Who would’ve thought Jonah Hill’s SNL would kind of stink and that Ariana Grande’s would be so pleasantly wonderful? Well that’s exactly what happened, as Grande turned in one of the better host/musical guest performances in recent memory. She was a child TV star before she became a pop singer, but that doesn’t always translate into a good SNL host. Grande put those fears aside from the very beginning, and I think it helped that it was a very music heavy episode. Of all the musical sketches, the Tidal one was my favorite. SNL did pretty much the exact same thing a few years ago with Bruno Mars and Pandora, and it’s just as effective here thanks to their host’s musical abilities. Grande does a great Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, and even busts out a mumbling Rihanna. While I had my reservations about Grande hosting on Saturday afternoon, by Sunday morning, I was ready for more.
This is epic. As far as impressions go, this is as spot on as it gets. Jamie Costa nails every single Robin Williams role to a T, and it’s also kind of freaky because Jamie looks like a young Robin Williams too. Williams passed last August, and I have to imagine a lot of these kind of tributes will be pouring out from to time since he had such a huge impact on so many lives and careers. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be watching this video all day today while weeping into my pillow.
I’ve said it once, i’ll say it 1,000 times. People who can sing and people who do great impressions are the most talented among us. Now take this guy who can do BOTH. Bravo, sir, Bravo. I wish I could do even ONE impression. My “Jamaican” accent always seems to come out sounding like a truck driver from Alabama.