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SNL Recap: Martin Freeman Hosts on December 13, 2014

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Recapping Saturday Night Live Season 40 Episode 9 with host Martin Freeman and musical guest Charli XCX on December 13, 2014

If you’re looking for a podcast recap of the Martin Freeman-hosted SNL, Rob Cesternino and Rich Tackenberg have sump’n for you! Both Rob and Rich thought this was one of the best episodes of the fortieth season so far, feeling there were more sketches in the plus column than usual and fewer that they were down on. They begin by discussing the Charlie Rose cold open in which Bobby Moynihan and Kyle Mooney play CIA torture experts who reveal they are responsible for various other forms of “torture” such as Time Warner Cable customer service or the self-checkout at the grocery store. Rob and Rich thought this was probably the best cold open of the season and enjoyed the interplay between Moynihan and Mooney.

From there, Rob and Rich also praise Martin Freeman’s monologue which included Kate McKinnon’s impression of Maggie Smith, the wedding objections sketch for its comedy and technical complexity, and the Kenan Thompsons short film “Sump’n Claus,” even if they would have preferred a little more clarity on why Sump’n Claus was giving out $20 bills to naughty people, where he was getting the cash from and etc. Growing up in a Catholic background, Rich was also very tickled by the Christmas church extravaganza sketch, relating to some of its details like the sweaty palmed man who really wants to shake your hand. Rob also liked some of the sketch’s smaller details like Kyle Mooney as the kid who didn’t want to read, and Taran Killam quietly laughing at the priest’s very tepid joke.

This week was not without a couple of duds, however. Rich’s patented “huh-boys” for the week go to the Heinz ketchup factory sketch (though he praises Freeman and Taran Killam’s rapid fire back and forth delivery of the sketch), the ten-to-one Aidy Bryant waterbed spokeswoman sketch, and the morning show parody “Right Side of the Bed” with Killam and Cecily Strong.

Later in the show, James Keast from Exclaim Magazine gives his underwhelmed take on the somewhat juvenile musical stylings of Charli XCX. The SNL podcast will return next week to discuss the final episode of 2014, hosted by Amy Adams with musical guest One Direction.

SNL Recap of Martin Freeman hosting Saturday Night Live on December 13, 2014

SNL Recap of Martin Freeman hosting Saturday Night Live on December 13, 2014

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  • They used Freeman wrong. He works well as the likeable relatable straight-laced guy reacting to a whole bunch of craziness. The problem was most of the sketches were so safe and boring. Woody Harrelson ep showed how to use that kind of host.

  • Robert Penner

    “It was a team effort, obviously. There’s no ‘I’ in torture.”
    “There are eyes! Sometimes.”
    The writing in the cold open was so sharp.

  • Aaronupsidasium

    Maybe they’re saving a Sherlock parody in hopes that Benedict Cumberbatch hosts during his Oscar campaign later this year.

    Two years ago Jennifer Lawrence and Christolph Waltz hosted and then won oscars for the films they were promoting.

  • Mike Bloom

    I think the fact that there are barely any recurring characters is actually beneficial for the show. One of the only problems of the Wiig/Hader/Samberg/Sudeikis era is that we got a LOT of recurring characters that just never died. I would rather see problematic writing than lazy, Mad Libs-y writing.

  • Mike Bloom

    Also, do we need a new watermark for “worst recent episode ever” outside of the January Jones episode? My candidate is the Jim Parsons episode, I cannot remember anything good from that hour and a half.

  • Guest

    no recap of the xmas show with amy adams?