The former writer of "SNL" did a solid job on some crazy sketches.
It's easy to forget, but John Mulaney was never really a cast member of & # 39; Saturday Night Live & # 39; Yes, he used to appear on Weekend Update as a correspondent from time to time – "Close the door" – and even starred in his own comedy produced by Lorne Michaels (with the former "SNL" cast Nasim Pedrad and Martin Short) entitled "Mulaney". We try not to talk about that second part. But Mulaney was never a prominent player at any time. Instead, he was a writer for six seasons. That moment ended in 2012, but not before I gave the audience of "SNL" joys such as Stefon (who co-created with Bill Hader), "Family Flix: Rocket Dog" (more on that later), and "The Obama Show, "to name just a few. He also performed on Broadway, it's not a big deal.
Even so, the same people who claim to be comedy experts (you know, when they say "SNL" has not been funny in years.) In fact, it's not been funny since I was a kid, and there's no correlation between I have not gone back and seen the seasons again, although ") they seem to have no idea who John Mulaney is, nor do they expect anyone else to have any idea, even though he was literally on the show two episodes ago for the return of Bill Hader as Stefon There was also a commercial for his special Netflix stand-up at a Radio City Music Hall sold out during this episode.
On the other hand, Darrell Hammond, who definitely worked with John Mulaney on this same show before, He announced it as "John Mulvaney" twice, so clearly that it proves he's nobody. (Seriously, even if that was not a bit, it's still fun.)
Host: John Mulaney
"Building a viewpoint during the Civil War would be like standing comedies now."
John Mulaney is a standing comedian. He is quite good at that, actually. Then "SNL" lets him do his thing with his initial monologue. What kind of things? "I was recently in Connecticut, doing things about white people." The kind of things in which a couple of audience members "woo" to "Connecticut," clearly omitting the "white people's stuff" part but also making it more accurate a result.
The part of Patrick Stewart's monologue / Salt-n-Pepa, and Mulaney hits the nail on the head when it tells this story, generates a minor response when Mulaney introduces Jack White for the first time. It's just a small thing, and honestly, that's part of what makes John Mulaney so good: he understands the importance of small things in comedy. Whether discarding a sketch or an impression of a niche in pop culture, only people who write reviews of & # 39; SNL & # 39; They are offended by the popular offense that John Mulaney is not famous enough to remember.
Like out of the left field, this sketch works just like a weird sketch where the drag queen John Mulaney (a role it seems to have been made for) shadows on the surface to all the members except one of a brunch party. That is a ridiculous premise to survive on its own, because it captures how it feels to be the only person who does not "crawl". (Seriously, that's how it feels). But for everything to be the result of a long time of condescension, technically a few hours as a result of something that happened a long time ago, elevates the sketch. Then there's the even more ridiculous physical revelation, since Mulaney continues to take off her disguise, only to finally click when the lipstick is smudged a little. It's so stupid, it's great, and it sets the stage for what is exactly the rest of this episode.
In fact, it would not be surprising to learn that some of these sketches are evolved versions of sketches that Mulaney had either released or thought about during his days as a writer on the show. (Something like how the Tournament Fighter sketch in the Tiffany Haddish episode was based on a sketch by Kevin Hart rejected by Mikey Day.)
One of the best parts of the sketch is a throwaway exchange (no, not the part of Dyson vacuum) between Gary by Alex Moffat and the character of Cecily Strong. It's an exchange that could be the fuel for your own sketch, which is pretty much the mula of Mulaney. in all these sketches this week:
"I really could cry".
"Well, well, but that's all for the day."
The draft National School Walkout seemed like it would easily be the worst sketch of the night from its humble beginnings as "the sketch focused on a boner joke" , but that premise was transformed quite fast as it progressed. It definitely still ended in the boner joke, but the intermission was full of solid comedic performances by the cast members. For example, there was no reason for Kate McKinnon's character to be a Swedish exchange student, which is part of why it's so much fun when it ends up being the case. And the monologue of Alex Moffat and his departure as Lance, the boy who adores weapons, is just a burst of quick and direct comedy. The same with Heidi Gardner as the drama girl who literally performs a monologue for no other reason than being the drama boy. Also, Luke Null was there. This does not happen often, so when it does, it's worth noticing.
