Matt Damon Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Oscars Host Auditions – It’s another one of those sketches that features a large array of celebrity impersonations, and this one allows for some that we normally wouldn’t see. Since most of the people auditioning for Oscars host are comedians, there are some great parodies of comics here like Michelle Wolf, Hannah Gadsby, and even an awesome impression of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel by Cecily Strong. It did feel a little lazy here and there though, so that kept it from being truly great.

Christmas Ornaments – Even though there were some technical difficulties with getting the right shot at certain points during the live airing of this sketch, the premise is a funny one. And man, do I wish that promotional Good Will Hunting ornament was a real thing that was sent out during Oscar season back in 1997.

Cop Christmas – Even though this sketch isn’t exactly laugh out loud funny, the faux sweetness between these cops busting each others’ balls was still pretty charming. Honestly, I think it would have been better if they took their treatment of Pauly to a more extreme level and made it outlandish. That would have made the charm that much more effective, in my opinion.

The Worst

Happy Christmas, Britain – In an attempt to be very British, this sketch doesn’t really succeed. Even though Matt Damon looks great as David Cameron, and Kate McKinnon is on point as Prime Minister Theresa May, this just felt weak all around. A very poor use of the talk show format too.

Jingle Bells – The audience seemed to mostly be laughing at the fast-paced rendition of “Jingle Bells,” but it’s a very famous version of the song by Barbra Streisand. Maybe it was Cecily Strong’s energetic presence that made it funnier than it otherwise would have been, but this sketch failed, especially since this format of a sketch has been done so much better with other duos.

Westminster Daddy Show – Here’s a great example of a great premise wasted by bad execution. Even though the energy and style of the Westminster Dog Show is being perfectly parodied in this weird rendition, it just didn’t land with me. The surprise twist of bringing Matt Damon’s character into play was a nice try, but it wasn’t enough to redeem the sketch for me.

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