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Imagine How Bad a Justin Bieber Hosted "Saturday Night Live" Might Be. Now Triple It

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | February 10, 2013 | Comments ()

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Saturday Night Live has been in something of a slump lately, and if the charming and effervescent Jennifer Lawrence can't bust it, it's unlikely that the supremely untalented Justin Bieber is going to end the streak. Last night's episode seemed mostly to be about working around Bieber as best as possible, see how many jokes can be made at his expense, and simply get through it. The fact that the first sketch after the monologue was "The Californians" should tell you all you need to know. It also felt like the longest sketch in "SNL" history. I'm not even going to bother embedding it. Likewise, the Cold Open wasn't very good while I was watching it, but relative to the rest of the show, it was a goddamn gem.

The only truly good sketch of the night is unbelievably not available for embed, and one wonders if Bieber's publicists are the reason: Involving a slew of Justin Bieber doubles, the entire sketch was devoted to making fun of Bieber, and Sudeikis seemed to take a little extra joy out of reducing Bieber to an untalented, one-note musician who looked like a lesbian. Kudos to Bieber for approving the sketch, and later on -- in "The Miley Cyrus Show" -- making a lesbian haircut joke at his own expense.

The 50's Romance Grease-Style sketch wasn't the worst, although -- like every sketch last night -- it suffered because the Bieber fangirls out in the audience wouldn't stop squealing every time Bieber sang a note, looked at the camera, or broke character.

Speaking of breaking character, my favorite sketch -- besides the one that isn't embeddable -- was Protective Brother wasn't actually very funny, except for the fact that Taran Killam was trying his best to browbeat Bieber Will-Ferrell style until he broke. It didn't take much (but again, Bieber laughing only elicited more fangirl screams).

A Valentine's Message from Justin Bieber could've been funnier if they'd pushed it a little further, but Moynihan's Taco character robbed the sketch of any real possibility.

At least the show ended on a somewhat positive note, with the return of Jay Pharoah's Principal Frye, "attention ladies and gentleman-ing" through a Valentine's Dance.

Unfortunately, even Weekend Update was lackluster last night, although Seth Meyer's reaction to his own Honey Boo Boo joke was the single best moment of the night.

There was also a Bieber monologue. Do yourself a favor and don't watch it.

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  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I fully expected to hate this episode just on general principles. I have never really seen anything by Bieber, and only know him as a tween idol. His singing was definitely lackluster I thought, but his willingness to take a punch comedically was enough to make me warm to him. Sudeikis seemed almost genuinely hurtful in the multiple Bieber's sketch, amongst others. I don't remember ever seeing a host get dumped on that badly, they actually had me feeling sorry for the kid by the end of the show.
    Yes, SNL made me feel sorry for a generically good looking millionaire. It's annoying.

    Also, whatever you think about him, the kid seemed to have some charisma. Like I said, his changing Voice is going to ruin his Music career, and I don't think he has the chops to be an actor, but loads of charisma. Anyway, I laughed at several of the skits, which is better than I can say of some other SNL episodes of recent memory.

    But seriously, F*ck The Californians. God I hate that skit.

  • GojyoChan

    I watch SNL every week regardless of the suckitude it *may* contain and I flat out refuse to watch this week. Beiber... I just can't. Nay, I just WON'T. HOW DO THEY LET BEIBER HOST AND THEY HAVE NEVER HAD JOEL MCHALE HOST? WHY??????

  • oilybohunk7

    I DVR SNL every week and this was one I deleted without watching a single second. I can't do it, I just can't.

  • Uriah Romero

    I didn’t think Justin Bieber was bad at all! There were a few skits that were great, such as the Body Double sketch. I was able to see it the other day live since I got off of work at DISH early. My roommates like to watch Game of Thrones which comes on the same time as SNL. We have a DISH Hopper whole-home DVR, so we are able to view up to four different programs at once. While I catch up on SNL in the living room, my roomies can watch Game of Thrones in their room without having to worry about conflicts.

  • duckandcover

    I think it's because I don't have a job that requires me to immerse myself in the Biebs, but I feel a strange "I want to hang out with him" pity for the guy. Maybe I'm just getting sentimental in my old age, but he's a kid with a lot of money and probably little to no guidance on how to smartly apply it to anything worthwhile. I mean, look at his tattoos, for God's sake. And the way people just go after him with unfunny jokes, ranging from he's a woman to he looks like a woman, just can't be a good way to spend however long it takes to film an SNL episode (10 minutes per sketch, including 2 minutes to think of an idea?).

  • International Pajiban

    Hey, any chance you could use Youtube or something to embed these videos? Us non-American Pajibans can't see them.

  • Boothy K

    Amen! I can never see these and I want to in order to avoid watching the actual show!

  • Ace

    I still thought this was a better episode than Adam Levine's (of which the only redeeming factor was the digital short). I felt myself smiling more than a few times throughout the show this week, which is much more than I can say for Adam Levine.

  • yocean

    Here is the video of Bieber Body Double sketch. Wnet through some heinous hoops to find this :P

  • TheOriginalMRod

    I thought about it. But that was one train wreck I was willing to avoid.

  • googergieger

    Now imagine that Justin Bieber hosted saturday night live was white.

  • MissAmynae

    Yes he deserve to die and I hope he burn in hell!

  • googergieger

    Yup. That's my target audience. One person that remembers that one line in that one movie most people forgot about after a year it came out.

