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Weekend Update

There was plenty for Colin Jost and Michael Che to tackle this week, and though it wasn’t one of their better segments behind the desk, it was much better than everything else on Saturday Night Live this week. However, Weekend Update stumbled a bit with the inclusion of Leslie Jones as Omarosa Manigault Newman. There was nothing particularly funny about her appearance in both Weekend Update and the cold open.

What was disappointing though was how short Weekend Update was this time. I’m willing to bet it was because of the extended Foo Fighters Christmas medley, but that’s disappointing when you consider just how many awful or average sketches could have been cut in favor of some more time for Weekend Update.

Guy Who Just Bought a Boat on Christmas – Though initially this character’s schtick referencing the inadequacy of his manhood wore out its welcome pretty quickly, I will say that the part of this character who abbreviates words all the time and puts together some tongue twister level phrases makes for some decent comedy. He’s far from my favorite Weekend Update character, but he’s all right for now.

The Host

Kevin Hart had a lot to be excited about in his monologue, but this episode did not go well for him at all. Hart didn’t feel like he was on his game at all. Some of it wasn’t his fault, since it seemed like the writers of SNL weren’t on their game either, but even Hart’s monologue was a letdown. Not only did this material feel like it hadn’t yet been tried out on an audience, almost like an open mic, but his material was surprisingly chauvinistic. Sure, there’s a place for comedy like this and a way to make it work, but this felt thoughtless and tone deaf.

The MVP

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Foo Fighters – That’s right. This was not a night for great comedy from anyone at Saturday Night Live, and the most satisfied I felt during this episode was when Foo Fighters were on stage. Even their bumpers when SNL came back from commercial breaks were fantastic.

The Final Word

Well, this was a very disappointing end to 2017 for Saturday Night Live. The first half of this season has been rather average, which is a bummer after how strong SNL was last season. Maybe it’s just because it can be a little hard to laugh about stuff during the difficult time our country is enduring right now. Here’s hoping the holiday break gives the cast and writers a nice break and they can come back with a vengeance in 2018.

We’ll be back with another review after Sam Rockwell hosts on January 13.

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