SNL Digest: Michael Keaton/Carly Rae Jepson (4/4/15)

Michael Keaton is back hosting SNL with Carly Rae Jepsen as musical guest.

SNL Digest is back!  Sure, the season was back last week with a fantastic episode featuring Dwayne Johnson (better known to you and me as The Rock), but I was busy solving crosswords in Connecticut1.  Now we’re back with Michael Keaton (who’s back in the public eye with the Oscar-winning Birdman) and Carly Rae Jepson.  Can they reach the season-best episode from last week?

What You Missed

CBS Final Four Post-Show

I have been following exactly none of the Final Four this year.  The sudden twist into a press conference where Duke’s coach is actively concerned about a player’s academic progress was hilarious.


This was a nice twist on the musical monologue.  Taran and Bobby did a great job with the song, and the added bit with the pre-recorded footage push this even further over the top for me.

CNN Newsroom

“We were lucky to get the team that did the Dire Straits ‘Money for Nothing’ video in 1985”

CNN’s reenactment technologies are getting ridiculous, you guys.  Adding in Don Lemon at the end was a nice touch, although they didn’t really use Michael Keaton at all.

Prom Queen

Vanessa Bayer did some excellent work as the teacher’s wife here, and the whole twist on the teen movie cliche was nice. Mike O’Brien’s work this season continues to have these really nice small moments.

Easter Hotline

Doing a dating/chat line take on calling your grandma was fantastic.  Sasheer did some excellent hosting work.

Church of Neurotology

This sketch really requires you to have seen the bonkers 80s music video that was partially shown in the Going Clear documentary on HBO last week, but even if you haven’t, it was still great.

Carly Rae Jepsen: “I Really Like You”

I really really really really really really like Carly Rae Jepsen’s new single, you guys.  She’s more than a one-hit wonder (the album “Call Me Maybe” is off of is packed with equally great songs) and has a good ear for the material she chooses to represent her.

Weekend Update

  • “And yes, I know that in this analogy that Netanyahu would probably be disappointed that in this analogy, he’s Mel Gibson”
  • Pete Davidson!  He’s finding a good way to work his previous standup material into the show.  “I’m hunched over and shuffling…because that’s how I walk normally”.
  • Jebediah Atkinson!  I’m slightly confused they’re overusing this character, but I love it all the same.

Smart House

There was a weird stilted quality to the dialogue (particularly from Cecily) that pushed this just over the line from “too weird” to just right.  The various weird “smart” devices with googly eyes while the neighbors react politely in horror was just odd enough for a post-Update sketch.

Easter Candy

SNL keeps doing this creepy dude character with multiple actors (John Malkovich, Edward Norton), and it works for me every time.  This one goes to a dark place real quick.

What You Didn’t Miss

  • The ad executive sketch had its moments, but didn’t really feel that funny to me
  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s second song was not as good as the first one.


  1. seriously.  I was at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, where I did better than ever but was still squarely in the middle of the pack.  I’m coming for you, top 100 solvers!  

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