After a two-week hiatus, Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with host and best guy ever whom I love so much: CHARLIE DAY! What a great idea! I suspected that even if the sketches weren’t particularly great, the show would be buoyed by Charlie’s energy and a bias towards liking him that I (and I’m assuming everyone else in the whole world?) hold. And I wasn’t incorrect! While there certainly were a few stand-out sketches (the detective one, the Kardashian divorce one), the majority were only pretty good + Charlie Day, which made them “very enjoyable.” The only real critique I have (other than that on It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia Charlie’s last name is “Kelly,” which is exciting for me, and I wish that were his name in real life) is that the majority of the sketches (again, aside from the detective one) were pretty tame. There wasn’t really anything too weird or out there, and those tend to be the most memorable and enjoyable sketches. And I really feel like they could’ve taken advantage of Charlie Day to do that more often throughout the show. Oh well. Remember when Danny DeVito was there during the monologue? Let’s remember that together!

That was a wonderful surprise! Though, even though it was a bit, I wish Charlie hadn’t played piano. It’s just a very specific and odd personal pet peeve that I have, but I really don’t like it when people play piano during their SNL monologues. I just don’t like it! Something about it seeming desperate and half wannabe showboat-y but not even. Basically a very well thought-out and articulate reason. So, STOP! But I did really love Charlie’s “New York City as a baby” jokes. Very, very good.

I know this comes before the monologue, but the cold open was also pretty good this week:

Really just NAILED ‘EM. All of ‘em. The Kardashian wedding sketch was surprisingly very funny. I, and I’m assuming everyone, certainly suspected a Kardashian wedding sketch, but everyone nailing their Kardashian counterparts + Charlie Day really hit this one out of the ballpark. Slam dunk home run boom goes the dynamite.

The Dr. Oz sketch didn’t “NAIL IT” like the last two did, but it came pretty close. Poop.

The Greek Gods sketch was one of those that would’ve been a lot funnier with a good amount of editing. The beginning bit, before Charlie showed up, went on for about 3 times as long as necessary and that kind of ruined the ending bit for me. But! It wasn’t a bad idea and I liked it enough!

Bill Hader’s Rick Perry was perfect.

And, finally, THE DETECTIVE SKETCH! Oh my goodness. This was great. I don’t even really have anything else to say about it, let’s just watch it together right now and love it so much.

Yay! Great sketch. Also Maroon 5 performed and were THE WORST! Boom. Gotcha Maroon 5.

Next week: Emma Stone and Coldplay!

Comments (47)
  1. I was underwhelmed. The Kardashian sketch was really good, the monologue and I couldn’t stay awake for the detective skit. I’ll watch now. Sigh SNL sigh.

  2. I really liked the Greek gods sketch, maybe because I’m a mythology nerd and I’ve been following the Euro-mess kinda closely.

  3. Totally agree on all fronts Kelly. The Kardashians and Bill Hader’s Rick Perry were definitely the highlights for me. Especially Kristen Whig’s Kris Jenner. “Because my surgery’s worked.”

    • That was Kristin Wiig? That makes it even better!
      The only think about Maroon 5 was Adam Levine. I turned off the volume and just watched him. I can’t listen to that band without wishing I were dead.

      • Adam Levine was rocking the pit stains like Jagger.

        • Can we talk about that song? “Moves like Jagger”? Does Mick Jagger really have moves that people want to emulate? Are his “moves” that enviable that an entire song should be written about it? Is that even what the song is about? I’m not sure, I don’t really care.

          • Adam Levine, you are no Mick Jagger.

            Go to bed.

          • Jagger gets name dropped in songs, because it rhymes with Swagger, so they made a pop song with his name in the title because it seemed cool. And yet don’t use the word swagger in the song.

            It was an attempt to create a cool, hip, hit song, and sadly seemed to have worked.

          • Sorry if we’re not doing gifs anymore. It’s been a while.

          • Can we talk about how talented the other musicians in Maroon 5 are? It always makes me sad when you see an act that is 100% shots of the highly marketed singer whilst the dudes with master’s degrees in Music Performance play perfect rhythms and articulations for 4 minutes.

      • I can’t look at Adam Levine without wishing HE was dead.

  4. I thought Bill Hader’s character on the Cee-Lo Green show was great. I can’t remember his name because I can’t stop thinking about Charlie walking through the door like Kramer.

  5. And can I give a massive thumbs-up to KWiig for the “Just Kidding” bit? Come on yall that was amazing.

  6. Bruce Jenner face – perfect. Abby Elliot’s Khloe face – perfect. Nasim Pedrad’s Kardashichestandface – perrrrfect.

  7. That dude from Gym Class Heroes looked like some sort of hip-hop grandma or something. It was was weird.

  8. “i don’t even own a tv.”

    SNL writers must read videogum!

  9. Obviously Marie Schrader was the stylist behind the monologue.

  10. I thought the Cee Loo Green sketch was a poor bastard child of What Up Wit Dat. It was like the writers said, “what other way can we use Kenan Thompson as an over-the-top-host?” and someone said, “How about we basically do What Up With That, only Cee Loo is the host!” and everyone answered, “That’s gold!!”

    The writing was not great this week as they didn’t give Charlie enough to do. Then again, when you look at a “normal” SNL show, it was probably above average. I guess what I’m saying is…we love Charlie Day.

    The Rick Perry bit was great, though. So was the detective.

    • I feel like the writers are constantly just re-writing What Up Wit Dat and Deep House Dish for Kenan… like that’s all they know how to do with him and while I think the What Up Wit Dat sketch was generally good and funny, their poor bastardizations like the Cee Lo sketch never are and I wish they’d just give up.

      • So let me get this straight: people here LIKE What Up Wit Dat? Yikes. I think that’s probably my least favorite recurring sketch.

        And Keenan Thompson has to be the most worthless performer in this cast. Besides wearing the makeup/clothes and stating his fictitious name, he doesn’t actually DO a single impression. All his characters sound the fucking same!

  11. Oh…. this was THIS weekend wasn’t it? I’m so used to not watching that I completely forgot somebody I actually care about hosted. Thank you Hulu

  12. “Charlie Day, we want your natural ability and comedic chops to carry this skit.”
    So Charlie says, “In THESE shoes?”

  13. No love for the Original Kings of Catchphrases? Hammmm…burger!!!

    I think this are the famous comedians they made fun of this time: (the others being composites or generic)

    HAMBURGER!
    Yakov Smirnoff
    Sarah Silverman
    Dane Cook
    Tosh.0

    Am I missing any?

  14. Charlie Day’s Kramer entrance was pretty spot on.

  15. These skits, particularly the Kardashian one, were captivating! I love to hate ‘em and hate to love ‘em.

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