SNL Love It/Keep It/Leave It: Adam Sandler/Shawn Mendes

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Jeffrey Malone watches every new episode of Saturday Night Live and then organizes the sketches into the following categories: “Love It” (potentially Best of the Season-worthy), “Keep It” (perfectly adequate), or “Leave It” (in need of a rewrite, to say the least). Then he concludes with assessments of the host and musical guest.

Love It

Holes – So Beck and Kyle discovered that clothes are just holes to cover up your bodily holes, and then they made a song about it, and now we get to bask in the joy of their wonder. It sounds like a cheesy ’80s power ballad, although the sartorial style is more reminiscent of Michael Bolton and other over-the-top soft rockers. And there’s even some “We Didn’t Start the Fire” influence there with the rhyming of Federico Fellini and Roberto Benigni. Wonderfully singular.

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SNL Review April 15, 2017: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles

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This review was originally posted on News Cult in April 2017.

Love It

Turtle Shirt – Like Bad Idea Jeans, Three-Legged Jeans, and Mom Jeans before it, SNL has debuted a new piece of attire we never knew we needed. This time, it isn’t just a fashion statement, it’s also supremely functional! The Turtle Shirt is perfect for those moments when you need to warp reality.

Jimmy Fallon says “Take Me Back” to Cecily Strong, and the reason why she won’t is a perfectly timely and disturbing twist…While Michael and Colin’s political chops have matured, I think they’re at their best when they’re at their goofiest, so it’s a bonus when their focus on the government is as fierce as it is here…Bruce Chandling does not remember “what it feels like it to be kissed,” but thanks to him, now we know not to kiss the wrong type of chocolate…The Basketball Film Shoot is simply a fantastic example of background physical comedy.

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SNL Recap December 21, 2013: Jimmy Fallon/Justin Timberlake

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Wrappinville
I’m fine that we’re seeing JT again in less than a year, but not so much that we’re seeing another -ville sketch again so soon. I would have been fine with it if this edition were really good, but it wasn’t so much.  I had trouble making out all the lyrics.  Although maybe that was because I was tired. B-

Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue
Oh boy, here comes another musical monologue.  At least Jimmy is up to the task.  I liked the concept, but I think I would have preferred it if Jimmy had kept going on with his impressions in an increasingly difficult manner.  It was fine that Paul showed up, I suppose, but I think it would have worked better if that appearance had come later. B

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SNL Recap December 17, 2011: Jimmy Fallon/Michael Bublé

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Cold Opening – Sully and Denise
I’ve never been a fan of Sully and Denise, but I’ve never hated them either.  It was fun to see them several years graduated from their old stomping grounds.  Amy’s character saying that her “case of mono” is now 15 years old was the most clever moment of the sketch. B-

Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue
When Jimmy sang some of his jokes, the volume of the music seemed to throw off the laughter cues, which affected the rhythm of this routine a bit. But his interactions with everybody were fun and gratifying, which was no surprise, as monologues in which the host traipses around backstage doing a musical number almost always work. B

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