Last night Zach Galifianakis hosted Saturday Night Live for his third and possibly best time since he first broke into the spotlight from The Hangover. “Do I know you from The Hangover? No offense” and now the third installment of the film which is due out in a few weeks.
Galifianakis is a very likable host yet at the same time has an oddball sense of humor that doesn’t always lend itself to sketch comedy. Save for the monologue and connection of “Darrell’s house” sketches near the end of the night not much of his oddball humor was on display.
Regardless, Galifianakis always puts his best foot forward, going for the absurd every chance he could. Is he going to dress up like a dragon and hang out with Jamie Lannister? Hell yeah he will. What about dressing up like Jennifer Aniston with his Hangover co-stars? You bet yr ass! A good gauge of how SNL is going to roll out for the night lays on how often they dive into their established characters. Granted there are some that are so popular they need to appear from audience demand (see next week when Kristen Wiig hosts). It’s usually an indication of how many new ideas worked in the writer’s room each week. We also know how much trouble we’re in when we see “The Californians” show up as the first post-monologue sketch. Galifianakis’ entire night was chock full of new sketch ideas, meaning a good week of creativity was flowing. Let’s see what the results were.
COLD OPENING: FOX & FRIENDS INTERVIEW MAYOR BLOOMBERG
These FOX & Friends spoofs are always fun, though tough to really tell any of them apart from any other one in particular but I always have to slow down and watch the list of corrections because they’re often hilarious. Tonight’s were no different.
Kentucky Derby losers are not turned into Ikea Meatballs
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev did not accidentally blow up vowels in his own name
The Chupacabra does not deliver presents on Cinco De Mayo
President Obama does not want to take away t-shirt guns
Most women have only two breasts
The Memphis Grizzlies are not a gay blues band
Scientology was not founded by I Ron Man
Bangladesh was not an 80s metal band
Peeking at ladies’ butts is not a background check
Actual crows do have feet
Pot pie is legal in every state
The California wildfires are not a soccer team
Jason Collins was not turned gay by a Washington Wizard
The NRA is not a branch of government
Foreign visas to not let Russian students go on shopping sprees
Rick Moranis was never put on death row for shrinking his children
New York exists outside the mind of Billy Joel
A French press is not lifting weights with your tongue out
Lena Dunham is not a girl ventriloquist
Number 2 pencis are not sad that they lost
Plan B birth control is not masturbating
Justin Bieber and Anne Frank were not an item
President Obama did not just wake up in Mexico
F.A.A. does not stand for “Fart A**, A**”
Croquettes are not female crocodiles
Kanye West is not an African American vacation destination
Syria is not Arabic for “serious.”
Rice and beans are edible. Ricin beans are not
Causal Friday is not in the Bill of Rights
Sam Adams was not too drunk to sign the Constitution
The Gitmo prisoners are not working on their beach bodies
Force feeding is not how Jedi’s eat
Kevin Costner does not live in Watertown
Smurfs are not elected
Smurfs are not appointed
Smurfs are cartoons
Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle have been in the same room together
Anytime minutes don’t let you call the future
4 and 3 are not basically the same thing
Rock beats scissors
Zach Braff is not the sound a trumpet makes
When comedians host the show the best way to handle it has always been to let them perform some of their material. It’s worked well every time this season so why not do that again with Zach? Alright, they did? Nice.
“We have a great show for you tonight, Hoobastank is here.” Oh no wait, that was last time.
GAME OF GAME OF THRONES
I don’t know who thought of the idea to put Galifianakis into a dragon costume and ask him Game of Thrones trivia but said person needs a raise. Though this sketch didn’t seem to have much of an ending but I think the writers knew that, so they just brought out a Lannister. Because a Lannister always pays their debts. I don’t know how that relates to this sketch or if works as a joke but that’s what I have.
As soon as this commercial came on, we began mumbling “Martha Stewart,” and then there you have it a Match.com commercial where Martha on the prowl.
If you DVR’d this episode, you missed that ad for a new Lonely Island record that’s due out on June 11th. That will be a blessed day because it’s also my birthday. Two things for you to look forward to.
JENNIFER ANISTON LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST
One of the night’s strongest sketches didn’t make it out on any official channels. Which is a bummer because it was one of the best of the night with Galifianakis coming in 8th place in a Jennifer Aniston look-alike contest and getting really pissed about his hair score. The payoff for this sketch included drop ins by Zach’s Hangover co-stars Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms.
OF MONSTERS AND MEN “LITTLE TALKS”
With the scheduling of Of Monsters and Men, SNL has officially landed all 3 of the top acts in this new wave of folk acts that are dominating music right now (Mumford & Sons, Lumineers). OFM&M are a personal fave, we think it’s because of rustic Bjork and her guitar slinging skills.
Weekend Update is back online with their first live show since some heavy sh*t went down in the news with the Boston bombing, West Texas, and the gun control votes. While they chose to not really address some of the heavier parts of the news, they did pull in some good ol’ James Carvel mock dealing of cards talking about gun control.
The mockery of Google glasses is pretty spot on.
And the girl you wish you hadn’t had started a conversation with has some summer plans.
Subtle racism, it’s different than accidental racism. Also, why this all took place in an M&Ms store must be product placement. Then again, I’m not sure if the product placement execs are looking for Racist Jim to be one of their main characters. There’s also Black Joe, who is unfortunately not the same Black Joe as this guy, which is the worst travesty of all.
This sketch kinda meandered for a bit but the premise falls right into the oddball humor that Galifianakis is great at. The lack of payoff didn’t come by the sketch’s end but paid off later. Marcus! Let’s fix the rest in post.
OF MONSTERS & MEN “MOUNTAIN SOUND”
Another great OM&M song. Though I realized in addition to the band having rustic Bjork, they also have dress up Kieran Culkin on bass.
MICHAEL JORDAN’S WEDDING
I love any time when Keenan Thompson tosses on the old bald cap and does his Charles Barkley impression but he might’ve been upstaged by Jay Pharoah’s randomly awesome Dikembe Mutombo with eerie ET fingers. What’s better than two jugglers whose cocaine abuse steadily increases?
This joke was nailed in its specificity. I’m nearly positive every person I’ve ever seen wearing New Balance sneakers was and overweight man, though I’ve seen younger guys get on board.
DARRELL’S HOUSE #2
The first sketch was fun but with this last minute payoff at the end of the night threw thing way over the top, makin’ for a killer Jon Hamm / Al Jolson payoff.
That about wraps our night of Saturday Night Live goofabouts with Zach Galifianakis. As previously mentioned, it was probably Zach’s strongest hosting of the show to date. This episode also puts Galifianakis on the list of SNL hosts we’ll look forward hosting again.
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