Speaking of Null, he even gets a sketch focused on him technically in this episode … only for John Mulaney and Heidi Gardner to steal the spotlight with his performances. There is something wrong when the character with the devil's horns and the calf holes can not order a sketch, but that is more of a Luke Null problem than a real problem with the sketch. Gardner's rank when it comes to female characters who do not have it at all (in one way or another) has been absolutely impressive in such a short time in the program, and the way in which the medical character of Mulaney has no patience How silly she is – when he is not worried about the terrible body modification she and her boyfriend have made – he makes an excellent round trip. She took off her buttocks as a joke (no kidding) and thinks her Harvard Medical degree is incomplete. And here's something to always remember: "Most people distrust men with horns"
Best sketch of the night: Restarting Sitcom
 "Restart of Sitcom," Aka "Switcheroo" is very much the spiritual successor of the "Rocket Dog" sketch mentioned above. In fact, if you ever wanted to think of an extended universe, SNL, Rocket Dog, the movement and Switcheroo, the show probably exists on Earth itself.
"Sitcom Reboot" is more or less the gift that keeps giving from the beginning, with the little thing at the beginning on the hotel TV and the fact that the character of Mulaney is called "Jay Paultodd". Those are just three different names together! While there is no "Life is a highway" to accentuate the "Switcheroo" clips, the catchy theme ("Whatcha gonna do / It's a Switcheroo") catches you quickly before hitting you with the creep factor. Immediately after the revelation, the personage of the interview of Cecily Strong even indicates how this show of 1987 that was restarted in 2018 "was not popular", but the train already had left the line for then.
Also, while the live crowd lost its head the mention of "Little Fockers" in the open cold, more subtle jokes were lost in this sketch. Like the fact that the small actor was "Little Andy Cunanan" or even the moment of blinking and you will miss it, showing that this sexually depraved "family" show was aired on Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Mention of Honor: Diner Lobster
This was easily the first sketch of the night … until "Switcheroo" entered our lives. Obviously, the "miserable" of all this is the point, but please, in case you have not done it the first time or have not yet seen the sketch, pay attention to Chris Redd and (especially) Pete Davidson dancing " Do you hear the locust's cry? "It's a totally inappropriate dance for the music that is sung, but there's something precious in the fact that they clearly were not told to follow an established choreography for the number.
Attention: the dress trial version of this is on YouTube, instead of the original version broadcast live. The differences are mild enough, it's not really a problem, but you might think you've gone crazy if you did not know.
Worst sketch of the night: Meet The Parents Cold Open
Yes, it's literally called "Meet the Parents Cold Open."
This episode is so solid from top to bottom that this would be even more a case of "worse sketch doesn" is not bad decision "sketch". To the point where it is better to cheat and give the designation in the open, especially shows the disconnect between wanting to & # 39; SNL & # 39; be a cool and possibly subversive comedy institution and know that & # 39; SNL & # 39; It is a comedy program of the mainstream on the television network.
This is how we have an open cold that literally just quotes "Meet The Parents" directly in 2018, and it also reminds us that "Little Fockers" was also one thing. It's good for what it is, but it's also … Well, "Meet The Parents" came out in the year 2000. Almost 20 years ago. And although it was actually a pretty good movie, it launched a less good franchise. And now we are here. With Robert DeNiro as Robert Mueller, because for some reason, now is the time to achieve that gold "Meet The Parents". On the positive side, it gives us a break from Kate McKinnon's version of Mueller, as she is busy as Jeff Sessions.
Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen is initially a funny show, but once he enters The Territory of "Meet The Parents", it's surprising to realize that this is what the guy who originally left "SNL" is doing afterwards. four episodes (because they would not let it be original) and created "The Ben Stiller Show". 19659003]. Keeping in mind that not everyone wants a weird "SNL" sketch, just as not everyone wants a politically charged version, this cold open is basically part of the devil's deal for the rest of this episode. There were many people who tweeted about how hilarious this cold meeting was: the "Meet The Parents" part, not the preparation that required more new jokes to write, and easily the viral video of the episode. In their defense, they say something about milking and nipples.
