The previous weekend update anchor Seth Meyers had his Saturday night live I'm coming home this weekend. Was any of your featured sketches worth, ahem, a closer look?
Despite what we've come to expect from episodes organized by former students, Meyers did not join any of his former castmates, such as Amy Poehler or Bill "Stefon" Hader. He spent a good amount of his first season as a host next to Kenan Thompson, and later returned to the table of updates for "Really!?!", Where he was joined by current anchors, Colin Jost and Michael Che. Apart from that, everything went as usual, since the program offered a mediocre episode to finish this section of October. So, without further ado, my selections are the best, the worst and a bit between sketches:
Meyers has been making his signature. SNL segment in Late at night for quite some time (he and Poehler met recently to shoot down former FBI director James Comey), but it was wonderful to see him do it behind the table of updates, this time with his successors. The Kanye West Oval Office meeting with President Donald Trump was the perfect subject, giving Meyers the opportunity to point out how weird it is to see "blacks and white supremacists betrayed at the same time."
Chris Redd's understanding that trees take a long time to grow made me howl. Almost as fun was Pete Davidson's alternative verse on "I should have been president" Al Gore, after being told that this particular rap was not about grass but about the environment.
MENTION OF HONOR: KANYE WEST / DONALD TRUMP COOL OPEN
The cold openings of the Trump era tend to work better when they are just tangentially related to Trump. This week's cold was inevitable, of course, but still a step below Brett Kavanaugh's audience and post-game confirmation presentations. Redd was impressed with his interpretation of West, pontificating maniacally in the Oval Office, but the bit of the inner monologue was a failure, and Alec Baldwin was calling him on the phone, as usual.
HONORED MENTION: THIRSTY COPS
This was one of the best performances of Leslie Jones, and the first real showcase for the new repertoire player Ego Nwodim, who more than held it. There is a possibility that this will become a recurring sketch, but I wonder if it would work better as a digital short, to the "Dyke & Fats".
THE WORST: FILM TALKBACK
It is simply inexplicable that this was given the post-monologue slot. I'm not sure what was worse: Aidy Bryant as a member of the audience too wide awake, Kyle Mooney as an aspiring rapper, or Heidi Gardner getting caught with a joke by Adele Dazeem … in 2018.
The worst: cellmate
This is not the first time that Thompson has played Bill Cosby since the former father of the favorite television in the United States was accused of sex crimes (the last time he played SNL"Special 40th anniversary", but it was almost certainly the last time. The sketch did not work (and it lasted too long), but its failure felt strangely appropriate. It felt like a funeral for an impression that has done Thompson so much good over the years, but had to be pulled out of his misery.
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