SNL dresses up for Halloween this year as an unfunny Jim Carrey movie and gives all of us a rock for our trick-or-treat bags.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later this season. I didn’t like this episode of SNL. I respect Jim Carrey’s specific comedic voice, which is based on a lot of physicality and goofy faces, but it does nothing for me; whether you liked this episode or not probably depends on how much you like his performance in movies like . I remember enjoying his last appearance on the show in 2011 and liking it, so tonight’s dud of a Halloween episode was disappointing.
What You Missed:
Have you seen those weird Lincoln ads with Matthew McConaughey just sort of rambling while he drives in slow motion? SNL has too. The Allstate one was easy to pick up as a hidden Lincoln ad from the start, but Jim Carrey does a surprisingly good McConaughey.
Spooky Graveyard Song
SNL seemed oddly committed to having a Halloween episode this week, although it seems like they could get away with it just as easily next week1. After a few clunkers early in the show, this was right in my comedy sweet spot. I think I just like the idea of casual ghosts.
- This week’s cold open was a dud when it came to finding the humor in the Ebola freakout, but Weekend Update nailed it with their string of jokes.
- “Calling it both ‘unboth’ and ‘distrue'”
- The Romantic comedy Expert skit was better in theory than practice, although Michael Che’s reactions were perfect.
- Similarly perfect: Drunk Uncle’s reaction to meeting Michael.
- “Is this GoPro farm-to-table?”
This was one of the few sketches during the night where I didn’t mind Jim’s overdoing it – it seemed to fit the character here. Cecily also plays a great airhead contestant here.
“and after that we would go to Applebees and eat among the dullards”
Ghosts: Fact or Fiction
I liked this sketch, which had a fairly basic premise, because it had no Jim Carrey and plenty of Leslie Jones, who is now an official cast member! Also, I totally think that’s the same house in the exteriors as the one they used for last season’s Wes Anderson Horror Movie.
Office Costume Contest
Sketch of the night, and because of music licensing, I wasn’t sure it was going to be online today. It started with some great lines about office costumes, then became a scene-stealing performance by Kate McKinnon as the girl from the Chandelier music video. And then it became a dance-off between Kate and Jim that LEFT THE SET and went all over the SNL studio.
Geoff’s Halloween Emporium
I love humor that’s at least partially derived from Midwestern accents like the Wisconsin ones Cecily and Vanessa were sporting here. This was just enough of one of Jim Carrey’s standard overact-y characters, and the role was perfect. A shame more sketches didn’t hold him back like this one.
What You Didn’t Miss:
There’s a lot on this list for once – if you’re more of a Jim Carrey fan, this may have been the episode for you.
- The Ebola cold opener lacked any real specific focus, although it had a few great lines. “I once caught the clap wearing short shorts through the Port Authority”
- Jim Carrey’s monologue was a confusing spectacle. There was a gospel choir assisting Jim Carrey (who dressed like Devil Elvis, or Helvis, for this monologue) in singing a song which appears to be about Pecan Pie. How did this even get past the Wednesday table read. HOW WERE THE WRITERS OKAY WITH THIS. Kudos to Taran, Sasheer, Cecily, Keenan, and Bobby for grinning their way through whatever the hell that was.2
- The Carrey Family Reunion wasn’t horrible, but they did this a few years ago with Christopher Walken and it was ages better then. This mostly just made me remember how many different Jim Carrey movies I haven’t liked. I have NO desire to see the Dumb and Dumber sequel.
- The High School Zombie sketch was really predictable. Pete Davidson did some nice physical work with Jim, though.
- Iggy Azalea performed.
Next week: Chris Rock! PRINCE!