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Highlight's from the Adam Levine Hosted "Saturday Night Live" and the Return of the Digital Short

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | January 27, 2013 | Comments ()


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Maroon 5 lead singer and coach of "The Voice," Adam Levine hosted Saturday Night Live last night. NBC tries to slip in a promotional host every few weeks because, at this point, "Saturday Night Live" is the most relevant program the network has besides Sunday Night Football, and NBC could use all the cross-promotion it can get (WHY HASN'T ALISON BRIE BEEN ASKED TO HOST?) When asked to sing or remove his shirt, Levine was a capable host. The other 94 percent of the show, however, he was ineffectual and clothed. As for legitimate highlights, sketches you may need to know should last night's "SNL" come up on your Facebook feed, there are only four, and two of them weren't even very funny.

Sopranos High was a take on The CW's Carrie Diaries, featuring the cast of "The Sopranos" in an 80s-set high school. The premise had potential and the impressions were spot-on, but the writing was weak.

Levine's opening monologue featured three celebrity cameos -- Andy Samberg, Cameron Diaz, and Jerry Seinfeld, as "The Voice"-like coaches -- which says about all you need to know about "SNL's" faith in Levine to carry the show alone. The monologue wasn't actually funny or resonant or even mildly amusing, but hey! Celebrities!

There was a reason Samberg was among the monologue cameos: He and The Lonely Island crew were back with the first official Digital Short since Samberg left the show, a take on YOLO that was a better-sounding song than it was actually funny. Levine does have great talent with melodies, and the Kendrick Lamar rap was bang-on.

The commercial for Rosetta Stone wasn't half bad, either, featuring a joke that was totally worth all of the 45 seconds devoted to it.

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There was nothing else from the show that was particularly amusing. But there were some low points we can discuss. For instance, Firehouse Incident was the second sketch in the show that featured an over-the-top gay stereotype, and while it didn't succeed, Hader thought it was funny enough to slightly break character. At this point, I think Hader breaks character on purpose in an attempt to salvage otherwise bad sketches.

There was a Catfish sketch that tackled a legitimately resonant topic, though the sketch itself lacked bite.

Finally, I don't hate Bobby Moynihan's Janet character, who in this sketch tries to sleep with Adam Levine. In fact, Moynihan used to be one of my least favorite cast members, but he's grown on me over the years. The Janet character, in fact, teeters on the edge of amusing.




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  • I thought the episode was only so-so but the Bidenfest thing thrown in at the 12:50 slot was amazing. I know it's basically a cheap re-write of the Juggalo/Ass Dan sketches, but I can't believe that's not getting any love.

  • Uriah Romero

    Overall, I thought Adam was pretty good at hosting SNL. Some of the skits were over the top, but they still gave me a giggle. I was working late at DISH the night he hosted SNL. Knowing that I would be there, I set up my DISH Hopper DVR to record the show so I can see him the morning after. I like that I never have to worry about deleting any SNL episodes off of my DVR since it holds about 2000 hours of shows and movies.

  • Kballs

    OK, who taught Spambot to spell?

  • AsdffAnon

    I have this crazy feeling that I should rewatch this episode just to confirm my suspicions that its one of the very worst episodes of snl I've ever seen.

  • AudioSuede

    I honestly thought the episode was one of the strongest in a while in terms of consistency and talent. I'm sorry you didn't find the monologue amusing, particularly every line Andy Samberg injected. "Fair hit, that's a fair hit on me." That line slayed me.

    Was Adam Levine an effective host? No, but the writer's did a particularly interesting feint in sticking him in the background of nearly every sketch, or making him the straight man whenever possible. Couple a string of funny sketches with a tremendous performance by Kendrick Lamar, and I think this episode, while not a home run, was a welcome success.

  • poopnado

    Every time I see Adam Levine I just think "D BAG". He looks like the dictionary definition of a D bag. Maybe he's nice? But dude needs a new look. And possibly a new face.

  • LaineyBobainey

    I must have had ZERO expectations of Adam Levine, because I found that I was actually kind of impressed by his actressin'. I thought he did a pretty good job with the material he was given. He was funny, didn't stumble over his lines, didn't have too many awkward pauses, he was good.

