Last night’s SNL episode proved yet again to be an instant classic. James Franco and Nikki Minaj are both huge draws in and of themselves so I was excited to see what the incredibly talented and hilarious writing staff had in store for them.
Cold Open: Al Sharpton Politics Nation V – In my book, you can’t go wrong with Keenan Thompson. I know some people were critical of this piece because it didn’t have a lot of bite. But what do you want them to do? They have to be responsible here, you know? At the end of the day it is a business. So this was a nice, even way to start out the night.
Monologue – James Franco looked comfortable on stage, which made the writing during the sketch really pop. I mean, whoever is writing these opening monologue sketches is absolutely knocking it out of the park. Maybe it’s just me but I think that my sense of humor fits in well with this group.
Peter Pan Live / Tonkerbell II – Aidy Bryant is awesome and I just don’t understand how the writing staff can churn out a sketch like this on short notice. It would take normal people several days to just come up with the idea for this type of sketch. The writers must be under a lot of pressure. I’ve dealt with a lot of pressure in my job too. And, I know it’s not the same thing, but I’ve had to meet some pretty crazy deadlines myself. So the environment is nothing new to me.
Star Wars Teaser – I think this sketch had incredible production values. I’d like to meet the cinematographer for these. I don’t have a lot of experience with lighting and blocking and whatnot, but I’m very willing to learn.
Jingle Ballerz – This was just a hodgepodge of great impressions. It showed that the entire cast is talented and would probably be great to work with. I can just see it. Staying up late on Tuesday night getting your sketches ready for the Wednesday table read. Seeing the celebrities that you’ll be working with and pitching sketches to the incredibly talented cast. I don’t know about you, but sounds like a good work environment to me. Almost like a dream job or something.
Grow-A-Guy – This sketch showcased the new talent with Beck Bennett and Sasheer Zamata standing out. I think this influx of new blood signifies an exciting change in the future vision of the show. I mean, the tradition of SNL is like part of American culture now, you know? So it has to have something to say. It must be such a huge honor to be there on a day-to-day basis.
Magic Bridge – This sketch was solid even if it was a bit goofy. I wonder if the writing staff’s mind was elsewhere. Maybe they were thinking about their annual enrollment for medical benefits. Is that something they do there? Or is there like a rolling period where they can make adjustments?
Weekend Update – Not that medical benefits are a game-changer though. I’d definitely still join up if I had the chance, even if they didn’t have a comprehensive plan. I mean it’s going to be tough since I have a family but I’m sure we could make something work.
New Password – But moving to New York, jeez…that’s a high cost of living market. Let’s look up some places on Zillow…
Kid Mayor – Oh man! I had heard your money doesn’t stretch very far there, but that’s ridiculous. I could live in a mansion around here for that price. And I think you have to pay for parking too.
Sunseeker Yachts – Maybe my wife could stay here and I could live up there for a few months at a time. Yikes. That probably wouldn’t go over well. That’s not exactly what she signed up for. Think if she did that to you! You’d be so pissed!
Overall: I mean don’t get me wrong…I’d like to do it…it’s just…I don’t know. It’s kinda risky. Maybe I could just submit some jokes to Fallon or something.
– I’ll bet I could get Lorne Michaels to laugh during my audition.
– Vanessa Bayer, could I get your e-mail address? I might have some follow-up questions later in the day.
– Those tours of Rockefeller Center aren’t as heavily guarded as you’d think.