Louis CK is going to host Saturday Night Live on November 3rd! Ahhh! I wanted to start off with that piece of information because its announcement was, for sure, the most exciting thing about Saturday’s SNL. First the Louis CK announcement, then Tom Hanks, then Stefon I guess, then the Brad Pitt commercials, and so on until we get to the very bottom of the list where we find the adorable little dance doll that is Bruno Mars. From the forgettable opening song monologue (the only kind of monologue Saturday Night Live does anymore? I think there has only been one this season that wasn’t a song!) to the Tom Hanks-stolen carnival ride sketch, it’s almost as if he wasn’t even there and the episode never happened and we all got to spend 1.5 hours of our life not electing to not enjoy something! To be fair, though, (we have to be fair to Bruno Mars, he deserves at least that) it isn’t as if Bruno Mars performed especially poorly — he did a good job in whatever scene his sweet little doll body was placed, actually! But the parts he was given seemed to have always been given under the assumption that he would not be able to do a good job. The episode, overall, was kind of the same — not particularly BAD, but ultimately very forgettable. So. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME SKETCHES!

The cold open was super long this week — eight minutes that felt like AT LEAST 15. The only thing that I can’t believe more than how long the cold open was and felt is how it was still my favorite sketch of the night. So I don’t even know why I’m complaining, really! (Because I don’t know how to do anything else?) Maybe just make the whole next episode a debate episode. Debate-length. And get Tom Hanks to come back.

I want to point out the “Haters” sketch just because it was the only time Bruno Mars was given a character to play (unless you count making a face over and over again as a “character,” in which case his character in the cabin sketch was also a character) and he did a good job playing it! Otherwise, the premise was very hollow and strangely dated. But. Good job, Bru!

I didn’t particularly like “Sad Mouse,” but I do support the attempt to fill the Digital Short void.

The “Pandora” sketch is not available online through Hulu but, for now at least, it is available elsewhere. This one was strange because Bruno Mars definitely did a good Billie Joe Armstrong impression and definitely did a good Michael Jackson impression, but then the rest of them weren’t even impressions at all really? We do already know that he is a good singer. It was an odd stretch of a sketch that seemed only to want to tell us about how Bruno Mars is good at singing.

Stefon was Stefon, as he tends to be.

Ah, the return of the “Amusement Park” sketch! THIS TIME WITH TOM HANKS! It wasn’t great until Tom Hanks came out, but then it was great.

There were four Brad Pitt for Chanel No. 5 ads that ran throughout the night and were an instant Internet HIT. I liked them, too! Here is the first one.

There was also a Juggalo “Donkey Punch The Ballot” ad, which was not great. Unfortunately. And Bruno Mars performed!

Can’t wait to see what kind of song Louis CK sings in his opening monologue on November 3rd!

Comments (29)
  1. The funny (sad) thing about the opening is that at least 80% of the dialogue was taken directly from the actual debate! American politics is a total freak show now.

  2. Louis C.K. is going to host! That’s gonna be weird, right? Good but weird?

    • Yes! I am excited, but I think it will be kind of weird! Like, obviously Louis is hilarious and a good actor, but he’s not really “goofy sketch comedy” guy? I just wonder how they’re going to use him to take full advantage of how funny he is. I’m sure there’s a way to do it, I’m not sure if the SNL writers are going to be capable of it?

    • I kind of think maybe it won’t be so great? Like, Louis is very funny but he’s not really an actor, which is fine when he’s playing Louie or a cop which is a nicer version of Louis, but when he’s playing, like, a bunch of wacky characters on cue cards I feel like it’s not going to be great? Like remember when Zach Galifinakis was the host and the only good sketches were the one where he did his trademark weirdo, and the one where he did his other trademark weirdo and the one which was just his stand up act? Like that.

  3. “Did you guys know that Bruno Mars can sing?” – SNL writers

  4. I didn’t know who Bruno Mars was/is – but I thought he was funny in the Pandora sketch and in drag (although that skit sucked). It’s time to retire Stefan, too.

  5. Never forget Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas!

  6. As an Old, I had no idea who this Bruno Mars fella was, so I thought he did fine. Then I offered him some ribbon candy and went back to my needlepoint.

    • Also I think it’s unfair that the queen of grating, redundant unfunny mugging — Kristin Wiig — is so revered here, but other people who do it are immediately shot down. *Everyone* who does it should be criticized for such behavior as it is the worst.

