It’s Harry Potter time folks, so gather around the boob tube and see what host Daniel Radcliffe had to show off as he handles the hosting duties on Saturday Night Live. Radcliffe is not far out from releasing a new movie (The Woman In Black) and someone’s gotta get out there and shill for the man. On the other hand, musical guest Lana Del Rey stopped by to try to live up the the internet hype she didn’t get as Lizzy Grant, failed chanteuse circa 2010. Her debut album is set to be released on July 31st and it’s the first time since Natalie Imbrulia a musical guest showed up at 30 Rock before an album of recorded material was out in the public. Turns out there’s a reason why but we’ll get to that in a minute. In the meantime, let’s see how Radcliffe fared.
Cold Open: Mitt Romney in South Carolina
Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney always catches hell for not appearing to be a normal person, so it’s pretty vital that he starts to act human as we head into a presidential race. There was a nice reference to the Denver/New England
bloodbath football game that was happening just hours before the show aired.
Radcliffe’s monologue took some nice shots at parents that are way too into the kids books (next stop these people please!) I do think a running list of all the terrible Harry Potter characters needs to be drawn up.
Ricky Gervais Promos
Back-to-back Jason Sudekis, is this going to be his night? If he keeps up with a pretty killer Ricky Gervais impression, that might just be okay. Granted the joke about gunfire erupting at the BET awards is so tired a premise I can overlook that much.
Since the announcement of her killing off Gili, it seems Kristen Wiig has tried to not repeat characters much this season which is probably a good thing for Target Lady is definitely starting to adhere to the law of diminishing returns. Even Daniel Radcliffe in a pony-tailed mullet trying to show a bit of chest hair isn’t going to save it.
You Can Do Anything
Millennials, hassling amiright!? I love the idea of a sketch that taps into the unbridled self-esteem matched with the unskilled youth of today. It’s in this scene where Radcliffe drops the line, “I gave it my best and therefore no one should criticize me.” Which might sum up most of the night, Radcliffe seems to be putting forth his best effort so far, but things aren’t yet gelling.
Spin the Bottle
Bobby Moynihan drops his second awesome moment of the night, the first being Snooki in Jersey Shore Harry Potter in the monologue and the second in this clip that kinda appears to be a Digital Short but isn’t.
“And you can be magically whisked away to… Delaware. ‘Hello, I’m in Delaware'”. This could be one of the most quotable sketches of the night like “Let’s go see a Lighthouse,” and “Strut like a guy through Wilmington.” Unfortunately and probably because of the songs in the clip, they weren’t allowed to put the clip on the web. But here’s a bootleg to get on until the bootleggin’ is no good no more.
Harry Potter Epilogue
What happens when Harry Potter peaks during his high school years? Well you have this. And it was pretty much a given that Radcliffe was going to break out the Potter-ness in at least one sketch and here we got one. I also dig Bill Hader’s Snape impression.
Lana Del Rey: “Video Games”
I don’t get the Lana Del Rey groundswell that has happened as of late. Most artists these days don’t seem to live up the hype, and after watching her performance, it’s pretty safe to stick to stick to this theory. And according to the internet buzz post performance, I’m not the only one.
I’d like to see a real life “5 Second Raul” and since there are no more dictators on this planet, and it makes sense to recycle the two best friend sketch for the new North Korean leader. By far the winner of Update was bringing in Casey Anthony’s Dog as Radcliffe nailed it.
Let’s diorama 2012 in one hundred hears. This sketch brought some chuckles, but for the most part it was just okay, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to start making moves to domesticate wolverines, that’s something I’m totally for as soon as possible.
There’s pretty much nothing you can’t do in the era of Super Pacs and funding of political commercials, that’s unless you turn the focus on pointing out your own mistakes as you run for office. These clips are quick, generally okay, but could’ve been separated throughout the show better rather than the quick cluster we got them near the end of the night.
The Jay Pharoah Show
This sketch came across to me that they are trying to figure out where they can utilize Jay Pharoah’s talents, and I’m not sure if this is the best place.
Lana Del Rey “Blue Jeans”
Nope, it wasn’t a fluke the first time around. Nothing was better the second time. This song needs a deeper, more sultry voice singing it, not whatever this was.
This was a fairly forgettable sketch but Kristen Wiig is entertaining enough even though it coulda been cut down a minute or two.
Headz Up App Commercial
Oh look, finally an Andy Samberg sighting, that’s about all I remember from this sketch. Oh well, they can’t all be zingers.
And that’s about it for the evening, Radcliffe’s hosting duties went well but don’t rank as a particularly standout episode. He seemed willing for much of everything and likeable enough for people to be willing to interact with him, but in the long run this episode missed more than it worked. I also don’t usually factor in the musical guest into the overall equation but Lana Del Rey did no favors easier.
Did anyone that notice the commercial for the new Betty White show, Off Their Rockers? That might have been the funniest moment of the night and it wasn’t an SNL moment. Let’s regroup in a few weeks on February 4th when Channing Tatum and Bon Iver throw down.
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