So how were the last two weeks of SNL? Gal Gadot and Kumail Nanjiani hosted the two weeks. How did they do?
SNL was ok these past couple of weeks. The Gal Gadot episode had some decent skits in it.
Mirage was a good one where Beck Bennett is not having the best oasis hallucination that he could have.
Most of the rest of the episode was lame, but the stand out sketch was First Date, because I did not see that one coming, and even though they’re lampshading stuff to sell the premise, it still works well.
Both weeks had some savage bits from the Weekend Update guys Colin Jost and Michael Che, so I’ll just include all the segments, like bits about gun control in the first, birth control in the second, Harvey Weinstein in the third, and Mike Ditka in the last one. Cecily Strong is wild as Ivana Trump in that last one, too.
Kumail Nanjiani had some funnier bits. His monologue was pretty good, which made up for the lame Trump open.
And of course there was the skit that went with Kate McKinnon as Kellywise:
Bank Breakers was a good take off on game shows, and contrasted Nanjiani’s vapid reasons for wanting the money with Cecily Strong’s more noble reasons. I love how she slightly breaks down when talking about what she’ll use the money for.
A look at a real issue in an absurd way in Nursing Home showed how Kate McKinnon can do a lot without even talking.
And the oddly affecting Customer Service sketch:
I won’t link to the skit, since it was too long for the amount of laughs in it, but Cecily Strong in the Halloween Party as Maleficent….
So, essentially, SNL needs to focus on Kate McKinnon and Cecily Strong, and maybe use some of the sharp, stinging writing in Weekend Update in some of the other sketches.