Let me start this off by saying that I am a Saturday Night Live apologist. Yes, they have some sketches that miss the mark just about every episode, but they also have a lot of sketches that give me some serious LOLs. With this in my mind, this episode was pretty much terrible. I would venture to say the worst of the season. I think the best way to describe it would be boring, which is a shame because the last few episodes were pretty decent. In fact, the last few episodes were great! I blame Russell Brand…
The Talent Booker over there really went off the deep end this week. Why was Russell Brand even hosting? His raping of Arthur doesn’t even come out until April. That is so far away! Dude just irks me so badly. I enjoyed him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but that is where I draw the line. So maybe I wasn’t the target audience for this episode? I don’t know about you guys, but his monologue just made me really uncomfortable. It was so loooooooooooooooong, and I LITERALLY did not laugh once.
Also, Chris Brown was the musical guest. Bad decision or worst decision? It’s almost like the world has forgotten that HE BUSTED UP HIS GIRLFRIEND’S FACE! Are we really letting this guy continue to have a career?! REALLY?!?!
Let’s get to it, shall we?
First, the O’Reilly Factor cold open was pretty good, but the show just went downhill from here:
We got a mock British movie trailer Don’ You Go Rounin’ Roun to Re Ro which was one of the better sketches of the night. Pre-taped segments typically are, and it also helped that we had a heavy dose of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen who I love. Just to top it off, Russell Brand was used sparingly.
The Royal Taster was a sketch that I wasn’t sure how to feel about, but I think my love of Hader out-weighed my DisTASTE for Brand. SPOILER ALERT: Hader’s line of “I’ll never tell” made laugh for a good while.
Now, Weekend Update is always the best of the night. Fred Armisen’s Mubarak was fantastic:
Lil’ Wayne and Eminem Valentine’s Day rap was very funny but only because Taran Killam’s Eminem was out of the park. Let’s talk about Jay Pharoah for a second. I really hope he is not invited to return after this season. I can’t put my finger on it, but this guy is horrible. His impressions are very good, but he’s just not funny. Maybe his timing is off?
The saving grace of this episode was the triumphant return of STEFON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is one of my all time favorite characters, and Hader trying to keep it together is the best. Get ready for BOOOOOOOOOF, Jewpids and human suitcases, y’all! Actual tears. Hands down the best moment of the night:
Finally, Spot of Tea was just silly, but I sort of enjoyed it. I don’t know if it was because it was late into the show and I was just tired or it was that I am partial to a Hader and Samberg team up. Even Russell Brand entertained me in this sketch:
I’ll tell you what this episode could have used, more Jason Sudeikis and Abby Elliot. All in all, Saturday Night Live wasn’t that great, but it was to be expected. Russell Brand, amiright?!