Paul Rudd Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Not only were the headlines really funny in this edition of Weekend Update, but the two had some fun with the last episode of the season by writing jokes for each other that they’ve never seen before. There needs to be more fun interaction like this between these two co-anchors to liven things up. So often it seems so stilted. But the chemistry here is so delightful, and I wish they would just figure out how to make it happen all the time.

Jeanine Pirro on Her Fox News Suspension – Not only is it great to have Cecily Strong back as Jeanine Pirro and all her insanity, but the return of the epic spittake makes it even better. Plus, she uses the full name of Colin Jessica Jost, and gets a whole extra drink to dump on him. Also, calling Michael Che Kenan Thompson is so perfectly racist. It’s so clear Colin is having just as much fun with this as Cecily Strong is, and that’s a big part of what makes it great.

Leslie Jones on Alabama’s Abortion Ban – You don’t want to piss off Leslie Jones, because she will not hold back from ripping into your ass. And with all the nonsense surrounding the ridiculous abortion ban unfolding in Alabama (and other states), she was clearly not having any of it, and she laid into the shitty senators and governor behind these decisions. Women have a choice. Women are people. Politicians do not get to control a woman’s body. Not today. Not ever. Especially if Leslie “Dracarays” Jones has something to say about it.

The Host

Paul Rudd was a delight as always, even if his monologue left a little something to be desired. Though flashing back to some of his moments as host was fun, the concept of him proposing a toast as SNL’s Best Man was a little weird, even if it was also charming. But even so, Paul Rudd was a great host, and he threw himself into every single sketch, bringing the perfect energy and character work. I’ll never get tired of Rudd hosting.

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones – Not only was Leslie hilarious in the latest installment of her ongoing romance with Kyle Mooney, but her Weekend Update bit where she flat out yells at the patriarchy and all the bullshit surrounding these new abortion bans in Alabama (and other states) was absolutely perfect. It has just the right amount of genuine anger mixed with some sharp-tongued comedic commentary.

The Final Word

While the lack of surprise guests, especially for a season finale, was a bit of a disappointment, the episode as a whole was still immensely satisfying. Even Weekend Update worked better than it has in awhile, including the excellent side bits with Cecily Strong and Leslie Jones. Even the worst sketches this evening weren’t among the worst of the season, and that’s always good.

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