Adam Driver - Saturday Night Live

The Average

Porn Doctor – Well, after debuting during Amy Schumer’s episode of SNL, this is officially a recurring sketch, and I have to say that I dig it. This time it wasn’t quite as funny as the first one, but I still laughed a decent amount. Aidy Bryant is just so good at being that innocent, clueless little girl. However, now that this has happened twice, I have a lot of existential questions about the world in which this sketch exists. Is she a normal person in a world full of porn scenes? Or does she just have bad luck? The 80s filter to make this a vintage porn doesn’t help to clear things up.

Awareness Seminar – This is a really funny concept, but it felt like it was missing something. Maybe that’s because the description of the social puppeteering pranks would be awesome to see executed instead of just being talked about. Plus, the ending for this didn’t line up with the style of the rest of the sketch, making it seem like the writers didn’t really know how to end it.

The Worst

NFL Playoff Game – This sketch was mildly amusing at first, if only because of how silly Pete Davidson looked every time he fell with those awkward breaking legs. But then the gag ran its course, and the commentary on how silly our obsession with football and the brutality involved just got lost in the mediocre comedy.

Aladdin – This is a simple idea that could have worked back in the 90s (it feels like it was made back then), but just falls flat here. It’s a dumb sketch, and while that can sometimes work out for some laughs, some technical issues made it fumble even more than it otherwise might have.

Republican Debate Cold Open – All right, so Donald Trump will be played by Darrell Hammond as long as Ted Cruz is in the presidential race for Taran Killam to play. That’s fine. But what’s not fine is how unfunny these sketches are. And I’ve said this plenty of times before, but you can’t make these debates funnier than they already are in real life without getting completely ridiculous. Case in point, the Chris Christie exit number. Also, that Marco Rubio joke seemed like a bit of an endorsement from SNL for being the only viable, realistic GOP presidential candidate.

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