‘Saturday Night Live’ ends its season on a high note with Dwayne Johnson

Saturday Night Live
Dwayne Johnson & Katy Perry
May 20, 2017

Saturday Night Live ended this rollercoaster of a season in the capable hands of the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as host, welcoming him into the increasingly less exclusive Five-Timers club, and saying goodbye to two long-standing cast members, Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer. And aside from a couple of wild misses (what even was that bar sketch, guys?), the show did right by everyone: Johnson was given material that suits his disarmingly charming nature, and Bayer and Moynihan were in practically every sketch (one or both of them were in 10 of the 15 sketches below). It was a fitting farewell to two of the show’s most dependable performers; it’s just a shame they didn’t receive more recognition in the final credits, Lorne.

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Melissa McCarthy rides again as Sean Spicer, maybe for the last time?

Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy & Haim
May 13, 2017

What can be said about Melissa McCarthy and Saturday Night Live that I haven’t already said in her other four appearances as host? Melissa McCarthy is a comedy genius and such a natural fit on Saturday Night Live and last night was no exception and even my husband who harbors an unreasonable hatred for Melissa McCarthy agrees that the Sean Spicer bits are pretty hilarious and it is patently absurd that she has hosted the show exactly as many times as Scarlett Johansson what is that even about.

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Concern trolls demand Stephen Colbert be fired for making a Trump joke. Best of luck with that, dum-dums.

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‘Saturday Night Live’: A Spicey Easter

 Saturday Night Live
Jimmy Fallon & Harry Styles
April 15, 2017

Let me be upfront with you: I am probably grading this episode of Saturday Night Live harsher than it deserves, but Jimmy Fallon, ugh. I don’t dislike the guy, but I do wish I could go back to when I looked forward to him hosting Saturday Night Live because he was such a reliable professional. However, in the wake of everything that has happened in the past 18 months or so, Fallon hosting SNL forces us all to pretend for an hour and a half that he and the show didn’t do their damnedest to normalize Trump. He didn’t need to have Trump on as a guest and floof his hair and Saturday Night Live didn’t need to have Trump on as a host and try to make him look like he could take a joke — but they did because they couldn’t resist the ratings gold and now he’s President and I still blame them both a little bit so, you know, fuck fairness.

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Soon Alec Baldwin will be playing all of the roles on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ (And that’ll probably be fine.)

 Saturday Night Live
Louis CK & The Chainsmokers
April 8, 2017

After a strong first half , the back half of Saturday Night Live‘s season has not been terrific, despite a wealth of material to work with. I mean, Devin Nunes? Obamacare? Mar-a-Lago? Kushner v. Bannon? How are you guys whiffing with everything the Trump Administration has had to offer?

And so, after a month-long break, the show was back this week with Louis C.K., the closest this show gets to a “sure thing” for a host. So did the show finally deliver or did it disappoint yet again?

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