The reason Cecily Strong was anointed to be the first female Weekend Update anchor since Tina Fey and Amy Poehler is because of the instant rapport she had with Seth Meyers with Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party. They bounce off each other very well, and in her co-host debut, Strong laid on the voices a little thick, but otherwise did a presentable job, with good timing and a weird admiration for OJ Simpson. There were also two characters: Kyle Mooney’s Bruce Chandling, who could be Fred Armisen Anti-Humor Character #45 (not a good thing), and, of course, a particularly prickly Drunk Uncle, with special guest, Meth Nephew.
You know: they lost me with the set up, brought me back with the wonky-eyed bear, and won me over with the squirrel dressed as a basketball. “Cinema Classics” was the requisite “Awful Thing That I Actually Enjoyed Because It’s 12:15 a.m. And I’ve Got a Flight to Catch at 6 a.m. And That Squirrel Thinks He’s People” sketch.
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And the leader in the New SNL Cast Member Power Rankings is: Mike O’Brien, thanks to his performance as a “crazy” car salesman from the black-and-white past with a literally crazy wife. Tina’s empty, dark reading of lines like, “I gave all my babies to the well” was superb, too. Blerta’s American ancestor?
The ex-porn stars are my favorite recurring characters since Vance and Stefon, which reminds me: I’m pretty sure I saw Stefon at the Glass Blumpkin last night. Did someone say who let the dogs out?
It’s best to close your eyes when Arcade Fire is performing. Don’t look at the “eccentric” pants, or confusing Lone Ranger/Michael Stipe eye makeup, or Régine Chassagne being trapped in a glass case of emotion — just listen to songs like the massive dance-off “Refkletor” (courtesy of James Murphy’s indie-disco production), and enjoy SO hard. (And in case you didn’t watch the post-SNL special, you missed Bono, Ben Stiller, James Franco, Rainn Wilson, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, Aziz Ansari, and Michael Cera.)
I want more like this!
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