Did everyone burn down when it was announced that John Mulaney would be the host Saturday Night Live ? I suppose not. Did I make a template? Possibly, but there is no video, so nobody can prove it. As the writer of Stefon and countless other sketches SNL Mulaney helped shape some of the best moments during his ten-year tenure in the program. While a writer, he made some appearances on "Weekend Update," but those were essentially stand-up routines carried in that format. Apart from his performance as Shy a few weeks ago during the Bill Hader episode, he did not have a history playing characters in Studio 8H.
So, how did he do it? He more than acquitted himself, but the material itself rarely came out second. The show did not cost in goodwill in any way. However, this was one of those episodes in which the ideas are solid, but simply do not land completely. Still, there were several that worked extremely well, including one that did not have any existing business, and yet it could be one of my favorite sketches of the entire season. This is what people will discuss until the show returns in May with Donald Glover.
John Mulaney Stand-Up Monologue
Aside from the almost awesome sitcom that bears his last name, there's a little John Mulaney who has done in his comedy career that has not been funny. Here is scientific evidence: my family can not agree on anything, and yet everyone thinks that their stand-up routine about the Salt and Pepper restaurant is hysterical. This man brings families together, that's what I'm saying.
So, although I did not know what to expect from Mulaney, the sketching actor, I knew that the monologue would be excellent. Based on a large amount of material from his most recent Kid Gorgeous tour, he had the audience in the palm of his hand from the first minute. It helped that he was facing what was probably the most friendly and encouraging crowd he had ever introduced himself to. They were people who knew the only thing that was the moment and were ready to laugh even if Mulaney had just read the phone book. Fortunately, he brought his game A, with his meditations on the time of a Connecticut-based gazebo, a true highlight. It may seem that there is a new special stand-up every 15 minutes on Netflix at this time, but if you have not reviewed the Mulaney hours in that service, now would be an excellent time to do so.
Meet The Parents Cold Open
As has been the case throughout the season, when SNL talks about Trump instead of playing it on the screen, it works like gangbusters. This was not funny, but it was notable for its two guest stars: Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. It would have been remarkable for anyone other than Kate McKinnon to play someone intimately involved in any way with the Trump Administration. But having these two stars in this open cold guarantees that it will be shown and shared during the next week.
(I would also say that this sketch created an interesting dynamic between Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence to form a Big Brother – Final Two search that can be continued when the program returns, but honestly, who can say what the hell will happen in Washington so far in the future?)
Did we really need a meeting Meet The Parents to dramatize the current legal status of Michael Cohen? Probably not. But everything old is new again, whether in the form of a reboot or a Broadway musical. It took the audience more time than it probably should have to realize what was happening with the polygraph test. But once they got hooked, the crowd started to laugh before the next reference was even uttered. So, who knows: maybe the country is ready for Fuller Fockers .
In the documentary The Who & # 39; s Tommy: The Amazing Journey Roger Daltrey has an amazing quote about the difference between the original version of the rock opera, played live by the band, and the Broadway version that recently debuted. When comparing the two, he said: "For me, it was never about singing the right notes, give me a vagrant note and a drop of sweat at any time." Basically, he argues that emotion and ambition are more important than perfection, which is an indirect way of saying that the disorder of this sketch only improves his achievement. This was ridiculous. This was crazy. This was incredible.
Breaking this down in any logical sense would be a loss. It is a Weird Al-esque parody of Les Miserables a show for the props department of the show, and a useful example of why deploying the whole set of SNL en masse can be so effective The best cast develop their own comic personality, and if this is "trying to stifle laughter while parodying the Broadway tunes," then suddenly I am very involved in this current iteration.
Yes, people lost lines and notes. Yes, the bouncing ball was full of lines during the audience singing. But like Daltrey, I do not care at all. There was a lot of love and affection in that sketch, even those that simply appeared as background for the climatic finish. There were approximately four hundred times when this sketch could have crashed and burned, and the fact that it has reached the goal line more or less unscathed makes this one of the most memorable moments of the season.