Jonah Hill Hosts Saturday Night Live: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

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You’d think riding the wave of an Oscar nomination (his second one in three years!) for The Wolf of Wall Street would be enough to let Jonah Hill glide solo through his third stint as host of Saturday Night Live.

But was anyone really surprised when Hill’s friend and Wolf co-star Leonardo DiCaprio showed up to steal the show – playing the perfect foil to Hill’s burgeoning Hollywood big shot — during the opening monologue? And now that DiCaprio has finally graced the Studio 8H set for the first time, can an SNL hosting gig of his own be far behind?

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Time will tell (how about the season finale, Leo?), but for now here are my picks for the bests and worst sketches of the night:

Hill’s intro began promisingly (and predictably) enough, as “audience members” suddenly peppered him with those annoying “what’s Leo DiCaprio really like?” questions. This eventually compelled Jonah into some minor Leo-bashing (“The truth is, Leo wasn’t even supposed to be in the movie, OK?”) until — we all knew this was coming, right? – Mr. DiCaprio casually strolled on stage to interrupt the proceedings. Busted! As the screams died down, Leo had only one question for his Wolf co-star: “What the hell are you doing, man?” Hill’s seemingly endless array of facial expressions betraying horror, shame and humiliation were priceless, and the duo’s “confrontation” played out as pure comedy gold — complete with a Titanic-inspired finale.

Hill’s scathing satire of Her turned the oh-so-sensitive Joaquin Phoenix film hilariously on its head (with the Michael Cera cameo a brilliant – and unexpected – addition). Best line: “I’d start by giving you little butterfly kisses to your testicles.” That said, it helps a lot if you’ve actually seen the movie.

Kate McKinnon’s epic return as a disgruntled Russian woman discussing the upcoming Sochi Olympics was chock-full of classic one-liners (“I have been to Sochi one time, it was to throw myself into the sea, but I could not do it because the line was too long!”). Look away, Vladimir Putin, look away!

Taking full advantage of Hill’s prowess at milking humiliated facial expressions, this admittedly one-note skit was fueled almost entirely via juvenile (is there any other kind?) bathroom humor. As Kenan Thompson’s host interrogated each contestant to find which one clogged a backstage bathroom — “Who did this? Nobody? Somebody did it!” – all eyes ended up on Hill. Best (or perhaps some might say worst) line: “Honey, did you go on top of the clog?”

With Jonah Hill stroking a fake horse head and working a particularly hideous wig, this going-nowhere-fast sketch felt like the kick to the stomach (not to mention the headbutt) that the fake horse dished out mid-sketch. And the pointless lampooning of a classic Joni Mitchell song was pure sacrilege!

Hill’s eagerly expected (and anticipated) return as the wisecracking 6-year-old Adam Grossman fell curiously flat, and while it probably wasn’t the worst skit of the night, its dearth of laughs made it the most disappointing.

Now it’s your turn! What did you think of Hill as SNL host? Grade the episode in the poll below, then sound off in the comments!

Comments (50)


    Comment by JMMMMMM – January 26, 2014 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Said Jonah Hill and no one else ever.

      Comment by dude – January 26, 2014 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • By far this was the least funny episode of the season.

    But how did the porn stars not get at least honorable mention?

    Comment by Jake – January 26, 2014 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. It wasn’t their funniest outing but they are by far my favourite recurring sketch. This was such a painfully unfunny episode. Jonah Hill is just the worst.

      Comment by dude – January 26, 2014 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This was just mediocre and largely forgettable, not godawful. If you think this was worse than the writing we got for Josh Hutcherson’s episode, I dunno what to tell you.

      Comment by S. – January 26, 2014 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the pornstars sketch might be the worst and over used recurring sketch (aside from jacob the jewish boy). aside the this sketch and the awful band, this was one of the better episodes of the season.

      Comment by benis – January 27, 2014 02:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree 100% on your top picks, the Russian lady had me in stitches, and Leo’s walk on was the best cameo they’ve had in ages. I would however change out your honorable mention from the couple quiz and give it to The Hit.