  • I'd say the real highlight for me was when Kendrick Lamar's band used a saxophone in "Poetic Justice."

  • Erich

    I'd say this week's episode was on the positive side of mediocre. Slightly more funny than not-funny skits.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Portlandia is funny. You'd think Lorne Michaels would learn from his successes.

  • e jerry powell

    "Edge of amusing." Not good enough. But sounds like a good jumping-off place for a Maroon 5 song.

  • Skyler Durden

    The Catfish sketch was pretty good, and yes, the 'serious research' that Max and Nev do is limited to Google image searches and IM conversations on Facebook. It is the type of research that ANY dumbass with a computer can do.

    And I love Nev. I can't help it. I love his big toothy smile and hairy chest and cockeyed optimism. He's very charismatic. I know, I am part of the problem.

    (Also, Max is a hottie. That guy's hair is amazing. He's a baby silver fox.)

  • LaineyBobainey

    We should be Catfish watching buddies. We could fast forward through all of the parts that don't have Nev or Max in them.

  • Skyler Durden

    Done!

    (psst. I am not actually a mosaic lizard.)

  • memaw

    that said, the only positive was that i would totally watch a diaz/levine sex tape. wanky. just sayin' is all.

  • memaw

    this entire episode was a steaming pile of horse shit. based upon the scathing review from last week, i straight up don't understand how on earth any of you jags could tolerate this crap.

  • A nice plus: they apparently finally heard me shouting "where the hell is Nasim?!" from my couch every week.

  • apsutter

    OMG..ME TOO!! Maybe we should join up and be snl watching buddies because the underuse of Nasim is criminal!

  • Melissa

    The only part I really enjoyed was Weekend Update---my tally was 7/4 jokes that made me laugh/didn't.

    One of my friends thought Adam Levine was JT quality, to which I was just, 'oh honey :('

    It really seems like the writers have good concepts, but the execution is lacking way more than it hit, though this week, it was more of a host issue that a writing issue. The Janet sketch could have been really good, but Adam only half-heartedly went with the 'I'm drugged' thing, so it didni't work.

    And what was up with the two sketches with the gay stereotypes being one after the other? That was odd.

  • AudioSuede

    I noticed that too. And after a Cold Open with Martin Luther King, Jr. cat-calling about Beyonce's booty and a commercial parody about pedophiles, having two fairly offensive gay sketches was really starting to push my "too far" meter into the orange-red area.

    Not to say I didn't laugh at all the aforementioned sketches, but I rarely laughed at the jokes that were the most offensive, and those were, at least briefly, the ones they were focusing on the most.

  • luckypete

    Adam Levine is obviously too important to bother with actually learning lines, as his cue card reading was so egregious, he actually offended my sense of humor

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I didn't think it was that bad. Most guests are obviously reading cue cards, at least he tried to "act" instead of reading it in a monotone like I've seen done many, many times by different professional actors.

  • Skyler Durden

    It was truly some of the most distracting cue-card reading in a good while.

  • Erich

    eh, at least he was able to put character and inflection into his card reading. That's something a lot of musicians and athletes can't do when hosting.

  • sjfromsj

    I watched a couple episodes of Catfish the other day out of curiosity (NEVER AGAIN), and the sketch was really spot on, even if it lacked bite. The only point they missed is that Nev is the least cynical person alive and can make any excuse for a person to avoid calling them out as a total douchebag, which is what they are.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Hader sounds like Lemongrab in that firefighter sketch.

  • Totally! And that in and of itself was enough to make me laugh.

  • kilmo

    Well it was better than last week!

    I'm starting to love the sketches that make zero sense and are soooo over the top. Loved the fireman sketch and the absolutely absurd Train/Maroon 5/John Mayer/Jason Mraz dance fight in the cafe licensed to serve wine after 7!

  • apsutter

    Some of my favorites are the ones that are thrown at the end and make no sense. Love that for10 seconds you're legit thinking "what the hell am I watching?"

  • sjfromsj

    Jason Sudeikis in skinny jeans and flip flops killed me. It was beautiful.

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