SNL Digest: Larry David (2/7/16)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Larry David" Episode 1695 -- Pictured: (l-r) Leslie Jones and Larry David on February 2, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Larry David knocks it out of the park in one of the season’s best SNL episodes.

I went into this episode not knowing what to expect – I know of Larry David’s work, but haven’t seen most of it.  His abrasive personality has worked great in cameos as Bernie Sanders earlier this season.  It was pleasantly surprising to see how well SNL brought him into the fold and used the full array of his talents as a comic writer and performer.

What You Missed

Ted Cruz Cold Open

Taran’s Donald Trump impression earlier this season was okay, but his Ted Cruz is excellent (especially after watching about 20 Ted Cruz ads during ad breaks before the show.

Monologue

This is Larry David being Larry David for 5 minutes, which means this is a good monologue.

FBI Firearms Training

Cecily did excellent work here as the trainer, as did the array of performers playing the simulator people.

“Did that guy just say ‘can a bitch get a doughnut’?”

Bern Your Enthusiasm

I think I personally would have found this funnier if I was more familiar with Curb Your Enthusiasm, but this was nicely done.

Steam Ship

This sketch was all about throwing water on Larry David.  Kind of a by the numbers sketch and then BERNIE SANDERS showed up for a fun cameo.

Totino’s Pizza Rolls

This was a nice spiritual sequel to SNL’s last ad for football and Totino’s Pizza Rolls, and then it kept getting weirder and ended perfectly.

Weekend Update


  • SNL’s ability to turn around some quality riffs on the entrance debacle at tonight’s Republican debate was impressive
  • Kate McKinnon was fantastic as Sturdy Barbie.  “Most of her breast is nipple”
  • Jon Rudnitsky giving his pitch to be on Dirty Dancing Live was lovely. “Are you wearing a Patrick Swayze wig?” “Maybe.”
  • The constant promo for Zoolander 2 is getting super annoying

A Superbowl Greeting from Cam Newton and Peyton Manning

This was lovely, even if you’re like me and don’t get the football stuff

Last Call

Kate McKinnon is an MVP for these sketches.

What You Didn’t Miss

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