Saturday Night Live

Recapping the Hits and Misses of Jim Parsons Hosting SNL

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Rob Cesternino and Rich Tackenberg recap the latest episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jim Parsons. Join us LIVE to ask us your questions after the episode

Things that Worked (the short list):

  • Rob liked the Bird Bible sketch for Kate McKinnon, Mike O’Brien and baby Jesus hatching from an egg
  • Rich got “Tonked” by Tonk
  • Rob thought that the “12 Years a Slave” Auditions were funny
  • Both Rob and Rich are becoming smitten by Cecily Strong on Weekend Update
  • Jebediah Atkinson performed well again, after having a few months in between appearances rather than just 2 weeks.

Things that Didn’t Work (a longer list):

  • Rob thought the cold open with Ellen was a bit of a throwaway
  • Rob and Rich didn’t understand why they chose most of the TV characters that appeared in the monologue
  • Rich didn’t like the Murder Mystery sketch (though Rob was amused by the antics of Simply Dudley)
  • Rob didn’t know how the elevator sketch got on the air
  • While Rich appreciated Jay Pharoah as Shaquille O’neal, Charles Barkley is one of Keenan’s worst characters
  • Rich really hated the Cowboys birthday sketch which closed out the show.

Overall, it was a very uneven episode to start the Colin Jost era on SNL, though his performance on weekend update got better as it wen’t along.

Join us back next week when we recap the March 8th edition of Saturday Night Live hosted by Lena Dunham with musical guest, The National.

 

Sketches Discussed in this Episode:

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW COLD OPEN

JIM PARSONS MONOLOGUE

PETER PAN

BIRD BIBLE

DANCE FLOOR KILLER

12 YEARS AUDITION

BECK “Blue Moon”

WEEKEND UPDATE: JEBEDIAH ATKINSON

WEEKEND UPDATE: CHARLES BARKLEY AND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL

MURDER MYSTERY

SPOTLIGHTZ ACTING CAMP

BECK “Wave”

ELEVATOR

COWBOYS