The November sweeps episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Tiffany Haddish was a pretty good one. Let me tell you why.
I had never seen Tiffany Haddish’s work before this, but after seeing her wonderful monologue, in which she is charming and hilarious, I’m a fan now. She’s apparently going to be in the adaptation of the Vertigo comic The Kitchen, which I’ve read and was good, so she should be interesting in the role.
The opening segment was another dull political sketch, with the same cartoonish Jeff Sessions by Kate McKinnon. She’s better than that, or should be.
The Lion King auditions segment was mostly blah, had a horrible John Oliver imitation, but did have Heidi Gardner as Kristen Schaal, which wasn’t bad.
The gamer thing was an ok premise, but went on wayyy too long. I do like the bobbing of the in-game characters, which really reflects how Mortal Kombat characters moved. Also, they probably shouldn’t have had the punchline of a gamer skit be to tell a woman to shut up.
The message from the DNC was savage. It hit all the blind spots that Democrats seem to have. Great stuff. Some of their political stuff actually is good!
But then there was Get Woke with Tamika, which might have been good if it had actually been sharp in its satire.
The last black unicorn was pretty good, with Tiffany Haddish as a clairvoyant unicorn seeing a suckass future for Aidy Bryant, and I really like the joke where Leslie is older, which thereby makes the younger Tiffany the last one.
The Whiskers R We segment was one they’ve done before, I guess, but Tiffany Haddish made it really good. Lesbian innuendos and cat puns, what’s not to love? Especially since Tiffany Haddish is going to punch a cat at about 2:55 in.
Weekend Update was pretty good again, with some sharp Trump jokes and sexual harassment issues addressed. Kenan Thompson was amusing as Lavar Ball in an overly broad caricature, and Cecily Strong is, of course, wonderful as the exasperated HR lady trying to get through sexual harassment training.
Overall the Tiffany Haddish hosted SNL was a damn good one that introduced me to a wonderful new talent.