Larry David Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Press Conference – Aidy Bryant’s impression of Sarah Huckabee Sanders is fantastic. In fact, it’s almost as good as Melissa McCarthy’s impression of Sean Spicer, but since Sanders doesn’t have the same energy as Sanders, it’s not quite as hilarious. Even so, this sketch bouncing back and forth between a music video performance of Demi Lovato’s song “Confident,” likely from inside Sanders’ head as she spouts off garbage without hesitation, was a solid sketch, even if it wasn’t necessarily laugh out loud hilarious.

The Baby Step – I have mixed feelings about this sketch. While the meta approach to the music video parody is an interesting variation on this type of pre-recorded sketch, I’m not sure it’s self-aware enough to really be funny. So much effort was put into the music video portion of the sketch, it’s almost like it was put together earnestly the first time, but wasn’t funny enough in the end. So they added the Larry David interludes to spice it up. That could be completely wrong, but that’s what it felt like.

Paul Manafort’s House – Though there were some technical difficulties at the start of this sketch, it found its groove after the first couple of minutes. Once the sketch headed into the shower, it nailed some solid punchlines. But for me, the best part of this sketch was Melania Trump interacting with the Donald Trump decoy designed exactly like the inflatable autopilot from Airplane!. Honestly, I could have watched that as an entire sketch by itself.

The Worst

New Wife – While this sketch benefited from Larry David in a way, it was also hurt by his presence because it didn’t feel all that dissimilar from any of the other characters he plays (which are usually some iteration of himself). This one in particular didn’t feel too far removed from Kevin Roberts in the FBI Simulator sketch from the first time Larry David hosted. The only thing that made it vaguely enjoyable was Cecily Strong doing great character work and the inexplicable breaking of Larry David towards the end. But otherwise, this sketch was a dud.

The Price is Right Celebrity Edition – While it was nice to see the celebrity edition of a game show expanded to include The Price is Right, this sketch felt like it was trying to bite off more than it can chew. Not only did they throw Miley Cyrus into this sketch all for the purpose of making inside jokes about her dating Liam Hemsworth (who showed up in a cameo), but Alec Baldwin stuck around to play Tony Bennett. Plus, they shoehorned Larry David’s Bernie Sanders impression, but didn’t really make it worth the trouble. Lots of celebrity impressions, not enough good writing.

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