Will Ferrell is our second to last host of Saturday Night Live to wrap up the season and May sweeps. Right out of the gate, there’s great excitement for this because 1) Ferrell is hilarious in his comfort zone of sketch comedy and 2) Every returning former SNLer this season has killed (see Jimmy Fallon and Maya Rudolph). There will be plenty of drop-ins from other celebs, revival of classic bits and an all over great night.
What we got was something all together different. Let’s check the tape.
COLD OPEN OBAMA VISITS BIDEN
Another really great and strong cold open. It also gave us the chance to revive Ferrell’s Bush impression while being topical he was shoehorned in there a bit but what ex-President wouldn’t be? I love Jason Sudekis’ Joe Biden impression and him flailing around on the bed was hilarious. Tackling the topical issue of Obama’s Biden-induced backing of gay marriage was smart, but for me at the moment I have to say that Veep is doing a much better job at the Vice President jokes right now.
In the immortal words of Mr-T, treat your mother right. No knocking on a man and his mother… except maybe the Jason Vorhees and his mom.
This was a pretty weak commercial parody. In fact, it might be the weakest one we got all year in a year of great commercials.
Ugh! I’ve never found The Culps funny like ever and this was just painful. Ana Gasteyer returned, cool. But damn of all the memorable Will Ferrell moments, we got this one? There’s no legal video clip of this online (probably because of song clearances) but don’t bother looking for it, you will just wast your time.
Will Forte is back as well and he’s great! This sketch was not. There were three separate premises going and none of them were funnier for longer than 10 seconds. The writers also pandered just a bit with the constant reaffirmation that it was 1994. Is this show really going down like this?
DIGITAL SHORT: 100th EPISODE
Congrats to the Lonely Island guys for their 100th short, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. Like with many shorts, this clip will probably be one of the more buzzed about ones of the evening as it brought back so many characters from the past including rapping celebs and a shirtless, Bieber-humping Jon Hamm. Was it just me or did they not mention Laser Cats in this clip? It’s easily their most tapped well for these shorts. I’m also surprised there was no nod to Lazy Sunday which started the whole phenomenon. Now that the shorts hit 100 episodes are they going to retire?
Hey Usher Will Ferrell’s tiger jacket introducing you is more entertaining. But I give you credit for singing and dancing, yet I’m not sure what Hammer Capri pants your backup dancers were rocking.
Weekend Update is strong as usual and I really do like the “Get in the Cage” segments. Liam Neeson is amazing. We are entertained as we usually are with WU.
And here’s a bit with Bobby Moynihan that was cut from the live show. Web exclusive for y’all!
Wow! This sketch was so bad that attractive ladies gyrating to funk music couldn’t save it. What could’ve been a funny idea just became cringe worthy very quickly. Ferrell is great at the absurd characters and this just didn’t work.
Awful! Nearly 3/4 the way into the show we finally see Bill Hader and it was not worth the wait. This might be the worst sketch all season!
I usually watch every SNL episode from front to back but in the middle of this sketch I just said “fuck it” and fast forwarded through it. I just couldn’t take it anymore.
COMMERCIAL ALMOST PIZZA
And we’re going out on a commercial from earlier in the year. How ya doin?
Oh man, what happened? I had such high expectations for this episode and wanted to declare this as the return of Will Ferrell but it wasn’t, well anything. I don’t know how it went wrong but it did. Chalk it up to high expectations but Will seemed off over the course of the night and momentum was never caught.
Well, here’s another clip that was cut from the night. I’m going to go lick my wounds until Mick Jagger, The Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters try to cleanse the palate next week.