Seth Meyers Hosted Saturday Night live

Weekend Update

Colin Jost and Michael Che felt pretty lively tonight, and maybe it’s because they knew they were going to be joined by Seth Meyers later in the segment (spoiler alert). This week’s headline’s were ripe for mockery

Goop Staffer Baskin Johns – This feels like such a one-note Weekend Update bit, and I’m not sure why it went on for so long. Sure, Heidi Gardner is great with characters like this, but it can only be funny for so long. I could have used much more of Michael Che doing his version of the character’s voice too.

Really!?! with Seth Meyers, Colin Jost and Michael Che – Of course Seth Meyers had to come back to the Weekend Update desk, and reviving his old “Really!?!” segment that he used to do during his own Weekend Update segments was great. What made it even better is how they used the titular, incredulous recurring line and used it as a way to interact with each other. That was a nice touch.

The Host

When Seth Meyers was a cast member on SNL, he didn’t have any memorable characters, but instead let his talents shine as a writer and Weekend Update host. So having him host was always going to be interesting in one way or another. In this case, it seemed odd to have him jump into character roles where he wasn’t playing his usual sarcastic, straight man kind of person. But where he was required to do what he used to do best, that’s where it felt good to have Seth Meyers back. Plus, his monologue allowed him to stretch those late night and stand-up legs of his, which is always welcome.

The MVP

Saturday Night Live - Kenan Thompson as Bill Cosby

Kenan Thompson – Man, Kenan was on fire tonight. Not only was Bill Cosby the best sketch of the night, but he was a lively presence throughout most of the evening. His role in the cold open brought the right addition to a sketch that otherwise might have been far less entertaining, and even the less than stellar musical sketch was kept from being downright awful simply because of his endless energy. It’s going to be a real bummer whenever Kenan Thompson chooses to leave the show.

The Final Word

Seth Meyers was never a standout cast member until he came to the Weekend Update desk, so having him blend back in with the cast of SNL while letting everyone else do the heavy lifting was the smart thing to do. Character work isn’t Seth Meyers’ strong suit, and I’m glad he was able to get back behind the Weekend Update desk to liven things up a bit. It’s just a shame we didn’t get any returning cast members to join him this time. Also, no Paul Simon in the sketches? That’s a shame.

We’ll be back in a couple weeks after Jonah Hill hosts the November 3 episode.

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