Jamie Foxx Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

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jamie foxx ding dongAs a veteran of sketch comedy thanks to his stint on In Living Color — which, at the risk of making everyone reach for the Geritol, debuted over 20 years ago — Oscar winner Jamie Foxx carried fairly high expectations into this week’s Saturday Night Live hosting gig. And while the episode contained what I’d argue was the least funny segment all season (more on that in a moment), it also featured enough genuinely funny moments that Foxx didn’t lose his comedic cred in the process.

After another uninspired politically themed cold open and an iffy monologue (Foxx’s little stint at the piano brings our tally to 7 out of 9 Season 38 hosts who’ve kicked things off with a song or dance routine), Foxx worked overtime — appearing in every single segment thereafter — to help right the ship.

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Below are my picks for best and worst sketches:

Best: Swarovski Crystals Ad
Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong scored huge laughs as two former (possibly brain-damaged) pornstars trying to score themselves some free holiday bling. Because crystals are the same as diamonds and they’re the one thing — okay, the one other thing — that never goes out of style.

Best: Alex Cross 2: Madea Special Ops
Foxx puled off an amazing split personality (and body) in this movie-trailer short, channeling two of Tyler Perry’s most recognizable roles. “Boy, stop talking to him and blow his skinhead brains out!”

Best: Weekend Update Ding Dong
Foxx donned one of the more ridiculous costumes in recent SNL history to play Hostess’ less-talked-about snack cake, a victim of “snack profiling” who called out the Twinkie as nothing more than “a punk-ass sponge cake.” Those references to the Sno Ball and Little Debbie left me howling.

Worst: Maine Justice
Essentially, this was a People’s Court spoof set in the state of Maine, but with everybody except the befuddled defendant acting as if they’d come straight from the bayous of Louisiana. Get it? Get it? Yeah, I didn’t either. I’m not sure I’ve found anything less amusing on SNL all season.

Worst: Tree Pimp
Kenan Thompson in a digital short about a reformed pimp turned Christmas tree salesman. Yep, this stagnant piece actually ended with our title character humping an underage sapling in an alleyway.

What did you think of this week’s SNL? How would you rate Foxx’s performance? Sound off in the comments!

Comments (52)

  • That Swarovski ad was the best of the night by far. Weekend update was terrible

    Comment by Jessica – December 9, 2012 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Foxx is an obnoxious egomaniac.

    Comment by Stormy – December 9, 2012 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, really? Maine Justice is by far one of the best things so far this season.

    Comment by Ross Bonaime – December 9, 2012 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely Agreed! And the Dermot McDermott sketch was amazing. I died.

      Comment by Smigglesby – December 9, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes! The first thing I said was “it’s about time!” I always have to take a minute to decide which one I’m looking at!

        Comment by Amanda – December 9, 2012 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah I guess it was hit or miss but worst of the season?! That sketch had me in stitches. Early 2000 cast specialized in these skits, like Ferrel’s “Bad Doctor” — completely random, no real formula, and absolutely hilarious

      Comment by zachbissett – December 10, 2012 03:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed I loved it when Foxx started to crack up he did it a couple of times through out the night and I love it when they do that

      Comment by Matthew – December 10, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought it was way better than the Madea or Swarovski bologna. Tree Pimp was meh, and Ding Dong was the best. But yeah, don’t know what Slezak saw in the Swarovski. Eww. Reminds me of why I don’t watch this show anymore.

      Comment by anonymous – December 19, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I missed the Swarovski Crystal bit because I bailed during the Christmas tree bit. One if the worst SNL shows ever. I did like that quiz show bit, tho. Dylan/Dermot. Hilarious!!

    Comment by GMom100 – December 9, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the Maine Justice bit was pretty funny.

    Comment by Davey – December 9, 2012 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • couldn’t disagree more. i thought the Maine Justice was hilarious the worst was the crystal one. overall Jamie Foxx was great

    Comment by Orlando Joubert Jr. – December 9, 2012 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow. I thought the crystal one was the stupidest skit I have seen.

    Then the Maine justice skit happened. Was there a point to that at all?

    The episode was horrible.

    Comment by Midori4 – December 9, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael’s comments are pretty much on the nose. It’s ironic to me that the funniest segment was the very last one (which is typically the dregs of the night). Cecily Strong is turning out to be a real find for the SNL cast. The “Maine Justice” sketch confused me to no end–I was more perplexed than the defendant! And Jamie Foxx seemed “off” for most of the show. This kind of thing is his forte–why did he seem unpolished most of the time? Me thinks he might have drifted in and out of rehearsals all week.

    Comment by ccbaxter47 – December 9, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney was by far the best.

    Comment by Joe – December 9, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I totally agree.

      Comment by Vanessa – December 9, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just caught the repeat airing and I agree, that skit was great. So was main justice.

      Comment by MrHereWeGoYo – March 30, 2013 10:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought his monologue was kind of questionable. His “How Black Is That” routine was funny coming from him, I guess, until the line, “I shoot all the white people in the movie – HOW GREAT IS THAT!” Seriously? That’s not funny to me. That’s racist.

    Comment by wlr81 – December 9, 2012 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is racist? He is talking about what happens in a movie? A movie I might add written, produced, and directed by a white person.
      Cmon man!

      Comment by Greg – December 10, 2012 05:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no its racist plain and simple. Its keeping with this mans questionable comments in media before and it was cheered when he said it. You can play all the games you want but it was offensive .

        Comment by kevin – December 10, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No Kate McKinnon :(

    Also Mrs. Clause was pretty legit

    Comment by Landon Cox (@bluinjewin) – December 9, 2012 09:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The McDermott/Mulroney skit was one of the best things SNL has done in recent memory. That being said, Jamie Foxx will never not be an egomaniacal idiot. Not everyone in this world likes you, Jamie.

