First up tonight was a Fox & Friends parody, covering the Syrian refugee crisis. It really hit hard the way Americans are mistreating and misunderstanding Syrian refugees.
The best sketch of the night was about how Adele’s ‘Hello’ brings everyone together, no matter their beliefs. It was perfection.
Next was a sketch where McConaughey was a bad blues singer. It was boring and unoriginal.
Then they did a sketch where a company finally printed a 3D printed a human man who tried to act like a normal human, but clearly didn’t act like a human. It was fine but nothing special.
They had a sketch for Star Wars where they showed outtakes of failed auditions. This was a good character showcase for the actors while still being relevant, so good overall (plus they used some of the real actors and Emma Stone, who poked fun at the fact she was cast as a half-Asian woman in Aloha).
After a standard ‘Update’ there was a parody of a game show called ‘Should I Chime In On This?’ (hosted by Keenan Thompson of course), featuring characters that all think they should chime in on things they shouldn’t. This one was typical of SNL, but also said what all of us were thinking.
Next up was was the morning show with Taran Killam and Cecily Strong where Killam is clearly gay but Strong doesn’t notice. They’ve done this one before, and the Thanksgiving one was average and showing a ‘stereotypical’ gay guy like they usually do.
Finally, we had a town hall sketch where McConaughey played a character who opposed a company coming into town to try to change things. It very, very lame.
Overall, McConaughey wasn’t in many sketches, and that was really for the best. The episode wasn’t great writing-wise, too. The Adele sketch and the Star Wars one were the best of the episode. as for musical guest, Adele was Adele which is amazing and tear-inducing (and the highlight of the show).
Tune in on December 5th for host Ryan Gosling and musical guest Leon Bridges.
For her monologue, Elizabeth Banks wore a dress that looked like she was going to a ball (which, luckily, she eventually ditched). They hit on the fact that she directed Pitch Perfect, and so then directed her monologue. It was cute and fun and she was confident which always helps.
The commercial parody was taking Angie’s List and making it Aron’s List, where you could hire Non-Violent Sexual Offenders to do handy work around your house. It towed the line of inappropriate, but overall was pretty funny.
Then there was another edition of Black Jeopardy, which they’ve done before and is always fun.
Up next was a digital short where the ladies were a girl group singing about getting horny for the first time in their lives. This was probably my favourite sketch of the night, and maybe the whole season so far. The girls are just slaying it lately.
Then they did the student theatre showcase, which they’ve done before of basically pretentious young students who think they’re making real progress through their performance art. These can be funny but they’re also something that doesn’t need to be done over and over again.
After Weekend Update they did a sketch where they portrayed a young Ben Carson, using real facts that he’s said to the media.
Next was a sketch where Bobby Moynihan’s character wins a chance to be a guest star on a police procedural but they make him out to be a pervert. This one was pretty great.
They had a Mike O’Brien picture where Elizabeth Banks played someone who got into an Uber who just wouldn’t take her where she needed to go.
Finally there was a sketch where a group of girls kept calling everything ‘ghetto’ but they’re one friend (Banks) was actually living in the ghetto. It wasn’t too bad.
Disclosure and their guests Lorde and Sam Smith were entertaining.
Overall, Elizabeth Banks was a great host, and it was one of the better episodes of the season, with strong writing and performing all around.
Tune in next week for host Matthew McConaughey and musical guest Adele.
The next sketch took place in a universe where Trump was President. Again, they tried to play on the way Trump is portrayed, but once again it fell flat. Ivanka Trump made an appearance to zero applause.
The best sketch of the night was a digital short with all the ladies where they were Bad Girls who lived fast, died young, etc. Their ideas of what a bad girl was were hilarious, and it’s this years Hometown Ballers.
Next up they had a sketch that opened with Donald Trump saying that he wouldn’t be in the next sketch, but would be live tweeting. So his tweets, just demeaning the cast and writers, popped up throughout it. It wasn’t too bad, but mostly because he wasn’t actually physically in it.
Next up was a parody of Drake’s Hotline Bling, where Drake (played by Jay Pharaoh) explains his dancing. This was a topical, funny one.
Weekend Update was Weekend Update. Whatever.
Next up was an absolutely horrendous sketch where everyone was a different band member and Trumps character didn’t get enough time for a solo with some sort of laser instrument. Honestly one of the worst of all time.
Then there was a sketch where a teenage boy was having dinner at his girlfriend’s parents house and when they put music on, it was the dad singing the songs. It got weird, but still fun. I like when they try things like this.
To introduce Sia for the second time they did this awful thing where they pretended to have back the musical guest from the last time Trump hosted, which apparently was some Jamaican duo. It wasn’t funny and was frankly disrespectful to take away from Sia’s performance with contrived bullshit like that. Sia still slayed her performances, as per usual.
Finally they had a paid Donald Trump ad that was the former porn stars, played by Cecily and Vanessa. This one is way too overdone, and they seriously need to drop it at this point.
Overall the episode was pretty poorly written (other than Bad Girls and the Drake one), and they played way too much on how shitty Trump is, we all know that and it’s why nobody wanted him to host.
Tune in next week for host Elizabeth Banks and musical guest Disclosure.