Sam Rockwell Hosted Saturday Night Live

The Average

Marcus Comes to Dinner – Honestly, this sketch could have been in The Best category, but it didn’t feel like it met its full potential. The premise was funny, but everything felt like it went by too quickly. This almost felt like it was cut down from a much funnier, much better executed sketch. There’s a great ending here and the pieces that make up a great sketch, but it didn’t quite hit the level of greatness that it could have.

Tucci Gang – While I love the idea of Pete Davidson leading a rap called “Tucci Gang” all about how awesome Stanley Tucci is, the rap isn’t nearly as good as the production value of the music video. Sam Rockwell’s dance skills help elevate it, but otherwise, I just wish the lyrics were better. There’s a chance that might be part of the schtick, but if that’s the case, it lessens the comedic effect.

Genetics Lab – Damn it, if the dog was a little more cooperative, this sketch might have been awesome. While there are some laughs that come from the dog’s lack of care or attention to what’s going on, it would have been that much funnier if the dog worked better with the cast. Even so, just the sight of a dog that looks like it has human hands, especially when it’s eating a sandwich, is worth a laugh. Even Mikey Day and Sam Rockwell can’t keep a straight face when they see it.

Morning Joe: Michael Wolff – The presence of Fred Armisen as Michael Wolff and the even bigger surprise of Bill Murray as Steve Bannon made me want to like this sketch so much. And while there were some moments to laugh at for sure, the pacing was a bit off, and the caricatures of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski don’t do much for me.

The Worst

Fashion Panel – The premise of this sketch seems like it has something to say about some of the awkward commentary that has been happening during the red carpet coverage of awards season in the wake of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations. However, it doesn’t appear to be much more than an observation without much more to say in the satire department.

Captain Hook – There’s a nugget of a good sketch in here, but the crossover between the classic style of Peter Pan with references to modern cases of questionable behavior involving young boys really takes you out of it. I get what the writers were trying to do here, but it just didn’t work for me.

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