    Comment by Edna – December 9, 2012 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agree about the Dylan MCDermott or Dermot Mulroney sketch. I was practically dying.

      Comment by ktbanks – December 9, 2012 11:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maine Justice was hilarious and scored huge laughs from the live audience and in my house. And you picked it as one of the worst? Really?

    Comment by TMW – December 9, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree….I’ve tried to save this video to my computer….watching Jamie Foxx try to keep from laughing is comedy at it’s best!!!! …Cauuuuse dis is Maaaaaine Juuustice!!! LOL!

      Comment by funnytimes – December 20, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That was the most worst episode of Saturday Night Live ever!!!!!!!!! It was so crappie I just couldn’t watch it at all. The only good part was the Tyler Perry movie trailer

    Comment by Tru U – December 9, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Remembering what my mother always said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” ………

    Comment by Patty Morisot – December 9, 2012 11:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • how the hell cant Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney not be on here? It was original and 3 African Americans trying to guess made it amazing

    Comment by gary – December 9, 2012 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love SnoBalls

    Comment by Drewer – December 9, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t mind the Maine justice as much, I mean it made absolutely 0 sense, but it was such a high energy sketch it kinda got away with it

    Comment by Emily – December 9, 2012 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously Slezak- I tend to agree with you on most things (AI, Voice, etc) but you REALLY thought that Alex Cross/Madea was one of the best? Boo. That turned me off like Lindsay Lohan in an AA meeting.

    Comment by Kat – December 9, 2012 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Dylan McDermott/Dermot Mulroney game show and Mrs. Clause were the only two bits that were funny.

    And barely any Kate McKinnon this week? What a travesty!

    Comment by Sarabi – December 9, 2012 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Maine Justice” had me in stitches, close to rolling on the floor laughing, and at times it seemed to have the same effect on Foxx. Seem like a lot of us “got the joke”.

    Comment by Tom – December 9, 2012 03:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of the worst SNL’s in years. The monolog set race relations back 50 years. The Bitch Game Show was also awful.

    Comment by Jeff – December 9, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • How? The monologue was boring, but not offensive.

      Comment by Style – December 9, 2012 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As for Maine/Louisiana thing, is because Maine is sometimes referred to as Down East, so it was a play on words, e.g. Down East/Down South that was a bit over a lot of people’s heads.

    Comment by Celeste – December 9, 2012 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Dermot Mulroney sketch was funny at times, but everything in the first half of the show was some kind of racial stereotype, which was a bit obnoxious. Also, Kate McKinnon wasn’t in the episode, so it immediately is a fail for me.

    Comment by Aaron – December 9, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with the person who said that the monologue was borderline racist. Had a white host made the joke that he “shoots and kills all the black people” Al Sharpton would have had a press conference before sunrise! It’s a double standard that is not fair. That aside, the episode was pretty terrible with the exepyi

    Comment by Puhleaze – December 9, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The exception of the Crystals skit. That was awesome. Also don’t get why they shortened Weekend Update thIs week when that’s always their ste

    Comment by Puhleaze – December 9, 2012 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Geez I can’t type. It’s always their strongest part of the show

    Comment by Puhleaze – December 9, 2012 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um, what about that J-Pop America Fun Time Now horsefart? It makes me want to claw out my eyeballs and shove pencils in my ears, but I elected to hit mute instead.

    Comment by Ben – December 9, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loved the opening. Loved Jamie’s hair and whiskers on J-Pop. Loved Ding dong. Loved the Maine skit. Loved Madea,. Jamie seemed right at home and on top of things. I must be the only one that thought the show was good. I was smiling for most of the show. Only rolling my eyes at bitch show, tree pimp and Neyo.

    Comment by Linda Lou – December 9, 2012 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Swarovski Crystals ad was a great spoof of Cloe Kardashian’s as a host!

    Comment by Crystal – December 9, 2012 10:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jamie Foxx “joking” about killing white people. The same racist who, on his radio program a whiel back “joked” about Miley Cyrus getting raped by a bunch of black guys. Disgusting. If Jamie Foxx hates white people so much, he can do without my white dollars. Says a lot about those in th SNL audience who’d actually cheer such disgusting bile.

    Comment by Luke Nutley – December 10, 2012 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My favorite was the bitch what’s the answer or J-pop America Fun Time Now (:
    Jamie Foxx acting Asian=priceless.

    Comment by Trey – December 10, 2012 07:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Rupert Everett, the gay Dermot Mulroney”. By far my favorite sketch of the night!

    Comment by Volcfom – December 10, 2012 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • J-pop is a really funny skit.I like how they are always ridiculous.Ninja star on the tree was great :)

    Comment by Shaun – December 10, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maine Justice was my favorite skit of the night. It was so random.

    Comment by D – December 10, 2012 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it really sucks that here in France we can’t see the video we wait for watching the NBC peacock telecharge for minutes or for half an hour only to be told the video can’t be seen in France. Shame on you!

    Comment by Madison King (@EnglishDoctor) – December 10, 2012 01:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How could you not see the comedy in the “Maine Justice” sketch? You’re taking people from one part of the country and placing them in an area which is their polar opposite not only geograpically but (here’s the funny) culturally and mix that with the fact not only are they in a new place, but they’ve continued to cling to their way of life and inhabit their new home.The continuous running joke lies with the defendant and his confusion. Then again, if you enjoyed the “crystals” sketch, maybe the “Maine Justice” sketch was beneath you.

    Comment by Garrett Wesley – January 11, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t care for the monologue but certainly made up for it.

    Comment by MrHereWeGoYo – March 30, 2013 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “but *he certainly made up for it.”

      Comment by MrHereWeGoYo – March 30, 2013 11:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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