Saturday Night Live
“Chance the Rapper and Eminem”
November 18, 2017
Saturday Night Live is finally on something of a (sorta) winning streak. Following last week’s strong outing with Tiffany Haddish at the helm, Chance the Rapper hosted the series for the first time and was an easy fit with the cast. Chance the Rapper is a charming human being who, like Justin Timberlake and Drake, radiates an air of wit and intelligence, making him something of an ideal Saturday Night Live host.
But aside from Chance being a natural comedian who is willing to embrace the goofy, the material was just better this week than it had been earlier in the season. If I were to speculate, I’d point out that the hosts of the seasons’ best episodes both happen to be African-American and that maybe, possibly what is happening here is that the minorities in the writers’ room were given more of an opportunity to pitch their ideas and express their perspectives, leading to better, more original material. And if SNL were smart, they’d realize that maybe they could make that a regular thing, instead of just saving it for special, minority-hosting occasions.
Ha ha, that’ll never happen.
Saturday Night Live
“Casey Affleck & Chance the Rapper”
December 17, 2016
The Saturday Night Live episode before the Christmas break has for the past few years been one of the better episodes of the season, often bringing back SNL alums like Jimmy Fallon, or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to do the honors of hosting. This year SNL went with notorious laugh riot, Casey Affleck who is busy promoting his hilarious new comedy Manchester by the Sea. The episode was a mixed bag, to say the least. Some sketches were smart and played to the host’s strong suits (the Dunkin Donuts ad was genius) while other sketches seemed to have been pulled out of a slush pile of rejected ideas. In short, it was fine but not exactly an episode worthy of Fallon, Fey or Poehler.