Weekend Update

As long as Weekend Update has all the nonsense of the impending Donald Trump presidency to poke fun at, this will probably be one of the best segments of the night for the next four years. They have some great jabs at the headlines and all the craziness that ensued recently. My favorite segment is Michael Che’s extended run on the similarities between the police and black people. It feels like a great stand-up bit in the making.

Pete Davidson’s First Impressions – It seems weird to have Pete Davidson come out and do this segment himself rather than just adding it to the cavalcade of political jokes spouted by Colin Jost and Michael Che. But presumably he wrote this himself and it was better to break up the normal Weekend Update format a tad. It was a solid bit by Davidson either way.

Beck Bennett – I don’t know where the hell this came from or why. I think Beck Bennett is very funny, but this was not a good segment. It felt like a last minute addition where someone told Beck Bennett just to wing it.

The Host

While Felicity Jones started rough with a very stilted monologue (it was obvious she was very nervous), she became a little more natural as the night went on. Even at the end of this monologue, she got more comfortable when Tina Fey showed up like a Princess Leia monologue. The monologue even poked fun at the fact that SNL gets reviewed way too much by people like myself, as well as poking fun at the fact that sometimes they don’t know how to end a sketch, and that Kenan Thompson has been on the show forever. Other than that, Jones didn’t really have much to do this episode,

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Mikey Day

Mikey Day – There wasn’t really a big standout from this week’s show, mostly because it was such a bland episode, but seeing Mikey Day’s physical side of comedy was a nice change of pace. It’s always great to see a comedian do something a little more outside of their wheelhouse, and this was especially so with Mikey Day in the Theatre Donor sketch. He’s really come into his stride as a featured player, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as a permanent addition to the cast next season. Additional kudos goes to him for mastering that creepy look on Donald Trump Jr.’s face.

The Final Word

Well, this was certainly a rough start for Saturday Night Live in 2017. But maybe the writers and cast just needed some time to get their bearings again after the holiday break. Aziz Ansari is hosting next week for the first time, so maybe a seasoned comedian who is used to performing live and writing his own material will help liven the place up a bit.

This coming week we’re covering the Sundance Film Festival, so doing a full review of SNL might be tough in the middle of all that. As of now, it’s up in the air as to whether I’ll be able to make it happen, but at the very least, I might be able just to call out the best sketches and leave it at that. We’ll see what happens.

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