Amy Schumer Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Even though most of the Mother’s Day episode of SNL this weekend abandoned a lot of the political satire in favor of more mother centric jokes, Weekend Update still brought the heat to some of the nonsense happening in Washington DC. But even Michael Che and Colin Jost seemed to hold back a little more than they otherwise would. Still, there were some solid one-liners, and I think the more silly jokes were the ones that shined brightest this time.

Bailey Gismert on Summer Movies – Heidi Gardner is a fantastic cast member, and she brings these outstanding characters to the show all the time. But they don’t always seem to fit in the box to which they’re assigned. This character seems to be one of her best yet though. Bailey Gismert being this flighty teenage girl who wanders in and out of relevant topics as a YouTube movie critic is a skewering of both teen culture and online video criticism, which is a joke in and of itself.

Michael Che’s Stepmom – In what likely is a consolation prize for Melissa McCarthy not being able to host another episode of SNL before the season is out (not to mention promoting her new comedy Life of the Part), the comedian stopped by for a surprise cameo on Weekend Update. This time she plays Michael Che’s stepmom, who couldn’t by prouder of her boy, but can’t stop being a total goober during the segment. Honestly, it was one of the funniest things from this episode.

The Host

Since Amy Schumer is a seasoned comedian, of course her monologue was going to be great, because it’s just material from her own stand-up career. She has some great new stuff about being recently married and how that changes her act a bit and continues from there. Ever since Schumer became an extremely successful comedian, she’s gotten a lot of flak, but it really seems undeserved. She’s good at what she does, and this monologue is more evidence of that.

The MVP

Melissa McCarthy on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

Melissa McCarthy – Though there were some funny sketches in this episode, most of them were fairly middling without any clear breakout cast member. But Melissa McCarthy really livened up Weekend Update with her extended appearance, and this single segment was one of the best things on SNL. I just continue to wish that McCarthy’s movies could be as funny as she is as a sketch comedian.

The Final Word

It was always going to be hard for this episode to live up to the quality that Donald Glover brought with last weekend’s episode. But this wasn’t a terrible episode. After all, there was only one sketch that didn’t work for me, and the average sketches were solid too. Hopefully the cast and crew have saved enough energy for the season finale with host Tina Fey next weekend.

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