Amy Schumer brought her A-game to her SNL hosting debut.
After last week’s mixed performance from Miley Cyrus, I wasn’t too discourage about this week’s episode of SNL. The first show of the season is always a little less polished, so I tend to hold it to a lower standard. With Amy Schumer, though, I expect a little more – she has a very successful sketch show on Comedy Central and is a well-regarded stand-up comedian. Sure, Miley was on Hannah Montana for a number of years, but the Disney system tends to reward volume (of both types) rather than actual quality. With that in mind, I think Amy absolutely knocked it out of the park.
What You Missed:
Cold Open: Fox & Friends
I love this sketch for many reasons:
- Bobby’s wide-eyed simplicity is a delight
- Pete Davidson made a great That One Senator From Idaho Who Won’t Shut Up About Planned Parenthood Selling Baby Parts
- Kate McKinnon’s take on Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was perfectly insane.
“I will smack you upside the head with a transvaginal wand”
- Go look up the list of corrections online.
Monologue: Amy Schumer
When you have a comedian like Chris Rock, Louis CK, or Amy Schumer on SNL, you let them do standup for their monologue.
“A group of women who take the faces they were born with as a light suggestion.”
I was on board with this sketch when it was a terrible “Wannabe” parody AND THEN IT BECAME SO MUCH MORE AND I WAS IN TEARS FROM LAUGHING SO HARD. Unlike last week’s sock hop, this was a high-concept sketch at the top of the show that absolutely worked.
Hot for Teacher 8
Aidy (and later Vanessa) continuing to break down the thin line of situational causality that underlies porn was great the whole way through
This was a bit on the nose, but still very, very good.
- Colin and Michael’s coverage of how ridiculous the gun rights issues in this country are getting shows their great chemistry.
- Solomon was…less than great.
- Colin Jost’s reasoning for why Justin Bieber’s penis should be Speaker of the House was surprisingly well-reasoned.
- Mrs. Santini remains not my favorite
Hands-Free Selfie Stick
Selfie sticks are an abomination that should be banned, but this pre-taped bit was nice, ridiculous, and quick.
I’ve been missing Parks & Rec this year, and this was like a little bit of home. Aidy’s JAN KRANG and Kyle’s Dutch MC were both fantastic.
What You Can Skip:
- The Mary Todd Lincoln re-enactor sketch didn’t really do anything for me. It was a little too broad.
- Neither did the baby shower sketch. I can appreciate the character work here, but I didn’t find it that funny.
- The Weeknd was here too. I liked “I Can’t Feel My Face” more than “The Hills”