The Best and Worst Moments From Host Sarah Silverman on ‘SNL’
It featured one or two standout sketches, but the episode failed to make up for weak material from past seasons.
Silverman held her own, but seemed a tad unprepared, messing up lines on more than one occasion. And, surprisingly, the episode seemed a lot tamer than what everyone would expect from a Silverman-SNL pairing.
We’ve rounded up all the hits and misses, below:
We’ll give Silverman a C+ for her monologue, which at eight minutes, was the longest in recent SNL history. It seems the writers wanted to give Silverman — like they do most comedians — some room to play around with her standup routine. Usually, at least in Louis CK’s case, this works pretty well. With Silverman, however, the monologue was a bit messy, jumping from her typically scandalous material to a more PG-friendly conversation she has with her younger self. But we didn’t hate it.
The cold open: 60 minutes with Obama
Silverman will be glad to hear that the cold open was probably the weakest part of the entire episode. Jay Pharoah delivered his usual take on U.S. President Barack Obama, but there wasn’t any cutting-edge material to make the segment soar.
The Fault in Our Stars 2 trailer
“Because you can’t quarantine your heart.” Bravo, SNL, for creating a fake trailer for an Ebola-focused sequel to The Fault in Our Stars, the hit young-adult movie starring Shailene Woodley. It was funny enough, but the film reference is about four months old at this point.
Joan Rivers tribute
It seemed fitting to have Silverman pay tribute to late comedian Joan Rivers, considering that Silverman is basically cut from the River’s edgy cloth. Her impressions of Rivers in heaven wouldn’t have been terrible if she didn’t keep flubbing her lines. On a related note, shout-out to Adam Levine’s extra-sleazy Freddie Mercury.
Weekend Update: Garage and Her
Saving the best for last, Sarah Silverman and Kate McKinnon stopped by Weekend Update to play a feminist musical duo who declare that everything is a woman. Simple concept, great delivery.
Maroon 5: “Animals”
Maroon 5 was the night’s musical guest. We’re just glad the band didn’t recreate its blood-drenched “Animals” music video on stage.
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