Who’s ready for an encore from Jimmy Fallon or Melissa McCarthy? Or maybe Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Stone? Because with all apologies to the guy’s patented hip thrust, Channing Tatum proved a dubious choice as host of this week’s Saturday Night Live.
In five of the eight sketches that featured Tatum (including his opening monologue), the 21 Jump Street star was relegated to busting out moves from his stripper past or exposing his muscular torso. And while that might’ve been just the ticket for a weekend Chippendales set, it proved a less successful formula for scoring laughs (except, perhaps, in that inappropriate Bat Mitzvah routine). Let’s break down the week’s best and worst:
Best: Guy Fieri on Weekend Update
Bobby Moynihan’s impression was scathingly funny, especially the references to the Food Network star’s backwards sunglasses and ridiculous clothes. (“If your grill is out of gas, just cook ’em over your shirt flames!”) And nothing beat Fieri’s final “recipe”: Layers of New York and New England delicacies — such as a paper plate with a little bit of cheese and “two live lobsters that do not get along” — served in a clear toilet bowl.
Best: Downton Abbey on Spike
What do you get by pairing cleverly chosen clips from PBS’ addictive sudser with Spike’s standard-operating frat-boy voiceover? Absolute hilarity. I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch “Fancy Entourage” again without remembering “There’s a MILF and a dad…and an old lady that looks like a chicken.”
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Worst: Secret Word
Bill Hader’s retro-smarmy host can still score a laugh or two — “If I wanted to make love to a man, I’d join the Navy,” he said of his wife’s new pantsuit — but Kristen Wiig’s faded Broadway star has beaten the dead horse into a mound of fetid ground chuck. J’enough!
Worst: Go-Techs Flex
I understand the urge to spoof late-night fitness infomercials, but the writing here was so lazy, so obvious, that I can honestly say I get more laughs from an actual Shake Weight ad.
What did you think of this week’s SNL? How would you rate Tatum as host? Sound off in the comments, and for all my TV reviews and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!