SNL Digest: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars (11/22/14)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Cameron Diaz" Episode 1669 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mark Ronson, Cameron Diaz and Bruno Mars on November 20, 2014 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)
(Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Cameron Diaz sends SNL into Thanksgiving break with the funniest and most consistent episode this season.  Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson keep things funky.

I’m not sure what SNL did in the past few weeks to get its groove back, but between Woody Harrelson’s great work last week and Cameron Diaz’s episode this week, it’s become much more consistent overall than it had been all season up to this point.  Of what we’ve seen so far, I think this was the best (or most consistently funny) episode of the season.  Cameron’s hosted the show multiple times before and provided some of my favorite sketches, including this one from 1998, and she’s got a great sense of comic timing that worked tonight.

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What You Missed:

Cold Open: Schoolhouse Rock

I was already on board from Schoolhouse Rock as a premise, and this nice take on how bills actually happen these days was nice and not overly long (even if the bill falling down the steps was done maybe one time too many).

Monologue

It’s time for a questions monologue!  They bring this chestnut out from time to time, and this one was nice.  Bobby’s quick appearance was great, and the questions basically ending in “I knew it!” was great

Back Home Baller

They made a sequel to last year’s Emmy-nominated2 “(Let’s Do It In My) Twin Bed”, and it’s fantastic and go post it to your Facebook wall now. Andy & co. perfectly nail the best parts of going home for the holidays.

HBO First Look: Annie

LESLIE JONES IN AN ANNIE DRESS!

Vanessa Bayer as White Annie (with the appropriate child overacting tics) was great.  Jay’s Jamie Foxx wasn’t great, but this was short, sweet, and nailed what it was going for.

Nest-spresso

Of the filmed bits this episode (which felt way more heavily used than usual), this was probably my least favorite overall, but had some good moments. The actual product seemed a little out there, but the awkward phrasing is what made this fake ad for me, along with the cup full of bones and complete lack of actual product knowledge.

Experimental Theater Showcase

I love things that make fun of how self-serious experimental theater can get, so I was going to love this sketch from the beginning. The cliche messages the high schoolers think they’re teaching their parents are perfectly executed, plus the parents being confused about why they’re moving the sets so much was great.

“So…which one’s your daughter?” “I’d rather not say”

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk”, “Feel Right”

“Uptown Funk” dropped late last week and is an absolute jam, and “Feel Right” had Mystikal, who I did not realize was still alive and rapping.  I’m very excited to see what else Mark Ronson is doing on Uptown Special based on this, since this was a fantastic live performance.

Weekend Update


  • “Hey Bill Cosby – pull YOUR damn pants up”
  • Kate’s Angela Merkel is always welcome at the desk
  • Taran and Cecily as Charles Manson and his girlfriend were okay, even if the jokes were predictable (though not unhilarious – “We finish each other’s…”””spiderpenis”)

Baby Boss

This was a great twist on Bennett’s Baby Boss character from last year – I had no clue this was a followup until he appeared at the top of the stairs.  Keenan and Sasheer’s reactions were great, as was Cameron’s performance as Mrs. Patterson.

Chris Fitzpatrick

Having unsuccessfully run for student president, Christ Fitzpatrick is back and he’s going to fight Andy Rydell.  Bennett and Kyle fighting without actually hitting each other had me in stitches

Night Murmurs

Another great 10-to-1 sketch.  Cecily, Kate, and Cameron sell this add for a local phone chat line with increasingly weird favors.

What You Didn’t Miss

  • The Animal Hour sketch was okay, but only had one real joke and it ended out of nowhere.
  • Vanessa Bayer’s poetry teacher made another appearance, but I’ve never really loved it 3

We’re back in December with James Franco and Nicki Minaj!

  1. apologies for the poor video quality here – I’m mostly just surprised eBaum’s World still exists  
  2. no, seriously  
  3. although I’m pretty sure I’ve had that sub before.  

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