ICYMI: Saturday Night Live Review – Bruce Willis and Katy Perry
Bruce Willis is back for round 2 as host of Saturday Night Live. Considering I was 1 when he last hosted, this show has a solid chance of being more memorable. Katy Perry is your musical guest. Here’s the highlights.
Cold Open – NASA
Killam and Strong play “Gravity” stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a spoof of the movie taking place during the Government shutdown. Kenan and Kate McKinnon play “essential government personnel” who are not as equipped to handle an emergency situation in space. Quick, funny sketch. Kenan has the best bug eyes in the game today.
Anyone who has ever played beer pong at a random guys house in college can relate to this sketch. Some people have some pretty ridiculous rules, and newcomers Beck Bennett and John Milhiser nailed it. Pen pals was my favorite rule. “If the ball goes around the rim, then in, it’s..pen pals. We set you up with a pen pal, and you write back and forth, possibly forming a friendship that could last a lifetime.” I really like the young blood in these digital shorts. Too early to say they’ll replace The Lonely Island, but they’re off to a great start.
Boy Dance Party
Speaking of digital shorts, this was my favorite sketch of the night. Usually when something makes me think of Dane Cook, it’s a bad thing. This was the exception. Just as in Dane Cook’s “dance” bit, this sketch involves a slew of guys who just want to dance. Bruce Willis hasn’t updated his dance movies since 1989 and I couldn’t be a bigger fan of them. Beck Bennett’s twerk and Taran Killam’s junk swing are also pretty goddamn funny. The digital short lives!
I read a few online reviews that didn’t enjoy this sketch, but I thought it was pretty funny. If you don’t want Bruce Willis serving you shots of vodka dressed in a centaur outfit and blonde wig then I know everything I need to know about you as a person.
24 Hour Energy for Dating Actresses
Seems as if every pre-taped sketch was a hit tonight, and 24 Hour Energy for Dating Actresses is no different. I’ve never dated an actress, but I have to imagine almost every cast member can relate to being a struggling actor/actress. Kenan watching his girlfriend (Cecily Strong) perform her one woman show was definitely the highlight for me.
Another solid show this week. Out of the three, I’d probably rank it second behind Tina Fey’s season opener. Not a breakout show, but you have to be happy with how this new cast is meshing together. Also, I think it’s a lot easier to put on a good show when the host has nothing to promote. The writers are able to flex their creative muscles, which this week gave us a good variety of sketches. SNL is on a two week hiatus, returning October 26th with host Edward Norton and musical guest Janelle Monae.