    Comment by Cassandra – January 26, 2014 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. The Hit was top 3 of the night, imo, and gave me my first genuine Keenan laugh of the season. Taran was great too, but that’s to be expected. I also really got a kick out of Cecily’s drunken Scotish fish impression during WU. Seth doing a reprise was cute.

      Comment by Thea – January 26, 2014 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are kidding, right? The ONLY funny thing was the Titanic riff. I’m usually an SNL booster, but this was surely the worst episode of all time! (And that “Couples Quiz” was , well, — cr@p!)

    Comment by Morisot – January 26, 2014 08:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Really unless the episode goes into downright offensive territory calling any episode the worst of all time will just ring hollow. Did you SEE some of the episodes from the early 80s?

      Comment by Spinning Maze – January 26, 2014 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Adam Grossman sketch was the best of the night followed by the porn stars. I don’t see how that was one of the worst. This reviewer has way different opinions than me every week.

    Comment by Rich Bowden – January 26, 2014 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so weak. his cue card reading was painful…and none of the sketches were very funny except for “Me” and the Kate Mckinnon bit on WE. C’mon SNL…pick up the pace.

    Comment by Jay Boucher – January 26, 2014 08:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, his cue card reading was the worst I’ve seen. Horribly distracting.

      Comment by dude – January 26, 2014 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agree. How hard is it to memorize these skits when they are so lame? Would it be the end of the world if they didn’t say something word for word?

      Comment by CountryQueen – January 27, 2014 11:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jonah Hill’s just got his second Nomination in 3 year. He was nominated at the 2011 Oscars and then again this year at the 2013 telecast. He was not nominated last year.

    Comment by philip – January 26, 2014 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So disappointed. This was easily the worst episode of the season. I kept asking myself, “I stayed up late for this?”

    Comment by Jackie Weaver – January 26, 2014 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Couldn’t stand Jonah Hill and I guess that third time wasn’t the charm for the Moneyball/Superbad actor. At least his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leo DiCaprio have something to prove during the monologue. Kudos to Kate McKinnon once again when Olya what’s-her-last-name made a return to Weekend Update since the Christoph Waltz episode last season. Also kudos to Beck Bennett & Kyle Mooney who were coming off their I Know sketch last week has done it again with Inside SoCal which was the best sketch of the night in my opinion. Worst sketches of the night: the Sweetland Ranch skit and Jonah as Adam Grossman. Overall, the worst if not one of the worst episodes of SNL this season and I hope that Mr. Hill won’t come back to host again because three is enough already. I give the Jonah Hill episode of SNL a C. Really hope that Melissa McCarthy is going to save the show next week for the third time as host and we’ll see if she can do better than Mr. Jonah Hill and also next week it will be Seth Meyers’ final show on SNL before he takes over Late Night on February 24th.

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 26, 2014 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • TMI. Just… TMI.

      Comment by Danyelle – January 26, 2014 09:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • ^ THIS?!

        Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 26, 2014 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • TMI? “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

        Comment by S. – January 26, 2014 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Long posts can still be considered a lot of information so it is still a fitting use.

          Comment by JEst – January 26, 2014 02:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Props on The Princess Bride quote. I love a good Princess Bride quote.

          Comment by Britta Unfiltered – January 26, 2014 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This was a terrible episode. The only thing I enjoyed was the opening monolouge and Olya. My grade-D.

    Comment by Leondre – January 26, 2014 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously, how was there no mention of the porn stars? That reoccurring sketch is always good, and I thought the short (“The Hit”) was good too! I think Kenan plays innocent/naive extremely well, and Jay is a perfect accent with his hardness in that sketch.

    Comment by Abby – January 26, 2014 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Unfortunately unable to view skits on an iPhone – sigh.

    Comment by Chablis – January 26, 2014 09:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They have way too many cast members now.

