Chris Pine Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Where in the World is Kellyanne Conway? – I was fully expecting this game show to play out like the actual game show from the 1990s, but it just ends up being a long, intricate set-up for the joke that no one wants to find Kellyanne Conway. Sadly, that punchline is a little underwhelming, but SNL deserves plenty of credit for putting together an impressive recreation of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, right down to the old Corporation for Public Broadcasting logo.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Here’s another example of the folks at SNL putting together a flawless recreation of another show. But the premise of the sketch just never really came together to be all that funny. Though Chris Pine and Mikey Day are great at playing a couple of clueless bros who haven’t noticed that anything has changed in this patriarchal society, it wasn’t explicitly hilarious from my perspective.

Chris Pine Hosted Saturday Night Live

Office Meeting – Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer go to war over who gets to have Chris Pine, the hot guy at the office, by lip syncing to Brandy & Monica’s signature tun “The Boy Is Mine.” The physical comedy here by Bayer and Bryan is solid, and when they yell at an interrupting worker in the middle of their routine it’s even better, but it’s a bit of a one-note gag in the end. Though I will say having Chris Pine break into his own rendition of  Sadly this sketch isn’t online due to music rights.

Morning Joe – As dedicated as Alex Moffat and and Kate McKinnon were at playing of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, this cold open still felt like a bit of a stale premise. They heighten the sexual tension between Mika and Joe while their guests just look on in horror. The end of the sketch featuring Alec Baldwin calling in as John Miller, the fake publicist that Donald Trump once pretended to be on a phone call, was a nice touch, but it wasn’t enough to elevate the sketch to being great.

The Worst

Couples Game Night – Cecily Strong and Chris Pine make for a fun musical duo, but this sketch goes on way too long. The joke is that the other couples don’t know the song, while Pine and Strong just keep putting on an exaggerated show. Pine breaking the window and cutting his hand made me laugh, but that was about it.

World Peace Rap – I’m not sure how this didn’t end up being the1 10-to-1 sketch, because it’s weird as hell. Beck Bennett plays a Russian rapper who is trying to get a message out about political issues but can’t seem to stop bring his focus back to porn, which he’s clearly addicted to. The fact that the song keeps coming back to porn is amusing, but something about the sketch just doesn’t come together to create anything comedically remarkable.

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