Kevin Hart fans, I hope you enjoyed The Wedding Ringer this weekend. Because, unfortunately, his Saturday Night Live hosting gig was a pretty dismal affair — packed with head-scratching sketches that should never have made it past the brainstorming stages.
Thankfully, Kate McKinnon helped salvage the hour by introducing a delightfully wacky “Weekend Update” character and skewering everybody’s least-favorite celebrity spokesperson.
Below, my picks for the night’s best and worst sketches.
BEST: Mrs. Santini
McKinnon’s grinning but cantankerous apartment dweller read scathing notes directed at her neighbors — including “the Mario Batali of hot garbage.” Her description of an infected earring hole and explanation of how a vet’s office is similar to a Dunkin’ Donuts were utterly wrong — and totally guffaw-inducing.
BEST: Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein
McKinnon’s delicious takedown of the pint-sized poser included sipped juice boxes, tragic pushups and Cecily Strong as a supermodel cringing her way through supposedly sexy scenarios. Sample dialogue: “Yo, my pee-pee’s in there!”
WORST: Soap Opera Reunion
One of the slightest setups in recent SNL history featured Vanessa Bayer as a daytime TV actress upset that her walk-on music differed from that of her co-stars. Perhaps this laugh-free sketch will prompt Lorne Michaels to ban the overused faux talk-show setup from the show for the next few weeks?
WORST: Escaping the Castle
Hart played a guy attempting to flee a kingdom under siege by dragons — if only the royal court would stop bursting into song about finding a new land. Was Hart ad-libbing his rants or did the show’s writers simply not bother to give him any punch lines?