Let’s be frank, last week’s episode of Saturday Night Live was just painful to watch. As hard as Jim Parsons may have tried, the writing was just not there. Calling it mediocre would be the nicest compliment to give it. But here we are, it’s a new week and this time we’ve got Girls mastermind Lena Dunham hosting. Would SNL be able to dust off last week’s bad vibes and come back swinging?
Well, the show certainly had a lot of weak moments thanks again to awkward writing, but overall was a nice improvement from last week. While there were simply better skits this time around (as well as a few surprise celebrity appearances to save the subpar sketches), a big chunk of credit should be given to Dunham. No one ever doubted that she’s funny and could take a joke at her own expense, but Dunham did a superb job as host. Even when certain bits didn’t land, it was still fun to see her play along with the rest of the cast.
COLD OPEN: OBAMA UKRAINE ADDRESS
Not only did SNL kick off the evening with Jay Pharoah’s Obama, but with a celebrity appearance from none other than Liam Neeson. Seeing Obama pull a Vladimir Putin and ride a horse shirtless would’ve been enough to make this cold opening a hit. However, hearing Neeson deliver a personal message to the Russian leader in the style of Taken despite lacking “experience in international diplomacy” was awesome.