The otherwise delightful Steve Carell is saddled with the laziest ‘Saturday Night Live’ of the season.

Saturday Night Live
Steve Carell & Ella Mai
November 17, 2018

Despite his recent turn into Serious Actorhood, Steve Carell is still one of our funniest comedic actors in the business. He is a natural fit for host of Saturday Night Live (which he has hosted three times previous to this appearance, he’ll be ushered into the Five-Timers Club in no time). He is goofy, game and giving (h/t Dan Savage). And it is because Carell is so funny that this episode receives such a low grade: it’s the expectation gap.

But I don’t blame Carell — he gave his all to unfunny material. No, I blame writers who think the word “kern” is inherently funny, and are too lazy to write a monologue or come up with anything for a sketch beyond, “So Steve is a dad and …” On behalf of all middle-aged parents, THERE IS MORE TO US THAN JUST BEING YOUR MOM OR DAD, YOU DUMB MILLENIALS. ~shakes angry fist at the ceiling in the direction of where her teenage sons are playing video games~ Continue reading “The otherwise delightful Steve Carell is saddled with the laziest ‘Saturday Night Live’ of the season.”

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In which Dan Crenshaw takes over ‘Saturday Night Live’ and I have a few things to yell about it

Saturday Night Live
Liev Schreiber & Lil’ Wayne
November 10, 2018

I have no idea why Liev Schrieber was hosting Saturday Night Live this week. Ray Donovan is in its sixth season and returned on Showtime … ~checks notes~ … three weeks ago, so why? Why is he here? He’s not funny, he managed to botch many of his lines and he’s the celebrity and acting equivalent of of oatmeal: he’s fine, but I’m not going to recognize him if he knocked on my front door.

And so it is completely unsurprising that Schreiber’s hosting job was overshadowed by a right-wing eyepatch-sporting congressman — MY right-wing eyepatch-sporting congressman. And yes, I have one or two thoughts about it.  Continue reading “In which Dan Crenshaw takes over ‘Saturday Night Live’ and I have a few things to yell about it”

Jonah Hill earns his place in the Five Timers Club on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Saturday Night Live
November 3, 2018
Jonah Hill and Maggie Rogers

Look. This week, this month, these past two years have given you plenty of reasons to drink, but I’m going to give you one more: You’re old. How old are you? You’re so old that Jonah Hill — the kid whose break out film was Superbad — has hosted Saturday Night Live five times.

FIVE.

FIVE TIMES.

Can I buy you a glass of box wine?

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This week’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ owes Seth Meyers an apology.

Saturday Night Live
Seth Meyers & Paul Simon
October 13, 2018

I had high hopes for you, episode. In fact, I wanted to love you. What’s not to love? Seth Meyers was hosting and I love Seth Meyers. You are Saturday Night Live, and, well, OK, I don’t love you. In fact, you and I are like an embittered old married couple just tolerating one another until the kids are out of college and we can finally go live our own happier and separate lives. But I really thought there was a chance that Seth, sweet, intelligent, used-to-be-the-head-writer Seth, would elevate your game. To make you the show you were not that long ago. Sure there would be misses here and there, there always are — but I had hoped maybe Seth Meyers would lend some of his experience and writing know-how to make you a better version of yourself.

Long story short: I was wrong.

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Awkwafina’s episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was awkwafine. Not great, but awkwafine.

Saturday Night Live
Awkwafina & Travis Scott
October 6, 2018

Awkwafina, for those of us firmly in the grasp of middle age, is an actress and rapper who is hosting this episode because she had a role in Crazy Rich Asians this summer, but really because the writers and staff have loved her since “My Vag” was released and were looking for a reason to bring her on. (Look up the video on YouTube, but maybe with your earphones on if you’re in the office). Anyway, she’s funny, charming and cool, and it’s a shame that the writers didn’t give her more funny, charming and cool things to work with this week. It wasn’t a terrible episode — and to Awkwafina’s credit, she was the strongest thing in several bits — I just wish it had been a better episode.

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Adam Driver might have hosted ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but Matt Damon was the star

Saturday Night Live
Adam Driver & Kanye West
September 29, 2018

Welcome to the 44th season of Saturday Night Live. Two quick points of order before we begin: 1. Matt Damon is your new Melissa McCarthy and 2. Pete Davidson had a busy summer. Alright! Let’s get started!

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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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