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ICYMI: Saturday Night Live Review – Edward Norton & Janelle Monae

Edward Norton and Bobby Monyihan prepare for "Saturday Night Live"

Edward Norton is your host this week, with the lovely Janelle Monae as the musical guest. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights..

Wes Anderson New Horror Movie Trailer

I’m not one to brag, but I did call a Wes Anderson sketch earlier this week. As someone who has had the pleasure of watching one of Mr. Anderson’s film, this sketch was a joy to watch. The SNL team obviously did their homework, as this trailer looks like it was constructed by Wes himself. The sketch was headline by Norton, who put in a spot on Owen Wilson impression. All the tiny quirks that make Anderson’s movies so enjoyable were on display in this mock trailer. Alec Baldwin narrating the sketch didn’t hurt, either.

Weekend Update featuring Anthony Crispino

Weekend Update is now officially Bobby Moynihan’s playground. Drunk Uncle is usually the one to steal show, but the secondhand news correspondent Anthony Crispino is pretty incredible as well. Moynihan, with a mustache, in a strong New York/Italian accent, falsely reporting the news. I could watch it all day. Seth Myers and Cecily Strong are getting better week by week.

Critter Control

Brooks Wheelan and Edward Norton play cousins who love them some critters. A funny scenario that was executed well, thanks in large to part to Wheelan who really carried this sketch. Norton’s impression were great all night, and this sketch is no exception.

School Visit

Nasim Pedrad lives! Another funny scenario, this time with a more ensemble cast effort. Norton was great as the cop, and he’s been the best host so far this season. Pedrad is easily the star of this sketch, though, as the bratty ring leader of the scatterbrained school kids. Here’s hoping they start featuring her more.

Steve Harvey Halloween Special

This is clearly not the best Steve Harvey sketch SNL has done, but anytime we get to see Kenan play Steve it’s a joy to watch. 5 seconds of Kenan’s bug eyes are worth it for me.

Trick or Treat: Halloween Candy

This sketch was kind of bizarre, but I dug it. Again, Norton played the part to a T, and Bobby Moynihan and Aidy Bryant played a good second fiddle. Norton is definitely someone I would never want to get candy from, especially after that razor blade joke.

Another week of SNL in the books, and Edward Norton was fantastic as the host. I’d have to say he was the best host so far this season, getting the edge over Tina Fey based on the number of sketches he was in and the range of characters he played. I could’ve used a little more Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon, but Nasim Padrad and Brooks Wheelan looked strong tonight, and the rest of the cast steered the course. Next week: Kerry Washington and musical guest Eminem. Happy watching.

– Ryan

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