Josh Brolin Hosted Saturday Night Live: Some Host, Many Songs
Ho hum, I think I’m going to lazily review this episode of SNL because it seems that’s how the show was put together. Josh Brolin returned for his second hosting duties to let the world know that he’s back with another Man In Black movie. The thing is, I’m not sure if the show was a success, nor am I sure if Brolin actually hosted the night. For the most part, Brolin was reserved to secondary characters and never actually handled the lead in any sketch. I wouldn’t say Brolin disappeared but he did manage to really blend into the ensemble.
Let’s check the tape.
COLD OPEN: THIS CAMPAIGN WAS THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE
As the cold open began I had fingers crossed and repeated, “Please not another Mitt Romney open. Please not another Mitt Romney open.” Then boom! we got ourselves good ol’ Mitt. But this one was different, because it did the smart move of taking the focus off Romney and put it on the rest of the insane characters that ran for the Republican nomination. They all sing along to Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life” and it appears the song wasn’t cleared for video, ho hum. The rumor also circulated that Lorne Michaels asked Romney to host an upcoming episode of the show, this idea gives me headaches.
Brolin’s monologue was simple enough, get on out there and tell us he’s returned and ready to hock wares for MIB 3, and who better to help him out than Jay Pharaoh as Will Smith? I’m also pretty sure this is the most of Brolin we saw all night.
GAME OF THRONES BEHIND THE SCENES
This behind the scenes documentary of the HBO breakout show Game Of Thrones was pretty hilarious. The show is chock full of naked women so of course a thirteen year old might have a part in creating said nude scenes for the show. And to then hail such child a genius provides for some laugh out loud moments. In fact, revealing that a thirteen year old person was behind the show’s gratuitous nude scenes explains a lot. I guess HBO didn’t want to clear all the boob parts so we have no legit clip of this one either. But you can watch it here.
This Californians sketch was a bit too long in my opinion and coulda been just as effective in half the time. I do believe it’s pretty accurate as to just how much everyone on the coast talks about freeways. This sketch was saved because of the character breaking of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig from Fred Armisen’s ridiculous.
SONG PARODY COMPETITION
Hey! Remember that time when we hired Jay Pharoah because he could do all those awesome impressions? Well his Jay-Z impression is pretty spot-on so let’s do that and surround it with the premise of that song he did with Alicia Keys! Yeah that’s the ticket. Oh and let’s toss in “Weird Al” Yankovic for good measure. Not to wardrobe, Al hasn’t worn glasses in a decade easily. Here’s another clip that used music NBC couldn’t get cleared so I leave it up to you to imagine a bunch of people singing parody songs of “Empire State of Mind.”
DIGITAL SHORT LASER CATS 7
We have ourselves a Digital Short and it’s the recurring Laser Cats (7 really?) but the fun in this sketch is that it’s so ridiculous that getting others involved make it fun. Steven Spielberg dropping in for some self-parody definitely elevates the sketch from “mildly amusing” to “woah, good get for you guys.” Lorne, you are such a great liar.
GOTYE “SOMEBODY THAT UI USED TO KNOW”
I’m kinda shocked that this Gotye song is so big. His video alone has over 160 million hits on Youtube and the song is pretty much played ever 10 minutes on the radio considering it takes over a minute to get to the hook of the song. But here we are, watching the slinky dude belt it out. Also, if you haven’t watch the official music video for this song, do so now. It will help with a joke later in the episode.
Even Weekend Update wasn’t that strong this week around. Probably because it used Garth and Kat, which could quite possibly be my least favorite guests on the show.
PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT: TREYVON MARTIN
Piers Morgan makes another appearance as Taran Killam got a good workout this episode. Though the topic they were covering this sketch (Treyvon Martin) wasn’t that funny this did net a great line delivered by Nasim Pedrad’s Kim Kardashian as being a zero threat. There was an Ice-T Law & Order moment where I almost hoped took advantage of writer John Mulaney’s obsession with the show. Maybe just one “you mean like”. I also chuckled when Madonna’s Super Bowl tightrope walker made a return appearance.
Did you know there is a school where you can walk down a hallway in slow motion and live out any high school slo-mo walk scene desires? It was a funny concept that and got out as fast as it got in, so I would say it worked for me because of the speed in which the clip ended. It’s also a clip that included another non-cleared song “We Got More Bounce In California” by Soul Kid #1 so we have no clip of this. Which is weird because having this clip around the web coulda helped boost the sales for a song that’s over 5 years old.
DIGITAL SHORT #2: GOTYE BACKSTAGE
Wow! Not one but two Digital Shorts in one episode! They are doubling down tonight! I actually think this was the stronger of the the two shorts and a totally great spoof of the above-mentioned Gotye video. It also helped solidify the notion that Taran Killam is a new fave and a definite future of SNL!
GOTYE: “EYES WIDE OPEN”
Here’s another song by Gotye, I guess this is the next one we’ll be hearing all the time.
PRINCIPAL FRYE PROM
I always approach the final sketch of the night as a bit of an anomaly, it’s always the sketch that usually takes the biggest risk. Said risk either pays off greatly or just kinda flops. This premise has been used before but paid off because we got to see Jay Pharaoh perform something original. And it worked well, so well in fact that he made himself laugh just a bit too much.
That’s it folks the night is over and I’m not really sure much happened. As usual, there’s always a few stand out moments, but this episode didn’t have much in the way of a present host. Not that Brolin did a bad job, he just didn’t seem to have many chances to do any heavy lifting that gave him a stand out moment of the night. I do have to give props to the writers for not recycling older bits and diving into new territory. However, besides some of the funniest work by Andy Samberg in a Game of Thrones sketch and two great Digital Shorts, this episode was simply one that ranked in the middle.
I do have high hopes for May 5th when the show comes back with host Eli Manning and Rhianna. The last time a Manning hosted the night it was a pleasant surprise and a great show making a now classic United Way sketch.