So, how about that Bill Burr?
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Burr made quite the impression as host of this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. His stand-up routine boldly took on cancel culture and “woke” white women, which went over fine enough. (Heck, he even got a laugh when he joked about Rick Moranis getting sucker-punched on New York’s Upper West Side.) It was when the comedian went on a rant about Gay Pride Month that he seemed to lose some of the studio audience (and much of the Twittersphere), until he brought it around to make a case for Black History Month getting a longer platform than February offers.
Monologue aside, the episode was a qualitative notch above last week’s Chris Rock-hosted season opener, which earned a “C-“ from TVLine readers. In a rare occurrence, the two best sketches landed after Weekend Update, while the three skits that aired prior — including Burr as an insensitive sports reporter, and Beck Bennett as an out-of-touch influencer — were total duds.
The episode also featured the return of Jim Carrey as Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, this time as the fly on Mike Pence’s head (watch here); paid tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen (via a brief clip of his February 1987 appearance opposite the Robert Cray Band); and a pair of performances by musical guest Jack White, who subbed in at last minute for Voice alum Morgan Wallen.
What sketches stood out this week? And what missed the mark? Grade the episode (as well as Burr’s monologue), then scroll down for all the highlights (and lowlights).