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SNL Review: Liev Schreiber Hosts, Best Sketches – Watch

Somehow, this is only Liev Schreiber's first time hosting "Saturday Night Live." And it's not for a big movie –…

Somehow, this is only Liev Schreiber’s first time hosting “Saturday Night Live.” And it’s not for a big movie – say what you will about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but how did he not host around that time ? – but supposedly to promote the upcoming season of “Ray Donovan,” a show that does not need to be promoted for the people who are still watching “Ray Donovan” to just know it’s coming back.

Host: Liev Schreiber

While the cold open is more or less standard, “Saturday Night Live,” from the monologue on this week’s “SNL” does things a little differently and prospers. After all, Liev Schreiber is perhaps the most blank canvas host “SNL” has had in a while; mens der har vært mange andre første gangs hosts (som Awkwafina denne sesongen), har de også kommet med en bestemt stil eller humor som kan være målrettet / clocked ganske godt i gang i en episode, selv om showet ikke work to highlight their strengths moving forward in the episode. At least before to “Ray Donovan,” Liev Schreiber’s had a brand of quiet weirdness attached to him. It’s part of why his work as Cotton Weary in the “Scream” movies works so well (at least, the first two). Og det er noe han har lov til å bringe med ham i stort set hver sketch han er en integrert del av. Plus, if he fails, as he notes in the monologue, he is still a very famous actor with a good deal of money and a really nice apartment.

That “SNL” does not try to do its usual monologue tactics with an actor of this type – an “audience” Q & A, cast interruptions – immediately says a lot about how the show chooses to approach his hosting. This episode completely plays to Schreiber’s strengths as an actor and now “SNL” host, never asking him to do anything outside of his comfort zone but still allowing him to actually be funny.

And it’s truly for the best, because it’s clear to see from this monologue that Schreiber’s got a big case of nerves. Selv om han ikke er ærlig om dette, er det en drøm som kommer til at gå, og dette er fortsatt noe så langt utenfor hans vanlige realm at dette kunne være en absolut katastrofe for en episode. The guy stumbles over his words a bit here, and then he makes sure to speak as slowly and as measured as possible, which is honestly the antithesis of an “SNL” monologue. And that happens again at the end of the episode, unfortunately hurting an otherwise solid 10-to-1 sketch.

Unrelated to himself or the episode itself, Schreiber also points out the record voter turnout for the midterms and thanks Americans. No jokes, no snark, no judgment – the genuine earnestness of this monologue is so unfamiliar to “SNL.”

Ah, this is more familiar for “SNL . “(Literally, basically.) This episode comes in hot with the weirdness, and bless its heart for keeping that weirdness going the whole time. But seriously, it’s quite the bold move (Cotton) to make the first official sketch of the night (“Invest Twins”) one long incest joke. The live audience is not expecting it either, as the “oohs” of clearly thinking the sketch is going to far only get the biggest as the sketch progresses. (That’s what this audience gets for their long “wooo” and applaud session for Robert De Niro’s return as Robert Mueller, though this season has honestly been better so far about the celebrity cameos.) The sketch is pretty much on one level in terms of The sisters joins us sometimes. “”

Unlike Debette Goldry, this recurring Kate McKinnon character (the unlucky in supernatural experiences Colleen Rafferty character, which also always features Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant) actually allows the other cast members to be funny and make jokes too. In fact, Liev even has a couple of unexpected ones in this sketch. (“It was magical. Like watching ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ for the first time.”) The sketch also seems tailored to get everyone to break, and it takes a while to do it, but once Kate stands above Liev , two demonstrate the proper upper decker technique, the floodgates open. You can even hear Aidy cracking up when she’s not on camera, just because she has to let it out somehow.


* “Serial” is not actually “the first podcast.” This is a Comedy Bang! Bang! joke.

But the stars of this sketch are really the graphic design (the peak of Heidi Gardner during the “Best Nervous White Girl in a Place She Does not Belong” category) and the sight gags (Aidy Bryant’s photo in the seat), as well as Ego Nwodim’s ALF ASMR (which will probably exist soon if it does not already) and Kenan Thompson’s Rhames-Cast (because it’s Kenan, of course the Ving Rhames impression is barely anything … but the graphic department strikes again ).

In conclusion: This is why it’s better to listen to comedy podcasts.

Somebody gets Liev Schreiber in an adult swim infomercial or something. Honestly, that’s pretty much what this is.

Best Sketch of The Night: “Brothers”

This sketch is perfect. Hopefully Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney never perform it again.

Not only does the quiet weirdness of Liev Schreiber shine through the most in this sketch – seriously, he needs to be in an adult swim infomercial or show – Beck and Kyle somehow channel the ’90s (their go-to humor anyway) in a way different from their usual sketches. Faktisk, mens du ser dette skisse, ser det meget ut som om du ville se flippende kanaler og landing på en “SNL” skisse fra Sandler / Spade / Farley år. It could be the decor, it could also be the tighty-whites / stoner “Space Jam” shirts combination, but it’s really mostly the bizarre physical comedy that “SNL” does not really go to anymore. There’s the plate smash, of course, but especially the crash through the wall; this show really does not do bits like that on a regular basis anymore. So watching it play out here feels fresh and outside-the-box. Also, watching Cecily, Aidy, and Kenan lose it about Liev Schreiber hosing down their co-stars is a rush.

