Weekend Update: Winners/Losers
“Winners/Losers” was more of a tie (sorry), but Seth Meyers is at his best when he’s able to bounce off someone (like in “Really?!?”), so it’s promising to see that he and Cecily Strong are able to pull off a back-and-forth without missing a beat. Even if EVERYONE on Twitter already made the same Nic Cage joke.
Weekend Update: Pat Lynhart
Kate McKinnon is so skilled at going from normal to insane, possibly SNL‘s most skilled since Will Ferrell. Note the way she transforms from tight sweater-wearing soccer mom to I EAT COCAINE FOR BREAKFAST. Excellent, and it’s all thanks to Grand Theft Auto V. Also in “Weekend Update: the return of Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy (same joke, still sold through Vanessa Bayer’s exaggerated expressions) and Shannon Sharpe, as played by a spitting Jay Pharoah. Good to see him have so much material this week.
Pity the person with a social life who only recorded SNL until 1 a.m. Football running late pushed back the episode by nearly 30 minutes, and its usual end point came during “Cheer Squad,” easily one of the most bizarre, awkward sketches outside of the final sketch slot (technically, it was 10-to-1, I guess?) the show has aired in recent seasons. And not the good “Darrell’s House” kind of bizarre, either; no, we’re talking “Top Dog Chef” levels of terrible absurdity. Even the camera operators had trouble comprehending what the hell was going on — there was a notable technical glitch midway through, where you could see the cast being outfitted with suspension cables. I’m still trying to figure out what Cheer Squad” was, and nope, got nothing. R.I.P. moon.
What seemed like it was going to be a groaner turned into the best sketch of the season. Simple, flawless, and full of instantly quotable non sequiturs, like “Jeff Dunham’s puppets are in studio. Jeff Dunham is not. Let’s see how funny those puppets really are,” “”He’s a helicopter, he’s a machine gun, he’s a bigot. Racist foley artist Bill Space is here to make funny sounds and some awful comments,” and “Get on your camel or significant other,’ cause it’s Hump Day.” (Never forget, or do.) Long live Bitch Fantastic.
Do not give Vanessa Bayer a loud, insufferable, unable-to-see-the-joke character that would have gone to Kristen Wiig if she were still on the show, SNL. Please. Just…no.
Miley Sex Tape
Included as an excuse to write: MILEY SEX TAPE MILEY SEX TAPE MILEY SEX TAPE. Oh, hey, Google pervert.
“Wrecking Ball”/”We Can’t Stop”
OK, WE GET IT, Miley: you’re actually talented. STOP RUBBING IT IN OUR FACES.
I want more like this!
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