SNL Recap January 18, 2014: Drake

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Interesting fact: That’s So 2 Chainz still holds the record for the Disney show with the most bleeps.

Piers Morgan Live
Opening sketches like these tend to really not quite work out, because there’s no good reason that Chris Christie, A. Rod, and Justin Bieber should all be covered in the same sketch beyond “they would all be covered by a news program.”  There’s no flow to it, just a sense of checking items off a list.  There were some funny moments (“What I lack in journalistic integrity…,” suing Jackie Robinson), but no cohesive whole. C+

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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 14, 2013: John Goodman/Kings of Leon

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If Drunk Uncle says it, I guess we never will be royals.

A Message from the President
This sketch was exemplary of how SNL really hasn’t had much of a satirical edge towards politics lately.  But that wasn’t exactly what this was going for, and you should really judge sketches on what they’re attempting, so that’s what I’ll do.  This was kind of a funny idea, but it was obvious what it was right away, and then it wasn’t anything more.  Doing the “Thriller” dance to mean “thrilled” was amusing, but other than that, not much of note happened. C+

John Goodman’s Monologue
Another musical monologue can be worth it if you do something unusual, and this was somewhat different, indeed different enough to not be predicted.  But it was reminiscent of David Alan Grier singing “let’s get butt naked in the White House,” which this wasn’t as good as. B-

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SNL Recap December 7, 2013: Paul Rudd/One Direction

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The Sound of Music – Live and Condensed
Okay, SNL, you got me.  I was not expecting Dooneese to show up, nor indeed would I have been expecting to like her to show up if I thought she might. B+

Paul Rudd’s Monologue
Interesting to see Paul acknowledge how much he was overshadowed by the previous MG’s.  I guess it really was that obvious.  Oh, and most importantly, David Koechner has finally returned to the SNL stage!  He’s one of the best – if not the best – one-season cast members of all time.  “Why don’t you beat it, Menudo” was fairly well-trod territory, but Will Ferrell delivered it with such conviction. B

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SNL Recap 11/23/13 Josh Hutcherson/Haim

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He had a real peaceful look on his face before he exploded.

Piers Morgan Live
It would have been nice if in addition to showcasing whatever they wanted to showcase what was in the news this week, they also put Taran’s Piers Morgan to greater use. C

Josh Hutcherson’s Monologue
Having seen The Hunger Games made all the beats of this monologue super obvious.  The key party business was interesting, though. C

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SNL Recap 11/16/13 Lady GaGa

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Death, please.

CBC News Toronto
I haven’t been following the Rob Ford circus very closely, so I don’t know how much this sketch was referring to actual moments or not.  Either way, it all felt rather perfunctory.  Where this sketch succeeded was when it fully embraced cheesy “Canadian” humor (a Boxing Day ham), which I guess is acceptable, because Rob Ford’s accent is about as thick as a Canuck’s can get. B-

Lady GaGa’s Monologue
Did they want it to be that obvious how fake the audience interactions were, even considering that it was cast members playing the audience? C+

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SNL Recap 11/2/13 Kerry Washington/Eminem

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But who will play Miley?

Oval Office
Good on SNL for addressing this issue and being essentially clever about it, but it was kind of a catch-22 if the show was going to be the one addressing it.  So Al Sharpton’s assurance that nothing was learned was the only way to end it. B+

Kerry Washington’s Monologue
I didn’t even blink when Bobby called Kerry “Olivia.”  Predictable.  Amusing enough. B-

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SNL Recap October 26, 2013: Edward Norton/Janelle Monáe

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This time they’ll have to arrest me for generosity.

A Message from the Department of Health and Human Services
This was okay, I guess, but it was the same sort of “the Internet is confusing!” jokes that have been going around for the past 20 years, and that was only underscored by the Encarta and AOL gags. C+

Edward Norton’s Monologue
This was well-intentioned, but the good stuff was either small-scale (13-year Method preparation), familiar (training from a veteran host), or incomplete (Miley’s appearance).  Good impressions, though. B-

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SNL Recap October 12, 2013: Bruce Willis/Katy Perry

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NASA Shutdown
Clever and timely, on two counts.  It unfortunately pales in comparison to last week’s “We Did Stop,” but that is a lofty standard.  This solid track record so far suggests there will be plenty of laughs for SNL to wring out of the government shutdown. B+

Bruce Willis’ Monologue
Bizarrely unmemorable.  I guess Bruce REALLY didn’t want to do anything else except play the harmonica, or Bobby REALLY wanted to play with him. C

24-Hour Energy for Dating Actresses
And with an absolutely (purposefully) awful gag, Kyle Mooney sneaks in the best line! B-

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SNL Recap October 5, 2013: Miley Cyrus

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VMA’s Backstage
Some of the lines were perfectly obvious, but the apocalyptic framing device added cleverness. And, boy oh boy, do Vanessa!Miley and Real Miley have quite a nice rapport. B+

Miley Cyrus’s  Monologue
Thank GOD that promise of no twerking turned out to be false. B-

50 Shades of Grey Screen Tests
It looks like Noël Wells is already well on our way to inheriting the prolific impressionist mantle from Phil Hartman and Bill Hader.  But Taran’s Christoph Waltz won this round.  Not as good as the Back to the Future screen tests, but better than Top Gun. B+

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