When the decision was made to have Kerry Washington host Saturday Night Live it made total sense. Not only is her show Scandal red hot (though I can’t claim to have seen a single minute) she’s also one of the few actresses on TV currently with first billing on a show, a great actress, attractive, and *gasp* non-white.
That’s right, Washington stepped right up in the middle of SNL’s currently non-diverse cast controversy and came out on the other end unscathed. Was last night’s episode of SNL one of its best of the season? Most definitely. Washington didn’t register high on our radar as a potentially good host. But like they say in sports, “it’s why you play the game.” To continue my sh*tty sports analogies let’s go ahead and give Jay Pharoah the award for MVP this episode. He’s come a really long way from, “what are they doing with that guy?” a year ago to a strong player this season and especially this episode.
Let’s see how Washington handled her debut as the host.
Cold Open: Michelle Obama at the White House
Anyone reading up on the entertainment news knows that SNL is currently in the middle a bit of a rebuilding phase and with it they hired a lot of new cast members that didn’t really set the diversity world on fire.
While it’s a very real conversation, the writers managed to frame it into a hilarious moment with the opening sketch. This bit greatly acknowledged the problem, it’s now on the show’s people in charge to do something about it. And hint: the answer is not to have Al Sharpton help you out. For that guy didn’t add anything to this sketch.
While the monologue is very rarely something to care about, Washington was delightful and it was the perfect time to mention Scandal, done and done. Now let’s ban “da club” from everyone’s vernacular.
Career Week Speaker
Naseem Pedrad struck funny once again in the first sketch of the night. This time as a Yemenese motivational speaker with a penchant for sound bytes. Washington is perfect as the blase assistant who, in our opinion, does deserve more respect for her ability to assess a bucket.
Digital Short: My Girl
I really hate this short. Not because it’s a perfectly toned spoof of the ridiculous Ylvis song, or that Washington looks great fronting a pack of dancing women foxes. I hate it rather for I now have that song stuck in my head and have already re-watched this clip about 5 times.
How’s He Doing?
I really like The Wire but didn’t realize as whitey I shouldn’t be mentioning this piece of information to anyone outside of my race. Thanks for the heads up SNL. I’ll have to mention this info in my recap of this episode. Us recapper people, we suck.
Miss Universe 2013
This was probably the weakest sketch of the night. But then again it gives us a change to check in with someone from the E network. I’m also pretty sure Washington is doing her best impression of comedian Wil Sylvince doing an impression of his Hatian family members.
It appears that Eminem’s music wasn’t cleared for web. But here’s what you missed – Rick Rubin as a DJ. Skyler Grey singing and Eminem looking generally tough. He sounded low in the mix during both performances. Some said he lip synched along but I think he was overcome by the power of Billy Squier. Just like this guy.
While we once again saw Kate McKinnon take on another Eastern European impression, Shaq and Charles Barkley are my new favorite Update complete with Shaq’s googly-eyed melted bobblehead look.
After a nice little Lou Reed tribute we get a sketch that shows Aidy Bryant having herself a really bad day. He husband Dwayne is really not taking her thoughts into consideration.
Principal Frye: Fall Carnival
Attention teachers and students… the law of diminishing returns is ever present every time this sketch resurfaces.
Date Or Diss
This sketch is pretty much what I imagined the pitch sessions for MTV’s Next and Parental Control were like in some board office high up in NYC.
I’m pretty sure this some sort of looping Inception-style of brain freeze.
That’s a wrap folks, let’s meet up two weeks from now, when Lady Gaga will both host and be the musical guest on the show. Something something fashion, something something fame monster.