This weekend Kevin Hart managed to do two things – 1) achieve his forth straight $20 million-plus box office opening and 2) convince us that the’s a good Saturday Night Live host. It’s the comic’s second time hosting SNL and he’s exactly what you want from a host in a live sketch show – excited to be there, down for anything in the name of a laugh, and quick on his feet (which he fully executed when there was a technical problem in one sketch).
Hart has paid his dues to make his climb to the top of the comedy ladder and he seems to be staying there. Over the course of the night Hart was able to pull the fun out of lesser sketches through sheer excitement and Kevin Hartness, introduced us to his social media violation dungeon, encountered dragons, and leather… he wore a lot of leather.
Cold Open: Martin Luther King
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King day, so why not toss in a cold open about it. We get ourselves a wide-eyed Pete Davidson working on a report about MLK who is then visited by the ghost of the civil rights leader who learned about how his efforts are faring in 2015.
The monologue usually falls into three different buckets – musical number (which most shouldn’t do), a drop in from another celeb, or an audience Q&A. It’s best when a comedian hosts because they pretty much just do some of their act. Hart continued this tradition by doing a lighthearted spot about his his home living situation.
Calvin Klein Ads
Well, here’s the clip that’s going to be all over your social media in the morning. As Kate McKinnon takes the piss out of the recent (and rumored photoshopped) Justin Bieber Calvin Klein ads. This sketch got us thinking… has SNL paired up McKinnon’s Biebs and Vanessa Bayer’s Miley Cyrus for a sketch yet? Three of these commercials ran over the course of the night but here they are all together for you to enjoy.
Why’d You Post That?
This sketch was plagued with some technical difficulties on the broadcast version. So the here’s the clip from dress. For those that saw the broadcast, you would’ve seen Hart work through the complications fairly well. The sketch stumbled a bit because of it, which is unfortunate, because who doesn’t want a dungeon where they can toss people that post the same things on social media?
The first thing we thought of when we saw this sketch was Friends of The People’s “Gentrify Rap” sketch from earlier this year. Consider this the follow-up version of to that just as funny which proves that artisanal mayonnaise jokes are here to stay.
Get On Up
James Brown often asks his band about things before he executes them. But did we know how far in depth he did? Not until now.
Soap Opera Reunion
If I had walk on music, it would more than likely be farts. The second part of this sketch was far more interesting with Hart admitting his trouble with the English language.
Sia “Elastic Heart”
Sia has a thing about being seen. But she has no problem with albino dancers.
Update was particularly strong this week as Che and Jost nailed pretty much every joke, with particularly great ones about the Pope/Charlie Hebdo and Bill Cosby.
Update was light on desk guests this week but not light enough for Kate McKinnon to pull another weird accented old lady.
If singing at inappropriate times is your thing, well then you loved this sketch. While this sketch wasn’t particularly problematic, it had nothing more than a funny premise that was solved with “call in the loud opinionated lady!” for the joke.
Here’s the sketch where the host has the impressions guy do an impression of him. We found this one particularly funny because it references Sweet Cheeks in Atlantic City. A real place where Hart used to host comedy nights back in the day. While that doesn’t enhance the sketch for more than a handful of East Coast comedy fans, it was a fun inside joke.
Sam Sia, different performance artist.
The 10-to-1 sketch would not have worked had not Hart committed to its ridiculousness. “Pew Pew Pew! Bang Bang!” in the hands of a non-professional wouldn’t have worked.
Other random thoughts
– Artie Lange confirmed he and Dave Attell were in a pre-taped sketch that was obviously cut. We wonder that what was all about. Hell, it will probably hit the web later
– Are we right in thinking Hart work a lot of leather right? There was leather everywhere this episode.
– If you’re wondering, Justin Bieber’s response to his spoof was a tweet “LOL, well played”… the poet laureate of the Millenial generation ladies and gentlemen.
– This episode in particular seemed more diverse than most, it’s a good trend. Allowing uniquely funny voices like Leslie Jones and Michael Che shine is what’s going to make SNL stronger as it moves forward.
We’ll see you next week when Blake Shelton hosts.