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Anthony Scaramucci & Lavar Ball Highlighted SNL’s First Ever Weekend Update Summer Edition

Usually we’d have to wait until late September or early October for SNL to reappear and start skewering the news. Luckily for us, SNL aired the first ever Weekend Update Summer Edition last night, and it was a welcome site. Colin Jost opened up the show with the most accurate line of all time – “it’s been a crazy year these last few weeks”. With Trump as President, everything feels like it’s going in super sonic motion, and just when your head is wrapped around one crazy news story, two more pop up to sock you in the jaw. Now, onto my two favorite parts.

It’s a goddamn shame that SNL missed out on Anthony Scaramucci. The Mooch and his personality and penchant for telling reporters that Steve Bannon sucks his own cock would have been a gold mine for SNL, but alas, those that fly closest to the sun aren’t mean to be around for long. Luckily we still got Bill Hader as Scaramucci, and he was fantastic because ‘Bill Hader as _____’ is always a going to be fantastic. I don’t know if they’ll bring Hader back for this season (especially if The Mooch doesn’t make his way back into the spotlight) but I’m glad we at least got this. Also, has there ever been a more on the nose description of someone than The Mooch being human cocaine? I don’t think so.

Kenan Thompson is heading into his 15th (!) season as an SNL cast member, and much like a fine wine, he gets better with age. He impersonated Lavar Ball last night, who I usually would hate to see pop up in the news, but if Kenan is doing the impersonation I’ll let it slide. Kenan’s vocal impersonations are never that great, but he makes it up for it in other ways, like the way he pronounced rhinoceros or the dance move he did to take the sneakers away from Colin. Lavar isn’t going away anytime soon (Lonzo hasn’t even started his rookie year yet) and I’m assuming his asinine comments will keep coming. This won’t be the last we’ve seen of Kenan’s newest impression.

-Ryan

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#SNL Fridays: HR Meeting

Chris Pine’s SNL hosting stint kicked off the unofficial summer of Chris Pine that has continued on with his role in Wonder Woman. He was hands down my favorite host from season 42, and one of the under the radar sketches was HR Meeting. What was supposed to be a routine performance evaluation turns into a musical, sexually tensioned filled meeting. Have a great weekend everybody.

-Ryan

#SNL Fridays – Tenement Museum

Louis CK hosted one of the weirdest episodes of season 42, but the weirdest shows always end up being my favorite. This was the final sketch of the night, one in which Louis CK’s accent was so bad it caused Kate McKinnon to break character. Have a great weekend everybody.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Melissa McCarthy’s #SNL – Film Panel

Melissa McCarthy joined the Five Timer’s Club on Saturday night and hosted a pretty good episode. If you told me two weeks ago that Chris Pine would outshine McCarthy I would’ve called you crazy and tried to physically harm you, but Pine was tremendous. McCarthy was great too, but I enjoyed Pine’s a little more. My favorite sketch from McCarthy’s show was Film Panel, featuring the return of the wonderful Debette Goldry. McCarthy plays fellow aging actress Gaye Fontaine, and this sketch has enough one liners to fill an entire episode. McCarthy adds a slight lisp to her character for no apparent reason, but much like everything else she does, it’s gold.

-Ryan

Melissa McCarthy Is Rolling Around Manhattan On A Podium Dressed As Sean Spicer #SNL

Melissa McCarthy is hosting SNL this weekend, and it looks like we have at least one sketch to look forward to where she’ll be performing her spot on Sean Spicer impression. The one in the videos above will be a pre taped sketch, so it remains to be seen how many live sketches we’ll get with Spicer. The makeup process for the transformation has to be crazy, so I can’t imagine SNL would be able to get her ready during a commercial break. McCarthy is so great at sketch comedy that I know it’ll be a wonderful episode no matter what the content is, but a few timely Spicer burns are always fun to watch.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Chris Pine’s #SNL – SWAT Recon

Chris Pine hosted SNL for the first time Saturday night, and with Melissa McCarthy and The Rock as the final two hosts, this seemed like the writer’s and cast’s shot to sing and get weird. Pine sung in almost every sketch he was in (including his monologue) and no sketch was weirder than SWAT Recon. Kenan Thompson and Beck Bennett played SWAT team officers spying on Bobby Moynihan’s fugitive character. The only problem with that is directly next door Chris Pine and Mikey Day are eating cotton candy, having backpack dance parties and dancing with Leslie Jones in a zoot suit. You know, just your typical sketch day on the job.

-Ryan

#SNL Has It’s Final Three Hosts & Musical Guests Lined Up To Finish Off Season 42

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We’ve known that Chris Pine, Melissa McCarthy & Dwayne Johnson are hosting the final three SNL’s of season 24 for awhile now, but the musical guests have been a mystery. Consider that mystery solved as SNL announced that LCD Soundsystem, Haim & Katy Perry will close out the season as musical guests. SNL has been on a weird schedule this year thanks to the top heavy fall lineup that coincided with the most insane Presidential election in history, so I’m glad they’re going out with three straight shows to open May. While the writer’s strike is still looming, I have faith that SNL will finish strong.

-Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Jimmy Fallon’s #SNL: Basketball Scene

Jimmy Fallon dipped into Studio 8H on Saturday night to host one of the few remaining shows of this season. Fallon always brings a ton of energy to SNL, and last weekend was no different. He was in almost every sketch and my personal favorite was a pre-taped original titled Basketball Scene. The premise is simple: Fallon and Mikey Day are extra’s in a movie scene where Kenan Thompson’s character is trying to have a heart to heart talk with Pete Davidson’s character. They were hired as extra’s due to their supposed basketball skills, but the director quickly finds out they have no skills at all. I loved everything about this sketch, and the failed alley oop attempt made me actually laugh out loud.

-Ryan

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