It's not really the holiday season without 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' playing on the TV in the background while your family catches up and/or argues, so it was inevitable that the Saturday Night Live crew would take aim at Charles Schultz's iconic creation in their Christmas special. Naturally, the best way to make fun of something as sweet and wholesome as Charlie Brown and his friends is to take it in the exact opposite direction. Hilarity ensues, etc.
While most would agree that 'SNL's' most recent turn with 'Django Unchained' star Jamie Foxx hosting and musical guest Ne-Yo stayed mostly level, it's no secret that a portion of 'SNL' viewers tune in to see which sketches can make the performers break. "The Californians" has been known to get cast members giggling, partiuclarly Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, but we've never seen them lose it so hard as a deleted sketch from Saturday featuring the pair as doormen. Check it out inside!
With the election a month behind us, 'Saturday Night Live' has to find another political subject to latch onto in the coming weeks and the Fiscal Cliff crisis certainly feels right. Last night's episode continued the 2012 tradition of opening episodes with something politically themed with a typical presidential press conference sketch, where Jay Pharoah's President Obama took the stage to address the Fiscal Cliff. Naturally, things get weird pretty quickly.
Sometimes, if feels like Saturday Night Live is just an excuse for a bunch of talented mimics to try out their best and newest impressions. But when they're as good as those compiled in this faux trailer that played during last night's episode, we're perfectly okay with that. A parody of 'Taken 2,' 'The Expendables' and just about every other modern action movie, it's easily one of the strongest video shorts to be featured on the show in recent memory.
It seems like there are two ways to craft a great SNL sketch. You either have to write a funny scene filled the jokes that work and put the right performers in it...or you can just let Bill Hader do his Bill Hader thing for two minutes. And by "Bill Hader thing,' we mean give him a character and just let him run with it in any absurd direction. Last night, Hader was able to break out his noir P.I. voice and the result was just a little glorious.