    Comment by Lindsey – January 26, 2014 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 17 cast members this season. The most they had since I can’t remember the last time SNL had way too many cast members in a single season. Don’t worry, they’re going to trade Seth Meyers for Colin Jost.

      Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 26, 2014 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That was a wasted hour and a half of my life that I can never get back!

    Comment by TexMike – January 26, 2014 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the live audience made it clear that most of the night was a complete bust. You could tell what little applause they provided was their way of being polite. Leo was the only bright spot of the evening. And you can’t lay all the blame on Jonah. I think the script writers need to step up their lack luster ideas. The only truly funny show for the past several months was the Jimmy Fallon Christmas episode. And that could only be because he had a lot of input.

    Comment by Kate – January 26, 2014 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought last week’s Drake episode was quite good, and the Paul Rudd episode was decent as well, in my opinion.

      Comment by DL – January 26, 2014 04:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The Lady Gaga episode was pretty solid … I think it is easily top show from this season thus far. And yes, Fallon was the best!

      Comment by RUCookie – January 27, 2014 08:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • overall, another solid outing! sounds like some people just really don’t like Jonah Hill and were blinded to some of the episode’s merits, but i thought for the most part he was a great team player. his yelling in the bathroom was hilarious (the last line sealed the deal, “actually, this IS a cobb salad!”). also, i’m surprised at no mention of the opening sketch – heterosexual figure skaters. i thought that was hilarious.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – January 26, 2014 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I still don’t understand Taran Killam’s Brad Pitt.

    Comment by TigerNightmare – January 26, 2014 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He did during the Christina Applegate episode last season.

      Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 26, 2014 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s what I meant by ‘still’. He debuted it during his first season as a featured player. Never made sense.

        Comment by TigerNightmare – January 26, 2014 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the impression itself has actually gotten pretty good, but yeah, the weird “Daaah!” thing he does I don’t really get.

      Comment by DL – January 26, 2014 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved the Adam Grossman skit! I would say the talk show skit was the worst.

    Comment by Kim S. – January 26, 2014 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought the Adam Grossman skit was funny too! The Couple’s Quiz and the Sweetland Ranch left me waiting for the punchline or the funny end but they never came. I’m finding that a lot with the sketches lately. I keep waiting for the big laugh that finishes the skit off but they just kind of dwindle out. Looking forward to Melissa next week! :D

      Comment by Kim R – January 26, 2014 06:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I never laughed once, that takes some special talent!

    Comment by DavidSask – January 26, 2014 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • thank God for Bastille… the highlight of the entire episode!

    Comment by Michelle – January 26, 2014 04:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are so wrong about Sweetland Ranch. This sketch is in the same vein as Mr. Bill and just as hilarious. I hope it becomes a recurring bit for Cecily Strong.

    Comment by MrTemecula – January 26, 2014 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I was in stitches on Sweetland Ranch.

      Comment by Marc – February 2, 2014 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kate McKinnon is the only reason to watch this show.

    Comment by Valeria Dolores Kementari – January 26, 2014 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought it was mostly very funny. The opening hour was really good. As usual, it was uneven towards the end. The only klunker was Inside SoCal.

    Comment by Chris – January 27, 2014 03:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved the cold opening, and anything Kate McKinnon is in. Also, the Brookies trying to sell things is my favorite recurring sketch.

    Comment by james – January 27, 2014 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SNL as of late, for me, has been good one week, horrid the next. I thought last week’s epi was pretty good, and this week pretty horrid. So hopefully next weeks will be good. I did like The Hit skit quite a bit. The problem with most SNL skit’s is length. They just don’t know how to end on a high note.

    Comment by CountryQueen – January 27, 2014 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t know any of the featured cast member before they showed up and aside from Noelle’s impressions and the cellphone commercial guy is the cellphone commercial guy the only strong feelings I have for any of them is that I really really hate Kyle Mooney and all the low quality filmed segments he keeps doing. They’re awful and not funny.

    Comment by amanda – January 27, 2014 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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