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Saturday Night Live - Season 44
#36
Musical guest coming up...the Muller cold open was good until Deniro couldn’t read the cue card. Elf on the Shelf, the men’s appliances and Them Trumps were good.

But good god was the GoT sketch aweful. That was just truely terrible.
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#37
The hide and seek bit really tickled me. And the sleigh ride wasn’t bad, but asking Jason Momoa to step directly into the Rock’s shadow just seems cruel.
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#38
Yeah, I like Momoa well enough but he’s off brand Diet Rock Zero at best.
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#39
The hide and seek sketch was the highlight for me, as was Aidy's new correspondent character.  Game of Thrones should've been a slam dunk, but man did they whiff that, especially the usually reliable McKinnon not pulling off Joffrey.  See also Deniro's Mueller being nothing more than an obligatory recognition applause followed by a botched performance.
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#40
I think Momoa is the 3rd guy to do that sleigh sketch. I wanna say Brolin did it too. Yeah, hide and seek was a good bit. Pretty much everything else after update was meh. That Scrooge sketch was just bizarre.

I do really like the impressions of Don Jr. and Eric.
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#41
They did the Gemma sketch with the Rock twice.  Third was Cumberbatch.  May have been one with Louis CK according to the avclub, but couldn't find it.
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#42
I will say though, for all the crap I talked about Pete Davidson this season, his evil Rudolph turn was the first time he made me laugh playing an actual character in a real sketch.
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#43
"WELL WELL WELL."
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#44
Pretty meh episode. Liked the cold open, the Weezer sketch and the “never before seen jokes” from the end of update. The back of tree sketch was clever but went a little long.

The censors had to be gripping during the first musical performance, Miley had a few close calls. I liked her first song but the “Happy Christmas” cover was terrible.
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#45
I got the feeling she was legitimately hoping for a wardrobe malfunction in either one or both performances.
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#46
I thought that was the best episode of the season thus far, which isn't saying much.

The Weezer sketch was the hardest this show's had me laughing in a good while.

EDIT: I was happy to see Pete Davidson introducing Cyrus and Ronson at the end after his Instagram post.
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#47
(12-05-2018, 12:23 AM)schwartz Wrote: Dick In A Box and Steve Martin's Christmas Wishes will never not be funny.  I'm also of the opinion that the deadpan shuffle that Tracy Morgan does during that dumbass Christmas song with Sanz and Kattan is the funniest thing he ever did on the show (give or take the Former Porn Stars sketch), and Girl you Wish You Hadn't Started A Conversation With At A Party is one of the most underrated Update characters.  Surprised but not disappointed they included her over a Drunk Uncle.

When we were watching It's A Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, it occurred to me what a travesty it was that the SNL special found room for 4-5 lukewarm musical numbers but didn't include this:



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#48
Pretty sure they put Pete Davidson in every sketch last night.

It was meh.
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#49
I did enjoy the rundown of The Mule.
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#50
I really enjoyed the Mulaney/Davidson segment.  The rest was solid enough.  I did not care for the off key Led Zeppelin/Rush cosplayers who don't know when they've overstayed their welcome as musical guest, though.
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#51
Broshanhan was surprisingly mediocre, consdiering how incredible and energetic she is on Ms. Maisel. And they had plenty of time to write for her, so I don't know what the excuse was. And technically, the show was a mess, with chyrons showing up off cue, flat out incorrect, and a stretch of actual dead air in a taped segment.

Did love the Millenial/Boomer game show, though, and Mulaney's bit on The Mule.
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#52
Agreed on the Mule stuff in update being good. And I appreciate the utter ridiculousness of the names sketch. But...meh.
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#53
My favorite sketch was the parents with broken limbs. Them Trumps was kinda funny too. The rest...meh. And for some reason Update seemed really long.
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#54
Che's improvised line after Villasenor's Gaga was great.  "I'm supposed to tell a joke after that?"  They finally let her cut loose.

And while I know nothing about Halsey, and she was probably just tracing pre drawn lines, that second number was an awesome performance piece.
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#55
Tonight’s show was just all around terrible.
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#56
The cake sketch was fine.
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#57
Tonight might have been the most enjoyable episode of the entire season. Only 2 real duds (IMO).

Loved Hadar in the cold open and game show sketch. The dance sketch was actually really sneaky good and the bodega bathroom, while a bit long, was well done.
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#58
Yeah I caught that game show sketch and was literally dying throughout the whole thing.

"Why I wouldn't say anything...

I'd listen."

*INSTANT APPLAUSE*
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#59
If I'm Lorne Michaels, I'm thinking that it's time to groom John Mulaney to helm the show when I retire.
I've seen so many good people in my life that I've almost lost my faith in the wickedness of humankind.

--Will Durant
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#61
(03-07-2019, 03:03 PM)frankcobretti Wrote: If I'm Lorne Michaels, I'm thinking that it's time to groom John Mulaney to helm the show when I retire.

That's a really good idea.  Mulaney has been the best host of recent years, and its because you can feel his influence in the writer's room.  The premises are odder but still perfectly understandable, and the writing far less flabby, when he is around.
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#62
(03-07-2019, 03:03 PM)frankcobretti Wrote: If I'm Lorne Michaels, I'm thinking that it's time to groom John Mulaney to helm the show when I retire.

That's a really good idea.  Mulaney has been the best host of recent years, and its because you can feel his influence in the writer's room as well as in the performance.  The premises are odder but still perfectly understandable, and the writing far less flabby, when he is around.
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#63
He'd also probably steer away from their political stuff which has been perfectly dreadful lately.
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#64
Lorne is so singular, though. Who has that kind of institutional memory? He's going to die in that job without a successor, and then all bets are off.
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#65
I wasn't suggesting that Lorne needed to go, just that eventually he will and Mulaney is as good a successor as I can think of.
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#66
I dunno, I’ve always seen Tina Fey as the heir.
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#67
I'd be into that too.
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#68
(03-07-2019, 09:10 PM)Paul755 Wrote: I dunno, I’ve always seen Tina Fey as the heir.

I agree but I doubt she wants it.
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#69
(03-07-2019, 09:10 PM)Paul755 Wrote: I dunno, I’ve always seen Tina Fey as the heir.

I'd be down for that.  She has an excellent track record as a writer, performer, and showrunner.
I've seen so many good people in my life that I've almost lost my faith in the wickedness of humankind.

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#70
I wasn't suggesting that Lorne needs to go either, just that one of the things he has that nobody else does is that he's been around, for the most part, since the beginning, and that is going to be exceptionally hard to replace or recreate. You would almost need an "SNL historian" on staff after Lorne.

I don't think Mulaney would do it, but as someone who can craft an immaculate joke, he's pound for pound one of the best. And I think if you paired him with someone like Hader, who does have that in-depth knowledge of the history of the show, that could be magic.

But that will never happen.
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