Will Ferrell knocks it out of the park in his return to studio 8H as SNL host.
It’s always interesting when a former cast member comes back to host SNL, especially when it’s been a few years since they last hosted. When Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosted a few years ago, it served as an interesting reminder of how the show’s energy and tone for sketches had changed since they were part of the main cast, and Jimmy Fallon’s whole thing no longer works for me. Will Ferrell’s time on the show dates back even further than them, dating back to the mid-90s heyday of the show. It turns out he still fits in well with this cast – there were only a few clunkers among the sketches.
What You Missed
Cold Open: Dubya
I’ve never been happier to see a different presidential impersonation open the show. This feels like a throwback to the old SNL, but in a way that hasn’t always worked when alumni have come back to host.
Leslie Jones does a lovely Edith-from-All-in-the-Family singing voice
This is a wonderfully high concept monologue and I was in tears from laughing at this.
This was very goofy and lasted just long enough.
Applying weird Bravo/Big Brother shooting style to an otherwise normal scene is hilarious.
“I think we got it.”
This did not go where I expected but it’s great.
This is so perfectly pitched.
- Will Ferrell returning as Jacob Silj is great. “BECAUSE I HAVE A DISEASE”
- I got the “teen” part of teen film critic Bailey, but I didn’t get the whole “Youtuber” aspect they set up aside from the mention at the end.
Will Ferrell’s character here looks amazing. Props to the makeup/wig team.
“The bottles have Carla from The Chew on there”
“We are in a post-babe.net moment here and we have to live in it”.
This one didn’t work for me – it needed a little more to the premise.
Chucky Lee Byrd
I smelled exactly what was going to keep happening with these songs and I was not disappointed.
BONUS: Will Ferrel’s SNL Audition
SNL posted this online this week and it’s great to see where a few sketches started.