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.
Saturday Night Live
Natalie Portman & Dua Lipa
February 4, 2018
Natalie Portman returned to host Saturday Night Live for the first time since 2006, and she was given exactly two very good sketches, a bunch of mediocre crap, and one sketch that was so bad, I think there is a chance it might have been intended as a meta joke on bad sketches. That or it literally needs to be hung up in the Worst Sketches of All Time hall of fame because oh my God it was that bad.
Just … terrible.
Like, did they have a bunch of fourth graders visit the studio and then did they invite them to write a sketch and then they felt like they had to perform it because they didn’t want to disappoint a bunch of little kids?
Is one of the lesser writers dying of cancer and this was his dying wish, to have this sketch performed?
Were there terrorists in the building, holding a gun to Lorne Michaels’ head and forcing the show to do this sketch?
Is Saturday Night Live being used as a vehicle to disseminate secret messages to our spies abroad and this sketch was an important code to ensure global security?
Or did the writers think the sketch was so stupid as to come back around to being funny?
Because if so, they were sorely mistaken. Woof. Continue reading “Natalie Portman hosts a roller coaster of a ‘Saturday Night Live’”