Jeremy Renner made a surprisingly good host for ‘SNL,’ showing off some hidden talents and delivering a pretty good show. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him, but this was a case where the writers put a little more effort into his sketches. If only they had did the same for another franchise star, Daniel Craig.
David Petraues and his affairs have been all over the news. It’s especially inexecapable seeing as how Paula Broadwell has been “hiding out” in her hometown of Charlotte and ‘SNL’ poked fun at the scandal in a number of ways. For the Cold Open, Cecily Strong played the writer, presenting the sordid details of her book on C-SPAN, of all places. As she delves deeper into their sex life, everyone leaves except one creeper played by Fred Armisen. This story isn’t going to leave the headlines anytime soon, Fred’s character is pretty much representing all the people who are still paying attention to this mess.
Renner’s monologue started off like many other first time hosts. I’m not completely against singing during the monologues, but it only works if the song is good and funny. Here, Renner takes to the piano to reveal all the parody songs he’s written for the numerous movies he’s been in. Who knew he had that voice in him?
The “Tourism Ad” about going home for Thanksgiving urged you to “visit your childhood home” where you can sleep on bleach stained sheets and watch your dad change a light bulb in his underwear. The holidays are a time for visiting your family, sharing big meals and reminding yourself why you only visit for three days at a time, two times out of the year.
“The Situation Room” again focused on the Petraeus scandal. Cecily Strong opened the show as Paula Broadwell and here plays Jill Kelly in possibly the only footage that the news has of her. Walking out of her house in that ugly, pink dress. The best part of this was Tim Robinson dressed as her during the dramatic reenactment. Because CNN would do something like this, and they’d try to work in a hologram somehow.
“The Stand Off” was weird, but it worked because you could tell they were all committed to the premise. Jeremy along with Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan are in a “Mexican Stand Off,” which seems to popular on tv these days, which starts off in a garage then takes them out into the streets where they meet Adam Levine and even attend a Thanksgiving dinner together. All while pointing their guns at each other.
“Coroner” was the last sketch of the night. These are usually the best but this one ended up being funny if only for Bill Hader tapping at Taran’s “body” while his brother, played by Jeremy, continuously tried to identify it. “He told me he was dead!” was the best delivered line of the night.
WU was pretty solid this week. Seth‘s “Winners and Losers” section paid attention to how cheaters are being affected by the Petraeus scandal. Then Jay Pharaoah made an appearance as Katt Williams, who came to talk about his recent arrest. Jay’s impression was spot on, but it was too obvious that the audience didn’t get it., which made it even funnier when Jay joked about being in front of a white audience.
When Seth introduced “New Jersey Governor Chris Christie!” I was expecting to see Bobby roll out beside Seth and start throwing jokes, but it was actually Chris Christie! The show has been lacking in the real life political figures making appearances, but I wouldn’t put it past Christie to not want to have the chance to portray himself. The fleece thing was a little gross though.
“The Californians” WHY DO THEY KEEP DOING THIS SKETCH?!!!! Granted, Fred’s breaking and Kenan‘s delivery were funny, but I still don’t understand this sketch and I don’t think I want to.
“Movie Set” has Renner playing himself opposite a thick-headed actor played by Jason Sudeikis who looked a lot like Vin Diesel in his bald cap. This probably would have been better if Jason had been playing Diesel.
Maroon 5 and Mr. Levine are no strangers to ‘SNL.’ They hit the stage to perform their singles “One More Night” and “Daylight,” the first performance sounding much better. I’m not sure when they started this wearing one color thing, but I kind of like it. I think?