Kate McKinnon Molested John Goodman's Face With Her Tongue on Last Night's 'SNL' and It Was Grossilarious
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Kate McKinnon Molested John Goodman's Face With Her Tongue on Last Night's 'SNL' and It Was Grossilarious

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | December 15, 2013 | Comments ()

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Overall, last night’s John Goodman hosted Saturday Night Live was one of the weaker episodes of a weak season (it’s not a show designed for Bobby Moynihan and Kenan Thompson — the most senior members in the cast — to be the most frequently featured players) but there were a couple of stand-outs definitely worth watching. The monologue was fun; the Guy Fieri sketch worked in spite of itself; Drunker Uncle brought an amusing twist to a tired character; and Last Call was sublime.

Cold Open — Kenan Thompson parodies the Mandela service sign language interpreter, signing an Obama speech, before being escorted off so that Kate McKinnon’s Angela Merkel can come out and ask for a selfie with Obama. Cold open fail. (Score: 2/10)

John Goodman’s Monologue — Goodman delivers a crowd-pleasing Bluesy-Brothers song with Kenan Thompson called, “All I Want for Christmas is Booty.” “I can’t wait to unwrap it, bells will ring when I slap it.” It’s good to see Goodman on SNL again. (Score: 7/10)

Guy Fieri Food Throttle Christmas Special — I didn’t want to like it, but this line sold me on it: “For desert, were gonna turn a fruit cake into a straight cake. It’s just bacon and cars!” John Goodman’s Dog the Bounty Hunter didn’t hurt, even if the sketch was basically another opportunity for the cast to trot out impressions of low-rent reality stars. (Score: 7/10)

The Dance of the Snowflake — A bunch of guys doing a silly, childish dance dressed as snowflakes realize their mistake, and deliver internal monologues criticizing themselves about the horrible mistake they’ve made. It’s dumb as hell, but it’s cute. (Score: 5/10)

The Three Wise Guys — A take on the Three Wise Men with three guys from Jersey: Goodman, and cameos from Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone (who star in Grudge Match, opening on Christmas Day). DeNiro does solid self-parody, per usual, Stallone can’t do a wise-guy accent to save his life, and Goodman basically has a look that says, “Uh, yeah. Sure. Stallone? DeNiro? I have to, don’t I?” Besides, the slight thrill of the cameos, this sketch completely bombs. (Score: 3/10)

Weekend Update — Always reliable, although nothing in tonight’s edition really stands out. (Score: 7/10)

Black Santa — Kenan Thompson’s Santa reacts to Megyn Kelly’s assertion that Santa is white. “Have you ever known a white man to wear an all red suit?” Cute, but not that funny. (Score: 5/10)

Drunk Uncle — It was shaping up to be another tired rehash until of a character that’s been worn out, until Drunk Uncle brought out his Drunk Uncle, “Drunker Uncle” (Goodman), and it turned a corner from a 5 to a (Score: 6.5/10)

Too Hot — With echoes of his old Linda Tripp impersonation, Goodman cross-dresses as Genevieve Lazarro and brings a lawsuit for sexual harassment, claiming she was fired for being too hot. It goes pretty much where you expect it’ll go, though there is something to be said for John Goodman’s dancing. (Score: 4/10)

Shallon — You know it’s been a subpar season when this is a recurring sketch. (Score: 3/10)

TCM’s The Christmas Whistle — It had its moments. Kind of. (Score: 5/10)

H&M Ad — You need a cure for a migraine? I’m sorry, I can’t help you, but you need a migraine, just watch this sketch a few times. The fact that a pre-taped sketch is held until near the end of the show tells you all you need to know about their faith in it. (Score: 2/10)

Last Call — That sketch where Kate McKinnon made out with Louis CK in a bar last season? It’s back, and it’s still disgusting, but it is goddamn hilarious. It is easily the best sketch of the night, and maybe the only one worth watching. “My heart and genitals say no, but my hypoglycemia says yes!” (Score: 9/10)

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