    *puffs on cigar*

  • MissAmynae

    I shall be your one person then- cause that twangy sweat-fest is one of my faves. Couldn't make the 'what would Harry Rex do? Cheat, cheat like hell" line fit- will save for a later date.

  • Erich

    They need more random, WTF sketches.

    Maine Justice was awesomely insane and/or insanely awesome. Relying on lowest common denominator skits is not what SNL should be about.

    These days, Saturday Night Live and Monday Night Raw both seem to be skating along mostly on reputation. They have stopped trying to be new and innovative, and instead are happy to stay on autopilot.

  • Clancys_Daddy

    "Saturday Night Live has been in something of a slump lately," So is that an attempt at English understatement?

  • My expectations were low for this ep, but Bieber was so awful during the Miley Cyrus sketch that I couldn't even look at the screen out of embarrassment for him.

    And please, please, PLEASE, SNL, retire that damn Californians sketch.

  • sean

    I thought it amazing that they knew the show was so bad that they hired a few dozen pretty 16 yr old girls to scream throughout the show. Of course, 16 yr old girls don't actually like Beiber, and have long since given their Beiber cds to their 10 yr old little sisters.

  • googergieger

    You know them better than I do.

  • HarrionKarstark

    Christoph Waltz and Alabama Shakes, next week.

    Break the slump!

  • MissAmynae

    Oh fuck yeah.

    (adore your name, Karstark. well-played)

  • Kala

    Holy cow. Thank you for that public service announcement. I had no idea. Will have to actually make a point of watching this week.

  • duckandcover

    I might actually tune in. I can't even remember the last time I watched SNL.

  • Stephen Nein

    Come for the Cristoph, stay for the Shakes.

  • Robert

    The Honey Boo Boo joke isn't in the Weekend Update recap. Boo.

  • the chaplain

    It was bad, but it didn't seem to be any worse than the others have been lately. Everyone will just hate it more because of the Bieber. And the terrible-ness didn't appear to be due to him really, he wasn't any good but he wasn't the one writing the sketches either.

  • opiejuankenopie

    But they were writing around his terribleness. How many skits was Beiber in that didn't involve him playing himself?

  • Ian Fay

    The fake Bravo ad was pretty good, I thought.

  • Not great....but whoever wrote the title "A Coppola Coconuts" deserves a bonus.

  • Masterpiece

    “attention ladies and gentleman-ing”

    When does he say that? Isnt it "Attention teachers and students"?

  • John G.

    that phrase stuck in my brain the first time he did it. I have a sneaking suspicion that Jay is doing an impression of his own principal, perhaps the impression that got him into the impression business.

  • Leaf

    I watched the Grease video and the Protective Brother skit. Laughed at them both, although no thanks to Bieber. So I think maybe you're being a bit harsh on this one, since two funny skits seems to be about par for the course with SNL

  • kilmo

    It wasn't THAT bad. On a scale of 1-10 Renners it was a 5.

    I liked that he was able/willing to skewer/make fun of himself, most can't even do that.
    I love the Principal Fyre sketches and Bieber poking fun at abstinence relationships.

    I was very surprised they didn't mention Beyonce, especially during the cold open. Beyonce and the wind machines, joke writes itself!

    I also would've liked to see a 'Scared Straight' sketch, those are always good for a laugh/breaking character unless you're a Lohan.

    Must be noted: his tattoos are terrible.

  • opiejuankenopie

    Strongly disagree. The new scale is Beiber to Tiberlake. Beiber was so bad, he didn't even register on the Beiber Timberlake scale. I felt embarrassed for Renner, I felt hatred for Beiber.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    His tattoos are just so terrible and in that skit with Tarram Killam the Biebs just looked so very very wee that it makes his whole look (tats, hair, giant tank tops, esp the tats) all the more ridiculous. It's like a hobbit trying to be hard core and dressing up as a Hells Angel.

  • QueeferSutherland

    It was horrific. "The Californians featuring Justin Beiber" is enough to make a terrorist cough up bin Ladens whereabouts. I laughed during the lookalikes sketch and when Killiam yelled his nonsense word. And I was six beers deep.

    This season has been a disaster thus far. I thought Wigg and the Digital Shorts papered over thin writing before, but I didn't realize there was this little talent in the room.

  • duckandcover

    bin Laden's whereabouts: the ocean.

  • John W

    I'm guessing the title of this post is the funniest thing about last night's ep?

  • Unit 3000-21

    Surely I'm not the only person who hates those Principal Frye sketches.

  • kilmo

    Sorry, I lurve them. They're always comprised of the most random shit, love that!
    Pharaoh's inflection gets me everytime.

  • sean

    Yes, Pharaoh is great at that.

  • opiejuankenopie

    I'm sure Bieber's people were hoping for something Timberlakeian. Last night was the exact oppositeof that. By the end of last night's show, my disdain for Beiber had grown three sizes. My disdain for his fans even moreso.

  • zeke_the_pig

    'Unfortunately this video isn't available in your country.' Strange way to spell 'fortunately'.

  • Ty

    I thought the "The One Black Guy in Every Commercial" character on Weekend Update was great. Kenan nailed it, and those were some grade-A high-fives.

  • opiejuankenopie

    Have to agree. They both looked like they were having a blast. It was infectious.

  • Ace

    Also, Seth Myer's giggles, man. I couldn't help but giggle myself.

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