Rachel Brosnahan Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che must have had a nice break over the holidays, because they came back relaxed and cool. Their back and forth with each other was fun, especially when it came to Che offering some commentary on Jost’s jokes, and even cracking one at his expense. I can’t say this enough, but I hope they keep this kind of chemistry up as the rest of the season continues. It won’t happen, but we can dream, can’t we?

Senator Elizabeth Warren on Running for President – Kate McKinnon is playing nearly every single significant female figure in the government, and it’s because her work as an impressionist is top notch. This one isn’t quite as fun as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Germany’s Angela Merkel, though I think there’s something to be said about the fact that she almost sounds halfway to a female Harry Caray. We’re bound to be seeing much more of this impression when the next presidential election comes around.

Pete Davidson and John Mulaney Review Clint Eastwood’s The Mule – Oh boy, I would watch a stand-up special with Pete Davidson and John Mulaney riffing on movies so fast. Their presentation of Clint Eastwood’s The Mule is outstanding, and the kind of natural banter they have with each other is better than even the best night that Colin Jost and Michael Che have had during their entire tenure of Weekend Update. This was hilarious, and I hope it happens again at some point.

The Host

Rachel Brosnahan has been fantastic on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, showing her chops at least as a fictional comedian. And when it comes to Saturday Night Live, she clearly has a gift at being the kind of actress who has no problem giving away the spotlight and blending in with the cast of the late night sketch series. It’s a bit of a shame that SNL couldn’t give her more characters to play with, but Brosnahan’s roles throughout the night still felt effortlessly funny, which is a pretty good compliment, especially for a debut host. If she ever returns, I’d love to see her branch out more and actually get a little more goofy.

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Pete Davidson

Pete Davidson – Here’s a guy who has had a rough month, largely thanks to an extremely public break-up and all the vitriol being spewed his way by fans of the pop star he used to date. After worrying fans last year with what seemed like a suicide scare, not only did Davidson come back and make a couple jokes about it, but he seems to be doing much better. Some of that seems to be thanks to John Mulaney, who has been touring with Davidson this winter. Their bit together about The Mule brought some of the biggest laughs of the night, and Davidson was great in pretty much every sketch he was in tonight, even the worse Ken Instagram sketch where he’s a total dimwit. Hopefully he’s working through his struggles much better now and keeps his comedy strong.

The Final World

This was a strong 2019 return for Saturday Night Live, and I hope they can keep the momentum going the rest of the month with James McAvoy rounding out January with a new show. His comedic presence hasn’t been prominent on film, but he has a charismatic and funny presence whenever doing press for whatever movie he’s promoting. Hopefully we’ll get some kind of sketch involving his character The Beast (or The Horde) from Split and Glass, maybe even a cameo from Bruce Willis and/or Samuel L. Jackson.

Unfortunately, this episode won’t be getting a full review here at /Film because yours truly will be in the mountains of Park City, Utah checking out the latest offerings in independent film at the Sundance Film Festival, so stay tuned for all our coverage there coming later this week.

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