I can’t say I was surprised at how disappointed I was with last night’s SNL. I’m not a fan of current “Don’t Call Me An It-Girl” It-Girl, Jennifer Lawrence, and I still don’t get the hype about musical guest The Lumineers. They’re one of those bands I’ll keep hearing about until another happening band comes along.
What I did expect where better takes on the two top news stories of the past week, Lance Armstrong‘s revealing interview with Oprah, and promising football player Manti Te’o being exposed as the biggest dummy in the world. The cold open featured Jason Sudeikis as a skeevy and still not that apologetic Armstrong talking to Piers Morgan played by Taran Killam. Bobby Moynihan takes on Te’o, but the best part of this was Kate McKinnon as Jodie Foster, not quite admitting that she is a lesbian.
Thankfully, Lawrence didn’t sing in her monologue, but she did talk about the Golden Globes where her favorite person to meet was the always stonefaced Tommy Lee Jones, played by an excellent Bill Hader. She also took the chance to roast her fellow Oscar nominees.
Calling these the best is a stretch, but they weren’t the worst of the night. “Girlfriend Talk Show” works because of Aidy Bryant‘s self-esteemed challenged character who always gets pissed that her BFF played by Cecily Strong brings another girl onto their show. Here is was Lawrence as some wannabe edgy punk rocker, and here is where I learned that Jennifer barely has range, and this bugged me for the rest of the night. All her characters sounded the same!
“More Hobbit” The jokes are in the titles of the ‘Hobbit’ sequels, like “Hobbits Back N The Hood” and “Sauron: Dead and Loving It.” Then for some odd reason during the Ikea joke, the video messed up. I thought this was a part of the sketch, i’m sure others did too, as if it was a dvd skipping.
“B-108 Morning Show” The loudest morning show ever, and their quiet news reporter. I think this was the only sketch Lawrence was really funny in, missing the last word in her raps but gawd, this girl can’t even put on a good hip-hop accent. Is there such a thing as a “hip-hop accent?”
WU felt a bit short and weak this week. Seth Meyers only had on one guest, the always confused Anthony Crispino and his secondhand news. Bobby tries to deliver the jokes the best he can, a couple land smoothly, but it seems as if he and Seth knew maybe the writers didn’t work all that hard them.
At the start of “50’s Diner” I thought, haven’t they done this before? Then I realized I was thinking of a ‘Mad TV’ sketch. This one had a couple of customers extra excited about visiting a theme diner where the employees insult the customers. Jennifer’s character goes a bit too real, telling them that they’re garbage and insinuating the woman is a slut. I just didn’t see where this had any potential to be funny.
I get what the show was trying to do with “Danielle: A Free European Woman.” It was a parody of all those softcore ‘Emanuelle’ movies that featured a sexually adventurous woman traveling the world. Or at least I think that’s what they were trying to do. It if it was, the audience sure didn’t get it.
Shout out to Mario Barktali!! The orange Crocs on his paws!
Adam Levine will be hosting next week, because I guess Justin Timberlake wasn’t available. There are photos of him shooting with The Lonely Island so we can always look forward to that. Kendrick Lamar will be his musical guest so I hope it’ll be a great show.
Thanks to SNL‘s Official Tumblr and Steph-Was-Here for screencaps.