SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – ALEC BALDWIN / ED SHEERAN

Recap, Saturday Night Live, Television

COLD OPEN: The best and most talked about part of last week’s show is back again; Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer is in the building. Possibly the only person who is capable of upstaging the host of the evening, Alex Baldwin. The sketch has Spicer commenting on various topics like the federal court’s ruling on President Trump’s Muslim ban and Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump’s line, with him doing a mini QVC-like commercial for the fashion line. We get a mini Kate McKinnon cameo with her doing a impression of the newly appointed attorney general Jeff Sessions. If President Trump had a problem with a woman impersonating Spicer, he probably won’t like this. The sketch concluded with Spicer showing off his upgraded podium from being moveable to being on wheels. Oh, and he finally got the timing right on the “Live from New York…” line.

MONOLOGUE: Here for the millionth seventeenth time as host Alec Baldwin is here tonight. Best known of recent months as being the SNL in house Donald Trump, he gets the opportunity to be on the whole night. He’s here to promote his new movie The Boss Baby, which is an animated movie that probably nobody is going to see. Joined by the youngest cast member Pete Davidson, they go through the history of Baldwin’s hosting gigs, the first of which Davidson wasn’t even alive to see. All in all, an okay monologue, but we all know what we’re here to watch.

HAVE TO YOUTUBE: (The People’s Court) After having to wait until after Weekend Update to see Baldwin’s Trump we were ready for this. Inspired by President Trump’s tweet after the federal court denied his travel ban, insisting he will see them in court, SNL made it possible by setting the interaction in The People’s Court. The perfect setting for his preposterous idea, as the sketch said “a TV court for a TV President.” The sketch also included Vladimir Putin as a character witness for Trump. All in all it was not the best Baldwin impression of the season, but it was definitely one of the better sketches of the night.

(Beyonce Ultrasound) On the week it was announced that Beyonce will be having twins, SNL ran with this and set this skit in her ultrasound. With Baldwin as the OB/GYN we witness the unborn babies of Beyonce being none other than Tracy Morgan and Keenan Thompson. It was awesome to see Morgan back on the SNL stage, and with a Destiny’s Child burn included a solid sketch for tonight’s show

(Leslie as Donald Trump) Poking fun of the idea that Baldwin will be doing Donald Trump impressions for the next four years, Leslie Jones wants in on the action. This pre-filmed sketch has Jones inspired by Melissa McCarthy’s impression of the male Sean Spicer that she wants to do a Donald Trump impression of the show. This idea kind of backfires, but you should definitely YouTube it.

WEEKEND UPDATE: Honestly after the monologue the show was kind of slow until the first musical performance, but Weekend Update is here to save the day, hopefully. Jost and Che start off with a recap of the past week of President Trump’s antics, which could really be a whole segment but they cannot spend the whole night bashing the President and his cabinet. Kate McKinnon made an appearance as Elizabeth Warren. They also introduced a new character “The Guy Who Just Bought a Boat” that was just cringy. And for it being the ‘Valentines Day’ episode of the season I’m quite disappointed that Leslie Jones is not there as the relationship expert of the night. A missed opportunity in my opinion, but she was there as one half of a couple who newly tried BDSM a la “Fifty Shades Darker” in which she had major Jimmy Fallon character break moments.

MUSICAL GUEST: This week’s musical guest is Ed Sheeran. Set to release his third studio album ÷ in March tonight he’s here to perform his first two singles off the album live. The first performance “Shape of You” is definitely the more upbeat of the two. Showing off his impressive guitar playing skills, it was a great performance. The second and final song of the evening was “Castle on the Hill.” He played this slower paced song with a faster tempo than the recording, which made the performance more uplifting. The band that accompanied him for the evening was a great addition to this singer-songwriter that usually performs alone. Both of these songs and their performances on tonight’s show just makes us greedy for more songs from him.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW:

“I want one day without a CNN alert that scares the hell out of me” – Cecily Strong

 

March 4

Host – Octavia Spencer

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SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE – Kristen Stewart / Alessia Cara

Review, Saturday Night Live

COLD OPEN: In a wonderful introduction to what we can expect next Saturday, Alec Baldwin is back as President Trump and this week Steve Bannon is also in SNL’s cross fires. Dressed as the grim-reaper we witness as Bannon eggs Trump on in calling various world leaders. We witness the horrendous call between Trump and the Australian Prime Minister, his failed attempt to getting Mexico to pay for the wall, and what Zimbabwe’s leader thinks about the current commander and chief. Pretty solid cold-open, but what else do we expect at this point. Cannot wait to see what a whole episode with this guy will be.

MONOLOGUE: Kristen Stewart is here to host this week! She may have nothing to promote but she’s famous enough that she doesn’t really need to plug anything for people to know who she is. People primary know Stewart from being in the Twilight films, which were the ‘it’ movies back in 2012, and Stewart was Donald Trumps ‘it’ tweeting topic during that time too it seems. In her monologue, Stewart introduces the audience to actual Trump tweets from back in 2012 in which the current President was very invested in Stewart’s then relationship with Robert Pattenson. Yes, it is as ridiculous as it sounds. Why a grown man would be interested in that, who knows? There are so many questions at this point, this one seems pretty low on the list. There’s a small bit at the end where Kate MacKinnon and Aidy Bryant try to seem cool to the too-cool-for-school Stewart, but the best part was the accidental f-bomb from Stewart as she’s kicking off the night 🙂 a great start to the night.