Basically, in the words of anyone who is as basic as this sketch: It is what it is.
Best Male Performer: Kenan Thompson
The parody of "Wild Wild Country" takes a bit to get going: surprise, the character of Nasim Pedrad makes it a beautiful slow burn, but from the moment his character appears, Kenan offers non-stop laughter. Yes, many of those laughs are about him saying "ass", but some of those laughs also come from him just assuming he had a strange sexual relationship with the Bloods.
Kenan is also absolutely amazing during the diner sketching like lobster, a point that understandably causes Pete Davidson and Chris Redd to break once they enter the scene. Let it never be said that Kenan Thompson does not commit to his papers, even when one of those papers is LaVar Ball. No, that's not good yet, but Kenan is committed!
Best Female Performer: Kate McKinnon / Cecily Strong / Heidi Gardner
Do not make me choose! These women have their time to shine in this episode, and choosing one over the other simply feels bad. Kate McKinnon finds fun in Laura Ingraham of all people, from a place of despair and a Malaysian Airlines outlet. And as mentioned earlier in the discussion of the sketches of "Horns" and "The strike of the national school", Heidi Gardner continues to stand out in such a short time. His work with Mulaney in the first is simply a great round trip.
When comparing "Switcheroo" with "Rocket Dog", Cecily Strong has to play the role of serious but frightened face interviewer like Kristen Wiig did before her. . She is an integral part of the "Sitcom Reboot" sketch to play with the strange Jay Paultodd of Mulaney. It's not exactly an easy task, especially since this is an episode in which it was already broken, which opened the floodgates of the giggle. In fact, Strong was technically responsible for that earlier break (along with Kenan).
Best impression: Intro of reality
"We boil these women to two lines, you're welcome." Technically, this is not an impression at all . But it adequately captures the introduction bumpers of "The Real Housewives" almost to a frightening degree. The same applies to the most inventive names in the sketch, such as Chachki (Kate McKinnon), Sauna (Melissa Villaseñor) and Joolie (Cecily Strong).
Also, even with all the intros to choose from, the double dose of John Mulaney as incestuous twins wins with this line (before the sketch reaches the "three seconds of drama"): "Our niece played Topanga on & # 39; Boy Meets World. Jealous? " Yes, actually.
In all the madness of this episode, it's easy to forget that this is also the episode in which Colin Jost did not realize that the camera was on him and that it was his turn to update us during the weekend! Yes, that's a gaffe … but it's also the most memorable thing that Colin Jost has done in Weekend Update. This episode is really the gift that keeps giving. Oh, and Jack White played with a guitar from San Vicente. That was great, too.
I have written before about how in this season many hosts have appeared showing an aptitude for comedy, just so that their episodes do not use their strengths to the maximum. Almost as if "SNL" accidentally found the things that work, they just do not realize until after the fact. In the case of Mulaney, this episode is written with a complete understanding of his comic sensibilities. And it is with his great influence, both directly and indirectly. Because he is one of them, not just a performer, but a writer, and that instantly removes an obstacle that many other guests can not (or apparently allows) clear.
And just to turn the cold open and maybe a little less hard, the "Meet The Parents" part includes a segment with real jokes out of just citing the movie, in the form of Trump's code names and company. The audience "oh" from the audience in Ivanka's "Girlfriend" is pretty good, even if the follow-up girlfriend line for Jared Kushner is not so good or so sharp. And Eric and Donald Jr. are "two Fredos" and should fill everyone with fond memories of Alex Moffat and Mikey Day (both men are not used as much as usual this week, perhaps because Mulaney can fill their role) from the impressions of both. Once again, the open cold has a very specific reason to be as wide as it is, because not everything in "SNL" can be a strange niche sketch. It's a 43-year NBC program, not a little Focker.
Also, surprisingly, this episode does not stop at the current situation in Syria. Beyond the open cold (kind of) and the Weekend Update (because it is the informative part of the program), the serious current events are absent from this week's "SNL". Once again, the sketch dedicated to the National Day of School Strike is really a boner joke. As in the "Meet The Parents" affair, there is a place for political discussion and comedy in "SNL"; but it's good enough to take a break mainly from those things here, even if it's only for a week.