Podcast recap of Saturday Night Live hosted by James Franco and musical guest Nicki Minaj for December 6, 2014
Rob and Rich are in agreement that this was a fun episode of SNL – Rich says there may not be a lot to love, but there’s definitely a lot to like. The guys start by discussing the “Politics Nation” cold open, as Rob is shocked that SNL has actually found a topical use for the Al Sharpton parody. Rich believes that since the cancellation of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” SNL has struggled to find containers in which to present current news in the cold open, so agrees with Rob that this was a good use for the sketch.
From there, Rob and Rich share their thoughts on James Franco’s topical monologue about the recent Sony hacks (complete with a cameo from his “The Interview” co-star Seth Rogen), the sketch parodying NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” featuring the return of Aidy Bryant’s Tonkerbell, and the Grow-A-Guy short film presented under the banner “A Mike O’Brien Picture”. The guys also talk about the show’s parody of the much-hyped teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII, poking fun at the older actors from the original trilogy. Rob and Rich compare and contrast the use of visual effects in the on-air version versus the online version posted Sunday. Later, they’re joined by Exclaim Magazine editor James Keast to discuss the performance (musically and in sketches) from Nicki Minaj.