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.
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