SNL Digest: Charles Barkley (3/3/18)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1739 Charles Barkley -- Pictured: (l-r) Host Charles Barkley with Aidy Bryant during a promo in 30 Rockefeller Plaza -- (Photo by: Rosalind O'Connor/NBC)

Charles Barkley helps keep the first post-Olympics SNL running smoothly, with musical backup from Migos.

Charles Barkley is hosting SNL for the fourth time!  I have no idea why he was asked – there’s nothing for him to promote, as is usually the case when whatever actor/musician/actor-musician pops by Studio 8H for the week.  On the other hand, this is the first SNL after a month-long break for the Olympics – it’s nice to have a known factor as host when you’re starting the comedy machine up again.  How did he do?

What You Missed:

Cold Open: Anderson Cooper 360

I was so excited we were going to get anything but another round of Alec Baldwin’s Trump, and then this.  Given that Baldwin has said he doesn’t like playing him any more, I would welcome anybody else getting a crack at this.  ANYONE.


Seriously, why is Charles Barkley hosting this week?  This monologue did not do a great job of explaining.

The Grabbies

Woof, this is a heck of a starting premise, y’all.  Placing this on the red carpet was a smart choice.

“Thin sweatpants with no underwear” killed me.

“Happy to be here! Is this a trap?”

Roach Product

This was real bad, y’all.

Homework Hotline

“Well, they lie to me, and the lord will judge them for it”
This had one joke, but it found new ways to be fresh and ended at about the right place.

The Champions

Oh, hey, actual A-Rod! As soon as Keenan’s character was announced, I figured this was going to be about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and I was not incorrect!

Weekend Update

  • Michael Che on hunting and assault rifles was 🔥🔥🔥
  • Dang, Cecily makes a shockingly good Hope Hicks
    “If I had to guess, I’d say it’s because my hair and face are good?”
  • Kyle Mooney doing his thing w/r/t the Oscars is great. I love his off-brand shoes.
  • “Stars: they’re just like us”
  • LESLIE JONES!  On the Olympics! What a treat.
    “Some of them thought I was a Transformer, but a Transformer doesn’t eat Korean barbecue like that.”

Hump or Dump

First, Hump or Dump is an MTV2 show concept, not VH1.  The rest of this was good.

“As the manager of a P.F. Chang’s, I’m used to being the head bitch”

Construction Site

Okay, this went to a nicer place than I expected

Last Call

Keenan spitting out the spaghetti was GLORIOUS.

Cut for Time: Star Warriors

This was better than most of the second half of the show.

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