J.K. Simmons is one hell of an actor. The guy is funny, he’s dramatic, he’s the dad, he’s the everyman. He’s an Oscar nominated actor who also does a TV commercials. While we can’t compare J.K. to Matthew McConaughey (Matt never was J. Jonah Jameson) we can say that he’s capable of everything. So taping him to host SNL is a terrific idea. Simmons was terrific, he didn’t get frazzled nor appear to be reading cue cards all night. He even took off his pants in the name of a joke. Simmons was truly a great host who hit some sketch speed bumps that were either because of 3rd show writing fatigue or a lot of blizzard jokes needing to be scrapped last minute. Let’s break it all down.
Cold Open: Super Bowl Shutdown
Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch get their own TV show. It’s the ol’ odd couple trick. One of those guys has a gift of gab, while the other is a man of few words. Both, however are men of many dreadlocks. The night before this aired Key & Peele put these two Seahawks on a press conference and now they have their own talk show, these dudes move fast.