It’s unfortunate, but entirely fitting, that Katy Perry’s final moment hosting this week’s Saturday Night Live found her plummeting to her death down an empty elevator shaft. After all, Perry may not exactly be a threat to, say, Melissa McCarthy or Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Maya Rudolph among the nation’s leading comic actresses, but the show’s writers essentially pulled the floor out from under her — saddling her with bland roles in several woeful sketches, and allowing her only a few seconds to shine in the skits that actually worked.
Perry was particularly funny channeling Florence and the Machine singing “The Dog Trial Is Over” in a commercial for the Doggie Duty soundtrack, and mocking Christina Aguilera’s overwrought mannerisms in an amusing trailer for the New Year’s Eve spoof The Apocalypse. I just wish the “Teenage Dream” singer had gotten a few more chances to let her wacky flag fly, as opposed to being relegated to blinking reaction shots to Kenan Thompson’s woeful Al Sharpton, or playing a mildly uncomfortable version of herself on Kristen Wiig’s Finnish talk show Kalle.
With that said, here are my picks for the week’s best and worst:
I was roaring with laughter from the punch line about a bulldog who looks like Wilford Brimley (“the password is dia-beatus”) to Menorah the Explorer and all the way to that genius/random mention of a CVS employee (“don’t bother her, because she is on break!”). Bonus: Bill Hader almost losing it on the second mention of “Spud Webb.”
Best: Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”
Normally, I limit my best and worst picks to the comedy bits, but Robyn was so totally sublime delivering her stellar dance hit, I’ve got no choice but to make an exception.
Worst: Politics Nation With Al Sharpton
Kenan Thompson really needs to learn that you shouldn’t break into a self-satisfied grin if all you’re getting from the audience is the occasional chuckle of sympathy. What a total waste of Perry and Taran Killam, too.
Worst: The Royal Family
Okay, this one scored more laughs that the starcrossed lovers of the episode’s final sketch, but it was also more unforgivable for squandering what’s usually a great setup — the Queen of England as a lowbrow beast with a secret Cockney accent, demanding Kate Middleton deliver an heir to the throne — with plodding execution and weak punch lines.
What did you think of this week’s SNL? Share your picks for best and worst skits in the comments!