Steve Buscemi Hosted Saturday Night Live: It Was A Little Creepy
We’re back for another helping of Saturday Night Live hosted by arguably one of the greatest supporting actors of our time, Steve Buscemi there’s not Steve, or his creepy eye meme haven’t tackled, comedy, drama, suspense he’s done them all. But Buscemi is currently enjoying his run as the lead in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Did he lead the SNL cast to another victory? Lead might be the wrong word as he played perfect supporting characters – the straight man of course, but perhaps he was his best when he turned up the creep factor to get some laughs.
Let’s break it down.
COLD OPEN – OBAMA IN ONE
The cold opening was just alright, though the subject matter was serious and possibly true, the only real chuckle I got was when a list came out a-la Wayne’s World.
What I noticed most about the monologue was how little lifting Buscemi did in it, rather the cast jumped in and helped him out as they all played cliche supporting roles asking for help to land a leading role a la Buscemi’s recent turn in Boardwalk Empire. I did get a chuckle at Jay Pharoah’s sassy judge character. You could take this idea one step further and state Buscemi only really played a supporting role in a monologue, a time when he was supposed to be the lead. Or not, do whatever you want.
COMMERCIAL – FROZEN MEXICAN DINNER
I think I’m ready to officially declare Paul Brittain as the new king of the SNL commercials, he pretty much nails all the one’s he’s in and probably the most reliable in these situations. Though the joke has been made many times over, the idea of these two men as rockstars just made it weird enough that it kept my interest.
MILEY CYRUS SHOW
I dig the Miley Cyrus show, Vanessa Bayer’s impression is just a hyper-version of Miley in real life and definitely her biggest character to date. And why not roll out a new version of this sketch on the heels of the real Cyrus talking about her drug habits. Oh and lookey here! Maya Rudolph drops in for some Whitney Houston-ing.
DIGITAL SHORT- BATMAN
This short was just what I like about them. Quick, random as hell, and just makes me chuckle. Samberg does a great Lampoon of Christian Bale’s Batman voice. Jason Sudekis tosses in a shocker, a naked Aquaman, Kristen Wiig dressed as The Riddler, and a new Batman enemy to fight all in the span of 2 minutes. Do it!
How to you out-creep Buscmi in a prison jumpsuit and mullet talking about murder? You hand the reigns to Bill Hader and tell him to play Keith Morrison, that’s how.
This was perhaps the best sketch of the night. With pedophilia scandals now having effect on two college universities others are launching their own investigations. But the question was never asked…what happens if the creepy guy who fits the profile ends up being guilty of just being creepy? And for those keeping track, that’s now the second consecutive sketch that featured Bill Hader doing his best creep impression.
THE BLACK KEYS – “LONELY BOY”
The Black Keys are out doing the rounds to promote their new album, El Camino which hits stores tomorrow. Always a fun band to watch live, so here’s your chance.
And now there are officially 3 Bobby Moynihan characters that I wouldn’t mind seeing on Weekend Update every week. Keep rotating Snookie, Anthony Crispino, and now Drunk Uncle and Weekend Updates will be solid. Once again Moynihan didn’t have much screen time but made use of every second of it as he delivered the line of the night – “Hey baby Jesus, you wanna do Pilates?”
I’m not really sure they decided to Kristen Wiig’s surprised lady character but they did; and it had the same effect on me as it always has…which is one of indifference.
COMMERCIAL – SEX ED COUPLES THERAPY
Another example of Paul Brittain’s abilities as a commercialer this time reviving the world’s most horrible couples sex education therapist. Buscemi tosses in some more creepy erotic chef-itude.
THE BLACK KEYS – “GOLD ON THE CEILING”
They are back…I didn’t point it out earlier, but there are now 4 dudes in the band. The Black Keys are reproducing!
The final sketch of the night is always the most nonsensical, sometimes it hits big and other times it doesn’t. Sheila and Sheila kick off the Christmas season by decorating the tree with ornaments. It made me chuckle, but mainly because Buscemi forced the image into my brain that he put one of the ornaments in his ass. These types of things can’t be un-visualized.
So that’s about it folks. Overall, I’d call this an medium episode. I’d say not the best of the season but definitely not the worst. It would have been great to see Buscemi run more bits but at the same time, if they were playing on his strengths, doing it ensemble-style is not a bad way to go.
- We had minimal Hader and Moynihan this week but they were awesome when they were on screen. I don’t mind this trend continuing as long as they deliver the funny moments.
- There were not many characters doing the heavy lifting throughout the night. Things seemed pretty spread out and ensemble-like.
- Creepy Bill Hader as the head of NAMBLA might haunt my dreams.
- There were a good handful of recurring bits, only one (Miley Cyrus) I particularly thought needed to air.
Let’s all gather back next week when Katy Perry hosts and Robyn performs.