The Average

Walk-On Role – It says a lot that even the average sketches of the night were still pretty funny, and this was the best of this batch. Elizabeth Banks, Bobby Moynihan and Jay Pharoah sold the hell out of this sketch, but it just felt like there should have been a little more to it. On an average night, this might have been one of the best, but since this was such a good episode all around, this one didn’t hit as hard as it otherwise might have.

Young Ben Carson – Jay Pharoahs Ben Carson is on point, but I feel like maybe this wasn’t quite as raucously hilarious as it could have been because Ben Carson is just such an easy target. Everything his says is simply ridiculous on its own, so you can only make it more funny by getting absolutely insane, and this sketch wasn’t quite on that level. Still, there were some solid laughs to be had here.

The Worst

So Ghetto – The premise for this sketch is funny, and I can’t exactly tell you why it didn’t feel quite right, but something felt awkward. There’s a part of me that feels like Leslie Jones being in this sketch would have upped the ante, especially since she didn’t have much to do in this episode. Maybe if this had time to be polished for an episode of Inside Amy Schumer it would have been better. That Fruit Stripe gum line was really funny though.

Aron’s List – I don’t know if it’s just because this happened right after the somber, sweet opening and a lighthearted monologue, but was a little too dark and edgy to throw on right at the beginning of the show. There’s just something about it that feels a little off. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for SNL pushing the envelope and getting a little twisted, but this effort just didn’t work.

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