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.