Posted on Sunday, December 4th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
As the first of three episodes that will close out the end of 2016, Emma Stone hosted Saturday Night Live last night for the third time, and hopefully it’s an indication of a strong finish for the cast, writers and crew of the staple sketch show. A solid episode brought some great sketches, including the return of Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and a cameo from one of the stars of Office Christmas Party, besides the SNL cast members who also star in the movie.
We run through the best and worst sketches of Emma Stone’s Saturday Night Live after the jump.
Wells for Boys – This is just a brilliant sketch. Not only is is a perfect parody of toy commercials, but it’s also a great send-up of suburban families who treat their kids like they’re fragile ceramic dolls. I laughed so hard when Bobby Moynihan asked what the kid was putting in the well and Emma Stone perfectly responded, “A secret,” just like she was in a terrible Lifetime movie.
High School Theater Show – The way the cast plays up the pretentiousness of this high school theater group never gets old. Even though the reactions from Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer weren’t as good as they usually are, this was still one of my favorites of the night.
Film Screening – Oh man, I am so glad Kate McKinnon’s veteran actress character from the season premiere with Margot Robbie has become a recurring one. Debette Goldry’s experiences from classic Hollywood rival the awful hardships that her Russian character Olya Povlatsky has to endure. Her stories from the set with dated chauvinist and sexist behavior are outrageously funny, and the best part is that the rest of the cast has a hard time keeping a straight face.
The Nativity Story – It’s kind of amazing that we’ve never seen a sketch like this done before. Having Mary and Joseph act like a normal modern family after having a baby is a simple, funny idea and it’s executed very well, mostly thanks to how earnest Emma Stone is in her approach to the character.