‘Late Night’ host Seth Meyers’ Second Chance Theatre—a second home for the ‘SNL’ skits that never were—has so far given a playground to some wild stuff, but former ‘SNL’ star Jason Sudeikis had something a little more lo-fi in mind for his spin on the ol’ Second Chance-mobile. You can practically hear the pitch meeting: “It’s about a guy who wants to give juggling lessons, but everyone hates him.” Simple enough, right?
Cameron Diaz has almost sneakily hosted 'SNl" enough times that, after last night, she’s only one away from the vaulted Five-Timers Club. Diaz first hosted back in 1998, a show that featured one of the funniest sketches of all time, ‘Jingleheimer Junction.’ This is all to say that it shouldn’t be too surprising that last night’s ‘SNL’ came off so, let’s say, professional with one sketch that even rivals ‘Jingleheimer Junction.’ On to the Scorecard we go...
Sometimes, the best ‘SNL’ sketches are the simplest. There's no real gimmick to this sketch about pretentious amateur theater and it’s awfully low-concept compared to what often makes it on the show these days, but it has a lot going for it. Chief among the things that it has going for it: it‘s really, really funny.
It‘s common for ‘SNL’ to recruit guest hosts from whoever has something new to promote, but it‘s rare for that guest host to participate in a sketch that tears apart the very thing they showed up to help sell. And yet, that's what happened when Cameron Diaz hosted, playing her character in the upcoming remake of ‘Annie’ in a sketch that's all about how genuinely weird the film looks.
‘SNL’ has rarely been afraid to wade into current events, so it‘s not surprising that the show took some time to focus on the recent hubbub surrounding new immigration policies and executive orders. And since the show realizes that not everyone is up to date on the political process, it uses the shorthand of the beloved series ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ to remind everyone of the necessary details.
It's always a good thing when ‘SNL’ lets the women in the cast fully cut loose. Operating in the same tradition of “Do It on My Twin Bed” and “Dongs All Over the World,” “Back Home Ballers” once again puts the ladies of the show in an incredibly mundane situation and lets them rap about it. And, as usual, the show once again proves that its female cast has never been stronger.
‘SNL’ scored a major win this past weekend with ‘The Hunger Games’ star Woody Harrelson’s return hosting gig, and we’re keeping positive for Cameron Diaz this coming Saturday, but what of the final 2014 slots? Get ready for ‘SNL’ December, with James Franco, Martin Freeman and Amy Adams all taking turns as host! Also, Nicki Minaj and One Direction. If that’s your thing.
This past weekend’s ‘SNL’ installment under ‘The Hunger Games’ star Woody Harrelson took home the gold for best episode of the 40th anniversary season to date, but will ‘Annie’ star Cameron Diaz seize the throne for herself? Find out, as Diaz lays claim to New York City and details her sordid past with Bobby Moynihan in the first promos of this weekend’s latest ‘SNL’!
Welcome back to another installment of the Monday Morning Critic. In this space each week, I’ll be looking at the week that was in addition to the week ahead in television. The format will shift each week, as the world of TV will dictate the form and content of each piece. In this week’s installment: looking ahead to year-end lists, and some unsung heroes of the Fall 2014 TV season.
Woody Harrelson’s third time as host of ‘SNL’–and his first since way back in 1992 (he hosted just a few weeks after Jason Priestly)–was actually pretty great. Anticipation for an ‘SNL’ host is a fickle beast. Now, one might circle the calendar when he or she sees, say, Chris Rock’s name show up as host, then that show winds up being a bust. I suspect that not a lot of people were thinking, Oh, man, Woody Harrelson is hosting ‘SNL’! I need to cancel all of my plans because that will be one I can’t miss. Then Harrelson goes out and is everything we want out of a host: funny, up for anything, looks like he’s having fun, willing to sing a song about apples that is still stuck in my head. Anyway, he hosted the best show of the season so far and here is your ‘SNL’ Scorecard.