HAVE TO YOUTUBE: (The Press Conference) Not since Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, which was just back in September, has there been a more perfect impression than Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer. This will go down has one of the greatest moments from this season of SNL, I’m calling it now. Acting as the current press secretary, McCarthy perfectly encapsulates Spicer’s frustrated demeanour of trying to convince the press that the past 12 days of the current President’s time in office is completely normal for a president. Completed with props and an also perfect Kate MacKinnon impression of the Secretary of Education, this was the sketch of the night, and might I say the season. Fingers crossed for more McCarthy!

WEEKEND UPDATE: Most of the time, Weekend Update can pick up the slack of the evening’s episode. But tonight, nothing could really top Melissa McCarthy’s cameo. Jost and Che gave it their all though. Continuing the theme of throwing punches at Trump there was also Keenan Thompson as Boston Red Sox’s Big Papi. There was also a cute moment where Jost tried to end the segment early. Oh Jost, McCarthy’s awesomeness was just too much for everyone it seems.

MUSICAL GUEST: This week’s musical guest is Alessia Cara. And for those of you that are not Canadian or didn’t go to Taylor Swift’s concert, she is a singer from Brampton, Ontario. For her first song of the evening she started off with “Scars to Your Beautiful,” it was a nice way to start off the show. The slightly upbeat song was great being accompanied by the band and back up singers. The song allowed her to move around the stage and engage with the audience. For her final song for the night, she lowed down the tempo with “River of Tears,” just her singing from a microphone with a piano backing her up. Two solid performances for this first timer. Honestly most of the time I have no idea who the musical guest is, or usually not really that big of a fan of them, but being a Canadian I like her and her music so this review might be biased.

 BEST LINE FRONT THE SHOW:

“I’m here to swallow gum and take names.”

– Sean Spicer (Melissa McCarthy)

NEXT WEEK:

Host – Alec Baldwin

Musical Guest – Ed Sheeran

SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: LARRY DAVID / THE 1975

Saturday Night Live, Television

The Cold Open: Taren Killian is Ted Cruz after winning the Iowa caucus earlier this week. Describing the highlights and difficulties of being Ted Cruz. And as we’ve discovered it is quite hard to be this unremarkable. Killian makes a hilarious Cruz, but everyone is just waiting for the Bernie Sanders impersonation.

Opening MonologueCurb Your Own Enthusiasm’s Larry David is hosting this week. I don’t think he is promoting anything in particular which is refreshing having a host doesn’t turn the monologue into a plug for their movie, song, TV. show, whatever… What is also refreshing is a monologue without a musical number, which seems to be happening less and less. David comes out of the gate outright saying that we’re going to be “disappointed,” what do we expect? He’s always the guest and never the host. With that, he cannot guarantee a good show, so have little expectations.

Have to Youtube: (Bern Your Enthusiasm) This pre-recorded segment is the perfect combination of what we love about Larry David as Bernie Sanders. Transporting Sanders into Larry’s domain in his television show, we get a better picture of where Sanders lost his handful of votes in the Iowa caucus. It’s just funny. Best line, “what’s two percent?”

Weekend Update: Colin Jost and Micheal Che start the news segment with breaking news, coming right from the Republican debate the happened earlier this evening. As it turn out, Ben Carson cannot walk out onto the stage properly, or at all, even when the stagehand waves him on. Poor Ben Carson. The always-brilliant Kate MacKinnon plays Sturdy Barbie, “My feet can only fit into crocs.” One of the new Barbies Mattel failed to release this week along with other new Barbies. John Rudnitsky comes out as himself stating his dislike for the possibility of a live TV performance of Dirty Dancing with Channing Tatum. Proposing that he himself should be cast, then launching himself into a full Dirty Dancing inspired dance routine. Then the greatest moment ever DEREK ZOOLANDER AND HANSEL!!!!! There really needs to be no other explanation. Derek Zoolander and Hansel cover current politics and it does not really matter if it is funny or not. But it is.

Sketch to Skip: (Superbowl) We know. It is the Superbowl tomorrow. There does not need to be a sketch about it. After delivering Zoolander and Hansel, why subject us to this?

Musical Guest: This week’s musical guest is The 1975. Which after looking them up on Wikipedia it is discovered that they are a British rock band. Their new album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It comes out on February 26 so it makes sense why they are performing. Although classified as a rock band the songs they performed sounded more techno-y then anything else. Larry David along with Bernie Sanders introduced their first song “The Sound.” Their second song of the evening appeared to be the more popular of the two being “Love Me.” Overall it was a good debut, and was nice being exposed to music that may not be familiar to everyone.

Best Line From the Show:

“Regular guy? You’re on SNL.” – Colin Jost

“Literally no one knows that Colin.” – Jon Rudnisky

Next Week: Melissa McCarthy feat. Kanye West