Honorable Mentions: “Unity Song” / “Permission” (Booty Kings)

While Liev Schreiber’s opening monologue takes a non-partisan approach to politics, it is not an indicator or a guarantee that the rest of the episode will be the same. Men en eller anden gang / for en gang, åbningen monologue virkelig sætter tonen / scenen for resten af ​​episoden. Den kraften av delt dislike / hatred of the most trivial things, of course, is what will truly unify this country after all. That and the realization that Ego Nwodim is going to do just fine on “SNL,” as she’s already sharing music video sketches with both Cecily Strong and Beck Bennett.

] In addition, Chris Redd, by the end of this season, will have created quite the “SNL” mixtape. Seriously, Future and Lil ‘Wayne are on this track, and while it’s got jokes, it’s also legitimately got bars. ( “That booty got insurance / That booty got Progressive” is art.) The “respect” twist on this sketch is great, especially as the actual point of the sketch is very hard to see before that. (Though the “apple” rhyme is pretty on point, pre-twist.) Also, The Uncle Butt grill joke ending on the “is not got no damn teeth” beat continues this episode’s weird streak.

On a buzzkill note, while this ends up being a really smart and funny sketch, it also ignores the fact that the hip-hop industry has not really been hit by the #MeToo movement and it’s actually a really big problem.

Worst Sketch of The Night: “Outside the Women’s Bathroom”

One sketch has to get this designation, and it’s not even that this sketch is bad or even week; it’s just that Liev Schreiber’s nerves get the best of him in the episode home stretch, and he travels over his words the most he has all night and trying to avoid reading the cue cards the whole time and failing, all of which leads to the timing of the sketch being off, at the very least. (It almost could work as intentionally part of the bit, as it’s a pilot from a character who has no business doing any of this.) And it’s pretty great once Heidi Gardner shows up as his girlfriend who’s worried his stupid bathroom show – this sketch is the epitome of bathroom humor – will make him very famous and wealthy, because honestly, Gardner already feels like an old pro when it comes to “SNL” and making hosts more comfortable.

Also, it’s [19659000] Best Male Performer: Cecily Strong

Best Male Performer: Beck Bennett / Kyle Mooney

They Deserve It For “Brothers.” They Deserve It.

Best Female Performer: Cecily Strong


Cecily Strong is all about this episode – cracking up a lot too – but she should perhaps always be a character on Weekend Update. This week she plays the White House internally in the Jim Acosta situation, and in addition to just playing that awkwardness perfectly, she also adds a lot of weird physical comedy that is unexpected (and often unseen) but just amazing. Like the way she keeps ducking behind the table or the roll she must do at one point. Plus, she steals Colin Jost’s pencil, and he most certainly deserves it.

Also, because of the rest of the stuff going on in the sketch, it’s easy for this to get a little lost, but her role as the desperate anchor Trying to keep the show from going more off the rails in the Invest Twins sketch is absolutely integral to making the sketch work as well as it does. This episode is also a subtle reminder of just how deep Cecily’s well of characters is, as this is the first time she’s dusted off her brilliant approach to Sarah Koenig since the show’s actual Serial Sketch Back in 2014.

Final Thoughts

This is one of the few sketches where Mikey Day and Alex Moffat’s Don Jr. and Eric Trump are beyond the limits of the Weekend Update world, and while they are not the focus of the sketch, they make good use of their portion. Also, is it too much to hope this is truly the end of Kate McKinnon’s Jeff Sessions? Besides being a pretty great send-off, now it just seems like any Sessions after this will be unnecessary and shoe-horned in. Kind of like Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller.

These reviews do not usually focus too much on the musical guests, but with Lil ‘Wayne’s second performance hans første performance, med Halsey, som ikke helt vet hvad han skal gøre i bakgrunnen når hun ikke synger, er her), det er hardt å tenke på showet på en eller annen måte reist tilbake i tiden til de tidlige 2000-tallet. For det er virkelig det eneste som forklarer hvad Swizz Beatz (SWIZZY! None of this is a bad thing.

Honestly, Pete Davidson as an “SNL” cast member is fine. Pete Davidson as Pete Davidson on “SNL” is already a headache right now, and it’s only five episodes into this season. This particular weekend update appearance is at least his best one so far this season, although it only exists as a result of his boneheaded one from last week’s episode, which included a very blasé aside about Texas congressman-elect Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw and his eye patch. (Maybe Pete Davidson should not do political bits. Especially since most of the bits involve him basically saying, “I’m not qualified to talk about any of this.”)

Again, this is the episode that allows itself to take den ikke-partisan tilgang til ting, som igjen fører til at finde fælles ground in hating on things together: In this case, it’s Pete Davidson. But besides that, Crenshaw leaves the “SNL” audience with just a genuinely decent message to have on Veteran’s Day weekend. And then there’s also the Ariana Grande bit, which is funny … but again, it’s part of the Pete Davidson as Pete Davidson on “SNL” thing. The funnier part is the “Martin Short in” The Santa Clause 3 ‘”comparison.

Finally: Unsurprisingly, there is no” Ray Donovan “sketch on this episode of” SNL. “Still, and despite the obvious first time Jitters, Liev Schreiber leaves quite an impression here.

Grade: A-

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