Jason Momoa Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Weekend Update delivered some outstanding one-liners this week, including an amazing reference to Krang’s body suit from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which just goes to show you how the times have changed at SNL with pop culture references skewing into the 90s. But aside from that, this was just a good round of jokes from Colin Jost and Michael Che.

Travel Expert Carrie Krum – In what seems to be an adequate replacement for Vanessa Bayer’s Jacob the Bat Mitzvah Boy, Aidy Bryant brings a young character to the Weekend Update desk with some vacation tips. Unfortunately, all her vacation tips are centered around her small personal experience and involve a lot of her cousins (who are boys!). It’s such a cute character, but if it’s meant to be recurring, I feel like it will have diminishing returns. But then again, there’s a lot of inspiration that can come from the various vacations people went on as kids, so maybe it could be a new staple.

Michael Che on Bidets – This was a fun change of pace, and it reminded us how good Colin Jost and Michael Che can be when they mess around with each other. Che switches sides of the desk in a clumsy way to chime in on bidets. He even makes a great meta reference to how Leslie Jones yells at Colin during her segments. I wish stuff like this happened more often.

The Host

When Jason Momoa strolled out onto the main stage at Studio 8H in pink pants and bare feet, I knew he was going to be amazing. While he was clearly excited and nervous all at once, he didn’t let that stop him from having one hell of a good time during the show. He threw himself into each and every sketch and really showed off his skills, both in character work and physical comedy. He’s the kind of host that should be welcomed back all the time, and I can’t wait to see him return in the future.

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Alex Moffat and Mikey Day

Mikey Day & Alex Moffat – Not only do these two continue to be great as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, but throughout the night, they did great character work, especially in Day of the Dorks and Elf on the Shelf. Mikey Day had a little bit of an edge over Alex Moffat since he was in more of the sketches, but they were both so great together in the cold open that I couldn’t help but give them both the title this week.

The Final Word

This episode sets the bar reasonably high for the Christmas episode, the last episode of 2018, to deliver next week. Jason Momoa brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the show that it’s going to be hard to top. But if anyone can do it, it’s next week’s host Matt Damon, especially if the episode brings the usual guest stars who tend to pop up during the holiday episode before Christmas. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

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