Jeff’s Wacky SNL Review: Jenna Ortega/The 1975

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One Thousand, Nine Hundred, Seventy-Five Musical Guests! How do you measure music in an episode? (CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot)

The fifteenth episode of the forty-eighth season of Saturday Night Live was hosted by Jenna Ortega with musical guest The 1975. This occurred on my post-birthday weekend, which is good, because I enjoy watching new SNL this time of year. Indeed, I love watching new SNL at any time of the year, including around the anniversary of my birth.

Since Jenna Ortega is one of the current stars of the Scream franchise, I will be reviewing each sketch of this episode in ALL CAPS.


Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 10/14/22

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Decision to Leave (Theaters) – The latest from Park Chan-wook!
Halloween Ends (Theaters and Peacock)
Till (Theaters)

High School Series Premiere (October 14 on Freevee) – Based on the lives of Tegan and Sara!
Whose Line is it Anyway? Season 19 Premiere (October 14 on The CW)
Jeopardy! Second Chance Tournament (October 17-October 28, check local listings) – The inaugural edition of a new tourney!
Documentary Now! Season 4 Premiere (October 19 on IFC) – AKA Season 53.
Inside Amy Schumer Season 5 Premiere (October 20 on Paramount+)

-Brian Eno, ForeverAndEverNoMore
-M.I.A., Mata
-The 1975, Being Funny in a Foreign Language
-Red Hot Chili Peppers, Return of the Dream Canteen
-Tove Lo, Dirt Femme

Jmunney’s Favorite Songs of 2020

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Damn, there were plenty of songs that made me go “Damn” in 2020. Check ’em out below!

1. U.S. Girls, “4 American Dollars”: What can I say, I love a good song about economic enlightenment that you can totally shake your little butt to.
2. Miley Cyrus, “Midnight Sky”: Miley is a rock star for the ages. It’s 100% official.
3. Doja Cat, “Say So”: Pure neon-soaked euphoria.
4. Cannons, “Fire for You”: Listen to the words she’s using: “I was on fire for you.” It feels like that to some of us sometimes, doesn’t it?
5. Dua Lipa, “Don’t Start Now”: Oh wow, that’s a lot of disco in the top 5. It’s back, baby! “Don’t Start Now”? More like “Don’t Stop Ever!”

Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/22/20

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

The Lovebirds (Streaming on Netflix) – Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae finally team up!
AKA Jane Roe (Premieres May 22 on FX) – A documentary portrait of the woman behind Roe v. Wade.

Homecoming Season 2 (May 22 on Amazon) – Now starring Janelle Monáe!
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament (May 25-June 5, check local listings)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 Premiere (May 27 on ABC) – The final season!

-The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form

-Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (May 26 on Netflix)

SNL Recap February 6, 2016: Larry David/The 1975

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SNL: Larry David, The 1975, Kate McKinnon

This review was originally posted on Starpulse in February 2016.

If you want to enjoy life, it is best to keep complaining to a minimum. But if you want to put on a good comedy show, you’re going to want to have some complaints. That is why Larry David is an ideal “SNL” host, even though he is the type of guy who hates hosting anything. That tension of constantly being bothered by the things that he is best at is the stuff that dreams, and memorable television, are made of. The fact that he also looks and sounds exactly like one of the major presidential candidates is just a bonus.

A Message from Ted Cruz – The show kicks off with “SNL” showing perhaps its strongest bite yet in this election cycle, with Taran Killam pulling no punches in his portrayal of Ted Cruz as the most odious human being ever. While this is admirably fearless, it is not the freshest angle. It kind of writes itself, honestly, what with his daughter refusing to hug him and tricking voters into believing that an opponent has dropped out of the race. Framing the greatest challenge of his campaign as overcoming the handicap of “Being Ted Cruz” is a neat enough trick, making for a cold opening that is more clever than surprising. B-