Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
With all the awards buzz surrounding Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, it should come as no surprise that he ended up hosting Saturday Night Live. But what is surprising is that he hosted the Christmas episode, one that is usually reserved for SNL veterans or huge stars, bringing about an episode full of great sketches and plenty of cameos. Affleck acknowledged this fact in his monologue, but he didn’t do anything to make us feel better about missing out on what could have been one of those great holiday shows.
Sadly, last night’s episode of SNL was a pretty bland, disappointing end to 2016 for the show, and while Casey Affleck wasn’t the worst host, he certainly didn’t help matters any. We recap the best and worst episodes from the Casey Affleck hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump.
Dunkin Donuts – If Casey Affleck could have played an angry Bostonian the entire night, the episode might have been much better, because this sketch was hilarious. The only thing that could have made it better would have been if Ben Affleck or Matt Damon made a Good Will Hunting cameo.
Jingle Barack – In the style of Run-DMC’s holiday rap “Christmas in Hollis,” Kenan Thompson and musical guest Chance the Rapper teamed up to deliver a hip hop tune about President Barack Obama leaving office. The style of the video and the cleverness of the rap lyrics is what makes this stand out, even if it’s not a laugh out loud hilarious as some of the musical sketches SNL has done before. Plus, the real Darryl McDaniels from Run-DMC makes a cameo, so that’s cool.
Hillary Actually – Kate McKinnon’s facial expressions as Hillary Clinton are the comedian’s secret weapon to making this characterization work. And when she does a sketch where the former presidential candidate doesn’t speak, they really shine. Parodying that rather creepy scene from Love Actually, she pleads with an elector to reconsider their vote for Donald Trump, and the content of the cards is damn funny.