Paul Rudd Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Leslie & Kyle – It’s been awhile since we’ve gotten a good follow-up on the saga between Leslie Jones and Kyle Mooney. What’s interesting about this one is that it adds another layer to those sketches by having them talk about making those sketches and then actually falling in love. It’s actually more charming at first than it is funny, but then the dream sequence begins, and it gets so silly, and then it gets really raunchy. Really raunchy.

Music Box – While the premise of a fancy ballerina music box song being about farting is just silly enough to be amusing, this sketch doesn’t inspire an immense amount of laughter. Plus, the ending feels slapped on and forced because they couldn’t figure out any other way to end the sketch. But whatever voice that Paul Rudd is putting on makes his usual voice unrecognizable.

Ouija – This sketch was actually kind of adorable. I love the idea of this demon that some teenage girls summoned going through the same trials and tribulations of just trying to fit in. It almost makes me want to see an animated series for kids based on that premise (though surely that wouldn’t fly with today’s parents. Paul Rudd’s awkward father character adds a layer of laughs too, even if this sketch wasn’t absolutely hilarious.

The Worst

The View: Pete Buttigieg – This portrayal of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who hails from just a half hour away from me, is top notch, but it doesn’t incite much laughter. Sure, it’s funnier than any of the other timely political humor that SNL did, including this episode, but that’s not saying much. I wish Aidy Bryant as Meghan McCain got more time, because more of her panicked and desperate impression of that ridiculous woman could have made this much better.

Don’t Stop Me Now -Well, since this is the last episode of the season, of course Alec Baldwin had to return as Donald Trump. Maybe they should have slowed the tempo of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” for this bit, because it seemed like the lyrics were a little rushed and the cast had some trouble keeping up. That’s bound to happen when trying to do a live musical parody on a show where everything comes together right up until the last minute. But it also didn’t help that this sketch was just more true to life and upsetting than funny. The world sucks too much to laugh at some of this nonsense.

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