When it was first announced that Elton John would be both the host and the musical guest of this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, I wondered why. But now that the episode has aired, I, well, I still wonder why. I mean, that was kind of weird, right? Elton John is a living legend, sort of, but that doesn’t really explain it. Does he have something to promote? I don’t think so. Is he well-known for his sidework as a sketch comedian when he’s not recording treacly ballads for dead princesses and Disney musicals? Again: I don’t think so. It’s just odd! Odd like his monologue! What was THAT all about? Like, I do think it’s funny to point out that it’s much weirder for a child to be raised by a celebrity than by a gay couple, but that point was kind of lost in the endless “jokes” about royalties? Huh. All of this being said, it did seem like Elton John was having fun with the situation, which I suppose is as much as we can ask (God forbid we also ask it to be funny). Also, Saturday Night Live pulled one of their classic bait-and-switches where they invite someone to host that it doesn’t from outward appearances seem will be able to carry the show on their own, and then they stuff the show full of cameos (see also: Betty White’s episode) most notably this week: Tom Haze and Jake Gsourcecodenhaal, but don’t forget Will Forte who appeared in that ESPN sketch, despite the fact that the audience didn’t even blink. HEY, AUDIENCE, WAKE UP, IT IS WILL FORTE AND HE IS THE BEST! Shame on you, audience.

To the clips!

The episode started out promising enough with the classic Lawrence Welk Show sketch. LOL @ tiny handz, ALWAYS.

The thing that the episode did particularly well, it turns out, were British jokes. Like, they were so good that it’s kind of a shame they don’t just do more of them all the time, even when there is not a knight of the realm hosting. There was, of course, the recurring bit about the Queen and Prince Philip being low-class thugs when Prince William is out of the room:

But I think the funniest sketch of the whole night was the meeting of the knights of the realm to discuss the slaying of a dragon:

Mostly I just like ANY Michael Caine impression, and also any joke about yelling at Ringo Starr. Thumbs down to the Sir Mix-a-Lot joke, though. Thumbs down, I say!

Annnnnnnd that’s about it? There was a Laser Cats Digital Short, which you can watch here. It was OK! Weekend Update had good jokes. But the second half of the episode’s sketches just seemed to fall apart. Like, that Silver Screens sketch was the first time this whole season where I actually said out loud to my television, “I cannot do this,” and fast forwarded through the sketch. Oof. The gay cowboy sketch was a fun enough idea but it seemed like everyone was just exhausted or something and the timing was all over the place. Did you guys have a fight backstage?! I hope everyone is OK! XOXO!

Next week: Dame Helen Mirren!

Comments (51)
  1. I missed it this week because I spent my Saturday night watching the program on my computer that featured LCD Soundsystem as both the host and musical guest.

  2. I wonder what Victoria Jackson was up to this Saturday.

  3. Andy Samberg’s Nic Cage during Weekend Update was TBS very funny.

  4. I like to think that Sir Elton got to choose all of his special guests. “Lorne, I will only host if you can guarantee Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, and definitely Carmelo Anthony show up. Plus, I want to go to the Dr. Oz set.” – Elton’s first SNL meeting last week.

  5. In semi-SNL related news: There was also a new Lonely Island video this weekend

  6. I really liked Laser Cats, even though it was sooooooo dumb. Also, Carmillo Anthony is the worst.

    “Go Knicks. Derp.”

  7. I had a great time hosting SNL this weekend. I only wish Chester could have been the musical guest.

  8. I was glad that Tom Hanks was there as a back-up host. He did a pretty good job! I always love him on SNL, though, because of how unafraid he is to look like a total goober.

  9. The whole episode was basically a big British/Gay joke, but that laser cats was very funny. Space Jam 3000? DROZ? That’s all it takes for me.

  10. In defense of the audience not flipping out when Will Forte showed up, I think some people still think he is on the show. That’s not be, by the way. I would have rushed the stage and hugged him out of joy. Pure, sweet, joy.

  11. The Spider Man musical joke/slam during the dragon sketch was THE BEST.

  12. “Where do they get their ideas?”

    It’s Videogum everywhere.

  13. Elton John looks too much like somebody’s grandmother. Case in point: Elton John looks too much like MY grandmother. The whole time I was thinking, “rest in peace, gammy(I don’t actually call her this, but c’mon!). You da bomb.” Don’t know why I’m posting this here. Just thought I’d share. Go Knicks

  14. I really love the thug Royals. I’d totally buy a watch out of a jacket from Prince Phillip as Bill Hader. Yeah, I wrote that on purpose.

  15. So no one in the SNL cast was able to go to the last LCD show? Sucks.

  16. That “Laser Cats” was AWFUL.

  17. Is there some sort of backlash against Tom Hanks going on? Now he is Tom “pranks”? c’mon. This man is a national treasure.

  18. Elton John was a great host! He had a great character in the cowboy skit. Recently, Russell Brand hosted as well. The best skit has to be about a faux British movie. I’m a DISH Network subscriber/employee, and I can watch full episodes online. Here is Russell Brands episode – http://beta.dishonline.com/shows/13021-saturday_night_live/videos/819241-russell_brand

  19. “recording treacly ballads for dead princesses.”

    The dead princess was his dead best friend. Tasteful.

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