Last night’s Saturday Night Live featured two jokes about Red Bull, one of which described the popular beverage as “tasting salty dishwater.” I really could have used a couple of cans of the stuff to make it through the episode. Not just because I watched it on an exhausting delay because of that heartbreaker extra-innings Yankees game, but because this episode was such a slog to get through.
The opening monologue, which brought host Christina Applegate back out to the SNL stage for the first time in 19 years, wasn’t bad either… just something of a jumbled mess. There was a song-and-dance number about the pre-holiday season (though, to Applegate’s credit, she gave it her all and has an absolutely lovely singing voice) that didn’t make much sense (what exactly is wrong with things that taste like pumpkins?!), Fruppets (knock-off Muppets that seemed like something Stefon would find at a club), and a dead-on, but completely out-of-place imitation of Dane Cook by Sudeikis (that guy is not having the best weekend with NBC, is he?).
The “Tech Talk” sketch that followed likely hit a nerve with anyone who has had to endure the listening to their tech-y friends endlessly complain about technology. The sketch probably packed the biggest laughs of the night, despite that fact that it featured some arguably racist or insensitive imitations of disgruntled Apple employees. (Of course Fred Armisen was in this sketch).
The usually dependable Weekend Update felt especially tough to get through, despite a solid outing from Nasim Pedrad and her awesome Arianna Huffington impression. (“Could you be seeeerious?”) Pedrad’s turn made the whole thing worthwhile as Kenan Thompson‘s French Def Jam comic Jean K Jean has never been able to take off and Seth Meyers only had a handful of solid jokes. The best of the latter category was about that Philadelphia wedding brawl: “[Police] encouraged everyone to shout a little bit softer now.”
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