast and the writing spot on funny! 🙂

    • polarbears16 April 12, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Veep is tonight! I’m excited, especially with Hugh Laurie added to the cast.

      • Hepburn3 April 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm #

        YES TO THAT!!! ❤ 🙂

  4. #peggyatthemovies April 13, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Not my fav. night..Did like the Hillary Clinton opening.. and while I really liked Taraji on you’re fav. show Person of Interest.. both faded for me after she was gone. I’ve watched Empire a few times, meh.. And I always crack up when reading how you don’t like Colin Jost..I think he’s so funny.. and really like how him & Michael Che work together on it.. and I love Pete too..ha!

  5. #peggyatthemovies April 13, 2015 at 8:24 pm #

    PS..the opening was awful,, really awful..

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