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SNL43 | Tiffany Haddish Hosting Saturday Night Live | Nov 11 Recap

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Rich Tackenberg and Mike Bloom give their thoughts on this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Tiffany Haddish, with musical guest Taylor Swift.

  • Matthew Murphy

    SNL has been killing it this season. I thought the dolphin sketch was pretty funny, despite being super dumb I’ll never not hear “haaaaand,” when I hear a dolphin.
    The DNC sketch was a home run. You can make fun of the Patriots all day but you have to give the Falcons their due for losing so badly. I often crap on Kate MacKinnon but she truly captured the repulsiveness of Hillary Clinton that led to the biggest loss in political history. Loved LD as Bernie and everyone else involved.
    Going into this I had no idea who Tiffany Hadith was, might’ve seen her in Keanu but you can’t help but like her, she’s the most endearing person SNL has had on in ages.
    Great stuff, nice to see them using new ideas and not relying on Trump like every comedy outlet has been.

    • Mike Hasher

      What do you have against Kate McKinnon

      • Matthew Murphy

        I gave her props. She’s growing on me but some of her characters feel super forced. I’m always aware she’s playing a character while other people are more believable.

  • Mike Hasher

    Hi great recap just wanted to comment that so far we haven’t gotten any new musical guests so far but 4 new hosts also does snl say no to a musical guest who hosted and maybe wasn’t good enough to come back and host again? Also rich and mike dones snl get lucky?-meaning that they do a sketch or character and it happens to be hilarious the first time without them knowing so so then when they bring it back and it’s not as good because they are relying on the audiences reactions.
    For example Larry David’s return as host the alien sketch…

    • Mike Bloom

      Thanks so much for your kind words! Regarding your questions:
      -This may be me being naive, but I really think it comes down to time commitment when it comes to former hosts becoming just musical guests. There’s a definite difference between doing the whole week of preparation when it comes to sketches, and coming it at the end of the week to do a couple of songs. You have artists like Katy Perry and Gaga who are extremely busy at the time they come on, or even someone like Miley who has her hands full as a judge on another reality show. I even recall a few years ago when Timberlake scaled back to just musical guest for a show, and he’s become the beacon of host/musical combos! Of course, they could also be the ones to pass because they didn’t like the pressure of having to do so much as well…
      -I wouldn’t say that SNL is “lucky,” as much as they really like to re-capture lightning in a bottle. This isn’t something that’s new, you could see it even 10+ years ago with what happened with Debbie Downer. The audience went crazy when everyone broke, and they spent many other times after that trying to replicate that kinetic energy. I will say one of the only times they were able to repeat this type of thing and succeed in recent years IMO was Stefon.

      Thanks as always for listening!

      • Mike Hasher

        I want to know why Justin timber lake has become so known as host and musical guest when he only did it three times and he basically cohosted when he was musical guest last

        • Mike Bloom

          I mean, there aren’t many stars who serve as both host and musical guest, let alone three times. Plus people like to hold Timberlake up because he’s a good example of someone you wouldn’t assume would be good at all on the show, but he really took like it like a duck to water.

          • MCBAR

            Maybe the first times because he had jimmy Fallon and other cast members but when he did it the last time it wasn’t the best episode why?

  • Mike Hasher

    Also where was Kate in the whole screen test sketches she could have done Justin bieber or a talk show host combo with Ellen or shakira….

    • Matthew Murphy

      Kate’s already in like every other scene. She’s probably busy filming another movie that’s going to bomb anyway.

      • Mike Hasher

        Yeah but she does great impressions besides the one from last week

  • Morgan Stewart-Hartman

    The dolphin sketch was actually based on a real-life experiment in the 60s! Margaret Howe Lovatt tried to teach a dolphin to speak English, and even “moved in” with the dolphin. A lot of details from the sketch are straight out of the project (e.g. shot of Kate on the phone, Aidy with the white face and black lips). There was a BBC documentary about it in 2014. Here’s an article with deets!
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/08/the-dolphin-who-loved-me

    • Mike Hasher

      Does that affect the comedy of it if it is based on a true story

      • Morgan Stewart-Hartman

        I think it does! I think the sketch is still funny on its own, as just a crazy situation, but knowing the actual true story behind it allows the audience to recognize and appreciate all the nuances and details that they took care to include.

        It’s like when they use an absurd but real Trump quote. It’s funny on its own, if you didn’t know it was something that he actually said; but funny on a different level if you know that the quote is word for word! Like, wow…

        I suppose because it transforms general absurdity to cutting satire. Instead of presenting straight craziness, they are presenting it almost exactly as it was, with the addition of the character in the moment who recognizes how ridiculous the situation was. It becomes a more pointed commentary on scientific experimentation, instead of just a silly scenario out of someone’s wildest imagination.

        Though mostly, I was just posting the info about it being a true story because I thought it was neat that they chose to do a sketch based on that obscure research, and I was so impressed at some of the details they included. 🙂

  • MCBAR

    With December who are some host we hope or wish to see: (pitch perfect 3) also does snl stay away from comedic hosts on other networks as a host, are they tied down to people in their network circles