Last night Anna Faris hosted SNL for the second time, below is a rundown of the sketches and some of my brief thoughts on the episode.
Cold Open–Mayor Bloomberg addresses the Occupy Wallstreet Protests
What a bad way to start a show that starts at 10:30 pm. A single camera, single actor, zero laugh political monologue. I AM TRYING TO STAY AWAKE HERE GUYS.
Monologue — Anna Faris vs. Anna Faris
Not a good night for Anna Faris. First her hairdresser totally fucks her and makes her hair look more artificial than her impersonator who is actually wearing a wig, then she has to struggle through a jokeless monologue never acknowledging her flopped and critically panned movie “What’s Your Number”. I think we all want to like Anna Faris, she’s good in Happy Face, and she’s married to Chris Pratt, so she must be cool. She just SEEMS like she should be funny, she’s fearless, and takes more risks than a lot of actresses would. Unfortunately, she was not funny here, her movies aren’t funny and she had an arc on Entourage, so she’s making it hard to stay on her team.
Manuel Ortiz Show
One of those sketches that’s supposed to be funny because it repeats the same ridiculousness over and over (the dancing between each segment) but it’s just not. Flop.
Lifetime Game Show “What’s Wrong With Tonya”
So much potential, there were some really funny moments; like Hader’s intro for one of the housewives “we understand your husband has a locked drawer”. Ultimately though, this went nowhere and was super muddled and just didn’t seem like it had a clear direction.
Digital Short — Interviews with Drake
I don’t have much to say about this, it executed a dumb idea about as well as you could have, and Drake never hurts.
Another GOP Debate
They need to use Kenan Thompson more because his Herman Cain was the only interesting thing about this sketch.
Finally, you guys! The best part of the show. We got secondhand news! That’s always the best, “the protesters at Walgreens want everything 99% off”. Then a Drake rap about stealing candy nearly ruined by the worst cast member in years Jay Pharoh .
Plus, Seth Meyers is great. He does snark in a way that doesn’t make me want to smack him like I do every time I have to listen to Jon Stewart talk.
J Pop American Fun Time
White kids who think they’re Japanese are posers on a community access show. I fell asleep during this sketch. Bring back Melissa McCarthy. This season has not been strong, you guys.