Tina Fey brings back Sarah Palin for ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but was it enough? (No, not really.)

Saturday Night Live
Tina Fey & Nicki Minaj
May 19, 2018

I wanted to love this episode. I love Tina Fey and believe that if anyone can wring out some genuine hilarity from this show, it is Mama Tina. However, if we’re all being honest with each other, the Saturday Night Live finale featuring Tina was a bit of a let-down. It wasn’t terrible — or even bad! — but it wasn’t the consistently funny and revelatory episode I was hoping for, either.

Don’t get me wrong: there were some terrific moments. Tina managed to find a way to bring her amazing Sarah Palin impersonation back and make it (kinda) politically relevant; and her attempts to join the cast of Mean Girls is a master class is self-deprecation. But the rest of the episode felt … anticipatory …¬† like we were all waiting for something genuinely hilarious to happen … and it never quite did.

tina fey disappointed sigh blerg

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Happy Mother’s Day! Amy Schumer and ‘Saturday Night Live’ got you this perfectly safe episode!

Saturday Night Live
Amy Poehler Schumer & Kacey Musgraves
May 12, 2018

It’s Amy Schumer’s second time to host Saturday Night Live, and for the most part, she was fine! She was fine. But last night’s episode also felt a little safe and careful, lacking the boldness and danger that Inside Amy Schumer — the show that made Schumer a star — specialized in. With the exception of one sketch (“The Day You Were Born”), and a wonderful “Weekend Update” cameo, the entire episode felt safe, almost as if the writers and cast didn’t want to do anything that would embarrass their mother’s too much on Mother’s Day eve.

Speaking of that …
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Donald Glover reminds ‘Saturday Night Live’ that they were FOOLS for not hiring him

Saturday Night Live
Donald Glover & Childish Gambino
May 5, 2018

Donald Glover should be in and make all of the things, the end.

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John Mulaney hosts one of the strongest ‘Saturday Night Live’ of the season. Can we keep him? PLEASE?

Saturday Night Live
John Mulaney & Jack White
April 14, 2018

The adorable and hilarious John Mulaney hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and while every sketch didn’t land, it was still a light and fun return home for the former SNL writer. Of course, it might not be entirely fair to compare Mulaney to his fellow hosts — oh, did the comedian and comedy writer who used to write for the very show he is currently hosting and therefore knows what works and what doesn’t work and how to deliver even a weak joke to get a laugh, did that guy do a better job of hosting than a movie actor who has never done live television before? YOU DON’T SAY.

Still, it’s hosts like Mulaney or Bill Hader or Will Ferrell who make me wish they’d just do away with any guest host who isn’t an experienced comedian already. Because, I swear to God, if they bring Charles Barkley back one more time …

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Chadwick Boseman’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ debut was thisclose to being a great episode. But then …

Saturday Night Live
Chadwick Boseman & Cardi B.
April 7, 2018

First, let me be clear, my complaints about Chadwick Boseman’s episode of Saturday Night Live have nothing to do with Chadwick Boseman. The handsome and charismatic star of Black Panther was funny and charming and, it turns out, does a remarkably good R. Kelly. And the truth is because there were several very strong sketches in this episode, including both commercial spoofs and another episode of “Black Jeopardy,” I’m going to remember this episode as being one of the strongest of the season. This, despite having possibly one of the worst-written sketches of the season, and several just very mediocre ones. The worst sketch of the night still wasn’t as bad as one where the alien had a butt for a face and a face for his butt, but it was a close second. Small blessings, I suppose.

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Bill Hader was great on ‘Saturday Night Live’ to the surprise of exactly no one.

Saturday Night Live
Bill Hader & Arcade Fire
March 17, 2018

Veteran Not Ready for Primetime Player, Bill Hader, returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend ahead of the premiere of his new HBO series, Barry, and (for the most part) he was a God damned delight. Hader revisited a number of his classic characters, including Stefon, Devon of “The Californians,” and a number of his celebrity impersonations. (Personally, I would have swapped out Devon for Vincent Price, but 1. that bit is not the same without Kristin Wiig’s wackiness and 2. I am well aware that I am in the minority there.) The rest of the night was a mixed bag, with only one or two sour notes which had more to do with the writers depending too heavily on Hader’s talent for wacky voices and not delivering actually funny material. Alien sketch, I’m lookin’ at you.

Anyway, go ahead and schedule Hader for sometime next season, Lorne, because I already want him to come back.

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Sterling K. Brown is really funny! Too bad his ‘Saturday Night Live’ wasn’t.

Saturday Night Live
Sterling Brown & James Bay
March 10, 2018

Look, this episode aired almost 10 days ago, and I’m only writing about it because I can’t stand for things to be incomplete. So I’m going to keep this super brief: Sterling K. Brown has great comedic talents, he was let down by the writing in this episode, the end.

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