Kumail Nanjiani Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Holy shit, Weekend Update was incredible tonight. Colin Jost and Michael Che were not pulling any punches with Harvey Weinstein this week, and they really laid into Donald Trump this week to. Their attitude was almost aggressive in their delivery, which made these jokes work even better in execution. This season so far, Che and Jost have a newfound confidence that has made Weekend Update shine, even when the episodes as a whole don’t deliver the best sketches.

Ivana Trump – Cecily Strong has now played two of Donald Trump’s wives, and now I hope she ends up playing Ivanka Trump at some point to make it a trifecta. Strong was outstanding in this Weekend Update appearance, especially when she starts eating that Ferrero Rocher chocolate. This was a nice reminder that Cecily Strong is every bit as good of a performer as Kate McKinnon, she just needs the right character to show off her talents.

The Host

It should come as no surprise that Kumail Nanjiani delivered an outstanding monologue. The introduction of it was a little weird as the transition from talking about The Big Sick into his stand-up act felt contrived, but Nanjiani didn’t miss a step during any of this. His monologue offered up some hilarious and insightful commentary on the stupid racism that is present in our country right now as only a comedian like Nanjiani can deliver.

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The MVP

Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong – Both of these women brought plenty of laughs throughout the night in various ways. Each delivered amazing impressions, while also showing off their other comedic skills, even when the sketches around them were only average. McKinnon is given plenty of praise, but Strong is sometimes forgotten about when her talents are just as remarkable on the series. While McKinnon was in more of the higher quality sketches, Strong still was a bright spot throughout the rest of the episode.

The Final Word

The writing didn’t feel like it was particularly up to snuff to give Kumail Nanjiani the kind of episode he deserved, but it was decent overall. I wish that he was part of more of the sketches that ended up being the best of the night, but that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometime. At the very least, I hope Nanjiani’s profile continues to grow and he’ll get to come back for a second crack at hosting duties.

We’ll be back with another review after Larry David returns to host on November 4 with musical guest Miley Cyrus.

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