Getting two for the price of one when it comes to hosts is usually a good thing (think Mick Jagger and Justin Timberlake), but I and I'm sure a lot of other people didn't know what to expect from Bruno Mars. Mr. Mars knows how to put on a show when it comes to his music, but how would he do with delivering lines?
The Cold Open was the "Presidential Town Hall Debate" with Jason Sudeikis as Mittens Romney and Jay Pharoah as President Obama. Newcomer Aidy Bryant served as moderator Candy Crowley, with a handful of the other cast members as oddball audience members asking the candidates ridiculous questions. It didn't get good until the end when Tom Hanks showed up to as Romney and Obama one thing, "Libya?" Jay's mic drop at the end sold it, but it's something I wish the real Obama could do. Just once.
Bruno's monologue played out like almost every first time host's introduction. "I'm happy to be here," yadda yadda yadda, and he did come off a bit nervous but aced his song and even joked about his naturally curly fro.
"Brad Pitt For Chanel" featured Taran Killam playing Pitt again fantastically. Although I do like those Chanel ads, they have been met with mixed reactions ranging from "It's so sensuous," to "wtf is he talking about?" There were four of these throughout the show but I think the best was the one for Taco Bell, because we all know Brad loves his late night "Fourth Meal."
"Pandora Power Outage" I don't know how they came up with this, but it was pretty good. I don't use Pandora radio myself, but every complaint I've ever heard about it was that certain artists find their way into other musician's channels. Here it was a power outage that kept brought down the system and forced Bruno's employee to sing along to the songs. Who knew he was so good at impersonating Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day?
"Sad Mouse" felt a bit like a Digital Short, which really made me miss Andy Samberg. Bruno is at a job interview, lost after his girlfriend breaks up with him and his dad reveals that he has another family. He takes a job walking around Times Square in a mouse costume, moping over people not waving back. It was weird, and sad but also really cute. I think Bruno could actually have a pretty good acting career if he wanted.
"Donkey Punch The Ballot" I always love the Juggalo gathering sketches that they do, and I think this was the only appearance of Nasim Pedrad tonight. Not only will this insane festival feature Ass Dan and his brother Butt Dave, R.I.P to both, but Sixpence None The Richer. This was a good way to close out the show.
Seth Meyers presented another segment of "Do's and Dont's" for the final debate on Monday. Mittens, stop smiling because it's creepy, and Obama, stop mentioning that you killed Bin Laden. More importantly, STEFON!
Okay, I have to say this wasn't one of the funnier appearances from everyone's favorite histrionic club hopper, but it was good and needed. We learned that Stefon has a dog named Bark Ruffalo and lives in dumpster near a restaurant and what a "Slimer" is.
"Haters" was a about a talk show where everyone was a hater and being hated on. This might have been more relevant in 1997 where it was customary to boo every guest that walked out on stage, but there are a number of new shows they could have parodied. Like who the hell is Bill Cunningham and can we send him back to wherever he came from? The best part of this was Bruno as a loud mouthed teenage girl who we're all jealous of because she's young and has a debit card.
"The Wilderness Lodge" was the unfunny middle of the show sketch.I can't really tell you what it was about except there were too many mentions of Yeti molestation. Ugh.
Bruno is always a great performer and didn't disappoint with his first television performance of his latest single "Locked Out Of Heaven." There are great SNL performances, good ones and whatever that is that Lana Del Rey bored me with, and I put this one among the greats. How many other artists do you know have a backup band that dances and plays their instruments at the same time? He did another new song, "Young Girls" which was a much more subdued. I'm sure it'll be his next big hit.
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Written by: Brittani