SNL Digest: Steve Carell (11/17/18)

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Steve Carell" Episode 1752 -- Pictured: Host Steve Carell as Ed McGovern during the "Space Station Broadcast" sketch on Saturday, November 17, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC)

Steve Carell hosts a hit-and-miss SNL before we head off into Thanksgiving break.

Steve Carell hasn’t hosted SNL in a decade, and I’m wondering if that’s why last night’s episode felt so hit and miss to me.  Similar to when a former cast member hosts, there’s something in a gap like that where it brings into focus the way the show has subtly changed in the ensuing years.  Steve seems to go for goofy premises, which is fine, but the execution of these works for some of the sketches, but doesn’t for others.

What You Missed

Cold Open: The Ingraham Angle

I did not expect SNL to return to this premise so soon after last week’s show!  I’m not sure I love Cecily’s Jeanine Pirro.  I do love terrible sponsors, though.  I also didn’t love Alex Moffat’s Mark Zuckerberg impression!  It was very one note and that note wasn’t great.

“Republicans can never find a way to make fun of me, a middle-aged black woman named Fudge.”

Monologue

Questions monologue! Everyone except Steve wants an Office reboot.

Disneyworld

This turning into a slow pull on Steve’s character being immensely dumb was great.

Amazon Announcement

“and that the drone should just give up, and shave its head, like a real man would”.

Friendsgiving Song

This was a real weird one, and I’m not sure it works as a whole, but I appreciate its weirdness.

Ginsberg

Pete and Chris seem to have a thing going with these raps this season.

NASA Television

Mikey Day did some stellar work, as did the props team on this.

Weekend Update

  • I found Colin/Michael’s comments about Amazon to be in bad taste!
  • Mikey Day!  As that one senator who’s into bigfoot stuff, arguing over the semantics of porn vs. erotica, is exactly what I wanted.
  • Kenan’s Lavar Ball delights me so much that I have no intention of watching the actual Lavar Ball to spoil it.
    “It’ll run right through you like the Chattahoochee River”

50s Sleepover

“I’m a hunky angel, damnit!”

RV Life

This was definitely a sketch.  You can skip this one.

Alien Thanksgiving Feast

This felt underdone.

GPYaaas

why?

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