Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live was a big one for Tracy Morgan. About 16 months after a fatal accident that left Morgan and comedians in his entourage in a coma and one of them dead. Morgan’s recovery was long and tough on many levels. Hosting SNL isn’t the easiest ways to dip your feet back into the pool. Hosting SNL is diving in the deep end. Morgan pulled it off and he did it with a smile, plenty with drop ins from some of his celebrity friends. He didn’t just get by, he thrived. Way to go Tracy!
Cold Open: Democratic Debate
There was a meme floating around the ol’ internets earlier this week that compared Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to former (30 years ago) SNL scribe and enthusiasm curber Larry David. So imagine the excitement when David decided to take the stage dressed as Sanders. Tacked on with Alec Baldwin and we already have our guest star quotient in high alert for the evening.
As expected host Tracy Morgan got a bit of a standing ovation (‘cept for those fools down in the front). Morgan’s friends from 30 Rock swung by the monologue to help kick off the show. If there basically wasn’t a new 30 Rock show in the monologue, perhaps the rest of the cast just take their turns doing their best Tracy Morgan impressions?
Family Feud: Extended Family
This sketch had such a terrific premise. These recurring segments can get tired out relatively quick but adding the idea of a man’s old family vs. his current family, allows for incredibly funny and awkward moments throughout. It’s a twist that completely worked and might’ve made the sketch of the night.
Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet: Beaver And A Camel
It was a safe bet that Morgan would bring back his most popular character on this turn back on SNL. It’s great to hear him in that character again. Also, giant camel! We outta here Elizabeth.
Mitchell’s Fake Cocaine
The pure dilemma of this sketch is determining what’s worse? Is it admitting you use cocaine or take massive dumps? The reality is for many of us is really a toss up and that’s what makes this sketch work.
Demi Lovato “Cool For The Summer” / “Confident”
Here’s where we’d normally post a clip of Demi Lovato performing. But we couldn’t find it, and that’s fine we guess.
Update: Found it.
Since Tina is hanging around the building, why not have her drop in on Update? It’s always a delight when she drops in. Particularly this time to discuss Playboy’s new move to do nudeless and armbutts. Every time Tina drops in on update, she always seems to be showing whomever is currently hosting Update just how its done.
Che’s endlessly optimistic neighbor Willie drops by to talk about Halloween. And of course his life coach Woodrow is there. Maybe some doodoo pies are in order? It’s funny to think that Morgan and Thompson never overlapped as cast members, as their report on this segment was solid.
Good Morning Song
While this sketch had on point production value, the jokes didn’t really land. It just kinda ended, which is probably for the best just to forget it’s there.
The premise of this sketch is one that many people probably had. So much in fact, that we’re thinking by Tuesday, someone will claim SNL ripped their web video off.
Demi Lovato “Stone Cold”
Once again Demi Lovato, and I’m pretty sure she sang the words “Cold Stone” in this song, so let’s go get some ice cream.
Yo! Where Jackie Chan At Right Now?
This sketch started off with the most simple of goofy impressions but as it kept going on and one with the celebrity impressions, the laughs just came. It was particularly fun just to see Kenan Thompson’s smirk as more and more people got interviewed.
Astronaut Jones: The Martian
All of Morgan’s characters are coming back. It’s nice to see the old montage for Astronaut Jones. Done in the style of The Martian. Demi Lovato read straight from the cue cards and Morgan flubbed the only joke but this sketch was fun because of nostalgia and it being a perfect sketch for the 10-to-1 spot.
That’s all for this week. Next time we regroup, it’s all Trump and the time!