SNL Digest: Russell Crowe (4/9/2016)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Russell Crowe" Episode 1700 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guest Margo Price, host Russell Crowe, and Keenan Thompson on April 7, 2016 -- (Photo by: Dana Edelson/NBC)

For an SNL hosted by Russell Crowe, the show felt…light…on his actual appearance. Margo Price is the musical guest.

For an episode of SNL hosted by Russell Crowe, this certainly felt…light…on his actual performances.  Admittedly, he seems like he maybe has a more limited range than your standard movie star, so maybe he was used in just the right amount.  The rest of the cast more than made up for his deficiencies.

What You Missed

Cold Open: A Message From Hilary Clinton

Kate McKinnon’s Hilary is so wonderfully done, and this is great at covering the week in politics.

Russell Crowe Monologue

I’m shocked that Russell Crowe hasn’t hosted SNL before, given his career (which he sort of covers in his monologue).  He’s so funny!

Preparation H Advanced Gel

Beck Bennett has done this character before, but it’s a good one.

Politics Nation with Al Sharpton

Actual Al Sharpton talking to Keenan’s Al Sharpton about his weight loss elevated this sketch beyond its usual array of malapropisms.

The Henry VIII Experience

This was simple, but surprisingly well done.  Would love to know more on the tech side of this sketch.

Match Finders

“So, you’re just going to walk right into traffic, huh?”

Weekend Update


  • “Ted Cruz, on behalf of all New Yorkers, please don’t come here.”
  • Michael Che on why candidates don’t need to ride the subway was beautiful.
  • DEENIE IS BACK!  “Brussels sprouts are a riot, because they smell like a fart, but they taste like a burp.”
  • Bruce Chandling!  Still not my favorite Update guest.

100 Days In The Jungle

This thinly-veiled Survivor riff was great.  Russell Crowe reminded me of John Goodman here.

Pogie Pepperoni’s

Beck/Kyle follow their own weird muse on stuff like this and it’s fantastic.

Shanice Goodwin: Ninja

This is basically Leslie Jones: Ninja, and I have no problem with that at all.

“Me?  I’m a ninja…and a cashier from Kohl’s.”

Oprah Biopic

Mike O’Brien as Oprah.  That’s the gag.

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