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Highlights from Last Night's Terrifically Galifiantastic "Saturday Night Live"

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 5, 2013 | Comments ()


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The three-week break since the last, punchless episode of "Saturday Night Live" (with Vince Vaughn) obviously allowed the cast to regroup, as the series picked up where it left off with fantastic episodes from Melissa McCarthy and Justin Timberlake back in March/April. Galifianakis set the tone in one of his signature Galifianakis monologues (smart, nonsensical, hilarious), and the rest of last night's show fell into a similar groove.

Hell, even the cold open -- another edition of "Fox and Friends" with the always reliable comic relief of Bobby Moynihan -- was excellent.

It was Galifianakis' third time as host, and I think probably his best monologue, so far.

The "Game of Thrones" game show was an iteration of that other game show ("Who Am I"?), where white people cannot identify the names of the people who work for them, but as far as one-joke premises go, it was a good joke, plus it was a decent set up for a cameo appearance from Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

The Match.com commercial was good, too, but mostly because it's fun to hear Martha Stewart talking about banging guys.

"Weekend Update" was perfect top to bottom, from the headline jokes to James Carville to the always hilarious "Girl You Wish You Hadn't Started a Conversation With at a Party." Even Fred Armisen had a good segment on Google Glass, and Fred Armisen never has good "Weekend Update" segments.

The M&M Store sketch was a good excuse for Galifianakis to get away with a lot of racist humor, and for the viewer at home to feel a little guilty for laughing at the racist humor.

I hated the New Balance commercial because ... well, I wear New Balances and, well, shut up.

"Darrel's House" was a sketch in two parts, and while the set-up is annoying, the payoff (featuring Jon Hamm) is totally worth it.

In fact, there's only two sketches from the entire show I didn't include (Michael Jordan's wedding was not particularly good, and the Jennifer Aniston look-alike contest, with cameos from Ed Helms and Bradley Cooper, is not available for embed), so if "SNL" is sitting on your DVR, go ahead and watch the whole damn thing, or wait until the entire episode is on Hulu this afternoon. It's worth it. Even the musical performances, from Of Monsters and Men, are fantastic, if you -- like me -- wear New Balance and enjoy pop folk.




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  • dizzylucy

    The final edit of Darrel's House had me giggling, and then the wink happened, and I laughed so hard I scared the cat. Definitely the payoff was worth the annoying first part.

  • AudioSuede

    I loved this episode. The New Balance commercial might not have applied to you, Dustin, but I should point out that my father-in-law wears New Balances. He also tucks his tie-dyed t-shirts into his pants, and spent his drunken evening at my wedding telling anyone who would listen about his three great loves: Homebrewed beer, Tai-Chi, and the accordian.

    So, take that how you will.

  • oilybohunk7

    I love Of Monsters and Men and I don't care what anyone thinks about that. The whole album is great, it has awoken my inner, dormant hippie. I like to listen to it, unironically, while hiking through the woods. I'm seeing them at the end of the month and I'm stoked. Hate on.

  • Rochelle

    Ed Helms must never do drag again. I will have nightmares about those knees.

  • Barry

    Concerning the musical act, just how many of these lame hipster-folk "HEY!" bands are there? Are they on sale or something?

  • AudioSuede

    It's especially sad because folk rock was seeing a revival by the likes of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear and The Decemberists, and then it got bought up and polished and turned into treacle, and now even good folk-rock bands are grating.

    Not that there are many good folk rock bands, mind you, but still.

  • I'mNotTheGreatest

    Keenan looked exactly like Hellen Keller... I mean Whoopie Goldberg

  • logan

    SNL wasn't cancelled years ago?

  • mb

    This never gets old! No matter how many times some iteration of "Wait, this show is still on?" gets posted in every single weekly episode recap, the sentiment simply never loses its edge. I am humbled by your inherent superiority and witty creativity!

  • e jerry powell

    I still need a big ol' plate of Galifianakis souvlaki. WIth an extra helping of Galifianakis bougatsa.

  • googergieger

    Meh.

  • yocean

    I had to do a double take and google search because I thought that band was doing a cover of "Home' by Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros. Turns out they are totally ripping off, of a band that was featured on Saturday Night Live not too long ago. Did nobody at SNL think people were not going top notice?

    Otherwise, super funny.

  • AudioSuede

    Oh, it's Edward Sharpe! No? It's The Lumineers! No? It's Mumford & Sons! No? It's The Avett Brothers! No? Oh well, now that I'm listening to the song, I don't really care who it is, because it's blander than Ritz crackers.

  • Pentadactyl

    I think Galifianakis works so well with SNL because he takes a little while to build up steam, which fits well with their habit of dragging a joke on too long. At times when with other hosts I would have gotten bored and wished they would move on, with Galifianakis, those were the times I was most engaged.

    Well, whatever the reason, I really enjoyed last night's show.

  • pending

    Hulu's got an unaired sketch: Bad Freeze Frames, that for me was the best sketch of the show.

  • GEO-graphy? Something about that game show sketch just slayed me.

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