eff “The Dude” Bridges brought it all home this weekend as the final host of Saturday Night Live in 2010. With it, he brought his usual cool edge to the show as he opened the night with a familiar face, Cookie Monster, who’s spent the last few weeks auditioning for a hosting role on the show. The duo performed a perfectly swell musical ditty which set the pace for the rest of the night. Here’s the recap:
The cold open was exactly what it should have been, funny, and not too long in the tooth. Something I’ve noticed about SNL recently is some bits dragging on for much longer than they need to be but this one got in and got out, wrapping with Jason Sudekis’ Joe Biden impression which usually gets a chuckle.
The digital short was pretty absurd and exactly what we can expect from The Lonely Island guys, taking a pretty simple concept and getting some great and random celebs to participate in the ridiculousness. They also make it seem like someone like Akon would actually hang out with those dudes. Here’s a track that’s certain to be on the group’s new album due out in 2011.
Bill Hader seems to have been the winner the last few weeks of SNL pulling out a fantastic bits as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and every time he appears as Stefon on Weekend Update there’s sheer humor in watching him not loose it while he’s delivering lines. Hader and writer John Mulaney must have a ball coming up with things for that character to say. I also get the impression that Hader doesn’t read the script until he does it live, mainly because it Hader looses it mid sentence almost always.
Also, while we’re on the topic of Weekend Update here’s a clip from the update’s weatherman, Brad Pitt.
And what holiday would be complete with another shot across the bow of Insane Clown Posse’s “Gathering” infomercials.
Bridge’s take on Punk’d was nothing special except it begged the question…where did Andy Samburg’s Billy Bob Thorton impression come from? I don’t remember it coming out before and it seems kinda shame he’s waited this long to roll it out ’cause it was pretty dead-on.
One of the last bits of the evening took place at the general store as Bridges played a flamboyant gift wrapper with Kristen Wiig – who wasn’t used much this episode, and that wasn’t such a bad thing because of her overuse lately. In fact, the less Wiig we’ve seen seems to have helped with the confidence of other female cast members.
That was the night. Musical guests Eminem and Lil’ Wayne were just okay, and pretty unmemorable but compared to recent guests but we can’t have it all sometimes. In the new year Black Keys are slated to be the guests with hist Jim Carrey. I’m psyched for Carrey but the Keys could be pretty mindblowing if they bring it. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.