Sterling K. Brown Hosted Saturday Night Live

Weekend Update

Michael Che and Colin Jost got more groans in this edition than they have before, but they were for some pretty fantastic one-liners. It’s always satisfying when their jokes make each other laugh, even though each of them knows what the other one is going to say.

Eric and Donald Trump Jr. on Chaos in the White House – I will never get sick of Alex Moffat and Mikey Day as Eric and Donald Trump Jr. It’s such an exaggerated mockery of these two brothers, but the way Donald Jr. talks down to the dimwitted Eric, who is so completely stupid and enamored with the simplest things.

Dawn Lazarus on Third Winter Storm – Vanessa Bayer made a surprise stop at SNL for a new weather report due to the impending third weather storm in a short period of time for the Midwest and East coast. This wasn’t quite as funny as the first couple times Bayer did this character, but it was nice for her to come back for a quick sketch.

The Host

Sterling K. Brown made his hosting debut on SNL, and he proved to have the same kind of skill that the likes of Saoirse Ronan and Jessica Chastain did earlier this season. While they may not be seasoned comedians, they bring their acting skills to the table and heighten the comedy by playing it as real and not just trying to get laughs. At times he makes certain sketches a little better, even the bad ones, simply because he’s so earnest on screen. I look forward to him returning as host sometime again in the future.

Cecily Strong - Saturday Night Live

The MVP

Cecily Strong (Honorable Mention: Kenan Thompson) – It was so tough for me to choose, and while Kenan had some of the stronger jokes of the night, especially in the Family Feud episode, it was Cecily Strong who had the more prominent and consistent performance. That cold open especially showed that she can be funny by playing it straight and letting the premise do the heavy lifting while staying true to the emotion of the scene to bring the comedy more strength.

The Final Word

This was certainly better than last weekend’s disappointing Charles Barkley episode, and a return to form for the writers. Hopefully they can keep the momentum going when Bill Hader returns to Studio 8H to host for the second time since his departure from the cast. It’s the St. Patrick’s Day episode too, so that should bring some holiday fun.

We’ll be back with a review after Bill Hader hosts on March 17.

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