Set the entire world on fire when it became known that John Mulaney would host Saturday Night Live ? I suspect no. Did I do a jig? Maybe, but there is no video, so nobody can prove it. As the author of Stefon and countless other SNL sketches, Mulaney helped shape some of the finest moments in his half-decade on the show. During a scriptwriter, he gave some appearances on "Weekend Update," but these were essentially stand-up routines that were ported to this format. Apart from his performance as Shy a few weeks ago during the Bill Hader episode, he had no trace of characters in Studio 8H.
So, how did he do that? He has more than acquitted himself, but the material itself has seldom come from second gear. The show was by no means good-natured. However, this was one of the episodes in which the ideas are all reasonable, but not completely landed. Still, there were some that worked very well, including one that had no business and yet could only be one of my favorite sketches throughout the season. Here's what people are going to discuss until the show returns in May with Donald Glover.
John Mulaney Stand-Up Monologue
Apart from the almost impressive unconventional sitcom with his last name, there is little John Mulaney has done in his comedic career that was not hilarious. Here's the scientific proof: My family can not agree on anything, and yet everyone thinks his stand-up routine over the Salt And Pepper Diner is hysterical. This man brings families together, that's what I say.
So, while I did not know what to expect from Mulaney, the sketch actor, I knew that the monologue would be excellent. With a lot of material from his last tour Kid Gorgeous he had the audience in his hand from the first minute. It helped put him in front of what was probably the friendliest, most encouraging audience he'd ever performed for. These were people who knew how unique the moment was and were ready to laugh, even though Mulaney had just read the phone book. Luckily, he made his A-Game a real highlight with his timing considerations for a Connecticut-based gazebo. It may seem like there is a new stand-up special on Netflix every 15 minutes, but if you have not tried Mulaney's hours on this service, now is a good time.
Meet the Parents Coldly Open
As always throughout the season, when SNL speaks of Trump instead of portraying him on the screen, it works like a gangster. That was not exactly funny, but it was remarkable for his two guest stars: Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. It would have been notable for anyone except Kate McKinnon to play someone who was in any way closely associated with the Trump administration. But having these two stars open in this cold ensures that it will be shown and shared during the coming week.
(I would also say that this sketch established an interesting dynamic between Jeff Sessions and Mike Pence as a Big Brother -like Final Two alliance that can be continued when the series returns, But honestly, who can say, what the hell will happen in Washington in the future so far in the future?]
Did we really need a Meet The Parents reunion to dramatize Michael Cohen's current constitutional state? But all the old stuff is new, either in the form of a reboot or a Broadway musical, and it took the audience longer than it would probably have to do to see what was going on with the polygraph test, but as soon as they joined in, The crowd started to laugh before the next reference was made, who knows: maybe the country is ready for Fuller Fockers .
In the documentary Who is Tommy: The Amazing Journey Roger Daltrey has an amazing quote about the difference between the original version of the rock opera, which is played live by the band, and the Broadway version that recently debuted. Comparing the two, he said, "I never wanted to sing the right notes, give me a Pennernote and a bead of sweat at all times." In essence, he argues that emotion and ambition are more important than perfection, which is a detour to say that the mess of this sketch only enhances its performance. That was ridiculous. That was crazy. That was … amazing.
It would be a bad service to break this in any logical sense. It's a Weird Al-esque parody of Les Miserables a showstopper for the prop department of the show, and a useful example of why the entire SNL ensemble en masse can be so effective. The best performers develop their own comedic personality, and when they "try to suppress laughter while parodying Broadway show sounds," I am suddenly extremely invested in this current iteration.
Yes, people missed lines and notes. Yes, the bouncing ball was a full line ahead of the audience singing along. But like Daltrey, that does not interest me at all. There was a lot of love and affection that flowed into this sketch, even to those who simply acted as background for the climatic conclusion. There were about four hundred times when this sketch could have crashed and burned, and the fact that it came more or less intact to the finish makes this one of the most memorable moments of the season.