Highlights from Last Night's Punchless Vince Vaughn Hosted 'Saturday Night Live'
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Highlights from Last Night's Punchless Vince Vaughn Hosted "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | April 14, 2013 | Comments ()

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After two great episodes in succession (Justin Timberlake and Melissa McCarthy), last night's Saturday Night Live felt more like the flat, generic episodes that have dominated this season. If you had watched Louis C.K.'s special on HBO beforehand, the episode probably felt even less funny. Mostly, it was just uninspired and half-hearted, and Vince Vaughn treated it more like a promotional obligation than something he wanted to do. There weren't a lot of highlights to speak of.

That said, I did appreciate the monologue (more than I enjoyed it). Vaughn is best when he's in full-on banter mode, even when that banter is largely one-sided.

If you like Bill Hader's Pacino impression, there's plenty of it in this commercial for a series of biopics starring Pacino. The impression is great; the commercial is not.

Easily the best sketch of the night was History of Punk, a "Behind the Music"-like documentary exploring a Johnny-Rotten-like punk rocker whose affection for Margaret Thatcher derailed his career.

The Brad Paisley/LL Cool J segment on Weekend Update discussing "Accidental Racist" was great, as were the always reliable Seth Meyers' headline jokes.

The only other sketch worth mentioning was Last Call, the same sketch that ended Louis C.K.'s episode. It is suitably gross for the final sketch. It does not, however, measure up to Louis C.K.'s version.

There was a sketch that didn't make the show, and it's probably the second best of the night (and easily better than the Pacino commercial they used instead). Here's Bathroom Cobra.

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  • TheReinaG

    Not to say that SNL is somewhat out of touch, but... there was a John Tesh sketch. In 2013.

  • mb

    I've been a bigger fan of this season than most, but this was absolutely a terrible episode and for me, the weakest they've had in the past two seasons. I enjoyed the Thatcher sketch, at least.

  • spoobnooble

    Regarding the History of Punk sketch: the idea of a British punker as an unapologetic Thatcher fan is hilarious,
    because so much of the country's alt-music scene of the time ('Maggie' by The Exploited; 'Stand Down Margaret' by The Beat) was driven by anti-Thatcherism. Of course, if you don't
    understand anything about punk or Britain in the late seventies and
    early eighties, it doesn't make much sense.

    I suspect a lot of SNL fans
    don't know much about punk rock beyond mohawks and Green Day's 'Dookie'
    album. So yeah, a little more context would have helped the sketch go
    over better.

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  • llp

    I watched this episode, mostly by accident, and the Last Call and the theatre sketch were the only times I laughed.

  • Sebastian

    Dont forget the daft punk ad that was shown during commercials!!

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Yes, are we ignoring how kickass that ad is?

  • "If you think NCIS is good, then I'll forget about the Aryan Brotherhood" was pretty damn funny. Because it fits riiiight into that stupid, stupid song.

  • scotankhamen

    I thought the short memory span theater sketch was pretty funny. At least as funny as the punk rocker sketch :-)

  • Bobbs3k

    I wonder if guy ever got his phone back.

  • SottoVoce

    He did, right at the end.

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