Anna Kendrick is the perfect type of ‘SNL’ host – to the point that, as a performer, she could easily be a member of the cast. (I have no idea what her sketch writing ability is like.) Kendrick blends in with the rest of the cast so easily, it allows the show to be about the sketches and not about the host. Not to mention, she’s quite talented, which allows for a lot of singing and dancing – and there was a lot of singing and dancing last night (and a lot of Disney references). This was by far the most consistent show of the season, which makes it the best show of the season (even though I'm hesitant to use the word "best"). So much, in fact, that I wish I could set today’s Scorecard to the music of ‘Treasure Planet.’
Sometimes, 'SNL' creates a sketch that aims for a very specific demographic and just goes all-out in its attempt to win over that specific audience. We can argue as to whether or not this 'The Little Mermaid' sketch starring guest host Anna Kendrick is successful, but it's the kind of thing that was certainly designed to appeal to viewers who grew up with Disney, have a thing for 'Pitch Perfect,' and can recognize lousy modern pop songs.
It's always a pleasant surprise when 'SNL' digital shorts look and feel more like complete short films than simply filmed sketches. Last night's episode produced one of the more interesting shorts in a long time, reflecting a voice that felt about as far from the show's "house style" as possible. It's still lowbrow in that typical 'SNL' way, but its lowbrow-ness is strangely low key and weirdly sweet ... until it's not.
Like so many comedy shows, 'SNL' has occasionally felt like a boy's club, with the guys getting much of the best material, crazier characters and more memorable sketches. This has shifted in recent years and now the women of the show are allowed to get just as weird and nasty as their male counterparts. In a way, it all feels like it's been building up to this. Are you ready for "Dongs All Over the World"?
There was no way 'SNL' was going to get 'Pitch Perfect' star Anna Kendrick to host without giving her a big musical number, and the show got it over and done with early on. In her opening monologue, Kendrick talked about her musical theater roots and how good it felt to be on a New York Stage of any kind before breaking into a fantastic parody of "Bonjour" from Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast.'
After this past weekend's latest 'SNL' installment with return host Louis C.K. gave a noticeable bump in quality (which you can see with our new 'SNL' Scorecard!), 'Pitch Perfect' star Anna Kendrick will kick off the first installments of April 2014 with musical guest Pharrell. Does Anna prove as adorable and internet-favorite as ever in the first promos? Find out for yourself!
When an episode of 'SNL' is produced, countless sketches are pitched, but only a small number of pitches are written, and then even few written sketches are accepted. And then even fewer scripts actually make the finished show with several often being cut during dress rehearsal for a variety of reasons. The video above gives us a look into how the 'SNL' sausage is made -- it's a sketch that was cut before the final airing, starring guest host Louis C.K. as a 'Star Trek' villain who really loves his posters of shirtless humans.
So, yes, welcome to 'SNL' Scorecard’s third official home (we started way back in 2010 at Movieline before moving to HuffPost) and I hope everyone found their way over here okay? There's a new graphic! Anyway, can we dispense with the introductions now because that’s not why you’re here? Great, moving on…
What an interesting show this was! It certainly wasn’t the best show of the season – though it just might have had the best sketch – but there were a lot of oddities last night. And oddities are a good thing, as opposed to just the parade of current popular culture references that seemed to litter the first half of this season. Louis C.K. returns for his second hosting gig – and C.K. is an interesting host because (A) he’s good and (B) he’s been, let’s say, known to give up on a sketch when he knows it’s not working. (Remember when he sandbagged the “Mountain Pass” sketch?) And last night we finally did learn if Louis C.K. has a Darth Vader action figure up his butt. Anyway, let’s get to the Scorecard…
'SNL' has gotten a lot of mileage out of truly weird and intentionally cheap-looking video sketches over this past season or so, but none have been as weird or as deliriously, giddily cheap as last night's bit featuring Kyle Mooney as a high school douchebag attempting to run for high school president.
When you get Louis C.K. to host 'SNL,' there's bound to be at least one sketch that perfectly fits his specific brand of comedy, which tackles reality using surrealism and absurdity. One sketch from last night's episode felt like the perfect halfway point between an episode of C.K.'s FX comedy 'Louie' and a typically crass 'SNL' skit, making it too weird to even consider ignoring.