Jonah Hill Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

It wasn’t exactly a Super Saturday for Jonah Hill and the Not Ready for Primetime Players.

The two-time Oscar nominee (and self-described star of the Hail, Caesar! trailer) returned to Saturday Night Live for his fourth stint as host in an episode that, unlike the popular meme featuring musical guest Future, was anything but sensational.

After a monologue that made clear that he had virtually nothing to promote, Hill did very little to elevate a series of lackluster sketches focused on poop jokes and not-so-funny accents.

Lo and behold, my picks for best (by default) and worst sketches:

BEST: Racists for Trump
GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is considered by some voters to be “authentic,” “a winner” and “the only candidate that has actually created jobs” — and all of those people would be racist, at least according to this faux-political ad in which Taran Killam was a Nazi, Vanessa Bayer was a Ku Klux Klan member and Aidy Bryant was a Muslim-hating schoolteacher. (If only SNL hadn’t let the xenophobic candidate host just three months ago, in what was arguably a better installment overall.)

BEST: Weekend Update
Colin Jost and Michael Che barely knew where to start this week (much like this episode). Thankfully, after mediocre riffs on O.J. Simpson, Ben Carson and how “this was not a good week for black guys that might have stabbed people,” things took an upturn thanks to Cecily Strong, Vanessa Bayer and Jay Pharoah. After a visit from The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation With At a Party (who offered to sing Che all of the lyrics from Hamilton), Bayer was on hand as the increasingly impatient correspondent interviewing reluctant 110-year-old subject Flossie Dickey (played by Kate McKinnon). Saving the best for last, Pharoah arrived to discuss a not-so-real gathering of black comedians, which allowed for a plethora of top-notch impressions, including Kevin Hart, Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker.

HONORABLE MENTION: CNN America’s Choice 2016 (Cold Open)
As happy as we were to see Jason Sudeikis return to Studio 8H, he would have been far better served by a revival of “What’s Up With That!?” Reprising his role as Mitt Romney, the former cast member bookended a bloated cold open that would have been better off focusing on Chris Christie’s internal freakout while standing behind Trump at a Super Tuesday speech earlier this week.

WORST: Oak Ridge High School Auction
I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that The Powers That Be thought a sketch about selling high school students into slavery was funny, or that amid the Gods of Egypt controversy, they decided it was OK to have Hill and Killam, a pair of Caucasian men, playing Saudi Arabians.

WORST: Opening Monologue
Hill and the show really should have scrapped this intro in exchange for a third performance by rapper Future, but at least we got an unintentional slam on Kyle Mooney’s godawful short films.

Your turn. What did you think of this week’s SNL? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments! 

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  1. Patrick says:

    Sorry, I loved it. I loved his sparring with Mooney in the monologue. I loved the literal potty humor in the “murder mystery” sketch. I laughed, some, in virtually every sketch.

  2. Chuck says:

    How could you leave out the godawful Kyle Mooney video? The dig in the monologue had more than a little truth to it.

  3. TJ says:

    one of the worst episodes in the last few years.

    • Stacie says:

      Guess you didn’t watch the Ronda Rousey episode. She spoke maybe 10 lines the whole thing and the 10 she did were awkward as anything. Plus the episode included the teacher raping the teenage boy court sketch. So so bad.

  4. jeanb96 says:

    The monologue with Jonah and Future were very good which led me to believe it was going to be an awesome show. Sadly, I was very disappointed.

    There seemed to be so many commercials and very few skits. That had to be one of the shortest run times. Very disappointed in that episode.

  5. BillyBobJohnson says:

    That was just awful. Was Hill high?

  6. Samantha says:

    Instead of having the same people repeatedly hosting and giving lackluster performances, why not bring in new hosts who might be able to give the show a creative jolt it so desperately needs. There are so many funny actors, comedians, and musicians that have never been on the show and would appeal to wide audiences and provide plenty of material to write about that SNL wouldn’t have to let subpar comedy fester and slowly kill anything that’s great about it still.

  7. Cecily’s girl at a party character is one of the funniest snl characters of all time. lmao every time

  8. PriceIsRightCancelled says:

    I give the Jonah Hill episode of SNL a big fat F and in my opinion, the worst episode of the season. Mr. Hill may go down as the worst host ever and Kyle Mooney is still the worst if not one of the worst cast member in the show’s history. Hate to wonder whether or not Jonah Hill is going to join the Five Timers Club sometime in the near future. Will Ariana Grande save SNL next week?

  9. GuessWhat says:

    did you notice Cecily played a TV news anchor in two consecutive sketches?
    that’s just pure lazy planning, writing, etc.

    why does Jonah get return invites?
    he stinks in this live comedy format

  10. iHeart says:

    you know something deep down inside me was telling me to just go to bed before the show started last night, boy am I glad I did

  11. HH says:

    Hill’s rap wasn’t too shabby during the opener but that first skit about Wisconsin action news??!?!? Huh? What a way to set low expectations for the rest of the show. Looks like he was just winging it thru the other live skits.

  12. chadcronin says:

    Making fun of the kid who they let win the wrestling match made them look like jerks, especially considering a recent real life Story similar to what they mocked. I’m second guessing why I watch this show.

    • David4 says:

      You are hoping that Tina Fey and/or Larry David makes a surprise showing. That’s the only reason nI can think of to watch this show weekly. But then again there is YouTube.

  13. hbeachman says:

    I fell asleep for chunks of it. That should be a clue to how crappy it was right there! Besides all the poop jokes that is. Guessing Jonah does have bowel problems IRL so the writers decided to exploit that.

    You’re right about the opening with Chris Christie. His internal monologue (or showing him wanting to physically assault Trump, a la Rogelio’s chair dance on Jane The Virgin) could’ve been hysterical.

  14. David4 says:

    Jonah Hill is one of the least funny ‘actors’ (Saying he can act is an insult to all acting and actors who have ever lived.) there is, the fact he has hosted 4 times shows how bad off SNL is recently.

  15. Jonah Down-Hill. He is so “not funny” that it is actually hilarious that he keeps getting asked back to host. He’s one of those Hollywood types that one wonders if he has a gallery of compromising pictures/videos of producers and casting directors.

  16. Frank says:

    So who else texted “Trump” to 10112? It’s not a valid number, which in the future NBC should use real numbers and if you send a text you win a free coffee mug or something.

  17. charlie says:

    I thought the local news sketch was hilarious! Also really loved all of WU (Girl at the Party, old lady from the internet, Jay’s impressions).

  18. Disappointed says:

    Very disappointing show. Terrible writing for the most part and Jonah Hill seemed to be just phoning it in. Trump Ad funny. Not hilarious. But funny. Ditto on Weekend Update. Thank goodness I taped it cause there was lots of skipping through sections of skits, never mind commercials.

  19. liame says:

    You know a show is bad when you find yourself feeling embarrassed for the actors.

  20. Sharon says:

    Worst was also that SoCal skit.

  21. PatriciaLee says:

    The husband happened to catch the show and belly laughed all the way through (except for the high school skit which seemed boring). He is going to set up a permanent recording for SNL, after this. He hasn’t seen it for years, other than a quick check-in, off and on. This episode convinced him it was funny, again. I thought some of it was funny, and I won’t mind having the show playing in the house, while I do other things. Jonah Hill should keep his confidence up through all the negative posts, here, since it takes great talent to impress the husband