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My Favorite Sketch From Saturday’s #SNL40Finale – Louis C.K.’s Hilariously Uncomfortable Monologue

This obviously wasn’t a sketch, but it was probably my favorite part of the show. Louis C.K. was tasked with closing out season 40 of SNL, and he did a pretty great job. Louie is always a fun host, and his monologues are usually a shortened version of his stand up act, and he always adds a bit of controversy to his jokes. Saturday’s monologue was no exception, as he started off talking about racism and ended it with an odd homage to sex offenders. As much as bits of it made me uncomfortable, C.K. has the ability to deliver certain jokes or statements that shouldn’t make you laugh in a way that is impossible not to smirk at. He’s facing backlash online over this monologue, but I think Louie knows that no matter what he says, SOMEONE is going to find it offensive, so why not offend the masses?

– Ryan


My Favorite Sketch From Last Week’s #SNL – Mr. Westerberg

Reese Witherspoon stopped by SNL this weekend to pull off the hosting duties, and she was delightful. The show started with a Republican sketch that never really hit, but every sketch Witherspoon was involved in I enjoyed, especially the two times she paired up with Cecily Strong (the LA talk show sketch and Weekend Update). My favorite sketch was actually a Hallmark spoof, with Bobby Moynihan playing the office boss, Mr. Westerberg. All the employees are doing impressions of him in his peculiar voice until Beck Bennett’s character shares a little too much information. The reaction faces from Vanessa Bayer, Reese and Kenan were great, and SNL continues to nail these strange sketches. Louis CK hosts the season 40 finale (!) this Saturday, in what should be an awesome episode.

– Ryan

SNL Has Announced The Last Three Hosts For Season 40 & They’re All Spectacular

Season 40 of SNL is coming to a close, but not before three more action packed episodes starting next Saturday. Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon and Louis CK will close out the season, with Wiz Khalifa, Florence & The Machine and Rihanna paired up as the musical guests. CK is always wonderful on SNL, and Johansson and Witherspoon are that perfect combination of star power with the ability to get a little bit weird for a laugh. The SNL crew has had a few weeks off, so hopefully they come out swinging for the fences starting next Saturday. If we don’t get an encore edition of Louis as Abraham Lincoln in the season finale I might burn my house down.

– Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Chris Hemsworth’s Wonderful SNL Debut – ‘Spaceship’

Whenever you have a first time host who isn’t known for being overly funny, it’s better to be cautious than to expect the world. That was my game plan going into last Saturday’s SNL hosted by Chris Hemsworth, but he blew away my expectations similar to what Martin Freeman did earlier this season. While Hemsworth can certainly be funny, it’s not his forte, but he delivered in just about every sketch he was in last night. The best, and most unique sketch, was ‘Spaceship’. A simple enough premise about a crew that doesn’t feel comfortable taking orders from their non human captain that I was 99% sure would be a robot, but leave it to SNL to flip the switch and make the captain a live chicken. Hemsworth trying to have a one on one heart to heart with a live chicken was the highlight of the sketch for me, but every scene of this bit was great.

– Ryan

Check Out The Dakota Johnson Hosted SNL Sketch That Was Cut For Time, ‘New Playroom’

One of the downsides of SNL being live every week is that the show has to be perfectly timed out in order to fit everything in. Every week after dress rehearsal, a sketch or two will get cut for time, and more likely than not, it’s hysterical. The ‘New Playroom’ sketch that was cut from last week’s SNL hosted by Dakota Johnson is no exception. It’s set up as an HBO First Look at the ’50 Shades of Grey’ sequel, ’50 Shades Darker’. In this scene, Christian Grey takes Anastasia Steele into his new sexual playroom, except it’s still being built and the construction workers are actually there working. I liked this sketch better than the 50 Shades spoof they did with Kyle Mooney as a child reporter, but thanks to the internet, we now get to see both.

– Ryan

My Favorite Sketch From Last Week’s SNL: ‘Say What You Wanna Say’

While the overall episodes for this season’s SNL have been hot and cold, the pre taped sketches have consistently been very good, and ‘Say What You Wanna Say’ continues that trend. The best thing about this sketch is that absolutely everyone can relate to it. Every one of us has gone out to the bar or just out in public and run into someone that you know you’ll never, ever hang out with or talk to, but you’ll be nice and say you will. Well, not anymore. I might just walk around with a boom box and every time I don’t want to do something or talk to someone I’ll press play and blare ‘Brave’. Cubical office life will never be the same again.

– Ryan

Music Monday: Miley Cyrus – 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon Cover from #SNL40)

One of the lesser talked about moments from SNL 40 earlier this month were the musical guests. While Paul McCartney, Paul Simon and Kanye West chose to play their own songs, Miley Cyrus used her time to pay tribute to one of the most influential musicians to appear on SNL, Paul Simon. Her cover of ’50 Ways To Leave Your Lover’ was great, and proves that behind all the crazy antics, Miley can straight up sing when she wants to.

– Ryan

Eddie Murphy Was Supposed To Play Bill Cosby During The Celebrity Jeopardy Sketch On #SNL40

Norm Macdonald’s Twitter account has been a gem ever since SNL 40 on Sunday night, as he’s shared backstage stories and his own personal feelings about being back at SNL and seeing so many familiar faces. One of the more interesting stories he shared was the fact that Eddie Murphy was originally supposed to play Bill Cosby at the end of the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. While Kenan eventually did the impression and did a solid job, as Norm writes, the laughs from Eddie Murphy putting on that Cosby sweater would have absolutely brought the house down. Murphy ended up nixing the idea, and instead gave a short speech after an amazing tribute and introduction from Chris Rock. Backstage stories like this coming out are kind of bittersweet: it’s cool finding out behind the scenes details of a show the magnitude of SNL 40, but now we’ll have to live knowing that Eddie Murphy could’ve stole the show one last time while simultaneously breaking the internet. With that said, I’m OK with the baby steps approach that’s happening between SNL and Eddie. Let’s hope him showing up for the special eventually leads to him hosting the show one day.

– Ryan