Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
With her film The Girl on the Train in theaters right now, Emily Blunt hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time last night. Despite a strong start with a presidential debate sketch that topped the season premiere, the rest of the night was chock full of some of the clumsiest, awkward sketches in recent memory. Thankfully, there was a small handful of sketches that brought some big laughs, but most of the night was just a mess.
Let’s run through the best and worst sketches from the Emily Blunt Saturday Night Live episode after the jump
Chonk – Appealing to women with more traditional body types has never been more unappealing. Chonk is easily the worst name you could give any clothing line for women. The hit at the end of “Normal Clothing” for men is a great twist of the knife into clothing companies who feel the need to make a big deal out of selling clothes to normal women like this.
Short Film – I may be a little biased since I’ve lived through dozens of these Q&A sessions following movies, and this is an eerily accurate portrayal of how they go. The crowd is filled with people who worked on the movie, they all get on stage, pass the microphone, offering “insightful” answers to mediocre, uninteresting questions, and that’s just how it is. A short film festival is that much worse. The big payoff of finding out that Emily Blunt is playing herself at the end gave me a big laugh.
Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate – This debate sketch actually turned out to be even better than the first one. That’s probably because the second debate was so much more ridiculous than the first, but the writers of SNL seem to have figured out how to make an already ludicrous candidate like Donald Trump even more over the top. They’re finally just going all in and amplifying the things he says to the max, and it was enough to get the presidential canddiate to bash the show. The Jaws bit was particularly funny, but that Home Alone 2 reference killed me. Meanwhile, they also continue to hit the nail on the head with Hillary Clinton trying to appear relatable and warm.