Christina Applegate made her second appearance as host of 'SNL,' her first was way back in 1993. She brought her A game for what was a pretty consistent episode. Not only did she show off her comedic chops, but her lesser known dance and singing skills too.
I would have been disappointed if the cold open wasn't about "The VP Debate." I was looking forward to see Jason Sudeikis as Vice President Joe Biden and he did not disappoint. Taran Killam played Paul Ryan, complete with widow's peak and Kate McKinnon was a foul-mouthed Martha Raddatz. As Killam's Ryan guzzled water and smirked, Uncle Joe let the youngin' know that he means business. "When the Amtrak train I take the work breaks down, I strip down to my tighty whities and push that sucker all the way to Washington." Olympic runner Usain Bolt randomly popped up for line, even with that this was one of the strongest and funniest political sketches of the season. So far.
Applegate's monologue featured her singing about how this is her favorite time of year because it's before there are holidays and decorations. Cue musical number with a couple of knock off Muppets and Jason as Dane Cook, whose show was just canceled by NBC before it even hit the air. Thank God.
"Give Us All Our Daughters Back" is one of those sketches were they get a bunch of members of the cast together to do their best impressions, and I loved it. Jay Pharaoh as Denzel Washington, next to Jay-Z this is his best impression, and Sudeikis as Mel Gibson asking what the Jews did with his daughter delivered the hardest laughs.
"Helloween Bash" was another sketch featuring Principal Frye, played by Pharaoh, trying to get a hold of the wild students at his school's dance. Applegate played the librarian with a crush on one of the teachers, and Kenan Thompson as the angry gym coach which describes a lot of the characters he plays. The ending felt abrupt, but Jay breaking while talking about two students having sex in a Mufasa costume saved it from being the "weird middle of the show sketch."
Seth Meyers had two guests for this weekend's WU, the first was Nasim Pedrad as Ariana Huffington discussing abortion in politics saying that men that don't want women to use birth control are the kind that swim in t-shirts. Kenan as French comedian Jean K. Jean had a few words about the Lance Armstrong scandal, which were funny but him and Seth dancing during the music break and laughing at each other were cute.
I don't know how popular "The Californians" sketches are, but they keep happening. I don't think I have ever laughed once during them, not even at Bill Hader breaking. They're just so, random. This one especially felt like it was a million minutes long, not even Usain and his bleach blonde wig at the end could save this one for me.
"Tech Talk" had a good premise, but delved into some weird territory and highlighted the fact that this show needs Asian performers. Christina played the host of a tech show where she brought on unsatisfied iPhone 5 buyers. After their silly complaints, she brought out the Asian workers who made those phones to chastise the ridiculousness of them being upset about the phone's maps when they sleep where they work. The "asian accents" were just terrible, and and I wonder if the actors ever feel squeamish about having to do stuff like this. Maybe not, and while I always appreciate people making fun of Apple stans, this was an oddly depressing way of doing it.
The "Gillette Masters Of Style" sketch wasn't all that bad, I did laugh at the first appearance of Taran as Adrien Brody, but it was Sudeikis as Jerry Sandusky that completely ruined it for me. Why was he in there at all? It just left me feeling uncomfortable. The teeth!
Screencap credit goes to Steph-Was-Here.
Written by: Brittani