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SNL Recap: Chris Pratt Hosts the Season 40 Premiere on September 27, 2014

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Rob Cesternino and Rich Tackenberg review the best and worst sketches of Chris Pratt hosting Saturday Night Live with musical guest Ariana Grande from the SNL Season 40 premiere on September 27, 2014

SNL 2014: Recap of Saturday Night Live's 40th Season Premiere hosted by Chris Pratt with musical guest Ariana Grande from September 27th, 2014

SNL 2014: Recap of Saturday Night Live’s 40th Season Premiere hosted by Chris Pratt with musical guest Ariana Grande from September 27th, 2014

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  • Edward Morris

    Was it a missed opportunity to poke fun of Ariana and the “I hope they all die” rumor?

  • Michael J

    i kept expecting chris pratt to come out and dance to “ooh child”. missed opportunity there!

  • Anna

    Rob, “Problem” was definitely her hit a few months ago but it’s a little outplayed now. “Break Free” is her more current hit. You’re just a tad bit behind but I give you an A for effort haha

    • Yes, give me credit because when it was popular, I didn’t know it was a song yet.

  • Guillaume Schmitt

    I’m kind of sad that there were no Parks and Recreation sketch this episode. I mean before this summer, Chris Pratt was almost only known thanks to this NBC show. I think that’s a miss to not have Amy Poehler back or someone else from the show like Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman or Aubrey Plaza.

    • Scott Chupack

      Or even better, to give someone a chance to parody Amy Poehler.

  • Guillaume Schmitt

    For the married couples (still married or not) who both Hosted SNL, there is:

    – Chris Pratt & Anna Faris
    – Kim Basinger & Alec Baldwin
    – Roseanne Barr & Tom Arnold
    – Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas
    – Demi Moore & Ashton Kutcher
    – Demi Moore & Bruce Willis
    – Russell Brand & Katy Perry
    – Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr.
    – Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
    – Ryan Reynolds & Scarlett Johansson
    – Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis

    I did not reasearch this so i might have miss one, two or 20 but that’s the ones that came to my mind listening to the podcast.

    • Great job, @Guillaume Schmitt!

    • Jason Lee

      Ryan Reynolds’ second wife, Blake Lively, has hosted as well (that lucky bastard!)

  • Matt Campbell

    I’m actually excited to see Cecily in more sketches, I think she’s the most diverse and funniest character performer on the cast and thought she was being wasted on the Update Desk. Agree with the assessment Chris Pratt did okay but felt the nerves, and Aidy could have potentially stolen the show if it wasn’t for some opening show jitters as well. Also agree about the fantastic debut of Pete Davidson, he could become the new Bill Hader.

  • Dan C

    The Marvel sketch was hands down the best part. The whole point was the repetition of “Hooked on a Feeling” since Marvel shoved that song down our throats in their promotion for Guardians. And Pam 2: the Winter Pam was a clever tie in to CA2: The Winter Soldier. It was perfect.

    • Scott Chupack

      Agreed. I thought Rich Tackenberg (Ahhh….AhAhhh…AhAhhh) was pretty rough on this sketch. It was hard to stop laughing each time they played the music, especially if you saw all of the promos for the movie.

      • Scott, it didn’t get old for you? I agree it was really funny at first, but i thought it really ran out of steam.

  • Jason Lee

    I’m sure it was just a throwaway line, but during the Girl At the Party segment, when Michael Che said he kinda had a crush on someone named Jessica, I couldn’t help but wonder if he was talking about his old Daily Show colleague, Jessica Williams :D

    Also RE: Don Pardo’s passing/tribute, they actually ended up doing a bit of a tribute as well on the week he died at the end of the rerun episode they played that Saturday. Over the goodnights/credits, as everyone was hugging each other (I believe it was a rerun of Josh Hutcherson/HAIM), they overlayed an audio clip of Don Pardo from several years ago saying something like “this is the old dinosaur Don Pardo wishing everyone good night” and then fading out to the same tribute image they used on the season 40 premiere. Seemed like a weird place to put it, 1AM on a rerun week when probably nobody is watching (I just happened to be flipping channels and ended up watching like the last 10 minutes of the rerun). Hopefully like Rich said, they’ll do a fuller tribute at the 40th anniversary episode.

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