Claire Foy Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Dad Christmas – This is so accurate that it’s almost more sad than funny. No, I don’t have any experience with Dad Christmas, but I’ve been to the house of plenty of divorced Dads to recognize that Dad Christmas isn’t much different from a regular weekend. Part of me wishes this entire sketch was a music video instead of the halfhearted spoof of “Last Christmas” where the lyrics could have been a little more well-written. It felt kind of lazy, but the sketch was still amusing overall.

HSN – Cecily Strong is great in this sketch, but it does get a little old after awhile and doesn’t haven’t much substance to it. The appearance of Aidy Bryant towards the end spices it up enough to make it funnier, but it comes a little too late. There is something hilarious about Aidy Bryant cruising around on a motorized scooter though.

Netflix Commercial – This Netflix commercial has a lot of ups and downs. It starts off easy and lame by making fun of the overstuffed library the streaming service keeps adding to, but then it takes a clever turn with parodies of shows they have on the way, especially the gritty reboot of Family Matters focusing on a drunk Carl Winslow and the reference to all the fake movies from Entourage, though not all the interludes are that good. It’s still a fun sketch.

Trump Argentina – The presence of Ben Stiller and Fred Armisen spiced this one up a bit, but bringing Alec Baldwin back as Donald Trump continues to have diminishing returns. It’s much better if SNL doesn’t directly try to parody this insanity and does it through a filter like Weekend Update or a Fox News parody instead. But it was a nice touch for them to make another quick reference to Alec Baldwin’s parking spot confrontation again.

The Worst

Good Morning Goomah – It’s difficult to pull off a talk show format without being compared to the classic, best iterations of the familiar sketch comedy format. The problem here is that it’s too close to the likes of Bronx Beat with Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph and even Coffee Talk with Mike Myers as Linda Richman. The character work here is great, and the idea of the talk show being interrupted by the real word around these characters is almost funny, but it feels like something is missing here.

Morning Joe: Wedding – Honestly, I don’t know why this is a recurring sketch. Not only are the impressions of Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough by Kate McKinnona and Alex Moffat not very good, but the recurring gag of them clearly being aroused at inappropriate times by each other isn’t that funny. The guests helped this one feel a little better with Willie Geist (Mikey Day), BBC World News’ Katty Kay (Claire Foy), Rep. Elijah Cummings (Kenan Thompson) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa VillaseƱor), but just isn’t enough to make it worth airing.

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