Emma Stone has a pretty full range. She does both comedy and drama well and when she drops by Saturday Night Live it’s very obvious that she enjoys her time in studio 8H. She hosted the show two other times in 2010 and 2011. It’s actually hard to believe it’s been five years since. Save for an appearance on SNL 40 to portray her hero Gilda Radner’s character of Roseanne Roseannadanna. Stone is one of those names that makes you smile when you learn she’ll be dropping by to host.
This time around she and the crew went a bit early on the holiday cheer, producing 3 different sketches with a Christmas theme. An interesting turn since we’re still two shows out from the Christmas episode of the show. Stone provided some great moments for the evening, let’s run it down.
Trump Cold Open
It’s pretty obvious that SNL didn’t have much of a contingency plan had Hillary Clinton lost the presidential run. The good news is Alec Baldwin seems to be more than willing to make the quick trek over to 30 Rock for a few hours and help become one of the most talked about moments the next day. SNL could very well have Baldwin portray their Drumpf for a while to come.
It’s also pretty obvious that the show mocking our president-elect on TV gets under his skin. He doesn’t think its funny anymore and is nostalgic for the time when it was, ya know just a year ago when he hosted. Maybe he’s just really self aware and realizes he hosted one of the worst episodes of last season.
Emma Stone is celebrating her third time hosting the show. And shockingly enough it’s been 5 years since she’s hosted the show. Hearing this news evokes a feeling that Stone should not go another 5 years before she hosts again. She’s pleasant and happy enough a person that dropping in every year seems more fitting.
High School Theater Show
This sketch always makes us chuckle. Probably because of the completely misguided twists it produces. This particular sketch focused a bit more on Kenan Thompson and Vanessa Bayer in the audience commenting. In a way it made the sketch stronger. Rather than a self-righteous, ham-fisted fumble.
The Christmas Candle
Regifting is a big epidemic this time of year. Besides fruitcake, candles might be just the second most regifted item. This sketch is for all the moms out there having to regift this holiday season.
In a spoof of many teen movies we have ourselves a teenage boy having fantasies about posters on his wall. Particularly when it’s an attractive pinup. “Oh, this bitch.” Now, let’s get that math figured out.
The Hunt For Hil
In addition to the cold open, this is probably the sketch that you’re going to see all over your newsfeed in the morning. With the unusual amount of photos captured of Hillary Clinton out in the world after her Presidential run why not tread her like a Sasquatch sighting. It’s one of the ideas that just was so obvious, a comedy writer somewhere is mad they didn’t come up with the idea themselves.
Shawn Mendez “Mercy”
Ladies and gentlemen, Shawn Mendez.
Weekend Update has been on a bit of a high streak of late. Perhaps it’s the buckets of material the Presidential race has given us. Or maybe it’s just we’ve all grown to really like the report between Colin Jost and Michael Che. The audience did seem a bit sensitive though, tossing out some groans as much as they did laughs.
The desk visits this week were the weaker of the segments Update cranked out. This particular desk visit does however prove that Update is in need of some new drop ins to shake things up. They’re getting a bit comfortable with Leslie Jones showing up every once in a while. Maybe this upcoming holiday season, we’ll get a return from Drunk Uncle?
The 90s nostalgia rides high as Vanessa Bayer reprises her role as Jenifer Aniston.
Trying to figure out the vaguely Eastern European accents of a trio of cleaning women singing super-horny Santa songs is both funny and head scratching. What’s the point of this sketch? Better yet, what was the pitch of this sketch like?
Kate McKinnon has a knack for making it incredibly hard for those around her not to break when she does panel sketches. These sketches should be called, “just let Kate McKinnon go with it.” Debette Goldry makes everyone around her work to keep it together. Jennifer Aniston drops in again to do some light plugging for Office Christmas Party. Makes sense to get those plugs in as two of the show’s biggest female cast members are also in said movie.
Wells For Boys
“What’s he putting in there?” “A secret.” This sketch is well written and funny. One for all the fragile snowflakes out there.
Shawn Mendez “Treat You Better”
Once again, Shawn Mendez.
If you’ve ever really thought about it. This sketch is probably exactly how the birth of Jesus would’ve played out. Mary, feeling overwhelmed, puffy, and gross, probably would’ve had little desire to see guests.
And that’s a wrap on a relatively consistent Saturday Night Live episode. Stone is well on her way to become a member of the five timers club. But that will not be next week, that’s when first timer John Cena comes in to host.