SNL: Jim Carrey, Iggy Azalea (CREDIT: YouTube Screenshot)

This review was originally posted on Starpulse in October 2014.

When Jim Carrey first hosted “SNL” in 1996, it was one of the times when the host temporarily revamped the show according to his own performance style.  That can be a good thing or a bad thing; in Jim’s case, it was very good.  For his third hosting stint, he was not quite as unstoppable, but he was still quite the blast of energy.  As he pointed out in his monologue, Halloween is the one day each year that he is able to blend in with everyone else, and with a plethora of mostly successful All Hallow’s Eve-themed sketches, he proved to be the most apt host for the occasion.  There were a few clunkers that were too intense for their own good, but there were also several incredibly thrilling moments.  Even though it was wildly uneven, this was probably the best episode of the season thus far.  Meanwhile, Leslie Jones, after making memorable appearances in the first three weeks of the season, was promoted from writer to featured player. Let’s take a closer look at each segment of the show:

Ebola Press Conference – Kenan Thompson’s Al Sharpton impression is too silly to work for viewer, but there can be no doubt that his entrance instantly livened up this rather staid cold opening.  Even though Ebola has rendered Ron Klain a timely public figure, most “SNL” viewers probably have no idea who he is.  Thus, vote-baiting jokes in which Latinos have immunity to Ebola, though kind of clever, could be nothing more than cookie-cutter.  So Sharpton sauntering on to call Klain the “Ebola Caesar” and talk about “pigeons, rats, and sewer monsters” was undoubtedly a welcome blast of energy. C+

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