I’m back! This will most likely be the only SNL I live blog this year, but seeing as I finally have time to do one, I might as well.
GOP DEBATE COLD OPEN: This is a solid political cold open, most notably because it allows everyone to pull out their GOP candidate impressions and have fun with it. Pharoah’s Carson impression is awesome–those sleep glasses are great–and the interplay between Bush and Trump here is very enjoyable. GRADE: B+
MONOLOGUE: It’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, so is it possible to have a bad monologue? Probably not, although this one is meh by their standards. Still, these two just have the best chemistry ever, and although I normally don’t enjoy monologue songs, the two singing it make it better. GRADE: B-
TWO HILLARYS (AND SARAH): I would’ve been surprised if a sketch like this did not happen. The execution of the sketch isn’t perfect, but the return of the Sarah Palin impression is a beautiful sight to behold (loved that “you’re the worst thing that’s ever happened to me” quote). Also, it’s nice to see McKinnon fitting in right well with those two iconic characters. GRADE: B+
MEET YOUR SECOND WIFE: “In a way, it is.” This is an icky sketch, and that’s what makes it brilliant. It starts off with a screwup by the audio guy, but after that, it just escalates and gets better and better. The sonogram reveal is just…holy crap. Absurd and incredible. GRADE: A
KIDS CREW HOVERBOARD: This is definitely Pete’s doing.
ACTING COACH: Simple premise that’s powered by the ridiculous reactions Kenan Thompson’s acting coach encourages. And speaking of lesbian dramas, Carol is finally going (relatively) wide on Christmas, and I highly recommend it. GRADE: B
WEEKEND UPDATE: “It’s not like Mussolini also started Draft Kings.” Solid final weekend update of the year, although I wish Tina and Amy got more than one joke each. Kate McKinnon is amazing (as always) as Deenie, aka somebody’s mom, and her cracking up is hilarious to watch. GRADE: B+
CHAD AND MRS. DOUGLAS SHOW: This one doesn’t have a great set up or premise, but Maya Rudolph is always a welcome sight. Also, Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby is perfect, and the fact that both this and the second wife jokes are in the same episode is impressive. GRADE: B
TINA AND AMY’S DOPE SQUAD: The cameos here are definitely fun, although this feels like a “Bad Blood” parody way too late (more cameos are needed). Nonetheless, it’s still entertaining, and pre-taped sketches normally are able to feel tighter. This one, sadly, isn’t as catchy as some others, though. GRADE: B-
BRONX BEAT: I love that we get a “Bronx Beat” sketch to close out the show! GRADE: B+
Oh, there’s Paul McCartney!
*NOTE: They were saying “BRUUUUUCE”, not “BOOOO.”
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