SNL Digest: Natalie Portman (2/3)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1738 "Natalie Portman" -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Portman, Leslie Jones during the opening monologue in Studio 8H on Saturday, February 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

Natalie Portman brings energy to the last SNL before the Olympics start up.

Natalie Portman last hosted SNL in the mid 2000s, back in the height of the “SNL Digital Short” era.  A lot has changed since then!  Like almost, if not all of, the cast, and the writing team, etc., etc.  She’s got a new movie out though, so it’s time to see if she’s still got it when it comes to live sketch comedy.

What You Missed

Fox And Friends

“We love the show, it’s playing at full volume every meeting.”

I miss Bobby Moynihan’s Brian Kilmeade.  I wish I missed Alec’s Trump.

Monologue

Riffing on the upcoming Olympics was a smart move here!

Revolutionary War

RACHEL DRATCH IS HERE and amazing.  Also the Dunkin Donuts man’s pink vest was a nice touch.

TINA FEY as head of Philadelphia is also nicely cast here

Stranger Things 3

This was a one-joke sketch that was mostly meh but the chili joke was good and so was Leslie Jones

Natalie’s 2nd Rap

This was great and references about 5 things at once, rap-wise.

Weekend Update

  • Michael Che running down the memo was great
  • “Aw, look, he’s doing human stuff”
  • Cecily and Kate as Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot was delightful
  • Pete Davidson got a little ramble-y this time around
  • No one has ever used the phrase “oh good, a bird’s inside”
  • It’s Willie!  I do not understand how this character is still a recurring bit!

Alien Lover

This is a very dumb idea executed to perfection by Beck and Natalie.

Kids Choice Awards Orange Carpet

There are a lot of wonderful, small moments in this sketch. And a very silly vocal effect.

First Lady Chat

This kind of went nowhere?

Bunny

Aidy had me at “I’m doing a whiskey milk, neat”, but the rest was kind of meh

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