A few thoughts about Kevin Hart hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live. First, I’m going into this excited to hear that Michael Che and Edi Patterson were guest writers on this week and next week’s episodes of SNL. It’s not the first time there’s been guest writers but perhaps the young comedians would bring fresh ideas to tonight’s ep.
Second, Kevin Hart is the second stand-up comedian to host the show this season. Like Louis C.K. earlier this year he’s currently at the top of a comedy empire he built from the ground up, including stand-up albums and movies making him wildly popular. He’s also no stranger to making fun of himself as evident in the films he’s been in. He’s also high energy. Because of this, he’s a great call for a host of the show.
Hart gelled well with the cast, and minus some rushed lines that caused him to fumble a bit (which he still charmingly pulled off), he did well. With that being said, the night was loaded with fresh sketch ideas, but many had little payoff, and some even just ended. An action that isn’t bad if things start to meander into the 4-5 minute zone. In fact, the sketches were quick leaving literally the monologue as the longest moment of the night.