Maya Rudolph will never escape ‘Saturday Night Live,’ and that’s just fine.

Saturday Night Live
Maya Rudolph & Jack Harlow
March 27, 2021

Saturday Night Live has been on hiatus for a month (a well-earned break, honestly) and I was a little worried the gears would be a little rusty when they returned this week. It was a fear that wasn’t entirely unfounded: the cold open was off, the monologue was off, the sketch that was clearly supposed to be the cold open but was so stiff and unfunny that they buried it mid-episode was waaay off. However, the show was helmed by a consummate professional, former cast member, and sketch legend, Maya Rudolph, who saved a number of bits and tried her very damnedest to salvage a few otherwise unsalvagable others (specifically those mentioned above).

That said, I don’t want to come off too harsh. Despite some weak spots, this episode was fairly solid and had bright spots that did not rely on a vet to prop them up. Notably, Bowen Yang’s heartfelt plea to stop anti-Asian hate, and a music video that reminds us that Boomers will always shove their way to the front of the line were bits that did not depend on Rudolph and I think were moments that we will remember long after this season ends. All in all, the positive outweighed the negative in this episode; a mixed bag if you will, which honestly is the best you can hope for in a variety show that is made up of 12-14 individual sketches an episode. Good job, kids.

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The Golden Globes showed its full ass last night.

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The Golden Globe nominations are here and I’m trying to pretend to care.

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Happy Safe Harbor Day! Have you decorated your Electoral College tree yet?

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‘Saturday Night Live’ and Tina Fey offer a prayer to mothers as the season’s parting gift.

Saturday Night Live
At-Home, Part 3
May 10, 2020

Saturday Night Live‘s season came to a premature end last night for obvious reasons, but considering what they were up against, it’s truly a TV miracle that they were able to produce three episodes of solidly funny television. And this week’s episode was no different, thanks to help from a number of friends of the show, including Martin Short, Josh Gad, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Wiig, Danny Trejo, and the aforementioned Tina Fey.

Were there some duds of sketches? Of course there were; as Tom Hanks reminded us the first time we did this, there always are. But at least in my estimation, because the writers and performers were forced out of their standard process for creating a show, they became more creative and less lazy, and the result was three episodes of Saturday Night Live that will be remembered in television history. Great job, everyone — even you, Kyle Mooney. Here’s to hoping y’all are back home at Studio 8H in the fall, and that you bring this creative spark back with you.

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A ‘Community’ reunion, an update to “Let’s Go to the Mall,” “Kiss From a Rose” performed by Seals and other things to breifly take your mind off everything going to shit in the world

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Netflix found its cool cat to play Joe Exotic. Maybe 2020 doesn’t hate us after all.

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The queens are coming back next year to fix The Golden Globes.

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Plug the impeachment machine back in, it’s time for another hearing!

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The best shows of the year according to people who actually know what the hell they’re talking about

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