      • I like Bruno Mars. I don’t listen to the radio, so my exposure to him is pretty limited which might be why. But I think he’s just cute as button and has a great voice. He reminds me of Michael Jackson in his prime.

        • I never heard him before but I think I’m going to add his music to my running or cleaning mixes. He seems like a nice young lad. He has the peppy sound of a young Jimmy Durante.

  7. I thought this episode was magnificus.

    • I watched this episode between Netflix episodes of Supernatural. Bruno Mars did a good job. I also enjoyed Stephan, because I enjoy watching Bill Heder crack up midsentence. I stopped watching SNL for a couple of months, but if Bill Heder left I don’t think I would ever watch it again. SNL is barely funny anymore.
      Also, I wasn’t paying 100% attention to the fake Chanel ads except for the dog condoms one, but I am glad that someone else out there thinks Brad Pitt’s Chanel commercial is weird.

  8. I loved how the ‘Jewish Vampire named Sidney Applebaum’ that made Bill Hader crack was a reference to Woody Allen’s ‘Love and Death.’ That just makes me think that John Mulaney somehow has some sort of crazy weird inside joke shorthand with Hader, and sneaking in that Sidney Applebaum reference made Hader just lose it.

    • i was wondering that, myself! i almost googled “sidney applebaum” to see if it could’ve been a reference to anything else, but i didn’t care enough. but i DID care enough to post this meaningless comment, so who even knows anymore. mondays, am i right?

      • Yeah, I was on the opposite end of your scenario. You could see Hader reading ahead on the cue card and he started to crack before he even mentioned Blacula, so when he lost his mind after saying Sidney Applebaum I had no choice but to google it (not being familiar enough with Allen’s work to just know that name from memory), and the only thing that did show up was Woody Allen’s line from ‘Love and Death.’

        So based off of that, and knowing Mulaney’s brand of humor (listening to his podcast interviews, reading interview articles about him, owning his stand-up specials ‘The Top Part’ and ‘New in Town’), he just seems like he would know a Woody Allen reference that maybe he and Hader hit upon in the past, and then decided to make him a Jewish vampire, knowing for some reason it would be the line that nailed Hader to the wall, forcing him to break character.

        Either that, or Hader really liked the name Sidney Applebaum independent from everything I just said.

        • I’ve read that Mulaney gets Hader to break in the Stefan sketches because he changes at least one thing at the very last minute before the live show, so Hader doesn’t get time to rehearse it.

          • Absolutely. If there is one thing they have both been asked over and over again about Stefon, it’s the reasons behind Hader breaking character, and the fingers always point toward Mulaney’s changing of punchlines at the last minute.

  9. I thought Sad Mouse was kind of brilliant. When he just got on the ground and was punching himself in the head…And being afraid no one would wave back. That’s probably a really valid Times-Square-costume-people fear!

    • I also loved Sad Mouse. When he set it up in the beginning, it seemed aimless, but then it all came together when he looked at those pictures. And it ended just before it got too long.

    • Yeah, I loved that sad mouse, too. “What if they don’t wave back?” is a great line.

    • Sad Mouse was more sweet and touching than I’ve come to expect from SNL. Every other sketch was over-the-top mugging, men in dresses (LOL EVERY TIME), and crude sex jokes. I thought Bruno Mars did a great job. They could have given him more to do, he clearly is capable.

  10. Not to be a hater mysleft, but I’d like to nominate “Haters” as one of the all-time worst opening skits ever. It was so bad on so many levels.

    Although there were some not-so-dead spots, the show overall was not good. Every sketch felt like a re-tread.

    The Pitt ads were great, because who doesn’t love Taran Killam’s Pitt. But… it was literally a rip off of the Clint Eastwood/Chrysler ads last year. The Pandora skit was timely if it were 2005. The Big Foot skit was awful. Just….not good. Thankfully we had the Amusement Park sketch.

    Last but not least, I’d like to nominate “Haters” as one of the all-time worst opening skits ever. It was so bad on so many levels.

  11. I for one am not ready to see Stefon go. I thought the lines pretty funny this time, and they shook things up a little with the bit about his Halloween schedule. BUT I do wish that Hader had the composure to look at/flirt with Seth Meyers like he usually does.

  12. All I want to know is where the hell is Drunk Uncle?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post, reply to, or rate a comment.