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Saturday Night Live “Louis CK/Rihanna” Live Blog and Review (40×21)

16 May

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HILLARY CLINTON SUMMER COLD OPEN: This is a pretty entertaining song to kick off the finale, and once again, it’s fun to see Kate McKinnon and Darrell Hammond as Hillary and Bill, respectively. My favorite part? Hillary attempting to lean against the surfboard in a “cool” manner. Also really like the sung “Live from New York!” GRADE: B+

MONOLOGUE: The SNL Facebook feed is hilarious to read right now. This monologue is going to cause many people–including Lorne–to lose their minds, but as is the case with anything Louis CK does, I find it absolutely biting and brilliant (understandable if you don’t, though). The “mild racism” is fairly, well, mild compared to his child molesting bit, and I can’t believe he got away with it. Happy he did it, though. GRADE: A

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Saturday Night Live “Reese Witherspoon/Florence and the Machine” Live Blog and Review (40×21)

9 May

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SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: There isn’t much to this sketch except for showing us which Republicans are running for President, but it’s certainly fun seeing all of their dance moves. I look forward to seeing how all these cast members handle their characters as the election heats up. GRADE: C+

MONOLOGUE: What a great idea for Mother’s Day, and what a refreshing monologue bit after quite a few average ones. We get to peer for a second into the lives of these cast members, and it’s both hilarious and sweet to see. The home videos at the end are fantastic as well. GRADE: A

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Saturday Night Live “Scarlett Johansson/Wiz Khalifa” Live Blog and Review (40×19)

2 May

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MAYWEATHER/PACQUIAO: This is actually a very clever opening, and although I couldn’t care less about the fight, this is a great way for SNL to acknowledge its significance ratings-wise. The physical comedy of Pharoah and Bryant “fighting” each other is absolutely hilarious. GRADE: B+

MONOLOGUE: Scarlett Johansson is awesome, but this monologue is pretty forgettable. The MILF comment is pretty funny, but the “Love to Love You Baby” bit isn’t the best. GRADE: C+

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

11 Apr

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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

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Saturday Night Live “Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepsen” Live Blog and Review (40×17)

4 Apr

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ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR: Any sketch that makes fun of the NCAA’s ridiculous student-athlete policies is great in my book (everyone, go watch John Oliver’s takedown of the NCAA from Last Week Tonight). This one’s pretty entertaining, especially coming right after Wisconsin’s win over Kentucky (yes!!), and Bobby Moynihan showing up as Jahlil Okafor’s replacement is a pretty fun image. “I majored in volcanoes!” GRADE: B+

MONOLOGUE: I normally dislike musical monologues, but this one is so damn fun to watch. The bit with the cheap Keaton footage is priceless, and Moynihan’s “I have six weeks to live” joke is sublime; also, Keaton actually gives in at the end, and it’s as awesome as we could’ve expected. GRADE: A-

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Saturday Night Live “Dwayne Johnson/George Ezra” Live Blog and Review (40×16)

28 Mar

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THE ROCK OBAMA: This is a silly sketch that rests on the physical comedy by Dwayne Johnson and Leslie Jones, and it’s without a doubt fun to watch. Also, people like Ted Cotton, John Boehner, and Ted Cruz getting various body parts torn off is always going to be great. GRADE: B+

MONOLOGUE: I’m usually not a fan of singing monologues, and I’m pretty ambivalent about this one. It’s an alright song, I guess, and it’s a little bit better than the lazy “taking questions from the audience” monologue. I have to say, though, the Stephen Hawking voice bit is pretty funny, and you can tell The Rock is having a lot of fun. “Another Smurf movie?” “No.” GRADE: B

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

7 Mar

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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-

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