Posted on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Last night brought another first-time Saturday Night Live host to Studio 8H with Hamilton co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage. As expected, there were plenty of musical jokes to be made (including an incredible opening monologue rap from our host), but the episode turned out to be rather average, despite the presence of some fantastic sketches throughout the night. There were even two surprise special guests at the Weekend Update desk.
Get our full recap and review of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.
Stranger Things – Since we already featured this as a breakout from the rest of the sketches, you know I loved it. And as one of the later sketches of the night in an episode that was just average all around, I was happy to see this Stranger Things send-up bring some big laughs. Using Leslie Jones and Kenan Thompson as Lucas’ unseen parents made for some great comedy, and their reaction when the chief shows up was perfect. Also, Melissa Villaseñor could give Kate McKinnon a run for her money on the impression front this season, because her turn as Winona Ryder from the show was right on the money.
Diego Calls His Mom – This sketch was actually more touching than it was funny, but that’s why I think it’s one of the best of the night. It’s the story of an immigrant who has started a new life in America and finds the charm of even the most mundane and silly things. From marshmallow salad to fireworks in a pick-up truck, Diego is someone who is just happy to be part of this American lifestyle. Again, it wasn’t something that was raucously hilarious, but it was a great short film with some solid satire throughout.
A Day Off – Here’s another impression that Kate McKinnon nails perfectly, and it’s also a fantastic pre-recorded sketch shining a light on how crazy life must be as Donald Trump’s campaign manager. Kellyanne Conway is pretty ridiculous on her own, but having her as a character just admit that Donald Trump is the worst feels like something that needs to happen in real life.