‘SNL’ returns from winter break with comedian Kevin Hart (and musical guest Sia, who’s an event all her own), and it definitely doesn’t feel like they’ve taken a break at all. There’s very little readjustment, and Hart brings an energy to the show that certainly helps keep this solid season going strong. So how was this weekend’s new episode? Read on for a ranking of the ‘SNL’ sketches from best to worst.
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The ‘SNL’ digital shorts may have begun as scrappy little projects fueled by random jokes and silliness, but recent years have seen them evolve into so much more. When they’re at their best, they play more like little short films that feel like complete entities. When they’re at their absolute best, they make you forget that you’re watching a 40 year-old comedy sketch show in the first place. Last night’s digital short felt more, alive, funny, and complete than just about any actual “live” sketch.
Fact: everyone around the world who isn’t a pre-teen girl with particularly bad taste wishes that Justin Bieber would suddenly vanish from the face of the planet, so last night’s ‘SNL’ was doing God’s work when it decided to make vicious fun of the irritating singer’s new line of a Calvin Klein underwear commercials. Hopefully, the show has no plans to actually invite Bieber on the show anytime soon because there’s no way this doesn’t tick him off (and we love it so much for that).
NBC has been surprisingly quiet about ‘SNL’'s impending 40th anniversary special, but VH1 has upped the nostalgia ante in a major way. VH1 Classic will begin a 19-day marathon of ‘SNL’'s 40 years on January 28, working backwards through 433 episodes and staging themed mini-marathons along the way.
‘SNL’ kicks off the road to its 40th anniversary special with the 2015 premiere this weekend, returning ‘The Wedding Ringer’ star Kevin Hart to the stage with musical guest Sia. There’s much to catch up on from the break, so recount Kevin and Aidy Bryant’s New Year’s resolutions with our first official ‘SNL’ promo of 2015!
‘SNL’ closed out 2014 with Amy Adams’ moderate follow-up to season 40 breakout Martin Freeman, simultaneously announcing ‘Get Hard’ star Kevin Hart as the first host of 2015. Now, the NBC sketch comedy has announced Hart’s musical accompaniment for January 17, slotting ‘The Voice’ coach Blake Shelton for some surprising double-duty the following week.
‘Saturday Night Live’ started 2014 as a show that was rebuilding; it ended the year in a noticeable groove that foreshadows, hopefully, many more great things to come. The following 10 sketches represent the calendar year of 2014—which includes the last half of the 39th season and the first half of this current 40th season. So, with that explanation out of the way, here are the 10 best ‘SNL’ sketches of 2014. Like all lists, you will like some choices and not like others.
Amy Adams and One Direction gave us a strong ‘SNL’ finish to cap off 2014, and while we’re not yet sure what the big 40th anniversary special next year will look like, we at least have our heading on the first new host. ‘Ride-Along’ star Kevin Hart will host the first new ‘SNL’ of 2015 on January 17, but who will join the two-time star as musical guest?
The narrative surrounding ‘SNL’ for the last year and a half is that it’s a show that’s “rebuilding.” And, yes, last season, that was true. But it’s weird: That narrative is still lingering even though, for people paying attention (I tend to pay attention), this 40th season has been very, very good. Last year, ‘SNL’ relied way too much on in-the-moment pop culture references (never a good sign). This season—including what we saw again during Saturday night’s Amy Adams-hosted episode—was all about great writing and great execution. It wasn’t quite as consistent as last week’s Martin Freeman-hosted show, but ‘SNL,’ right now, has a lot of momentum headed into its winter break. (When it returns with Kevin Hart, I really hope we see a sequel to ‘Z-Shirt.’ Please make this happen, Tim Robinson.)
The fake commercial on this week’s ‘SNL’ is a rare beast, a sketch that barely features any actual cast members and stars a bunch of little girls. And yet, it’s funny all the same, tackling a surprisingly touchy subject and getting juuust offensive enough with it. This is a commercial for “Asian American Doll” and the TV voice over goes above and beyond the call of duty to let us know just how inoffensive this product is.