RYAN AND JASON VS. SNL:
LOUIS C.K./SAM SMITH
(3 HITS AND 2 SHITS)
DYKE AND FATS
In SNL land, 5 minute skits that should have been 3 minutes feel like they lasted for 30. And then there’s Dyke and Fats, a 2 minute skit that I could have watched for another 30, at least. This is the opening titles for a 70′s buddy-female-cop TV show, starring Kate McKinnon as Les Dykawitz and Aidy Bryant as Chubbina Fatzarelli. I’m not sure what else you would need, but we also get the two of them fighting crime in their own patented, best friend way, as they acrobatically kick a group of criminals, and, for some reason, Dyke stands on Fat’s shoulders as they shoot at the TV screen. This is to say nothing of seeing Dyke hand a hot lesbian a note that reads “Call me. 911,” and then seeing Fats hand that same note to a hamburger. Because she’s fat. Bonus points for the skit never dropping the look and feel of those 70′s shows. - RH
When Louis C.K. hosts, I get a little giddy now because it means we get a brand new chunk of stand up from the best in the game. This is no exception. He rails on God, wifebeaters and everything that’s just kind of generally shitty in life. He never gets George Carlin level preachy but his message hits just as hard. – JRN
I know Ryan has some rule about gameshows, but I don’t. And this one killed me. There’s no pretention here. They didn’t make a fictional show called “I Know Black People!” or “Black Folks be Krazy!”. They simply decided to take an existing game show and make it, for lack of a better term, black. The structure, the stage and everything else is the show you know and love, but to watch a sweaty Louis C.K. play an African American studies professor against Jay Pharoah and Sasheer Zamata worked on all levels. Pharoah, Thompson and Zamata all killed it to the point that there was a three way tie for best performance. And when Louis is involved as the least funny person in your sketch, you’ve done a really good job. – JRN
Another episode, another cold open with Barack Obama. What has Barack Obama done since the last episode of SNL? He appeared on Between Two Ferns. So this is about that. Why don’t we go back (for the first time?) to having political skits when the writers have something to say about politics, as opposed to forcing it into every show, whether they have something or not. – RH
CHRIS FOR PRESIDENT
This is a rough one. I will start, however, with a compliment: this looks like a shitty ASB presidential video. Good job there. Now, the one thing I would like to tell Kyle Mooney is that if you’re going to parody something that isn’t intrisically funny, add jokes. If you can make fun of an easy target (like this one), make sure that you still add jokes. This skit allowed the premise to make Mooney feel comfortable enough that he didn’t need to search for jokes, which seems to be a more dangerously recurring problem every week for the show in general. Everything needs jokes. That is a simple thing to remember, yes, but an important one nonetheless. – JRN
NEW CAST MEMBER SEASON RANKINGS
Ryan’s Top Eight:
- Beck Bennett – Baby Boss returned this week, and basically guaranteed another season for Beck Bennett. He’s becoming a go-to straight man, AND he can turn his body into the body of a baby. Nicely done.
- Kyle Mooney
- Mike O’Brien – Mike O’Brien rises up the list because of this week’s Darth Vader skit. His range seems to be limited – at least from what we’ve seen so far – but his deadpan is perfectly suited for a skit like that.
- Sasheer Zamata
- Colin Jost – It’s admittedly a little unfair, as he’s the only one of these seven that gets a guaranteed five minutes every week, but SNL’s new Weekend Update host has proven capable if not spectacular.
- Noel Wells
- Brooks Wheelan
- John Milheiser – The Morwenna Banks of our generation.
Jason’s Top Eight:
- Beck Bennett – He now officially has a character. He appears to be the least new of all the new guys. In fact, I’d take him over a couple of the vets.
- Kyle Mooney – When his don’t-call-them-digital-shorts work, they’re brilliant (and he’s usually solo or just with Bennett). But when they fail, watch out. That aside, he understands the show and seems to be fitting in pretty nicely.
- Colin Jost
- Mike O’Brien
- Sasheer Zamata – Not a lot going on here, but she has a presense and she does bring some energy. I hope we get to see what she can do next season.
- Noel Wells – Hasn’t been given a lot. Hasn’t seemingly fought for much.
- John Milheiser – Awful. But not as bad as…
- Brooks Wheelan – “This isn’t working out. Sorry, but you’re no good at being the straight man and your comedy isn’t really suited for audiences” – What I hope Lorne Michaels says at the end of the season.