Saoirse Ronan Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

While Colin Jost and Michael Che took some decent shots at Donald Trump and Matt Lauer, this particular edition felt a little clunky and stale. There were some good punchlines here and there, but otherwise the duo just didn’t feel like they had a polished line-up of jokes this time.

Theresa May – Though Che and Jost didn’t quite have what it takes to make Weekend Update great this week, Kate McKinnon ended up saving it with another fantastic character. This time, it’s the tame insults of British Prime Minister Theresa May taking the spotlight, and while it wasn’t quite as good as her Angela Merkel, this was still great.

The Duncans on the Kama Sutra – This was an odd duo to bring on Weekend Update, but it was nice to see Leslie Jones fit into a character like this who didn’t require her to yell or be sassy. Pairing her with Mikey Day made it even better, and the names of all those sexual positions along with the diagrams accompanying them sealed the deal.

The Host

Saoirse Ronan may not be known for her comedic chops, but after seeing her on SNL, all I want is to see her star in some kind of comedy. What made her hosting debut on SNL great was that her acting chops made her the most comfortable in each sketch. She really became each character she played and never felt like she was just appearing in sketches for fun, which can be a problem for some dramatic actors who come to SNL for the week. Even more impressive was that she did it without stumbling through any sketches or even breaking character.

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Welcome to Hell

The Women of SNL – Kudos to the female cast members of Saturday Night Live for coming together with that Welcome to Hell sketch to remind us all just how shitty it is for women to merely exist on this planet. They consistently have to be reminded of all the places and things that are dangerous for them to do, all because men can’t be trusted to not be scumbags.

The Final Word

This was a good way to kick off the final trio of episodes of 2017. Saoirse Ronan was a solid host, and the episode overall was pretty good. Political satire still falters, but this has allowed SNL to venture in to other areas, making for some fantastic original sketches with unique premises. Here’s hoping that the next episode with James Franco on December 9 keeps the momentum going.

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