The Christmas episode of SNL is a tough one to hate on. Because no matter what happens we’re guaranteed a fun live vibe to the evening. To us it’s always felt the most live and “New York” episode of the show we get each year. The city plays a big part in the spirit of the show and with the exterior of 30 Rock outside looking like Santa’s balls exploded all over the place, it’s tough for that spirit to not permeate studio 8H just a few feed away.
Traditionally, an SNL fav anchors the night, like Jimmy Fallon or Martin Short did in recent years. We usually get more than a few cameos, and sometimes, we even get ourselves a cultural shift to the show like we did “Lazy Sunday” and “Dick In A Box.” That’s right, both of those shorts were debuted on the Christmas episode of SNL. Amy Adams isn’t particularly a proven SNL commodity, she’s hosted once in the past but there aren’t many instant SNL connections drawn to her. With that being said, she has the chops, in addition to being a fantastic actress, she can sing, and is genuinely likeable. In fact, what’s not to love about Amy Adams really?
The episode itself contained some strong moments while others were just painful, (moreso if you count yourself as a non-fan of One Direction), but there were plenty of moments to talk about and leave us satisfied for the next few weeks.
Cold Open: Dr. Evil Hacks SNL to Bash North Korea
Well, this was probably the best cold open we’ve seen all season long. SNL managed to take a completely topical issue and find just a perfect way to spoof it in an unsuspecting way. It’s been a long time since we saw an Austin Powers film but this is a perfect scenario to resurrect a classic. Sometimes time makes the heart grow fonder. Seriously, who really expected Mike Meyers to be the one to drop in and spoof the brew haha surrounding the movie, The Interview? Of course Dr. Evil would have something to say about this topic. It just made it all better as we know Myers based his iconic character off of Lorne Michaels to begin with. So things come full circle as we took our trapper keeper and loose leaf and got schooled.
Show of hands, who really thought there was a problem with their cable signal for a hot second?
Remember the absence makes the heart grow fonder bit mentioned on the last segment for Mike Myers? Not sure if that applies to Kristen Wiig, who feels like she’s never really left the show yet. We’re beginning to think that Wiig never actually left studio 8H, she’s just sitting in a room somewhere and they break her out whenever SNL needs a bit of pizzazz. But she does indeedn know how to crash a monologue in style. Given Adams’ ability to sing, a musical number was fairly inevitable.